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Former camp for troubled youths up for sale

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LOWGAP — Arriving at the fabled Lost Colony area on Roanoke Island in the late 1500s probably provided the same feeling people get today when visiting the site of Camp E-Mun-Talee at Lowgap.When visitors make their way up the winding gravel road leading to the former facility for troubled youths, they will find an array of buildings scattered over the hillside — a welcoming presence that one would associate with a thriving getaway destination.Only no one is there. The gated compound tucked against a mountainside in one of Surry County’s more remote locations is totally deserted except for insects and other wildlife — although the well-kept condition of the place suggests its inhabitants had just departed.


Board to feds: Stop it

The Surry County Board of Commissioners is expected to pass strongly-worded resolutions Tuesday night urging the federal government, and several Central American governments, to enforce their immigration laws.The issue, which yielded terse discussion during the board’s August 18 meeting, came to light following a conference call attended by Commissioner Larry Phillips featuring representatives from the White House, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security.Ph...

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MCA receives Salvatori award for teaching excellence

Millennium Charter Academy (MCA) received Hillsdale College’s Henry Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching Thursday night during its annual curriculum night. According to Director of Charter School Development at Hillsdale Phillip Kilgore, the Michigan college’s recognition provides $25,000 for the school to use to support teaching.

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Learn how to build violins from scratch

DOBSON — Surry Community College is offering Violin-Making I/Luthier starting in the fall at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy.Two class sessions will be offered on Wednesdays, Sept. 10 through Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Award-winning craftsman Joe Thrift is the instructor for the class.This class is offered to the student willing to commit one year of work toward making a violin from scratch. All skill levels are we...

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Effort planned to restore historic school

WESTFIELD — Remembrance will be the theme for the Ridge Westfield School reunion next weekend as former students recall its past, but they’re also looking to the future and a campaign to preserve the old campus.“We just don’t want this to go down,” Lizzie Penn James of Pinnacle, one of those students, said of the need to improve the facility that served African-American children. The former school sits al...

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Holiday to affect sanitation schedule

Mount Airy sanitation personnel will still be “laboring” on Labor Day to an extent, but the holiday will bring some changes in pickup operations.This will include no yard waste collection on Monday, a day when there are no regular residential garbage collections except for that material. The next day for yard waste to be picked up is Sept. 8.Also, the industrial trash route normally run on Monday is to be collected on Tuesday instead.The regular sc...

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The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts:• Richard Wayne Jones II, and Susan Y. Jones. Granted August 28.• Christopher M. Nelson and Cherish N. Nelson. Granted August 28.• Melinda Leonard and Kevin Olen Leonard. Granted August 26.• Alison Reeves Johnson and Wallace Allen Johnson Jr. Granted August 26.• Damon Chappell and Alicia Marie Chappell. Granted August 26.&...

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Arrest reports

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office has reported the following arrests:• On August 26, Bobby Rodderick Green, 22, of Piper’s Gap Road in Mount Airy, was arrested and charged with the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was booked into the Surry County Jail under a $2,000 secured bond.• On August 24, Aaron James Epperson, 19, of Dinosaur Lane in Mount Airy, was arrested and charged with one count of common law robbery. He was booked into...

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Incident reports

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the following incident reports:• On August 24, Jean Cook Taylor, 80, of Pine Ridge Road in Mount Airy, reported that someone entered her car port and stole a pressure washer and a leaf blower. The items were valued at $300, according to police reports.• On August 23, Scott Junior Tate, 37, of Oak Street in Lowgap, reported a potential arson as a result of his Nissan Sentra catching fire while sitting in...

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“Parade of Success” held at Dobson Elementary

DOBSON — Organizers of Dobson Elementary’s first “Parade of Success” Friday morning say the jaunt around town’s main goal was to show students the community is behind them as they open their school year. Media Specialist Stephanie Bode credited Principal Sharia Templeton with seeing a similar idea in another school and adapting it for the Tigers.She said more than 400 students participated, along with music from the Surry Central Marching Band and flag...

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Wayne Farms honored for safety record

DOBSON — Facilities of Wayne Farms, including three in Surry County, were cited for outstanding safety performance by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council during a conference this week in Florida.Included was the company’s fresh processing plant in Dobson, which received an award of honor.Awards of distinction — the highest of the accolades given — were presented to a hatchery located in Elkin, along with a feed mill there.In al...

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Martin’s long run carries SC

DOBSON — Surry Central broke loose for some long plays to put East Wilkes away 30-20 .The Golden Eagles struggled on offense for much of the game, but found daylight twice in the fourth quarter, clinching it with a 65-yard TD run from Alex Martin with less than seven minutes to go.Central opened the game with a nice, steady march down the field for a touchdown to lead 7-0.Running back Alex Martin went around the left side from nine yards out with 9:01 in...

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Goss runs wild for Hounds

Dakota Goss ran wild as North Surry muscled its way past Elkin 31-6 to earn its first win of the season.The senior running back finished with 25 carries for 310 yards and two touchdowns on Friday night at Charles Atkins Stadium.North (1-1) went 68 yards in seven plays on an opening drive that included a big run from Goss and a pass interference call against the Buckin’ Elks. Senior quarterback Nolan Stanley hooked up with Colton Acord on a 23-yard touchdown pass wi...

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Habitat store to move

The Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity ReStore is moving, officials announced this week.According to Neal Cothren, executive director for Habitat for Humanity, the decision to move was based on the desire to reduce costs while offering customers a more pleasant shopping experience.“We made that decision as a business decision based on the desire for us to be able to utilize more of our funding to build homes,” he said. “We wanted to reduce cost and...

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Rough railroad crossing to be fixed

Crossing railroad tracks at the intersection of U.S. 52 and U.S. 601 (Rockford Street) in Mount Airy can be a bumpy proposition, but improvements will occur there soon.The bad news is that the work will require temporary lane and road closures around the city’s busiest intersection.While serving as a member of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners during the 1990s, the late Frank Lowry made it a personal project to have rough railroad crossings in town addressed. L...

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Cawley fears ‘firestorm’ over blighted area plan

A Mount Airy councilman is concerned that the preliminary identification of a blighted area in the city will cause “anger” among citizens, although it’s still at the proposal stage.“I don’t know if anybody feels the way I do, but I think it’s going to create a firestorm,” Commissioner Jon Cawley said of the draft proposal for an “urban redevelopment area” in town.Even though the draft — which includes former pro...

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East Surry JROTC hosts Military Appreciation Night

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry’s United States Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will host the annual Military Appreciation Night Sept. 5 as the event moves back this year to the school which debuted the observance locally.According to First Sargent Ronald Montgomery, the event will return to its roots with a straightforward focus on veterans and the accomplishments of local JROTC units.In addition to bringing the celebration back to its roots, the gro...

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Eagles edge Cards 1-0

DOBSON — Surry Central welcomed the return of all-conference players Uriel Secundino and Jose Avalos on Thursday night, as the Golden Eagles beat East Surry 1-0 in nonconference soccer for their first victory of the season.The Eagles overwhelmed the Cardinals with a 16-4 edge in shots. After a scoreless first half, Avalos had a goal off an assist from Arturo Lopez three minutes into the second that just got past Andrew Rogers.After ties against West Iredell and Mou...

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