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It all began with a tug at a mother’s heart strings.If you ask Dave Nazaroff, the 900-mile bicycle ride he’s completing this week is no big deal, but then again, Nazaroff is a 10-time Ironman.Nazaroff and a three-person “pit crew” were in Mount Airy briefly this week as part of a New York-to-Georgia ride to help a needy child as part of his charity, Ride To Give.“Ride To Give started simply enough,” said Senior Program Coordinator Barbara Valente as she munched on a pre-ride breakfast. “(Nazaroff’s wife) Kaete had seen a story about a boy in Georgia who had had a tree limb fall on his head, causing a traumatic brain injury.

 

Early voting ends Saturday for primary

DOBSON — Early voting for a congressional second primary ends Saturday in Dobson, where a county elections official is pleased with the turnout so far.As of 3 p.m. Thursday, 102 people had cast one-stop absentee ballots at the Surry Board of Elections, choosing between Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker, Republican candidates in a runoff for the Sixth District seat now held by Rep. Howard Coble.“For a second primary, especially one that does not have a local rac...

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Atkins seeking re-election in Dobson

DOBSON — A second candidate filed Thursday afternoon for the Dobson Board of Commissioners.Incumbent J. Wayne Atkins is seeking another four-year term on the town board. In filing, he joined a fellow commissioner on the path to possible re-election, John D. Lawson, who filed on Monday.“I just want to stay involved — if the citizens of the town want me,” Atkins, 70, said of his desire to continue serving.“We’ve got a lot of t...

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East Surry football players cheer for their teammates during the tire tug-of-war during West Stokes’ weightlifting challenge. For more coverage of the event, see the Saturday edition of The News.

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North’s Hayley Tickle joins SCC softball team

DOBSON — North Surry’s Hayley Tickle has chosen Surry Community College to play softball next year.Tickle says she plans to play one year at SCC before transferring to another school for her major.The Lady Greyhounds’ softball team has made a drastic turnaround over the past two years, and players are starting to reap the benefits of that success.Molly Martin signed with N.C. State last year, and fellow 2014 senior Bailey Culler is headed to ...

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City pursuing takeover of postal lot

A large parking lot beside the Mount Airy Post Office has been barricaded for months, but city officials could be closing in on a deal that would allow it to reopen through a rental agreement.In January, concrete posts and yellow tape went up along South Main Street at the entrance of the lot, which in the past has been used heavily by both postal patrons and the general public — especially during festivals and the peak touris...

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Berger, Walker to debate on TV

PILOT MOUNTAIN — With a key congressional runoff election now less than a week away, a televised debate is scheduled Friday night between the two Republican candidates involved, Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker.“This will be the only debate for the Sixth District,” said A.J. Daoud, a Pilot Mountain businessman who is the Republican Party chairman for that district, which covers Surry and all or parts of nine other counties. The winner of Tuesday’s Berger-Walk...

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Cracker Barrel ‘interested’ in Mount Airy

Good news could be on the way for local fans of Cracker Barrel, which is eyeing Mount Airy as the possible location for a new restaurant.Rumors have swirled for months about such a move, which a spokesman for the restaurant chain lent credence to on Wednesday.“We are interested and considering the market there in Mount Airy,” said Jim Keller, corporate communications manager for Cracker ...

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‘It’s a homecoming’

The Blackmon Ampitheatre will come alive Friday as friends, family and fellow musicians gather to celebrate the legacy of renowned Mount Airy musician Jimmy Lowry.And perhaps help support a college-bound student or two in the process.The seventh installment of the Jimmy Lowry Tribute Concert is set to get under way at 7:30 p.m., and promises to provide a full evening of music and entertainment for all music lovers.Once again this year, Beach Music Hall of Fame...

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Surry Central’s Dreven Harrison (right) speaks with his team between games, including Levi Coe (white shirt) and Karsen Conner (navy).

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North Surry guard Jordan Badgett (in black) instructs a group of girls on using the bounce pass off the pick and roll. The Lady Greyhounds are hosting a youth basketball camp this week.

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East’s Brim commits to play baseball at SCC

PILOT MOUNTAIN — When the time came for Seth Brim to make a decision on his college baseball destination, the choice was easy.The senior hurler and first baseman from East Surry committed to play at Surry Community College next season, selecting the Knights over Division II schools Brevard and Mars Hill.For Brim, the decision boiled down to two main issues.“It came down to playing time and money issues. I felt like Surry was where I needed to be,&#...

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Posie Dawson

Mr. Posie Maynard Dawson, 72 of Mount Airy passed away at his home Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was born in Carroll County, VA on March 14, 1942 to the late Winfred Nelson and Nellie Clementine Tate Dawson. He is survived by three brothers, Jack, Doug and Elmer Dawson. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Crooked Oak Moravian Church in Cana, VA. There will be no formal visitation. Moody Funeral Home will be assisting the Dawson Family. Online condolences may be...

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Johnny King

Mr. Johnny Lee Childress, 49, of King, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Universal Health Care in King. He was born in Surry County on June 23, 1965 to Linda Jean McCormick Poff and to Billy Gray Childress. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Linda and Ronnie Poff of Mount Airy; his father Billy Gray Childress of Mount Airy; a brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Mavis Childress of Ararat, VA; a stepbrother, Chris Poff of Mount Airy. Mr. Childress was preceded in death by a sister,...

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Annie Pratt

Mrs. Annie Lorine Gordon Pratt, age 90, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Funeral will be Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Friendly Chapel Church. The family will receive friends Sunday, at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service. Howell-Nelson Funeral Service.

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J.W. Weldon

J. W. Welden, 94, of Mount Airy, N.C. passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014. He was born October 5, 1919, in Haralson County, Georgia, to the late Andrew and Mattie Weldon. He was a World War II veteran and served in the Army in the South Pacific where he received a Purple Heart. While in service, he met and married Marian Wilkins and began his career raising animals and various crops. He loved working in the outdoors, traveling, and sharing with people along the way. He was a member of Tally Ho ...

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Runelle Cagle

Mrs. Runelle Payne Evans Cagle, 86 of Mount Airy passed away at Forsyth Medical Center Tuesday, July 8, 2014. She was born in Carroll County, VA to the late Columbus H. “Lum” and Annetta Westmoreland Payne. Mrs. Cagle retired from Mount Airy City Schools and was a dedicated member of Epworth United Methodist Church for over 70 years. During those years, she served extensively as a Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, was a member and officer of the Women’s Circle Meeting, mem...

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East Surry 12U wins District 2 title

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The girls keep getting older, but the results remain the same.A group of softball all-stars from the East Surry Little League has won its district for the third straight year.The East Surry all-stars beat Rowan County for the district title in the 11-12 age group.The core of the team (with the exception of two players) won the 10U district title last year.Maggie Holt and Madison Upchurch weren’t with the same group last ...

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