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Deputy shoots, kills man brandishing rifle

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The State Bureau of Investigation is sending a bomb detecting robot into the home of a local man who was shot and killed by a Surry County deputy earlier today.James Ransom, 55, was shot and killed by an as-yet unidentified Surry County deputy after Ransom brandished an assault rifle at the deputy and disregarded commands to put the weapon down.Now, the SBI is sending a bomb robot into the man’s Ararat home because Ransom had previously threatened to booby-trap his home and property.This is not the first brush authorities have had with Ransom in the past, according to the sheriff, having been called to his home “numerous times.” Today, just before noon, they were called to his home once again.


Dobson couple charged with 19 meth labs

DOBSON — A Dobson couple have been arrested on drug manufacturing charges after Surry County deputies were called to their home Monday.Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Douglas Edward Dumas, 27, and Sandy Denise Wood Dumas, 23, of 655 Wind Ridge Lane, were arrested after patrol deputies responded to a report of drug activity at the residence.“When the patrol officers arrived they saw items in view that alerted them to the possibility that methamphetamine was being...

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Police briefs

• A Mount Airy man has been charged with cyberstalking, according to city police department reports. Nathan Dean Wray, 24, of 138 New Cedar Lane was served with a criminal summons on the charge that was issued on April 7 with Howard Thomas Nelson, a resident of Cedar Ridge Place, as the complainant. No details were listed concerning the alleged violation, for which Nelson is to appear in Surry District Court on May 9.

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Missing local woman found

A local woman who had been missing for nearly a week has been located, according to Mount Airy police.Summer Nicole Hill, 28, was found unharmed Tuesday night through the efforts of the city detective unit.Hill was located in the Siloam area of the county, a police spokesman said Wednesday.He said she was found through checks with her known contacts.Hill had not been seen by family members since April 16. The woman’s mother reported her disapp...

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Willard playing for title, Holder in 3rd-place match

KING — North Surry’s Corbin Willard pulled away in the second set to advance to the tennis final of the Western Piedmont Conference Tournament.Teammate Samuel Holder came up short in the semifinal and will play for third place while Willard takes on West Stokes’ Jacob Covington at 9 a.m.After some cool weather last week, the temperature reached the upper 70s at West Stokes, and it was even hotter where the sun shown on the hardcourt.Holder, C...

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Central qualifies both doubles teams for regional

KING — Surry Central’s two doubles teams finished second and fourth in the Western Piedmont Conference Tournament Monday.Unlike singles, the doubles tournament took place all in one day. West Stokes took first and third places.All four doubles teams have qualified for the 2A regional tournament a week from Friday in Lexington.North Surry’s Cameron Shore and Mason Taylor won a match 8-6 against Forbush, but then lost to the eventual champions,...

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East Surry’s Brim, Ashburn combine for 8-0 shutout

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry improved to 18-0 with its sixth shutout of the season.Seth Brim and Cody Ashburn combined for a two-hitter in an 8-0 win over South Stokes Monday.Brim started and went five innings. He gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out four.Ashburn came out for the sixth inning. He allowed one hit and one walk while getting strikeouts on five of his six outs.Not only have the Cardinals pitched six shutouts, but th...

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‘Joseph’ on stage this weekend

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors is a familiar story to many, and this weekend at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, the Surry Arts Council production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” takes a musical spin on the traditional story, but at its heart, the story remains the same —a parable about enduring faith and compassion.

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Community Garden used for education, demonstration

According to the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA), research shows that when communities have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they are healthier communities as a whole, with lower rates of diabetes, obesity, and other diet-related diseases. Many North Carolinians have limited access to fresh produce, and may not have adequate space to grow a garden, or may not have the knowledge of how to start and maintain their own garden.

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Home Instead staff shows love and caring

Some of the folks who work at Home Instead Senior Care created their favorite dishes recently.These seven cooks and/or bakers are: Sharon Bledsoe, staff coordinator; Angela Allen, office manager; Kim Atkins-Bruner, RN, aide supervisor; Van Lankford, owner; Crissy Prevette, general manager; Sheryl Gilliam, account manager; and Candy Jones, office clerk/caregiver.Atkins-Bruner, a huge lover of cooking, created two recipes: the Wildberry Almond Coffee Cake and the Southwest...

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Hounds’ Willard wins singles title, Holder clinches 3rd

KING — North Surry won both tennis matches Tuesday morning to wrap up the Western Piedmont Conference Tournament.North’s Corbin Willard won the singles title, and teammate Samuel Holder earned third place as the Greyhounds defeated their Wildcat opponents in straight sets.The tennis tournament started Monday afternoon with the opening round, quarterfinals and semifinals all in one day.Both Hounds played two games, with the second matches being long...

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Granite Bears playing better baseball down stretch

Coach Jon Cawley said nobody outside of the Mount Airy dugout expects much from his team.The way the Granite Bears are playing right now, that could change.Mount Airy beat 4A Dudley 6-1 on Monday night in Greensboro for its fourth win in a row. Hard-throwing right-hander Jon Cagle kept a solid-hitting Panthers’ lineup in check. He gave up three hits and struck out 16.“Jon Cagle was dominant,” Cawley said. “Dudley is a team that is avera...

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SCC receives coach, player of year awards in golf

DOBSON — The Surry Community College golf team is hard at practice this week, preparing for the national championship in Indiana next month.With the end of the Region X season, the Knights picked up a few awards, including player of the year and coach of the year.Tom Pendergraft received the Region X coach of the year award, and Chandler White was named player of the year after earning the medalist honor at the two-day regional championship at Emerald Golf Course i...

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Surry pounds Wake Tech in softball

Surry’s softball team pounded Wake Technical Community College on the road in a doubleheader, winning 17-0 and 22-6.In the 17-0 win, the Knights scored 15 runs in the first two innings. Surry finished with 13 hits in the game and capitalized on eight errors from Wake Tech.Natalie Hauser (Forbush grad) and Sarah Scott (East Surry) hit home runs for Surry (20-12 overall, 11-5 Region X).Hauser was 2 for 4 at the plate with four runs and two RBIs. Rachel Wag...

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Eagles tie Wildcats, beat Vikings in soccer

DOBSON — Surry Central beat North Stokes 9-1 on a soggy field Tuesday.The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back to beat the Lady Vikings.This broke a two-match winless streak for the Eagles.Last week the team lost a heartbreaker 2-1 to Forbush. Then on Monday the team tied conference-leading West Stokes 1-1.The match with West Stokes was long and tough, according to Coach Matt Richardson. The Lady Wildcats were 15-1 coming...

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Eagles win 2 of 3 in Easter tournament

SANFORD — Surry Central’s baseball team took two out of three games in the Chatlee Easter Invitational in Sanford late last week to improve its overall record to 9-7.The Eagles dropped the opening game 5-0 to Western Harnett and then defeated North Moore 6-5 and Grace Christian 5-3.In the 6-5 victory over the Mustangs, Central rallied from a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning to take the lead. Jess Wilmoth was 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles a...

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Johnson earns doctor of philosophy in nursing

DOBSON — Surry Community College’s Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Yvonne O. Johnson, has successfully defended her dissertation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.Johnson’s dissertation topic was “Nurse Perceptions of Elder Self-Neglect.” She explained that self-neglect is a phenomenon that is most often seen in the elderly.

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Construction work continuing stormwater project

Those noticing the construction equipment at work in front of Mount Airy Middle School are seeing the beginning of what local officials hope will be an elegant, educational, and more natural alternative for storm water filtering.These constructed features at the Mount Airy Middle School and Rowe Environmental Park are known as structural storm water best management practices (BMP’s), or specifically as bio-retention cells areas.Information supplied by the school di...

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