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DOBSON — Organizers of Surry Community College’s Week of Welcome for new students say the effort has been well received, in spite of weather earlier in the week literally raining on their best-made plans.Vice President of Student Services Randy Ledford cited recent studies indicating student involvement with activities and higher graduation rates as one reason behind the event.“We are trying to engage students through activities because the more they are involved the better their college experience is and the more stay and complete their degrees,” Ledford said. He explained the proposition is different for community colleges with a more diverse student body, in contrast to four-year schools.

 

Boundaries drawn for timber plan

No lines have been drawn in the sand, but lines have been drawn in the woods — at least on paper, as Mount Airy officials prepare to sell timber at the city-owned Westwood Industrial Park.After months of debate on that issue, it might finally be resolved by the city board of commissioners during a 7 p.m. meeting today.A vote on launching the logging process was delayed at the board’s last meeting on Aug. 7, reflecting a belief among the majority of members th...

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Board praises Hungry Bear program support

The Mount Airy Board of Education expressed its gratitude at its regular business meeting Tuesday to First Baptist Church for its support of the Hungry Bears Backpack program at Mount Airy Middle School (MAMS).School Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little told the board the church decided to focus its efforts on a missions project to benefit the local school in place of its usual global missions effort. He said members were encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items and money whic...

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Additional $300,000 needed for greenway work

A greenway connector in Mount Airy which officials already have said could cost up to $4.5 million apparently will have an even higher price tag due to related stream stabilization.The city board of commissioners is expected to vote at a meeting tonight to state the need for an additional $300,000 in funding for the connector project. In addition to linking the existing Emily B. Taylor and Ararat River greenways, it will involve streambank stabilization and stream restoration for s...

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Police briefs

• A Mount Airy man is facing violations of shoplifting, possession of stolen goods and second-degree trespassing after an incident Sunday at Dollar General on North Renfro Street, according to city police department reports. Brandon Wilson Key, 26, of 149 Hamburg St., allegedly concealed beer and miscellaneous merchandise at the business. Key also had been banned from the store previously, resulted in the trespassing offense. He is free on a written promise to appear in Surry District C...

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Fresh products and casual market atmosphere

Business seemed to be swarming at the Mount Airy Farmer’s Market this week. Here are a few scenes from Tuesday.

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Ohio taking interest in Mayberry

Welcome to Surry County, Buckeyes.Yes, that’s right…Ohio. This state had the most visitors to the area (behind North Carolina of course), and Virginia, according to Jessica Roberts, director of tourism and marketing for the greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.According to tracking from the Mount Airy Visitor’s Center, 6,874 visitors were greeted in the month of June, and 7,883 visitors in July stopped by the center. Of that...

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City to demolish rundown houses

Mount Airy officials are posed to order the demolition of four houses in the city limits which have been ruled unfit for human habitation.Proposals to have the structures torn down, at a total estimated cost of $39,150, will be considered by the city board of commissioners during a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.The structures are located at 145 Orchard St., 923 Carroll St., 719 Worth St. and 506 Kyle St.City documents regarding the proposed demolitions state that ...

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Members told Rotary is “we” not “me”

Mount Airy Rotary speaker Dale Draughn opened his member profile talk by telling his fellow club members Rotary is not so much about any one “me,” and is all about “we.”Rotary President Van Lankford and Speaker Program Coordinator Candace Sammons told members Draughn’s talk was another way for club members to get to know one another. Sammons said that while he is a relatively new member to the group, he is actively involved.

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Police briefs

• A traffic stop late Sunday led to a Mount Airy man being served with an outstanding felony warrant for possession of stolen property, according to city police department reports. Tommy Dean McMillian Jr., 21, of 171 Pottery Trail, was arrested on West Lebanon Street near Hickory Street after the traffic stop triggered by no taillights, during which McMillian was encountered as a passenger.

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Board okays courthouse repairs

DOBSON — Interested contractors may soon be bidding on a half-million-dollar construction project on the historic Dobson courthouse.Following a brief update on needed repairs to the courthouse, the Surry County Board of Commissioners gave the nod to funding four needed improvements to the building.County Facilities Director Don Mitchell told the board during the meeting that his department had been in the process of having the courthouse assessed by Pilot Mountain-...

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Board to gov’t: Enforce the law

It didn’t take long for the feelings about the current immigration crisis to be known Monday night.Following a presentation to the board by Commissioner Larry Phillips on the issue, board Chair Eddie Harris summed up the sentiment concisely.“The United States government is complicit in human trafficking,” he said.Phillips brought the issue before the board following an Aug. 4 phone call that included representatives from the White House, Heal...

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Variety of plants shown on walk

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A medicinal herb hike Saturday at Pilot Mountain State Park was more of a meditation on a decline of naturalists in forests than a dissertation on knowledge once the domain of a select few local persons before modern medicine was accessible.“Plants have a lot of uses, with a plant sometimes being used in different ways for different results. Back then one person was relied on in communities to have an accumulated knowledge to use them correctly. If you ...

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Propane storage facility planned

An industrial park in Mount Airy is getting a new tenant — a propane storage and distribution facility to be developed by an existing local company.Hall Propane and its parent firm, Twin County Energy Inc. based in Walnut Cove, have bought a site in Piedmont Triad West Corporate Park for the new operation.It will include the erection of two 30,000-gallon propane tanks and other facilities on a site of about 1.2 acres.“They’re fairly large tan...

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Lady Cards sweep Elkin in opener

ELKIN — The Lady Cardinals opened the volleyball season with a 3-0 sweep of Elkin Monday.East Surry dominated the second set, but played sloppy in the first and third frames, said head coach Caleb Gilley.The Cards won 25-17 in the first set, but most of the Lady Elks’ points were given to them by the Cards, he said.Among the mistakes were eight bad serves and some unforced errors on swings.In the second set, East played much better with ...

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SC looks to be tenacious

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles lost two key pieces, but think the volleyball team can improve overall as a group this season.Two of the top players in the league, Cassidy Joyner and Kendra Johnson, have moved on to college, but several younger players who were on the roster last year have grown and improved.Helping with that growth are a couple of new assistants.Head coach Carrie Hutchens and top assistant Camarra Kidd will have more time for varsity this seas...

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Eagles top Bears in opener 3-0

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles showed their killer instinct in finishing off close games to beat Mount Airy Monday 3-0.The Lady Bears played well in each game, but Surry Central put the sets away with runs of 8-0, 5-0 and 7-1.In the first set, the Eagles were up just 3-2 before going on a 9-2 run with several points coming on Emma White’s serve.After a timeout from Bear coach Chuck Morris, the Bears rebounded and kept it even all the way to 17-10....

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Bears host volley games

Mount Airy hosted a five-hour volleyball practice as teams gear up for the start of the season next week.The Lady Bears held three scrimmages simultaneously throughout Friday afternoon: two side-by-side in the main gym and one in the old junior high gym next door.The visiting teams were North Surry, Davie, Glenn, North Stokes and Wilkes Central.Each school faced the other five opponents in a 25-minute contest. Rather than keep score, the teams simply played un...

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