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Home destroyed in Thursday morning fire

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The cause of a Thursday morning house fire is still under investigation by Surry County Fire Marshal’s office inspectors. According to Fire Inspector Jason Burkholder, no firefighters or civilians were hurt in connection with the blaze.Burkholder said the call for the fire was received at 8 a.m. for the single story modular home located at 107 Country Mist Lane in the Holly Springs area. He said firefighters responded to the blaze minutes after the call was received and credited an unidentified neighbor with discovering the fire, knocking on the door to wake up the family and making a 911 call to alert authorities.


Sheriff: Deputy acted properly

While the official investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Graham Atkinson says an internal investigation into Wednesday’s officer involved shooting revealed the officer acted properly and followed proper police protocol.“We did our own internal investigation and I’m very confident our guys acted appropriately,” Atkinson said.The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), as is typical of officer involved shootings, is conducting its own investigation into th...

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Fletcher named Administrative Professional of the Year

Julie Corder Fletcher with Allstate Insurance Company/Tonda Phillips Corp. was named Administrative Professional of the Year at the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce’s Administrative Professional Day Luncheon on Wednesday afternoon.

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Citizens Police Academy graduates recognized

High school commencement ceremonies are still weeks away in this area, but one graduation event has already occurred.It involved members of the 14th-annual Mount Airy Citizens Police Academy (CPA). The class was recognized at a meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners last week.The Citizens Police Academy provides local residents the opportunity to learn about law enforcement operations during a series of classes held weekly from January to March.

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Early voting starts today for primary

DOBSON — Although the primary itself won’t occur until May 6, citizens can get a jump on the democratic process beginning today.Early voting ahead of the primary is now under way at the Surry County Board of Elections office in Dobson, and will extend to sites in Mount Airy and Elkin on Monday.“We are open, and please come out and vote,” was the word Wednesday afternoon from Susan Jarrell, county elections director....

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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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Deputy shoots, kills man brandishing rifle

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...

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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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