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David Broyles

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ROCKFORD —Organizers of the tenth Annual Civil War Battle and Living History Weekend in Rockford will once again exemplify Benjamin Franklin's adage “involve me and I learn” with the March 7 and 8 event.
“It's small and hometown and has always been family friendly,” said organizer Carolyn Carter. She said James Mills

Re-enactment offers glimpse at living history

ROCKFORD —Organizers of the tenth Annual Civil War Battle and Living History Weekend in Rockford will once again exemplify Benjamin Franklin's adage “involve me and I learn” with the March 7 and 8 event. “It's small and hometown and has always been family friendly,” said organizer Carolyn Carter. She said James Mills

The Surry Arts Council (SAC) Arts Ball set a new attendance record Friday night as the black tie optional evening raised money to benefit school cultural arts programs. One hundred percent and opportunity were two recurring words for the annual event held at Cross Creek Country Club.
The estimated total of participants for the evening was 228, top

Annual Arts Ball sets new attendance record

The Surry Arts Council (SAC) Arts Ball set a new attendance record Friday night as the black tie optional evening raised money to benefit school cultural arts programs. One hundred percent and opportunity were two recurring words for the annual event held at Cross Creek Country Club. The estimated total of participants for the evening was 228, top

Given that things can't be too perfect when one is having to discuss the “latest” snowstorm to hit Surry County, the area did get lucky this time around, a local official said.“I think we fared very well and I think the reason we did was the temperature and the type of snow that fell,” Surry Emergency Services Director John

Problems minimal from latest snow

Given that things can't be too perfect when one is having to discuss the “latest” snowstorm to hit Surry County, the area did get lucky this time around, a local official said.“I think we fared very well and I think the reason we did was the temperature and the type of snow that fell,” Surry Emergency Services Director John

School Resource Officers to expand to middle schools

DOBSON — The Surry County Schools Board of Education's regular meeting set for Monday will included an announcement regarding the expansion of its School Resource Officer program to middle schools. The meeting is slated to be held in the Central Office boardroom beginning at 5 p.m. In March 2014, the district's School Resource Officer (SRO)

State Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz's scheduled visit to Mount Airy on Thursday has been postponed as a result of snowy weather forecast to hit the area overnight.
She had been scheduled to be at McArthur's on Main Thursday. Now, she is to visit the downtown establishement on March 11 at 2 p.m.
The meeting is part of a statewide to

State official's visit reset for March 11

State Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz's scheduled visit to Mount Airy on Thursday has been postponed as a result of snowy weather forecast to hit the area overnight. She had been scheduled to be at McArthur's on Main Thursday. Now, she is to visit the downtown establishement on March 11 at 2 p.m. The meeting is part of a statewide to

There are those who may consider an upcoming talk, on co-existing with coyotes, by Marilyn McGee, to be an oxymoron. McGee's approach stands in contrast to a recent contest in Yadkin County for hunters to shoot and kill as many coyotes as possible.
The talk is scheduled for March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Airy Public Library.
According to McGee

Co-existing with coyotes set for March 3

There are those who may consider an upcoming talk, on co-existing with coyotes, by Marilyn McGee, to be an oxymoron. McGee's approach stands in contrast to a recent contest in Yadkin County for hunters to shoot and kill as many coyotes as possible. The talk is scheduled for March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Airy Public Library. According to McGee

Surry Countians can count on being a way station on the Siberian Express's as forecasters call for Tuesday's snow to be topped off Wednesday and Thursday with more of the white stuff. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) Meteorologist Dave Wert compares the storm system's path to train tracks.
“The next system moving into t

New storm is expected to bring fresh snowfall to the region

Surry Countians can count on being a way station on the Siberian Express's as forecasters call for Tuesday's snow to be topped off Wednesday and Thursday with more of the white stuff. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) Meteorologist Dave Wert compares the storm system's path to train tracks. “The next system moving into t

Plenty of cold outside Friday night was offset by plenty of praise inside The Andy Griffith Playhouse during the Surry Arts Council's annual community celebration of African-American heritage.
The weather appeared to affect participation with around half the number of groups performing as usual. Typically, the free event draws more than a dozen ar

Celebrating Black History Month

Plenty of cold outside Friday night was offset by plenty of praise inside The Andy Griffith Playhouse during the Surry Arts Council's annual community celebration of African-American heritage. The weather appeared to affect participation with around half the number of groups performing as usual. Typically, the free event draws more than a dozen ar

Weather wearied Surry Countians were hit again early Saturday with snow as the Siberian Express rolled out of the area, which caused a few problems in the area.
“We had several accidents in the (Saturday) morning but fortunately nothing really severe,” said Surry County Emergency Medical Services Director John Shelton. “Everythin

City blanketed by more snow, ice

Weather wearied Surry Countians were hit again early Saturday with snow as the Siberian Express rolled out of the area, which caused a few problems in the area. “We had several accidents in the (Saturday) morning but fortunately nothing really severe,” said Surry County Emergency Medical Services Director John Shelton. “Everythin

Bitter cold temps keeps plumbers busy

Local plumbers are scrambling to meet the demands for their services brought on by recent frigid temperatures. Steve Tate & Son Plumbing Inc. Project Manager Kevin Haynes said the firm has been “extremely busy” with more calls coming in later Friday morning than usual as leaks were discovered by temporarily home bound customers. Ha

Mount Airy's Tourism Development Authority Board (TDA) Friday signaled its willingness to support a feasibility study of a proposed downtown convention center and hotel in the former Spencers property.
The need for a market research and feasibility study resulted from various meetings with the City Redevelopment Commission meeting and the TDA. Dir

TDA to determine cost center study

Mount Airy's Tourism Development Authority Board (TDA) Friday signaled its willingness to support a feasibility study of a proposed downtown convention center and hotel in the former Spencers property. The need for a market research and feasibility study resulted from various meetings with the City Redevelopment Commission meeting and the TDA. Dir

Local school lunch menus

B.H. Tharrington Primary School Thursday — Chicken nuggets or Ground steak sandwich, Mashed potatoes, coleslaw, Sliced peaches, Milk. Friday — Taco soup with cheese quesadilla or Mini corndogs, Romaine salad with tomatoes, Baked potato, Fresh orange, Milk. Monday — NA Tuesday — NA Wednesday — NA J.J. Jones Interm

Forecasters are predicting bitterly cold temperatures for Surry County as the “Siberian Express” rolls through with its cargo of frigid Arctic air.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Meteorologist Nick Fillo said lows Wednesday night ranged from 4 degrees Fahrenheit in White Plains to eight degrees in Mount Airy. To

Siberian Express keeps the county on ice

Forecasters are predicting bitterly cold temperatures for Surry County as the “Siberian Express” rolls through with its cargo of frigid Arctic air. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Meteorologist Nick Fillo said lows Wednesday night ranged from 4 degrees Fahrenheit in White Plains to eight degrees in Mount Airy. To

While Surry County can look forward to the recent Arctic blast beginning its retreat this weekend, residents must brace themselves for unseasonably bitter weather tonight and Friday.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Meteorologist Nick Fillo said lows Wednesday night ranged from 4 degrees Fahrenheit in White Plains to eight de

Weather woes continue, colder temperatures on the way

While Surry County can look forward to the recent Arctic blast beginning its retreat this weekend, residents must brace themselves for unseasonably bitter weather tonight and Friday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Meteorologist Nick Fillo said lows Wednesday night ranged from 4 degrees Fahrenheit in White Plains to eight de

Cold weather saftey strategies for seniors given

Van Lankford, owner of Home Instead Senior Care which serves Surry and Stokes counties, is encouraging seniors and their loved ones heed cold weather safety tips in light of dangerous winter weather in the local forecast. Information provided by Landford indicates persons 65 years of age and older account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths.

Local horse owners are encouraged to not let this week's impending cold snap catch their four-legged charges off guard. Animal Medical Services' Rene Sykes, DVM, acknowledges two important camps of thought on the subject.
“There are those who believe if the temperature is below 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) horses are in big trouble,” said S

Local horses need special care in cold

Local horse owners are encouraged to not let this week's impending cold snap catch their four-legged charges off guard. Animal Medical Services' Rene Sykes, DVM, acknowledges two important camps of thought on the subject. “There are those who believe if the temperature is below 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) horses are in big trouble,” said S

The continuing threat from this week's snow storm is a simple black and white story. Officials urge caution for Surry County residents over the next two days as low temperatures turn melted snow into black ice.
Mount Airy City Schools, Surry County Schools and Surry Community College each cancelled classes for Tuesday. Surry County Emergency Servi

Officials: Low temps to keep roads hazardous

The continuing threat from this week's snow storm is a simple black and white story. Officials urge caution for Surry County residents over the next two days as low temperatures turn melted snow into black ice. Mount Airy City Schools, Surry County Schools and Surry Community College each cancelled classes for Tuesday. Surry County Emergency Servi

While the snow and cold temperatures made driving hazardous, there were plenty of opportunities for fun around Mount Airy and Surry County Monday and Tuesday.

Old man winter makes his point with snow storm

While the snow and cold temperatures made driving hazardous, there were plenty of opportunities for fun around Mount Airy and Surry County Monday and Tuesday.

DOBSON — Local motorists are encouraged to limit travel in light of forecasts — four to six inches of snow is expected in the Mount Airy area, while as much as eight inches possible in areas bordering Virginia.
North Carolina Department of Transportation crews had applied a base of brine on Sunday according to County Maintenance Engine

Officials urge caution for motorists

DOBSON — Local motorists are encouraged to limit travel in light of forecasts — four to six inches of snow is expected in the Mount Airy area, while as much as eight inches possible in areas bordering Virginia. North Carolina Department of Transportation crews had applied a base of brine on Sunday according to County Maintenance Engine

When you get down to it, Mount Airy High School's first Chinese New Year Celebration will strike some familiar notes with local participants. The event is slated for Thursday in the MAHS Commons area from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a morning show planned at the school from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Organizer and Mandarin Chinese teacher Vicky Yang said she

Chinese New Year celebration slated

When you get down to it, Mount Airy High School's first Chinese New Year Celebration will strike some familiar notes with local participants. The event is slated for Thursday in the MAHS Commons area from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a morning show planned at the school from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Organizer and Mandarin Chinese teacher Vicky Yang said she





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