Keith Strange

Position: Staff Reporter
E-Mail Address: kstrange@civitasmedia.com

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A cursory look at the expense reports submitted by embattled Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson reveals what one county source has described as a widespread pattern of financial impropriety.
Johnson, while he hasn't been officially named, is reportedly the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) probe into alleged financial misconduct

A widespread pattern?

A cursory look at the expense reports submitted by embattled Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson reveals what one county source has described as a widespread pattern of financial impropriety. Johnson, while he hasn't been officially named, is reportedly the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) probe into alleged financial misconduct

A cursory look at the expense reports submitted by embattled Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson reveals what one county source has described as a widespread pattern of financial impropriety.
Johnson, while he hasn't been officially named, is reportedly the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) probe into the alleged financial miscon

A widespread pattern?

A cursory look at the expense reports submitted by embattled Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson reveals what one county source has described as a widespread pattern of financial impropriety. Johnson, while he hasn't been officially named, is reportedly the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) probe into the alleged financial miscon

Golding tapped as board vice chair

The Surry County Board of Commissioners has a new vice chairman. Following the removal of former vice chair Paul Johnson in the wake of an ongoing State Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged financial irregularities associated with travel reimbursement, the board voted to name former chairman R.F. “Buck” Golding to the seat. The

Woman struck while crossing U.S. 52

A 19-year-old Westfield woman is being treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after she was struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening. According to Emergency Services Director John Shelton, Annalisa Nicole Gardner, 19, was transported from the scene in critical but stable condition following the 8:09 p.m., accident. Lt. Barry Vanhoy of the Mou

Saving the planet

DOBSON — County officials say the public has taken them up on their offer of expanded recycling, and the results are impressive. According to Public Works Director Dennis Bledsoe, the county began accepting an expanded list of recyclables in mid-July, and the effort is paying dividends in keeping the items out of the county landfill and prot

Board OKs PGW extension

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners took a “middle of the road” approach to a request by Elkin's Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) to extend the deadline on its incentive package, choosing to give the company a break on the number of jobs created and holding them to the deadline on the amount of money invested in the count

DOBSON — Facing a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on alleged financial impropriety, county Commissioner Paul Johnson is asking the public to stand behind him while acknowledging he is not perfect.
“I'm human just like everyone else,” he said. “And humans tend to make mistakes.”
Johnson said he has &#

Johnson: 'I'm not that person'

DOBSON — Facing a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on alleged financial impropriety, county Commissioner Paul Johnson is asking the public to stand behind him while acknowledging he is not perfect. “I'm human just like everyone else,” he said. “And humans tend to make mistakes.” Johnson said he has &#

Board OKs PGW extension

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners took a “middle of the road” approach to a request by Elkin's Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) to extend the deadline on its incentive package, choosing to give the company a break on the number of jobs created and holding them to the deadline on the amount of money invested in the count

A walk back in time

County veterans advocates are planning an event they say is long overdue: A night of glitz and glamour to recognize the area's World War II veterans. Surry County Veterans Services Director Mike Scott said his office is nearly ready to sell tickets for a Nov. 15, 1940s-themed Hollywood night. “We're hosting the event to honor our World War

County, city to huddle on Interstates project

DOBSON — The county's board of commissioners is set to schedule another meeting with the city of Mount Airy's board in an effort to hammer out an agreement on the perpetually-on-the-horizon Interstates Sewer Project. The $4.6 million project will extend the service to the area west of Mount Airy in the hopes of stimulating growth in an area

DOBSON — Threatening skies at the beginning of the event did little to quell the enthusiasm of the thousands of attendees anticipated at this year's Celebrate Agriculture event, a farm-related festival designed to get people more interested in the food they eat.
“We want people to be aware of agriculture. To know a little bit more abou

Cows and crafts and food, oh my

DOBSON — Threatening skies at the beginning of the event did little to quell the enthusiasm of the thousands of attendees anticipated at this year's Celebrate Agriculture event, a farm-related festival designed to get people more interested in the food they eat. “We want people to be aware of agriculture. To know a little bit more abou

The opinions are in. This year's Surry County Agricultural Fair, which wraps up today, was one for the record books.
“It's just been great,” said organizer and fair Co-Chair Katherine Thorpe. “We held a carload night this year on opening night where a carload of people could get in with unlimited rides for $25, and that was a hug

Last day for county fair

The opinions are in. This year's Surry County Agricultural Fair, which wraps up today, was one for the record books. “It's just been great,” said organizer and fair Co-Chair Katherine Thorpe. “We held a carload night this year on opening night where a carload of people could get in with unlimited rides for $25, and that was a hug

Cars are lined up Saturday morning in a parking lot at the corner of North Main and Lebanon streets in Mount Airy, as Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling Center hosted a document shredding event. The center took donations from residents, who were provided drive-through shredding services. Officials say that last year they provided more than $20,000 in fr

Cars are lined up Saturday morning in a parking lot at the corner of North Main and Lebanon streets in Mount Airy, as Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling Center hosted a document shredding event. The center took donations from residents, who were provided drive-through shredding services. Officials say that last year they provided more than $20,000 in fr

A 19-year-old Flat Rock man was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday after police say he fled the scene of a hit and run accident on East Pine Street.
The accident, which occurred in the 1300 block of the highway, resulted in a portion of Pine Street being closed for more than an hour.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Stan White

One in custody following hit and run

A 19-year-old Flat Rock man was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday after police say he fled the scene of a hit and run accident on East Pine Street. The accident, which occurred in the 1300 block of the highway, resulted in a portion of Pine Street being closed for more than an hour. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Stan White

DOBSON — That bumper sticker that reads, “If you like to eat, thank a farmer,” has never been more true, and an event set today at Fisher River Park is designed to give the public a chance to do just that.
This year's Celebrating Agriculture event is set to get under way at 3 p.m., according to county Parks and Recreation Directo

DOBSON — That bumper sticker that reads, “If you like to eat, thank a farmer,” has never been more true, and an event set today at Fisher River Park is designed to give the public a chance to do just that. This year's Celebrating Agriculture event is set to get under way at 3 p.m., according to county Parks and Recreation Directo

The end of the Interstates project?

DOBSON — The county's Board of Commissioners is set to address, yet again, the chances of getting the long-awaited Interstates Sewer Project under way, but at least one commissioner says that if the county can't reach an agreement with the City of Mount Airy, the project could die before the first shovel goes in the ground. The $4.6 million

DOBSON — The parade traveling up South Main Street in Dobson Thursday night bore little resemblance to similar parades in the county.
There was no music. No horns. No sirens and no clowns.
There was no laughter.
Instead, the crowd of hundreds braving a summer rain stood solemnly as nearly 100 emergency services rescue vehicles and members

'Because we care'

DOBSON — The parade traveling up South Main Street in Dobson Thursday night bore little resemblance to similar parades in the county. There was no music. No horns. No sirens and no clowns. There was no laughter. Instead, the crowd of hundreds braving a summer rain stood solemnly as nearly 100 emergency services rescue vehicles and members

Property transfers

In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for a parcel be stated on its deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 in value, or fraction thereof, is affixed to each deed. • Cellie Bowman, of Mount Airy, to Troy Bowman of ?Archdale. 1 acre in Mount Airy. $139. • Robert Z. Hester

Marriages

The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Surry County Register of Deeds office: • Adam Miller Cox, 27, of Pilot Mountain, and Ashley Elizabeth Branch, 21, of Pilot Mountain. Issued September 11. • Jonathan Wayne Hamm, 21, of Dobson, and Alexandria Janay Semones, 18, of Dobson. Issued September 10. • Jonathan Wayn

Divorces

The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts: • Zachary B. Darnell and Leslie D. McCann. Granted September 10. • Carlos Jevon Carvana and Turquoise Andrea Erving. Granted September 9. • Beverly Elizabeth Safrit Snyder and George Milfred Snyder III. Granted September 8. • Latasha Lyn Bowman




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