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Tom Joyce

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E-Mail Address: tjoyce@civitasmedia.com

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DOBSON — Although the Civil War ended 150 years ago, the significance of that bloody four-year conflict and the sacrifices it demanded of soldiers and families still resonate in Surry County, as evidenced by a ceremony Saturday in Dobson.Celebrating any aspect of Confederate heritage is something many communities shy away from in this day and

Civil War's end commemorated

DOBSON — Although the Civil War ended 150 years ago, the significance of that bloody four-year conflict and the sacrifices it demanded of soldiers and families still resonate in Surry County, as evidenced by a ceremony Saturday in Dobson.Celebrating any aspect of Confederate heritage is something many communities shy away from in this day and

Any critics or connoisseurs who might have had doubts about the health of the local winery industry — or craft beer for that matter — simply needed to be in Mount Airy Saturday afternoon.
There they would have found North Main Street filled with people in a barricaded area from Oak Street to Independence Boulevard, sampling the wares o

Record crowds toast Budbreak

Any critics or connoisseurs who might have had doubts about the health of the local winery industry — or craft beer for that matter — simply needed to be in Mount Airy Saturday afternoon. There they would have found North Main Street filled with people in a barricaded area from Oak Street to Independence Boulevard, sampling the wares o

A recent raid on a video gaming operation by city and county authorities has caused a domino effect with the voluntary closure of another business — at least temporarily.
This has occurred with an Internet cafe located on Merita Street beside McDonald's, which once was the site of Pizza Hut. It is known as the Car and Truck Hut — thoug

Internet parlor closes in response to raid

A recent raid on a video gaming operation by city and county authorities has caused a domino effect with the voluntary closure of another business — at least temporarily. This has occurred with an Internet cafe located on Merita Street beside McDonald's, which once was the site of Pizza Hut. It is known as the Car and Truck Hut — thoug

Police reports

• A Mount Airy teen was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond early Thursday on burglary and other offenses, according to city police department reports. Tyler Blake Daughenbaugh, 16, of 909 Hunter Drive, was arrested at his residence on outstanding warrants filed Tuesday after an assault investigation. Daughenbaugh is accused of assault with

Facing a possible tight budget year, some Mount Airy officials don't want to increase city funding regularly provided to outside entities such as the rescue squad and museum.
And while a finance committee composed of two councilmen reluctantly decided at a meeting Thursday to support maintaining the present level of funding ($205,150 total) for th

City wrestles with special-agency requests

Facing a possible tight budget year, some Mount Airy officials don't want to increase city funding regularly provided to outside entities such as the rescue squad and museum. And while a finance committee composed of two councilmen reluctantly decided at a meeting Thursday to support maintaining the present level of funding ($205,150 total) for th

Police reports

• A break-in at the Cumbia Mix nightclub on West Pine Street earlier this week netted the theft of 24 cases of Corona beer, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. The Sunday incident involved someone prying a lock off a concession trailer and a back door to gain entry, with loose quarters stolen along with the beer. No loss figure

Nowadays, it's difficult to get kids away from television, computers or video games, but an array of activities planned at an event this Saturday in Mount Airy seeks to do just that.
Fishing, disc golf, yard games and a climbing wall will be just some of the attractions at the fifth-annual Kidsfest to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverside Pa

Park to host Kidsfest Saturday

Nowadays, it's difficult to get kids away from television, computers or video games, but an array of activities planned at an event this Saturday in Mount Airy seeks to do just that. Fishing, disc golf, yard games and a climbing wall will be just some of the attractions at the fifth-annual Kidsfest to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverside Pa

A key staff member of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) has left for a similar position in Cabarrus County.
However, the partnership's president says the same level of services will be maintained until a replacement for LeeAnn Nixon is hired.
Nixon was vice president of existing industry services for the Surry Economic Devel

Economic development agency loses staffer

A key staff member of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) has left for a similar position in Cabarrus County. However, the partnership's president says the same level of services will be maintained until a replacement for LeeAnn Nixon is hired. Nixon was vice president of existing industry services for the Surry Economic Devel

A key staff member of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) has left for a similar position in Cabarrus County.
However, the partnership's president says the same level of services will be maintained until a replacement for LeeAnn Nixon is hired.
Nixon was vice president of existing industry services for the Surry Economic Devel

Economic development agency loses staffer

A key staff member of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) has left for a similar position in Cabarrus County. However, the partnership's president says the same level of services will be maintained until a replacement for LeeAnn Nixon is hired. Nixon was vice president of existing industry services for the Surry Economic Devel

Police reports

• A local woman has been charged in connection with the alleged cashing of forged checks, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Jennifer Elaine Vaughn, 22, of 650 White Pines Country Club Road, turned herself in at the police station Saturday on four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. The crimes at Surrey Bank

A driver who was involved in a collision with a school bus in Mount Airy on April 17 has died, according to city police.
“We found out today,” Capt. Alan Freeman said Tuesday afternoon regarding the death of Johnny Rex Hiatt, which occurred Monday.
Unconfirmed reports Tuesday indicated that Hiatt, who was 74 and lived at 423 Patton Wa

Driver in school bus crash dies

A driver who was involved in a collision with a school bus in Mount Airy on April 17 has died, according to city police. “We found out today,” Capt. Alan Freeman said Tuesday afternoon regarding the death of Johnny Rex Hiatt, which occurred Monday. Unconfirmed reports Tuesday indicated that Hiatt, who was 74 and lived at 423 Patton Wa

Public Records

LAND TRANSFERSIn recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for property be stated on the deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 valuation or fraction is thereof affixed to each deed.The Stokes County Register of Deeds recorded the following deeds:BEAVER ISLAND TOWNSHIP:Joel Eugene James, Jr.

The Surry County Historical Society has extended its deadline for reservations for the Spring Dinner Meeting until May 1. The meeting is slated for May 7 at the Edwards-Franklin House on 4132 Haystack Road in Mount Airy. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The program is titled “Traditional Musicians of Surry County” and will pre

Historical society meeting reservation deadline extended

The Surry County Historical Society has extended its deadline for reservations for the Spring Dinner Meeting until May 1. The meeting is slated for May 7 at the Edwards-Franklin House on 4132 Haystack Road in Mount Airy. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The program is titled “Traditional Musicians of Surry County” and will pre

Waste spill occurs in city

A recent wastewater spill in Mount Airy that resulted in nearly 20,000 gallons reaching the Ararat River has been found to have caused no long-term environmental damage, officials say. Municipal personnel became aware of the spill last Tuesday, which came from a sewer outfall line located between Arlington Street and South Andy Griffith Parkway (U

The Mount Airy Downtown Business Association is busy making preparations for Mayberry Farm Fest 2015, scheduled for mid-May in Downtown Mount Airy.
A celebration of farming and agricultural traditions, Mayberry Farm Fest will feature live traditional music and dancing, exhibits of classic farm vehicles and equipment, children's activities, demonst

Mayberry Farm Fest brings the country to the city on May 16

The Mount Airy Downtown Business Association is busy making preparations for Mayberry Farm Fest 2015, scheduled for mid-May in Downtown Mount Airy. A celebration of farming and agricultural traditions, Mayberry Farm Fest will feature live traditional music and dancing, exhibits of classic farm vehicles and equipment, children's activities, demonst

Police reports

• Two people have been arrested in Mount Airy and held under large bonds on various felony charges, according to city police department reports. Zachary Neil Cochran, 19, of Hillsville, Virginia, and Ginger Annette McGee, 30, who is listed as homeless, were encountered by officers during a suspicious-person/suspicious-vehicle investigation la

A Lexington woman has been charged with driving while impaired and other violations in the wake of a two-car collision on Riverside Drive near Mount Airy Sunday which seriously injured both motorists.
“This was very, very close to being a tragedy,” Trooper Robert Boyes of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Monday of the accident linked to ex

DWI, other charges filed in wreck

A Lexington woman has been charged with driving while impaired and other violations in the wake of a two-car collision on Riverside Drive near Mount Airy Sunday which seriously injured both motorists. “This was very, very close to being a tragedy,” Trooper Robert Boyes of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Monday of the accident linked to ex

Homes along a well-traveled Mount Airy street should be a little safer after a campaign this week to check smoke alarms and provide the lifesaving devices to those in need.
“We'll just be going door to door partnering with the American Red Cross and checking smoke detectors,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter explained Friday of the effo

Effort this week will target smoke detectors

Homes along a well-traveled Mount Airy street should be a little safer after a campaign this week to check smoke alarms and provide the lifesaving devices to those in need. “We'll just be going door to door partnering with the American Red Cross and checking smoke detectors,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter explained Friday of the effo

The cause of a Thursday night apartment fire in Mount Airy which displaced 35 residents has been ruled accidental.
“It was an electrical malfunction in a basement area,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said of the blaze at a small apartment complex at 1007 S. Main St., just south of the Hamburg Street intersection.
The incident caused

Electrical issue cause of apartment fire

The cause of a Thursday night apartment fire in Mount Airy which displaced 35 residents has been ruled accidental. “It was an electrical malfunction in a basement area,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said of the blaze at a small apartment complex at 1007 S. Main St., just south of the Hamburg Street intersection. The incident caused

Mount Airy Parks and Recreation was breaking new ground with an Earth Day event, but it made up for lost time in an impressive way thanks to the enthusiasm of about 60 local children who participated.
Earth Day was first observed in 1970 and is now celebrated every April 22 in nearly 200 countries to demonstrate their collective support for enviro

Kids celebrate Earth Day in big way

Mount Airy Parks and Recreation was breaking new ground with an Earth Day event, but it made up for lost time in an impressive way thanks to the enthusiasm of about 60 local children who participated. Earth Day was first observed in 1970 and is now celebrated every April 22 in nearly 200 countries to demonstrate their collective support for enviro





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