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Chamber seeks 10-percent increase in new members

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The new head of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce said it’s vital for the business chamber to increase its membership over the course of the next year by a minimum of 10 percent.“I believe I would be satisfied if we get about a 10- to 15-percent increase,” said Chairman Steve Owings, who also is the proprietor of State Farm Insurance.The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce has 292 registered members.Owings was ushered in as chairman for the chamber last Thursday. According to chamber bylaws, the chairman position alternates annually. Owings replaced Jerry Stroud of Duke Energy, who replaced Dr. Randy Bledsoe of Elkin City Schools.


ECS band, choral director recognized for Education Excellence

Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe recently presented the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Excellence Award to school system middle and high school choral and band director Tonya Smith.Bledsoe called her work with the band phenomenal and spoke about her high energy for music.“The biggest winners are her students,” said Bledsoe.He said Smith is creating a whole new generation for the appreciation of the arts and their imp...

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Yadkinville native earns Master’s Degree from Wake Forest University

WINSTON-SALEM — Spencer Kayla Ashley graduated from Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on May 19 with a Master of Arts degree in mathematics. Wake Forest is a private university located in Winston-Salem and is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the nation.While attending Wake Forest, Ashley was inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society.Ashley is now employed at Aon Hewitt, in Winston-Salem, as a b...

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Lightning split with Tide

GALAX, Va. — With several swimmers absent, the Elkin Wet Lightning earned a split with the Galax Maroon Tide Saturday.The Elkin women won 441-379, but the men fell 394-309. The combined score was 773-750 in favor of Galax.On the women’s side, Elizabeth McCann and Jaycie Knight each captured five wins, while Annie Douglas, Maia Schweikert, and Amelia Wills each picked up four.On the men’s side, Dockery Sloop and David Morton each picked up fou...

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Hitting ‘enter’ to pull the trigger

DOBSON — Want to apply for a gun permit in your underwear? Soon, that will be an option.The Surry County Board of Commissioners gave a nod Monday night to a proposal proffered by Sheriff Graham Atkinson that will allow county residents to apply for gun permits online.“We’ve been looking at it for several months, and there are several companies who do it,” Atkinson said. “What we want to do as a matter of convenience for the public is to try ...

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Stone Mountain News

Faith Baptist Church on the Traphill Road is having Vacation Bible School this week Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m.This is the last week of the Summer Reading Program at the Traphill Branch Library. Kids are encouraged to read to win prizes during the summer. On Tuesday,Ronald McDonald was there to show us his new tricks and how much he likes to read. On Thursday, Ms. Becky will have a story time program at 11 a.m.

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School system still waiting for budget finale

Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said he interprets House and Senate negotiations as being a stalemate after they came together recently, but have yet to reach a formal decision on the North Carolina Public Schools budget.Bledsoe said, meanwhile, the school system waits hoping for some agreement between now and the end of the work week.The superintendent said if an agreement is not reached, then last year’s biennium budget will be used....

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Elkin police briefs

The Elkin Police Department released records for arrests and citations issued during the week of July 14-19.• Octavio Bautista Carbajal, 48, of Elkin, was arrested and charged for being an absconder, identity theft, and possession of fraudulent identification card. Bond was set at $5,000 secured with an Aug. 15 court date. According to police brass, an absconder is someone who has left the jurisdiction of another court without permission.• Elijah Peyton Thomp...

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Ross Bailes wins again (and again) at Friendship

Ross Bailes won for the third and fourth times this season at Friendship Motor Speedway, claiming both $1,000 Southeastern Crate Association Late Model features early Sunday morning.North Wilkesboro’s Chad Call claimed the $500 Super Stock 4 feature; Troutman’s Chad Paxton took the Open Wheel Modified feature; West Jefferson’s Shaun Robinson won the Renegades feature; Randy Powell won wire-to-wire in Xtreme Stock feature; and Clifton Richardson took the UCars feat...

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48 years and still running strong

GERMANTON — Bill Tesh started racing in June of 1966 — just more than 48 years ago.He drove in $99 claiming races at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. “Anybody could buy any of the cars for $99,” Tesh said.Tesh was in the Navy in 1966 — serving with an anti-submarine warfare squadron in Norfolk, Virginia. He’s been upside down in a vehicle eight times in his life, but he said the “scaredest I’ve ever been in my life is ...

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‘Little Shop’ opens Friday night

The cast members, musicians and directors of “Little Shop of Horrors” are putting the final touches on the show this week as they prepare for opening night.The play, a musical about a mild mannered florist who finds fame and fortune with an unusual plant with a most disturbing diet, will be presented by Foothills Theatre at Dixon Auditorium on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Tribune is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making elkintribune.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to stories....

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Board punts on courthouse contract

DOBSON — After some discussion on the matter, the Surry County Board of Commissioners decided to take a “wait and see” approach and get more information before taking any action on a plan to provide much-needed improvements to the historic Dobson courthouse.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-based Brite Engineering.

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Elkin tennis, softball, baseball, soccer registration info

There are several registration dates approaching for events and sports leagues through the Elkin Recreation and Sports Department.The Myers Junior Open will be held August 1-3. It is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) tourney for ages 8-18. Players must be a USTA member and must register online at USTA.com by July 27.The registration deadline for fall fastpitch softball, ages 8-13, is August 1. Costs are $55 for residents and $85 for non-residents.The r...

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A passion for selling produce remains

Frizby Jim Childress, also a Finney, from his mother’s side, he said, sells watermelons, seedless and non-seedless varieties, and produce, in a parking lot off of Bridge Street in downtown Elkin. Born in Elkin, he has been selling watermelons since around 7 years old, he said.

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Mineral Springs Park using historical markers to inform

JONESVILLE — Historical markers placed in Mineral Springs Park in Jonesville in 2013 were another milestone in the grand scheme of elements designed to inform and teach about Jonesville history and celebrating its achievement and heritage.“It was part of the master plan literally coming to life,” said Jonesville Historical Society Chair Judy Wolfe.The markers were funded by a grant written by Wolfe in 2010.Wolfe said in addition to portraying...

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Introductory Quickbooks Pro Seminar offered at Yadkin Center

DOBSON — The Small Business Center of Surry Community College and the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce will offer a free introductory seminar titled “Setting Up Quickbooks Pro for Your Small Business” at The Yadkin Center, located at 4649 U.S. 601 in Yadkinville. This seminar will meet on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.“Quickbooks Pro is still the reigning leader in easy-to-use accounting software for small business owners who need to manage a wide variety of comp...

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SCC Business Center offers seminar on NC Sales and Use Tax

DOBSON — The Small Business Center of Surry Community College and the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce will offer a free seminar titled “Understanding North Carolina Sales and Use Tax” at The Elkin Center, located at 1461 N. Bridge St. in Elkin. This seminar will meet on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.At this session, participants will learn the basics about North Carolina Sales and Use Tax. Topics covered will include the general reporting requirements for the most com...

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