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Master of cool at the old grocery

When I come across an ad for or news about Lowes Foods, a supermarket chain now based in Winston-Salem, I have to break into a bit of a smile. Bet a lot of you fellow older folks here in the hometown do, too.The chain doesn’t have stores here anymore, but at one time Lowes Foods was grocery king here. And it’s closer to my heart than for most because I’m a proud former employee. I worked at a store during my high school years here.

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Regatta winners named

The Elkin Valley Trails Association has announced the winners of this year’s Duck and Turtle Regatta held on the Big Elkin Creek during last weekend’s Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival.Winner of the top prize, a 12.5-foot Precision kayak donated by Yadkin River Adventures, went to Gerald Combs for his winning rubber duck #692.Second place, a bicycle from Walmart of Elkin, went to Jamie Dancy for duck #271. With third place being won by turtle #682 adopted by Mar...

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Mountain traditions honored

STONE MOUNTAIN — An estimated 1,000 visitors at Stone Mountain State Park took a step back in time on Saturday at the annual Old Fashion Day celebration.“It’s a day set aside to showcase fading mountain traditions,” explained Janet Pearson, park superintendent. “We have potters and blacksmiths, corn shuck doll making. We have antique fishing lures, a lot of natural stuff as well, such as antler displays and fish mounts. This year we actually have primi...

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Stewart crowned homecoming queen

Starmount senior Carlie Stewart was crowned as Homecoming Queen Friday night.Starmount senior Carlie Stewart was crowned as Homecoming Queen Friday night.Starmount senior Carlie Stewart is escorted by her father, Shane Stewart. Carlie was later crowned as Homecoming Queen Friday night.The Starmount band performs before Friday night’s Homecoming game with West Wilkes.The Starmount cheerleaders give the football team something to break through b...

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Trojans down Cardinals, 41-20

SPARTA — Austin Sprinkle ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as Alleghany defeated East Wilkes, 41-20, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference game Friday night.Sprinkle completed 8-of-10 passes for 214 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that put the Trojans up 28-20.Alleghany’s Jake Hampton rushed for 125 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown.East Wilkes’ Andrew Nance carried 16 times for 180 yards and ...

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Elkin rolls past North Wilkes, 42-0

HAYS — Elkin broke away from host North Wilkes in the second half to take a 42-0 Mountain Valley Athletic Conference win Friday night.The Buckin’ Elks, now 2-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference, led only 8-0 at the half. Jamiles Hayes returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown as Elkin exploded for 34 second-half points. Hayes also had the Buckin’ Elks’ first-half touchdown.After a safety, Josh Strickland extended the Elkin lead to 22-0 with...

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Rams romp on Homecoming night

BOONVILLE — John Johnson had his second four-touchdown game of the season and Starmount’s defense held West Wilkes to 115 total yards and four first downs as the Rams battered the Vikings for a 48-0 Homecoming win Friday night.Johnson, who also had four touchdowns three weeks ago in a 36-16 win over Forbush, finished with 152 yards rushing on six carries. He also added an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown.“He was determined,” Starmount Head Coac...

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Fire department centennial

The American Flag outside the Elkin Fire Department snapped crisply in the brisk fall breeze on Saturday afternoon as community leaders, neighbors and family gathered to celebrate the department’s 100th anniversary and the renaming of the station to honor one of its past leaders.Area residents were invited to enjoy cake and refreshments in honor of the department’s centennial and tour the building.“To be 100 years old is something that is obviously a gr...

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Cause and effect

DOBSON — Surry County has changed its travel policy, and one elected official has confirmed that recent discoveries related to alleged improprieties by Commissioner Paul Johnson was the impetus for the change.“In light of the affairs at hand, we thought the policy needed to be updated,” said board of commissioners Chair Eddie Harris. “We wanted to ensure that our policy was stringent and accountable to the citizens of the county, with an adequate number of c...

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A holding pattern

DOBSON — Local election officials are taking a wait-and-see approach in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling that reinstated same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting ahead of the general election in November.“From what I understand, the state is prepared to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this, and could be making that request today,” said elections Director Susan Jarrell. “So at the moment, we’re in something of a holding patter...

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A night of remembrance

BOONVILLE — Host Starmount defeated Elkin, 3-0, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference match Thursday night.Coupled with an Alleghany win over North Wilkes, Starmount will now face Alleghany Tuesday with the MVAC crown likely on the line.The Rams came out hot, taking the first set, 25-9. Elkin played much better in the second and third sets, but Starmount took those sets as well - both by the score of 25-13.But Thursday night was more about celebrating...

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Recent results and upcoming schedule

*Dates, times, and locations subject to changeThursday, October 2Women’s tennisEast Wilkes 9, West Wilkes 0Elkin 9, Starmount 0VolleyballEast Wilkes 3 West Wilkes 1Starmount 3, Elkin 0Forbush 3, Carver 0Friday, October 3FootballAlleghany 41, East Wilkes 20Elkin 42,...

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Local sports roundup

BOONVILLE — Elkin defeated host Starmount, 9-0, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference match Thursday.It was final MVAC match for both teams. The conference tournament begins at Elkin Tuesday at 2 p.m.Elkin completed its regular season at 13-2; Starmount at 6-8.

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Annual animal blessing ceremony slated

The Blessing of the Animals service will take place on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the greenway next to Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church, 310 W. Main St. in Elkin, and is on the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi, who is known as the patron saint of animals.It is generally understood that Saint Francis loved animals of all kinds, and he felt at one with all creation.“Many stories exist which tell of his special relationship with animals, preaching to and blessing them ...

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Jewelry, art sale to benefit orphans

An array of colorful jewelry and art will be sold at the Foothills Arts Council on Friday and all for a very special cause.Elkin High School junior Julie Neumark has begun work on her senior project in which she will be supporting a nonprofit organization called the Amani Foundation. The group is based in Winston-Salem and sells art and beaded jewelry from Kenya, Africa. The proceeds go to New Life Home orphanage in Kenya.

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Church calendar

Oct. 4• 10:30 a.m., Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church, 310 W. Main St., Elkin, will have a Blessing of the Animals. Bring pets for a blessing on this Feast Day of Francis of Assisi, a saint known for his boundless love of animals and all creation. For the well being of all, pets must be on a leash, in a carrier or otherwise constrained.• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., State Road Pentecostal Holin...

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Community calendar

Now through Oct. 11• Friends of the Library Used Book Sale will be held at the Elkin Public Library. There will be deals on children’s books, non-fiction, fiction, DVDs and CDs, while supporting the library. Sale is during regular library hours. For more information, call 336-835-5586.Oct. 3• Circle K on Johnson Ridge Road in Elkin, next to Lowe’s, will be...

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