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Hawkins turns 100

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Carrie Joines Hawkins celebrated a remarkable milestone on Thursday. The feisty Wilkes County native turned 100 years old.Surrounded by a flock of family and friends at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hawkins listened to tributes in her honor, occasionally offering a smile, and even took a nap during the celebration.According to a CNA who works at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation, naps are totally permitted. “She earned the right to take a nap whenever she wishes,” said the employee.“She was born July 10, 1914,” said daughter Bonnie Hawkins Sidden. “We have five generations here.”Sidden, who is 76 years old herself, was asked if Hawkins had a secret to longevity.


Teamwork, opportunity were blueprints for PGW success

Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens said she believes it was a spirit of cooperation and teamwork that helped the town bring Pittsburgh Glass to the community.“I think it is a story about how Surry County and its towns … just work better together having survived the past 10 years.”The mayor said she, county officials, and Elkin Town Manager Lloyd Payne have conducted a panel for the North Carolina Rural Centers Rural Economic Development Institute.T...

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Summer is heavy-duty cleaning time in schools

Not all folks understand the cleaning work done in the public school system during the summer is vital to keep schools functioning and kids learning.During the dog days of summer, a behind the scenes cleaning crew at Elkin City Schools gets down to business.Every classroom is emptied and detailed; all floors are stripped with four coats of wax applied; every carpet cleaned; every light bulb fixture changed; every display case window and cabinet dusted; every bathroom cle...

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Several race cars and their drivers turned out Saturday afternoon at the Circle K on CC Camp Road in Elkin to help raise money for Kira Bray and her family.Kira, now 6, was in a car accident January 26 and is paralyzed from the neck down as a result. The money raised will help the family pay for an upcoming visit to the Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia .The cars, many of them adorned with “Racing for Kira” on their cars, and the drivers, some wearing ...

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Yadkin County ‘Stars drop opener

EAST BEND — The Yadkin County 7-and-under All-Stars didn’t get off to the start they were looking for as hosts of the Western North Carolina State Tournament at Fall Creek Elementary School Elementary.Yadkin County lost to South Charlotte, 6-1, Saturday and fell to the loser’s bracket of the 12-team tournament that is slated to finish Tuesday.Cody Hernandez had two hits and had another hard-hit ball to center in his three at-bats for Yadkin County. Hern...

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AAU basketball off the ground in Yadkin County

BOONVILLE — Sitting on the sideline at Starmount High School, Stephanie Nichols looks on as Paul Hoover conducts his ProShot Basketball Camp for about 20 boys and for exactly two girls.One of those two girls is her daughter, Emily — a rising fifth-grader.There’s a gleam in her eye — the passion for basketball unmistakable. She coached recreational-league basketball for seven years in Wilkes County; and coached the North Wilkes Middle School and Mo...

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New study finds no difference in helmet brands

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin reports that its new study showed no difference in the rate of concussions based on what helmet brand is used.The university recently completed the first large-scale, prospective study in a field-based sports setting to examine if the rate of concussion is affected by the protective equipment that is worn by high school football players.Not only did the brand not make a difference in the rate of concussions, there also wa...

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NOCSAE releases helmet safety findings

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Football helmets’ ability to protect against concussions has become “exaggerated,” according to a national safety committee.After extensive study of various models of helmets, the results released this week are that no helmet is effective at stopping concussions and that all helmet brands have similar occurrences of brain bruising.The N.C. High School Athletic Association released a report from the National Operating Committe...

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Principal of Year Colbert says affirming is key

Pam Colbert of Elkin Middle School recently was honored as Elkin City Schools’ Principal of the Year.She said the honor was appreciated but gave credit and accolades to staff as a big part of her success. “It was as much for them as it was for me,” said Colbert.She said it is nice to hear the affirmation of a good job, and spoke of her philosophy of building up and affirming staff and students as part of her strategy.She said she spends real ...

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Climate film emphasizes need to come together

Elkin Presbyterian Church will reveal an in-depth view of climate change on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with an award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” by James Balog.In the movie, photo-journalist Balog sets out on a quest to document glaciers on five continents, and shows they are in fact, disappearing through continuous photography.Presbyterian Minister Stuart Taylor said, “I believe that human civilization is at a watershed moment, and a point of...

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No July meeting for commissioners

The Elkin Board of Commissioners, who normally meet on the second Monday of each month, announced during a June meeting that it will not hold session on July 14.According to commissioners, the summer month is the slowest time of the year for town business. Commissioners said not holding a July meeting would make its August meeting more productive.Commissioners are scheduled to reconvene on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 3...

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Nepal mission trip brings joy for local couple

Wycliffe Bible Translator missionaries Chris and Kendal Privette recently returned from Nepal and reported the great joy found in worshiping with Christian brothers and sisters and fellowship with new friends.After spending time in Nepal, the Privettes and a group of college students took a 10-hour bus ride and a six-hour long hike to get to a small village named Origami (not it’s real name for security reasons) and was welcomed with a special hospitality, said International ...

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Chamber to induct officers, give awards to others

DOBSON — The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the induction of incoming officers at its annual meeting. The chamber also will give away awards recognizing associates.The annual meeting will be held on Thursday at the Shelton Badgett Center for Viticulture and Enology at Surry Community College.“This is our annual meeting. Not only do we induct new officers at the meeting, but we also distribute awards to members of the chamber who have gone...

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Circle K hosts Kira Bray fundraisers Saturday

There will be a lot going on this Saturday at the Circle K in Elkin.The store and the surrounding property will host a yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m. and a Racing for Kira fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. to benefit Kira Bray and her family.Kira, now a quadraplegic, was injured Jan. 26 in a car accident. She suffered a vertebrae fracture in her neck. She has turned 6 — in February — since the accident.After being released from Levine’s Children Ho...

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2014 already a success for Cheek

RONDA — Sitting in the meeting room of the Ronda Volunteer Fire Department, Chris Cheek exudes a calm exterior.But there’s a fire on the inside — one that’s not likely to be extinguished any time soon.“I’m a very, very competitive person,” Cheek said. “I like the speed; the work; the adrenaline rush.”Born and raised in Hamptonville, Cheek is now 34. He’s been racing for 13 years. “As a kid I gre...

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EHS hires social studies teacher and coach

Social studies teacher Nicholas A. Tomlin will become part of the Elkin High School teaching staff and become head baseball coach and assistant football coach this fall.Tomlin is relocating from North Iredell High School and brings with him, North Carolina National Guard experience as second lieutenant in the 145th Maintenance Squadron along with teaching and coaching experience.Tomlin was also a C-130H3 flight engineer in Charlotte and jet engine mechanic.His...

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ECS retirees leave lasting contributions

Elkin City Schools recently celebrated retirees and their many years of service at a banquet held at Cedarbrook Country Club.ECS Human Resource Specialist Allison Moxley provided details about retirees’ contributions to the ECS school system.Perry Lloyd, Elkin High School history teacher, retired with 29 years of service, first coming to EHS in 1987. The first time Principal Joel Hoyle met Lloyd, he was unsure about whether or not he was a teacher. Lloyd was in a s...

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New camp offers sensory experiences for kids

ELKIN — Area children and parents got a first look at a unique new summer activity at the Journey Camp open house on Monday. Journey Camp was created by Jennifer Blackburn Bracey to give children a positive sensory experience that will allow them to connect with themselves and nature.Bracey is a counselor with her own practice, the Soul Compass Center. She has a degree in early childhood education, a master’s of divinity and recently has become trained in the field of s...

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