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Keith Strange

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

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Supreme Court upholds county conviction

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Supreme Court has upheld charges in a drug case challenged on a technicality based on language in state law. In an 8-1 ruling, the court ruled that the search that followed a routine traffic stop on April 29, 2009, on Interstate 77 did not violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In the rul

DOBSON — A Virginia Woman is facing a felony counterfeit trademark charge following an enforcement action at an event known as a “purse party” in Surry County, according to the local sheriff's office and the N.C. Secretary of State's office.
Patricia Wilson Bowman, 58, of Tazewell County, Virginia, was charged Saturday with felon

Counterfeit ring broken

DOBSON — A Virginia Woman is facing a felony counterfeit trademark charge following an enforcement action at an event known as a “purse party” in Surry County, according to the local sheriff's office and the N.C. Secretary of State's office. Patricia Wilson Bowman, 58, of Tazewell County, Virginia, was charged Saturday with felon

New software running WIC program

DOBSON —It's like the $6 Million Man. Better. Stronger. Faster. Officials say the approximatly 2,200 recipients of the North Carolina Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in the county should see a more efficient system in place following the unveiling of a new computer management system. The state Department of Health and Human Servic

DOBSON — Sitting in the lobby of the Surry County Courthouse before the start of court Monday, Commissioner Paul Johnson looked a bit out of place.
While he was wearing his signature blue suit, unlike many public appearances, he was bereft of any titles or position.
Johnson, who was charged on Nov. 14 with four counts of felony obtaining pr

Johnson gets Feb. 23 court date

DOBSON — Sitting in the lobby of the Surry County Courthouse before the start of court Monday, Commissioner Paul Johnson looked a bit out of place. While he was wearing his signature blue suit, unlike many public appearances, he was bereft of any titles or position. Johnson, who was charged on Nov. 14 with four counts of felony obtaining pr

The long-time president and CEO of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is no longer with the organization.
Betty Ann Collins, who has been at the helm of the chamber since April 2006, either left the agency or was removed from her position by the board of directors on Friday, according to a written statement released by the board.
“T

Collins gone from Chamber

The long-time president and CEO of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is no longer with the organization. Betty Ann Collins, who has been at the helm of the chamber since April 2006, either left the agency or was removed from her position by the board of directors on Friday, according to a written statement released by the board. “T

Arrest reports

The Surry County Sheriff's Office has reported the following arrests: • On Dec. 9, Teresa Swain Edmonds, 54, of Lauren lane in Elkin, was arrested and charged with 14 counts of identity theft and three counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses. She was booked into the Surry County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. • O

DOBSON — “It's been a good week,” a tired Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Friday morning.
He should feel good, after an initiative he started raised nearly $70,000 in contributed money to make Christmas more enjoyable for more than 600 county children.
Wednesday morning, between 150 and 160 volunteers ranging from everyday citizens

'The best county in the world'

DOBSON — “It's been a good week,” a tired Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Friday morning. He should feel good, after an initiative he started raised nearly $70,000 in contributed money to make Christmas more enjoyable for more than 600 county children. Wednesday morning, between 150 and 160 volunteers ranging from everyday citizens

Incident reports

The following incidents are under investigation by the Surry County Sheriff's Office: • On Dec 7, James Michael Holt, 46, of George Chandler Road in Mount Airy, reported that someone shot his home with a paintball gun. • On Dec. 7, Betty Lawson Wilson, 73, of White Buffalo Road in Mount Airy, reported that someone broke into her home

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. • David Walter Hobbs of Jonesville, to Tamara Jenkins Bryant of Pilot Mountain. 10 acres in Elkin. $100. • R

Marriages

The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Surry County Register of Deeds office: • Pedro Steven Quinones Jr., 21, of Mount Airy, and Harmony Sheree Harvey-Brown, 21, of Mount Airy. Issued Dec. 11. • Wilfred Rambaran, 62, of Rocky Mount, and Vicky Lynn Akers, 51, of Rocky Mount. Issued Dec. 11. • Johnny Reid Goins,

Officials said recent paving work at the Surry County Landfill, despite going a little over budget, was a necessary project that was required by the state.
The work involved paving several areas of the county's landfill, according to Public Works Director Dennis Bledsoe.
“We paved the entrance to the landfill, the recycling area and the roa

Landfill work was state-mandated

Officials said recent paving work at the Surry County Landfill, despite going a little over budget, was a necessary project that was required by the state. The work involved paving several areas of the county's landfill, according to Public Works Director Dennis Bledsoe. “We paved the entrance to the landfill, the recycling area and the roa

Embattled Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson is set to make his first appearance before a judge Monday.
Johnson, who was charged on Nov. 14 with four counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses, is expected to go before the judge in Surry County Superior Court for his initial appearance, according to officials with the county cle

Johnson to make first court appearance

Embattled Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson is set to make his first appearance before a judge Monday. Johnson, who was charged on Nov. 14 with four counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses, is expected to go before the judge in Surry County Superior Court for his initial appearance, according to officials with the county cle

It would be best to get there early.
A standing-room-only crowd is expected as the community gathers for one of the area's holiday favorites, the annual VOCE Holiday Concert.
This year's event is set to get under way at 7 p.m., on Dec. 15. For the first time, the concert will be held at Highland Park Baptist Church, located at 1327 Grove Lane in

'A joyful noise'

It would be best to get there early. A standing-room-only crowd is expected as the community gathers for one of the area's holiday favorites, the annual VOCE Holiday Concert. This year's event is set to get under way at 7 p.m., on Dec. 15. For the first time, the concert will be held at Highland Park Baptist Church, located at 1327 Grove Lane in

'Significant vertical progress'

DOBSON — Over the coming few days, residents in the town of Dobson should start seeing what one town official called “significant vertical progress” on Dobson Square Park. The message was relayed to the town's board of commissioners during a recent meeting in town hall. Town Manager Josh Smith told the board they should start se

Authorities have determined the cause of the Sunday evening blaze that killed a 2-year-old boy as a cooking fire, and released the identity of the victim.
Two-year-old Jivani Quinones was pronounced dead at Northern Hospital, according to Mount Airy Fire Chief Zane Poindexter. He said firefighters located the child inside the building and immediat

Fatal fire began in kitchen

Authorities have determined the cause of the Sunday evening blaze that killed a 2-year-old boy as a cooking fire, and released the identity of the victim. Two-year-old Jivani Quinones was pronounced dead at Northern Hospital, according to Mount Airy Fire Chief Zane Poindexter. He said firefighters located the child inside the building and immediat

DOBSON — Earlier in the week before the scheduled Saturday start of the Dobson Christmas Parade, organizers with the town of Dobson said the parade would be on go unless “it was just terrible” weather.
Well, it was just terrible.
Sponsored by the Dobson Lions Club, officials with the club made the call earlier Saturday morning t

A perfect day

DOBSON — Earlier in the week before the scheduled Saturday start of the Dobson Christmas Parade, organizers with the town of Dobson said the parade would be on go unless “it was just terrible” weather. Well, it was just terrible. Sponsored by the Dobson Lions Club, officials with the club made the call earlier Saturday morning t

If initial interest is any gauge, this year's Holiday Parade of Homes is set to be one for the record books.
“I think it's going just great,” said Elaine Harbour, a board member of the Mount Airy Restoration Foundation, which sponsors the event. “People are really enjoying it and we've already had people coming from as far away a

A walk back in time

If initial interest is any gauge, this year's Holiday Parade of Homes is set to be one for the record books. “I think it's going just great,” said Elaine Harbour, a board member of the Mount Airy Restoration Foundation, which sponsors the event. “People are really enjoying it and we've already had people coming from as far away a

Sheriff warns of tax scam

DOBSON — The Surry County Sheriff's Office is warning county residents about a potential scam targeting taxpayers. Sheriff Graham Atkinson said it works like this: Callers posing as agents with the Internal Revenue Service contact taxpayers using fake names and fictitious badge numbers. “These callers advise persons that they owe bac

The grey skies, cold temperatures and occasional droplet of rain mirrored the melancholy atmosphere of a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost and support the survivors of the Nov. 25 fatal car wreck that claimed the lives of two county youth and left a third in the hospital.
The nasty weather couldn't come close to matching the sens

'We are North Surry'

The grey skies, cold temperatures and occasional droplet of rain mirrored the melancholy atmosphere of a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost and support the survivors of the Nov. 25 fatal car wreck that claimed the lives of two county youth and left a third in the hospital. The nasty weather couldn't come close to matching the sens

Arrest reports

The Surry County Sheriff's Office has reported the following arrests: • On Nov. 30, Joey Michael Sawyers, 32, of Rockford Road in Dobson, was arrested and charged with one count of felony financial card theft, seven counts of fraud and one count of resisting arrest. He was booked into the Surry County Jail under a $3,000 bond. • On No





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