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Tom Joyce

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E-Mail Address: tjoyce@civitasmedia.com

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Clerk candidate raised $50,383 for losing effort

DOBSON — It's commonly assumed that candidates who are successful in the modern political arena are those raising the most money, but this was not true with a recent election in Surry County. Rebecca Brendle topped the $50,000 mark in an unsuccessful bid to hold on to the Surry clerk of Superior Court seat she had been appointed to in 2012,

Nearly two years to the day since construction started on the Surry County Veterans Cemetery, the graveyard has its first occupant.
That occurred Tuesday when Stephen Earl Keith, a 64-year-old veteran who lived in Pilot Mountain, was laid to rest at the cemetery located just off N.C. 89 west of Mount Airy near Antioch Baptist Church.
The service

New veterans cemetery has first occupant

Nearly two years to the day since construction started on the Surry County Veterans Cemetery, the graveyard has its first occupant. That occurred Tuesday when Stephen Earl Keith, a 64-year-old veteran who lived in Pilot Mountain, was laid to rest at the cemetery located just off N.C. 89 west of Mount Airy near Antioch Baptist Church. The service

Shoppers passing by Salvation Army kettles are being greeted by the usual bells this holiday season, but also a special sound if they're lucky enough to catch Brittany Gagne on duty: Christmas carols.
Brittany, 17, a longtime red kettle volunteer, does her share of bell-ringing — but at any given time will also break into a vocal rendition o

Singing bell-ringer a hit with shoppers

Shoppers passing by Salvation Army kettles are being greeted by the usual bells this holiday season, but also a special sound if they're lucky enough to catch Brittany Gagne on duty: Christmas carols. Brittany, 17, a longtime red kettle volunteer, does her share of bell-ringing — but at any given time will also break into a vocal rendition o

Police briefs

• A case combining larceny and trespassing has occurred at Wal-Mart, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Discovered last Wednesday, it involved a known female suspect stealing property valued at about $60, including two necklaces, a sequin scarf, a fragrance product and accessories. That person — who at last report had no

Pike Corp. now a private company

Pike Corp., one of Surry County's largest and oldest businesses, has become a private company, a move expected to solidify its market position for the future. This occurred through an acquisition by Court Square Capital Partners, the completion of which was announced by the locally based Pike Corp. earlier this week. The acquisition involves a me

The hunger of needy residents in the area will be diminished — at least for a while — thanks to the efforts of Mount Airy's city government employees.
They raised nearly 900 pounds of food — 880 to be exact — through a recent drive that was held for the first time this year.
“We were told that is enough food to feed

City food drive yields nearly 900 pounds

The hunger of needy residents in the area will be diminished — at least for a while — thanks to the efforts of Mount Airy's city government employees. They raised nearly 900 pounds of food — 880 to be exact — through a recent drive that was held for the first time this year. “We were told that is enough food to feed

Police briefs

• A two-ton heat pump valued at $2,000 has been reported stolen from a Mount Airy business location, according to city police department reports. The crime was discovered Thursday at a building on West Lebanon Street owned by Bray Properties LLC. It targeted the interior components of the Rheem heat pump, police records indicate. • Pol

Westfield News

I wish this Christmas Eve brings for you the gifts of happiness, good health and joy. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours from Jack and I this Christmas season. Jack and I will spend Christmas with my Aunt Mycleta Burwell and Jack's sister, Janie Sheppard. The Ed and Inez Cook sons and daughter and their families will have a Christmas celebrat

Those with an interest in Mount Airy's recreational facilities might see an upcoming greenway project as a final leg — but it could be far from the end of the “road.”
It's not exactly a bridge-to-nowhere situation, but the completion of a connector for the city's two greenways represents a new beginning, according to a funding co

Next step: greenway to Yadkin River?

Those with an interest in Mount Airy's recreational facilities might see an upcoming greenway project as a final leg — but it could be far from the end of the “road.” It's not exactly a bridge-to-nowhere situation, but the completion of a connector for the city's two greenways represents a new beginning, according to a funding co

A local company is the apparent low bidder on a project to connect Mount Airy's two greenways, submitting a proposal that is less than the projected cost of the job.
Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy made the most-favorable offer on the project, a Tuesday bid opening at the city public works center revealed. In all, five companies were in the running,

Greenway bids come in under budget

A local company is the apparent low bidder on a project to connect Mount Airy's two greenways, submitting a proposal that is less than the projected cost of the job. Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy made the most-favorable offer on the project, a Tuesday bid opening at the city public works center revealed. In all, five companies were in the running,

Police briefs

• Jena Dellena Caudle, 33, of No. 8 Blue-Vue Motel at 1421 Fancy Gap Road, was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant for a felony charge of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud/forgery. The charge had been issued the day before from a case that arose Saturday, with other details not listed. Caudle was confined in the Surr

Stone Mountain News

New books ready to check out at Traphill Branch Library include “Undone” by Karen Slaughter, “Double Take” by Jenness Walker, “Texas Ranger Dad” by Debra Clopton, “Homecoming Blessings” by Merrillee Whren and “An Unexpected Match” by Dana Corbit. Traphill Branch Library will be closed on

LAND TRANSFERS In 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: Monica Dillard

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A desire to see a bit of justice done in a Florida community nearly 50 years ago has evolved into an free event that enables area residents to enjoy a spectacular light show every Christmas.
A Pilot Mountain couple, Larry and Rachel Charpiat, has staged their walk-through Christmas light show for the past 10 years at their h

Longtime light display continues to dazzle

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A desire to see a bit of justice done in a Florida community nearly 50 years ago has evolved into an free event that enables area residents to enjoy a spectacular light show every Christmas. A Pilot Mountain couple, Larry and Rachel Charpiat, has staged their walk-through Christmas light show for the past 10 years at their h

When battling blazes such as the one that claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy last Sunday night, Mount Airy firemen depend on their self-contained breathing apparatus units, or air packs.
But such equipment now used by city firefighters is reaching the end of its life expectancy. And this has prompted the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to appr

Fire department seeking expensive equipment

When battling blazes such as the one that claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy last Sunday night, Mount Airy firemen depend on their self-contained breathing apparatus units, or air packs. But such equipment now used by city firefighters is reaching the end of its life expectancy. And this has prompted the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to appr

Brian Hammesfahr probably would be the first person to admit that running more than three miles in a Grinch suit has its challenges.
Even with chilly temperatures in the 40s for the start of the Sixth-Annual Rosy Cheeks 5K run in Mount Airy Saturday morning, the Boonville resident said he was feeling the burn while traversing the course along the

Festive characters race in Mount Airy

Brian Hammesfahr probably would be the first person to admit that running more than three miles in a Grinch suit has its challenges. Even with chilly temperatures in the 40s for the start of the Sixth-Annual Rosy Cheeks 5K run in Mount Airy Saturday morning, the Boonville resident said he was feeling the burn while traversing the course along the

Mount Airy will be starting 2015 without a new policy in place to require property owners to pay a monthly availability fee in lieu of utility hookups, which some might consider an early Christmas gift.
The city board of commissioners had planned to implement the new fee, suggested as $23.74 per month, on Jan. 1, which required the municipal code

Mandatory utility hookups must wait until next year

Mount Airy will be starting 2015 without a new policy in place to require property owners to pay a monthly availability fee in lieu of utility hookups, which some might consider an early Christmas gift. The city board of commissioners had planned to implement the new fee, suggested as $23.74 per month, on Jan. 1, which required the municipal code

Police briefs

• Property valued at nearly $2,000 — including a safe — was discovered missing from a Mount Airy home Thursday night, according to city police department reports. A “known” individual, described as an acquaintance of the victim, is said to have forcibly entered the residence of Ginger Lou Guy on Forrest Drive, causing

Local woman wins Vegas trip via lottery

A Mount Airy woman has won a trip to Las Vegas and the chance to take home big money on a television game show taped there. Kay Lawson is one of 12 people across the state to receive the trip package as part of a new “Monopoly” contest operated by the North Carolina Education Lottery and other states which is patterned after the tradit

City switching recycling companies

Mount Airy isn't changing horses in the middle of the stream, but is switching companies to ensure continued disposal of its single-stream recyclables at no cost to taxpayers. The city board of commissioners has approved a contract with a North Wilkesboro entity, which in January will begin receiving materials generated through Mount Airy's curbsi





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