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Fire displaces family, animals

WESTFIELD — A fire Saturday stemming from an electrical problem displaced a family of four, along with a large number of animals at their home in the Westfield area. Another fire in Surry County Friday night caused heavy damage to a mobile home in the Flat Rock community. The Saturday blaze was reported around 11:30 a.m. as an attic fire at

BOONVILLE — James Ashley scored 27 points as second-seeded Starmount finally shook off No. 18 East Surry in the fourth quarter for a 61-46 1A West second-round victory Saturday afternoon.
“He's a versatile player,” Starmount coach Rocky Horton said of Ashley. “He fills out a stat book. With us, you have to pick your poison.

Starmount beats Cards at home

BOONVILLE — James Ashley scored 27 points as second-seeded Starmount finally shook off No. 18 East Surry in the fourth quarter for a 61-46 1A West second-round victory Saturday afternoon. “He's a versatile player,” Starmount coach Rocky Horton said of Ashley. “He fills out a stat book. With us, you have to pick your poison.

State lawmakers are targeting cash-strapped homeowners as they continue to pursue tax changes that would shift even more of the tax load to low- and middle-income taxpayers, while preserving tax benefits that have largely flowed to the wealthy and profitable corporations.
Legislation approved by the state Senate (Senate Bill 20) would require home

North Carolina's tax shift continues

State lawmakers are targeting cash-strapped homeowners as they continue to pursue tax changes that would shift even more of the tax load to low- and middle-income taxpayers, while preserving tax benefits that have largely flowed to the wealthy and profitable corporations. Legislation approved by the state Senate (Senate Bill 20) would require home

Recent results and upcoming schedule

*Dates, times, and locations subject to change Wednesday, February 25 Men's basketball First-round 1A: Highland School of Technology at Starmount, ppd. Women's basketball First-round 1A: Andrews at East Wilkes, ppd. First-round 1A: Elkin 65, Lincoln Charter 33 First-round 2A: Forbush at North Rowan, ppd. Thursday, February 26 Men's basketb

JONESVILLE — Community members gathered on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month with songs, skits and remembrances of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. The program, coordinated by members of the Jonesville Historical Society, was held at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center and more than 30 area residents attended.
Followin

Leaders honored at Black History Month celebration

JONESVILLE — Community members gathered on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month with songs, skits and remembrances of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. The program, coordinated by members of the Jonesville Historical Society, was held at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center and more than 30 area residents attended. Followin

ASHE COUNTY — North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Ashe County Republican Party Convention. The convention is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Ashe County Courthouse.
The convention kicks off at 10 a.m. with registration on the first floor of the courthouse. Attendees are encouraged to arrive

House Speaker Tim Moore to speak at Ashe GOP convention

ASHE COUNTY — North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Ashe County Republican Party Convention. The convention is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Ashe County Courthouse. The convention kicks off at 10 a.m. with registration on the first floor of the courthouse. Attendees are encouraged to arrive

DOBSON — Surry Central lost in the second round of the state 2A playoffs, 52-44, to Madison.
The Lady Eagles led by two points in the closing seconds, but Madison scored with three seconds left to send the game to overtime, then outscored the Eagles 12-4 in the extra period.
Madison brought a big lineup into Dobson for this playoff game. Th

Lady Eagles fall in OT

DOBSON — Surry Central lost in the second round of the state 2A playoffs, 52-44, to Madison. The Lady Eagles led by two points in the closing seconds, but Madison scored with three seconds left to send the game to overtime, then outscored the Eagles 12-4 in the extra period. Madison brought a big lineup into Dobson for this playoff game. Th

The Granite Bears used a high-energy transition game to build a big lead on Chatham Central and won 74-54 in the state 1A playoffs.
Mount Airy ran out to a 30-9 lead in the second quarter and led 37-19 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Chatham shrank the lead to 13, but the Bears came back to push the margin to about 20.
Then early in the fourt

Bears sky for playoff win 74-54

The Granite Bears used a high-energy transition game to build a big lead on Chatham Central and won 74-54 in the state 1A playoffs. Mount Airy ran out to a 30-9 lead in the second quarter and led 37-19 at halftime. In the third quarter, Chatham shrank the lead to 13, but the Bears came back to push the margin to about 20. Then early in the fourt

JEFFERSON — A car caught fire outside of a residence in Jefferson shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.
The fire occurred inside a car parked outside of a residence located on Valley View Drive off Old N.C. 16.
The fire damaged a portion of the garage and the car was totally destroyed.
No injuries occurred as a result of the fire.
Membe

Car catches fire outside of residence in Jefferson

JEFFERSON — A car caught fire outside of a residence in Jefferson shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. The fire occurred inside a car parked outside of a residence located on Valley View Drive off Old N.C. 16. The fire damaged a portion of the garage and the car was totally destroyed. No injuries occurred as a result of the fire. Membe

Hiwassee Dam knocks out Lady Bears

MURPHY — Mount Airy stayed close for a half, but Hiwassee Dam pulled out in front in the third quarter for a 71-56 win in the second round of the state 1A playoffs. The Lady Bears (18-6 coming in) led 11-10 after the first quarter, but Hiwassee Dam (27-1) made a 15-2 run to start the second period. “We closed the quarter on a 9-0 run

“Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession.
There's now talk about North Carolina increasing its public debt

You Decide: Should we borrow for roads and buildings?

“Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession. There's now talk about North Carolina increasing its public debt

ROCKFORD —Organizers of the tenth Annual Civil War Battle and Living History Weekend in Rockford will once again exemplify Benjamin Franklin's adage “involve me and I learn” with the March 7 and 8 event.
“It's small and hometown and has always been family friendly,” said organizer Carolyn Carter. She said James Mills

Re-enactment offers glimpse at living history

ROCKFORD —Organizers of the tenth Annual Civil War Battle and Living History Weekend in Rockford will once again exemplify Benjamin Franklin's adage “involve me and I learn” with the March 7 and 8 event. “It's small and hometown and has always been family friendly,” said organizer Carolyn Carter. She said James Mills

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Michael Dwayne England, age 48, a white male who is wanted on a probation and a post-release violation, and is on supervision for felony obtain property false pretense, violate domestic violence protective order and contrib

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Michael Dwayne England, age 48, a white male who is wanted on a probation and a post-release violation, and is on supervision for felony obtain property false pretense, violate domestic violence protective order and contrib

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.
The 3-2 vote u

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic. The 3-2 vote u





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