Tanya Chilton

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This crew stays together in an attempt to confiscate treats in downtown Elkin.
The Couch family explores the tricks and treats of downtown Elkin on Halloween night.
Thaly and Christian Guerrara make their way through downtown Elkin for treats on Halloween.
Downtown Elkin abounds with trick-or-treaters of all ages on Halloween night.
The Elk Pha

Trick-or-treating fun

This crew stays together in an attempt to confiscate treats in downtown Elkin. The Couch family explores the tricks and treats of downtown Elkin on Halloween night. Thaly and Christian Guerrara make their way through downtown Elkin for treats on Halloween. Downtown Elkin abounds with trick-or-treaters of all ages on Halloween night. The Elk Pha

These furry friends enjoyed the pet show held outside the Willingham Theatre sporting a soccer uniform.
The annual halloween costume party at the Willingham Theatre brought lots of creative designs.
At the pet costume show in downtown Yadkinville, furry friends admired one another's costumes.
Old and young masqueraders enjoyed halloween festivit

Residents and pets rise to the Halloween occasion

These furry friends enjoyed the pet show held outside the Willingham Theatre sporting a soccer uniform. The annual halloween costume party at the Willingham Theatre brought lots of creative designs. At the pet costume show in downtown Yadkinville, furry friends admired one another's costumes. Old and young masqueraders enjoyed halloween festivit

ECS show proficiency gains during transition

Accountability and Testing Director for Elkin City Schools Shelia Settle reported 2013-2014 academic performance as positive gains in reading and math proficiency in elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, she predicted a “B” in unofficial school performance grades. Settle cited Elkin high school showing the greatest average

There are two categories that ghost hunters frequently label experiences according to ghost writer R.G Absher — they are residual or interactive.
Absher who is president of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, defined residual experiences as those that replay “an event or an experience” that happened at the particular site

Ghost activity reoccuring in Yadkin Valley and surrounding areas

There are two categories that ghost hunters frequently label experiences according to ghost writer R.G Absher — they are residual or interactive. Absher who is president of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, defined residual experiences as those that replay “an event or an experience” that happened at the particular site

The Elkin High School Interact Club will hold a canned goods drive on Halloween in place of trick-or-treating to donate to Tri-C ministries.
Madison Shoemaker, a junior at Elkin High School and secretary of Interact, said the group will cover West Main Street , Ivy Circle, Hawthorne Road and Johnson Road.
“We are going to try to cover most

Interact Club to raise canned goods for Halloween

The Elkin High School Interact Club will hold a canned goods drive on Halloween in place of trick-or-treating to donate to Tri-C ministries. Madison Shoemaker, a junior at Elkin High School and secretary of Interact, said the group will cover West Main Street , Ivy Circle, Hawthorne Road and Johnson Road. “We are going to try to cover most

SkillsUSA, formerly named VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), which has traditionally focused on trade skills in high schools, has now placed emphasis on learning soft skills in addition to the trades that is bringing success to students said Sandy Martin, Starmount Instructor and automotive teacher at Starmount High School.
Martin said

SkillsUSA combination approach brings success

SkillsUSA, formerly named VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), which has traditionally focused on trade skills in high schools, has now placed emphasis on learning soft skills in addition to the trades that is bringing success to students said Sandy Martin, Starmount Instructor and automotive teacher at Starmount High School. Martin said

Teacher turnover report soon to be released

A recent press release from Elkin City Schools reporting on the subject of the 2013-2014 teacher turnover report reminded the North Carolina State Board of Education will soon be releasing results. The release stated, “As required by General Statute 115C-12(22) the State Board of Education is required to monitor and compile an annual report

YADKINVILLE — A 1952 Super M Farmall tractor once known as the “Cadillac” of tractors to one local still has the ability to draw people's eye, and pull families together years later.
Speaking about the 1952 Super M, Neal family patriarch Ralph Neal said on the Yadkinville family farm recently, “I always loved it.”
In

Tractors remain family tradition

YADKINVILLE — A 1952 Super M Farmall tractor once known as the “Cadillac” of tractors to one local still has the ability to draw people's eye, and pull families together years later. Speaking about the 1952 Super M, Neal family patriarch Ralph Neal said on the Yadkinville family farm recently, “I always loved it.” In

At the Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe, along with the school board, said farewell to board of education members, J. Foley Norman, board chairman, and Stewart Roten giving comments of gratitude.
Foley served eight years and Roten, 12, on the school board.
Bledsoe said about the board chair

Foley, Roten thanked for service

At the Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe, along with the school board, said farewell to board of education members, J. Foley Norman, board chairman, and Stewart Roten giving comments of gratitude. Foley served eight years and Roten, 12, on the school board. Bledsoe said about the board chair

Historians recognize work of locals

MOORESVILLE — At the 73rd annual awards meeting of the North Carolina Society of Historians, Inc. in Mooresville recently, two Yadkin County persons were cited for their work in local history, Anna Shelton Black and Andrew Mackie, president of the Yadkin County Historical Society and the Yadkin Valley Historical Society. Mackie received the

Funding that once came from state highway funds to pay for driver's education no longer exists, leaving the North Carolina Public Schools' driver's education program lacking.
Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said state funds for the program did not reappear in the new legislative budget. But state law requires school systems to

Driver's ed sees budget cuts

Funding that once came from state highway funds to pay for driver's education no longer exists, leaving the North Carolina Public Schools' driver's education program lacking. Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said state funds for the program did not reappear in the new legislative budget. But state law requires school systems to

JONESVILLE — Jennifer Hemric, director of the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, said the center received a $1,000 grant from the Duke Energy Retiree Foothill Chapter that made a difference by providing a recent face-lift.
Volunteers put it to work by showing up with 23 hosta plants and painting rocking chairs, said Hemric.
“They did some a

Senior center gets a face lift

JONESVILLE — Jennifer Hemric, director of the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, said the center received a $1,000 grant from the Duke Energy Retiree Foothill Chapter that made a difference by providing a recent face-lift. Volunteers put it to work by showing up with 23 hosta plants and painting rocking chairs, said Hemric. “They did some a

October is National Principals Month and the intent is to celebrate and recognize the essential role of principals in making schools the best they can be.
It is often said, principals are the least recognized individuals in education.
Three Elkin City Schools principals spoke recently on some of their favorite aspects of being a principal.
Princ

Principals elaborate on meaning of role

October is National Principals Month and the intent is to celebrate and recognize the essential role of principals in making schools the best they can be. It is often said, principals are the least recognized individuals in education. Three Elkin City Schools principals spoke recently on some of their favorite aspects of being a principal. Princ

Two school board members to say farewell Monday

Elkin City Schools has cancelled a joint meeting planned next Monday with the Surry County Commissioners and ECS Board of Education, and rescheduled for Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. The school board will hold its regular scheduled board meeting Monday at 6 p.m. On Nov. 10, ECS Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said they will be sharing an ECS facility evaluat

JONESVILLE — Local teachers from Jonesville and Elkin elementary schools benefited this week from a Walmart Teacher Rewards Program in which local Walmart staff raised money for the teachers to help supplement school supplies. The funds were raised from purchases from a drink machine.
Greg Tippett, an Elkin Walmart representative, handed out

Walmart teacher rewards appreciated

JONESVILLE — Local teachers from Jonesville and Elkin elementary schools benefited this week from a Walmart Teacher Rewards Program in which local Walmart staff raised money for the teachers to help supplement school supplies. The funds were raised from purchases from a drink machine. Greg Tippett, an Elkin Walmart representative, handed out

JONESVILLE — An early dream of returning full circle recently was fulfilled in the life of Trent Wall after he and his family was called to Jonesville Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he is now pastor.
The church was the home church of his grandfather, the Rev. Avery James Wall, who attended while a young man, and later became the pastor o

Pastor's return home is dream fulfilled

JONESVILLE — An early dream of returning full circle recently was fulfilled in the life of Trent Wall after he and his family was called to Jonesville Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he is now pastor. The church was the home church of his grandfather, the Rev. Avery James Wall, who attended while a young man, and later became the pastor o

Elkin City Schools students celebrated career fair this week with several local businesses in attendance at Elkin High School.
Several students said they were happy for the opportunity to see what is available in their own community.
Belk Department Store, Prism Medical and the Surry County Economic Development Partnership Inc. were among the bus

ECS holds career fair

Elkin City Schools students celebrated career fair this week with several local businesses in attendance at Elkin High School. Several students said they were happy for the opportunity to see what is available in their own community. Belk Department Store, Prism Medical and the Surry County Economic Development Partnership Inc. were among the bus

Elkin Middle School teacher of the year Angela Adams will speak about her book, “Henry the Mountain Lion,” on Sunday at the Elkin Public Library and how lessons from a former and present day mountain lion is a reality and steeped in metaphor.
A real mountain lion found on Hemric Mountain has come back to the family's long-time farm of

'Henry the Mountain Lion'

Elkin Middle School teacher of the year Angela Adams will speak about her book, “Henry the Mountain Lion,” on Sunday at the Elkin Public Library and how lessons from a former and present day mountain lion is a reality and steeped in metaphor. A real mountain lion found on Hemric Mountain has come back to the family's long-time farm of

JONESVILLE — Jennifer Hemric, director of the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, said the center received a $1,000 grant from the Duke Energy Retiree Foothill Chapter that made a difference by providing a recent face-lift.
Volunteers put it to work by showing up with 23 hosta plants and painting rocking chairs, said Hemric.
“They did some a

Senior center gets a face lift

JONESVILLE — Jennifer Hemric, director of the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, said the center received a $1,000 grant from the Duke Energy Retiree Foothill Chapter that made a difference by providing a recent face-lift. Volunteers put it to work by showing up with 23 hosta plants and painting rocking chairs, said Hemric. “They did some a

JONESVILLE — Elkin High School graduates recently celebrated their 50-year class reunion at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Elkin/Jonesville, with 55 classmates in attendance and a total of 92 people overall.
Ben Mastin, a graduate of the Elkin High School Class of 1964, is a majority owner of Riverview Holdings, LLC Hotels, the group of prope

EHS classmates celebrate half a century at reunion

JONESVILLE — Elkin High School graduates recently celebrated their 50-year class reunion at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Elkin/Jonesville, with 55 classmates in attendance and a total of 92 people overall. Ben Mastin, a graduate of the Elkin High School Class of 1964, is a majority owner of Riverview Holdings, LLC Hotels, the group of prope





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