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St. John family describes student visit as destiny

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Host family, the St. Johns, and Japanese exchange student Asuka Takadate shared family experiences, foods from Japan and their sentiments on the special bond of family, friendship, love and closeness that has grown between them in a short time on the family porch during a balmy and beautiful spring Friday.Showers of family tears were shed periodically as the close knit group discussed Takadate’s upcoming return to Hokkaido, Japan, while all sat at the table. The St. John family explained, “Asuka is like a ray of sunshine to us.”


Mayor’s vote needed to break tie

Elkin’s mayor was needed to cast a tie-breaking vote on Monday night. The Elkin commissioners were at an impasse over selection of a which “poop n’ scoop” sign would best remind owners of pets within town limits of their responsibilities.Procedural rules prevent any vote by Elkin’s mayor unless the board of commissioners is in a tie scenario. Since Elkin has five commissioners who are almost always in attendance, the likelihood of a mayor casting a vot...

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Coins tossed in Liberty fountain are stolen

A downtown business leader is saying she’s taking aggressive steps to pursue the person who siphoned coins out of the water fountain placed on her property.In March, the water fountain that sits adjacent to the parking lot entrance of The Liberty was dedicated to the Yadkin Valley United Fund, a local charity. Since, visitors participating in functions at The Liberty have been observed tossing in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.According to Cicely McCulloch, p...

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Jonesville Town Council debates heavy agenda

In its Monday meeting, the Jonesville Town Council denied a request by a local property owner to rezone property located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Swan Creek Bypass and South Mineral Spring Drive be rezoned from R-12 (Medium Density Residential) to B-2 (General Business).The Jonesville Planning/Zoning Board first met on March 18 to hear the request where at the meeting the property owner said his intention is to place mini-warehouses on the property....

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SCC Machining Club holds blood drive

DOBSON — A blood drive hosted by the Surry Community College Machining Club will be held today from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the SCC Gymnasium in Dobson.The club hopes to collect 50 pints through the daylong drive. Food and drinks will be provided to the participants, compliments of Save-A-Lot, Bojangles and McDonald’s.Appointments are encouraged and will be honored at the blood drive. Contact Corey Easter at 386-3219 and leave a message. Appointment time will ...

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ECS meeting filled with award recognitions

In several highlights of Monday’s Elkin City School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe opened up the meeting with a quote by Albert Schweitzer, a bold art print on display by middle school student Zach Felts, and an audience of a student winners of gold and silver at the State Leadership Conference from the North Carolina Family Career and Community Leaders of America.Bledsoe thanked the group for their award winning work, some that included crea...

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Stone Mountain News

Welcome Home Missionary Baptist Church will have an Easter Sunrise service Sunday at 7 a.m., followed with breakfast in the fellowship hall. Sunday School will be at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. Pastor Ritchie Harris invites you to worship with them.Welcome Home Missionary Baptist Church will have revival April 21-25 at 7 p.m. Donnie Shumate will be the guest speaker.Traphill Baptist Church will have Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m., followed with breakfast at 7:30 a.m....

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Recent results and upcoming schedule

Friday, April 11BaseballWest Wilkes 8, Elkin 1Wilkes Central 9, East Wilkes 5North Wilkes 15, Starmount 2Women’s SoccerStarmount 0, North Wilkes 0 (tie, 2OT)West Wilkes 3, Elkin 1SoftballWest Wilkes 8, Elkin 0East Wilkes 3, Wilkes Central 2 (8 inn.)Saturday, April 12...

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Sports Roundup

NORTH WILKESBORO — Elkin, riding Josiah Blevins’ 38 and Cory Anderson’s 39, picked up a two-stroke victory over Alleghany at Oakwoods Golf Course Monday.With temperatures in the low 70s and some rain, Harrison Hall and Logan Johnson rounded out the scoring for the Buckin’ Elks with 46s.Starmount finished fourth, one stroke behind Wilkes Central. The Rams were led by Nick Gunnell’s 41 and Brady Hunter’s 42. Austin Holcomb carded a 44, w...

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Consistency important for Elkin

Elkin is jockeying with Starmount and Alleghany for the two spots the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference will get when regional play begins next month.Fresh off Monday’s win at Oakwoods, the Buckin’ Elks need to be what Coach Zim Zimmerman calls, “the two most consistent.”“I think this Elkin High School team can be as good as we’ve had in the last three, four years,” Zimmerman continued. “I don’t think we’ve re...

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Walkertown game ‘a broken record’ for Starmount

MOUNT AIRY — “It’s a broken record,” Starmount Coach Josh Pardue said after his Rams lost to Walkertown, 10-5, Saturday in the opening game of the ALS Benefit in Memory of Craig Hunter event at Mount Airy High School Saturday.“We haven’t been playing seven innings,” Pardue continued. “Even in our wins, we’re not playing seven innings.”Every spot in the lineup produced a hit as the Wolfpack pounded out 13 hits. S...

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Brim hits, pitches East Surry past East Wilkes

MOUNT AIRY — Seth Brim and Cody Ashburn combined on a two-hit, five-inning shutout as East Surry defeated East Wilkes, 14-0, in the second game of the ALS Benefit in Memory of Craig Hunter event at Mount Airy High School Saturday.Brim threw 37 pitches, allowing one hit, walking none, and striking out four through three innings. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.Tyler Marion added four RBI with two hits and a sacrifice fly.“They may be ...

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‘One bad inning’ sinks Elkin

Mount Airy broke open a tight game with nine runs in the fifth inning and went on to defeat Elkin, 11-6, in the nightcap of a tripleheader at Wallace Shelton Stadium Saturday.Jonathan Cagle went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs to lead the Granite Bears at the plate.The nine-run fifth came courtesy of six hits, a walk, a hit batsman, and two walks. David Sparger’s two-run double highlighted the inning. Wesley Bumgardner had a two-run single in the inning.&#...

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‘Shake and bake’ bust by police, 2 charged

A tip to the Elkin Police Department on possible drug activity resulted in charges against two suspects at a local motel Thursday for allegedly producing methamphetamine.According to Elkin Police Chief Monroe Wagoner, officers went to Elk Inn located at 1101 N. Bridge St. at 10 a.m. and confirmed that suspect Ronnie Parks of Elkin was registered at the hotel. Officers advised Parks they had received information that methamphetamine was in his room and asked for consent to search....

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Lights, RVs, pet control top Monday town meeting

The Elkin Board of Commissioners is set to meet on Monday at 7 p.m. for a public hearing on code enforcement matters, an airport grant, animal control signage and making Elkin more RV-friendly.Public HearingOn the agenda is a public hearing relating to a text amendment for repeat offenders of code violators. Commissioners will weigh in on walloping repeat offenders with an additional $100 fine.“This is an added penalty if someone repeats...

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District 4-H competition held in Elkin

ELKIN — The North Central District 4-H Activity Day was held Saturday at Elkin High School. There were 180 youth participating in the day, some competing in a talent show and others presenting in categories ranging from food and nutrition to family and consumer sciences, livestock and dairy production, public speaking and more.The talent show portion of the day kicked off to a rousing start with a solo drum performance. DaEun Kim, an exchange student in Wilkes County, who hai...

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Property rezoning request to lead town agenda

JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Town Council will lead its agenda with a purpose to hear public comments on a request for the rezoning of property within the Jonesville Planning Jurisdiction in its monthly public hearing on Monday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall located at 1503 N.C. 67.According to Monday’s published Jonesville Town Council agenda, the owner is requesting the property located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Swan Creek Bypass and South Mineral Spring D...

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FCCLA to be recognized at school board meeting

During the Elkin Board of Education meeting on Monday, nine members of the Elkin High School chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will be recognized after recently recently winning gold and silver medals at the State Leadership Conference in Greensboro.The nine members to be recognized are: Kristen Kartes; Courtney Cobler; Kenya Easter; Emma Aldridge; Makayla Dimmette; Rebekah Cranford; Ellie Hooper; Georgia Longworth; Hannah Freeman will be honore...

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