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Amid controversy, Wilkes DSS director to retire

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WILKES COUNTY — The embattled director of the Wilkes County Department of Social Services announced his retirement last week, less than three months after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued a scathing report citing major deficiencies within the department.William Sebastian, who has served as director at the department since January 2011, said his retirement will be effective Sept. 30. He has worked at the department in various capacities for 34 years.

 

Lawmakers try to have it both ways

Budget conferees change their rhetoric on the role of government, but not the underlying policies that undermine itThose who attended or watched online yesterday as conferees debated next steps in resolving the stalemate between the House and the Senate over North Carolina’s FY 2015 state budget must have felt at times as if they had stepped into some kind of time/space warp. Surely these weren’t members of the 2014 North Carolina General Assembly holdi...

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Courting two lovers

I have two lovers on the side. One is nearby and the other is farther away.When I can spare some time for them I try to split it up between the two. They compete for my attention, and I find their jealousy over me so cute.The nearby lover is tall and particularly stunning when evening shadows fall across her face. I see her some when I am out and about here in the hometown, but I dare not call out to her and start something.But spotting her and admiring her ma...

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Rest of counterfeit ring arrested

Three more members of a counterfeiting ring that allegedly struck Mount Airy nearly two weeks ago have been apprehended, according to a city detective.Their arrests occurred in Ware County, Ga., on Tuesday, Sgt. Brad Quesinberry said.This brings to five the total number of those implicated in a scheme that involved the circulation of bogus $100 bills in Mount Airy and other jurisdictions, with one of the suspects still at lar...

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Atkins seeking re-election in Dobson

DOBSON — A second candidate filed Thursday afternoon for the Dobson Board of Commissioners.Incumbent J. Wayne Atkins is seeking another four-year term on the town board. In filing, he joined a fellow commissioner on the path to possible re-election, John D. Lawson, who filed on Monday.“I just want to stay involved — if the citizens of the town want me,” Atkins, 70, said of his desire to continue serving.“We’ve got a lot of t...

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Local camps and clinics slated

AgilityI Support My Community will host a free agility clinic Monday nights through July 28 at the Elkin Municipal Recreation Complex. Youth under 10: 5 to 5:45 p.m.; 10 and older: 6 to 8 p.m.Participants will report to the open field behind the baseball field at the complex. Farando Best and Elkin Middle School football coach Hagan Miller will be among those on hand to guide those who attend. For more information, contact Best at 734-8978....

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Lazarus Project leader details drug dangers

In the July 12 Project Lazarus coalition meeting, top take home messages included “sharing pills can kill” and storing medicines in protected locations, not the typical medicine cabinet, saves lives.Officials there said the leading leading cause of death stemming from prescription medications is accidental overdose among those age 11 to 18. They also said more than half of teen deaths are related to medication poisoning.Campaign Coordinator Karen Eberdt, spea...

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Teamwork, opportunity were blueprints for PGW success

Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens said she believes it was a spirit of cooperation and teamwork that helped the town bring Pittsburgh Glass to the community.“I think it is a story about how Surry County and its towns … just work better together having survived the past 10 years.”The mayor said she, county officials, and Elkin Town Manager Lloyd Payne have conducted a panel for the North Carolina Rural Centers Rural Economic Development Institute.T...

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Several race cars and their drivers turned out Saturday afternoon at the Circle K on CC Camp Road in Elkin to help raise money for Kira Bray and her family.Kira, now 6, was in a car accident January 26 and is paralyzed from the neck down as a result. The money raised will help the family pay for an upcoming visit to the Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia .The cars, many of them adorned with “Racing for Kira” on their cars, and the drivers, some wearing ...

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Summer is heavy-duty cleaning time in schools

Not all folks understand the cleaning work done in the public school system during the summer is vital to keep schools functioning and kids learning.During the dog days of summer, a behind the scenes cleaning crew at Elkin City Schools gets down to business.Every classroom is emptied and detailed; all floors are stripped with four coats of wax applied; every carpet cleaned; every light bulb fixture changed; every display case window and cabinet dusted; every bathroom cle...

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Yadkin County ‘Stars drop opener

EAST BEND — The Yadkin County 7-and-under All-Stars didn’t get off to the start they were looking for as hosts of the Western North Carolina State Tournament at Fall Creek Elementary School Elementary.Yadkin County lost to South Charlotte, 6-1, Saturday and fell to the loser’s bracket of the 12-team tournament that is slated to finish Tuesday.Cody Hernandez had two hits and had another hard-hit ball to center in his three at-bats for Yadkin County. Hern...

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AAU basketball off the ground in Yadkin County

BOONVILLE — Sitting on the sideline at Starmount High School, Stephanie Nichols looks on as Paul Hoover conducts his ProShot Basketball Camp for about 20 boys and for exactly two girls.One of those two girls is her daughter, Emily — a rising fifth-grader.There’s a gleam in her eye — the passion for basketball unmistakable. She coached recreational-league basketball for seven years in Wilkes County; and coached the North Wilkes Middle School and Mo...

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New study finds no difference in helmet brands

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin reports that its new study showed no difference in the rate of concussions based on what helmet brand is used.The university recently completed the first large-scale, prospective study in a field-based sports setting to examine if the rate of concussion is affected by the protective equipment that is worn by high school football players.Not only did the brand not make a difference in the rate of concussions, there also wa...

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NOCSAE releases helmet safety findings

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Football helmets’ ability to protect against concussions has become “exaggerated,” according to a national safety committee.After extensive study of various models of helmets, the results released this week are that no helmet is effective at stopping concussions and that all helmet brands have similar occurrences of brain bruising.The N.C. High School Athletic Association released a report from the National Operating Committe...

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Hawkins turns 100

Carrie Joines Hawkins celebrated a remarkable milestone on Thursday. The feisty Wilkes County native turned 100 years old.Surrounded by a flock of family and friends at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hawkins listened to tributes in her honor, occasionally offering a smile, and even took a nap during the celebration.According to a CNA who works at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation, naps are totally permitted. “She earned the right to take a nap whenever she wi...

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Principal of Year Colbert says affirming is key

Pam Colbert of Elkin Middle School recently was honored as Elkin City Schools’ Principal of the Year.She said the honor was appreciated but gave credit and accolades to staff as a big part of her success. “It was as much for them as it was for me,” said Colbert.She said it is nice to hear the affirmation of a good job, and spoke of her philosophy of building up and affirming staff and students as part of her strategy.She said she spends real ...

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Climate film emphasizes need to come together

Elkin Presbyterian Church will reveal an in-depth view of climate change on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with an award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” by James Balog.In the movie, photo-journalist Balog sets out on a quest to document glaciers on five continents, and shows they are in fact, disappearing through continuous photography.Presbyterian Minister Stuart Taylor said, “I believe that human civilization is at a watershed moment, and a point of...

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No July meeting for commissioners

The Elkin Board of Commissioners, who normally meet on the second Monday of each month, announced during a June meeting that it will not hold session on July 14.According to commissioners, the summer month is the slowest time of the year for town business. Commissioners said not holding a July meeting would make its August meeting more productive.Commissioners are scheduled to reconvene on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 3...

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