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ECS retirees leave lasting contributions

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Elkin City Schools recently celebrated retirees and their many years of service at a banquet held at Cedarbrook Country Club.ECS Human Resource Specialist Allison Moxley provided details about retirees’ contributions to the ECS school system.Perry Lloyd, Elkin High School history teacher, retired with 29 years of service, first coming to EHS in 1987. The first time Principal Joel Hoyle met Lloyd, he was unsure about whether or not he was a teacher. Lloyd was in a summer work outfit, old T-shirt, shorts and work boots, and had probably been out painting. Later Hoyle remarked Lloyd was unlike any teacher he had ever worked with.


Chamber to induct officers, give awards to others

DOBSON — The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the induction of incoming officers at its annual meeting. The chamber also will give away awards recognizing associates.The annual meeting will be held on Thursday at the Shelton Badgett Center for Viticulture and Enology at Surry Community College.“This is our annual meeting. Not only do we induct new officers at the meeting, but we also distribute awards to members of the chamber who have gone...

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Circle K hosts Kira Bray fundraisers Saturday

There will be a lot going on this Saturday at the Circle K in Elkin.The store and the surrounding property will host a yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m. and a Racing for Kira fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. to benefit Kira Bray and her family.Kira, now a quadraplegic, was injured Jan. 26 in a car accident. She suffered a vertebrae fracture in her neck. She has turned 6 — in February — since the accident.After being released from Levine’s Children Ho...

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2014 already a success for Cheek

RONDA — Sitting in the meeting room of the Ronda Volunteer Fire Department, Chris Cheek exudes a calm exterior.But there’s a fire on the inside — one that’s not likely to be extinguished any time soon.“I’m a very, very competitive person,” Cheek said. “I like the speed; the work; the adrenaline rush.”Born and raised in Hamptonville, Cheek is now 34. He’s been racing for 13 years. “As a kid I gre...

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EHS hires social studies teacher and coach

Social studies teacher Nicholas A. Tomlin will become part of the Elkin High School teaching staff and become head baseball coach and assistant football coach this fall.Tomlin is relocating from North Iredell High School and brings with him, North Carolina National Guard experience as second lieutenant in the 145th Maintenance Squadron along with teaching and coaching experience.Tomlin was also a C-130H3 flight engineer in Charlotte and jet engine mechanic.His...

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New camp offers sensory experiences for kids

ELKIN — Area children and parents got a first look at a unique new summer activity at the Journey Camp open house on Monday. Journey Camp was created by Jennifer Blackburn Bracey to give children a positive sensory experience that will allow them to connect with themselves and nature.Bracey is a counselor with her own practice, the Soul Compass Center. She has a degree in early childhood education, a master’s of divinity and recently has become trained in the field of s...

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Jonesville approves budget ordinances

JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Town Council approved budget amendment changes for the budget ordinance for the year 2013-14 in a public meeting on June 30.Jonesville Town Manager Scott Buffkin reported that during the meeting, budget amendments were approved with little discussion.The general fund budget was amended in the respective appropriations.

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Police reports

The Elkin Police Department released a police blotter. The charges below were reported between June 30 and July 7:• Yeney Bombarle Herrera, 40, of Elkin, was charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretenses, felony possession of stolen goods and possession of a firearm by a felon. He received a $10,000 secured bond and will need to appear at an Aug. 5 court date. Herrera also was served with a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania. He wa...

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Ducks need volunteers; so do turtles

Duck and turtle races are serious business in Elkin.Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) members rely on duck and turtle races to roll in much needed revenue.The racing is a type of community fundraiser in which people “adopt” or sponsor numbered, yellow plastic ducks and green turtles that “race” along the Big Elkin Creek to the finish line, according to the head of EVTA.To help coordinate a successful fundraising effort, trailblazer...

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Jonesville police reports

JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Police has reported the following charges and incidents.• On June 28, there was a reported larceny of an outdoor heat and air conditioning pump by the Elkin Jonesville Shriners valued at $4,000.• On June 27, there was an order for arrest issued against Richard Lee Crater of Kernersville for misdemeanor charges in the possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.• On June 29, Jeremy Shaun Nelso...

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Simmons keeping tennis fun at EWHS

RONDA — The thermometer was pushing 90 and it felt even hotter on the surface of the tennis courts at East Wilkes High School late Tuesday morning.But there was East Wilkes tennis coach Aaron Simmons, assisted by his father and several former players, working with a dozen young players - all there to work on their game.The clinics, one for younger players from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and one for older players from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., are “for anybody who wants to ...

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Players work on the art of shooting at Starmount

BOONVILLE — More than 20 basketball players, from age 8 to 17, showed up for this week’s ProShot Camp at Starmount High School.“It’s crazy the amount of stuff they’re learning,” Starmount head men’s coach Rocky Horton said before Tuesday’s session started. “They’re actually learning the biochemistry of shooting.”Horton said “a lot of people can shoot and shoot and shoot and keep missing. This will he...

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County school board elects officers, honors new members

Newly elected county school board members were honored with a reception Monday night at Meadowview Middle School before their formal swearing in ceremony and the election of officers for the 2014-2015 school year.Twelve-year veteran board member Earlie Coe was sworn in by Judge Spencer Key and was later elected by acclamation as chairperson. Newly elected member Dr. Terri Mosley was sworn in by Central Office Administrative Assistant Amy Childress and newly elected member Mamie Sut...

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Bodies identified; teen faces two counts of murder

WILKESBORO — Authorities said a 17-year-old faces two charges of murder after a man and woman were found dead outside a home.Kenneth Wayne Myers Jr., 17, was taken into custody.Officials with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office said a 911 call was received late last Thursday about shots fired in the 200 block of Peace Valley Road in the Shepherds Crossroads community. Deputies arrived to find the man and woman dead at the scene.Wilkes Sheriff Chris ...

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Foothills Art Council to host packed weekend

The Elkin Valley Fiddlers will be holding a contra dance at Elkin High’s gymnasium, 334 Elk Spur St., Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.The dance is free with a suggested donation of $5. Only soft-soled shoes are allowed on the gym floor. Callers for the dance will be Emily Abel and Valerie Helbert, who were the callers for the group’s last contra dance in May.The band again will be the Bridgemakers featuring David Blackmon on fiddler, Caroline Blackmon on guitar along...

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It’s Bailes again in FUEL feature

Ross Bailes picked up his third FUEL racing series victory of the season at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night.Other winners included Steve Faw (Super Stock 4), George Anen (Open Wheel Modifieds), Justin Hudspeth (SeCA Crate Late Models), Shaun Robinson (Renegades), and Kasey Shane in UCars.Bailes, of Clover, South Carolina, started on the outside of the second row for the 40-lap FUEL feature. With Ricky Weeks of Rutherfordton taking the early lead, Bailes worked h...

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Man with gun charged during July 4 celebration

STATE ROAD — A man carrying a concealed weapon was taken into custody by deputies during a holiday celebration last Friday.The incident occurred at the community park during the Mountain Park Ruritan Club’s Independence Day celebration. The community park sits adjacent to and shares space with the Mountain Park Elementary School.Several thousand people were in attendance during the festivities.“A spectator alerted police. Deputies approached ...

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Residents pack park for fireworks celebration

Children wasted no time on Saturday in advance of fireworks at Freedom Fest. Though the skies would be illuminated with rockets and explosions in celebration of Independence Day at Elkin Municipal Park, there were three bounce houses to break in.“I’m here with my cousin,” said William Holcomb, 11, of Wilkesboro. “We’re bouncing. It’s kind of cool. Gotta go. Bye.”“He’s just so excited,” said his Holcomb’s m...

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