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Artist starts Twenty One and Main Street mural

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A renowned mural artist is at it again and leaving his legacy on a wall of downtown Elkin’s most popular restaurant.Artist Michael Brown’s newest piece is being painted on the side wall of Twenty One and Main, 102 E. Main St. in downtown Elkin.Traffic heading north into Elkin on Bridge Street may be shifted to one lane during Brown’s developing work. Traffic safety cones direct vehicles to merge where Brown is working. Brown often has to step off his ladder and back into a portion of the street to glace at the mural.“It’s a very busy street…so we worked it out by working with DOT officials so we can keep everyone safe,” said Laura Gaylord, community manager for the town of Elkin.


Interactive teaching approach captures fifth-graders imaginations

Elkin Elementary School fifth-graders enjoyed themselves and stayed interested in many important topics on Thursday in four different fifth-grade classrooms as they participated in the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance (NWRESA) Professional Math Emphasis with the Arts.The event was made possible by a fifth-grade teacher teamwork written grant that resulted in money awarded by the Elkin Public Library Endowment Fund supported by the late Lin Hendron. Hendron was known ...

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Main Street advocates gather for refresher course

The chairwoman of the Main Street Advisory Board presented a specialist from the North Carolina Main Street Center Division of Community Assistance who visited with downtown merchants on Tuesday morning to refresh advocates on the advantages of maintaining a strong Main Street program.The meeting was held at The Liberty at 222 E. Main St.“We welcome our special guest. We’re going to learn some exciting things today,” said Chairwoman Teresa Ray of the Ma...

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Venice Valentinos re-opens with ribbon cutting

Restaurant owner Abdul Ghafoor celebrates a grand re-opening of his Jonesville restaurant by cutting a purple ribbon at Venice Valentinos with Jonesville Business Association members Debra Clark, Issy Hinshaw, Regina Adkins and Anita Darnell. The Jonesville restaurant specializes in a pizza buffet that includes a chicken Alfredo pizza.

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A different kind of bunny

The Easter bunny gator visits Rockford Elementary School recently bringing eggs and basket in tow.

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NCDOT to begin pavement rehabilitation project on I-77 in Surry County

SHELBY — On April 22, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin a pavement rehabilitation project along Interstate 77 near Mount Airy in Surry County. One lane of I-77 from mile marker 95 to 99 will be closed at a time while the project is completed.Crews will begin the rehabilitation project with full-depth patching operations along the four-mile stretch of road, followed by milling and replacing the riding surface. Carl Rose & Sons, Inc. of Elkin, was awarded the $2,...

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Administration honors volunteers with luncheon

WILKESBORO — Talia Espresso, at 809 Main St., was the site for a luncheon on April 4 held as recognition of the contributions of Guardian ad Litem (GAL) child advocates in Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The luncheon was sponsored by Indera Mills, WN Ireland Insurance, and Zachary Law Offices all of Yadkinville and by Office Furniture Concepts of Wilkesboro and private donors.The event brought together 35 volunteers. Brenda Loudermilk, a GAL volunteer advocate fr...

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Sports Roundup

Will Altemueller threw a one-hitter and Drew Shinkle nearly hit for the cycle as host Elkin defeated Ashe County, 9-2, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference game Wednesday night.“He hit the strike zone all night long,” Elkin Coach Steve Martin said. “He was mowing them down.”Altemueller finished with 12 strikeouts.Shinkle finished his night with a home run, two doubles and a single. He came within a play at third base — trying ...

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SCC golf teams qualify for national tournaments

NEW BERN — Surry Community College’s golf team has qualified for the national junior college tournament with a strong showing at the Region X Championship.The men’s team finished second with four players in the top 10. The women’s duo of Kasie Tolbert and Gatlin Hiatt each placed in the top six.Coach Tom Pendergraft said he was very proud of his team. The men have qualified for the national tournament in Plymouth, Ind., May 18-22, while the women ...

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Call, McCormick repeat winners at Friendship

Chad Call, Tyler Arrington, Michael Harrell, James Graybeal and Chase McCormick all went home winners Saturday night at Friendship Motor Speedway.Call, in Super Stock, and McCormick, in SECA Crates, also won on opening night April 5.All divisions will be in action this Saturday night.Results — Super Stock: 1. Chad Call; 2. Bill Robbins; 3. Steve Faw. Open Wheel Modifieds: 1. Tyler Arrington; 2. Buck Stevens; 3. Jeff Parsons. Renegades: 1. Michael Harrell...

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Elkin grad giving back

For first-year Elkin Middle School tennis coach Jeremiah Morrison, tennis has been important for a long time.“My grandpa gave me my first tennis racket at age 5,” Morrison said. “I just loved being out with him.”Morrison’s grandmother, Chrisella Morrison, died that year. Playing tennis with his grandfather, Melvin Morrison, was good therapy for both of them.Morrison put tennis aside two years later, but picked it up again at age 1...

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Recent results and upcoming schedule

Tuesday, April 15BaseballAshe County at Elkin, ppd. to WednesdayEast Wilkes at Alleghany, ppd.West Wilkes at Starmount, ppd.Women’s SoccerAshe County at Elkin, ppd.East Wilkes at Alleghany, ppd.West Wilkes at Starmount, ppd. to WednesdaySoftballAshe County at Elkin, ppd. to WednesdayWednesday,...

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Five charged with drug trafficking

HAMPTONVILLE — Five suspects were charged on March 31 with a variety of drug-related offenses, according to information provided by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office.The suspects allegedly were transporting quantities of cocaine, marijuana and prescription medications into Yadkin County from New Jersey.The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office executed a vehicle stop at the intersection of Windsor Road and U.S. 421 northbound. During a search of the vehicle, ...

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Roselli Foods releases new image of ‘Granny’

Roselli Foods of Pilot Mountain announced a branding change to Granny Roselli’s Original Salad Dressing.The salad dressing featured an image Daisy Roselli as a 95-year-old grandmother who was a staple at a local eatery in Wilkes County.The new salad dressing bottles will now feature Granny Roselli when she was younger.Upon the passing of Daisy Wiles Roselli in December of 2010, her son’s Frank, Joseph, and John took specific recipe’s made fam...

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Suspect sells car, allegedly steals it back

JONESVILLE — A resident from Mount Airy is facing charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle from a victim he originally sold his car to.According to a release by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies processed a report of larceny of a motor vehicle from a resident in Jonesville on April 6.According to the release, the resident explained that his vehicle was parked in his driveway on Dogwood Lane the night before and that when he went to work the next mo...

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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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St. John family describes student visit as destiny

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 fami...

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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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