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Jonesville celebrates past, present with cookout

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Jonesville Historical Society President Judy Wolfe speaks on Jonesville history, and Carrie Martin sang a gospel spiritual as the Jonesville community discussed the underground railroad and abolition movement in Jonesville at a recent cookout. Some attending included the mayor of Jonesville, Gene Pardue; Town Manager Scott Buffkin; and families of the late Jackie Brown and Alfred Teen Blackburn. The oldest Jonesville Historical Society member, Elizabeth Fisher, was also in attendance.Carrie Martin sings a gospel spiritual on the Wolfe Bridge at Mineral Springs Park.

 

Survey says?

DOBSON — Results of a recent survey prove one thing: Surry County residents love their parks.As part of the process of developing a master plan to guide the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, Director Daniel White said he has spent the past several months seeking input from the public about how they use the county’s parks.“We have been working on this for a while,” he said. “We sent out a survey in every tax bill that went out i...

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Bow hunting to benefit area needy

The Elkin town manager enthusiastically introduced a new program to a cross-section of key citizens that promises to feed Elkin’s hungry. The program, “Operation Hunting for Hunger,” not only benefits those in need, but local landowners and farmers as well, and, at the same time, provides a recreational opportunity for those who like to hunt deer.The premise is simple: deer cause damage to landowners’ landscaping and damage crops. Also, there is not enough f...

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Kids return to school

Willow Dawn Matthews, daughter of Misty Matthews of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, stands with teacher Rachel Friel as she begins the second grade at Yadkinville Elementary School.Ellie Berryman, third-grader at Ronda Clingman Elementary School, is excited she gets a locker to put her sign on this year.

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God’s Smile Factory brings good memories

Kids made a mad dash to God’s Smile Factory ice cream truck to grab favorites during the last dog days of summer before the school year began on Monday in downtown Elkin.A local parent, who did not want to be named, treated 23 kids to God’s Smile Factory ice cream last week.“I got to treat 23 kids to ice cream on a hot summer day, I also knew that I would be helping Chris with mission work,” said a local parent.Owner of the God’s ...

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Legislation moves school report cards release to February

The North Carolina General Assembly recently delayed the issuance of the 2013-14 School Report Cards until February 2015, with the 2013-2014 school year to be the first year to report a school performance grade (SPG) for each school.The new format will include A-F letter grades for academic quality at North Carolina Public Schools in the budget mandate signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said at Monday’s Board of Education...

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Budget issues discussed at school board meeting

During the Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting Monday, Director of Business and Finance Services Jan Zachary said the North Carolina Legislature ultimately brought a 7.59-percent average raise in the teachers’ salaries, however did away with longevity pay.In addition, in the final state budget, there were cuts to state funding in the central office, teacher assistant funding and at-risk student funding, said Zachary. Central office cuts took a three-percent cut; tea...

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Bikers for Kids helping families

Although the anthem for some motorcycle enthusiasts may be Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” the anthem for a local charity, Bikers for Kids Inc., could be “Born for the Child.”The group regularly holds benefit rides for children with serious illnesses whose families are struggling with wildly exorbitant medical bills.A ride for Cayden Talbert, a 4-year-old Mount Airy boy with a blood disorder, who also has had a heart transplant, will be on ...

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Just a good ole (little) girl

Kayla Harrell said the first reaction she gets from people is often “Gosh, that little girl’s driving a race car?”At four feet, 11 inches and 110 pounds, Harrell doesn’t cut an imposing figure. That is until you talk to her or until you see her out on the track.“Everybody makes jokes about me being little,” Harrell said. “I have to sit on a pillow.”Metal blocks are welded onto the pedals so she can reach them. Fe...

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Rams rebound with win

DOBSON — Starmount withstood a comeback attempt by Surry Central to secure its first volleyball win of the season, beating the Eagles 3-1 on Tuesday night.The Rams won 25-18, 25-9, 20-25, 25-14 to improve to 1-2.Central coach Carrie Hutchens of Surry Central said it was a combination of little things such as missed passes, net calls and shots hit out of bounds that did in the Eagles.The first game went back-and-forth between the two teams. Starmount call...

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Tuesday, August 26Cross countryMen: Elkin 29, Forbush 50, Davie County 50Women: Elkin 40, Davie County 41, Forbush 48, Starmount 106VolleyballEast Wilkes at Forbush, 5Elkin at Forsyth Country Day, TBAStarmount at Surry Central, 4Women’s tennisStarmount at East Wilkes, 4:30Wednesday, August 27...

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Elkin woman celebrates 100th birthday

A local woman marked a terrific milestone on Sunday. Surrounded by more than 75 family members and friends at Pruitt Health Care, Reba Hayes celebrated her 100th birthday.“Since her 99th birthday, friends have commented to Reba, ‘Amazing! You will be 100 next year,’ to which she usually replied, ‘I hope that I can keep my health to make it,’” said her daughter, Ann Garner.Despite declining health for the past four years, Hayes was all ...

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Writers needed for third volume of heritage of Yadkin County

YADKINVILLE — The Yadkin County Historical Society will publish its third volume of “The Heritage of Yadkin County North Carolina,” when at least 200 writers agree to submit two new or updated household history articles and one on a church or organization, said Andrew L. Mackie, president of the Yadkin County Historical Society.“Changes have happened in our families since we published our first and second volumes in 1981 and 2001 and we need family historian...

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Driver cited in four-vehicle wreck

A four vehicle wreck on Monday afternoon at Spring and Church streets resulted in three people being sent to the hospital.According to police, a PT Cruiser traveling north on Church Street slammed into a Ford Taurus causing a domino effect of damage. The Ford Taurus hit a Buick Park Avenue, which clipped a Chevy Malibu.The PT Cruiser was driven by Rondal Lee Sweet, 26, of Elkin.Sweet was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid collision, operating a vehicle...

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Rams fall to Villains

KERNERSVILLE — Host Bishop McGuinness scored on a free kick midway through the second half to take a 2-1 lead and the eventual win over Starmount Monday evening.The Villains went out in front off a set play in the first half before Ulises Lopez - on a penalty kick - evened the score for Starmount. It was Lopez’s third goal of the season.“I thought they were a pretty good team,” Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said. “We have a chance to correct ...

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Police briefs

Although some places may allow a bit of a leeway — up to nine miles-per-hour over the speed limit (hence the saying, “Nine is fine,”) — the Elkin Police Department takes a no-tolerance approach to speeding.“In North Carolina, if you go over the speed limit you are speeding,” said EPD Capt. Kim Robison. “We don’t care if it is one mile over the limit — it is speeding.”Tracy Anita Taylor, 42, of State Road, and La...

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Stone Mountain News

Larry Andrews will be bringing the message Sunday at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. Campers in the Stone Mountain State Park are invited to come as you are to worship in this historic church.Little Stone Mountain Baptist Church will have its regular Fifth Sunday Singing on Sunday at 11 a.m. David Leatherman will be the guest singer.Bill Bauguess will be preaching on the book of Revelation beginning the first Sunday in Sept at Little Stone Mountain Baptist Church. ...

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‘Fill the bus’ campaign continues at Walmart

The Elkin Walmart and Yadkin Valley United Fund have been working together to collect school supplies for local Yadkin Valley students as part of a national Walmart-United Fund campaign.Yadkin Valley United Fund President Ginger Isenhoward said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to help our local school children with school supplies. We are excited to be part of this and are grateful for all the donations we have received and for the continual support of the ...

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