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A widespread pattern?

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A cursory look at the expense reports submitted by embattled Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson reveals what one county source has described as a widespread pattern of financial impropriety.Johnson, while he hasn’t been officially named, is reportedly the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) probe into the alleged financial misconduct.The issue arose after county staff began scrutinizing Johnson’s expense reimbursement requests, according to County Attorney Ed Woltz.


The Walker Center offers two shows for families

WILKESBORO — The Walker Center, on the campus of Wilkes Community College, will offer two shows aimed at a family audience. “Curious George” will make his very first Walker Center appearance on Nov. 7. “Comedy Pet Theater” comes to town on March 6. Both shows will begin at 7 p.m.Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey, Curious George, in his delightful new musical, “The Golden Meatball.” All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a yea...

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Warriors topple Buckin’ Elks, 35-23

West Iredell scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat host Elkin, 35-23, in a non-conference game Friday night.The Buckin’ Elks took a 23-20 lead into the fourth quarter after Zane Millsaps hit a 40-yard field goal late in the third quarter.The game was tight throughout. Jamiles Hayes scored from one yard out less than two minutes into the game to give Elkin a 6-0 lead. The touchdown was set up by an interception by Houston Reynolds.The Warriors sc...

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Falcons shut down Cardinals, 41-0

EAST BEND — Brady Williard caught three touchdown passes and the Forbush defense limited East Wilkes to 127 total yards as the Falcons eased to a 41-0 win over the Cardinals Friday night.Brady’s first touchdown reception covered 58 yards - a catch and run Carson Fulp hit him in stride with on the first play of the game. His second came with 3:15 to play in the first half - a 49-yard reception that finished with Williard dragging three Cardinals into the end zone. The th...

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Church calendar

Sept. 19–21• Revival at Dayspring Baptist Chapel, 2286 White Dirt Road in Dobson with Bro. Rick Crouse. Times are 7 p.m. Sept. 19; 6 p.m. Sept. 20; and 11 a.m. Sept. 21.

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Community calendar

Now through Oct. 3• Circle K on Johnson Ridge Road in Elkin, next to Lowe’s, will be accepting coats for children (will accept adult sizes, too), new and used coats and/or money will be accepted. Circle K will be contacting local schools to find out the needs of the children so the donations stay in the local community. For more information, call 336-526-1825.Sept. 19...

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Birth announcement

Gena AnnaLee LawsLisa Ann Caudill and Jason Lee Laws of Glade Valley announce the birth of their daughter, Gena AnnaLee Laws, on Aug. 3 at 7:07 a.m. at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Elkin, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 22 1/2 inches in length.She has a sister, Lena Leigh Letterman of Glade Valley. The grandparents are David Caudill and Sandra Leigh Caudill of Glade Valley and Rebecca Elaine Hodges of Dobson and the ...

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Elkin D leads Pee Wees to win over Ashe

The Elkin Pee Wees improved to 2-0, 1-0 in the BRYFL, with a strong defensive effort in a 13-6 win over visiting Ashe Saturday at Grissom Stadium.Ashe scored on a three-yard, fourth and goal play on the last play of the game to avoid the shutout.Despite giving up the first points of the season, it was the defense that set the tone for the game early on.Ashe intercepted a Brett Beaver slant pass intended for Killian Carpenter on the first play of the game. Chri...

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Rockford sweet potato festival set for Saturday

ROCKFORD — The 17th annual Sweet Potato Festival in historic Rockford Village Saturday is a case of a little town excited about a big menu. Organizer Carolyn Carter said the event’s straightforward and satisfying fare sprang from the inspiration of the late Annie Barnett of the Rockford General Store.“Annie started this from her research,” said Carter. “She looked until she found out a sweet potato festival was the only one at the time not taken and sh...

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Elkin police briefs

The Elkin Police Department has reported the following charges and incidents for the week of Sept. 8-14.• Officers answered a disturbance call at 202 Veneer St. No charges were filed. Both parties were referred to the magistrate.• Justin Vaughn Martin, 32, Elkin, was arrested on an order for arrest for contempt of court violations. Bond was set at $3,400. Court date was Sept. 12.• Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at Spring Valley ...

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Recent results and upcoming schedule

*Dates, times, and locations subject to changeTuesday, September 16Men’s soccerForbush 9, East Wilkes 0VolleyballEast Wilkes 3, Elkin 0Starmount at Wilkes CentralCarver at ForbushWomen’s tennisElkin 8, East Wilkes 1Starmount at Wilkes CentralWednesday, September 17...

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Local sports roundup

WILKESBORO — East Wilkes defeated Ashe County, 5-4, Monday to complete a match halted by rain that began Sept. 11.McKenzie Stokes took down Hallie Brown, last year’s Mountain Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year, 7-6, 6-2 when the matches started Sept. 11.The Huskies captured tough 8-6 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles Monday, but Abby Burchette and Brie Jarvis had already won at No. 3 doubles to seal the win for the Cardinals.“That wa...

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Elkin falls at Surry Central

DOBSON — Jose Avalos scored three goals for the hat trick as Surry Central posted a 5-1 nonconference win against visiting Elkin on Wednesday night.Brayan Gomez put the Golden Eagles on the scoreboard in the 12th minute , while Avalos would score his first two goals in the 20th and 32nd minute to stretch Central’s lead to 3-0.In the second half, Zach Rhyne scored for Elkin off a rebound in the box that just got past Fernando Talavera that pulled the Buckin...

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Elks remain undefeated

RONDA — It was closer than the final score, but when it was said and done, Elkin defeated East Wilkes, 8-1, to tighten its grip on the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference regular season championship Tuesday.Elkin went 6-0 in singles play, but it wasn’t easy. At No. 2, Makayla Dimmette needed to win seven games both sets to claim a 7-5, 7-6 win over Amber Parks; at No. 4, Mattie Timmerman dropped the first set, 6-4, before rallying to defeat Maggie Weatherman in the seco...

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Elkin takes look at Warriors

West Iredell (1-2) at Elkin (0-3), 7:30Last year’s result: Elkin 50, West Iredell 34The Buckin’ Elks lost to Surry Central, 24-14, a week ago. Elkin Head Coach Scott Wood said his team needs to “eliminate” some mistakes - namely penalties and turnovers that hurt them against the Eagles.“I don’t know how many penalties, but it was entirely too many,” he said.Now, here comes West Iredell. The ...

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Peace pole to be erected in Elkin

A peace pole will be placed during a ceremony Wednesday as part of the International Day of Peace celebration on the greenway between Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church and Elkin Creek.Galloway members and the public will gather at 4 p.m. to finish the pole and erect it with signs from different languages.Rev. Gaye Brown, said the Sunday morning services have been focused on peace in preparation.Brown said the church formed a committee to discuss a world in gr...

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Board OKs PGW extension

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners took a “middle of the road” approach to a request by Elkin’s Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) to extend the deadline on its incentive package, choosing to give the company a break on the number of jobs created and holding them to the deadline on the amount of money invested in the county.The action came Monday night during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting.PGW had requested a 12-month extens...

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Jonesville working on sidewalk plan

JONESVILLE — Jonesville Town Manager Scott Buffkin said the town has been busy working with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) to develop a Comprehensive Pedestrian Transportation Plan.Buffkin said the sidewalk issue started with the town talking to the regional council to see what they could do to get sidewalks in the spring.As part of the planning process, the town scheduled a public input meeting to gather the public’s interest and to solicit input...

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