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Kids make the best of summertime concrete blues

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Young Deuce Townsend catches a shuttle pass from middle-schooler Ty Townsend. Meanwhile, Tyler Hayes, who is in high school, takes time to teach his young friend how to avoid the rush.

 

Bandit’s Roost stirs to life the old and the new

Bandit’s Roost members spoke recently about their individual passions, motivations and influences and how those factors intertwine within the tapestry of their songs to portray and convey messages.They said they like to inform with their music while inviting a response from the audience, whether by listening or dancing.The group said it consciously pursues the work of preserving history, themes and what the individual musician brings to the mix. The result resonate...

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Goodwill’s Discovery Bike headed to Sturgis

The first week of August, Jody Goodwill of State Road will take a custom-built Discovery Bike, he designed, built and painted in only six weeks for a competition aired on the Discovery Channel, to the Sturgis Rally Motorcycle Tour in South Dakota.He said it is his first time entering the large motorcycle show where there will be judging for five grand purses.Goodwill said, “I am really excited. We will throw our stuff in the midst, they will at least know we are th...

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Cruise! Downtown Elkin with car show set for the weekend

Cruise! Downtown Elkin will be held on Saturday with the Backwater Band scheduled to play from 4 to 9 p.m.The band will play in Wells Fargo parking lot during the cruise-in.There will be a car show with registration, and Best of Show awarded at the cruise.Festival shirts, coasters, foams with printed Downtown Elkin, and sunglasses will be for sale, said Vicki Roberts, secretary for Downtown Elkin, Inc.Roberts said the Mountain Park Rescue Squad will...

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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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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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Camps and clinics slated

AgilityI Support My Community will host a free agility clinic July 28 at Crater Park. Youth under 10: 5 to 5:45 p.m.; 10 and older: 6 to 8 p.m.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.CoachingStarmount High School will host its annual Starmount youth football coaches clinic July 27 at 6 p.m. ...

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Elkin tennis, softball, baseball, soccer registration info

There are several registration dates approaching for events and sports leagues through the Elkin Recreation and Sports Department.The Myers Junior Open will be held Aug. 1-3. It is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) tourney for ages 8-18. Players must be a USTA member and must register online at USTA.com by July 27.The registration deadline for fall fastpitch softball, ages 8-13, is Aug. 1. Costs are $55 for residents and $85 for non-residents.The regis...

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Charity, businesses join for book bag drive

A local charity which has been accumulating book bags and school supplies for the needy said the distribution will be held on Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at the CenturyLink parking lot on North Bridge Street.The drive is coordinated by I Support My Community, an all-volunteer charitable organization focused on youth development. CenturyLink is a sponsor of the book bag drive. Additional businesses will be at the drive to help distribute supplies.Last year, about 117 children throu...

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New business owners serve up nutrition

A duo in downtown Elkin has opened a business at 209 E. Main St. hoping to shake up interest for living a healthier lifestyle.Midtown Nutrition owners, Lisbeth Morales-Ochoa, 22, and Steven Hughes, 21, teamed up for the nutrition launch saying they were both a natural fit for the new business.“Midtown Nutrition got the name because it’s in Elkin and was recommended by the barber shop owner. Most people are familiar with Midtown Barber Shop, so tagging off tha...

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Richardson earns first win

It was well into Sunday morning before the UCars finally got out onto the track at Friendship Motor Speedway.Afternoon rain and an influx of drivers from nearby closed tracks pushed the start time back and led to more races and more crashes.No matter how wet the track was or how late the UCars ran their feature, it was just fine with 44-year-old Clifton Richardson.Just shy of 2 a.m., Richardson was posing for his feature win photo with a trophy. It was his fir...

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Richardson earns first win

It was well into Sunday morning before the UCars finally got out onto the track at Friendship Motor Speedway.Afternoon rain and an influx of drivers from nearby closed tracks pushed the start time back and led to more races and more crashes.No matter how wet the track was or how late the UCars ran their feature, it was just fine with 44-year-old Clifton Richardson.Just shy of 2 a.m., Richardson was posing for his feature win photo with a trophy. It was his fir...

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ECS band, choral director recognized for Education Excellence

Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe recently presented the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Excellence Award to school system middle and high school choral and band director Tonya Smith.Bledsoe called her work with the band phenomenal and spoke about her high energy for music.“The biggest winners are her students,” said Bledsoe.He said Smith is creating a whole new generation for the appreciation of the arts and their imp...

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Yadkinville native earns Master’s Degree from Wake Forest University

WINSTON-SALEM — Spencer Kayla Ashley graduated from Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on May 19 with a Master of Arts degree in mathematics. Wake Forest is a private university located in Winston-Salem and is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the nation.While attending Wake Forest, Ashley was inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society.Ashley is now employed at Aon Hewitt, in Winston-Salem, as a b...

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Lightning split with Tide

GALAX, Va. — With several swimmers absent, the Elkin Wet Lightning earned a split with the Galax Maroon Tide Saturday.The Elkin women won 441-379, but the men fell 394-309. The combined score was 773-750 in favor of Galax.On the women’s side, Elizabeth McCann and Jaycie Knight each captured five wins, while Annie Douglas, Maia Schweikert, and Amelia Wills each picked up four.On the men’s side, Dockery Sloop and David Morton each picked up fou...

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Chamber seeks 10-percent increase in new members

The new head of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce said it’s vital for the business chamber to increase its membership over the course of the next year by a minimum of 10 percent.“I believe I would be satisfied if we get about a 10- to 15-percent increase,” said Chairman Steve Owings, who also is the proprietor of State Farm Insurance.The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce has 292 registered members.Owings was ushered in as chairman for the...

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Hitting ‘enter’ to pull the trigger

DOBSON — Want to apply for a gun permit in your underwear? Soon, that will be an option.The Surry County Board of Commissioners gave a nod Monday night to a proposal proffered by Sheriff Graham Atkinson that will allow county residents to apply for gun permits online.“We’ve been looking at it for several months, and there are several companies who do it,” Atkinson said. “What we want to do as a matter of convenience for the public is to try ...

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Stone Mountain News

Faith Baptist Church on the Traphill Road is having Vacation Bible School this week Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m.This is the last week of the Summer Reading Program at the Traphill Branch Library. Kids are encouraged to read to win prizes during the summer. On Tuesday,Ronald McDonald was there to show us his new tricks and how much he likes to read. On Thursday, Ms. Becky will have a story time program at 11 a.m.

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