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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.


Photography exhibit at Elkin library

ELKIN — The 2014 “Show Us Your Best” Northwestern Regional Library Traveling Photography Exhibit will be on display at the Elkin Public Library during the month of September. The contest is sponsored by all member libraries of the Northwestern Regional Library.About 60 photographs by library patrons from throughout Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties are in the collection. The exhibit includes a variety of photographs including color, black and white, and...

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Harlem Wizards to kick off Yadkin County United Fund campaign

YADKINVILLE — The Harlem Wizards will make two special appearances — Sept. 20 at Starmount High School at 7 p.m. and on Sept. 27 at Forbush High School at 7 p.m. — to help Yadkin County United Fund kick off this year’s annual fundraising campaign.Both evenings promise to be a fun-filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face. This event is hosted by Yadkin County United Fund.

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Stolen tractor recovered

HAMPTONVILLE — On Aug. 21, the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Melvin Dwayne Cummings, 48, of Jonesville, and charged him with one count of felony larceny, one count of felony obtaining property by false pretense, one count of felony possession of stolen property, one count of misdemeanor criminal injury to personal property, one count of misdemeanor altering/removing a serial number and one count of misdemeanor selling an altered serial number of a farm tractor.

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Mountain Park High School class of 1952

The Mountain Park High School class of 1952 celebrates its 62nd reunion at The Lantern restaurant in Pilot Mountain on Aug. 23. Attending are, front row, from left, Dickie Southard, Tommy Cockerham, Dorothy Simmons, Jackie Trexler; second row, Rose Simmons, Gaye Peterson, Camilla Cook; and, back row, Bobby Hudspeth, Dorothy Calloway, Jon Saylor, Travis Holbrook and Jackie Snow.

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Northern Hospital announces new president, CEO

MOUNT AIRY — The Board of Trustees of Northern Hospital of Surry County has appointed Ned Hill as the hospital’s new president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 6. Hill brings 13 years of experience in the health care industry, including chief executive and operating positions at several community hospitals throughout the country.Prior to accepting the position at Northern, he served as chief executive officer at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Wyoming. ...

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Red Cross issues safety tips for labor day weekend

GREENSBORO — Many people will be taking road trips, spending time at the beach and having cookouts this weekend. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.The Red Cross encourages everyone to take a few simple safety steps when spending time on the road, at the beach and at cook outs. A good way to start is by downloading the free First Aid and Swim apps.People should also follow these safety tips:Tips for ...

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Thirteen Wayne Farms facilities honored with safety awards

OAKWOOD, Ga. — Thirteen Wayne Farms’ facilities were recently honored by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council for outstanding safety performance by implementing innovative and effective safety and health programs at the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Florida.One of the award winning facilities located in Pendergrass, Georgia received Award of Distinction, the highest accolade offered, for the fifth consecutive year. The Pende...

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Falcons improve to 4-0

EAST BEND — The Forbush Falcons use multiple weapons to blast its way past the Spartans of Central Davidson. Ryan Miller scored a career high four goals to lead the attack, while Schuyler Eldridge, Antonio Perez, Martin Lillhager and Robert Cornelius added a goal apiece.After two point blank misses by the Falcons, Miller was able to get his team on the board in the fourth minute with a header off of a corner kick. It was a satisfying goal for the players since they were 0-for...

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Rams dominate Camels, 8-0

BOONVILLE — Ulises López and Bryan Jiménez each netted a hat trick as Starmount pulled away from Atkins for an 8-0 non-conference win Wednesday night.Although they dominated the first half, the Rams led only 2-0 - the second goal coming with just 6:02 to play in the first half.Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said that being at home may have played a part in the slow start. “They’re excited,” he said. “They want their families to see t...

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Friday night previews

East Surry (1-0) at Starmount (0-1), 7:30Last Year’s Result: East Surry 27, Starmount 6The Rams will be rebounding from a 28-17 loss to Mount Airy. “They should do well in their league,” Starmount Coach Scott Johnson said of the Bears. “And they should make a really good run in the playoffs.“It’s a non-conference game. We play tough people in one-conference to help us.“Any first game you see...

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Down the River Road

Without a doubt, we are a very festive people here in the Yadkin Valley. We have festivals for wine, for pumpkins, for fiddles, for farming, for leaves, for apples, for a television show, for a deep-dish pie…you get the idea.But is there room for more? Of course there is, and I have a few suggestions for some new festivals. Now, some of these ideas are serious, some aren’t, but if you can’t tell the difference, don’t worry, because sometimes the craziest ide...

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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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