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Kids score book bags, supplies through charity event

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Book bags and school supplies were distributed on Monday evening by local charity known for community give-aways.A whopping 300 book bags were on display. Children lined up in the parking lot awaiting a chance to get packed on educational items necessary for starting off the school year, and they got to pick a bag that was a best match for them.After picking the bag, children were further ushered into sections to receive school supplies that were age-appropriately distributed.The venue was held by I Support My Community, a non-profit organization, who teamed up with area business sponsors such as CenturyLink. The event was held in the CenturyLink parking lot.



Shella Kimberlynn Diane TolerKrystal Spicer and Joseph Toler of Jonesville announce the birth of their daughter, Shella Kimberlynn Diane Toler, on April 19 at 4:50 a.m. at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and measuring 20 inches in length.She has two siblings, Kameron and Dakota Toler. The grandparents are Leon and Becky Spicer of Jonesville and Tiny and Debbie Toler of Hamptonville. The great-grandpar...

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Friday night previews

Elkin (0-0) at Forbush (0-0), 7:30Last Year’s Result: Elkin 24, Forbush 21Losing a close game on the opponent’s home field in 2013 sets the stage for the Elkin-Forbush clash in East Bend Friday night.Forbush Coach Chris Johnson is cautious about approaching the game with revenge in mind. “There’s always a revenge factor,” Johnson said. “You want to play that card as a coach.“Thing is it̵...

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Tuesday, August 19Men’s soccerMount Airy 10, East Wilkes 1Hibriten 4, Elkin 0Women’s tennisElkin 7 Wilkes Central 1Ashe County 4, East Wilkes 2 (susp., rain)Wednesday, August 20Men’s soccerElkin at North Surry, 6Forbush at Davie County, 7Thursday, August 21...

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Scholarships available for SCC certification courses

DOBSON — Surry Community College will be able to award 10 State Employees’ Credit Union scholarships at $750 each for the 2014-2015 school year.The SCC Corporate and Continuing Education Division will award five of the scholarships in the fall 2014 semester and five in the spring 2015 semester. Students who are enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Training, Certified Production Technician, EMT Basic, EMT Paramedic, Nurse Aide I & II, and Basic/Advanced Welding may appl...

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SCC to hold GED graduation ceremony

DOBSON — Surry Community College will hold its 25th annual High School Equivalency Graduation, formerly known as General Education Diploma or GED, on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the SCC Gymnasium, Dobson.Dennis Lowe, retired director of the Small Business Center, will be the commencement speaker. A total of 249 students completed the HSE in 2013-2014 at Surry Community College. A reception for graduates, families and friends will be held in the Knights’ Grill following the grad...

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Principal of Year Tolbert challenges to be significant

Elkin City Schools Principal of the Year Pam Tolbert challenged educators to be significant for all the students upon their return to the school year in Elkin City Schools Convocation on Monday.Tolbert referenced those who have influenced education, teachers and famous people in all areas of discipline, including Margaret Flowers and Fred Wright. She reminded the difference mentors have made in educators’ and students’ lives daily.In the speech, Tolbert used ...

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ECS to benefit from increased local funding

A guest speaker at Elkin City Schools Convocation on Monday, Surry County Commissioner Chairman Eddie Harris affirmed an increased amount of money was given this year for Surry County students and the Surry County public school systems.Harris said in the speech, there has been a $15 increase allotted per student in Surry County.In addition, revenue growth in Surry County schools increased from $700,000 to $800,000, said Harris.Harris said there are 11,035 stud...

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Teacher of Year Shepherd speaks at convocation

Elkin City Schools Teacher of the Year Mary Shepherd spoke at the Elkin City Schools Convocation on Monday morning, using the opportunity to pinpoint the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) initiative as one that has increased potential to reach students academically in greater numbers and increased probabilities.Shepherd said she “appreciates the opportunity to benefit from the incredible system that we have.”She emphasized the STEAM ...

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Rhythm on Main dancers take top awards at Nationals

Dancers from Rhythm On Main Dance & Gymnastics in downtown Elkin attended the USA National Dance Championship in Rock Hill, South Carolina, this summer and brought back several big awards.The 27 students, from Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes counties, took 14 routines to the competition and won one High Gold award, seven Platinum awards, five High Platinum awards, two Fifth Place Top Score awards, one Fourth Place Top Score award, two Second Place Top Score awards, five First Place Top Sc...

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ECS holds convocation

Elkin City Schools held a convocation ceremony in Dixon Auditorium on Monday that marked the opening of the 2014-15 school year and what Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe called a continued “journey of significance” for staff, school and community.Chairman of the Board of Education Norman Foley delivered opening comments and ECS Board of Education member Stewart Roten also spoke.Both Foley and Roten are retiring from the ECS Board of Education this year. Foley...

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Stone Mountain News

Round Hill Baptist Church is having revival this week through Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Claude Lloyd from Rocky Ford is the guest speaker. Pastor Matthew Higgins and the congregation invite you to worship with them.There will be Port-a-pit BBQ chicken available on Saturday under the shelter at Thurmond Grocery from 10 a.m. until they sell out. Plates are $8.50 and include a half chicken, baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert. This is sponsored by White Rock United Methodist Church....

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Elks young, but deep in 2014

Elkin Coach Heath Foster expects as many as “six or seven” freshmen or sophomores to crack his starting 11 this fall.“We lost eight seniors,” Foster said Thursday, adding four of them played “crucial spots.”While the Buckin’ Elks will be young, Foster doesn’t think it’s a bad thing. “A couple of years from now that will be great,” he said.Foster added his team should “be good in the midfie...

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Basketball sites selected for tourneys

CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has announced its two regional basketball tournament sites for the 2014-15 season.The Eastern Regional event will once again be played in Fayetteville, while the Western Regional tournament will return to Winston-Salem after a stint in Greensboro. The dates for the tournaments are March 3 through March 7.In the Eastern Regional, games will be held at the Crown Coliseum complex, at both the C...

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Elks open with win over Wilkes Central

WILKESBORO — Elkin opened its 2014 season with a rain-shortened 7-1 win over Wilkes Central Tuesday.The Elks host East Wilkes Thursday. The singles matches are scheduled to begin at 4:30.ResultsSingles — No. 1: Miracle Walters (E) def. Mckenzie Ingle 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: Jessika Barber (WC) def. Makayla Dimmette 6-3, 6-1; No. 3: Ally Gentry (E) def. Madison Wilcox 6-2, 6-3; No. 4: Julie Neumark (E) def. Marissa Ingle 7-5, 6-4; No. 5: Carolyn Blackburn ...

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Rain stops East Wilkes match

RONDA — It wasn’t the perfect start East Wilkes Coach Aaron Simmons might have hoped for, but there were plenty of positives to take out of Tuesday’s suspended match with Ashe County.Before doubles play could get past warmups, a storm blew in with the Huskies leading 4-2. Simmons said the match is tentatively scheduled to be finished Sept. 3.“Considering the immense advantage they had in experience, I think we played well,” Simmons said. ...

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Cast call for “Almost Maine”

The Foothills Arts Council is looking up to the Northern Lights for its next Art in the Garden performance.Auditions for “Almost, Maine” are continuing Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 129 Church Street. Needed for the cast are at least two men and two women, but more may be cast. Performance dates will be Sat., Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. This is not readers’ theater. Cast call is for older teens and up. If you have questions, please email info@foothillsartscouncil.org.

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Police briefs

The Elkin Police Department released the following information for Aug. 12-18.• Jereme Joseph Rasmussen, 22, of Hamptonville, was picked up by authorities and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver LSD, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver clonopin, maintaining a drug vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. ...

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