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‘Little Shop’ opens Friday night

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The cast members, musicians and directors of “Little Shop of Horrors” are putting the final touches on the show this week as they prepare for opening night.The play, a musical about a mild mannered florist who finds fame and fortune with an unusual plant with a most disturbing diet, will be presented by Foothills Theatre at Dixon Auditorium on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

 

School system still waiting for budget finale

Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said he interprets House and Senate negotiations as being a stalemate after they came together recently, but have yet to reach a formal decision on the North Carolina Public Schools budget.Bledsoe said, meanwhile, the school system waits hoping for some agreement between now and the end of the work week.The superintendent said if an agreement is not reached, then last year’s biennium budget will be used....

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Elkin police briefs

The Elkin Police Department released records for arrests and citations issued during the week of July 14-19.• Octavio Bautista Carbajal, 48, of Elkin, was arrested and charged for being an absconder, identity theft, and possession of fraudulent identification card. Bond was set at $5,000 secured with an Aug. 15 court date. According to police brass, an absconder is someone who has left the jurisdiction of another court without permission.• Elijah Peyton Thomp...

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Ross Bailes wins again (and again) at Friendship

Ross Bailes won for the third and fourth times this season at Friendship Motor Speedway, claiming both $1,000 Southeastern Crate Association Late Model features early Sunday morning.North Wilkesboro’s Chad Call claimed the $500 Super Stock 4 feature; Troutman’s Chad Paxton took the Open Wheel Modified feature; West Jefferson’s Shaun Robinson won the Renegades feature; Randy Powell won wire-to-wire in Xtreme Stock feature; and Clifton Richardson took the UCars feat...

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48 years and still running strong

GERMANTON — Bill Tesh started racing in June of 1966 — just more than 48 years ago.He drove in $99 claiming races at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. “Anybody could buy any of the cars for $99,” Tesh said.Tesh was in the Navy in 1966 — serving with an anti-submarine warfare squadron in Norfolk, Virginia. He’s been upside down in a vehicle eight times in his life, but he said the “scaredest I’ve ever been in my life is ...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Tribune is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making elkintribune.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to stories....

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Board punts on courthouse contract

DOBSON — After some discussion on the matter, the Surry County Board of Commissioners decided to take a “wait and see” approach and get more information before taking any action on a plan to provide much-needed improvements to the historic Dobson courthouse.County Facilities Director Don Mitchell told the board during the meeting that his department had been in the process of having the courthouse assessed by Pilot Mountain-based Brite Engineering.

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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 August 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 August 1. Costs are $55 for residents and $85 for non-residents.The r...

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A passion for selling produce remains

Frizby Jim Childress, also a Finney, from his mother’s side, he said, sells watermelons, seedless and non-seedless varieties, and produce, in a parking lot off of Bridge Street in downtown Elkin. Born in Elkin, he has been selling watermelons since around 7 years old, he said.

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Mineral Springs Park using historical markers to inform

JONESVILLE — Historical markers placed in Mineral Springs Park in Jonesville in 2013 were another milestone in the grand scheme of elements designed to inform and teach about Jonesville history and celebrating its achievement and heritage.“It was part of the master plan literally coming to life,” said Jonesville Historical Society Chair Judy Wolfe.The markers were funded by a grant written by Wolfe in 2010.Wolfe said in addition to portraying...

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Introductory Quickbooks Pro Seminar offered at Yadkin Center

DOBSON — The Small Business Center of Surry Community College and the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce will offer a free introductory seminar titled “Setting Up Quickbooks Pro for Your Small Business” at The Yadkin Center, located at 4649 U.S. 601 in Yadkinville. This seminar will meet on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.“Quickbooks Pro is still the reigning leader in easy-to-use accounting software for small business owners who need to manage a wide variety of comp...

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SCC Business Center offers seminar on NC Sales and Use Tax

DOBSON — The Small Business Center of Surry Community College and the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce will offer a free seminar titled “Understanding North Carolina Sales and Use Tax” at The Elkin Center, located at 1461 N. Bridge St. in Elkin. This seminar will meet on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.At this session, participants will learn the basics about North Carolina Sales and Use Tax. Topics covered will include the general reporting requirements for the most com...

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Local camps and clinics slated

AgilityI Support My Community will host a free agility clinic Monday nights through July 28 at the Elkin Municipal Recreation Complex. Youth under 10: 5 to 5:45 p.m.; 10 and older: 6 to 8 p.m.Participants will report to the open field behind the baseball field at the complex. 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....

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Elks, Rams near top of Wachovia Cup Standings

Elkin and Starmount have finished as the top two public schools in the Wachovia Cup Standings for 1A high schools in North Carolina.“It’s a testament to our coaching staffs,” Elkin Athletic Director Tony Duncan said. “The coaches are committed to producing the best product and putting it on the field.”The Elks took fourth, while the Rams took sixth. Bishop McGuinness, a private school with three spring sport state championships, finished fir...

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Wet Lightning strong versus Dobson

The Elkin Wet Lightning swim team swept past the Dobson Dolphins Tuesday in a swim meet at Elkin Municipal Park.Cameron Burlseon, Grace Cesare, Alex Duncan and Caeson Baker were involved in five wins each as more than 20 Wet Lightning swimmers were winners in multiple events. Maia Schweikert, Andrew Peterson, Morgan Wiles, Evalyn Jarrard, Dockery Sloop, Tessa Cesare and Palmer Duncan each contributed four wins.Combined Team Scores: Elkin Wet Lightning 972, Dobson Dolphin...

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LeBron James and me — hometown buddies

OK, so it’s hard to see any kinship between LeBron James (6-foot-9, NBA superathlete) and me (shrunk down now to 5-foot-10, college dorm intramural athlete a long time ago).However, when James surprised me and a lot of other sports-minded folks a little more than a week ago by announcing that he’s going back to his hometown, he and I became kindred spirits. Fellow travelers. Bosom buddies.You can go home again, James said, in defiance of famous Asheville nove...

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Heatstroke can occur in temps as low as 57

A child’s organs will begin shutting down at 104 degrees in a hot car, and at 107 heatstroke can cause death.On Wednesday, Myron Waddell, assistant director of Surry County Emergency Services and a member of Safe Kids Surry County, parked his car outside of the Elkin Fire Department. In 92-degree heat and sitting in the sun 114-degree heat outside, it took just 20 minutes for the internal temperature of the car to reach 108 and for s’mores on a plate in the back seat to...

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Grace Clinic saved; Clinic now accepting patients

After cutting expenses, downsizing staff, appointing new leaders to executive positions and appealing to the community for financial support, Grace Clinic, a medical center which treats low-income families lacking health insurance, announced it returned to its normal three-day operation, which also includes evening hours on some days.The facility, located on 170 Claremont St., resumed its Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.schedule, according to management. Tuesday evenin...

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