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Keeping children safe

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Kevin Hall, an officer with the Elkin Police Department, checks the serial number and the date of manufacture on a child seat at the Elkin Recreation Center Friday. The number is then checked against a recall list. The date is checked to make sure the seat is still within its dates of service. Lisa Bingman, a community health assistant for the Surry County Health Department pediatrics division, looks on.


New film to bring evolution-creation issue to the forefront

JONESVILLE — Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This is part of the plot from the new movie by film maker Rich Christiano in “A Matter of Faith,” opening Friday at The Starmount Crossing Cinema V in Jonesville.The story is about a Christian teenager who goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by her popular Biology professor who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When the teen’s father senses som...

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EWHS hosting basketball clinic in October

RONDA — East Wilkes High School will be hosting a basketball shooting and skills clinic for boys third- through eighth-grade the first three Saturdays in October.The clinic will be held under the direction of new East Wilkes basketball coach Brad Davis.“We’re trying to get some excitement back into the program,” Davis said. “We want to get the kids out; let them see how excited I am; see the things we are doing.“We want them...

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Winners are Friendship Motor Speedway were Troutman’s Chad Paxton in the Open Wheel Modifieds; Walnut Cove’s Neil Morgan in the SeCA Crate Late Models; Moravian Falls’ Jody Miller in the Renegades; Lincolnton’s Randy Powell in the Xtreme Stock 4; and Stephanie Clew Caudle in the UCars.It was Paxton’s first win since July 19. He was second Aug. 16 and Sept. 6.It was Morgan’s first win of the season at Friendship. He has made infrequent ...

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Senior Tar Heel Legislature seeks to fill vacancies

KERNERSVILLE — The Area Agency on Aging of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council is seeking older adults interested in serving a two-year term as a North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislator (STHL). The term runs Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2016.

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Idol’s greatest challenge

ELKIN — Hope was certainly in no short supply at Saturday night’s fundraiser for a local woman battling a brain tumor.The Heather’s Hope event was organized by members of Heather Cox Coe’s family and church in an effort to raise money for a life-saving surgery. The event featured former a American Idol contestants and a Super Bowl legend.Coe was a top 20 finalist on season five of American Idol in 2006 and while she once needed support from the co...

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Local sports roundup

BOONVILLE — East Wilkes swept through the singles competition and Abby Burchette and Brie Jarvis continued their winning ways in No. 3 doubles as the Cardinals downed the Rams, 7-2, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference match Thursday.Amber Hurst and Molly Nichols, at No. 1 doubles; and Olivia Greene and Alyssa Hicks, at No. 2 doubles, won tough matches to get Starmount in the winning column.East Wilkes, now 7-4 overall and 7-3 in the conference, are at Wilkes C...

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Hog-wild in a wacky way

I am ready to reveal the one depravation I suffered through while growing up here in the hometown. We didn’t have barbecue at my house.Now we still ate well. Mom was a great cook, starting with her pan-fried chicken for Sunday dinner. When Marion’s, a restaurant that once operated up in Glade Creek, closed in the 1990s, there went my last access to authentic, southern, pan-fried chicken like Mom made. I can’t find it anywhere now. (Want to prove me wrong? Let me k...

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Golf tournament raises $12,000 for the United Fund

ELKIN — The tantalizing aroma of smoke, grilling spices and fresh grilled meats filled the air over Cedarbrook Country Club Sept. 4, as G&B Energy hosted its Irons in the Fire Charity Golf & Social. The 22nd annual event drew participation from 120 golfers and many local sponsors to raise $12,000 for the Yadkin Valley United Fund.Don’t be fooled by the charity golf moniker for this event, it is unlike any golf tournament in the area. There was no pre or post tournament ...

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Chris Austin Songwriting Contest redesigned for 2015

WILKESBORO — MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, will again host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.Beginning Oct. 1, aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using the online entry form (www.merlefest.org/ChrisAustinSongwritingContest/) or by mailing entries to: MerleFest/CASC, P.O. Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Early birds take note: during the month of October and November, all entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) will receive an early...

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Recent results and upcoming schedule

*Dates, times, and locations subject to changeThursday, September 18Men’s soccerWest Wilkes 1, East Wilkes 0Starmount 1, Elkin 0VolleyballEast Wilkes at StarmountNorth Wilkes 3, Elkin 1Forbush 3, Surry Central 2Women’s tennisEast Wilkes 7, Starmount 2Elkin 9, North Wilkes 0...

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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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A widespread pattern?

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 C...

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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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