February 21, 2024

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Lakasha Marie Deluca Burris, 42, a white female wanted on probation violations who is on probation for two counts larceny, resisting an officer and second degree trespassing;
• Randy Dale Crouse, 52, a white male wanted on a post-release warrant who is on supervision for felony possession of a schedule II-controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia;
• Calvin Wayne Boyd, 40, a black man wanted for failing to appear in court on probation violations who is on probation for felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine and use/possession of drug paraphernalia;
• Coty Lane Mayes, 31, a white male wanted on probation violations who is on probation for felony larceny of a motor vehicle and financial card fraud.
View all probation absconders on the internet at http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi and click on absconders. Anyone with information on any probation absconders should contact Crime Stoppers at 786-4000, county probation at 719-2705, or the Mount Airy Police Department at 786-3535.
Still plenty of gardening ahead
August 19, 2022
August 18, 2022
Mount Airy officials are expected to take action tonight which could lead to a new company locating at Piedmont Triad West Corporate Park and initially employing up to 20 people.
“This is one of the first steps,” Surry County Economic Development Partnership President Todd Tucker said Wednesday regarding a proposed acquisition of municipal-owned property in the industrial park off U.S. 601 at the southern end of town.
BayFront Development LLC, a commercial real estate firm based in Pilot Mountain, is seeking to buy two tracts of vacant land in the park totaling 4.76 acres, according to city government documents. BayFront is offering $65,000 for the property located along Piedmont Triad West Drive.
If the sale goes through, the proposed developer is planning to construct a building containing about 9,000 square feet to accommodate an unnamed company that does electronic repair and rebuilds for regional customers.
“It’s not a North Carolina company,” Tucker added Wednesday. “We’ve been working with that company for a couple of months now.”
The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on the sale during a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. today.
If the sale is consummated, city documents state that the developer will complete the design of the facility, prepare the site and construct the building within two years.
The new company is planning to begin operations with the creation of 15 to 20 jobs. Tucker said the amount of land acquired would allow it the ability to grow.
“They’ve got several months’ worth of due diligence,” the Economic Development Partnership official said of the process faced after the anticipated sale approval by the city commissioners.
The identity of the company will be announced when that process is further along, according to Tucker.
In speaking to the diversity of jobs it might entail, Tucker said a similar industry presently exists in the county. But Tucker mentioned that the new entity would provide more opportunities for workers possessing the skills involved.
The endeavor represents an estimated $1.2 million investment for the building and $700,000 in new equipment.
Should the proposed owner fail to begin construction within two years, the sale will be unwound or reversed, city documents say.
Once the facility is completed by the developer, the industrial client will buy and operate it, under the plans.
August 17, 2022
• A single-car crash in the Lowe’s Hardware parking lot last Saturday led to a Mount Airy man being jailed on multiple charges, according to city police reports.
Lewis Wayne Schumaker, 73, of 154 Duke Road, was operating a 2018 Kia Soul that struck a gate at the entrance to the lumber yard at Lowe’s, with an investigation determining that he allegedly was under the influence, records state.
This led to a driving while impaired charge against Schumaker, who also was found to be the subject of an outstanding order for arrest for failing to appear in court which had been issued on Aug. 10.
He was held in the Surry County Jail under a $5,500 secured bond and slated for an appearance in District Court on Wednesday of this week.
• Also Saturday, a fight investigation at 140 W. Pine St. resulted in Nicholas Gene Stevens, 39, of 174 W. Pine St., No. 4, being incarcerated on a three-year-old felony charge of possession of cocaine which had been filed through the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office in June 2019.
Stevens was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond and is scheduled to be in court in Cabarrus on Aug. 25.
• Marcos Antonio Duarte, 44, of 679 Maple St., was charged Sunday with hit and run, which police records indicate involved a 2019 Dodge Ram pickup operated by Duarte, with no other details listed.
The case is set for the Sept. 23 session of Surry District Court.
• Michael Ian Bailey was arrested on a felony drug charge last Friday after a traffic stop for a stop sign violation on Bluff Street at South Main Street.
Bailey was a passenger in the 2003 Jeep Liberty involved and after a consent search was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver due to a clear rock-like substance being located.
He further is accused of possessing drug paraphernalia, listed as a glass smoking device, and was served with an outstanding criminal summons for a charge of unauthorized use of a conveyance which had been issued on June 15.
Bailey was jailed under a $1,000 secured bond and slated for an appearance in District Court next Monday.
August 17, 2022
The General Assembly awarded $500,00 to Partners Health Management to specifically address the needs of Surry County residents battling substance use disorder or for those otherwise struggling with addiction. Partners has pledged to support the programs that have been designed and are being implemented by the county’s office of substance abuse recovery in education, counseling, workforce training, and community outreach.
Mark Willis, the Surry County substance abuse recovery director, asked the county commissioners to accept the funding from Partners that would fund $151,248 toward Vital Links Center. The center spearheads three programs including a return-to-work program for those reintegrating after incarceration, with the idea that successfully reentering the workforce is a way to significantly reduce recidivism.
Recovery Friendly Workplaces will receive training and support in how to assist current employees struggling with substance use disorder. Employers note lost productivity and excess absenteeism due to substance abuse and many are keen to find ways to help. Employee Assistance Programs are much more common now than in the past as employers want to aid and retain employees rather than hire and retrain.
With a Recovery to Work program the county hopes to identify employers with whom to partner to find where there are needs in the labor force that can be filled. The Vital Links Center will receive referrals from the community, treatment providers, law enforcement and the Department of Social Services for individuals to receive screening, vocational case management, and job referrals to approved participants.
Funding in the amount of $65,000 has been earmarked for a planning and implementation study regarding new treatment programs within the new Surry County Detention center. Another $96,400 of the funds provided to Partners from the state will be applied to outreach and education programs from the county. An “aggressive” campaign of education will be deployed across the county to spread the word that prevention is the best weapon against substance use disorder.
For local intervention and recovery support there is an additional $159,089 set aside to increase funding for the county’s Intervention Team and $27,600 to increase funding for community transportation options such as Ride the Road to Recovery.
The support from Partners coupled with funds from opioid settlements will be applied to the county’s long-range plan to combat substance use disorder through education, prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
In other board news:
– The commissioners heard during the open forum portion of Monday’s meeting from members of the public on issues regarding election integrity. Several members of the group marched around the Historic Courthouse in Dobson seven times before Monday night’s meeting recalling the Old Testament Battle of Jericho.
They asked the board for more communication and transparency about their requests and the status of any action to resolve their concerns. A major sticking point remains using paper ballots as opposed to the electronic voting machines they feel are susceptible to outside manipulation and cost former President Donald Trump the 2020 election.
Rachel Collins and Dan Childress each addressed the board with impassioned pleas to reconsider the hasty retreat of the county from the Pietmont Authority for Regional Transportation Authority, the regional bus service that had at one time be a preferred way to move people to work outside of the county.
Diminishing ridership was noted by the likes of Commissioner Van Tucker before the pandemic, and there is a concern among commissioners that the ridership will not return. Mount Airy Commissioner Joe Zalescik also raised ridership concerns before the city board voted unanimously to issue a resolution similar to Pilot Mountain’s asking the service to be restored.
Collins also noted that in exiting PART Surry County let $300,000 in federal dollars be redirected directly to Randolph County and the ballyhooed rental car tax all this was meant to fix remains in place.
– Tony Davis of the Surry Soil and Water Conservation District sent notice to the board that a funding offer for $261,666 for the StreamFlow Rehabilitation Project has been approved. The funds from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture will be used to clear debris from Surry County streams. David said those streams have been identified and that funds will come through as the work is completed. The commissioners gave their approval to sign the contract to being debris removal as part of StRAP.
– County Manager Chris Knopf suggested, and the board agreed, that the county not renew its Planning Services Interlocal agreement with the Town of Dobson. The county had been aiding in planning, zoning, and code enforcement for Dobson since July of 2017 and that agreement ended on June 30.
The county will continue to provide these services to the Town of Dobson on a month-to-month basis through the end of January 2023 or until Dobson has secured a new provider.
– The Department of Transportation will be doing work on North Bridge Street in Elkin and the sign for the Elkin Center needs to be moved or sold to the state so that work may continue. The sign is on the corner of N. Bridge St. and CC Camp Rd. on private land.
Surry County Public Works Director Jessica Montgomery recommended the county sell the sign to the state for $15,000 rather than work with the DOT to remove and later replace the sign, to which the board approved.
– Jerry Sawyers term as one of the public members of the Surry County Board of Health is expiring this month. Health board chair Eddie Jordan recommended reappointing Sawyers. Commissioner Larry Johnson said Sawyers has been a good member of the health board while moving to reappoint him for another term and the commissioners agreed unanimously.
– Finally, Sheriff Steve Hiatt made a request of the board to honor retiring members of the county’s force, “It has been the practice of the county of Surry and the Surry County Sheriff’s Office for a retired officer to receive their badge and service weapon upon retirement.”
North Carolina general statutes allow local discretion for decisions such as these for deceased and retiring members of law enforcement. Sheriff Hiatt has made the request on behalf of retiring Deputy Eric Latza, Deputy Jonathan Bledsoe, and Chief Deputy Paul Barker and he sends his thanks on behalf of the county to all three.
August 17, 2022
A long-vacant building in Mount Airy’s Westwood Industrial Park is getting a new lease on life with plans for another company to locate there in September and create about 25 jobs, according to a local business official.
This involves the former site of ASMO, which manufactured auto parts before shutting down in early 2009 and resulting in the loss of 86 jobs at the facility.
The property at 1317 Boggs Drive recently was acquired by Wise Storage Solutions LLC, a commercial real estate business based in Mount Airy which is a division of Bray’s Properties here.
That has paved the way for a company called American Building Network LLC to become a tenant of the former ASMO building next month. It manufactures metal commercial buildings and sheds and has a network of similar facilities across the United States.
“They plan on adding about 25 additional jobs to the marketplace,” Wise Storage Solutions Chief Operating Officer Neal Willard, its longtime property manager, said Tuesday.
Wise Storage Solutions had its eye on the former ASMO building for several years. When an opportunity arose to buy it, Willard said the commercial real estate group thought the property would be a good acquisition to its portfolio on top of similar moves in the area.
“We bought the Starrett building (earlier),” Willard said of another industrial facility on Boggs Drive which the commercial real estate group acquired, a transaction announced in January 2021. “We’ve just been in acquisition mode for the past several years.”
The ASMO building sat vacant for years, with Willard mentioning that it was used for an additional storage and parts overflow warehousing facility by another ASMO location in Statesville before the sale transpired.
It contains 62,000 square feet of space, 55,000 square feet of which is suitable for light manufacturing, with the remaining 7,000 designated for office use. Wise Storage Solutions acquired the building in June.
Readying it for a new occupant required extensive renovations, including addressing damage of the type naturally occurring from a building being largely unused for almost a decade.
Wise Property Services, an in-house unit of Wise Storage Solutions, upgraded the structure’s mechanical and water systems along with correcting cosmetic damage.
Surry County Economic Development Partnership President Todd Tucker Wednesday hailed the creation of jobs at an existing building and the role Wise Storage Solutions played in this.
“That’s good news for us,” Tucker said. “It’s great that we have a local group that can help out their existing clients when they need to grow.”
Such progress has been a key part of Wise Storage Solutions’ operations recently.
“We’ve been doing a lot of growing,” Willard said of a footprint that now includes owning and leasing more than 300 properties across the Carolinas and Virginia. “But that’s spread over several companies.”
Among other projects it is said to be involved with are a distribution facility in Rockingham County and corporate offices for various tenants including a trucking logistics firm and retail companies.
August 17, 2022
It’s hard to keep a good cruise-in down, even as the world around it seems to be falling apart — with one in downtown Mount Airy returning this Sunday after just such an episode.
The monthly Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In series was red-flagged last month due to a structural issue with the Main-Oak Building which has disrupted it and other activities in the central business district.
“I cancelled July because of the building collapse,” Downtown Business Association President Phil Marsh said of a July 5 incident at the corner of North Main and East Oak streets.
“For several days, the whole street was closed,” Marsh said of that intersection.
“I didn’t know how that was going to turn out,” the chief organizer of the cruise-ins added in terms of planning purposes for the event scheduled on the third Sunday of each month from May through September this year.
While East Oak remains closed at the collapse site, steps were taken early on to provide one travel lane on North Main Street as efforts continue to mitigate the building situation.
As a result, adjustments have been made in the cruise-in format, which Marsh explained will involve angled parking on the left side of the street heading south and straight parking on the right to maintain one through lane.
“It will be a few spots there that we’ll lose.”
The official cruise-in hours Sunday are 1 to 5 p.m., but Marsh says vehicle owners and spectators usually arrive early. Music, including oldies, is played from a DJ station at the Main-Oak gazebo during the events showcasing hot rods, antique, muscle and other noteworthy automobiles.
Sunday slate up to speed
The stalling of last month’s cruise-in came during a season when the series already was exploring new ground with a move to an all-Sunday schedule, a departure from the Saturday cruise-ins of years past.
There was some question about how this might affect attendance for the series that was launched by the Downtown Business Association in 2010.
The answer was supplied by the group’s president in commenting on the turnout so far this year — which hasn’t been hampered by high gas prices, including those attending from outside this area.
“Big crowds — I mean huge crowds,” Marsh said. “It’s really as big as it was on Saturday.”
About 300 unique rides were showcased during the last event in June, with fans also plentiful.
“Basically, Main Street was full, the side streets were full — they were everywhere,” the Downtown Business Association official said of the cruise-in vehicles.
Holding the events a day later actually was preferred by some of those displaying cars, due to work and other obligations on Saturdays. “A lot of them said, ‘why don’t you just move it to Sunday?”’ Marsh related.
One negative result of the new schedule has been a possible impact on local lodging and other establishments because of attendees not planning trips here for an entire weekend, he said.
August 17, 2022
PILOT MOUNTAIN — Recent hot weather has not curtailed activities of Pilot Mountain VFW Auxiliary Post 9436, which spearheaded a double event earlier this month that included efforts to aid veterans.
One involved a distribution campaign by Grant Carpenter, the latest Buddy Poppy King for the group, and six of its members, according to information provided by auxiliary President Margie Nichols.
They gave out Buddy Poppies for donations, along with flyers about the programs the auxiliary participates in, cards, tags and coasters with crisis telephone numbers for veterans who might need help.
The Buddy Poppy program of the Veterans of Foreign Wars provides compensation to former military members who assemble the poppies — replicas of vivid red flowers symbolizing the great loss of life during America’s armed conflicts.
Participants also passed out drink holders and “Support our Troops” bracelets to veterans and customers as part of the Aug. 6 double event that also included a VFW Auxiliary membership drive at various business locations in Pilot Mountain.
Grant is 12 years old and the son of Michael and Shelley Carpenter.
He is in the sixth grade and a student of Access Books and More, a tutoring service in Pilot Mountain.
Grant is a junior golfer who also enjoys offshore fishing, biking and other outdoor activities in addition to playing with his younger sister Madi.
His grandparents are Renee Bobbitt and fiancé Eric Isom of Woodlawn, Virginia; Joe and Darlene Carpenter of Ennice; and Mike and Debbie Burcham of Vinton, Virginia.
In conjunction with his role as “king,” Grant will now write an essay under the theme “Why it is important to honor veterans by promoting the Buddy Poppy.” He will be recognized after completion of his essay at the VFW Post home.
The VFW and auxiliary are wishing Grant much success with his essay at the next level of judging.
Nichols also expressed thanks to auxiliary members who helped with the two-fold project, Donna Sutphin, Sarah Mueller, Linda Cornett, Diana Cromer and Bryanna Isaacs.
August 17, 2022
Football season in Surry County will start one day earlier than originally planned due to potential bad weather on Friday.
East Surry High School announced Wednesday morning that its Week One varsity home game against Starmount was being moved from August 19 to August 18. The school cited the high percentage for inclement weather as the reason for the scheduling change.
The varsity Cardinals will play Aug. 18 at 7:00 at David H. Diamont Stadium. The JV game originally scheduled for Aug. 18 is being moved to Monday, Aug. 22 at Starmount High.
As of Wednesday afternoon, neither Surry Central, Mount Airy or North Surry announced plans to change their 7:30 kickoff time for Aug. 19.
All three season openers for local teams are rematches from Week One of the 2021 season.
East Surry vs. Starmount
East Surry hasn’t played, or defeated, any team more than Starmount in the past seven years
The Cardinals have won nine-straight games against the Rams, which is East’s longest winning streak in the rivalry that dates back to 1967. This includes six regular season matchups and three playoff games. East defeated Starmount in three-consecutive postseasons 2017-19.
Starmount holds the edge in the overall series with 30 wins to East’s 23. The Cardinals won the most recent game in the series 37-0 on Aug. 20, 2021.
East Surry has outscored Starmount 152-9 in the schools’ past three meetings.
East finished the 2021 season 13-1 overall and 6-0 in conference. The Cardinals won the Foothills 2A Conference Championship and finished 2A West Regional Runner-up. MaxPreps ranked East Surry No. 5 in the 2A West Preseason Poll.
Starmount finished this past season 8-5 overall and 5-1 in conference. The Rams finished second in the Northwest 1A Conference and reached the third round of the 1A State Playoffs. MaxPreps ranked Starmount No. 9 in the 1A West Preseason Poll.
North Surry vs. Mount Airy
One of the most anticipated season openers in recent memory will see Mount Airy travel to North Surry.
The county foes each return a big chunk of talent from the 2021 season. North Surry lost just four seniors, while Mount Airy graduated 13.
Mount Airy has won the past 14 games in the series against North Surry and 19 of the past 20. The Greyhounds’ lone victory over the Granite Bears since 2001 was a 27-26 home win in 2006.
Mount Airy leads the overall series against North Surry with a 42-19-1 record.
The Bears won the most recent rivalry game against the Hounds 43-0 to begin the 2021 season. This was Mount Airy’s fourth shutout victory against North Surry since 1963 and the eighth overall.
North Surry finished the 2021 season 5-5 overall and 4-2 in conference. The Greyhounds tied for second in the Foothills 2A Conference and reached the first round of the 2A State Playoffs. MaxPreps ranked North Surry No. 31 in the 2A West Preseason Poll.
Mount Airy finished the 2021 season 13-1 overall and 6-0 in conference. The Bears won the Northwest 1A Conference Championship and reached the fourth round of the 1A State Playoffs. MaxPreps ranked Mount Airy No. 2 in the 1A West Preseason Poll.
Surry Central vs. Alleghany
Surry Central takes the field on Friday for the first time since graduating 17 seniors from the Class of 2022.
The new-look Golden Eagles return just one player that received All-Conference Honors in the 2021 season. However, coach Monty Southern – who returns for his 16th season as Central head coach – said the team has a lot of young, hungry players ready to hit the field. The team also has a host of returning players that got significant minutes last season.
Central’s 2021 season opener at Alleghany was the first meeting between the schools since 2004. The Eagles won both matchups, with the latter being a 31-7 road victory.
Surry Central finished the 2021 season 6-5 overall and 4-2 in conference. The Greyhounds tied for second in the Foothills 2A Conference and reached the first round of the 2A State Playoffs. MaxPreps ranked Central No. 44 in the 2A West Preseason Poll.
Alleghany finished the 2021 season 2-8 overall and 1-5 in conference. The Trojans finished seventh in the Northwest 1A Conference and reached the first round of the 1A State Playoffs. MaxPreps ranked Alleghany No. 23 in the 1A West Preseason Poll.
August 17, 2022
The Law Enforcement Training program at Surry Community College will be offering multiple classes for law enforcement officers this fall.
Two different sections of Radar, Radar/Lidar Recertification courses will be held. The first section will meet on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pilot Center, at 612 E. Main St. in Pilot Mountain. The second section will meet Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, in Yadkinville. This class is for those who are radar/lidar or radar certified or those who are within their 12 months grace period.
The class Basic SWAT will be offered starting on Thursday, Sep. 1. It will meet at the Center for Public Safety, located at 1220 State St. in Mount Airy, each Thursday through Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This course is for law enforcement officers seeking to become familiar with some of the individual skills and fundamentals of working as part of a team during a SWAT operation.
Two different sessions of Crisis Intervention Training will be held in Yadkinville. The first class will start on Monday, Sep. 12. It will meet Sep. 12, 13, 21, 22 and 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The second class will start on Monday, Oct. 17, and will meet daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 21.
Surviving the First Three Seconds will be held on Wednesday, Sep. 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yadkin Center. This training will be presented by Retired Master Trooper Kirk Hensley and is designed to help officers at all stages in their career survive encounters with potential threats.
The training Human Behavior Analysis will be held on Thursday, Sep. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yadkin Center. This training will be presented by Retired Master Trooper Kirk Hensley and is based on years of research and analysis in the field of officer protection.
The class Basic Radar Certification will start on Monday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pilot Center. This is a 40-hour class that is a commissioned recognized course of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
The Colt M4/M16 Armorers Course will be held at the Center for Public Safety, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and will meet daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 27. Students can earn a three-year Colt Law Enforcement Rifle/Carbine/SMG Armorer certification. This class requires registration and payment through Colt’s website at colt.gosignmeup.com.
To register for these courses, go to surry.edu/lawenforcement. For more details about any of the classes mentioned, contact Barry Vanhoy at vanhoyb@surry.edu or 336-386-3696.
August 16, 2022
Former East Surry Cardinal Carson Willoughby was named the recipient of the first-ever Ty Montgomery Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship was created to honor the legacy of Ty Montgomery, a 2021 graduate of North Surry High School that passed away in January 2022. Montgomery was a member of the football and baseball teams at North Surry, as well as the Post 123 Senior Legion baseball team.
Willoughby and Montgomery were teammates on the Legion team in 2020.
“Ty was the ultimate team player, and to be nominated by my fellow players and coaches for this special award is an honor,” Willoughby said.
The Ty Montgomery scholarship was funded by Foothills Senior Legion baseball games this past season. Despite being unable to play several home games during the final stretch of the regular season – including a scrimmage with the Carolina Disco Turkey’s semi-professional woodbat team – the team was still able to raise $750 for the scholarship.
Willoughby is a 2021 graduate of East Surry High School. He helped the Cardinals win the 1A West Regional Championship and reach the 1A State Championship Series his senior season.
Carson continued his baseball career at Gardner-Webb University this past year, then joined the Post 123 team while home for the summer.
“He has an excellent attitude and is a great team player with a very high baseball IQ,” said Post 123 coach Brian Hawks. “He gives his all in every game he plays in and never holds back.”
Willoughby played in 19 of Post 123’s 20 games this season, which was the most of any player. He also led the team in multiple offensive categories, including: hits (28), doubles (7), triples (4), RBIs (25), runs (18), on-base percentage (.526) and slugging percentage (.672).
Willoughby played multiple positions for the Senior Legion Team, including center field and pitcher. He only committed one error in 31 chances.
“He was a huge reason for our success and winning record this year,” Hawks said.
Foothills Post 123 finished the season 14-6 overall.
August 16, 2022
Nine students graduated earlier this month from Surry Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program at the Yadkin Center.
The graduates include Kevin Torres of Mount Airy; Brian Woodle of Dobson; John Sizemore of Boonville; John Sherrill of East Bend; Jesus Guzman of Elkin; Wesley Bell of Wilkesboro; Jorge Benitez, Jeff Brown and Garrett Silver of Yadkinville.
Chair of the Yadkin County commissioners, Kevin Austin, addressed the graduates at their ceremony. He spoke to them about his experience in the trucking industry, as well as the importance of trucking to the local and state economies.
Surry Community College will be offering another section of Truck Driver Training starting this fall. The class will run from Tuesday, Oct. 11 through Friday, Dec. 16 and will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
College officials say that the median pay for truck drivers is $47,100 per year, according to the United States Department of Labor. “Drivers with experience can make more than $50,000,” the said. “With a shortage of up to 12,000 truck drivers in North Carolina and as many as 200,000 nationally, CDL-certified drivers will easily be able to find jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor says the profession is expected to keep growing – by 6% during 2020-2030.”
“There are currently job openings for truck drivers locally and nationally. We developed this program as a direct response to the requests from local truck driving representatives who need skilled applicants to fill job vacancies,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley.
The SCC Truck Driver Training Program teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles. The coursework includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, freight handling, security and fire protection.
Highway driving training exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the students’ knowledge and skills. Graduates are qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License Test and are employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owner-operators and work as private contract haulers.
Admission requirements include official driving record; physical examination; reading placement test score of 40 or higher; disclosure form; high school transcript; and drug testing.
For more information about the Truck Driver Training Program, contact the Yadkin Center at 336-386-3580. The tuition is $1,999, but there are tuition scholarships available. To determine eligibility, visit www.surry.edu/funding.
August 16, 2022
Surry Community College has announced eight area students were named to the Summer Semester 2022 President’s List and Dean’s List.
Students qualifying for the President’s List must be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours and maintain a 3.8 grade point average for the semester with no final grade lower than a “C.” The Dean’s List students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours and maintain a 3.5 grade point average for the semester with no final grade lower than a “C.” S
Jessica Lynn Callaway of Mount Airy was the lone student named to the President’s List.
On the Dean’s List were Ashley Margaret Burrell, Carson McKinley Francis and Carly Grace Sheets of Mount Airy; Samantha Nicole Chattin of Elkin; Autumn Timora Hall of Ronda; Maegan Lanae Warren of State Road and Amy Madalyn Bray of Yadkinville.
August 16, 2022
A program has been launched allowing many North Carolinians to receive free COVID-19 tests shipped directly to them thanks to the expansion of a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Rockefeller Foundation through Project ACT (Access COVID Test).
“We remain committed to meeting the testing needs of priority populations across North Carolina —especially for historically marginalized communities,” said Dr. Susan Kansagra, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Public Health. “Thanks to our partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation we’re able to establish another way for residents in high need areas to get tests.”
Residents in eligible zip codes can receive up to five at-home COVID-19 tests free of charge and shipped directly to their door. To determine eligibility, or to order the free tests visit the Project ACT website: accesscovidtests.org.
The state health department used county Social Vulnerability Index and analyzed zip codes for percent uninsured, median income and distance from other testing options to choose locations that are eligible for free tests.
Of the Surry County zip codes only two, 27031 and 27049, are shown as ineligible for receipt of free tests. These zip codes are associated with Post Office boxes, and anyone using these zip codes can call 888-892-1162 to requests tests.
This partnership is the latest way in which the state Health and Human Services is seeking to make at-home tests available to the people who need them most. In July, the department launched Community Access Points for residents to receive at-home COVID tests.
North Carolina had previously been enrolled in Rockefeller’s pilot program that provided tests in only four counties. There are 80 counties now fully covered by the program and 13 additional counties which are partially covered.
In the past two weeks Surry County has reported 724 new cases of COVID-19, and 334 in the past week. For Surry and its neighboring counties, the two-week case count is close to the one-week case count multiplied by two – meaning the infection rate held steady week to week.
Since the middle of May, the statewide weekly infection rate has been holding steady as well at between 25,000 – 30,000 new cases per week. In the last set of data available, the week ending July 16, there were 29,403 new cases reported.
Since the start of the pandemic North Carolina has lost at least 25,724 residents to the virus.
Therefore, the state is still advising getting tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or if you have come in close contact with someone who has or may have been exposed to the virus themselves – even if you are up to date on your vaccines. They urge people to get tested at least five days after the last close contact.
Variants are still infecting people, including many who were vaccinated and boosted, Individuals who have a positive result are urged to stay away from others and follow the CDC’s isolation guidelines. Seek medical care immediately if you have trouble breathing or experience other warning signs. There are treatments now available that can lower the risk of hospitalization or death from the virus dramatically.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said that staying up to date on vaccination and boosters offers the best protection for anyone 6 months of age and older. Those interested in finding a nearby vaccine location are directed to: MySpot.nc.gov or to call 888-675-4567.
This corresponds nicely with the kickoff of the Know Before You Go campaign, a statewide initiative reminding citizens to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters in time for the start of the school year, fall festivities, large gatherings and end-of-year celebrations and holidays. Surry County Schools have a first day of instruction that is earlier than many of their contemporaries, so in many communities this initiative is still trying to be executed before the first day of school.
The campaign promotes information on COVID testing and treatment, and it reminds North Carolinians of their rights to both services with or without insurance. “Know Before You Go is a reminder to communities that as we send kids back to school and head into fall activities, it’s important to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters and have access to testing and treatment,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley.
While the launch of Know Before You Go focuses on back to school and COVID-19 prevention, the campaign will help provide guidance and information about other communicable diseases.
“Whether it’s COVID-19, mental health and well-being or other public health needs, every North Carolinian should have easy access to the information they need to know to protect themselves and others before they go about their daily routines,” Kinsley said.
August 15, 2022
Milan Tomin is accustomed to covering long distances — after all, he came to North Carolina from Serbia six years ago and his most recent trek involved taking first place in the Downtown Rocks and Runs 10K.
But the former resident of that European nation — who broke the course record by the way — wasn’t the only winner during Saturday’s 14th-annual event in Mount Airy. In addition, there was the victor of a 5K race it included, along with all other runners who completed the respective courses and can feel good about themselves as a result.
Also in the winners’ circle was the community itself, due to the Downtown Rocks and Runs 5K/10K raising more than $16,000 as the kickoff event for the annual United Fund of Surry campaign that has a total fundraising goal of $500,000.
The United Fund provides financial support for 24 member agencies that meet various needs in the community, including crisis organizations such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Shepherd’s House homeless shelter.
Surry Medical Ministries, area rescue squads and scouting units are among other recipients.
In all, 220 runners lined up for both the 5K (3.1-mile) and 10K (6.2-mile) races, which had staggered starting times beginning with the 10K scheduled at 7:45 a.m.
“We are excited about the turnout,” United Fund Executive Director Melissa Hiatt said of the crowd gathered Saturday morning at a staging area in front of the Municipal Building, which included the competitors along with enthusiastic spectators.
“This is very comparable to the race in 2019,” Hiatt added in reference to the “normal” year before COVID-19 disrupted things, including no Downtown Rocks and Runs in 2020.
Saturday’s event, which also included a fun run, benefited from cool temperatures of around 60 degrees as the races got under way, with clear skies overhead.
“This is perfect weather,” said Assistant City Manager Darren Lewis, one of the race organizers and former director of Mount Airy Parks and Recreation, which played a key role in staging the event.
Lewis, a veteran runner who has competed in about eight marathons, and others greeted the welcome departure from the sweltering conditions gripping this area in recent weeks. It was conducive to good finishing times Saturday with multiple course records falling.
Mayor’s challenge
“For summertime, this is great,” Mayor Ron Niland agreed regarding the conditions while preparing to compete in the 5K.
“This is chamber of commerce weather,” said Niland, who has “probably done a couple of hundred” 5Ks, 10Ks and triathlons, a regimen curtailed of late.
“I’ve been injured — I haven’t been able to train much lately.”
Still, Niland offered a “mayor’s challenge,” pledging to pay $1 for every runner who beat him Saturday to further aid the United Fund cause. Lewis and City Manager Stan Farmer also agreed to double whatever Niland raised.
Niland, 67, finished in 80th place with a time of 33:43.1 minutes.
Meanwhile, the city manager assisted at the event by distributing finisher medals to everyone completing the races.
Top competitors
Milan Tomin, the overall winner of the 10K run who hails from Serbia, was exploring uncharted ground Saturday upon venturing here from his new home in America.
“It’s my first year — I came from Charlotte,” said Tomin, who is 26.
“The course was difficult — I did not know what to expect.”
Both the 5K and 10K races began on Cherry Street, with runners making their way to Riverside Park and the Granite City Greenway for different course lengths to constitute the respective distances. They eventually made their way back downtown after negotiating a tough hill from Riverside Drive up East Independence Boulevard.
Despite his unfamiliarity with the 10K course, Tomin finished with a time of 34:18.1, thus besting the record for the event of 34:46 set in 2019 by Ediberto Crisanto of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The top women’s 10K finisher Saturday was Gabriella Delay, 31, of Winston-Salem, whose time of 37:07.8 also broke the record for her gender (38:35), established by Kate Sanborn of Raleigh in 2019. Delay was third overall.
Stevven Anderson of Stokesdale was the top overall finisher in the 5K with a time of 16:20.1, which broke the men’s record for that race which had been set in 2017 by Dave Wottle of Elkin (16:25). Anderson, 37, explained that he is the owner of High Point Athletic Club and participates in such races to help promote the sport of running.
Sarah Buckliew, 35, of Gilbert, South Carolina, was the top female finisher in the 5K run with a time of 20:17.5 which was good for seventh place overall.
August 15, 2022
Alpha Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Educational International Society has selected Genevieve “Eve” Bodnar to receive the organization’s annual $1,000 grant-in-aid.
Genevieve is a 2022 graduate of North Surry High School. She plans to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to major in agricultural sciences. Genevieve’s goal is to become a high school agriculture teacher and FFA and advisor.
August 15, 2022
The United Fund of Surry announced a goal of $500,000 for their 2022-2023 Campaign and the Campaign Cabinet who will help facilitate the campaign which had its launch over the weekend in Mount Airy with the Downtown Rocks and Runs.
Melissa Hiatt, executive director of the United Fund of Surry was showing no fear in reaching that goal ahead of the races, “Although $500,000 is a lofty goal, I am certain the always amazing citizens of Surry County will step up to the plate in this campaign and help meet this goal.”
“Our agencies have faced an increase in demand and costs for their services over the past couple of years. We made the decision to increase our goal this year to $500,000, so that our agencies may continue to provide these important services. With the support of our local businesses and the citizens of Surry County, we are confident that we can meet this goal,” United Fund Board of Directors President Mark Royster said of the new goal.
The cabinet helps direct the campaign throughout the year and lead a community-wide effort to engage and recruit both individuals and businesses in raising funds to support the member agencies under the umbrella of the United Fund of Surry. Last year’s campaign goal had been set for $430,000 and the United Fund leaders reported they were able to beat that total by raising $469,000.
Joining the United Fund of Surry’s Campaign Cabinet will be Mount Airy Assistant City Manager Darren Lewis who will be serving as the United Fund Chairperson for 2022. A long-time resident of Surry County, Lewis and wife Rebecca have three sons and he said he cannot think about a better community in which to raise them.
He started working at Reeve’s Community Center full time in 1993 and then took on a role with Surry County Parks and Recreation from 2003-2005 after which he returned to the employ of the city this time with Mount Airy’s parks department. Lewis remained in the role until he shifted over to his current role earlier this year.
“I continue to strive to make a difference in the community and what better way than to be the chairperson for the United Fund of Surry.? Making a significant impact in our community is a goal of mine and supporting the amazing agencies of the United Fund is one of the more impactful things we can do as a resident in our community.”
“Rebecca and I have been supporting the United Fund of Surry for many years and we invite you to join us in the community effort.”
Traci George is also joining as one of the cabinet members for the campaign. She is the director of business development for Workforce Carolina where she has been employed for 27 years.
She was recently recognized as the 2022 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and is the current chair of the board at The Shepherd’s House. George has been a long-term supporter of the United Fund of Surry for more than a decade and is known for her penchant for staying fit, spending time with family, and volunteering to give back to the community she loves.
Ron Sutphin Jr. is both a former board member of the United Fund of Surry and was its former chairperson. A native of Surry County he is managing partner of Bayfront Development, LLC, who now lives in Pilot Mountain with his wife Mamie McKinney Sutphin with whom he has two sons.
Sutphin graduated from Appalachian State University and has spent most of his professional career in real estate development.
He said that giving back to key organizations is important and he holds volunteer board positions with the Cardinal Foundation, East Surry Little League, and serves on the Planning Board for the Town of Pilot Mountain.
Steve Yokeley is a sitting member of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners who has been serving since 2009. He is married to Ann Lowry Yokeley and is father to Tiffany, and grandfather to Coley.
A graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he went back to school to earn his D.D.S. from the UNC School of Dentistry. Yokeley also had a Fellowship and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Yokeley served in the Navy rising to lieutenant commander before entering dental practice for more than 30 years. He taught the craft to other aspiring dentists during time in the faculty of the UNC School of Dentistry, Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, and Wilkes Community College. He was also deputy examiner for the state, past president of the UNC Dental Alumni Association, and served in other roles for dental groups as well as Academy of Dentistry International.
More recently he took a turn as a broker of real estate and was the founder and past owner of Group3 Real Estate, LLC of Mount Airy. He was awarded Realtor of the Year in both 2007 and 2015 from the Surry Regional Association of Realtors.
He found time to also be active in Lion’s Club, First Presbyterian of Mount Airy, Mount Airy Sunrise Rotary Club, and the chamber of commerce to list only a few.
Lesa Hensley was born in Winston-Salem and resided for many years in Pilot Mountain until the age of 11 when her parents built on the family farm in the White Plains community of Mount Airy. She was a graduate of North Surry High School, Central Piedmont Community College, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked as a paralegal before joining Surrey Bank & Trust in 1999. Hensley is serving Surrey Bank & Trust as a vice present and commercial lender.
She has served as a member and past president of Surry Sunrise Rotary and is the treasurer for both YESurry and the Mount Airy City Schools Educational Foundation. When it is found, in her spare time, she enjoys attending Appalachian State football games, painting and decorating.
Hensley and husband Mark are members of First Baptist Church in Mount Airy and have two children, Blake and Meredith.
The cabinet will be helping Hiatt and the United Fund of Surry throughout the 2022-2023 Campaign in their attempt to reach a half million dollars which they will then reinvest into Surry County organizations that are making a daily difference for thousands of residents.
Hiatt said any business that does not hold a work-place campaign or that would like to have more information, should reach out at 336-789-3087 or email: office@unitedfundofsurry.org.
August 15, 2022
The Surry Arts Council’s Summer Concert Series has a full schedule this weekend starting with Band of Oz on Thursday. The Catalinas will take the stage on Friday with Blackwater R&B Band to follow on Saturday. Each show will take place at the Blackmon Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m.
“The Band of Oz is one of the most successful groups in the Southeast and continues to get the very best reviews from the top people in the entertainment business,” concert series organizers said. “The band now features a full horn section to total a dynamic eight-member group. They still perform well over 200 shows per year for corporate events, festivals, concerts, wedding receptions, and many other public and private events.”
The Catalinas always play a variety of music for all ages. Though known for Beach music, regionally and nationally for the mega-hit “Summertime’s Callin’ Me,” The Catalinas play all styles.
The Blackwater Band is in its eleventh year and is based out of Clarkton. Playing Top 40, blues, funk, and country, The Blackwater Band is dedicated to live performance and making every event a party experience.
Admission to each show is $15 or a Surry Arts Council Annual Pass. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult admission or Annual Pass. The Dairy Center, Whit’s Custard, and Thirsty Souls Community Brewing will be at the concerts to provide food, snacks, drinks, beer, and wine for purchase. No outside alcohol or coolers are allowed to be brought into the Amphitheatre area. Those attending are asked to bring a lounge chair or blanket to sit on.
Tickets are available online at www.surryarts.org, via phone at 336-786-7998, or at the Surry Arts Council office at 218 Rockford Street. For additional information, contact Marianna Juliana at 336-786-7998 or marianna@surryarts.org
August 15, 2022
Although Mother Nature didn’t always play “fair” with it, the Surry County Agricultural Fair has wrapped up its 75th year with a 10-day run deemed successful overall.
“It’s went good, for the weather and everything,” Veterans Memorial Park President Doug Joyner said Saturday on the next-to-last day of the county fair held at that venue on West Lebanon Street.
The 2022 version of the annual event was accompanied by a major change from previous years, which involved a shift from its customary September appearance to the Dog Days period characterized by heat, humidity and maybe a summer storm or two.
Circumstances conspired to have an effect on attendance, Joyner acknowledged.
“It’s off a little bit,” he said, but not because of the merits of the fair itself. “The weather’s got a little bit to do with it, especially the heat.”
A bit of a break was provided for the proceedings on Saturday, which was noticeably cooler and less humid than previous days of the fair that had begun on Aug. 5. This was greeted by many people arriving during the afternoon to take in the fun.
This year’s scheduling change occurred due to the longtime provider of rides and midway entertainment for the Surry fair, Powers and Thomas, dropping the event, which forced another company to be secured, Amusements of America.
The Aug. 5-14 timetable was set in order to fit into the new provider’s busy schedule.
Other fair attractions included daily performances by The Majestik Spectacular Motorcycle Show, along with AIWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on select days in addition to fireworks.
Despite the weather, the fair had its high spots, according to Joyner.
“We’ve got more rides this time and the motorcycle show is a little bit bigger,” he said Saturday.
“I hope they had a good time,” Joyner added in reference to fair-goers.
The park president is already looking ahead to the 2023 Surry County Agricultural Fair.
“We’re going to do it again next year and try to make it bigger and better,” Joyner pledged. “We’re trying our best to get it back a little farther in the year, in September.”
August 15, 2022
Books available to check out at the Mount Airy Public Library include:
The 6:20 Man – David Baldacci
Listen to Me – Tess Gerritsen
The Best is Yet to Come – Debbie Macomber
The It Girl – Ruth Ware
Reading time is here for kids of all ages. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. is Toddler Time for children ages 2 and 3; Thursday at 9:30 a.m. is Book Babies for children ages birth to 2 years old; and on Thursday at 11 a.m. is Preschool Storytime for ages 4-5.
Surry Community College is offering a fun and free English as Second Language (ESL) class at the Mount Airy Public Library Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Anyone interested should contact Jennifer Pardue at 336-386-3674.
Hooked – Come join our crochet and knitting club, every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Bring your own yarn and make the group project or bring your own project to work on.
Tai Chi has returned to the library. Join us each Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. This class is beneficial for those with limited mobility.
The Community Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. In August we will be reading and discussing Elegy for Iris by John Bayley. This is a story of his wife, Iris Murdoch, who developed Alzheimer’s and how they managed. We will also meet to watch the movie based on the book.
Pages and Petticoats Book Club — meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. For August, we will be reading Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels.
Classic Movie Monday on Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. to watch Key Largo. Popcorn and water provided.
The summer backpack reading program winners were: Johannah Brown for-second grade, Ryan Karpenko for grades 3 – 5, Kaitlyn Hollady for grades 6 – 8 and Caleb Brown for grades 9 – 12.
The Kindle winner was Noah Feuerberg, who logged 18,066 minutes of reading this summer. The participating youth logged in a total of 62,373 minutes this summer.
A special thank you goes to the Friends of the Library members. With their hard work in raising funds we were able to provide programming, crafts, pizza, the backpacks full of goodies and the Kindle. This group does an amazing job. If you would like to join, come by the library for a pamphlet.
Keep up with all events on our FaceBook pages, https://www.facebook.com/groups/fmapl and https://www.facebook.com/mtapublibrary or our website https://nwrlibrary.org/mountairy/
August 15, 2022
August 14, 2022
In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for a parcel be stated on the deed. However a tax stamp at the rate of $2 for every $1,000 in value is affixed to each deed.
Recent real estate transfers recorded in the Surry County Register of Deed’s office include:
– Ronald Britt Cave and Kathryn Cave to Terry White and Betsy Cook; tract Dobson; $70.
– Tracy Hull and Virgie Hawks Hull to Amy Linville; tract Stewarts Creek; $0.
– Jason Lee Linville and Ida Ann Linville to Randy J. Kottwitz and Crystal M. Kottwitz; 6.916 acres PB 34 134; $95.
– Crystal Cox and Robin H. Cox to Louisa Smith; 3.99 acres Mount Airy; $0.
– Teramore Development, LLC to Norman Cheney and Marilyn Cheney; 3 acres PB 39 191 3350 Cook School Rd Pilot; $4,047.
– Georgia L. Webb and Robin Hodgin to Lynn Jackson Lambert; tract one portion of lots 8-9 J. Matt Hines and Durham Poore Property PB 1 115 and tract two tract Mount Airy; $320.
– Kevin Hooker and Melissa Hooker to James Michael Whitt Jr. and Tasha Lee Whitt; 1.79 acres lot 3 Dobson; $450.
– Brandon Lee Jessup and Leigh Ann Jessup to Samantha Pack and Anne Wiley; tract one .90 acres and tract two 23/100 acres; $400.
– Vernon P. Medley and Martin Allen Medley to Andrew Moore; 0.974 acres PB 34 41 Marsh; $0.
– Bray Properties, LLC to 405 Fieldstone, LLC; first tract Mount Airy; $550.
– Mary O’Quinn, Mary Beall and Michael Andre to Michael Andrea and Tiffany Andre; lot 57 section 1 Burkewood subdivision PB 4 125 Mount Airy; $0.
– Lee Chilton Rierson and Nancy Marinette Rierson to Alexander Vance Tilley, Emily Susanna Evans, Perry Van Tilley and Stephanie Hazelwood Tilley; 7 acres PB 34 105 and 4.000 PB 32 94 Eldora; $97.
– Betty Lou Chilton Rierson and Lee Rierson to Alexander Vance Tilley, Emily Susanna Evans, Perry Van Tilley and Stephanie Hazelwood Tilley; 11.83 acres PB 34 105 Eldora; $104.
– Estate of Clarence Lloyd Hawks, Brenda R. Bailey, Clarence Llyod Hawks, Shanna H. Stoltz, Ethan Stoltz, Amanda H. Lukas and Roger Lukas to Rickey Shane Paige; lot 11 block C Westwood development PB 6 28 estate of Clarence Llyod Hawks file 21 E 964; $410.
– AMN Properties of Surry, LLC to Kandra McBride; .73 acres PB 5 7 3227 Wards Gap Road Mount Airy; $216.
– Jimmy W. Hall Jr. and Teresa A. Hall to Jimmy W. Hall Jr.; 1.69 acres lot 11 A PB 15 47 481 Oak Ridge Drive Mount Airy Stewarts Creek; $0.
– Billy Ray Surratt, Michelle Leigh Hart and Michelle Leigh Hobbs to Jose Alexis Sanchez Tinajero; lots 6-8 PB 12 126 South Westfield; $92.
– Andrew Moore to Martin Allen Medley and Vernon P. Medley; 0.111 acres tract one and 0.024 acres tract two PB 40 156 Marsh; $0.
– Derrick M. Puckett to Montana L. Handy and Ryan T. Key; lots 3 and 5 Fisher River Park development PB 7 66 Stewarts Creek; $464.
– The Bonnie H. Stuart Revocable Trust Agreement, Bonnie Stuart and Robinette S. McLeroy to Joseph Keith Van Dyke Jr. and Barbara Fencl Van Dyke; four tracts Elkin; $1,050.
– Jerry Dean Johnson and Judy Rebecca Cline to Phillip B. Tilley and Penny S. Tilley; lots 3 block 1 Highland Park subdivision PB 1 28 Mount Airy; $20.
– Robert Anthony Kirsch and Crystal Lynn Kirsch to J&R Properties of Mount Airy, LLC; 0.503 acres Mount Airy; $40.
– Kenneth F. Marshall to Jesus Grande Salgado and Rosa Cortes Grande; 0.242 acres Rockford; $6.
– Lorene S. Dockery to Kenneth L. Flinchum and Jessica M. Hauser Flinchum; 14.165 acres PB 41 71 Dobson; $790.
– Estate of James Franklin Penley, James Dale Penley, James Franklin Penley, Tammy Dixon Penley, David Carroll Penley, Tammy Jones Penley and Donna Whitaker to David Carroll Penley and Tammy Jones Penley; tract one 27/100 acres and tract two 56/100 acres Eldora estate of James Franklin Penley 22 E 483 Iredll; $120.
– TYDDYN Management, LLC to Turtle & Crab, LLC; tract PB 4 126 226 E. Lebanon Street Mount Airy; $263.
– Tonya M. Kimbrell to Marshall Kerr and Dianne Kerr; lot 6 Campbell Brook estates PB 20 48; $564.
– Balogh Properties, LLC to James Edward Silva Jr. and Cheri A. Silva; tract; $500.
– Jason Bedsaul, Tracy Bedsaul, Amanda Tucker, Eric Tucker and Jonathan Eric Tucker to Justin Matthew Bedsaul; tract one 62.89 acres and tract two tract Marsh; $0.
– Michael Delond Cain, Mason Grey Bowman and Hope Bunker Bowman to Mason Grey Bowman and Hope Bunker Bowman; 1.69 acres tract; $32.
– Carl David Ward and Linda Lou Ward to Charles Chaffin Zuchick and Sahvanna Ray Johnson Zuchick; tract one tract and tract two .12 acres Mount Airy; $410.
– Aleene Bateman Gordan and Donna Lynn Hampton to John Smith and Breanna Smith; tract one 3.500 acres and tract two 20.071 acres Stewarts Creek; $190.
– Kathleen L. Kissam and Robert R. Delaney; 22.088 acres; $0.
– Melody Easter to Landon Michael East and Melody Easter; 0.384 acres Pilot; $0.
– Gary James Gant, Tammy T. Gant, Troy Dunna Gant and Donna Ward Gant to J&E Properties of NC, LLC; 0.5 acres PB 3 109 1340 Forrest Drive Mount Airy; $155
– Sonya M. Ganyard to Lionhawk Investments, LLC; 0.064 acres PB 36 135; $310.
– Christopher Cody Murphy and Hannah Katherine Murphy to Kelly W. Jackson; 1.718 acres Elkin; $336.
– Jose G. Gonzalez and Ardy H. Gonzalez to Douglas Wood; lot 18 section II Knollwood subdivision PB 11 45; $320.
– J&E Properties of NC, LLC to Tiny Hands Childcare, LLC; 1.275 acres portion of lot 18 and all of lot 19 PB 1 183 721 S. Main Street Dobson Pilot/Dobson; $550.
– Judy Renea Marshall Ziglar and Richard L. Ziglar to Nathaniel Dale Lawson; two tracts Westfield; $140.
– Patrick Allen Gay and Ellauna Ginther to Brian Keith Lindamood; tract Stewarts Creek; $357.
– Max L. Taylor and Peggy G. Taylor to Haley Taylor Sheets; tract one one and one fourth acres and tract two 0.393 acres South Westfield; $0.
– Teresa Smith Hiatt to Bethany Ann Brown; 3.219 acres PB 41 79 Stewarts Creek; $34.
– Lundquist Living Trust, Arthur C. Lundquist and Dorothy F. Lundquist to Andres Flores; 0.7209 acres tract 15 Smith Landing subdivision section II PB 15 87 Dobson; $280.
– Gary Lee Johnson and Ann K. Johnson to MBB Land, LLC; tract one 1.10 acres and tract two tract 489 Oak Grove Church Road Mount Airy Stewarts Creek; $320.
– Dennis P. Billups and Robin E. Billups to Samantha Jones; 0.70 acres lots 13-14 Cedar Gate subdivision section 1 PB 15 13 Stewarts Creek; $32.
– J&E Properties of NC, LLC to Eagle Ridge Properties of NC, LLC; lot 9 section 2 The Woodcreek development PB 8 72 Long Hill; $340.
August 14, 2022
The summer is full of nostalgic sounds. The heat brings cicadas and bird songs; dusk brings on the free night show put on by mother nature. Between the lightning and fireflies, who could ask for more?
The buzzing, whirling, and breezes usher in a sense of freedom, producing fond memories in our minds. Some of my favorite sounds and many others in our area are the constant buzzing of our pollen-collecting friends, bees.
While North Carolina and its surrounding states have tons of native bees that aid in pollinating our trees, gardens, and flowers, the non-native honeybee has fascinated us since the mid-17th century. Honeybees are native to Europe, Africa, and Asia and traveled to America on English ships to be used in agriculture. The early 19th century saw beekeeping well established throughout North Carolina, with bee wax being an important exported good from the state.
Our ancestors used all parts of the hive; wax, honey, propolis, and the bees themselves. The wax was used and still is to make candles that smell nicer than the fat renderings originally used for candles. Honey, of course, is a natural sweetener that stores for long periods, never going bad if properly stored. Propolis is another resinous product produced by bees that aid in the building of hives. The sticky dark substance can fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, and inflammation, and sometimes heal the skin.
Folklore also surrounds our buzzing friends with superstitions that cast them as bringers of life. One major tradition is going to tell the bees when someone has died. The lore suggests that the bees will aid in the carrying of the soul to the next place and will produce abundantly for being kept in the loop. If a bee enters your home, you will have visitors soon. If a swarm of bees entered your home, it is a sign of an omen.
On a more practical side, bees were cared for and appreciated due to their pollinating superpowers. The many orchard farmers of our hollow and beyond used bees to spread pollen from blossom to blossom ensuring that the year’s yield of apples would be strong. Many statistics say that bees are responsible for 80%-90% of apple crop pollination. So, when you see bees hovering over your gardens, trees, and flowers try to leave them alone, they’re doing the hard work.
In North Carolina beekeeping had become such an integral part of the agricultural and hobby sector that apiarists or beekeepers from all over the state set a meeting on Jan, 11, 1917 in Winston-Salem starting the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association. The association grew adding chapters from the different counties of the state, and a full-time state beekeeper position at NC State University in 1975. In 1982 a state bee-keeping school was started by Dr. John Ambrose, in his position as the state apiarist. The program is still the largest of its kind in the country.
Surry County has its own beekeeper’s association that meets monthly to discuss various topics and offers a beekeeping class annually. My friend and Master Beekeeper Paul Madren is a member of this group and the 1st Masker Craftsmen Beekeeper in North Carolina. The goal of Master Beekeepers and Craftsmen is to help educate the public about the art of keeping bees. Paul has shared priceless advice with beekeepers all over our state.
This past week he shared some highlights with me: 90% of the pollen and nectar bees receive is from trees, not flowers, and each tree yields a different type of substance (glucose vs. fructose), dark honey is usually better for you, despite being referred to as “bad” honey. Paul also helped move the association into the digital age. At the state organization’s meeting last month he was received as the oldest, and longest member of the association.
You couldn’t choose a better place to get started beekeeping. We are privileged to have such knowledgeable mentors in our own county. Mount Airy is even designated as a “Bee Friendly City.” If you would like to learn more, and there is lots to learn, contact the Surry County Beekeepers Association or the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.
Thanks to Paul Madren for his sage advice and stories.
Emily Morgan is the Guest Services Manager at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. She and her family live in Westfield. She can be reached at eamorgan@northcarolinamuseum.org or by calling 336-786-4478 x229
August 14, 2022
The following marriage licenses were issued in Surry County:
– Joshua Wade Murphy, 41, of Surry County to Shannon Leigh Beck, 30, of Surry County.
– Travis James Carroll, 24, of Surry County to Christina Michelle Armstrong, 24, of Surry County.
– Jacob Graham Hayden, 29, of Surry County to Morgan Alli Draughn, 26, of Surry County.
– Justin Wade Mabe, 31, of Surry County to Pamela Nicole Mears, 30, of Surry County.
– Zachary Tanner Ashburn, 22, of Surry County to Caitlin Alexis Brannock, 20, of Surry County.
– Landon Michael Gray East, 25, of Surry County to Serena Faith Elizabeth Pickens, 23, of Surry County.
– Brandon Leban, 32, of Surry County to Myriam Molina Ramos, 44, of Surry County.
– Brett Nathaniel Bowman, 26, of Surry County to Sasha Nicole Wagoner, 25, of Surry County.
– Larry Kirkman George, 36, of Surry County to Madison Lane Roberts, 27, of Surry County.
– Joseph Andrew Elijah Shores, 29, of Surry County to Anna Elizabeth Blackburn, 30, of Surry County.
August 14, 2022
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Lakasha Marie Deluca Burris, 42, a white female wanted on probation violations who is on probation for two counts larceny, resisting an officer and second degree trespassing;
• Randy Dale Crouse, 52, a white male wanted on a post-release warrant who is on supervision for felony possession of a schedule II-controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia;
• Calvin Wayne Boyd, 40, a black man wanted for failing to appear in court on probation violations who is on probation for felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine and use/possession of drug paraphernalia;
• Coty Lane Mayes, 31, a white male wanted on probation violations who is on probation for felony larceny of a motor vehicle and financial card fraud.
View all probation absconders on the internet at http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi and click on absconders. Anyone with information on any probation absconders should contact Crime Stoppers at 786-4000, county probation at 719-2705, or the Mount Airy Police Department at 786-3535.
August 14, 2022
Making a homemade chicken creamy pie
This chicken pie is fairly easy because you use two frozen nine-inch pie shells and four boneless skinless chicken breasts. For this pie, you will need two nine-inch frozen pie shells, four boneless skinless chicken breasts, half can evaporated milk, one can Campbell’s cream of chicken soup, small jar Heinz chicken gravy, salt, pepper, half teaspoon poultry seasoning, one stick melted light margarine. Boil chicken until tender. While chicken is cooking, lay out the pie shells to thaw (this will be two shells for bottom and two shells for tops of the pies). De-bone the chicken breasts and place half in one shell and half in the other shell. In a bowl, mix the can of cream of chicken soup with jar of gravy and half can evaporated milk and stick of melted margarine, salt pepper and the poultry seasoning. Pour half the mixture on each pie. Cover pies with other two crusts, Pinch edges to seal the pies. Cut slits in tops of the pies. Bake pies on a cookie sheet in 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes. One plus of these pies is that you can freeze them.
Starting late tomatoes from seed
As August moves along, it is time to start packets of tomato seed to be transplanted to the garden in late August or early September. The best varieties for early autumn are the determinate varieties such as Celebrity, Mountain Pride, Marglobe, Rutgers, Homestead, and Better Boy. To start tomatoes from seed, use a fine-textured seed-starting medium such as Jiffy organic or Hoffmans. For each seed variety, use a quart flower pot filled with seed-starting medium and allow a handful per pot to cover the seed. Measure enough for each pot that you need. Mix the medium with enough water to moisten it. Scatter the seed over the medium and cover the seed, label each pot with variety of the tomato. Repeat process with each pot. Press down the medium with your fingers for good soil contact. Use a spray bottle such as window and glass cleaner comes in to mist the pots each evening. They will develop two leaves in eight to ten days and be ready to plant in individual pots.
The impatiens have been showing their color
The annual summer charm is the impatiens in containers and hanging baskets as they provide colorful blooms on the porch, deck and in the hanging baskets. They really perform well in hanging baskets as they cascade over the sides of the baskets. They bloom in colors of bright orange, red, white, salmon, pink and wine. With a bit of care they will bloom all the way until frost. The impatiens is also known as “Mary’s Earrings” which is a pretty name for such an unusual flower. The bees as well as the butterflies are attracted to them.
Hard to beat taste of fresh tomato
It was Lewis Grizzard, the Mark Twain of 20th century writers and syndicated columnist for the Atlanta Journal and constitution, who said, “It’s difficult to think any thing but pleasant thoughts when eating a home grown tomato.” These are true words from one of America’s best columnists of the 20th century. A vine-ripened freshly sliced tomato, placed on bread smothered with mayonnaise on both sides and a sprinkling of salt and pepper also on both sides of the bread elicit thoughts as pleasant as you can think.
Starting the seeds of broccoli and collards
As we move through August, the time is ideal for starting broccoli and collards from seed for transplanting to the garden in mid-September. Purchase a bag or two of seed. Starting medium which is especially formulated for starting seeds. Buy the varieties of broccoli and collards you prefer. Use two quart-sized flower pots to start the seed in. Measure out two pots filled with the medium and two handfuls to cover the seed with. Add enough water to moisten the medium. Fill the two pots to within half inch from top of pots. Sprinkle seed from broccoli over top medium and cover with handful of medium. Label the pot because all cole family seed look alike. Repeat the process with the collard seed. Pat soil over the top of medium for good contact with the soil. Use a spray bottle such as glass cleaner comes in and spray a mist on the medium each evening. Keep the pots out of direct sunlight and preferably in the carport or porch. The plants will sprout in eight to ten days. When they develop two strong leaves, transplant to individual pots and keep out of direct sunlight. By mid-September, they should be ready to transplant to the garden plot.
Keeping track August fogs
Something different about the month of August is the fogs that occur on many mornings that may send us a hidden message about the upcoming amounts of snow we may receive in the winter months. Rise early before the sun burns off the fog and record the density of the fog and the date and whether the daily fog was heavy, medium, or light. August has 31 days, so record the fog each morning. As winter arrives, check the snow amounts during winter with the amounts of the fogs of August.
Making a batch of smooth apple sauce
The first of the apple harvest is coming in and you can purchase them by the bushel. A warm summer afternoon is a fun time to sit on a shady porch and peel a bushel of apples and make some apple sauce. Peel the apples and drop them in a canner of cold salted water to prevent them from turning brown. Peel all the apples and allow them to soak in the salted water for fifteen minutes. Rinse the apples in the canner of fresh water. Pour apples into the sink and rinse them off. Cut into one-inch chunks and place in canner of fresh water. Boil apple chunks for 10 or 15 minutes until you can stick a fork through them. Remove from heat, drain, and run through the blender in “puree” mode for several seconds. Pour the pureed apple mixture into jars that are sterilized and process in hot water bath canner for 25 minutes. An easier way is to process them in a pressure canner at ten pounds pressure for five minutes.
Taking care of summer roses
The knockout roses of summer are so pretty and are still producing blooms and will produce until the first frost. Roses now need a boost as we move into the second half of the summer. Roses need a boost of Rose-Tone organic rose food once a month until the end of summer. Use the water wand in shower mode to the base of the roses. Cut back long canes and dead head all spent blooms. Spray for leaf mites and Japanese Beetles.
Beware of wet dew
The dew on August mornings linger all the way until afternoon. The dew is a sticky moisture that is not good for mowers and weed trimmers because it sticks to the blades and housings of the mower as well as the feet. Never mow lawn when the dew is still on the lawn. Wait until the sun dries the dew even if it takes until mid-afternoon. Another summer factor is never mow a lawn after an afternoon thunderstorm even if you have to wait until the next day to mow.
An organic, smelly, cure for insect bites
There is nothing more irritating than an insect bite or bee sting whether you are in the garden or on the porch or deck. We have a remedy for the bites and stings if you can tolerate the smell of an onion. Use a half an onion sliced down the middle and rub it on the bite or sting. This is a double cure because first of all, it will relieve the bite or sting and the aroma will prevent another bite or sting.
A quick shot for controlling the weeds
No harmful chemicals are involved in this weed killer solution that works quickly and well on hot dry, summer afternoons, with no rain in the forecast. Just fill a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and spray the mist on the weeds, while you avoid misting vegetable foliage.
Hoe hoe hoedown
“Men and other men.” There are two kinds of men who will never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.
“Twin Natures.” A man was in court for stealing from a department store. The man said to the judge, “Your Honor, I’m a Christian, I’ve become a new man who did wrong. But I have an old nature also. I was not my new man when I did wrong, but my old man.” The judge responded, “Since it was the old man that broke the law, we will sentence him to 60 days in jail. And since the new man was an accomplice in the theft, we will give him 30 days also. I sentence you both to 90 days in jail. This case is dismissed.”
“Fun Pun.” If a nickle knew what it was worth today, it would feel like a half-cent.
“Fun Pun.” Why did the Cyclops have to close the school? He had only one pupil.
August 14, 2022
Acclaimed author Beth Macy is coming to Winston-Salem next week as part of the national launch of her new book “Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis.”
Part of the hope she describes in her books originates in Surry County, and the efforts there to combat the overdose crisis.
Bookmarks is presenting the book launch event that will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16., at Calvary Moravian Church, 600 Holly Ave., Winston-Salem. The event is being held at the church to accommodate the crowd that is expected.
“Raising Lazarus” had already drawn attention and while still in pre-orders has already been awarded recognition as an Amazon Best Book of August 2022. No registration will be required nor is there a cost associated with the book launch.
Macy rose to fame most recently for her book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” that pointed the spotlight on the relationship between the rise of the drug OxyContin and the decisions made by pharmaceutical maker Purdue Pharma, doctors, as well as marketing techniques that led directly to the rise of the opioid crisis in America.
The book brought in mix data points and humanism to put a relatable face on what for many is a situation they want kept at arm’s length. It was then turned into a multi-Emmy award nominated television mini-series starring Michael Keaton in a fictionalized amalgamation of people Macy met and interviewed for her book.
A human problem
For both “Dopesick” and “Raising Lazarus” she conducted extensive interviews including several with residents of Surry County and members of the county staff tasked with fighting back against the opioid epidemic.
Macy said she wants to help instill a sense of hope that something can be done about opioids, even when there is not always tangible evidence at the ready that proves such outcomes are possible.
She has pointed out new programs launched in this county such as Ride the Road to Recovery that is helping get people to the treatment they need. A new initiative has come online pairing Wayne Farms, the county, and Surry County Sheriff’s Office in a return-to-work program for those completing their stay in the jail.
Something that is exciting for the substance abuse recovery team and local leaders both is when the new jail opens there will be dedicated space for counselors and peer support specialists to conduct outreach and education prior to release.
The numbers speak for themselves. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that the state is on pace to eclipse the number of overdose deaths this year after last year’s record number of 3,759. Compared to the 2018 total of 2,554 it is apparent that the number is trending in the wrong direction.
The department reported 759 visits in June to the emergency departments for overdose statewide, up from 719 for the same period last year.
Nationally the number of those who die from a drug overdose surpassed 108,000 in 2021. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reported that of those 80,000 involved opioids.
In “Dopesick” Macy informed that Americans make up on 4.4% of the world’s total population but are managing to consume 30% of the world’s opioids. The drugs became more powerful over time and were then replaced with even stronger drugs.
When doctors were over-prescribing pain medication for years thereby hooking millions of unsuspecting patients to a powerful drug — and then stopped — those who were addicted needed to find relief where they could. The path of least resistance for many was to make the transition to heroin. Diacetylmorphine, heroin, is more than twice as powerful as morphine, which is already ten times stronger than opium.
Talking strategies
This week Macy was joined by county substance abuse recovery director Mark Willis, county commissioner Mark Marion, county data analyst Jaime Edwards, and peer support specialist Sonya Cheek on a panel at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. Surry County was selected for this breakout panel to highlight the ongoing efforts of the county’s office of substance abuse recovery.
Willis is a behind-the-scenes sort of person who shies away from the spotlight, he considers himself just a cog in the machine. What he brings to the table is a wealth of knowledge of the law enforcement side of the equation having spent considerable time with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
That is only one side of the coin though so the expertise of others who can offer a different perspective on substance abuse is needed to offer a more complete approach. In her writing Macy has highlighted the need for additional understanding and empathy for those who are in a desperate struggle to reclaim their lives from opioids.
At times, the judicial and legal systems may seem apathetic or unfeeling to the needs of those who are suffering. Surry County employing peer support specialists who can relate to the situation because they have been there themselves helps them to empathize and relate to the person in need.
Surry County has been taking a more proactive approach than many other North Carolina counties in dealing with substance abuse and laying out a plan to use the settlement dollars that Attorney General Josh Stein took a leadership role in winning for citizens here and across the nation. Millions of dollars municipalities and counties can now use in their fight against substance use disorder – and specifically the blight of opioids.
More needs to be done and this is a long-term fight that Surry County is invested in. This is a problem that will not self-correct for if the one who is suffering from alcoholism or drug abuse could simply turn an off switch, they would, experts have said. The hiring of Willis and his elevation to the same level as other department heads in the county illustrates this is not a back burner issue locally.
Also, Stein and the state Department of Health and Human Services have launched the More Powerful NC campaign to raise awareness around the impact opioids have had on individuals and families across the state. The message is based on the idea that, “Together we are more powerful than opioids – and we can all help play a part in ending the epidemic.”
If Macy’s name had sounded familiar before “Dopesick” came along that may be for her bestseller entitled “Factory Man,” that is of a subject matter that may hold appeal to those in this area who fondly remember the mill days of yore.
In that book she chronicled the efforts of John Bassett III to streamline and save his family’s business – Bassett Furniture – that has been a lynchpin for the economy of Bassett, Virginia, for generations.
Willis commented that Macy cannot seem to break free from this story and for that he is grateful. For an author to spend the amount of time on an issue attempting to see if through with solutions is a welcome aid to the efforts of Surry County. More awareness and understanding of the battle will be needed and with luck another “Dopesick” follow-up will be unnecessary.
August 14, 2022
Editor’s Note: Reader Diary is a periodic column written by local residents, Surry County natives, and readers of The Mount Airy News. If you have a submission for Reader Diary, email it to John Peters at jpeters@mtairynews.com
From “all over” they came on 1940s weekends (Round Peak, Low Gap, Lambsburg and Pine Ridge) to a dilapidated log tobacco barn at the intersection of Pine Ridge and Lowe Roads in Surry County. It was little more than a wide place in Pine Ridge Road called “Easy Street” and after a hard week in the corn and tobacco fields, slaving away at the sawmill and making moonshine, it was fun and games time “down at The Barn.”
As told by local housewives, “All they do down yonder at that old barn is loaf around, guzzle moonshine, make music, play poker and act like they live on Easy Street.”
Truth be known, almost all were hard-working souls who “earned their keep” the only way they knew how; the hard way. For some, including my Pa, (according to Mama) the Barn was their doghouse; their second home, their port in the storm, their home away from home that generated fire and brimstone sermons in local churches and threats to “burn that sinful place to the ground.”
The barn leaned southwest, leaked when it rained and had seen better days, but (come Saturday afternoons and Sundays) a crowd gathered in and played the claw-hammer banjo, fiddle and harmonica, drank R C Colas, ate Moon Pies, and imbibed some of Round Peak’s best moonshine “made right up that holler up yonder under Fisher’s Peak.”
They talked about those not there; who got caught doing what and whom they did it with. They told of strange happenings, like the time William Senter’s barn ran into someone’s automobile. (The driver swore to God he was just driving along in the middle of the road minding his own business, when “here come that d… barn right out in the road in front of me.” That was the same barn William’s one-horse wagon wound up on top of one Halloween night. They told of a family who found a dead cat in their crock of molasses, “You know? They wasted nearly all them ‘lasses gittin’ that dead cat out.” (I sat on my bicycle and listened bug-eyed and almost lost breakfast.)
When the High Sheriff drove up outside, a miracle happened right there in broad daylight. All the cards, money, and moonshine vanished into thin air and the Barn became a house of worship. When asked what they were doing there, the answer was, “We’re holding a little prayer service here, Sheriff; don’t you see that sign up there that says, “Easy Street Church of God?” The Sheriff gave everybody his “dead-eye” look, shook his head, got back in his car and before he was out of sight, the good times rolled again.
Everybody had a great time, but those who had just got home from the Big War had the best time of all. They had seen Germany, Paris, Tokyo and the South Sea Islands and all agreed, there was no place on Earth like home and Easy Street.
August 13, 2022
Since its inception in 2006 the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor has been dedicated to preserving the history of sports for Surry County. Nominations for 2022 class of inductees are open and will be accepted through 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12.
The Hall and Ring have the purpose “to recognize and perpetuate the noteworthy athletic tradition of Surry County by honoring and memorializing individuals, teams, corporations, companies and/or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to this tradition.”
Bradley Key works for Surry County Parks & Recreation as coordinator of programs, volunteerism and special events. He said from their offices in Dobson, “I was just thinking about how many great candidates we have that have been nominated for the Hall of Fame. We have tons of folks with tremendous athletic backgrounds that have hailed from or contributed to the sports of Surry County.”
Parks and rec Director Daniel White advised that even after inducting several classes, there need be no fear of the future talent pool for the Hall of Fame waning, “There are people who are ready to enter but just haven’t qualified yet time wise.”
There are two ways to nominate individuals, teams or organizations the first being the Hall of Fame. The Hall recognizes individuals for outstanding achievements in the field of athletics as a player, coach or administrator. Nominees must have completed their athletic achievement or service at least five years immediately preceding the date of induction.
Also, Ring of Honor nominations are used to recognize individuals, teams, companies, or organizations that have made a significant impact on Surry County sports through contributions in the field of athletics. The Ring holds the likes of the Dobson Lion’s Club and other groups which has supported athletics through financial donations as well as donations of time and support for local athletics.
There are some criteria established for those who may be inducted into either the Hall or the Ring, such as the five-year waiting period for entry into the Hall of Fame. For those submitted within the athlete category those nominees shall have received local, state or national recognition for their athletic achievements. They must meet two of the following: have been born or raised in Surry County, attended at least two years of high school in Surry County, had two years of athletic achievement while a resident of Surry County, or made a significant impact on sports in Surry County.
Similarly nominated coaches or administrators shall have received recognition while also meeting residency criteria. Nominees must have been born or raised in Surry County and had ten years of achievement while either inside or outside of Surry County or were not born or raised in the county but had ten years of coaching or administrative achievement while in or made a significant impact to sports in Surry County.
Criteria for inductions in the Surry County Sports Ring of Honor require that the individual, team, corporation, company and/or organization made a significant impact on sports in Surry County through contribution in the field of athletics.
The list of past Ring of Honor inductees is like thumbing through the pages of an old Surry County yearbook with the 2001 East Surry High Ladies Basketball team warming up next to a 2011 inductee: the Elkin Blanketeers,
Don’t leave out the likes of Gary York, Linda Fowler Davis, the 1935 Dobson High Basketball team, or the 2003 East Surry Little League Senior Softball — your World Series Champions — all of whom have been given the veneration they deserve.
Apart from the most recent winners, the former Surry County Sports Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor winners, along with a group photo, are found on the parks and recreation website.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame and the Ring of Honor may be made posthumously so those with long roots in the county and a long memory to match may think of a coach, principal, team, or athlete who deserves to be honored for posterity.
Nomination forms can be found on the Surry County webpage at https:// www.co.surry.nc.us. From there choose “Departments” and “K through Z,” clicking on “Parks and Recreation,” then scrolling over “Sports Hall of Fame” and clicking on 2022 Nomination Form.
Key said they encourage newspaper clippings or other documentation in support of submitted candidates if possible. Supporting documentation will not be returned, so those offering such documents should attach copies of all documents to the submission, not originals. There are a few rules on formatting the submission that are found on the county’s website.
Completed nominations will be accepted at the Surry County Parks & Recreation Department Office located at 122 Hamby Road, Dobson. Their offices will be found in the Central Permitting Building across the parking lot from Health and Nutrition Center.
August 13, 2022
The Surry County Sonker Festival has been one of the last large public events to rebound from the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a two-year shutdown for the popular gathering is now history.
“There has been much anticipation from the community for the return of the Sonker Festival,” agreed Dr. Annette Ayers of the organization that sponsors it, the Surry County Historical Society.
Ayers announced this week that the 2022 festival is scheduled for Oct. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m., which is a Saturday.
The serving of sonker — deep-dish fruit pies of various flavors said to have originated in this area — is, of course, the main attraction of the event held at the 1799 Edwards-Franklin House located west of Mount Airy.
But the early fall festival also features live old-time music, dancing, tours of the historic house and grounds and 18th- and 19th-century artifacts on display.
After being conducted for 40 years, the Surry County Sonker Festival — which had been drawing an estimated 500 to 700 people — was cancelled in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.
It suffered the same fate in October 2021 due to lingering fears of the coronavirus among festival organizers.
“The society is excited to resume this exciting venue,” Ayers commented this week.
“It is an enjoyable activity for all age groups, from children to senior adults,” she added. “One young adult recently described it as the best event of the year for Surry County.”
The sonker dessert delicacy, considered juicier than cobblers, will be available for what Ayers called a nominal price of $4 per serving, with beverages also to be sold.
In 2019, the last year the festival was held before the two-year interruption, sonker flavors included cherry, blackberry, strawberry, peach, sweet potato and blueberry, with sweet potato being the most popular.
More than 1,000 servings typically are sold, with many attendees opting to bring lawn chairs and sit in the spacious yard outside the house to enjoy the desserts and listen to traditional music.
Plywood is placed on the lawn to accommodate flatfooting.
The Edwards-Franklin House at 4132 Haystack Road is considered the finest example of its architecture in the Piedmont. The house was built by Gideon Edwards and later occupied by his son-in-law Meshack Franklin, a member of Congress and brother of North Carolina Gov. Jesse Franklin, who served in the 1820s.
It was bought in 1972 by the Surry County Historical Society and restored to its grandeur, with many unique architectural components featured. The group sponsors other events there in addition to the Sonker Festival, including a monthly open house series this summer which will end the second weekend in September.
Ayers also used the occasion of announcing this year’s festival return to mention that membership is open for the Surry County Historical Society, which begins at $25 per year and can be done by mail at P.O. Box 469, Mount Airy, NC 27030.
August 13, 2022
Pilot Mountain Middle School recently welcomed six-graders to the school with its SOAR Camp 2022.
The camp is structured for incoming six grade students, to introduce them to the school, to one another, and to give them a fun-filled taste of what school will be like at their new school.
”Students participated in ice-breaking and team-building strategies to get to know their new classmates,” school officials said of the gathering. “They are given a more in depth description of their classes and schedules to ease any anxieties of entering middle school they might have.”
My apologies as I do not know the names of each student. This is the only day they have attended. The teacher’s name is Amy Cain.
August 12, 2022
A group that oversees public housing facilities in Mount Airy has a new member.
Dennis Mitchell was appointed to the housing authority governing board as a commissioner by the city council during an Aug. 4 meeting.
Mitchell is replacing another housing authority commissioner who resigned from the board on July 1, Jerry McMickle.
McMickle had been reappointed to that group in February 2020 by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners.
The city board is responsible for selecting local housing authority members even though the authority manages public residential units on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
McMickle first joined the housing board in September 2017, when he was appointed to serve the remainder of the term of a member who had resigned the month before for health reasons, Bertie S. George.
That term expired in February 2020, when McMickle re-upped for another five years on the board.
No reason has been given for his recent resignation.
Mitchell will serve the remainder of McMickle’s term ending on Feb. 16, 2025.
The Housing Authority of Mount Airy has been described as the largest landlord in town.
The private, federally funded corporation manages hundreds of apartments at multiple locations.
August 12, 2022
A local business has been victimized by a false-pretense scam that resulted in a monetary loss totaling $20,637, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports.
The crime was reported to city authorities on Aug. 4 by an employee of Southern States on Snowhill Drive, part of the six-state regional chain specializing in farm, lawn/garden and pet supplies.
It occurred sometime between June 1 and Aug. 3, a police incident/investigation report states.
The case involves an unknown suspect acting as someone else in order to receive a wire transfer of currency for the $20,000-plus sum specified, according to a department official. That individual is said to have posed as a legitimate party for such a transaction.
At last report the case remained under investigation by Mount Airy police.
That could lead to a charge of obtaining property (or money) by false pretense against the perpetrator, which is a felony.
August 12, 2022
In a case of ringing out the old, the Surry Medical Ministries free clinic soon will be operating in a new location — one near its present facility on Rockford Street.
“And we are thrilled,” said Nancy Dixon, the president of the non-profit organization’s board of directors. She added Thursday that the first clinic session there is planned for Aug. 22, with an official grand opening to come later.
Clinic officials have been raising funds to provide a larger facility to meet the growing demands of its clientele, low-income uninsured patients who receive free health care there.
That turned out to be a vacant structure at 951 Rockford St. formerly occupied by Dr. Glenn Pfitzner, a longtime gastroenterologist who has retired.
“He came to us and said, ‘I think this building would be perfect for you,’” Dixon mentioned regarding how plans for the move evolved through recent efforts to alleviate cramped conditions at the present facility.
“It’s amazing — it’s absolutely perfect,” she said of the modern-looking medical building vacated by Dr. Pfitzner. It is being bought by Surry Medical Ministries at a price of $2.7 million, financed largely through a low-interest federal loan.
Located just down the hill from the present clinic toward U.S. 52, Pfitzner’s former office facility contains 9,500 square feet of space, nearly four times that of the existing clinic at 813 Rockford St. It has slightly more that 2,500 square feet.
The clinic has been housed in that structure, which is about 70 years old, since opening in 1993.
It renders medical services as a non-profit foundation with the help of volunteer health-care professionals, and also includes a dental component.
Various economic crises over the years that caused local residents to lose employer-provided insurance coverage when companies shut down have increased patient caseloads along with the coronavirus pandemic.
That number increased to nearly 5,000 last year, clinic officials have said.
This past winter, the clinic’s hours were expanded from a two-days-per-week schedule to four days, in response to its caseload more than doubling after COVID-19 struck.
At the same time, a search was mounted for a larger facility, the outcome of which is similar to the “The Wizard of Oz” message of happiness being found at one’s own back door.
Dixon said clinic officials could not have asked for a better location for the expansion.
Similar to the present facility, it is right across the street from Northern Regional Hospital.
Dixon pointed out that this is beneficial to clinic patients needing diagnostic services at the hospital.
More work needed
To make the expansion a reality, Surry Medical Ministries filed for federal assistance to buy the medical building through the Rural Development Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA is supplying $2.7 million in funding, $500,000 of which is in the form of a grant to the clinic. The net loan sum of $2.2 million is being financed over a 30-year period at an interest rate of 2.5%.
An advertised public meeting for comment on the loan was held Wednesday night at the clinic, with no opposition voiced, according to Dixon.
Meanwhile, fundraising efforts are continuing to complete other facets of the expansion relating to the Pfitzner building, since the USDA loan does not cover construction — only the purchase of that structure.
“We need about a million for the renovations and upfit,” said Dixon, who explained that this will include adding a pharmacy, which the former occupant lacked. Also joining the mix will be a nurses’ station and more parking to serve clinic patients and staff due to limited spaces available there now.
Efforts to raise the additional funds needed are ongoing, including an appeal to the public for donations.
These can be mailed to Surry Medical Ministries, P.O. Box 349, Mount Airy, NC 27030-0349.
“They are tax-deductible,” Dixon said.
The timetable for completing the renovations/upfit will depend on funding.
Boost for patients
Along with allowing more space and efficiency of operations, the new clinic location will offer therapeutic value that goes beyond treatment for physical ailments, its board president believes.
“Patients, you should see their faces,” Dixon said of the reaction from those who have learned about the move.
She indicated that the new facility will have the same look as any other medical office around town — as opposed to what might be described as the less-appealing veneer of a charitable agency.
“People know when they’re getting equal care,” Dixon said.
“It’s a respect thing.”
August 12, 2022
More than six decades ago, Bob and Hallie Flippin donated some land to their community to be used for a local Ruritan club.
Saturday, that organization — South Westfield Ruritan Club — will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with a drop-in gathering.
The club is a service organization, focusing its activities on helping others in the community as well as providing a number of scholarships to local students over the years, providing two such scholarships to youth going to Surry Community College each year.
The group is also active with its backpack program, helping to provide area school children with backpacks and food; providing needed money and provisions for families undergoing hardships; as well as many other similar efforts.
On Saturday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., the club will be holding a drop-in celebration, rather than a single gathering, to keep inside numbers low as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, hot dogs, dessert and drinks to go will be available for purchase.
The club will have displays set up showing a number of plaques, pictures over the years, and newspaper articles done on the club.
August 12, 2022
Eighteen students — including several from Stokes County — recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program at the Yadkin Center.
The graduates include Mark Mabe Sr. and Isaac Midkiff of King; John White of Walnut Cove; Tyler Hanger Wilson of Pinnacle; Autumn Hunter and Terry King of Mount Airy; Austin Simpson of Pilot Mountain; Juan Lira Negrete of Dobson; Sherry Hawks of State Road; David Gross of East Bend; Daniel Mathis of Roaring River; Nick Kelly of Boonville; Mark Mabe Jr. of Tobaccoville; Nathanal Eaton and Lena Reins of Wilkesboro; Matthew Martinez of Winston-Salem; Carson Phillips and Ian Smith of Yadkinville.
Surry Community College will be offering another section of Truck Driver Training starting this fall. The class will run from Tuesday, Oct. 11 through Friday, Dec. 16 and will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
College officials said that median pay for truck drivers is $47,100 per year, according to the United States Department of Labor. “Drivers with experience can make more than $50,000,” the college said.
“With a shortage of up to 12,000 truck drivers in North Carolina and as many as 200,000 nationally, CDL-certified drivers will easily be able to find jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor says the profession is expected to keep growing – by 6% during 2020-2030,” the school’s statement said.
“There are currently job openings for truck drivers locally and nationally. We developed this program as a direct response to the requests from local truck driving representatives who need skilled applicants to fill job vacancies,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley.
The SCC Truck Driver Training Program teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles. The coursework includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, freight handling, security and fire protection.
Highway driving training exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the students’ knowledge and skills. Graduates are qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License Test and are employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owner-operators and work as private contract haulers.
Admission requirements include official driving record; physical examination; reading placement test score of 40 or higher; disclosure form; high school transcript; and drug testing.
For more information about the driver training program, contact the Yadkin Center at 336-386-3580. The tuition is $1,876, though some may qualify for tuition scholarship. To check eligibility, visit www.surry.edu/funding.
August 12, 2022
Mount Airy Wesleyan Church will soon be expanding its worship services.
Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 11, the church will add a third worship service on Sunday mornings.
“We are so thankful for the growth of our church family,” said Rev. Eric Smith, the church’s pastor. “Offering three services will give everyone more space. We hope that this will also encourage guests to attend if they are looking for a church home.”
A contemporary worship service will be available each week at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. in the Worship Center and a traditional worship service will be available at 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Nursery and Kids’ Church will be provided during all worship services. Mount Airy Wesleyan is located at 2063 South Main Street in Mount Airy. For more information, contact the church at 336-786-7250 or via social media.
August 12, 2022
We are surrounded by much in this life for which we can rejoice. We find ourselves rejoicing at the birth of a child, a marriage, a graduation, buying a new home, and a host of other significant events. However, it seems that we fail to rejoice when it comes to what spiritually and eternally matters. When was the last time someone heard us rejoicing in our salvation and what the Lord has done for us?
In writing to the Christians who lived in Rome we find Paul has much to say about salvation and what Jesus did for us on the cross. In Romans 8:14-17, he mentions several reasons we should rejoice and praise our Lord and Savior. When I look at this portion of Scripture, I see four reasons that stand out and I would like to share those with you.
The first reason we should rejoice is that “We have a Father.” When we are born-again into the family of God we are adopted by the Father and become children of God. In verse 15 Paul uses the term “Abba” when referring to God as our Father. This is a term of deep affection and endearment. It gives us a picture of saying I have a “daddy” in heaven. When we realize just how much our Father in heaven does for us, we have to rejoice that we are His children. He provides for us, leads us, protects us, loves us, and even chastises us. So, we must rejoice that we have a “Father” in Heaven.
The second reason we should rejoice is that “We have a Family.” In verse 14 we find that Paul uses the word “sons,” which is plural. That simply gives us a picture that when we were born into the kingdom of God we were also born into the “family” of God.
When we are part of the family of God there are some great benefits. We do not have to walk through this world alone; we have brothers and sisters to walk with us. When something terrible happens, we have someone to cry with us. When something good happens there will be someone to rejoice with us. There have been times when we as believers say, “If I had not had my brothers and sisters in Christ, I do not know how I would have made it through those tough situations.” We also know that being part of the “family” there are those that will pray for us, encourage us, exhort us, and love us. Being in God’s “family” is truly a reason to rejoice in our salvation.
The third reason we should rejoice is that “We have a fortune.” In verse 17 Paul talks about being “heirs and joint-heirs.” According to the Roman law of that day the adopted child would receive all the rights that a natural born child would have. Under Roman law a natural born child could be disowned by their father, but an adopted child could never be disowned. That means that we are forever part of the family of God. (Praise God).
The term joint-heir also means that Jesus, being the only begotten first-born Son, would receive a double portion of the Father’s inheritance. As a joint heir of the Father’s inheritance Jesus says, “I will share it with my adopted brothers and sisters.” We are part of the family of God that not only owns the cattle on a thousand hills but also owns the hills. Grasping such a truth gives us reason to rejoice in our salvation and the “fortune” we possess in Christ.
The fourth reason we should rejoice is that “We have a future.” I am thankful that as a child of God, He meets all my needs while on this earth, but when death comes and my journey on earth is over, it is not the end. As a result of faith in Christ we can have a future in the presence of the Lord in heaven.
Scripture teaches us, our limited minds cannot begin to imagine what heaven is like. I do know that the Bible teaches it will be a place where there are no more tears, sickness, disease, sorrow, pain, suffering, death, or sin. We will see our loves ones that have died in Christ, and there will be no sun light needed because the Son, Jesus Christ, will be the light of an eternal day. Having such a hope gives us a great reason to rejoice in our future.”
I want to encourage each Christian, share your faith with others by being found rejoicing in what Christ has done, is doing, will do for you through Jesus Christ. If you cannot rejoice today because you do not know this wonderful Savior, I encourage you to seek out someone who can share with you the life changing message of Christ. Then you, too, can rejoice in the salvation found in Jesus Christ.
August 11, 2022
Surry Central’s boys soccer team hosted a special scrimmage on August 8, one week before officially kicking off the 2022-23 season.
Instead of facing another high school team, this year’s Golden Eagle squad went up against some of the top Surry Central players of the past 22 years.
Eighteen former Eagles soccer players returned to their home field for the Adan Huerta Memorial Alumni Game. The game honors 2004 graduate Adan Huerta, who was a freshman on Central’s first-ever team in 2000. Huerta was part of the Eagles team that reached the 1A Final Four in 2002, then went on to be named player of the year as a senior.
A full list of participating alumni can be found at this article’s conclusion.
“It was amazing,” said Central coach Adan Garcia, who enters his fourth season as head coach. “We kind of did it last minute, and we weren’t sure if we’d be able to do it or not. I talked with my AD, Wes Evans, and the former coach Blake Roth, and together we were able to pull it off. I’m really glad we were able to do it.”
The alumni team featured players from Central’s first-ever team, as well as players that graduated earlier in 2022 and everywhere in between.
“For me to be able to see all those generations of great players was pretty cool,” Garcia said. “They all came together to play the sport and put on a show for the fans.”
The home bleachers were packed like they would be for a playoff match. In addition to different generations of players getting the chance to interact, Golden Eagle fans of all ages got to see their favorite players take the field once again.
“That’s the most fans I’ve ever seen at a game,” Garcia said. “They were great, and they reacted like any fan would. It was a great environment.”
Fans were also treated to a surprise guest referee: 2010 Surry Central graduate and current assistant coach Bernardo Leandro. Leandro, who is one of three Eagles that hold the school record for playoff wins, heroically stepped in to officiate the game when the referees didn’t show. He didn’t even need shoes to keep the game under control.
Fans of Surry Central’s early years were treated to a familiar site: a Mike Richardson goal. Richardson, a 2003 graduate of Surry Central, scored 205 goals in just three seasons. This ranked No. 1 in North Carolina and No. 3 in the nation for 14 years, and currently ranks No. 2 in the state and No. 4 in the nation.
Richardson also had seasons of 92 goals and 87 goals in 2001-02. These are the two highest-scoring seasons in North Carolina history and Nos. 2 and 4 in the nation.
Surry Central’s current players were able to interact with alumni during the game.
“I heard so many of those guys giving the team advice,” Garcia said. “You could see their eyes light up. It meant the world to have these guys they’ve heard stories about talk with them.
“After the game I told the guys, ‘They believe in you. They’ve been in your shoes, and this is a reminder that it’s something special to play for Surry Central.’ Now they’re looking forward to representing those alumni as we proceed into the regular season.”
The alumni game marked Central’s first time playing on its home field since November 1, 2021, when the Eagles defeated East Rutherford 3-0 in the first round of the 2A State Playoffs. Surry Central reached the second round before falling to North Forsyth in overtime.
“It really didn’t seem like long ago that we just finished the season, and now we just got done with workouts and have filled out forms for eligibility,” Garcia said.
Garcia went on to explain how great it felt to be playing under the stadium lights again.
“Playing underneath those lights is something special,” he said. “Not everyone can say they did that. It’s not a right; it’s a privilege. I even asked some of the alumni about playing under the lights, and they said there were no words to describe how it felt to come back out there.”
The 2022 season begins match play on August 15. Central hosts West Caldwell on opening day.
“You know, I don’t think I ever feel ready when the season actually gets here,” Garcia said. “I always say I wish we had a little more time, especially with a young team that’s just not used to playing at this level. But, we’re just going to have to push through it and take things game by game.

2022 Surry Central Alumni Roster
Luis Padilla
Andres Flores
Ivan Padilla
Arturo Lopez
Hernan Garcia
Joel Gonzalez
Orlando Ocampo
Eric Celaya
Johnny Garcia
Angel Diaz
Riley Templeton
Ranferi Ramirez
Brayan Gomez
Jason Rodriguez
Omar Gomez
Junior Gonzalez
Jovani Reynoso
Mike Richardson

August 11, 2022
For the fifth consecutive year — and the tenth over the past fifteen years — Native American people will be gathering in nearby King for the King City Powwow.
While the event is a way for area residents to see the colorful Native American dress worn by the participants and a chance to experience authentic Native American dance and chants, it is important to organizers for another reason.
“Our culture is our history,” said Patrick Suarez, one of the chief organizers and a citizen of the Meherrin Indian Nation of Ahoskie. “Through song, dances and our arts/crafts we are able to preserve our rich traditions for our future…generations. We hope by having our annual powwow that it provides true understanding and history of our people. This is an opportunity that people can have hands-on experiences that books cannot teach.”
The powwow will be Aug. 13-14, at 436 Main Street in King. On the first day, there will be grand entries for those leading the event and the dancers at noon and at 6:30 p.m., and again on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Joey Crutchfield and Eddie Nickens will be leading the event, along with Head Man Ryan Dial-Stanley and Head Lady Idalis Jacobs. Smokey River will be the Southern drum host, while Red Clay will be serving as Northern drum host.
Cheyenne S. Daniel, of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of Hollister and a former Miss Indian North Carolina, will be performing as hoop dancer.
This year marks the second in-person gathering since the coronavirus pandemic began. In 2020, Suarez said organizers “thought outside the box” a bit and held a virtual powwow, with more than 10,000 people logging on to watch.
Normally, he said the crowd for the popular King event draws between 2,000 and 4,000 visitors during the in-person events, from Stokes, Surry, and surrounding counties.
The first powwow was held in 2007, started and organized by Lance Redhawk. The event continued for several years, but took a five-year pause after the death of Redhawk’s brother. The powwow was restarted in 2017 and has been an annual event ever since.
In many ways, the gathering remains true to Redhawk’s goals 15 years ago: “To bring awareness of the indigenous culture here in the Triad,” Suarez said, explaining that many people with Native American lineage live in the region because of the work opportunities. “It was established to bring awareness of our culture, song, dance, arts/crafts and history.”
He said there are sometimes as many as 80 dancers, including Aztec dancers from Mexico, flute players and more than 20 authentic Native American vendors selling their arts and crafts.
“Each (of the) vendors were screened and handpicked to make sure they were either enrolled in a state or federally recognized nation. This is to ensure we follow the Indian arts and craft law to protect our indigenous artists’ work and make sure things are not made in China.” Native American food will also be on sale at the event.
Suarez said there is one federally recognized nation in North Carolina — the Cherokee — but there are seven such nations recognized officially by the state.
”There is a Powwow every weekend in all states,” he said of the gatherings. Anyone wishing to learn more about powwows in general, or to find where others may be held, can visit Powwows.com.
August 11, 2022
Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law last fall a change allowing creation of “Social Districts” where licensed retailers such as bars, breweries, and restaurants can sell alcoholic beverages for consumption in common areas.
Monday evening the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a plan creating such a district in the downtown defines as Main Street from Stephens to Depot Streets.
Local leaders said the “Downtown Pilot Mountain Social District” is meant to capitalize on the growing trend across the state and to “further the economic development efforts in downtown Pilot Mountain.”
Social districts create areas where a person can go into a licensed establishment, purchase an alcoholic beverage and then take that beverage out of the establishment and walk around the designated district. After discussion the board decided to limit the hours of the new social district to 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
There are no changes to ABC laws outside of the established time frame nor outside the social district itself.
For those who have concerns that this is just an open invitation for rabble-rousers to hoist a pint of brew on the sidewalk, Mayor Evan Cockerham seeks to assuage those fears, “If you look into the social district law the town just adopted, it is very heavily-regulated.”
He said he thinks that troublemakers “aren’t the ones that will buy the drink from a local business, in a special social district cup. Because of this, I do not believe there are any significant drawbacks.”
Council member Scott Needham says he has been on board from the earliest stage of the new plan. “I have been the biggest advocate for a social district and downtown Pilot Mountain. We have over 30 events downtown and some of them have roped off areas with a beer garden or concert area where we invite breweries and wineries to serve alcohol. For each one of these events, we have to get a permit to serve.”
“The social district would save us time and money in not having to get those permits each time. As long as the event goers have the designated cups, they will be able to walk all around in the designated area downtown with their beverage.”
Cockerham said, “This puts our local establishments like The Tilted Ladder on a level-playing field with vendors that participate in our events. Before, if you wanted to have a drink while you enjoyed live music on Main Street, you would have to purchase from a vendor on the street. You would not be able to purchase a drink from a brick-and-mortar store and carry it out.”
This is not designed to mimic the wild west or Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, “You still will need to remain within the confines of our social district with your beverage. We believe this will allow folks more opportunity to shop around at local businesses, that allow beverages in their stores,” the mayor said.
“We believe this may help attract additional businesses and visitors to Main Street. We’ve already seen a revitalization in terms of great local businesses opening on Main Street, and this is part of that overall effort — in addition to the physical improvements to downtown, promotional efforts, incentives, and events that appeal to the whole family.”
Needham agrees with his assessment, “We hope to use the social district as a marketing tool. To attract more visitors to our downtown and also to attract more businesses. We hope that this increases foot traffic to our downtown. That would help the shops we already have, attract more retail businesses, and possibly a brewery and/or a distillery to our downtown.”
He echoed Cockerham’s note about the fairness of the new plan and how a “rising tide lifts all boats” mentality suggests more foot traffic and interest in downtown businesses can help all those businesses, even those not selling alcohol.
“This approach is more fair to the businesses here in downtown that pay rent twelve months a year and at this time cannot allow customers to take alcohol outside of their businesses. It would allow customers from those establishments to be able to go out and enjoy the music, shops that allow beverages, and/or festivities during these events — and other weekends. Not just the wineries and the breweries that we invite for that particular event.”
“If someone wants a domestic, they would be able to buy one of those from these established businesses and still be able to participate in the event just like the people buying alcohol from the vendors.”
The concept is gaining in popularity with other cities across the state in various stages of planning or implementation of social districts including Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, New Bern, Albemarle, and Wilmington.
The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously on a temporary trial for a social district beginning next week, even expanding the borders created in the initial plan to broaden the area before it launched.
With so many opportunities already for tourists to comes and spend time in this corner of the state, the Downtown Pilot Mountain Social District is yet another attempt to provide more options for guests and residents alike to linger and enjoy all Surry County has to offer.
August 11, 2022
Citizens soon will have a chance to weigh in on an updated master plan for downtown Mount Airy which proposes major changes including new housing and other developments, expanded parking and traffic reconfigurations.
“These are all major projects to help downtown Mount Airy move forward in the future,” President Jason Epley of the Benchmark consulting firm said when presenting plan highlights during a city council meeting last Thursday.
Benchmark, which has been providing planning services to Mount Airy since city officials privatized those functions in 2011, last year took on the added task of refreshing an earlier downtown master plan completed in 2004.
The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners voted last November to commit $67,000 in city funds for the update along with money from the group Mount Airy Downtown Inc. for a total commitment of about $125,000.
Efforts kicked off soon after which involved Benchmark staff interviews with local citizens including property owners and municipal officials to gain their perspective on downtown needs.
“Fifty-five people were interviewed in the course of about three days,” Epley said, with a written survey also undertaken to solicit input on traffic and other issues along with listening sessions.
He added that 120 people were involved in a workshop effort in April to help guide the plan update to fruition.
A further opportunity for citizen input will come early next month due to the commissioners voting to set a public hearing on the downtown master plan update during a meeting on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.
One-way traffic preferred
A key part of the update focuses on vehicular travel downtown, with the plan recommending that one-way traffic be maintained along North Main Street — the chief artery through the central business district — thereby rejecting the alternative.
“In the survey it was very clear no one wanted to go back to two-way traffic,” the Benchmark president said of a format in place years ago which was flirted with during the recent rebooting process.
However, the proposal includes five different one-way options, three of which would involve switching from the present two lanes of travel to one with either angled or parallel parking on one side. The street itself would be 20 feet wide.
Epley explained that this reflects a desire to create “flex space” to allow more outdoor dining and other changes on sidewalks which would be accomplished by providing a 20-foot space on each side of the street.
Sidewalks of 12 to 20 feet wide are eyed, along with the addition of trees, burial of above-ground utility lines, strategically placed loading zones, new decorative street lights and a removable bollard system.
Larger flex spaces could be employed at street corners under the plan, which contains photos from cities such as West Palm Beach, Florida, and Greer, South Carolina, where such flexible streetscape concepts have been successfully employed.
The updated plan also recommends the creation of “complete streets” for locations such as Independence Boulevard and Renfro Street as a way to enhance pedestrian safety.
This would involve reducing the number of travel lanes and “conflict points” for vehicles.
A greenway/multi-purpose path connection also is in the mix for the street plan.
Epley says the proposal for complete streets recognizes the fact that many people are drawn to downtown Mount Airy because of its opportunities for walking.
Franklin Street changes
The master plan update additionally acknowledges the ongoing revitalization of the former Spencer’s textile mill property downtown and lists the funding and building of a conference and visitor center there as a priority.
“This is an exciting project to see happening,” Epley said.
In conjunction with this, the redevelopment of the Franklin Street area nearby is an important thrust of the plan in order to provide a “critical pedestrian link” to the conference center.
Improvements to an existing municipal parking lot are envisioned which would include expanding the spaces from 160 to about 210 and providing green spots.
Another facet there is the proposed construction of a 12,000-square-foot mixed-used building located vertically along Franklin Street between Willow and North Main streets.
Epley agreed that execution of the Franklin plans would require working with neighboring property owners to secure the extra space needed.
Housing additions
The master plan update further highlights opportunities for residential and other developments downtown utilizing what are identified as six “opportunity sites.”
These include a 1.9-acre tract on the corner of Virginia and Willow streets where a three-story, 85-unit housing complex is eyed.
Also highlighted is a 2.9-acre parcel where The Mount Airy News now is located alongside a vacant lot behind Old North State Winery where a building burned in 2018.
Plans envision 170 housing units on that property — including three stories, with the topography deemed suitable to parking underneath buildings.
Among other opportunity sites are the municipal complex on Rockford Street and a vacant lot at Main and Cherry streets.
Commissioner Steve Yokeley said he hopes aspects of the updated plan can be implemented in stages.
“We look forward to getting some public input at the September meeting,” Mayor Ron Niland said of the upcoming hearing.
(The full downtown master plan update can be accessed from the city of Mount Airy website.)
August 11, 2022
Part three of three in a series highlighting Surry County athletes that were named All-State by HighSchoolOT in 2021-22.
Surry County student-athletes showed they could compete with the best high schoolers in the state this past school year.
Student-athletes are recognized on a number of levels depending on their level of success. North Carolinians are first honored on an All-Conference basis, then the best of those selections are given All-Region/All-District Honors depending on the sport. Only a select few athletes are recognized as the best in the state.
The 2021-22 school year marked the second year that HighSchoolOT, a high school sports news site anchored in Raleigh, released All-State teams for every sport offered by the N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). However, HSOT’s awards not only featured student-athletes from all four public school classifications in the NCHSAA, but private schools in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) and some homeschools as well.
The All-State awards were decided based on statistics, postseason results and the input of a panel of high school sports journalists statewide. The number of selections was different for each sport.
Part one of this series, featured in the August 4 edition of the News, highlighted athletes named HSOT All-State in sports from the fall 2021 season. Part two, featured in the August 6 editions, recognized All-State athletes from winter 2021-22, and part three acknowledges All-State athletes from the spring 2022 season.
Jared Hiatt (NSHS ‘23) – Outdoor Track Second Team, Long Jump
Outdoor track selections were recognized according to their performances in either the NCHSAA State Championship Meet or NCISAA Invitational. The top two performances in every event – regardless of classification – earned athletes first-team honors. The third- and fourth-highest performances were given second-team honors, and the next-best two finishes were given third-team honors.
Honorable mentions were not named for outdoor track and field.
Hiatt looked to replicate his successful, state championship-winning indoor track season when things moved outside for the spring.
He started by winning the Foothills 2A Conference Championship in long jump and triple jump, then took second in high jump. The only two performances at the FH2A Championship that met the MileSplit U.S. Second Team Standard were Hiatt and Wilkes Central’s Terry Hayes’ marks in long jump.
Hiatt and Hayes continued dueling at the 2A Midwest Regional Championship. Both upped their games in long jump, but this time Hayes finished first and Hiatt took second. Both distances once again met the Second Team Standard. Hiatt did top Hayes in high jump to win a regional title of his own.
Hiatt took home the ultimate prize at the 2A State Championship with a jump of 22-10.75 feet. He also took home a bronze medal in high jump with a leap of 6-04.00. Jared’s championship-winning distance once again met the Second Team Standard, and he was just one of 15 boys at the championship meet – across all events – to qualify for the honor across all events.
Hiatt’s distance was the fourth best in the state and would have put him on the podium in all four public school divisions. On the first team, the 3A champion posted a mark of 23-04.00 and the NCISAA Division 1 champion finished at 23-01.25. Hiatt was joined on the second team by the 4A gold medalist, who had a mark of 22-11.5. The third team saw the 4A runner-up and 2A runner-up post distances of 22-10.00 and 22-09.25.
Bradley Davis Jr. (ESHS ‘22) – Boys Golf Second Team
All-State golf selections were determined based on an average handicap index. For members of the NCHSAA, the index from the two-day championship tournament was used, while the NCISAA’s index game from the one-day championship and one-day qualifier. According to HSOT, additional steps were taken in order to weigh the NCISAA’s championship more than the qualifier.
There were 10 golfers each named to the first, second and third teams. Honorable mentions were not named for golf.
Davis was named Second Team All-State after finishing second overall in the 2A division. He led East Surry through all 36 holes of play at Foxfire Resort’s Red Fox Course. Davis shot 75 (+3) on the first 18 holes, then matched it through the second 18.
The Cardinal was East Surry’s top golfer as the school won the 2A State Championship.
Bradley was also East Surry’s most consistent golfer through the 2022 regular season. By posting the lowest combined score through seven conference meets, Davis was named Foothills 2A Conference Golfer of the Year. The Cardinals won the FH2A Conference Championship by 31 strokes, then captured the 2A Midwest Regional Championship with a 19-stroke advantage.
He will continue his golf career at Gardner-Webb University.
Josh Pardue (SCHS ‘23) – Boys Tennis Third Team
HSOT named a first, second and third team for boys tennis. There were 12 selections for each team, adding up to 36 total selections for the state. Regular season competition was the main factor for determining an individual’s selection as the NCISAA does not hold individual championships.
Pardue was named a member of the All-State Third Team. He served as Surry Central’s No. 1 seed all year and helped lead the Eagles to an undefeated 12-0 conference campaign, marking the school’s first conference championship in the sport in well over a decade.
Josh went 14-0 in singles through the regular season to be named Foothills 2A Conference Player of the Year. He won his match in the first round of the 2A Dual Team State Tournament, then suffered his only loss to the eventual 2A Singles Champion.
Pardue went 13-0 through the regular season with doubles partner Jacob Edmonds. The duo went on to win the FH2A Doubles Championship, finish 2A Midwest Regional Runner-up and qualified for the 2A State Doubles Tournament. Pardue and Edmonds finished the year 19-2 as a team.
Folger Boaz (ESHS ‘23) – Baseball Second Team
A total of 125 players were named All-State in baseball. There were 25 players each on the first, second and third teams, and each of these team had minimum requirements for each position. The Honorable Mention team contained 50 spots regardless of position or classification.
Boaz was one of 32 repeat selections to the All-State team. He was named an Honorable Mention for his sophomore year, and a member of the Second Team as a senior.
Boaz, who was named a member of the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association’s (NCBCA) 2A All-State team, helped East Surry to a 24-2 overall record. The Cardinals won the FH2A regular season and conference tournament championships with an undefeated record, and their only division loss came in the fourth round of the state playoffs against the eventual state champion.
According to MaxPreps, the left-handed pitcher finished third in the state among all classifications in wins with an 11-0 record. He led the 2A division and was third in the state with 126 strikeouts, and was one of five players to throw at least 60 innings and have an ERA of .89 or lower.
As a hitter, Boaz tied for the most RBIs in the state with 49 – which set a new school record – and was ninth in the state in home runs with seven. He finished the year with a .390 batting average and a .521 on-base percentage.
He is a UNC-Chapel Hill Baseball commit.
Dakota Mills (SCHS ‘22) – Baseball Third Team
Mills was named to the All-State Third Team after a historic senior season at Surry Central.
The catcher/shortstop, who was also named to the NCBCA 2A All-State Team in addition to being Surry Central’s Male Athlete of the Year, finished the year with a .985 fielding percentage. He made 82 put-outs on 196 total chances while adding 11 assists, two double plays and committing just three errors.
He set two school records this season in batting average and stolen bases. Mills’.568 average (42/74) is tied for No. 19 in state history, and his 30 stolen bases rank No. 27 all-time.
Mills also posted a .667 on-base percentage with 42 hits and 22 base on balls. He hit 5 home runs, 3 triples, 7 doubles and 19 RBIs while scoring 42 runs
The Golden Eagles were 12-13 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
He will continue his baseball career at Surry Community College.
Rylan Venable (MAHS ‘24) – Baseball Honorable Mention
Venable was one of just two Surry County sophomores recognized on the HSOT All-State Teams, the other being Surry Central wrestler Jacob Price.
The Granite Bear, named an All-State Honorable Mention, helped Mount Airy to a 19-9 season in which the team finished second in the Northwest 1A Conference. The 2022 team’s 19 victories are the second-most in school history according to Mount Airy sports historian Doug McDaniel, trailing only the 1939 team that finished 20-0.
This year’s team also won seven consecutive games at one point – a feat last accomplished by the 1958 Bears who won 10 consecutive games.
The right-handed pitcher threw 91 strikeouts in 55.2 innings, had an ERA of 0.88 and an OBA of .172. He ranked No. 5 in the 1A division and No. 19 in the state in strikeouts.
Venable, the NW1A Pitcher of the Year, was also No. 2 in the 1A division in ERA among pitchers with 50 or more innings pitched. He was No. 9 in the state overall in this category.
At the plate, Venable finished with .402 batting average with 37 hits, 20 RBIs and 32 runs. Of his 37 hits: four were home runs, two were triples, five were doubles and 26 were singles.
He also stole 22 bases this season.
August 10, 2022
• Little Richards Barbecue has become the victim of a counterfeit check scam to the tune of $4,657, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports.
The felonious incident involving the obtaining of property by false pretense occurred last Friday at the restaurant on Frederick Street, where an unknown subject used the bogus check to obtain the money.
• An Onn wireless speaker was discovered stolen Monday at the home of its owner, Joshua Colby Hooker, on Golding Way.
The speaker, described as black and orange in color and valued at $80, was taken from an unlocked 1993 Nissan Sentra at the residence.
• A costly pair of shears was stolen on Aug. 1 from Smart Style Hair Salon on Rockford Street by an unknown party. The purple Shark Fin-brand shears are valued at $460.
Susan Elizabeth Moore, a Circle Drive resident who is associated with the hair salon, was identified as the victim of the theft.
• Jerry Ellis Thompson, 51, listed as a homeless North Carolina resident, was charged with second-degree trespassing last Saturday after officers responded to a civil disturbance at 615 N. South St., the address for the Lady Bug laundry establishment.
Police records show Thompson had been banned from that location on July 30. He is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Aug. 29.
August 10, 2022
An open house series at a local historic site will continue this weekend, an organizer has announced.
The public can tour the Edwards-Franklin House both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. The open house events are free.
Constructed in 1799, the Edwards-Franklin House is considered the finest example of its architecture in the Piedmont.
It was built by Gideon Edwards and later occupied by his son-in-law Meshack Franklin, a member of Congress and brother of North Carolina Gov. Jesse Franklin, who served in the 1820s.
The structure was bought in 1972 by the Surry County Historical Society and restored to its grandeur, with many unique architectural components featured.
It is located at 4132 Haystack Road west of Mount Airy.
In addition to the house, visitors can view the log water pipes, slave cemetery and family cemetery on the grounds.
This weekend events are part of a monthly Saturday-Sunday open house series that resumed in May after a two-year shutdown prompted by the coronavirus.
The open house series will end the second weekend in September, according to Dr. Annette Ayers of the local historical group.
August 10, 2022
Disrespect shown by governmental leaders toward their political opponents isn’t just a Washington, D.C., phenomenon — in the view of one former Mount Airy official this also is occurring locally, and should stop.
“It’s an embarrassment,” Shirley Brinkley said during a meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners last Thursday when she complained about actions by council members when they previously had gathered on July 21.
“I do not appreciate the disrespect you’re showing for one particular fellow commissioner,” said Brinkley, who served as a South Ward board member from 2011 to 2019, when she chose not to seek re-election for a third four-year term.
Brinkley was referring to a debate surrounding a new Andy Griffith mural on Moore Avenue and Commissioner Jon Cawley’s contention that related sidewalk and street changes made there violated the city charter, its chief governing document.
Cawley, a candidate for mayor this year, says only the commissioners had the authority to do so, rather than City Manager Stan Farmer, based on the charter.
The North Ward council member had been asked to produce such documentation at a previous meeting and then to read it aloud on July 21 — only to be criticized by other commissioners who said they had a different interpretation of the charter.
This exhibited “disrespect and bullying,” Brinkley charged when speaking on the issue during a public forum portion of last Thursday’s meeting.
She focused on Commissioner Marie Wood, who was Brinkley’s hand-picked successor for the South Ward council seat Brinkley gave up in 2019.
“I think a lot of Marie,” Brinkley said during the forum, while taking issue with Wood’s reaction to Cawley during the July 21 session that Wood, also the city’s mayor pro tem, had led in the absence of Mayor Ron Niland.
Brinkley mentioned that Wood “snickered” after Cawley read the charter, which the former board member says gave the impression Wood thinks provisions contained in that document are not important.
She added that city commissioners already should know all aspects of municipal regulations and policies without those having to be brought to their attention.
Brinkley also referred to how Wood had rejected her pleas for a property tax cut at an earlier meeting when the latter spoke at a public forum ahead of a vote on the city budget.
Wood was absent from last week’s meeting when Brinkley spoke, but Brinkley directed general comments toward others on the council.
“Speaking for many citizens, I am calling you out,” the former commissioner told them. “I feel like I am a kindergarten teacher calling you out and you are a bunch of children who need to be shown how to behave yourself.”
Brinkley added that the council ought to be setting an example for the community, especially its youth.
“It is your job to serve the people who pay your salary.”
Council members did not respond directly to Brinkley’s comments, but Mayor Ron Niland indicated later during Thursday’s meeting that she did not accurately portray the relationship among city officials.
“I’ve seen boards that were a lot less nice,” said Niland, who in addition to being a former city manager in Mount Airy has served as a consultant to other municipal governments.
The mayor believes Mount Airy officials get along well for the most part, despite tackling some tough issues at times.
“And it is a very rare occasion — rare — when we leave here without speaking to each other,” he said of their departure from council chambers.
“There’s nobody sitting here that I don’t feel good about.”
August 10, 2022
The Embers featuring Craig Woolard return to the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Thursday followed by Envision on Friday and The Castaways on Saturday. All three bands are set to play at 7:30 each evening.
The Embers are widely considered a musical marvel and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America, and every beach in between. They are a true musical tradition with which many Americans have listened to from childhood to adulthood. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958.
“Envision’s stage show is as exciting to watch as it is to dance to, covering hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, all the way up to the contemporary sound of Today’s Top 40,” concert organizers said. “Although specializing as a ‘party band,’ the band’s repertoire encompasses a wide variety of musical styles, including R&B, beach, Motown/oldies, pop, dance, funk, and jazz.”
The Castaways are “the premier party band in the Carolinas and Virginia,” organizers said. “They have been pleasing audiences with their unique flavor of beach, soul, and Rock N’ Roll for generations of fans. But don’t let the fact that the band has been around for 50 years fool you. High energy, current songs, and fun on stage will bring a party to all ages.”
Each concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission to each show is $15 or a Surry Arts Council Annual Pass. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult admission or Annual Pass.
The Dairy Center, Whit’s Custard, and Thirsty Souls Community Brewing will be at the concerts to provide food, snacks, drinks, beer, and wine for purchase. No outside alcohol or coolers are allowed to be brought into the Amphitheatre area. Those attending are asked to bring a lounge chair or blanket to sit on.
Tickets are available online at www.surryarts.org, via phone at 336-786-7998, or at the Surry Arts Council office at 218 Rockford Street. For additional information, contact Marianna Juliana at 336-786-7998 or marianna@surryarts.org
August 10, 2022
Eighteen students recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program at the Yadkin Center.
The graduates include Autumn Hunter and Terry King of Mount Airy; Austin Simpson of Pilot Mountain; Juan Lira Negrete of Dobson; Sherry Hawks of State Road; David Gross of East Bend; Mark Mabe Sr. and Isaac Midkiff of King; ; Tyler Hanger Wilson of Pinnacle; Daniel Mathis of Roaring River; Nick Kelly of Boonville; Mark Mabe Jr. of Tobaccoville; John White of Walnut Cove; Nathanal Eaton and Lena Reins of Wilkesboro; Matthew Martinez of Winston-Salem; Carson Phillips and Ian Smith of Yadkinville.
Surry Community College will be offering another section of Truck Driver Training starting this fall. The class will run from Tuesday, Oct. 11 through Friday, Dec. 16 and will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
College officials said that median pay for truck drivers is $47,100 per year, according to the United States Department of Labor. “Drivers with experience can make more than $50,000,” the college said.
“With a shortage of up to 12,000 truck drivers in North Carolina and as many as 200,000 nationally, CDL-certified drivers will easily be able to find jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor says the profession is expected to keep growing – by 6% during 2020-2030,” the school’s statement said.
“There are currently job openings for truck drivers locally and nationally. We developed this program as a direct response to the requests from local truck driving representatives who need skilled applicants to fill job vacancies,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley.
The SCC Truck Driver Training Program teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles. The coursework includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, freight handling, security and fire protection.
Highway driving training exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the students’ knowledge and skills. Graduates are qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License Test and are employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owner-operators and work as private contract haulers.
Admission requirements include official driving record; physical examination; reading placement test score of 40 or higher; disclosure form; high school transcript; and drug testing.
For more information about the driver training program, contact the Yadkin Center at 336-386-3580. The tuition is $1,876, though some may qualify for tuition scholarship. To check eligibility, visit www.surry.edu/funding.
August 10, 2022
Two area individuals, including a 5-year-old boy, were killed in an early morning wreck just south of Dobson, according to authorities.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to an emergency call Wednesday morning before 6 a.m. off of US Highway 601 and Chandler Road, according to that agency.
While details were scant early on, Sgt. Fletcher Pipes of the Highway Patrol confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a tractor trailer carrying timber lost control and crossed left over the center line and overturned on Chandler Road. That sent part of its load of logs tumbling off the side of the truck, in the process the falling timber crashed into a passenger vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction.
Two passengers in the vehicle that was struck by the falling logs were gravely injured, both were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The Highway Patrol this afternoon identified the adult victim as April Hill, 42, of Dobson.
Hill’s family told FOX8 WGHP that her 5-year-old son was in the car with her and was also killed, that station reported.
Sgt. Pipes said that while all accidents are tragic, the loss of a child’s life is an especially horrific loss.
Emergency responders from the county as well as the Dobson Rescue Squad responded to the scene of the accident. Surry County Emergency Management Director Eric Southern said that Highway 601 had been closed for several hours because the truck landed on its side and the logs that fell off had to be removed. The truck lost hydraulic fluid that needed to be contained, and a power line was impacted as well.
Highway 601 had returned to normal operation before noon.
According to the Highway Patrol charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
August 10, 2022
The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported a fatal traffic accident occurred around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning in the area of Chandler Road off of US Highway 601.
Surry County Emergency Management Director Eric Southern has provided an update.
He confirmed that the accident involved both a logging truck and a passenger car. There were two fatalities in the car.
Official identification is pending family notification by North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
“Highway 601 was closed for a couple of hours due the truck on its side, it lost a load of logs and a power line involved. There was also a leak of hydraulic fluid,” he said.
Southern reports as of 11 a.m. the crash had now been cleared and Highway 601 is now open.
Both directions of Highway 601 had been shut down for first responders, investigators, and cleanup.
Wednesday morning on social media drivers reported long delays and had advised drivers to find another route.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Updates will follow as information becomes available.
August 09, 2022
Surry County Schools is one of 18 school districts and one charter schools recognized statewide to share in $1.6 million in grants for robotics programs approved this month by the State Board of Education.
The grant funding is meant to support after-school programs aimed at developing student interest and proficiency in science and math through competitive robotics
The approved grants, recommended by a review team within the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, were selected from 65 applications across the state and representing $6 million in requests – nearly four times the money available for the programs. The General Assembly included the $1.6 million, allocated from federal COVID-relief funding, in the state’s biennial budget approved last year.
The size of individual grants ranges from $24,600 to $316,950, depending on numbers of students to be served and other factors such as geographic distribution, and how the program would support students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Grant funds may be used for several different purposes, including establishing a relationship with a robotics partner, purchasing robotics kits, costs associated with supporting a robotics team, and paying stipends for coaches.
Surry County Schools plans to use the $58,980 allotted funding to create an after school program that encourages students to work together and develop soft skills taught in conjunction with leadership framework attributes, school officials said in announcing the grant.
”The goal of this program is to re-engage students with classroom learning and help students adapt to working in teams,” the county school system said in a statement.
The robotics partners that grantees choose must have a national presence in robotics education and competition and provide adequate instruction and programming for students and adult volunteers in robotics education, project-based learning, and competitive robotics. They must also promote a safe and equitable social environment (live or virtual).
“I believe that it is extremely important for students to have access to hands-on STEM activities. I am looking forward to implementing this program at all of our elementary schools. Our goal is get students engaged with STEM and this funding will allow our district to support our existing middle school robotics programs,” says Jeff Edwards, STEM coordinator for Surry County Schools.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to have robotics clubs in our elementary schools,” said Dr. DeAnne Danley, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “This is an investment in STEM education for our district that aligns with our strategic plan focusing on achievement, leadership, and life. The core values component of the First Lego League will integrate with our district Leadership Framework as students lead self and work with others. Additionally, students will benefit from the hands-on learning experiences.”

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