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John Peters

Position: Regional Editor
E-Mail Address: jpeters@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-719-1931


About John Peters

John Peters, Editor, has worked at the Mount Airy News for four years. He recently took on the additional duties of Regional Editor for Civitas Media and, while he greatly enjoys editing and working with his staff, he still counts among his favorite parts of the job finding that gem of a story in unusual places, or talking with people who can tell him what local life was like 30 or 50 (or more) years ago. He and his wife have five children and an always-changing number of assorted other creatures.

Latest Stories by John Peters

Hannah Tompkins, a junior special education major of Ararat, Virginia, was among approximately 450 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2014 President's List.
This President's List is the inaugural President's List for Bob Jones University. Prior to this semester, all students earning a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) qualified for the De

Tompkins on President's List

Hannah Tompkins, a junior special education major of Ararat, Virginia, was among approximately 450 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2014 President's List. This President's List is the inaugural President's List for Bob Jones University. Prior to this semester, all students earning a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) qualified for the De

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Michael Lee Goins, Jr., 27 years of age, a white male who is wanted on a post-release warrant and is on supervision for two counts felony possess with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver schedule II controlled substan

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Michael Lee Goins, Jr., 27 years of age, a white male who is wanted on a post-release warrant and is on supervision for two counts felony possess with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver schedule II controlled substan

Public Records

LAND TRANSFERS In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for property be stated on the deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 valuation or fraction is thereof affixed to each deed. The Stokes County Register of Deeds recorded the following deeds: BEAVER ISLAND TOWNSHIP: Lou Ellen Donn

A local real estate agent was recently recognized by Century 21 for her sales success over the past year.
Debbie Simpson, sales affiliate with Century 21 Hudspeth Properties in Elkin, was recognized as “a top-producer nationwide” when she received the Century 21 Ruby Masters Award, according to the firm.
Ruby level status is awarded t

Elkin real estate agent honored

A local real estate agent was recently recognized by Century 21 for her sales success over the past year. Debbie Simpson, sales affiliate with Century 21 Hudspeth Properties in Elkin, was recognized as “a top-producer nationwide” when she received the Century 21 Ruby Masters Award, according to the firm. Ruby level status is awarded t

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Teofila Diana Ruiz, 21, a white female who is wanted on a probation violation, and is on probation for felony embezzlement, larceny, shoplifting and second degree trespass.
• Joshua Phillip Lewis, 28, a white male wh

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Teofila Diana Ruiz, 21, a white female who is wanted on a probation violation, and is on probation for felony embezzlement, larceny, shoplifting and second degree trespass. • Joshua Phillip Lewis, 28, a white male wh

Publication: Mount Airy News Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015 Volume: 136 Issue: 70 No. of sections: 1 No. pages: 6 SECTION B Page 1B: Template A10 1. MTA0322AcademicBowl 10.9 inches 2. Bill — MTA0322MarchMadnessVasectomy — 25.4 inches 3. Bill — MTA0315YSLfall2015 with art — 18.8 inches INSIDEPages B2-B3 Comics Pages

A local real estate agent was recently recognized by Century 21 for her sales success over the past year.
Debbie Simpson, sales affiliate with Century 21 Hudspeth Properties in Elkin, was recognized as “a top-producer nationwide” when she received the Century 21 Ruby Masters Award, according to the firm.
Ruby level status is awarded t

Elkin real estate agent honored

A local real estate agent was recently recognized by Century 21 for her sales success over the past year. Debbie Simpson, sales affiliate with Century 21 Hudspeth Properties in Elkin, was recognized as “a top-producer nationwide” when she received the Century 21 Ruby Masters Award, according to the firm. Ruby level status is awarded t

Big Library Read comes to Mount Airy

The Northwestern Regional Library system will be taking part in the Big Library Read program through April 1, allowing library card holders to borrow and read the autobiography eBook version of “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates. “This is a riveting true-life tale of Shakespeare profes

Hospice needs re-sale shop volunteers

Mountain Valley Hospice will be opening a re-sale shop within the next 90 days and needs volunteers to help to organize displays and make the shop a success. The volunteer trainings will include a light lunch. This training is for new volunteers that have not attended any hospice volunteer training in the past. Current Mountain Valley Hospice volu

Med take-backs going on this week

Project Lazarus Surry, in partnership with area schools and law enforcement, is sponsoring several medicine take-back drop-off locations this week. Any unused or expired prescription medication can be dropped off at the various locations during the week. The drop-offs are part of the organization's ongoing efforts to educate the public about the d

Chicken factory farms are a bad economic deal

To the editor, My family and I have lived in the rural Shoals community for more than 20 years. I am a business professor at Wake Forest University, and like many others in our community, I don't mind the 30-minute drive to enjoy living in the country near Pilot Mountain State Park. Last year, factory farms were built in our community to raise ch

Food, shelter funds available

Surry County has been chosen to receive $33,166 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county The selection was made by the a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, Nat

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Tonya (Latonya) Ann Sidden Spears, age 39, a white female who is wanted on a probation violation, and is on supervision for possess burglary tools, carry concealed weapon, larceny, two counts trespass, use/possess drug para

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Tonya (Latonya) Ann Sidden Spears, age 39, a white female who is wanted on a probation violation, and is on supervision for possess burglary tools, carry concealed weapon, larceny, two counts trespass, use/possess drug para

Commissioners should consider county stench

To the Editor, Hurrah for the four county commissioners who, last week, put their minds together, to set goals for Surry County economic development. Perhaps they should have put their noses to the task as well. The rapid spread of poultry factory “farms” in our county is ruining its future. If Surry is to attract new businesses, the

The annual Northwestern Regional Library Quiz Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy.
Quiz Bowl is an annual academic competition between high school teams who complete in subjects including language, social studies, arts, science, and current events. Each match challenges two high schoo

Quiz Bowl slated for Saturday

The annual Northwestern Regional Library Quiz Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy. Quiz Bowl is an annual academic competition between high school teams who complete in subjects including language, social studies, arts, science, and current events. Each match challenges two high schoo

Photo contest deadline extended

The Northwestern Regional Library has extended the deadline for accepting entries to its annual traveling photography contest to Friday, March 20. The original deadline had been March 13, but because of a number of days with inclement weather locally, the deadline has been extended. The contest will be held on April 7 at the Charles H. Stone Memo

A local Chick-fil-A employee was recognized recently for what officials there are calling “her hard work and dedication as an hourly worker.”
Hope Easter was surprised recently with a $1,000 check as part of the Snagajob Salutes You Program. Snagajob, an online job listing service which bills itself as “America's largest hourly e

Chick-fil-A worker gets a surprise

A local Chick-fil-A employee was recognized recently for what officials there are calling “her hard work and dedication as an hourly worker.” Hope Easter was surprised recently with a $1,000 check as part of the Snagajob Salutes You Program. Snagajob, an online job listing service which bills itself as “America's largest hourly e

Nonesuch Playmakers on stage in Stokes

The Stokes County Arts Council's Winter Dessert Theatre Series will take audiences on a trip down memory lane on Saturday with a flag-waving, finger-snapping World War II musical titled “Home Front Hit Parade, The Music that Won the War.” Presented by the Mount Airy-based NoneSuch Playmakers, “Home Front Hit Parade” will ca

A Mount Airy student was among the top-five finishers in a speech contest held recently at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown.
John Dinkins of Mount Airy High School, sponsored by the Surry Sunrise Rotary Club, took third-place in the Four Way Test high school speech contest competition, sponsored by Rotary District 7690.
Overall 1

Local youth takes third in speech contest

A Mount Airy student was among the top-five finishers in a speech contest held recently at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown. John Dinkins of Mount Airy High School, sponsored by the Surry Sunrise Rotary Club, took third-place in the Four Way Test high school speech contest competition, sponsored by Rotary District 7690. Overall 1

Lucille Holt

Mrs. Lucille Bottomley Holt, 88 of Mount Airy passed away the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospie Home on Saturday, March 7, 2015. She was born on October 1, 1926 in Alleghany County, NC to the late William Cleve Bottomley and Annie Ogle Bottomley Tilley. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 9, 2015 at Moody Funeral Home with Dr. Crai





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