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David Broyles

Position: Staff Reporter
E-Mail Address: dbroyles@civitasmedia.com

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The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce named Berta Glenn Springthorpe as its Citizen of the Year during its 54th annual banquet at Cross Creek Country Club Thursday night.
“Our citizen of the year was born in Mount Airy and was in the first class to graduate from the current Mount Airy High School,” said presenter Teresa Lewis of W

Springthorpe named Citizen of the Year

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce named Berta Glenn Springthorpe as its Citizen of the Year during its 54th annual banquet at Cross Creek Country Club Thursday night. “Our citizen of the year was born in Mount Airy and was in the first class to graduate from the current Mount Airy High School,” said presenter Teresa Lewis of W

The Surry Arts Council (SAC) will mark its 46th anniversary on Feb. 12 as it officially kicks off its 2015-2016 Fund Drive in the Andy Griffith Museum Theater.
According to Executive Director Tanya Jones, the goal for the drive this year has been set at $170,000. Organizers are hoping for a better start, following a “chilling” receptio

Surry Arts Council 46th anniversary opens with fund drive

The Surry Arts Council (SAC) will mark its 46th anniversary on Feb. 12 as it officially kicks off its 2015-2016 Fund Drive in the Andy Griffith Museum Theater. According to Executive Director Tanya Jones, the goal for the drive this year has been set at $170,000. Organizers are hoping for a better start, following a “chilling” receptio

Participants in the Surry Senior Center's second-annual Eatin' With Elvis lunch at the L.H. Jones Family Resource center Wednesday demonstrated the art of “just visitin'” persists.
Center director Annalisa Davis welcomed the participants, many of whom brought their favorite covered dish to the meal and stressed they wanted them to R

Senior center lunch about conversation, not gyration

Participants in the Surry Senior Center's second-annual Eatin' With Elvis lunch at the L.H. Jones Family Resource center Wednesday demonstrated the art of “just visitin'” persists. Center director Annalisa Davis welcomed the participants, many of whom brought their favorite covered dish to the meal and stressed they wanted them to R

DOBSON — The Surry County School began preparations for the Department of Instruction's school performance grades at a mini retreat held Tuesday afternoon. Assistant Superintendent, Student Services Dr. Jeff Tunstall's presentation “What's Our Story ? From Past to Present” reminded the board the district's story is the students' s

School board prepares for changes

DOBSON — The Surry County School began preparations for the Department of Instruction's school performance grades at a mini retreat held Tuesday afternoon. Assistant Superintendent, Student Services Dr. Jeff Tunstall's presentation “What's Our Story ? From Past to Present” reminded the board the district's story is the students' s

DOBSON — There is that adage of making lemonade when handed lemons.
The third annual Special Olympics Surry County Polar Plunge isn't about to let a little winter get in the way of fundraising. Aptly, the theme this year is “Freezin' For A Reason.”
This year's event, which merges a good chance of hypothermia and community servic

Polar plunge touted as Freezin For A Reason

DOBSON — There is that adage of making lemonade when handed lemons. The third annual Special Olympics Surry County Polar Plunge isn't about to let a little winter get in the way of fundraising. Aptly, the theme this year is “Freezin' For A Reason.” This year's event, which merges a good chance of hypothermia and community servic

DOBSON — The American Legion 18th District 2015 Oratorical Contest Saturday morning at Surry Community College had succeeded before it began by the mere presence of a high school senior prepared to speak passionately about the U.S. Constitution.
East Forsyth High School senior Keaton Sapp, a self-described flannel wearing, comic book enthusi

DOBSON — The American Legion 18th District 2015 Oratorical Contest Saturday morning at Surry Community College had succeeded before it began by the mere presence of a high school senior prepared to speak passionately about the U.S. Constitution. East Forsyth High School senior Keaton Sapp, a self-described flannel wearing, comic book enthusi

Local school lunch menus

B.H. Tharrington Primary School Thursday — Baked spaghetti with garlic toast or Rib-B-Que sandwich, Green beans, Romaine salad, Sliced peaches, Milk. Friday — Chicken fillet sandwich or Porkchop sandwich, Potato smiles, Carrot sticks with Ranch, Fresh orange, Milk. Monday —Garlic cheese bread, Marinara sauce or Ham and Cheese W

The L.H. Jones Family Resource Center once again promises a “Hunka hunka” food and fun at its second “Eatin' With Elvis” covered-dish meal and karaoke auction on Wednesday beginning at noon.
“We were all sitting around brainstorming ideas to get more persons interested in the senior center last year and someone made a

'Eatin' With Elvis' returns to Family Resource Center

The L.H. Jones Family Resource Center once again promises a “Hunka hunka” food and fun at its second “Eatin' With Elvis” covered-dish meal and karaoke auction on Wednesday beginning at noon. “We were all sitting around brainstorming ideas to get more persons interested in the senior center last year and someone made a

Mount Airy City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little gave participants at the system's second community night Thursday three challenges.
“First, thank any staff member you see for all that they do for our community. They give so much with little fanfare and let's make them feel appreciated tonight,” said Little.
“Second, le

Community Night celebrates students and staff

Mount Airy City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little gave participants at the system's second community night Thursday three challenges. “First, thank any staff member you see for all that they do for our community. They give so much with little fanfare and let's make them feel appreciated tonight,” said Little. “Second, le

Participants in a local Tai Chi fitness program are finding they leave each session a little stronger, a little more balanced and a little more centered than they began. The free program offered Fridays at the Mount Airy Public Library is a cooperative effort between the library and Surry County Senior Center, which is administered by YVEDDI.
Brac

Gentle fitness

Participants in a local Tai Chi fitness program are finding they leave each session a little stronger, a little more balanced and a little more centered than they began. The free program offered Fridays at the Mount Airy Public Library is a cooperative effort between the library and Surry County Senior Center, which is administered by YVEDDI. Brac

There is an inherent contradiction in improvisation. To strike a cord in the audience, a performer's seemingly original deeds must already exist in their imaginations. Mount Airy High School's Theatre Department promises its own spin next week on the Broadway musical “Godspell.”
The musical by Stephen Schwartz opened on Broadway in 197

Cast has fun putting their own spin on musical “Godspell”

There is an inherent contradiction in improvisation. To strike a cord in the audience, a performer's seemingly original deeds must already exist in their imaginations. Mount Airy High School's Theatre Department promises its own spin next week on the Broadway musical “Godspell.” The musical by Stephen Schwartz opened on Broadway in 197

Cause of lumber company fire remains undetermined

Officials wrapping up their investigation into a Jan. 9 blaze which destroyed Mountain Lumber & Pallet Company in the Pine Ridge Community are listing the cause as undetermined. “We didn't have much to go on because of the heavy stacks of timber which had to be torn apart and the way the building fell in on itself,” said Fire Marsh

Mount Airy Downtown (MAD) Inc.'s annual community meeting featured nine groups sharing what they are doing for the city.
Participants filled MacArthur's On Main Wednesday night for the informal gathering. Mount Airy Downtown President Ted Ashby told the group there efforts were “all about meeting common goals.”
Coordinator Lizzie Morr

Groups give activity report at MAD meeting

Mount Airy Downtown (MAD) Inc.'s annual community meeting featured nine groups sharing what they are doing for the city. Participants filled MacArthur's On Main Wednesday night for the informal gathering. Mount Airy Downtown President Ted Ashby told the group there efforts were “all about meeting common goals.” Coordinator Lizzie Morr

The Mount Airy Board of Education has thrown its hat in the ring with a grant proposal to create a regional mathematics institute aimed at the improvement of mathematics instruction by teachers.
Should the application prove successful, the system would be the fiscal agent of a possible $1.5 million budget for the three-year program that would incl

Mount Airy schools seeking math grant

The Mount Airy Board of Education has thrown its hat in the ring with a grant proposal to create a regional mathematics institute aimed at the improvement of mathematics instruction by teachers. Should the application prove successful, the system would be the fiscal agent of a possible $1.5 million budget for the three-year program that would incl

Mount Airy High School seniors Madison Pence and Jai Daniels explained the purpose of the “Purple Pinky Project” to Surry Sunrise Rotary Club members Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn Express. The two Interact Club members are entering their second year of the fundraising effort to eradicate polio.
The crippling and potentially fata

MAHS seniors talk about “Purple Pinky” project to Sunrise Rotary

Mount Airy High School seniors Madison Pence and Jai Daniels explained the purpose of the “Purple Pinky Project” to Surry Sunrise Rotary Club members Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn Express. The two Interact Club members are entering their second year of the fundraising effort to eradicate polio. The crippling and potentially fata

Tuesday's State Of The Union speech by President Barack Obama wasn't the call to work together some expected November's Democratic losses which gave Republicans control of both chambers of Congress.
Analysts have said at times Obama drew boundaries and cautioned against Republican overreach. The President left open the possibility of bipartisanshi

Local GOP officials: More of same from Obama

Tuesday's State Of The Union speech by President Barack Obama wasn't the call to work together some expected November's Democratic losses which gave Republicans control of both chambers of Congress. Analysts have said at times Obama drew boundaries and cautioned against Republican overreach. The President left open the possibility of bipartisanshi

Mount Airy City School officials are flipping the format of their second annual Community Night as they look to improve the event, which is slated for Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mount Airy High School.
“Last year this event was put on by our Parent Teacher Associations (PTA),” said organizer Carrie Venable. She said organizers w

City Schools community night is Thursday

Mount Airy City School officials are flipping the format of their second annual Community Night as they look to improve the event, which is slated for Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mount Airy High School. “Last year this event was put on by our Parent Teacher Associations (PTA),” said organizer Carrie Venable. She said organizers w

Official: Take budget concerns to legislators

An area agency on aging program planner said on Tuesday that this could be a difficult budget year for the organization, and that it's members should take concerns over available funding directly to their state legislators. “It looks to be a pretty tough year ahead for us,” said Surry County Aging Services Planning Committee Bob Clevel

A local, family owned restaurant has announced shut its doors after 30 years.
Owner David Nelson and General Manager Lisa Martin confirmed Prime Sirloin on 1018 Rockford Street broke the news to its employees late Sunday.
Martin explained a perfect storm of events preceded the decision the local firm didn't want to make. She said the restaurant e

Prime Sirloin Restaurant closes its doors after 30 years

A local, family owned restaurant has announced shut its doors after 30 years. Owner David Nelson and General Manager Lisa Martin confirmed Prime Sirloin on 1018 Rockford Street broke the news to its employees late Sunday. Martin explained a perfect storm of events preceded the decision the local firm didn't want to make. She said the restaurant e

The Surry County Chapter-NAACP's theme of “Renewed Commitment for Justice in 2015” was best explained in the keynote speakers exhortation to “look in the mirror” when injustice is seen because it is everyone's turn to decide what's right, just and fair.
Rev. Willis M. Camp III served as the keynote speaker for the 25th annu

NAACP speaker: Look in the mirror

The Surry County Chapter-NAACP's theme of “Renewed Commitment for Justice in 2015” was best explained in the keynote speakers exhortation to “look in the mirror” when injustice is seen because it is everyone's turn to decide what's right, just and fair. Rev. Willis M. Camp III served as the keynote speaker for the 25th annu





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