Keith Strange

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

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Board OKs PGW extension

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners took a “middle of the road” approach to a request by Elkin's Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) to extend the deadline on its incentive package, choosing to give the company a break on the number of jobs created and holding them to the deadline on the amount of money invested in the count

DOBSON — Facing a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on alleged financial impropriety, county Commissioner Paul Johnson is asking the public to stand behind him while acknowledging he is not perfect.
“I'm human just like everyone else,” he said. “And humans tend to make mistakes.”
Johnson said he has &#

Johnson: 'I'm not that person'

DOBSON — Facing a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on alleged financial impropriety, county Commissioner Paul Johnson is asking the public to stand behind him while acknowledging he is not perfect. “I'm human just like everyone else,” he said. “And humans tend to make mistakes.” Johnson said he has &#

County, city to huddle on Interstates project

DOBSON — The county's board of commissioners is set to schedule another meeting with the city of Mount Airy's board in an effort to hammer out an agreement on the perpetually-on-the-horizon Interstates Sewer Project. The $4.6 million project will extend the service to the area west of Mount Airy in the hopes of stimulating growth in an area

A walk back in time

County veterans advocates are planning an event they say is long overdue: A night of glitz and glamour to recognize the area's World War II veterans. Surry County Veterans Services Director Mike Scott said his office is nearly ready to sell tickets for a Nov. 15, 1940s-themed Hollywood night. “We're hosting the event to honor our World War

DOBSON — Threatening skies at the beginning of the event did little to quell the enthusiasm of the thousands of attendees anticipated at this year's Celebrate Agriculture event, a farm-related festival designed to get people more interested in the food they eat.
“We want people to be aware of agriculture. To know a little bit more abou

Cows and crafts and food, oh my

DOBSON — Threatening skies at the beginning of the event did little to quell the enthusiasm of the thousands of attendees anticipated at this year's Celebrate Agriculture event, a farm-related festival designed to get people more interested in the food they eat. “We want people to be aware of agriculture. To know a little bit more abou

The opinions are in. This year's Surry County Agricultural Fair, which wraps up today, was one for the record books.
“It's just been great,” said organizer and fair Co-Chair Katherine Thorpe. “We held a carload night this year on opening night where a carload of people could get in with unlimited rides for $25, and that was a hug

Last day for county fair

The opinions are in. This year's Surry County Agricultural Fair, which wraps up today, was one for the record books. “It's just been great,” said organizer and fair Co-Chair Katherine Thorpe. “We held a carload night this year on opening night where a carload of people could get in with unlimited rides for $25, and that was a hug

Cars are lined up Saturday morning in a parking lot at the corner of North Main and Lebanon streets in Mount Airy, as Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling Center hosted a document shredding event. The center took donations from residents, who were provided drive-through shredding services. Officials say that last year they provided more than $20,000 in fr

Cars are lined up Saturday morning in a parking lot at the corner of North Main and Lebanon streets in Mount Airy, as Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling Center hosted a document shredding event. The center took donations from residents, who were provided drive-through shredding services. Officials say that last year they provided more than $20,000 in fr

A 19-year-old Flat Rock man was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday after police say he fled the scene of a hit and run accident on East Pine Street.
The accident, which occurred in the 1300 block of the highway, resulted in a portion of Pine Street being closed for more than an hour.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Stan White

One in custody following hit and run

A 19-year-old Flat Rock man was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday after police say he fled the scene of a hit and run accident on East Pine Street. The accident, which occurred in the 1300 block of the highway, resulted in a portion of Pine Street being closed for more than an hour. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Stan White

DOBSON — That bumper sticker that reads, “If you like to eat, thank a farmer,” has never been more true, and an event set today at Fisher River Park is designed to give the public a chance to do just that.
This year's Celebrating Agriculture event is set to get under way at 3 p.m., according to county Parks and Recreation Directo

DOBSON — That bumper sticker that reads, “If you like to eat, thank a farmer,” has never been more true, and an event set today at Fisher River Park is designed to give the public a chance to do just that. This year's Celebrating Agriculture event is set to get under way at 3 p.m., according to county Parks and Recreation Directo

DOBSON — The parade traveling up South Main Street in Dobson Thursday night bore little resemblance to similar parades in the county.
There was no music. No horns. No sirens and no clowns.
There was no laughter.
Instead, the crowd of hundreds braving a summer rain stood solemnly as nearly 100 emergency services rescue vehicles and members

'Because we care'

DOBSON — The parade traveling up South Main Street in Dobson Thursday night bore little resemblance to similar parades in the county. There was no music. No horns. No sirens and no clowns. There was no laughter. Instead, the crowd of hundreds braving a summer rain stood solemnly as nearly 100 emergency services rescue vehicles and members

Sheriff's reports

The following incidents are under investigation by the Surry County Sheriff's Office: • On Sept. 6, Bambi Suzanne Horton, 25, of Rockford Road in Dobson, reported that someone knocked down her mailbox. Damage sustained in the incident was valued at $50. • On Sept. 6, Bryant Keith Pegram, 41, of Reeves Road in Siloam, reported that som

Property transfers

In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for a parcel be stated on its deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 in value, or fraction thereof, is affixed to each deed. • Cellie Bowman, of Mount Airy, to Troy Bowman of ?Archdale. 1 acre in Mount Airy. $139. • Robert Z. Hester

Marriages

The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Surry County Register of Deeds office: • Adam Miller Cox, 27, of Pilot Mountain, and Ashley Elizabeth Branch, 21, of Pilot Mountain. Issued September 11. • Jonathan Wayne Hamm, 21, of Dobson, and Alexandria Janay Semones, 18, of Dobson. Issued September 10. • Jonathan Wayn

Divorces

The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts: • Zachary B. Darnell and Leslie D. McCann. Granted September 10. • Carlos Jevon Carvana and Turquoise Andrea Erving. Granted September 9. • Beverly Elizabeth Safrit Snyder and George Milfred Snyder III. Granted September 8. • Latasha Lyn Bowman

The end of the Interstates project?

DOBSON — The county's Board of Commissioners is set to address, yet again, the chances of getting the long-awaited Interstates Sewer Project under way, but at least one commissioner says that if the county can't reach an agreement with the City of Mount Airy, the project could die before the first shovel goes in the ground. The $4.6 million

Emergency officials are on the scene of a small plane crash just over the Virginia boarder on Interstate 77.
Officials say the crash occurred at the 5.8 mile marker of the interstate around 1 p.m. The pilot and plane were from California, according to officials at the scene, who added the pilot was conscious and alert following the accident.
Acco

Small plane crashes on Interstate 77

Emergency officials are on the scene of a small plane crash just over the Virginia boarder on Interstate 77. Officials say the crash occurred at the 5.8 mile marker of the interstate around 1 p.m. The pilot and plane were from California, according to officials at the scene, who added the pilot was conscious and alert following the accident. Acco

PILOT MOUNTAIN — For many members of the area, Pilot Mountain's Armfield Center is more than a recreation center, it is the heart of the community, and officials there say they hope the community will come out and support a fund-raising event set Saturday.
“It's actually more like two events held on the same day,” said center boa

Concert to be homecoming for Green

PILOT MOUNTAIN — For many members of the area, Pilot Mountain's Armfield Center is more than a recreation center, it is the heart of the community, and officials there say they hope the community will come out and support a fund-raising event set Saturday. “It's actually more like two events held on the same day,” said center boa

A California man was conscious and talking with rescue personnel Wednesday after crashing his small, single-engine airplane into the median of Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
The Virginia State Police, Carroll County Sheriff's Office and several emergency agencies responded after the call came in at 1:12 p.m. of an airplane crashing into the medi

Small plane crashes on Interstate 77

A California man was conscious and talking with rescue personnel Wednesday after crashing his small, single-engine airplane into the median of Interstate 77 in Carroll County. The Virginia State Police, Carroll County Sheriff's Office and several emergency agencies responded after the call came in at 1:12 p.m. of an airplane crashing into the medi

Officials say they are at the point of praying for sunshine and waiting for a few more teams to sign up for a rite of summer in Surry County: The Garry Scearce Memorial Special Olympics Golf Tournament.
The event is set to get under way on Sept. 18, at Cedarbrook Country Club in State Road.
While there are quite a few teams signed up to participa

Waiting on the date

Officials say they are at the point of praying for sunshine and waiting for a few more teams to sign up for a rite of summer in Surry County: The Garry Scearce Memorial Special Olympics Golf Tournament. The event is set to get under way on Sept. 18, at Cedarbrook Country Club in State Road. While there are quite a few teams signed up to participa

TB case in county being investigated

DOBSON — Investigators with the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center's Communicable Disease Department are screening more than 700 people after an active tuberculosis case has been discovered at a Dobson business. According to Samantha Ange, the department's director, the local health department was notified on August 28 by the Guilford




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