Keith Strange

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

Latest Stories by Keith Strange

County audit reveals clean bill of health

DOBSON — A recent audit as required by the state revealed Surry County is in good financial shape. During a recent meeting, the county's board of commissioners heard an update on the status of the county's financial health from Marcy Spivey, a partner with Martin, Starnes & Associates, the firm hired to conduct the annual audit as requir

Organizers say recent renovations at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History have one goal: To make people look at the local museum as not only a place to revisit history, but a great shopping destination as well.
Museum Director Matt Edwards said much of the summer was spent renovating the shop with the help of Andrew Pearson Design and Interla

New look, new products

Organizers say recent renovations at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History have one goal: To make people look at the local museum as not only a place to revisit history, but a great shopping destination as well. Museum Director Matt Edwards said much of the summer was spent renovating the shop with the help of Andrew Pearson Design and Interla

Incident reports

The following incidents are under investigation by the Surry County Sheriff's Office: • On Nov. 17, Brian Eugene Archer, 42, of Bob's Fish Lake Lane in Mount Ai9ry, reported that someone entered his basement and stole various power and hand tools valued at $3,997. • On Nov. 17, Martha Susan Kimel, 51, of Pilot Church Road in Pinnacle,

Mixed results on rezoning requests

DOBSON — The Surry County board of commissioners has approved two rezoning requests, but sent another back to the drawing board for further scrutiny. During its meeting Monday night, the board gave the nod to rezonings on Snow Lane and Oscar Hill Road, but tabled action on a proposed rezoning filed by Carolina Carports. Following a public h

One yes, one no

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners gave the nod to an incentive package for one area company but, noting a second company isn't putting up any money of its own, quashed a second incentive request. During its meeting Monday night, the board held public hearings on proposed incentive agreements for two existing companies dubbed P

County okays Interstates agreement with city

DOBSON — The ball is now in Mount Airy's court. After more than a decade in the planning stages and months of wrangling over language and stipulations, the Surry County board of commissioners has approved an agreement with the city that could pave the way for the much-anticipated Interstates Sewer Project. The $4.6 million project will exte

DOBSON — Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson is once again hoping to help needy children in the county during the holiday season, but he needs some help.
On the eve of the holiday season, the sheriff's department is collecting donations for an annual effort to help brighten Christmas for needy children.
“Our goal as of right now for

Sheriff's Christmas Fund drive under way

DOBSON — Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson is once again hoping to help needy children in the county during the holiday season, but he needs some help. On the eve of the holiday season, the sheriff's department is collecting donations for an annual effort to help brighten Christmas for needy children. “Our goal as of right now for

PINNACLE —Organizers will offer a glimpse into the deeper meanings of the holiday season by recreating a 1900s era Christmas celebration at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm as the Hauser family and their neighbors would have experienced it.
The celebrations have been set for Dec. 9 and Dec. 11. The farmhouse, decked out with period decorat

Horne Creek slates 1900s era Christmas celebration

PINNACLE —Organizers will offer a glimpse into the deeper meanings of the holiday season by recreating a 1900s era Christmas celebration at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm as the Hauser family and their neighbors would have experienced it. The celebrations have been set for Dec. 9 and Dec. 11. The farmhouse, decked out with period decorat

The cake decorated in the Habitat for Humanity colors, adorned with blue and green roses and white icing, said it all.
In blue letters were three words: We appreciate you.
Nearly 200 volunteers, staff members and supports of the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity gathered at Haymore Baptist Church for an appreciation dinner recognizing the e

Honoring those who serve others

The cake decorated in the Habitat for Humanity colors, adorned with blue and green roses and white icing, said it all. In blue letters were three words: We appreciate you. Nearly 200 volunteers, staff members and supports of the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity gathered at Haymore Baptist Church for an appreciation dinner recognizing the e

Board to hear rezoning requests

DOBSON — The public will have the opportunity to make its voice heard on three proposed rezoning requests when the county board of commissioners meet tomorrow night. The county board convenes at 6 p.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room of the County Government Center in Dobson. The first public hearing is for a general use rezoning from r

Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson was arrested Friday morning by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on charges stemming from what began as an internal county investigation but led to scrutiny by the North Carolina Attorney General.
Johnson has been charged with four counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses, according to

County commissioner arrested by SBI

Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson was arrested Friday morning by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on charges stemming from what began as an internal county investigation but led to scrutiny by the North Carolina Attorney General. Johnson has been charged with four counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses, according to

Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson was arrested Friday morning by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on charges stemming from what began as an internal county investigation but led to scrutiny by the North Carolina Attorney General.
Johnson has been charged with four counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses, according to

County commissioner arrested by SBI

Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson was arrested Friday morning by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on charges stemming from what began as an internal county investigation but led to scrutiny by the North Carolina Attorney General. Johnson has been charged with four counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses, according to

Consider it something of an “it worked so well the first time, let's do it again,” scenario.
The call is out for artists who would like to participate in two programs being continued for a second year: The Second Annual Public Art Fiddle Crawl and the Downtown Mount Airy Art Walk.
Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Main Street Coordinator Lizzi

Calling all artists

Consider it something of an “it worked so well the first time, let's do it again,” scenario. The call is out for artists who would like to participate in two programs being continued for a second year: The Second Annual Public Art Fiddle Crawl and the Downtown Mount Airy Art Walk. Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Main Street Coordinator Lizzi

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
Matthew 5:16
A local church has been recognized for efforts to not only spread the Word, but to make children around the world smile during the holiday season.
Bannertown Baptist Church was lauded earlier this month for its effo

To help a child

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16 A local church has been recognized for efforts to not only spread the Word, but to make children around the world smile during the holiday season. Bannertown Baptist Church was lauded earlier this month for its effo

Board to hear rezoning requests

DOBSON — The public will have the opportunity to make its voice heard on three proposed rezoning requests when the county board of commissioners meet tomorrow night. The county board convenes at 6 p.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room of the County Government Center in Dobson. The first public hearing is for a general use rezoning from r

For two Mount Airy families, Saturday was more than a brisk autumn day.
It was the day a dream came true.
Dozens of volunteers, board members, family and friends joined Kevin Sumner and Brandi Cote and Jennifer Fosner as the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity gathered to dedicate two homes and hand over the keys.
“This is a testament

A place of safety

For two Mount Airy families, Saturday was more than a brisk autumn day. It was the day a dream came true. Dozens of volunteers, board members, family and friends joined Kevin Sumner and Brandi Cote and Jennifer Fosner as the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity gathered to dedicate two homes and hand over the keys. “This is a testament

Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson was arrested this morning by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on charges stemming from what began as an internal county investigation but led to scrutiny by the North Carolina Attorney General.
Johnson has been charged with four counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses, according to Co

County commissioner arrested by SBI

Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson was arrested this morning by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on charges stemming from what began as an internal county investigation but led to scrutiny by the North Carolina Attorney General. Johnson has been charged with four counts of felony obtaining property under false pretenses, according to Co

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. • Frances F. Pruitt, of Mount Airy, to Leon J. and Marie G. Simmons of Mount Airy. .75 acres in Mount Airy. $80. &

Marriages

The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Surry County Register of Deeds office: • Blake Christopher Roth, 33, of Dobson, and Mechan Bryn O'Connell, 28, of Dobson. Issued November 13. • Clarence Lee Johnny Thomas, 21, of Mount Airy, and Tiphanie Amber Tucker, 18, of Mount Airy. Issued November 13. • Richard Wayne

Divorces

The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts: • Debra Garing and Jon Garing. Granted Nov. 10. • John Michael Goodson and Susan K. Martin. Nov. 10. • Karen Matsick Whitt and William Guy Whitt. Nov. 10. • Randall William Simmons and Kasey Hiatt Simmons. Nov. 10. • Shannon J. Mayes and





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