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Tom Joyce

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

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A local company is the apparent low bidder on a project to connect Mount Airy's two greenways, submitting a proposal that is less than the projected cost of the job.
Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy made the most-favorable offer on the project, a Tuesday bid opening at the city public works center revealed. In all, five companies were in the running,

Greenway bids come in under budget

A local company is the apparent low bidder on a project to connect Mount Airy's two greenways, submitting a proposal that is less than the projected cost of the job. Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy made the most-favorable offer on the project, a Tuesday bid opening at the city public works center revealed. In all, five companies were in the running,

Police briefs

• Jena Dellena Caudle, 33, of No. 8 Blue-Vue Motel at 1421 Fancy Gap Road, was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant for a felony charge of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud/forgery. The charge had been issued the day before from a case that arose Saturday, with other details not listed. Caudle was confined in the Surr

Stone Mountain News

New books ready to check out at Traphill Branch Library include “Undone” by Karen Slaughter, “Double Take” by Jenness Walker, “Texas Ranger Dad” by Debra Clopton, “Homecoming Blessings” by Merrillee Whren and “An Unexpected Match” by Dana Corbit. Traphill Branch Library will be closed on

When battling blazes such as the one that claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy last Sunday night, Mount Airy firemen depend on their self-contained breathing apparatus units, or air packs.
But such equipment now used by city firefighters is reaching the end of its life expectancy. And this has prompted the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to appr

Fire department seeking expensive equipment

When battling blazes such as the one that claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy last Sunday night, Mount Airy firemen depend on their self-contained breathing apparatus units, or air packs. But such equipment now used by city firefighters is reaching the end of its life expectancy. And this has prompted the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to appr

Brian Hammesfahr probably would be the first person to admit that running more than three miles in a Grinch suit has its challenges.
Even with chilly temperatures in the 40s for the start of the Sixth-Annual Rosy Cheeks 5K run in Mount Airy Saturday morning, the Boonville resident said he was feeling the burn while traversing the course along the

Festive characters race in Mount Airy

Brian Hammesfahr probably would be the first person to admit that running more than three miles in a Grinch suit has its challenges. Even with chilly temperatures in the 40s for the start of the Sixth-Annual Rosy Cheeks 5K run in Mount Airy Saturday morning, the Boonville resident said he was feeling the burn while traversing the course along the

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A desire to see a bit of justice done in a Florida community nearly 50 years ago has evolved into an free event that enables area residents to enjoy a spectacular light show every Christmas.
A Pilot Mountain couple, Larry and Rachel Charpiat, has staged their walk-through Christmas light show for the past 10 years at their h

Longtime light display continues to dazzle

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A desire to see a bit of justice done in a Florida community nearly 50 years ago has evolved into an free event that enables area residents to enjoy a spectacular light show every Christmas. A Pilot Mountain couple, Larry and Rachel Charpiat, has staged their walk-through Christmas light show for the past 10 years at their h

Local woman wins Vegas trip via lottery

A Mount Airy woman has won a trip to Las Vegas and the chance to take home big money on a television game show taped there. Kay Lawson is one of 12 people across the state to receive the trip package as part of a new “Monopoly” contest operated by the North Carolina Education Lottery and other states which is patterned after the tradit

Mount Airy will be starting 2015 without a new policy in place to require property owners to pay a monthly availability fee in lieu of utility hookups, which some might consider an early Christmas gift.
The city board of commissioners had planned to implement the new fee, suggested as $23.74 per month, on Jan. 1, which required the municipal code

Mandatory utility hookups must wait until next year

Mount Airy will be starting 2015 without a new policy in place to require property owners to pay a monthly availability fee in lieu of utility hookups, which some might consider an early Christmas gift. The city board of commissioners had planned to implement the new fee, suggested as $23.74 per month, on Jan. 1, which required the municipal code

Police briefs

• Property valued at nearly $2,000 — including a safe — was discovered missing from a Mount Airy home Thursday night, according to city police department reports. A “known” individual, described as an acquaintance of the victim, is said to have forcibly entered the residence of Ginger Lou Guy on Forrest Drive, causing

Police briefs

• Scenic Ford in Mount Airy was the scene of a break-in this week involving the theft of tires valued at more than $4,000, according to city police department reports. The crime was discovered Monday at the auto dealership on Rockford Street, which had been entered through a secured door. This enabled the theft of 32 tires from inside the bui

City switching recycling companies

Mount Airy isn't changing horses in the middle of the stream, but is switching companies to ensure continued disposal of its single-stream recyclables at no cost to taxpayers. The city board of commissioners has approved a contract with a North Wilkesboro entity, which in January will begin receiving materials generated through Mount Airy's curbsi

Downtown Mount Airy stands to become a more populated place, based on plans for two housing projects on former Spencer's Inc. property which were presented Wednesday during a meeting of the city redevelopment commission.
One is an 80-unit apartment complex proposed by The Landmark Group, a Winston-Salem firm that had expressed interest in redevelo

Housing projects target Spencer's site

Downtown Mount Airy stands to become a more populated place, based on plans for two housing projects on former Spencer's Inc. property which were presented Wednesday during a meeting of the city redevelopment commission. One is an 80-unit apartment complex proposed by The Landmark Group, a Winston-Salem firm that had expressed interest in redevelo

Mount Airy's annual Rosy Cheeks 5K — scheduled for Saturday — is like no other race, and that includes more than its name.
A spirit of competitiveness to see who's the fastest is usually the focus at such events, along with raising funds for some worthy cause via entry fees. But for the Rosy Cheeks 5K, toys are the currency rather than

Rosy Cheeks toy run set for Saturday

Mount Airy's annual Rosy Cheeks 5K — scheduled for Saturday — is like no other race, and that includes more than its name. A spirit of competitiveness to see who's the fastest is usually the focus at such events, along with raising funds for some worthy cause via entry fees. But for the Rosy Cheeks 5K, toys are the currency rather than

Police briefs

• Two violations have been filed against at Cana, Va., woman who allegedly brought a gun into Northern Hospital of Surry County Sunday, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Lisa Hobbs Leftwich, 41, of 1491 Old Pipers Road, is said to have entered the hospital with a Ruger LCP .80 handgun in her purse. During a consent search, po

Piedmont Triad West Corporate Park in Mount Airy could be getting a new tenant — a Bimbo Bakeries distribution center.
“They haven't committed to anything yet,” Surry County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) President Todd Tucker said Tuesday of plans that could lead to a facility of 5,000 to 6,000 square-feet being construc

Bimbo Bakeries eying site in park

Piedmont Triad West Corporate Park in Mount Airy could be getting a new tenant — a Bimbo Bakeries distribution center. “They haven't committed to anything yet,” Surry County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) President Todd Tucker said Tuesday of plans that could lead to a facility of 5,000 to 6,000 square-feet being construc

Sex charge dropped against ex-NHSC employee

DOBSON — A sexual battery charge has been dismissed against a former employee of Northern Hospital of Surry, which was filed earlier this year after Mount Airy police investigated an alleged assault of a patient. The case against James Adam Cave of 394 Cave Road, Dobson, who was 28 when the misdemeanor violation was filed during the summer,

'Winter' came early this year to city

Though winter doesn't officially begin until Dec. 21, Mother Nature had a different agenda that brought colder weather to Mount Airy earlier than usual this year — in November. This included four low-temperature records either being broken or tied last month, according to a statistical report for November from the F.G. Doggett Water Plant, t

Fire death is city's first in 20 years

It was a streak no one wanted to see broken — with the death of a 2-year-old boy in a fire Sunday night, Mount Airy is experiencing its first tragedy of that type in decades. “The last time that the city has suffered a fire fatality was November of 1994 — right at 20 years,” Mount Airy Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said Monday

Mount Airy's city government remains strong financially, but for the first time in at least several years the municipality has not added to what is commonly called its “savings.”
Those were among the findings of an annual audit report presented Thursday night during a meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners. Local government u

City 'savings' show slight decline

Mount Airy's city government remains strong financially, but for the first time in at least several years the municipality has not added to what is commonly called its “savings.” Those were among the findings of an annual audit report presented Thursday night during a meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners. Local government u

Police briefs

• Larceny violations were issued Thursday against two Mount Airy brothers who allegedly were seen stealing merchandise from the Belk department store in Mayberry Mall by an off-duty officer, according to city police department reports. Brandon Wilson Key, 27, and Albert Key Jr., 37, both of Hamburg Street, are accused of taking a winter coat





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