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Tom Joyce

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

Latest Stories by Tom Joyce

Ever since Ronda Mechelle Blaylock's body was found in a wooded area of Surry County nearly 35 years ago, the identity of the person who murdered the 14-year-old — and why — has been shrouded in mystery.
However, local and state authorities hope that will change with the formation of a task force to explore new leads in the cold case f

Murder case from 1980 getting fresh look

Ever since Ronda Mechelle Blaylock's body was found in a wooded area of Surry County nearly 35 years ago, the identity of the person who murdered the 14-year-old — and why — has been shrouded in mystery. However, local and state authorities hope that will change with the formation of a task force to explore new leads in the cold case f

Local doctor among weekend fatalities

The identities of two people who died in separate traffic-related incidents in Surry County during the weekend included a local doctor, according to updated information provided Monday. Dr. William J. Johnson, 62, of Mount Airy, a general orthopedic surgeon, suffered a heart attack while riding a bicycle, and Sherry Wiles, 45, of Dobson, was fatal

Table being set for outdoor dining downtown

A key first step in a process that will change the downtown Mount Airy landscape with the addition of outside dining will be served up Thursday by the city board of commissioners. The board is expected to vote during a 2 p.m. meeting to set a public hearing on proposed ordinance changes that would permit bistro-type seating outside restaurants on

Ever since Ronda Mechelle Blaylock's body was found in a wooded area of Surry County nearly 35 years ago, the identity of the person who murdered the 14-year-old — and why — has been shrouded in mystery.
However, local and state authorities hope that will change with the formation of a task force to explore new leads in the cold case f

Murder case from 1980 getting fresh look

Ever since Ronda Mechelle Blaylock's body was found in a wooded area of Surry County nearly 35 years ago, the identity of the person who murdered the 14-year-old — and why — has been shrouded in mystery. However, local and state authorities hope that will change with the formation of a task force to explore new leads in the cold case f

Local doctor among weekend fatalities

The identities of two people who died in separate traffic-related incidents in Surry County during the weekend included a local doctor, according to updated information provided Monday. Dr. William J. Johnson, 62, of Mount Airy, a general orthopedic surgeon, suffered a heart attack while riding a bicycle, and Sherry Wiles, 45, of Dobson, was fatal

DOBSON — A fugitive wanted by authorities in two states who goes by the nickname “Supa Savage” and is considered armed and dangerous could be in the Dobson area, police warn.
“His family lives in Dobson — his mom and stuff,” Senior Patrol Officer Larrie Robinson of the Dobson Police Department said Thursday afte

'Supa Savage' could be in Dobson

DOBSON — A fugitive wanted by authorities in two states who goes by the nickname “Supa Savage” and is considered armed and dangerous could be in the Dobson area, police warn. “His family lives in Dobson — his mom and stuff,” Senior Patrol Officer Larrie Robinson of the Dobson Police Department said Thursday afte

Mount Airy police announced Friday that two people have been charged in an incident involving the transporting of methamphetamine-related items in a stolen van.
Terrence Alexander Haynes, 35, of 703 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain, and Ruth Marie Holt, 35, of 1154 Osborne Joyce Road, Pinnacle, were arrested in the vicinity of Big Lots on March 18 afte

Charges announced in meth-vehicle case

Mount Airy police announced Friday that two people have been charged in an incident involving the transporting of methamphetamine-related items in a stolen van. Terrence Alexander Haynes, 35, of 703 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain, and Ruth Marie Holt, 35, of 1154 Osborne Joyce Road, Pinnacle, were arrested in the vicinity of Big Lots on March 18 afte

Mount Airy police announced Friday that two people have been charged in an incident involving the transporting of methamphetamine-related items in a stolen van.
Terrence Alexander Haynes, 35, of 703 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain, and Ruth Marie Holt, 35, of 1154 Osborne Joyce Road, Pinnacle, were arrested in the vicinity of Big Lots on March 18 afte

Charges announced in meth-vehicle case

Mount Airy police announced Friday that two people have been charged in an incident involving the transporting of methamphetamine-related items in a stolen van. Terrence Alexander Haynes, 35, of 703 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain, and Ruth Marie Holt, 35, of 1154 Osborne Joyce Road, Pinnacle, were arrested in the vicinity of Big Lots on March 18 afte

Mount Airy police announced Friday that two people have been charged in an incident involving the transporting of methamphetamine-related items in a stolen van.
Terrence Alexander Haynes, 35, of 703 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain, and Ruth Marie Holt, 35, of 1154 Osborne Joyce Road, Pinnacle, were arrested in the vicinity of Big Lots on March 18 afte

Charges announced in meth-vehicle case

Mount Airy police announced Friday that two people have been charged in an incident involving the transporting of methamphetamine-related items in a stolen van. Terrence Alexander Haynes, 35, of 703 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain, and Ruth Marie Holt, 35, of 1154 Osborne Joyce Road, Pinnacle, were arrested in the vicinity of Big Lots on March 18 afte

“Gone With the Wind” stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh have “appeared” in downtown Mount Airy before, but they probably never have looked better than they will tonight on the screen at the Earle Theatre.
The showing of the cinematic classic this weekend, along with two nights later next week, is coinciding with the downtow

Scarlett, Rhett to usher in digital era at Earle

“Gone With the Wind” stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh have “appeared” in downtown Mount Airy before, but they probably never have looked better than they will tonight on the screen at the Earle Theatre. The showing of the cinematic classic this weekend, along with two nights later next week, is coinciding with the downtow

Police reports

• A Mount Airy man facing a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense, along with larceny and possession of stolen property offenses, was arrested Wednesday, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Justin Lee George, 25, of 141 Brookfield Drive, was encountered by officers during a traffic stop on North Main Street at J

Police reports

• An attempted break-in targeting a vehicle owned by an employee of a local restaurant occurred Monday night, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. The incident took place at the Asian House Restaurant on Rockford Street, where a pry bar-type tool was used to break the passenger-side window of a 2011 Lexus TX350 SUV owned by Wu L

The first city Easter egg hunt in 2014 was so well-attended that organizers can't even provide an accurate attendance figure for the gathering at Westwood Park.
“We tried to kind of count as they were coming in, but they were just coming from everywhere,” Mount Airy Parks and Recreation's Fonda Mooney said of those flocking to the park

City Easter egg hunt to hatch Saturday

The first city Easter egg hunt in 2014 was so well-attended that organizers can't even provide an accurate attendance figure for the gathering at Westwood Park. “We tried to kind of count as they were coming in, but they were just coming from everywhere,” Mount Airy Parks and Recreation's Fonda Mooney said of those flocking to the park

The Nancy Reynolds 8-9 year old basketball team which is a part of the North Stokes Youth Basketball League finished the season undefeated on both season champs and undefeated tournament champs. This team was coached by Brock Wood. The players were A J McHone, Blaze Lawson, Brandon Bourne, Bryson Bennett, Daniel Stanley, Dillon Stanley, Jamison Woo

Nancy Reynolds News

The Nancy Reynolds 8-9 year old basketball team which is a part of the North Stokes Youth Basketball League finished the season undefeated on both season champs and undefeated tournament champs. This team was coached by Brock Wood. The players were A J McHone, Blaze Lawson, Brandon Bourne, Bryson Bennett, Daniel Stanley, Dillon Stanley, Jamison Woo

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

Closing precincts would save money

DOBSON — Seven of the 29 precincts where local voters cast Election Day ballots could be closed through a cost-saving consolidation move in response to statewide election changes requiring new equipment. A proposal by the Surry Board of Elections to combine precincts is being considered to some extent for all four municipalities in the count

With much of the country engulfed in college basketball's March Madness, a different kind of tournament took place Saturday in Mount Airy — one requiring brains rather than athletic ability.
Ten different teams, reportedly the most ever, converged on the Andy Griffith Playhouse for the annual Quiz Bowl competition among area schools, and aft

East Surry captures Quiz Bowl title

With much of the country engulfed in college basketball's March Madness, a different kind of tournament took place Saturday in Mount Airy — one requiring brains rather than athletic ability. Ten different teams, reportedly the most ever, converged on the Andy Griffith Playhouse for the annual Quiz Bowl competition among area schools, and aft

With much of the country engulfed in college basketball's March Madness, a different kind of tournament took place Saturday in Mount Airy — one requiring brains rather than athletic ability.
Ten different teams, reportedly the most ever, converged on the Andy Griffith Playhouse for the annual Quiz Bowl competition among area schools, and aft

East Surry captures Quiz Bowl title

With much of the country engulfed in college basketball's March Madness, a different kind of tournament took place Saturday in Mount Airy — one requiring brains rather than athletic ability. Ten different teams, reportedly the most ever, converged on the Andy Griffith Playhouse for the annual Quiz Bowl competition among area schools, and aft

NASCAR executives who wear expensive suits and occupy fancy corporate suites prefer to portray modern stock car racing as a sport inhabited by squeaky-clean role-models promoted by slickly produced TV coverage.
But that is a departure from racing's hardscrabble early days, when moonshine was just as important as gasoline in fueling its growth, acc

Moonshine was racing's founding fuel

NASCAR executives who wear expensive suits and occupy fancy corporate suites prefer to portray modern stock car racing as a sport inhabited by squeaky-clean role-models promoted by slickly produced TV coverage. But that is a departure from racing's hardscrabble early days, when moonshine was just as important as gasoline in fueling its growth, acc

Man killed in head-on collision

A Surry County man died Saturday in a traffic accident in the Pine Ridge area, officials say. Dennis Puckett, 55, of 315 Bud Puckett Lane, was southbound in a Jeep Cherokee on Oak Grove Church Road when it struck a small pickup heading in the opposite direction about 1:10 p.m. “His car travelled left of center and hit the other vehicle basi





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