Keith Strange

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

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If the true meaning of Thanksgiving is indeed about serving the community while being grateful for what you have, then the dozens of sweaty volunteers at the 18th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the First Baptist Church in Mount Airy are living that message.
Just minutes after the doors opened for the noon meal, volunteers were busy tackli

A true blessing

If the true meaning of Thanksgiving is indeed about serving the community while being grateful for what you have, then the dozens of sweaty volunteers at the 18th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the First Baptist Church in Mount Airy are living that message. Just minutes after the doors opened for the noon meal, volunteers were busy tackli

The mood was somber this morning at two Surry County schools after a traffic accident claimed the lives of two sisters Monday night.
The accident occurred at 7:52 p.m., on U.S. 52-North between King and Pinnacle, according to First Sgt. Kevin Barker of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Barker said a 2001 Ford passenger car operated by Dakota Goss, 18, of

Wreck claims lives of two county students

The mood was somber this morning at two Surry County schools after a traffic accident claimed the lives of two sisters Monday night. The accident occurred at 7:52 p.m., on U.S. 52-North between King and Pinnacle, according to First Sgt. Kevin Barker of the N.C. Highway Patrol. Barker said a 2001 Ford passenger car operated by Dakota Goss, 18, of

Two Surry Co. students killed in wreck near King

The mood was somber this morning at two Surry County schools after a traffic accident claimed the lives of two sisters Monday night. The accident occurred at 7:52 p.m., on U.S. 52-North between King and Pinnacle, according to First Sgt. Kevin Barker of the N.C. Highway Patrol. Barker said a 2001 Ford passenger car operated by Dakota Goss, 18, of

Debt collection efforts reaping dividents

DOBSON — While officials note they are still trying to get the kinks worked out regarding the process, they say efforts to aggressively go after money owed the county's emergency medical services (EMS) department is beginning to pay dividends. Earlier this year, the Surry Board of Commissioners unanimously approved giving county tax collecto

One day recently 24 National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from East Surry High School arrived on campus at 5 a.m., but not in preparation for a day at school.
The cadets, known as Raiders, were headed to Georgia to pit their mettle against some of the best in the country during the Raiders National Meet.
The competition, h

'They did us proud'

One day recently 24 National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from East Surry High School arrived on campus at 5 a.m., but not in preparation for a day at school. The cadets, known as Raiders, were headed to Georgia to pit their mettle against some of the best in the country during the Raiders National Meet. The competition, h

A Pilot Mountain man is behind bars under a six-digit bond after he was arrested over the weekend on a slew of drug-related charges.
According to Sheriff Graham Atkinson, Herman Glenn Badgett, 66, of Whitaker Chapel Road, is facing 13 charges associated with the trafficking of methamphetamine and other narcotics.
Atkinson said the investigation h

Pilot man arrested on 13 drug charges

A Pilot Mountain man is behind bars under a six-digit bond after he was arrested over the weekend on a slew of drug-related charges. According to Sheriff Graham Atkinson, Herman Glenn Badgett, 66, of Whitaker Chapel Road, is facing 13 charges associated with the trafficking of methamphetamine and other narcotics. Atkinson said the investigation h

Consider it a chance to free up a few extra calories to be filled with turkey, stuffing and the ever-popular giblet gravy.
For the forth year in a row, runners, walkers and even those out for a stroll will converge on the Ararat River greenway for what is rapidly becoming a Thanksgiving Day tradition in some circles — the Turkey Day Fun Run.

Burn 'em up before you fill up

Consider it a chance to free up a few extra calories to be filled with turkey, stuffing and the ever-popular giblet gravy. For the forth year in a row, runners, walkers and even those out for a stroll will converge on the Ararat River greenway for what is rapidly becoming a Thanksgiving Day tradition in some circles — the Turkey Day Fun Run.

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,

Contributors to this year's annual United Fund fundraising drive will have the opportunity to own a piece of original art, organizers say.
According to Beth Pequeno, director of the United Fund of Surry, local artist Katny Pruett is supporting this year's drive by offering prints of a painting entitled “Into the Woods” to contributors

To help the community

Contributors to this year's annual United Fund fundraising drive will have the opportunity to own a piece of original art, organizers say. According to Beth Pequeno, director of the United Fund of Surry, local artist Katny Pruett is supporting this year's drive by offering prints of a painting entitled “Into the Woods” to contributors

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





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