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Dunford, Dorothy Lou

Dorothy Lou Dunford, age 83 of Pulaski, died Friday, June 24, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Wythe County on May 7, 1939. Dorothy worked for many years, retiring from Lee Jeans in Pulaski. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry Odell Dunford, who died in...
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Mount Airy News

Local ‘delegation’ reunites with music icon

Some local residents trekked to Nashville last weekend — not to launch careers as country stars, but visit with a musical icon hailing from Mount Airy and show her how much she still fills its heart. “It is always inspirational to talk to this wonderful lady — whether by...
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Radford, Fairlawn, Pulaski join forces to tackle Radford house fire

RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Radford Fire-EMS responded to a structural fire on Wednesday afternoon before calling Fairlawn Fire Department and Pulaski Squad 9 for backup. Radford emergency services were dispatched just before 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. Unit 100 arrived at the 900 block of Stockton Street to find a single story house on fire that belonged to a family of four.
Mount Airy News

Founding PART director speaks against county action

Founding PART director Brent McKinney offered his thoughts on Surry County’s decision to exit PART. The end has arrived for the PART Express Connector Route 6 from Winston-Salem through King to Pilot Mountain to Mount Airy. The park and ride commuter bus service ends June 30. Once considered a...
Mount Airy News

July 4 festivities planned in Mount Airy

A full slate of holiday activities is scheduled in Mount Airy on July 4, all having a common thread of celebrating America’s independence. This will include a parade through the downtown area, a traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence and other activities at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and a fireworks show at Veterans Memorial Park.
Mount Airy News

Burke family has long legacy in Mount Airy

John and Virginia (Moore) Banner moved to Surry from Stokes in 1859. Their extensive land holdings stretched from where South Main Street crosses the Ararat River west to Hwy-52. They farmed tobacco and operated a stagecoach stop that played a significant role in Mount Airy’s growth in the 19th century. Bannertown is named for them. They were Lucy Bell Taylor Burke’s great-grandparents.

Death notice for Deborah Faye Farris Chambers

Deborah Faye Farris Chambers, age 69 of Max Meadows, died Friday, June 24, 2022 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski. 540-980-1700.
Mount Airy News

ALF vendor deadline approaching

Autumn Leaves Festival might still be nearly four months away, but a deadline for vendors is fast approaching. June 30 is the final day for would-be vendors to fill out a form expressing their interest in setting up and selling their wares, according to Jordon Edwards, who doubles as the Autumn Leaves Festival director and events director for the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.

Obituary for Dorothy L. Dunford

Dorothy L. Dunford, age 83 of Pulaski, died Friday, June 24, 2022 at her residence. She was born in Wythe County on May 7, 1939. Dorothy worked for many years, retiring from Lee Jeans in Pulaski. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry Odell Dunford, who died in...

Town of Dublin lists holiday schedule

Dublin Town Offices will be closed Friday, July 1st and Monday, July 4th. Garbage scheduled for pickup on Monday, July 4th will be picked up on Tuesday, July 5th.

Police investigating teen’s shooting with pellet rifle

PULASKI, Va. (WDBJ) - A teenage boy is out of a hospital after being shot with a pellet rifle, according to Pulaski Police. Police were called Wednesday to the emergency department at LewisGale Pulaski about a report of a boy having been shot in the head at a home on Henry Avenue.

‘The Andy Griffith Show’: Real-Life Barber Who Inspired Floyd Outlived Most of Mayberry

The Andy Griffith Show was filled with colorful characters, but the inspiration Floyd the barber gave shaves long after Mayberry was gone. The town of Mayberry is perhaps one of the most famous of classic tv. Many believe that the fictional rural town is inspired by the place Griffith grew up, Mount Airy. Indeed, the North Carolina town does share a lot in common with Mayberry. Snappy Lunch, an actual Mount Airy institution, was mentioned on the show. However, in later years Griffith claimed to never eat pork chop sandwiches there.
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Roanoke Center institute developing a new pipeline of female municipal leaders

As town manager of Hillsville, Retta Jackson is often the only woman in the room where town business is being discussed. “No matter how much we have progressed from the past, there are still men who think because you’re a woman in a room full of men, you need to be the one to make and serve them coffee,” Jackson said. “I do believe I have gained respect in places where I did not previously have it, but there is always more work to be done.”

State Liners fall to River Turtles, 5-4

BRISTOL Va. – It’s been a frustrating season for the Bristol State Liners and first baseman Daniel Hicks has certainly felt the pain. The former Tennessee High standout has produced at the plate, but has battled bad luck and injuries for a squad that dropped a 5-4 Appalachian League decision to the Pulaski River Turtles on Friday night at DeVault Stadium.

Pulaski Co. 911 services down; calls being routed to Radford

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Incoming Pulaski County 911 calls are currently being re-routed to another New River Valley locality due to a service disruption at the county’s 911 Center. The Pulaski County Joint 911 Communications Center says you can still make 911 calls, but they will be...