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Crash shuts down I-77 South in Surry County

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Parts of Interstate 77 South in Surry County are closed due to a crash, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The crash occurred at Mile Marker 100 near Exit 100 for NC-89. The closure began at 12:12 p.m. and is currently expected to last until around 4:00 […]
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Leadership changes made in county schools

When school resumes for the 2022-2023 school year, students and staff members at seven schools in the Surry County School system will be beginning their academic year with a new principal. During a specially called Board of Education meeting, several personnel changes were approved, including multiple leadership transitions involving principals.
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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.
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SYEMC donates retired truck to SCC

Ricky Bowman, center left, vice president of operations for Surry-Yadkin EMC, hands off the keys to a retired fleet truck to Dr. David Shockley, president of Surry Community College, on June 21. Joining them are, from left, Nick Newman, purchasing agent and warehouse supervisor for SYEMC; Rhonda Hill, work order accounting supervisor at SYEMC; Travis Bode, economic development coordinator at SYEMC; Mike Mills, manager of operations at SYEMC; Dr. Candace Holder, chief academic and information officer at SCC; Tony Martin, chief financial officer; and Dale Jessup, assistant director of facilities.
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Surry County Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:. • Samantha Grace Nester, 23, a white female, wanted for probation violations who is on probation for felony trafficking methamphetamine and felony breaking and entering;. • Randy Lee Ashby, 59, a white male wanted...
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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...
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Arts Alive! ends with parade, games

Arts Alive volunteers assist with activities at the celebration. Face painting was one of the more popular attractions. Photos courtesy of Hobart Jones, Surry Arts Council. Arts Alive participants figure out how to gain an advantage at cornhole — just step up closer to the target. Photos courtesy of...
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Greyhounds host boys basketball camp

North Surry High School hosted its Boys Basketball Camp in Ron King Gymnasium June 20-23. Campers ranging from rising third graders to rising ninth graders took part in the four-day camp led by varsity boys coach Tyler Bentley, varsity assistant coaches, JV and middle school coaches as well as various current/former basketball players.
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All-Conference Spotlight: Softball

North Surry’s Trista Berrier connects for a line drive in a game against Mount Airy. Surry Central’s Kaylin Moody crushes a home run in a game at East Surry. Sofia Stafford rounds third base during a Mount Airy victory against North Stokes. Jimmy Kuhn | Special to the...
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County buys 1830 Rockford courthouse

A look at the courthouse in Rockford Wednesday found the lot fenced off and with evidence of recent clearing activity. Surry County announced a property purchase at a time when few others seem to have the appetite to swallow current interest rates in order to make such a buy. So, when the fiscally conservative county commissioners opened the checkbook to buy the 1830 Surry County Courthouse in Rockford it took many by surprise, more so given the amount of time it had been in the works.
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Fatal I-77 crash closes interstate in Surry County

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — The Northbound side of Interstate 77 shut down due to a fatal crash in Surry County on Wednesday, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The crash occurred at Mile Marker 85, near Exit 85 for NC-268. State troopers say that the […]
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Real Estate Transfers

In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for a parcel be stated on the deed. However a tax stamp at the rate of $2 for every $1,000 in value is affixed to each deed. Recent real estate transfers recorded in the Surry...
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Surry County highway reopens after deadly crash Wednesday afternoon

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Lanes on a Surry County highway have been reopened after a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, troopers were called to northbound Interstate 77 near mile marker 93 just before 1:30 p.m. regarding the crash which involved a tractor-trailer. Troopers determined...
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Ayers signs with Surry Community

“Double A” Anthony Ayers is surrounded by friends and teammates before signing is National Letter of Intent. Anthony Ayers and joined by East Surry coaches and administration at his college signing. Cardinal Athletics. Anthony Ayers pitches during East Surry’s 2022 fourth-round playoff game at Randleman. Cory Smith |...
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County budget passes; Fallen Trooper honored

Volunteer firefighters and community members stand at attention on an overpass of U.S. 421 as the hearse carrying Trooper Samuel Bullard passes under en route to Macedonia Baptist Church. County officials are moving to have the NC 268 Bypass - CC Camp Road bridge over the Big Elkin Creek renamed as the Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard bridge in his memory.
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Foothills Juniors top Surry Pride 14-2

Surry Pride’s Carter Motsinger rounds third base before slowing down and retreating to the bag. Kamden Hawks hits a laser line drive for the Juniors. Jax Whitaker puts the ball into play with an infield ground ball. Cory Smith | The News. Cash Hemric slides safely into home plate...
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Congressman schedules local office hours

DOBSON — Got a problem with the federal government? If so, an event Friday in Dobson could bring a solution for Surry County constituents. This will involve plans by the staff of 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry to hold office hours that day from 2 to 5 p.m. at the historic Surry County Courthouse, where citizens are invited to come with issues or concerns. The courthouse is located at 114 W. Atkins St. in Dobson.
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Juneteenth street festival held in Mount Airy

Local favorite Aquarius Moon entertained the crowd performing from Melva’s Alley. Calvin Vaughn and Eddie McDaniels pose for a photo on Market Street Saturday. Vaughn and The Dancing Man were in attendance for the 2nd Juneteenth Celebration held on Market Street and around Melva’s Alley. The African American...
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Zalescik seeking another elected position

DOBSON — A member of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners who will be losing his seat later this year as the result of a recent primary defeat is setting his sights on another elected office. Joe Zalescik has filed for Surry County soil and water conservation supervisor. Two...
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