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David Broyles

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

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Surry County's “Breaking Up Christmas” tradition will be celebrated with free admission to old-time dances at the Historic Earle Theatre.
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. the dance will feature music by the Buckstankle Boys. The celebration will continue with a dance on Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. featuring both the Slate Mountain Ramblers and the Bucks

Council celebrates “Breaking Up Christmas” with free dances

Surry County's “Breaking Up Christmas” tradition will be celebrated with free admission to old-time dances at the Historic Earle Theatre. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. the dance will feature music by the Buckstankle Boys. The celebration will continue with a dance on Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. featuring both the Slate Mountain Ramblers and the Bucks

The Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library gave children a chance to step out of the seasonal fast lane and have a bit of quality time with Santa Claus at the annual Cookies and Milk with Santa on Tuesday.
The group, which bakes the majority of the treats offered at the informal read and greet, has been staging the event for more than four years

Milk 'n cookies with the jolly old elf

The Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library gave children a chance to step out of the seasonal fast lane and have a bit of quality time with Santa Claus at the annual Cookies and Milk with Santa on Tuesday. The group, which bakes the majority of the treats offered at the informal read and greet, has been staging the event for more than four years

Depression not just the 'holiday blues'

New data nationally from clinicians challenges the notion that depression and suicide rates increase during the holiday season. Experts stress this information points to the need for heightened awareness of risks in later winter after the holidays. While the holidays are a joyous time for many, they can also be a time that brings about stress and

Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority Director Jessica Icenhour Roberts to the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board by North Caroloina House of Rep. Speaker Thom Tillis.
Roberts, director of Tourism & Marketing of the Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority, was appointed in May 2013 for her first term which expires this month. She will

Roberts tapped for second term state board

Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority Director Jessica Icenhour Roberts to the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board by North Caroloina House of Rep. Speaker Thom Tillis. Roberts, director of Tourism & Marketing of the Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority, was appointed in May 2013 for her first term which expires this month. She will

Sales for many area merchants appear to be pleasingly steady thus far into the Christmas Season at a time when many retailers look to earn as much as 30 percent of their income in the holiday rush.
Event Coordinator Ellie Webb, who owns Old North State (ONS) Winery with her husband Ben, said business continues to increase since it was opened in 20

Local merchants pleased holiday sales

Sales for many area merchants appear to be pleasingly steady thus far into the Christmas Season at a time when many retailers look to earn as much as 30 percent of their income in the holiday rush. Event Coordinator Ellie Webb, who owns Old North State (ONS) Winery with her husband Ben, said business continues to increase since it was opened in 20

Ask any of the members of the Surry County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 24 involved in the annual Cops and Kids shopping tour at Walmart in Mount Airy and they'll tell you it's not about gifts.
“This is about officers having a positive impact on a young life,” said Mount Airy Police Department officer George Daughenbaugh, who, with

Cops help kids with Christmas presents

Ask any of the members of the Surry County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 24 involved in the annual Cops and Kids shopping tour at Walmart in Mount Airy and they'll tell you it's not about gifts. “This is about officers having a positive impact on a young life,” said Mount Airy Police Department officer George Daughenbaugh, who, with

According to the report from the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, charitable giving is down considerably from last year.
In the report on charitable giving, charities netted $9,001,684.39 from the reported fundraising campaigns in 2013-14. That's down from $16,251,956 from the year before. The difference results in more than $7

Donations mixed this holiday season

According to the report from the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, charitable giving is down considerably from last year. In the report on charitable giving, charities netted $9,001,684.39 from the reported fundraising campaigns in 2013-14. That's down from $16,251,956 from the year before. The difference results in more than $7

TOAST — The Franklin Ruritan Club has established a scholarship at Surry Community College to ensure the group's tradition of community service continues. A check for $60,000 was presented to Surry Community College Foundation Executive Director Marion Venable Friday afternoon.
The club, who has aged out to 11 members, chose to sell its buil

TOAST — The Franklin Ruritan Club has established a scholarship at Surry Community College to ensure the group's tradition of community service continues. A check for $60,000 was presented to Surry Community College Foundation Executive Director Marion Venable Friday afternoon. The club, who has aged out to 11 members, chose to sell its buil

Mount Airy's Tourism Development Authority and the Surry County Tourism Partnership of Surry County have each struck gold at an annual award ceremony for the The Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC).
According to TDA Director of Tourism and Marketing Jessica Icenhour Roberts, The DMANC holds its annual ceremony to award thos

Gold awards presented to Mount Airy TDA and Surry County partnership

Mount Airy's Tourism Development Authority and the Surry County Tourism Partnership of Surry County have each struck gold at an annual award ceremony for the The Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC). According to TDA Director of Tourism and Marketing Jessica Icenhour Roberts, The DMANC holds its annual ceremony to award thos

Mount Airy City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little told the Mount Airy Board of Education at its Dec. 16 business meeting its resolution asking for more local control over scheduling its school year has been moved to a Department of Instruction Committee who is reviewing the request.
Similar resolutions have also been approved by the Surry

School resolution goes to state committee

Mount Airy City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little told the Mount Airy Board of Education at its Dec. 16 business meeting its resolution asking for more local control over scheduling its school year has been moved to a Department of Instruction Committee who is reviewing the request. Similar resolutions have also been approved by the Surry

The Embers are slated to return Dec. 20 with their annual Christmas show at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
According to Surry Arts Council organizers the show will be held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 plus tax and may be purchased online at www.surryarts.org or by calling 336-786-7998.
Earle Theatre Facilities Manager

Embers Christmas show is Dec. 20

The Embers are slated to return Dec. 20 with their annual Christmas show at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. According to Surry Arts Council organizers the show will be held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 plus tax and may be purchased online at www.surryarts.org or by calling 336-786-7998. Earle Theatre Facilities Manager

The Mount Airy Board of Education's unanimous approval of a Language Leaders Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program Tuesday night followed around five persons sharing various opinions on the effort. The meeting was held at Tharrington Primary School.
The dissenting opinion presented during the public comments portion of the business meeting came fr

Board approves language immersion program

The Mount Airy Board of Education's unanimous approval of a Language Leaders Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program Tuesday night followed around five persons sharing various opinions on the effort. The meeting was held at Tharrington Primary School. The dissenting opinion presented during the public comments portion of the business meeting came fr

No injuries were reported in a single car accident Tuesday afternoon in downtown Mount Airy with resulted in damage to the store front of Walker's Soda Fountain at 175 North Main.
According to Mount Airy Police Department Patrol Officer Todd Bledsoe the incident resulted in damages estimated at $25,000 to the building.
According to the preliminar

No injuries as car smashes building

No injuries were reported in a single car accident Tuesday afternoon in downtown Mount Airy with resulted in damage to the store front of Walker's Soda Fountain at 175 North Main. According to Mount Airy Police Department Patrol Officer Todd Bledsoe the incident resulted in damages estimated at $25,000 to the building. According to the preliminar

North Surry's Greyhound Sounds brought the jolly to downtown Mount Airy shoppers and businesses Tuesday afternoon as they performed a variety of Christmas carols.
Waitstaff at Snappy Lunch paused, leaned out and smiled as the group of 23 students crooned “Have Yourself A Merry Christmas.” Applause followed the musical numbers, some fro

North Surry's Greyhound Sounds brought the jolly to downtown Mount Airy shoppers and businesses Tuesday afternoon as they performed a variety of Christmas carols. Waitstaff at Snappy Lunch paused, leaned out and smiled as the group of 23 students crooned “Have Yourself A Merry Christmas.” Applause followed the musical numbers, some fro

Mount Airy City Schools Child Nutrition Director Elke Boyd died early Tuesday morning after a second bout with cancer. According to information provided by school officials, Boyd had been an employee of the MACS since September of 2007.
She had more than 15 years of experience in the state and county. Boyd held a masters of education in health pro

City schools child nutrition director dies

Mount Airy City Schools Child Nutrition Director Elke Boyd died early Tuesday morning after a second bout with cancer. According to information provided by school officials, Boyd had been an employee of the MACS since September of 2007. She had more than 15 years of experience in the state and county. Boyd held a masters of education in health pro

Organizers of last year's Mount Airy City Schools' Community Night are predicting this year's event will be even better. According to B.H. Tharrington Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) spokesperson Reagan Tidd, the celebration will include bounce houses and informational tables on schools, school clubs and school programs.
The community night is s

City schools set community night event

Organizers of last year's Mount Airy City Schools' Community Night are predicting this year's event will be even better. According to B.H. Tharrington Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) spokesperson Reagan Tidd, the celebration will include bounce houses and informational tables on schools, school clubs and school programs. The community night is s

DOBSON — Copeland Elementary teacher Sarah Yopp invited her grandmother, Sarah “Gamma” Arnold, to class Monday morning to talk about polio.
The disease was referenced in Joyce Hostetter's book “Blue,” which students have been studying.
The 88-year-old told the class about working as a medical technician in various po

Polio victim ties book “Blue” to the real world for students

DOBSON — Copeland Elementary teacher Sarah Yopp invited her grandmother, Sarah “Gamma” Arnold, to class Monday morning to talk about polio. The disease was referenced in Joyce Hostetter's book “Blue,” which students have been studying. The 88-year-old told the class about working as a medical technician in various po

Millennium Charter Academy's featured speaker at its fifth grade Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation Friday morning borrowed from the tradition of the film character of Rocky Balboa.
Mount Airy Christian Church Pastor David Kern said the movies about the fictional boxer had inspired him. He said the quote was a speech the boxer gave

Students hear lessons from 'Rocky'

Millennium Charter Academy's featured speaker at its fifth grade Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation Friday morning borrowed from the tradition of the film character of Rocky Balboa. Mount Airy Christian Church Pastor David Kern said the movies about the fictional boxer had inspired him. He said the quote was a speech the boxer gave

Austin Caviness told local elected officials Thursday night at Cross Creek Country Club he viewed them as a “room full of people who are doing what the Lord has called you to do.”
The former meteorologist, who now serves as a pastor at Salem Fork Christian Church, made his remarks quaring the Quarterly Conference of Locally Elected Off

Speaker: elected officials are called to service

Austin Caviness told local elected officials Thursday night at Cross Creek Country Club he viewed them as a “room full of people who are doing what the Lord has called you to do.” The former meteorologist, who now serves as a pastor at Salem Fork Christian Church, made his remarks quaring the Quarterly Conference of Locally Elected Off

DOBSON — On the diamond, members of the Surry Community College baseball team unite in a common goal, doing everything in their power to help the Knights win.
Recently the Knights came together with an even bigger goal in mind, that of helping their fellow man.
For the ninth consecutive year, the Surry Community College baseball team helped

Surry Knights baseball players assist food drive

DOBSON — On the diamond, members of the Surry Community College baseball team unite in a common goal, doing everything in their power to help the Knights win. Recently the Knights came together with an even bigger goal in mind, that of helping their fellow man. For the ninth consecutive year, the Surry Community College baseball team helped





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