Local student receives Alpha Theta grant – Mount Airy News
Peggy Prevette
Alpha Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Educational International Society has selected Peggy Prevette to receive the organization’s annual $1000 grant-in-aid.
Peggy is a 2021 graduate of Surry Central High School. She plans to attend Queen’s University this fall and major in special education.
Interns spend summer at the quarry
Slab-building pottery class set in Stuart
September 27, 2021
New releases available at the Mount Airy Public Library:
The Kids Are Gonna Ask – Gretchen Anthony
Foregone – Russell Banks
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie – Marie Benedict
The Only Good Indians – Stephen Graham Jones
Hope, Faith & a Corpse – Laura Jensen Walker
Large Print Fiction
The Other Emily – Dean Koontz
No Way Out – Fern Michaels
Ocean Prey – John Sandford
The Berlin Shadow – Jonathan Lichtenstein
The library story times are open for anyone who would like to come in and join us. Adults must wear a mask. Mondays at 4 p.m. Afternoon Story Time for children in kindergarten through second grade; Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Toddler Time for children ages 2 and 3; Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Book Babies for children aged birth to 2 years old; Thursday at 11 a.m., Mixed Age Story Time, birth to preschool.
Tai Chi has returned to the library. Join us each Friday at 10 a.m. This class is beneficial for those with limited mobility.
Classic Movie Monday returns on the last Monday of the month with “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” The Library Card Sign Up Month theme is “The Child” or Baby Yoda, so this month we will watch a classic from the 1970s.
LACE — Romance Readers Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The book chosen for September is “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation” by Lauren Willig. Copies are available at the desk.
A handmade quilt has been donated to the Northwestern Regional Library system by Carol McDowell to use as a raffle prize. We and our sister libraries will be selling raffle tickets one for $1 or 6 for $5. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of eBooks for the region. Tickets are available now, you can come by the library to purchase the tickets and see a picture of the quilt.
National Voter Registration Day – Are you registered to vote? If not, come out to the library on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and we will assist you with the process. #VOTEREADY?
Keep up with all events on our FaceBook pages, https://www.facebook.com/groups/fmapl and https://www.facebook.com/mtapublibrary or our website https://nwrlibrary.org/mountairy/
September 26, 2021
Adam McHone, DNP, has been appointed director of advance practice at Northern Regional Hospital effective Oct. 1.
Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) refer to physician assistants and advanced practice nurses that include certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. McHone, a board-certified nurse practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice, will continue to work full-time as an attending provider in the hospital’s emergency department, a position he has served in since 2012.
“Adam is an outstanding clinical and administrative leader and has demonstrated proficiency in developing and implementing patient-centered protocols and programs that far exceed national quality standards” said Chris A. Lumsden, president and chief executive officer of Northern Regional. “Adam enjoys a superb working relationship with physicians, his fellow APPs, and clinical and support staff of Northern Regional. He will help advance our organization to greater levels of achievement in providing access to high-quality, safe care for all patients,” added Lumsden.
“I am honored and privileged to serve as director of advance practice at Northern,” said McHone. “Under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Jason Edsall, chief medical officer, I am excited about working collaboratively with my colleagues to enhance the hospital’s current patient-care programs and services, as well as create and implement new initiatives that will foster a team-based care and collaborative culture.”
Dr. Edsall explained that in this new part-time position, “McHone will provide support and guidance to APPs regarding practice and professional development opportunities. He will also work closely with Northern’s medical staff and executive leadership team to help recruit APPs and develop and grow clinical programs. This unique position signifies NRH`s continued commitment to supporting, expanding, and prompting the hospital`s medical staff.”
McHone began his nursing career as an RN in Northern’s Intensive Care Unit in 2008 before transferring to the emergency department. During this time and presently, he serves as a member of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s AirCare Critical Care Transport team. McHone completed his Bachelor of Science in nursing from Winston-Salem State University in 2009 and his Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner in 2012, also from WSSU. He received his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018 from the University of South Alabama. He is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
September 26, 2021
Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care has named Sara Goslen Tavery as senior director of philanthropy.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Sara join our team,” said Tracey Dobson, CEO of Mountain Valley Hospice. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and keen understanding of our mission, commitment to our patients and the communities we serve.”
Tavery joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in August, after five years with Trellis Supportive Care, most recently as director of annual giving. She has more than 14 years of fundraising, marketing, and advertising experience.
“As the director of philanthropy, Sara is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Mountain Valley’s fundraising, including the major gifts program, grant writing, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns,” Dobson said.
A native of Winston-Salem, Tavery earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the association’s North Carolina Triad Chapter’s membership committee.
September 26, 2021
The Mount Airy News recently had a booth at the Surry County Agricultural Fair, held in Mount Airy. At the booth folks were free to register for a chance to win one of several prizes.
The paper recently held a drawing for the prizes, and the winners are:
– Denver Fulk, of Ararat, who won the grand prize of a Blackstone griddle grill;
– Mary Lilly of Mount Airy won the beach rocker;
– Rosalva Monroy of Mount Airy won the arbor;
– Jamie Heath of Mount Airy won the electric knife sharpener.
September 26, 2021
Northern Regional has received the American Heart Association Stroke Silver Plus and Bronze Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement Awards.
According to hospital officials, the recognition is for the hospital’s “commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.”
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
“Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times,”the hospital said.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.
“Northern Regional Hospital is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Debbie Moser, stroke coordinator at Northern. “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”
Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Northern Regional also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.
“We are pleased to recognize Northern Regional Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of neurology, director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
Northern Regional Hospital also received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll/ award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
Additionally, Northern received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”
Northern is also certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
September 26, 2021
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 County Register of Deed’s office include:
– Premier Property, LLC to William Franklin Bounds; tract Sunset Park PB 1 76 Elkin estate of Eve Lilly; $188.
– Sebert Ray Pack and Ellen Pack to Teauge Thetford and Alyssa Thetford; 1.000 acres Pilot Church Road; $290.
– Michael David Beredsen to Kimberly K. Beredsen; tract Mount Airy; $490.
– Estate of Robert Coleman Ring, Carrie Ring Whitaker, Leslie Travis Whitaker, Emily Ring Butcher, Adam Butcher, Edward A. Butcher, Matthew R. Ring, Michelle Ring, and Robert Coleman Ring to Matthew David Wall and Shae Hagin Wall; tract one 35,488 sq ft and tract two 21.88 acres PB 27 116 Siloam estate of Robert Coleman Ring file 21 E 600; $550.
– Clifford S. Daniel and Sandra G. Daniel to Sandra G. Daniel; quitclaim deed tract one 3.02 acres and tract two 2.500 acres Mount Airy; $0.
– Sandra Gail Daniel and Sandra Snow Perkins to Travis J. Atkins; 2.500 acres PB 15 145 Eldora; $222.
– The Reeves Living Trust, Roger L. Reeves and Nellie S. Reeves to Sedano Efrain Barrera and Linda Louis Barrera; tract Franklin; $34.
– Jeremiah Minton and Amber Minton to Drake Yarwood and Makayla Yarwood; 1778/91 record 5.51 acres Bryan; $76.
– Andy Pandy, LLC to Harsh Rajeshkumar; lots 1-3 block D Graves Heights development PB 3 158 Mount Airy; $150.
– Doris Elaine Hawks to Cross Training Ministry of Pilot Mountain; 1.75 acres South Westfield; $0.
– Ronald Ray Hall and Rebecca Sue Hall to Gary Michael Branch and Deborah Hardy Branch; tract two Stephen
V. Sprinkle subdivision PB 15 45 Dobson; $40.
– Nelta Hiatt Thayer, Nelta H. Howard Messick, and Grant E. Thayer to Vickie Mounce Ramey and Beckie Mounce Sebastion; 17.148 acres tract one Charlie R. Hiatt property PB 13 19 Dobson; $0.
– Alma McCraw Shinault to John A. Lammers and Deborah B. Lammers; 3.935 acres tract two Steven C. Shipley property PB 14 213 Bryan; $480.
– CMH Homes Inc. to Bradley T. Duncan and Valerie George; tract Bradley Duncan property PB 38 26; $424.
– Lisa Robbin Simmons to Jacob Atkins and Alisha Atkins; 0.53 acres lot 14 Lynn Wood acres section II PB 9 11 Mount Airy; $350.
– Delarco Inc. to Montello Martin Gomez; lots 17-18 Circle Drive PB 6 15 Dobson; $570.
– Teddy R. Beaver and Kathe S. Beaver to Anvar David Tavera Luna and Vanessa Ann; lots 40-41 G. H. Stantliff property PB 3 170 Mount Airy; $350.
– Hilda S. Harbour to Wade Lee Harbour Jr. and Teresa Snow Harbour; 2 tracts Rockford; $0.
– Manley K. Stovall Jr. and Tammy M. Stovall to Brycen Chase Cockram and Madison Hope Cockram; lot 2 Riverside Acres subdivision PB 6 75 Mount Airy; $550.
– Donna M. Isbell to Blake C. Roth and Megan B. Roth, tract Dobson; $510.
– Jo Anne Cummings Marital, Hazel Mounce Cummings, Mary Hazel Cummings, Robert S. Cummings and Jo Anne Cummings to Keychain Capital Investments, LLC; tracts; $250.
– Sheppard Ausby Moore to Jeffery S. Moore; tract one 9.596 acres tract two 10.890 acres PB 34 13 Stewarts Creek; $0.
– Terry W. Freeman, Connie S. Freeman, and William Lee Wilkes to Bishop Tomlin and Venus Tomlin; 1 acres Stewarts Creek; $480.
– Jennifer Lovill Freeman and Phillip Anthony Freeman Jr. to Jodi Snow Dearman; lot 2 Pine Lakes development PB 6 196 Mount Airy; $354.
– Jordan B. Hull to Christin E. Hull; 10.00 acres Eldora; $0.
– Harold Hodges Investments, LLC to Redoak Development, LLC; tract Mount Airy; $1,440.00.
– The estate of Stephen D. Bolatto, Adam Stephan Bolatto, Jessica Roberts Bolatto, and Stephen D. Bolatto to Sally Bowen Roberts; 0.620 acres Franklin estate of Stephen D. Bolatto File no 21 E 6 49; $86.
– Steven Dale Kirkman Jr. and Michelle H. Kirkman to Deborah S. Jackson; 1.33 acres South Westfield; $90.
– Erica M. Trexler and Lamech Walker Trexler to Matthew Chase Holder and Hanna M. Holder; 1.065 acres Elkin; $498.
– Odessa Shores and Bessie Odessa Shores to Lashae Joplin and Justin Joplin; 10.00 acres Bryan; $0.
– Ida Breanne Watson and Sidney Allen Watson to Maxine Floris and Ryan A. Holloway; tract Gwynwood Drive; $400.
– David G. Miller and Jeannine H. Miller Trust, David G. Miller, and Jeannine H. Miller to Nathaniel D. Henderson and Elizabeth R. Henderson; tract Elkin; $180.
– Sheppard Ausby Moore Jr. to Jason A. Moore and Christopher R. Moore; tracts Stewarts Creek; $0.
– Hilda S. Harbour to R. Kent Whitaker and Lynn H. Whitaker; tract one 12.274 acres PB 39 95 and tract two tracts and tract three 7.853 acres tract three PB 23 20 Rockford; $0.
– Barker Eldon Taylor and Gina Lynette Taylor to John Robert Shroyer and Lori Lang Shroyer; lots 11-12 section 3 Mountain View subdivision PB 9 158 Franklin; $70.
– J&T Properties of Surry County, LLC to Michael Brandon Johnson and Britani T. Johnson; 10.056 acres South Westfield; $154.
– Ryan Alexander Atkins to Guadalupe Castillo; 2 tracts Mount Airy; $156.
– Michael D. Park to Sandy Jason Spicer and Ashley Helms Spicer; 10.086 acres PB 39 49 Elkin; $182.
– Sarah Snow Holyfield, Leon Holyfield, and Jane S. Snow to Benny and Diane Snow, LLC; 2.540 acres lots 3-4 PB 14 228 Dobson; $53.
– Steven C. Whitt and Laura Felts Whitt to Michael Bobbitt and Katie Bobbitt; .82 acres lot 4 PB 13 8 Shoals; $792.
– Larry Kirkman George to Isaac Torres and Maria Jose Torres; lot 3 section 4 Pine Lakes subdivision PB 7 38 Stewarts Creek; $360.
September 26, 2021
The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• BOWEN ROBERT WARD, age 51, white male
He is wanted on a probation violations and is on probation for possess stolen goods and larceny of motor vehicle.
• CYNTHIA NICHOLE GLASS, age 33, white female
She is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony possess schedule II controlled substance and driving while impaired.
• CARL LEWIS CARTER, JR., age 30, white male
He is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for larceny and shoplifting.
• JOSEPH DAVID COOKE, age 51, white male
He is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for 2 counts felony possess firearm by felon.
View all probation absconders on the internet at http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi and click on absconders. Anyone with information on any probation absconders should contact Crime Stoppers at 786-4000, county probation at 719-2705 or the Mount Airy Police Department at 786-3535.
The Surry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following people:
• GREGORY BRET HODGES …… 27 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE : Wanted for felony larceny of motor vehicle, felony possession of stolen motor vehicle, felony larceny, felony possessing/receiving stolen property, misdemeanor injury to personal property as well as several orders for arrest for failure to appear on previous felony narcotics charges.
• ANTHONY DAVID BLEDSOE ……. 20 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE : Wanted for four felony counts of larceny of motor vehicle parts and three counts of misdemeanor injury to personal property.
• JOHNNY WAYNE BLEDSOE …… 40 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE : Wanted for three felony counts of larceny of motor vehicle parts and three counts of misdemeanor injury to personal property. Subject also has a misdemeanor probation violation.
• JONATHAN PAUL LUALLEN …… 28 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE : Wanted for felony obtaining property by false pretense and felony possession of counterfeit instrument.
Anyone with information on these individuals should call the Surry County Sheriff’s Office at 401-8900.
September 26, 2021
The acorns on the mighty oaks begin their fall
The acorns on the mighty oaks are sounding off loud and clear as they bounce off the roof of a neighbor’s outdoor garage. We wonder if the acorn harvest this autumn will be an abundant one. My Northampton County grandma always said, “When the acorns in the autumn cover the ground, in winter, snow will be around.”
Another acorn legend says that when squirrels scurry to go around and store acorns, look for a winter of cold, ice, sleet, and plenty of snow. A more pleasant fact about mighty oaks is that they grow in almost every state in America and this is why the oak is considered our national tree. Oak trees enjoy a long life span with some of them living for centuries. Many oaks do not produce their first acorns until they are 50 years old while other varieties of oaks including Northern Red Oak, Chestnut Oak, Black Oak, Scarlet Oak, Pin Oak, English Oak, White Oak, Swamp Oak, Post Oak, and Bur Oak. No wonder that the mighty oak is Americas national tree.
Autumn 2021 has made its grand entry
Autumn is now officially here and the first of autumns leaf harvest is already reaching the ground as maples begin to unload their colorful leaves and other varities will soon follow. Don’t let them blow away or go to waste. Use the leaf blower, vacuum, or an old-fashioned rake to move them to the garden plot or the compost pile or bin. Run the mower over some of them to use for mulch and to place between rows or beds of cool weather vegetables and around turnip rows, broccoli, and cabbage beds, as well as collards. Add crushed leaves to the compost and place a layer of crushed leaves around azalea beds for winter protection.
Getting the American bee balm ready to winter over
American bee balm will endure winter if you give it a bit of care and attention. As we move into October, keep the balm well watered and feed with Flower-Tone organic flower food. In mid October, trim the balm to about a foot tall. Fill the container to the brim with new potting medium and top with a layer of peat moss for added winter protection. Water lightly during winter months. Keep balm on the back part of the front porch. Reserve a towel or rag and cover the balm on freezing nights. In daytime when the sun is out and temperatures are above freezing, remove towel but replace at night. Water lightly once each week.
Spicy apple breakfast cake
It is named “breakfast” cake, but can also be made for dinner and supper too. It is a simple recipe with most of the ingredients already in your kitchen. You will need three and a half cups plain flour, one and a half cups sugar, two teaspoons of baking powder, three fourths teaspoon salt, half cup of Crisco shortening, two eggs slightly beaten, one and a fourth cups milk, two and a half cups of peeled, cored, diced tart apples, boil in water until tender (and drained), two teaspoons of apple pie spices, three fourth cup of brown sugar, one stick melted light margarine, one teaspoon vanilla. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix flour and three tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the Crisco shortening, add eggs and milk. Mix to make a soft dough. Spread the dough in a well greased 13 x 9 x 2 bowl, mix the remaining sugar, boiled cubed apples, apple pie spices, brown sugar, vanilla, melted margarine. Spread this mixture over the dough. Bake for half hour or more if needed. Serve hot or cold. Great with ice cream or Cool Whip or just plain.
Red, gold, green, yellow, pink apples available at roadside markets and supermarkets in Surry County
A trip up U.S Hwy 52 from Mount Airy and onto Interstate 77 at the state line of Virginia is a feast of colorful apple displays in boxes and bushel baskets in all sizes and colors. Enjoy the season of the apple and purchase several colors and varities. Apples will continue to be a staple with us from now all the way through winter. Use them in recipes, salads, deserts, and snacks. For a real treat, wash and core an apple and fill the core area with Skippy peanut butter!
September the time to plant spring flowering bulbs
The time to set out the bulbs of spring flowers have arrived. The bulbs of the spring flowers are showing up at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s home Improvement, Walmart, and at hardwares and nurseries. You can purchase spring bulbs in individual or assorted colors sold in singles or mesh bags. Spring flowing bulbs include daffodils, jonquils, narcissus, crocus, hyacinths, and tulips. Hyacinths come in colors of white, pink, purple, red, cream, yellow, blue, and lavender. Hyacinths are really a breath and fragrance of early spring and add one of the first bursts of color to the landscape of spring. When you buy spring flowering bulbs, buy a bag of bone meal or bulb booster to start the bulbs off. Prepare the bulbs bed and apply a layer of peat moss and sprinkle in some bone meal or bulb booster and cover with another layer of peat moss, add plenty of good soil. Water once a week. In early October, apply a generous layer of crushed leaves to the bulb bed. Continue to lightly water the bulbs each week in October.
Keep feeding the purple top turnips
The row or bed of turnips respond well to the cooler nights of late September. Side dress the turnip rows with Plant-Tone organic vegetable food and water the turnip row or bed with water wand in shower mode once a week if no rain falls.
Planting ornamental cabbage or kale
The cole family of kale and cabbage in ornamental varities add unusual hues of color to the cool weather porch. You can choose from color combinations of yellow, wine, pink, purple, mint green, cream, rose, maroon, and lavender plus light green and dark green shades. Place the cabbage toward the rear of the porch away from later harsh colder temperatures and shelter them from frost and freezes. Keep a few old rags or towels handy to cover them on very cold nights. Remove towels the next day when temperatures rise. Set only one cabbage per container. Feed once a month with Flower-Tone organic flower food. Lightly water each week.
Hints for purchasing spring bulbs
Here are some hints when purchasing the bulbs of hyacinths, jonquils, daffodils, crocus, and tulips. Buy single bulbs that you can see, feed, and touch to detect rot, softness, or unhealthy bulbs. Do not buy bulbs in paper wraps or bags that prevent you from seeing the bulbs and inspecting them. The best bulbs are those in see through mesh bags that allow you to see, feel, and inspect the actual bulbs. Another great way to purchase spring bulbs is to select them individually from bins.
Keeping an eye on the Christmas cactus
As we near the end of September, the four Christmas cactus that have spent the spring and the summer on the porch still have several more weeks there before their move to the sunny living room where they will spend the winter. Before moving them inside for winter, we will add more cactus medium to refill the containers and apply an application of Flower-Tone organic flower food. The secret to blooms on the Christmas cactus is their spending spring and summer on the porch in a semi sunny location.
Keeping hummingbirds fed in September
The hummingbirds are still visiting the feeders often as summer annuals fade away. Most hummers will be around until mid October. Keep feeders about half filled to avoid waste and check them every other day. Their appetite and consumption will determine how much nectar to place in the feeders.
Front porch air that is easy to breath
It is real therapy to breath in the fresh, cool, autumn, humidity-free breezes on the front porch. The quiet breezes are blowing the colorful leaves to the awaiting lawn. The sound of crows in the distance and leaves gracefully gliding to the ground makes the porch a great place to be on an autumn afternoon.
Hoe hoe hoedown
“Digging new rows.” A farmer robbed a bank and was sentenced to prison. He received a letter from his wife that said, “Here you are in prison, smoking cigarettes from the state, eating their food and watching T.V while I’m at home alone. Who’s going to plow the fields so I can plant the potatoes?” The farmer wrote her back saying, “Don’t plow the field that’s where I buried the money.” A few days later she wrote back and said, “Someone must be reading your mail. The sheriff and his deputies came out yesterday and plowed the whole field. What should I do now?” The farmer wrote back and said, “Now you can go ahead and plant the potatoes!”
“Knowing the future.” Jackie: “My grandpa knew the exact day of the year and also the exact time of day that he was going to die and he was right about both.” Blackie: “Wow! That’s unbelievable, how could he know all that?” Jackie: “The judge told him!”
Reading and writing. Dad: “What did you learn in school today?” Daughter: “They taught us how to write.” Dad: “Wow! What did you learn to write?” Daughter. “I don’t know, we haven’t learned to read yet!”
September 26, 2021
The following marriage licenses were issued in Surry County:
– Brandon Charles Hutchins, 30, of Surry County to Emily Beth Shore, 28, of Surry County.
– Clarence David Coins, 49, of Surry County to Nowel Cosgrave, 46, of Surry County.
– William Trevor Gordon, 31, of Forsyth County to Ashlyn Elizabeth Hooks, 32, of Forsyth County.
– Christoper Austin Venable, 23, of Surry County to Julia Christine Shores, 22, of Surry County.
– Steven Wesley Douglas, 36, of Wilkes County to Brittany Nicole Miller, 30, of Wilkes County.
– Dustin Lee Atchley, 25, of Surry County to Autumn Lynn Wagoner, 24, of Surry County.
– Johnny Blake Barneycastle, 22, of Surry County to Macayla Elizabeth Brickell, 20, of Surry County.
– Jonathan Bryce Hamlin, 27, of Surry County to Brooke Sophia Holder, 23, of Surry County.
– Nathan Travis Sharpe, 29, of Surry County to Nancy Soto Guevara, 27, of Surry County.
– Alex Russell Brewer, 27, of Surry County to Erin Ruth Griffith, 25, of Surry County.
– Eric Hernandez, 32, of Surry County to Paola Mendoza, 25, of Yadkin County.
– Tyler Dwayne Morton, 23, of Carroll County, Virginia, to Jessica Marie Stilwell, 19, of Carroll County.
– Gregory Keith Absher, 40, of Grayson County, Virginia, to Sarah Ann Mooneyhan, 35, of Carroll County.
– John Calhoun Dickson III, 25, of Surry County to Mollie Louann Davis, 23, of Surry County.
– David Arthur Marcyes, 21, of Montgomery County, Virginia, to Caroline Hayes Mullen Tadych, 22, of Montgomery County.
– Nathan Mark Fletcher, 24, of Surry County to Victoria Loren Cochran, 28, of Surry County.
– Bryan Austin Spiers, 23, Columbus County to Sarah Noel Brown, 25, of Surry County.
– James Crowson Pennell Jr., 33, of Surry County to Brandy Lynn Flores, 30, of Surry County.
September 26, 2021
After years in artisan circles — from a decade touring with a famous roots jam band to making fine furniture for the Hanes family in Roaring Gap — Joe Thrift has settled down in Elkin to teach the craft of violin making, which he studied in England in the mid-1970s.
His students typically are violin players who are drawn to the process of making their own violins out of a desire for meaning and connection.
Student Cailen Campbell’s goal is to make a violin someday from a tree he has cut down himself. Thrift said violins are often made with maple for the bottom of the instrument and spruce for the top. The violin’s neck is often made of maple and the fingerboard of ebony.
“I know of people who are experimenting with other wood,” such as red spruce, Campbell said. “I’m coming from the connection to the process. I would like to have an instrument that I knew as a tree — it would be really fulfilling for me.”
Campbell, who also hopes to someday make a violin for his young son, travels from Weaverville, near Asheville, for a double class session weekly, which amounts to nine hours of classes in a single day.
Most of Thrift’s students hail from beyond the Elkin area, commuting for the day to attend class or, in the case of Kelly Sivy, uprooting and moving to Elkin to devote years to studying under Thrift. She brings her blind sheepherding dog, Dill, to class with her. When a fellow classmate recently struck up some Irish tunes on the first violin Sivy completed, Dill sang along with gentle howls.
Sivy, of Fairbanks, Alaska, wanted to study under a master violin-maker, but most programs offering that experience involved an expensive, four-year university degree. Sivy is already a highly educated wildlife ecologist, and was looking for a more affordable education route. Until recently, Thrift taught his courses through Surry Community College, and Sivy was attracted to the reasonable rates for taking continuing education courses with him.
Surry and Thrift parted ways during the pandemic, with Thrift seeking to tailor his student-to-teacher ratio in a way that met his desire for social distancing amid the risks of COVID-19, perhaps with just one-on-one or a few students at a time.
During the height of the pandemic in 2020, he taught students at his home and now has studio space in the former Chatham Mill complex that is now the Foothills Arts Center. This August, he launched his first full semester of courses, teaching 27 students spread across five days per week, sometimes well into the evening.
Among his courses is a special intensive instruction session with a student who is also an artisan at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, and Sivy, through an N.C. Arts Council grant.
His studio at the arts center, which is a collection of about five small rooms, hosts an array of tools, from fine scrapers used to delicately carve the wood by hand, to power tools as large as a human that are seen in any fine woodworking shop.
Thrift grew up in Winston-Salem, where he graduated from Reynolds High School.
“My father was a pipe organ builder and my mother was the organist at the Moravian church, where my dad was also the choir director,” he said. “I was never in the choir.”
Thrift heard his two older brothers complain weekly about choir practice, and so he pursued instruments instead, taking piano and clarinet.
“I grew up in a musical family,” he said. “I played in the Moravian Easter band every year and all that stuff.”
After high school, during the Vietnam War, Thrift joined the Navy Reserves, hoping to avoid deploying to the war itself.
“I decided I would join the Navy Reserves, which was a huge mistake on my part,” he recalled. “I hated it. When I got off the bus at boot camp and the guy started cussing and screaming at me, I realized I had made a mistake.”
He worked mainly in Florida, “teaching people how to pack parachutes and handle survival equipment, and I was in Guantanamo Bay for several weeks,” Thrift said.
After completing his service, Thrift traveled Europe with some friends on a shoestring budget of $1,000 for a month, which included his share of purchasing a car with his buddies. They logged 11,000 miles during that month.
Back in the U.S., Thrift was apprenticing at a guitar factory in Piney Creek, crafting everything from mandolins to banjos to dulcimers. He was in a band that traveled around playing the instruments they made at the factory, and he would just learn how to play them on the fly.
“Once I started playing the violin, I started wanting to learn more about that,” Thrift said.
He sought out famous instrument builders and old time players.
“I was looking for somebody to take me on as an apprentice, and nobody had orders for that,” Thrift said of the small demand each violin-maker had for people wanting to purchase handmade instruments.
Still, he endeavored to meet influential players and makers in violin and fiddle circles, and learned through them of a school in England that taught a classical form of violin making. He wrote the school a letter.
“I got an interview for August, and I flew to England and did the interview,” Thrift said. “I got accepted, and started the next month. It was a three-year program.”
“We were the fourth class they ever had and our class became the really famous class because of people who were in that class,” he said, dropping names of classmates who went on to become some of the preeminent violin craftsmen in the world.
Thrift came back to Winston-Salem and ran a violin shop for a while. It quickly turned into repair jobs and selling strings, and less about crafting instruments. He eventually closed his shop and got a job gardening in Roaring Gap.
Martha Hanes Womble, whom he gardened for, found out he made violins and asked if he could make furniture, too.
“Well, I never made any but I told her I could,” Thrift said.
She would bring him an antique piece of furniture, and he would make two copies and she would sell them in her store. He crafted the pieces in a makeshift shop under a tarp, outside a 7-foot-by-14-foot trailer he lived in that sat on a piece of property his girlfriend owned in Mountain Park. He used electricity off a temporary power pole to power his tools. His girlfriend, whom he later married, is local artist Tory Casey. They’ve now been together for 38 years.
One day, Thrift visited a music store and was purchasing a synthesizer keyboard. He was just playing around on the instrument and “hadn’t played keyboard since the fifth grade.” Members of the up-and-coming band Donna The Buffalo happened to be in the store at the time and they exchanged contact information. Shortly after, they invited him to meet up in Philadelphia, so he went.
“I get up there and it’s like an audition. I just made stuff up,” Thrift said.
He got the job and went on tour.
“I had never played electric music at all,” he admitted.
He spent nine years with the band, but burned out from touring and headed back to the Yadkin Valley.
It had been 25 years since he had seriously worked on violins, other than the odd repair or maintenance of his own instruments or those belonging to friends.
“The good thing about that is, I had forgotten a lot of the stuff I had learned in school,” Thrift said. “I totally changed the way I make violins. The whole method is different now.”
He has blended his classic training with learnings from the accomplishments of his famous classmates, but is primarily guided by his own, freewheeling artistic style. And now, the thousands of miles he’s traveled and songs he has played, influence the lessons he teaches. It’s a different kind of show. A different kind of stage.
His classes this semester are sold out.
September 26, 2021
Editor’s Note: Community Comment is a periodic column in The Mount Airy News featuring commentary from community leaders in Mount Airy and Surry County.
Mount Airy City Schools (MACS) has had a tradition of excellence for the past 127 school years focused on academics, arts, and athletics. Our current mindset of Lead-Innovate-Serve continues that tradition and moves us well into the 21st century. We believe and value every child and want to help them develop their talents, skills, and abilities. Our academics shined bright last year, just coming out of one of the most difficult years of our history. Our students and staff were amazing last year and these results are highlights of their achievements:
● MACS was 1st in the state for Math 1 and Math 3
● MACS was 4th in the state for all End of Course assessments
● MACS 3rd and 4th grade mathematics assessments were 14 percentage points above the state proficiency rate
● MACS was 5th in the state for 8th grade mathematics
● MACS was 13th in the state for 8th grade English Language Arts
● MACS was 8th in the state for English 2
● MACS was 5th in the state for 8th grade science
● MACS had 86.5% proficiency in Career and Technical Education assessments
The full results are available at https://www.mtairy.k12.nc.us
When we “Rethink Education” we want to build on the amazing academic achievements of our past but think about schools without walls such as our popular MACS Micro-School. This is a small school setting where you take your classes while being at home with a teacher that meets virtually every day. Place-based learning happens each week, having these students come together with a teacher and plant a garden or flowers, learn to swim or learn to play soccer, or be involved in the arts. This school allows your students to dream big about what they want to do, how they want to learn, and the micro-school caters to their needs. This is one example of how to not sacrifice academics, but rethink ways to approach learning.
The arts thrived last year as our teachers continued to find innovative ways to teach visual arts, theater, band, music, and chorus. We moved groups outside, spread them out in the auditorium, and added masks around instrument mouthpieces. The long tradition of the arts as a requirement for students of Mount Airy City Schools stretches back over its 127 year history. Many of you remember the great theater and chorus teachers over the years and all the productions the high school has put on through the decades. Visual arts students have graduated to four year universities and many of them are out in arts fields making their mark on the world. I was blessed to be the band director in the 90s and love watching the band program continue to grow and blossom. We have held many “Band of the Day” trophies in our hands followed by “Superior Ratings”. We have discovered new ways to incorporate the arts through our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) framework. We encourage and train teachers on how to embed the arts into their assignments and projects. We know that in most STEM careers there is an element of the arts. Helping to rethink education by making all students STEAM innovators, engages students and motivates them to learn and problem-solve.
Rethinking Education also addresses athletics. We have been innovative in how to continue to have athletics no matter the challenges. Last year, we successfully had our seasons and are working hard to do the same this year. We are using strategies such as testing, vaccination, quarantining, and modified practices to keep us moving forward this year. We have over 27 sports offered and create opportunities for students who want to participate in athletic competitions to have that opportunity. Building on the traditions of the past, we know that our long history of athletic achievements lays a great foundation for the future. Here are some of our past celebrations in just a few sports, basketball, baseball, and football:
● Football – Football offered at MACS, first game Oct. 15, 1915 against Winston-Salem High School, seven state championships in ‘35, ‘38, ‘42, ‘46, ‘48, ‘68, and ‘08 (Kelly Holder).
● Baseball – Baseball offered at MACS, first game April 22, 1915 against Goldsboro, three state championships in ‘31, ‘33, and ‘39. In a 10 year span between ‘31-’40 the Bears were in five state championship games.
● Basketball – Basketball offered as the third sport at MACS, first game Dec.r 6, 1916 against Walkertown, five state championships in ‘47, ‘60, ‘61, ‘63, and ‘02.
● Basketball – Basketball was the first known women’s sport for MACS, the first game was Feb. 20, 1917. Women’s basketball has had two state championships in 2017, 2018 (Angela Mayfield).
Not only do we have athletic competitions when you rethink education you add academic competitions. Mount Airy Middle School (MAMS) and MACS came out on top of the rankings in the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) competitions. At the association’s eleventh annual meeting, MAMS walked away with first place in the NCASA Challenge Cup for small middle schools and eighth grader Abby Epperson was named NCASA Middle School Student of the Year. After all challenges were completed, MAMS earned a total of 220 points, ranking them 55 points ahead of the second place position. The school participated in seven out of the over 16 competitions available to students. These competitions included; Art Showcase, The Quill, Forensics, MATHCOUNTS, Envirothon, National History Day, and HOSA.
We are thankful that the traditions of Mount Airy City Schools allow us to look back and reflect. But, we are challenged to continuously “rethink education” and make sure all students learn to Lead, Innovate, and Serve. If you would like to be a part of our tradition of excellence and help build traditions for the future visit us at https://www.mtairy.k12.nc.us.
September 25, 2021
• A costly piece of equipment has been stolen in recent days from a construction site in the 500 block of North Andy Griffith Parkway, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports.
The Kohler gas-powered 50-amp, 220-volt generator was discovered missing Monday. The unit, red in color, is valued at $2,000, with Hayco Construction of Pilot Mountain listed as the victim of the crime.
• Carlos Alberto Martinez, 52, of 126 Rawley Ave., No. 8, was jailed without privilege of bond on a charge of assault on a female stemming from an incident at that address on the night of Sept. 17.
Martinez is accused of slapping Elia Josefina Elizondo Ramos in the face and kicking her. He is facing an Oct. 11 appearance in Surry District Court.
• Multiple locked vehicles were discovered on Sept. 15 to have been broken into at 538 N. Andy Griffith Parkway, the address for Mount Airy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat.
A 2010 Jeep Patriot was targeted along with a 2008 Dodge Dakota and a Dodge Caravan, from which property including a Canon camera and a gold cross necklace with diamonds was stolen. The loss totaled $400.
Listed as victims are Venida Casey Blythe of Old Highway 601; Linda Susan Schwartz, also of Mount Airy; and Shelby Jean Willard of Little Dan River Road in Claudville, Virginia.
September 25, 2021
North Surry High School recognized seven new members of its Athletic Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s football game.
The Class of 2020 includes: Marcus Allen (‘88), Jimmy George (‘89), Alicia Wallace Henson (08’) and Taylor Coalson (‘12).
The Class of 2021 includes: Joe Simmons (‘90), Malaya Johnson (‘14) and Alex Cooke (‘14).
Details on each inductee can be found here.
September 25, 2021
The top-ranked Lady Bears improved to 12-0 on the season with a 9-0 win over Starmount on Thursday.
The win over the Rams is Mount Airy’s eighth victory of the season in which the Bears didn’t drop a single match. Mount Airy has only lost seven individual matches all season (five singles, two doubles) and only one was against a fellow Northwest 1A Conference teams.
The Bears, ranked No. 1 in the state’s 1A division by the N.C. High School Tennis Coaches Association, lead the NW1A Conference with an 8-0 record. East Wilkes is second at 6-2, with both losses coming to Mount Airy, followed by Elkin at 4-3, North Stokes at 3-3, Starmount at 2-4, Alleghany at 2-5 and South Stokes at 0-8.
Mount Airy only lost four individual games in the win over Starmount. No. 1 seed Carrie Marion and No. 2 Ella Brant each won a set 6-1 and took the other 6-0. The duo teamed together in No. 1 doubles and won 8-2. All remaining matches were shutout wins for the Bears.
Full results for Mount Airy vs. Starmount are below:
No. 1 Carrie Marion def. Camryn Shore 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 Ella Brant def. Caroline Wood 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 Kancie Tate def. Adan Lakey 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Audrey Marion def. Tania Lorenzo 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 Charlotte Hauser def. Mattie Tavano 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 Lily Morris def. Mariana Arroyo 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 Carrie Marion and Brant def. Shore and Wood 8-2
No. 2 Hauser and Tate def. Lakey and Lorenzo 8-0
No. 3 Audrey Marion and Morris def. Keely Martin and Isabel Ferrera 8-0
Mount Airy travels to North Stokes on Tuesday and hosts North Surry Wednesday.
September 25, 2021
The former Jones School in Mount Airy has been put up for sale by Surry County, which owns the facility that operated as an all-black campus during the last century.
This move also includes Graham Field, located across Jones School Road from the former educational institution that now serves as L.H. Jones Resource Center where a number of community programs are operated by Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. (YVEDDI).
The county government additionally is attempting to sell the former Westfield School property on N.C. 89, where a community center has operated in recent years.
“They’ve been surplused,” Nathan Walls, the assistant to the county manager and clerk for the Surry Board of Commissioners, explained Friday regarding the respective properties. “They’re available for purchase.”
The decision to offer the sites for sale was made by the commissioners during a meeting on July 19, with “extensive maintenance costs” posed by the aging buildings cited as the main motivating factor. The Jones community first became aware of the impending change of hands with the posting of a sign announcing the sale outside the resource center on Sept. 15.
“We’re interested in taking bids from people,” Walls said.
Not included in the package is the Jones Alumni Auditorium located adjacent to other former school facilities, which is owned by the J.J. Jones High School Alumni Association.
Group reaction
The old Jones campus at large, though owned by the county government, has remained a source of pride for former students, which included its addition to the National Register of Historic Places earlier this year.
It was named for John Jarvis Jones, a pioneering African-American educator who moved to Mount Airy in 1914.
Jones and his family, including son Leonidas Harold “L.H.” Jones, would establish an educational legacy that served generations of students. The campus located in the northern part of the city opened in 1936 and dispatched its final high school graduating class in 1966 — corresponding with the desegregation of public schools in Surry.
Later, the former high school served both white and African-American elementary pupils until the mid-1990s, when a new J.J. Jones campus opened on Riverside Drive. It is attended by the city’s intermediate students.
The erection of the sale sign outside the local landmark sent shock waves through the close-knit alumni group.
“Initially we were alarmed,” its president, Nancy Bowman Williams of the Jones High Class of 1965, said Friday. “But I don’t have any anxiety about it now.”
Williams, who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, and attended a local meeting of the group during the week the sign went up, added that she was reassured after talking to a woman in the Surry County manager’s office.
“And she gave me information that made me more comfortable with the sale,” said the alumni president, who based on what she has learned is hopeful about the future of the old campus.
“It looks like the new owner will recognize the historical significance of the building,” Williams added, although that party is yet to be determined. “There’s no indication that the new owner would be interested in destroying the building.”
The alumni association president said the only concern at this point involves the group being allowed to use parking facilities at the site for various programs conducted at the adjacent auditorium. “That would be our only hiccup.”
Upkeep seen as obstacle
Walls, the county government spokesman, said issues associated with the old structures have become a growing concern for county officials.
“These buildings are expensive to maintain,” he observed. “It all adds up after a while.”
Among the present needs at the Jones Resource Center complex are HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) and parking lot improvements. The burden has steadily increased over time, mirrored by the county’s annual operating contribution to YVEDDI rising from $29,000 to $40,000, Walls said.
“We have commissioners on our YVEDDI board,” he said of Surry representatives involved with the governing body for the non-profit community action organization based in Yadkinville.
Through those connections, the idea of YVEDDI possibly buying the former Jones School property has been broached. But the prevailing opinion among its officials is said to be opposed to this based on the same cost concerns as the county government.
YVEDDI is leasing the Jones Resource Center facilities, but Walls said lease revenues from the property declared surplus are being outweighed by the maintenance costs. “They’re expensive.”
Recognizing that programs of YVEDDI — including Head Start, the Yokefellow food bank, the United Fund of Surry and others — stand to be displaced by a sale, the county will assist with relocation, according to Walls. “We want that to be known,” he said on behalf of Surry officials.
In accepting purchase offers for the properties declared surplus, the upset-bid procedure is being used, in which a prospective buyer submits a proposal that is then subject to a counter-offer. It must be a certain percentage higher than the previous bid.
Walls echoed Williams’ belief that the integrity of the former Jones School will be respected by the buyer.
Historic properties can be attractive to the private sector, he pointed out, which typically includes the availability of tax credits for preservation of buildings coinciding with new uses.
“There are some private sector options to be determined.”
September 25, 2021
GREENVILLE, SC — JoAnna Stevens, a resident of State Road, has been named to the Bob Jones University Symphonic Wind Band. Stevens is a sophomore majoring in music.
The Symphonic Wind Band is BJU’s top-performing instrumental ensemble. Each year, performers audition by playing a group of excerpts taken from band literature or study etudes, scales, and sight reading unfamiliar music. Following that selection audition, a second audition is held for seating within the ensemble. The band is directed by Dr. Bruce Cox.
The band is noted for its refined performances of outstanding music. This year, the university family will have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor concert at the Gazebo on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in Stratton Hall.
Located in Greenville Bob Jones University provides a regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading. BJU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 3,000 students.
September 25, 2021
DOBSON — Local citizens with issues, questions or suggestions about federal government operations have a chance to make those known to a congressional representative this week in Dobson.
This will occur through office hours scheduled there Tuesday by the staff of Tenth District Congressman Patrick McHenry, who now represents Surry County.
Residents are invited to take advantage of the opportunity from 2 to 5 p.m. that day at the Historic Courthouse located at 114 W. Atkins St. in Dobson.
Plans call for Roger Kumpf, Rep. McHenry’s regional director for Surry County, to be available to meet with constituents who have issues with federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs.
Kumpf will also be there to listen to any concerns constituents have with federal policy or pending legislation before Congress, with those concerns to be relayed to the GOP congressman.
McHenry’s staff holds regular office hours in each county of the Tenth District, which includes eight altogether. He maintains district offices in Mooresville, Hickory and Rural Hall.
September 25, 2021
A late rally against East Wilkes on Thursday helped lift Mount Airy to a 3-1 win over the visiting Cardinals.
The Bears, now 8-6 on the season, began the latter half of their conference schedule with the match against East Wilkes. Mount Airy was 4-2 against Northwest 1A opponents the first time through, and coach Shelby Bryant said her team is ready to run the gauntlet once again.
“I’m excited for the second half of the season, and I know the girls are too,” Bryant said. “They weren’t satisfied with how some matches in first half of conference finished, so that gives them some drive for the second half. In the first half of the season you never know what to expect, but going into second half we have more motivation and now how we need to practice to face certain teams.”
Mount Airy currently sits in second place in the NW1A standings behind Elkin (12-1, 7-0 NW1A). The loss on Thursday drops East Wilkes to 3-4 in the conference.
The Lady Bears convincingly took the first set 25-15, but dropped the second set 20-25.
“I think we just played complacent,” Bryant said. “We’re were not swinging as aggressive as we did in the first set. It’s not that we played scared, because we weren’t scared to try something new and make different shots. We were just complacent and it cost us that set.”
Mount Airy took an 8-5 lead to start the third set. Amelia Radford, Kylie Hollingsworth and Addie Phipps had early kills to put the Bears out in front. Phipps also got the first of her two aces in the match in the third set. Serving was a strong point of the Bears as they averaged fewer than two service errors a set.
The third set saw both teams at their best. The lead changed hands five times, and the Bears and Cardinals were tied 12 different times in the set at the following scores: 1, 5, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25. Mount Airy went on to take the third set with a score of 27-25.
The fourth set was also back and forth, at least in the early going. The Bears and Cardinals were tied seven times before either team reached 13 points. The teams were even at: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 12.
East Wilkes put Peyton Mastin at the service line when the score was tied at 12. Strong serves from Mastin and dominant net play from teammate Lilly Adams saw East take an 18-12 lead.
Radford, who led Mount Airy with 37 attacks, had a kill to end the run, but East went up to 19 on a Granite Bear attack error. Mount Airy then regained the serve on a kill from Sofia Stafford.
Stafford’s kill would be the turning point of the set. It was the first of four-straight points by the Bears. After a combo block from Stafford and Hollingsworth cut the lead to 19-17, East Wilkes called a timeout.
“I kind of gave them a good pep talk and said it was time to take it and run with it,” Bryant said. “Then we had a few plays to give them some fire.”
East Wilkes’ final point of the match came out of the timeout to make it 20-17. Mount Airy responded by scoring the next eight points. Phipps had three kills during this span and Gracie Butcher had one. The four remaining points came off a strong serve from Hollingsworth, a double-hit violation on East Wilkes and two Cardinal attack errors.
The Bears closed the fourth set with a 12-1 run to win 25-20.
“We were just playing a lot more aggressive during that run,” Bryant said. “It was a really big accomplishment for the girls, especially to be down that much and then push close to 12-straight points to win. I think this gives them a lot of confidence moving forward in the conference.”
Hollingsworth led the team with 11 kills, followed by Phipps and Morgan Mayfield with nine, Stafford with seven, Butcher and Radford with six and Calissa Watson with one. Paxton Reece led the Bears with 29 assists, with Kinlee Reece tallying 14 and Hollingsworth picking up one.
Mount Airy had nine service aces against East Wilkes. Reece, Phipps and Radford each had two, and Mayfield, Watson and Hollingsworth each had one.
“I think things are going good,” Bryant said. “We’re learning and still adjusting every day as a team. Just tweaking things here and there. But I’m happy with the first part of the season and I think the girls are excited and will come ready to play down the stretch.”
Mount Airy takes a break from conference play to host Surry Central (10-3) on Sept. 27.
September 25, 2021
East Surry rode a wave of momentum in the second half of Friday’s game to pull away with a 56-22 win over North Surry.
In 2019, East Surry and North Surry finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the state in yards passing per game. While both squads still rely heavily on the passing game two years later, it was each team’s ground game that had the spotlight in Friday’s Foothills 2A Conference game.
East Surry scored all eight of its touchdowns on the ground. This is just the fifth game under head coach Trent Lowman that the Cardinals didn’t score a passing touchdown, and Friday was his 40th game at East.
The Cardinals finished the game with 525 total yards, and 338 of those came of 47 carries. Rushing yards also made up 150 of North Surry’s 267 total yards.
Three players individually rushed for at least 100 yards. East’s Trey Armstrong had 24 carries for 173 yards and three touchdowns, Cardinal teammate Folger Boaz finished with 14 carries for 117 yards and three touchdowns and North Surry’s Jake Simmons tallied 23 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.
North and East both embraced the running game in the second half, combining for just 60 yards passing in the third quarter and none in the fourth. North Surry (1-3, 1-1 FH2A) only attempted two passes in the first quarter, but that was because the Hounds only ran eight plays in the opening 12 minutes of action.
The Cardinals (5-0, 2-0 FH2A) received the opening kickoff and found themselves in Greyhound territory after a big pass from Boaz to Luke Bowman. Despite the emphasis on the ground game later on, Boaz still managed to rack up 187 yards passing on 15 completions.
East Surry was just outside the red zone when North Surry’s Jahreece Lynch picked the Cardinal QB off and took it 75 yards to the house. The Greyhounds led 6-0 after the PAT was blocked.
East Surry evened things up after a 9-play, 3:24 drive ended with Boaz’s first rushing touchdown. A miscue on the PAT kept the score tied at 6-6.
North Surry punted after a three-and-out on its first offensive possession. The Cardinals followed with a 12-play drive that chewed 4:21 off the clock. The drive ended with Brett Clayton plugging in a 3-yard TD run and Stephen Brantley splitting the uprights for the PAT.
Two runs from Simmons and one from quarterback James McCreary was all North Surry had time for before the end of the first quarter. The Hounds moved the chains to start the second quarter, but had to punt on fourth-and-5.
East had another long drive in the second quarter, but this one ended with Brantley punting away. The Greyhound didn’t waste any time, though, as McCreary connected with Lynch for a 70-yard touchdown pass. Lynch ran in the 2-point conversion to give North a 14-13 lead.
McCreary finished the game with eight completions for 117 yards and a touchdown. In addition to Lynch, McCreary connected with Simmons, Trevor Isaacs and Jared Hiatt for completed passes. Lynch led the team with five receptions for 95 yards.
The Cardinals marched down the field facing a second-quarter deficit for the first time this season. North’s Garrett Shore and Ty Gwyn were among the players that kept East’s offense at bay, but the Cardinals eventually broke through to score an Armstrong touchdown. A failed 2-point conversion left the score at 19-14, with East leading.
North’s attempt to retaliate ended quickly. Two incomplete passes and a sack by East Surry’s Joseph Grezmak forced the Hounds to punt after less than a minute. East Surry piled on another score to end the half; Boaz ran three yards for the touchdown, then completed a pass to Layton Allen for the 2-point conversion.
The lead grew when North Surry had to punt after receiving the second-half kickoff. East only needed five plays to score on an Armstrong run with a Brantley PAT.
North Surry allowed Simmons to break free in the third quarter after just six carries for 14 yards in the first half. The Greyhounds got positive yardage on every play the next drive except for a five-yard loss on a Clayton sack. The drive of nearly three minutes ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Simmons. McCreary connected with Simmons on the 2-point conversion to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 34-22.
East Surry was able to quell North’s comeback with two more scores in the third quarter. Armstrong, who had 77 return yards to go with his 173 rushing yards and 59 receiving yards, gave East excellent starting position in Greyhound territory. Three plays later he waltzed into the end zone for his third touchdown of the game.
The Cardinals forced a three-and-out then scored again in the third quarter. This time it was Boaz running in his third touchdown.
North’s last gasp saw the Hounds run 15 plays on a nearly four-minute long drive that started late in the third quarter and ended with 8:16 left in the fourth. The drive ended with North Surry turning the ball over on downs.
East took a few minutes off the clock running the ball before Anderson Badgett, who finished with seven carries for 48 yards, scored on a 3-yard run. Brantley hit the PAT to solidify the 56-22 final score.
North Surry came close to scoring on its final drive of the game, but ultimately ran out of time. Anthony Brown and Talan Vernon moved the chains for North before time expired when the team was in the red zone.
Friday’s game puts East Surry at 2-0 and North Surry at 1-1 in FH2A play. Both teams continue conference play next week, with the Greyhounds traveling to Forbush (4-1, 1-0 FH2A) and the Cardinals traveling to Wilkes Central (2-2, 0-2 FH2A).
East Surry – 13, 14, 22, 7 = 56
North Surry – 6, 8, 8, 0 = 22
10:06 NSHS 6-0 – Jahreece Lynch interception returned 75 yards for a touchdown, PAT no good
6:42 ESHS 6-6 – Folger Boaz 5-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
1:18 ESHS 6-13 – Brett Clayton 3-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
10:06 NSHS 14-13 – James McCreary pass to Jahreece Lynch 70-yard touchdown reception, Jahreece Lynch 2-point conversion rush
2:16 ESHS 14-19 – Trey Armstrong 8-yard rushing TD, 2-point conversion no good
0:56 ESHS 14-27 – Folger Boaz 3-yard rushing TD, Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen for 2-point conversion
9:13 ESHS 14-34 – Trey Armstrong 7-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
6:17 NSHS 22-34 – Jake Simmons 9-yard rushing TD, James McCreary pass to Jake Simmons for 2-point conversion
5:29 ESHS 22-42 – Trey Armstrong 3-yard rushing TD, Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen for 2-point conversion
0:47 ESHS 22-49 – Folger Boaz 3-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
3:42 ESHS 22-56 – Anderson Badgett 3-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
September 24, 2021
Boisterous is not a word used often in describing the typical Mayberry Day crowd.
At times, though, that might have been the best way to characterize a near-capacity Blackmon Amphitheatre audience Friday for the annual Mayor’s Proclamation ceremony.
But in a good way.
When Mount Airy Mayor Ron Niland asked the folks to stand up and shout “We Love Mayberry” while he shot a few seconds worth of video, everyone who could stand was quickly on his or her feet, their voices rising, arms up in the air in celebration.
When any of the guests on hand for the annual event spoke, they received cheers, laughs, and particularly enthusiastic responses when they mentioned what a great place Mount Airy was, or expressed their support and appreciation of the community.
Even T. Graham Brown, a country music star who was in town to both perform and enjoy Mayberry Days, raised his hand in jubilation, fingers clenched around the ceremonial Key to the City he had just received from Niland.
Friday was both a celebration of Mayberry and the lifestyle espoused in The Andy Griffith Show, and a happy reunion of Mayberry fans and friends who were glad to be together again, after the COVID-19 epidemic kept many of them home and absent from last year’s Mayberry Days.
Even before the ceremony was underway, visitors to Mount Airy were milling about, talking and laughing alongside many of the tribute artists Andy Griffith Show actors in town for the gathering.
“I’m soaking this all in,” Brown said in comments before the ceremony. Brown said he arrived in town on Thursday, and so far it’s been “fun, fun, fun. This is my kind of crowd,” the long-time Andy Griffith Show fan said.
Later, during the ceremony, Niland presented Brown with the Key to the City, prompting the country music star to raise his hand to the crowd, excited to be in town and with other Mayberry fans. After joking with the crowd a bit, he closed with “God bless America, God bless Mayberry, and God bless Mount Airy,” drawing more applause from the audience.
While Brown and Niland had joked the key wouldn’t actually work on any locks in town, another one of the Mayberry guests said that was only partially correct.
“You’re right, it doesn’t open any doors, except the door to your heart,” said Karen Knotts. The daughter of star Don Knotts, she has been a frequent visitor to Mayberry Days, and received the Key to the City several years ago.
Her comments seem to set the stage for many of the sentiments shared by many of the following guests, of the family-like feel of being in Mount Airy for Mayberry Days.
“These people are so wonderful,” said Dennis Rush, who played the character Howie Pruitt on several episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Rush said the Surry Arts Council’s Tanya Jones had been after him for years to come to Mayberry Days, an offer he finally accepted in 2018.
“I didn’t know any of this existed,” he said of the Mayberry fans and their annual festival in Mount Airy. “This was so great,” he said, adding that he returned in 2019, and while COVID kept him away last year, he’s back for 2021 and hopes to travel from his San Diego home many more times to visit.
Clint Howard, who made an occasional appearance on the show as little Leon, dressed in a cowboy get-up while chomping on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, said he has no specific memory of the show given that his appearances came by the time he was 5.
“What I do remember is that not a day went by when any negativity came home to the house,” he said. His older brother, Ron, of course played Opie, and their dad, Rance, was often on the set and occasionally played an extra.
Howard told the crowd that while he lacks specific memories of being on the set, he knows the positivity and family atmosphere there has affected his life in many ways over the years.
“And you guys represent it,” he told nearly 300 people gathered for Friday’s ceremony. “It (that spirit) came from the people of Mount Airy. Mayberry lives with me today because of you…you are part of what’s best in America.”
“It’s so lovely…” said Margaret Kerry, struggling to find words to describe her emotions. Kerry, 92, played the role of Bess Muggins and Helen Scobey on two separate episodes of the show. “I love you all,” she finally said to the crowd. “You bring me back to that time,” when she was on the show.
LeRoy McNeese, who appeared as one of the Country Boys on the show, said his first appearance in Mayberry Days was 20 years ago.
“It was just so overwhelming,” he said of the friendship and kinship he felt. “This is a medicine that no one can bottle.”
Perhaps the loudest applause came when Ronnie Schell briefly addressed the crowd, echoing the others about how glad he was to be back in Mount Airy, before quipping “I hope you all will join me in a petition banning Ted Koppel.” He was referencing a piece that aired on CBS Morning on Sunday when Koppel seemed to cast Mount Airy in an unflattering light.
Schnell is most famous for the character Gilbert “Duke” Slater on Gomer Pyle, a spin-off show of The Andy Griffith Show. He has been a popular visitors over the last few years.
Of the 300+ people in the crowd, there were plenty of smiles, cheers and shared memories. Many confirmed that it is what makes Mount Airy special and keeps people returning for Mayberry Days year after year.
September 24, 2021
DOBSON — A Blue Star Memorial Marker, honoring men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services, was unveiled at a ceremony in Dobson on Friday, Sept. 10. The ceremony was held, with light refreshments served, at 10 a.m. on the Historic Courthouse lawn, 114 W. Atkins St. The marker is located along Kapp Street.
The memorial dedication event was sponsored by the Surry County Board of Commissioners and Modern Gardeners Garden Club. Surry County Board Chairman Mark Marion; Mount Airy Commissioner Steve Yokeley; County Manager Chris Knopf; County Veterans Affairs Director Mike Scott; Mrs. Paula Hartman, North Carolina Blue Star Memorial Chairman; retired and former members of the military; and members of the Modern Gardeners Garden Club spoke. Many other elected officials and local VIPs were invited to participate. Military affiliated honor guards presented and retired colors, ceremonially folded the American flag, and participated in the program.
Sept. 10 was chosen as the event date, as it fell one day before the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.
The public was invited to attend so that the United States Armed Services could be honored.
“We are blessed to live in the greatest country in the world thanks to the service and sacrifice of the military,” County Board Chairman Mark Marion said. “The Blue Star Memorial Marker Unveiling is a great way to honor members of the United States Armed Services and we are very happy to have the marker on the Historic Courthouse grounds in Dobson. Surry County thanks the Modern Gardeners Garden Club and everyone who brought this marker to Dobson and made this event possible.”
During World War I, a Blue Star Banner was placed in the windows of homes inhabited by the family of someone who was serving in the Armed Forces.
Captain Robert B. Quiesser, an Ohio National Guard veteran of the Mexican Border, (1916) is credited with designing the original flag.
In 1917, the Congressional Record stated, “The world should know of those who give so much for liberty. The
dearest thing in all the world to a father and mother…their children.”
Also known as the Service Flag, the blue stands for hope and pride. When a service member would lose their life, the blue star was replaced with a gold one to represent the sacrifice that was made. A silver star was displayed when a former soldier was incapacitated at home due to injuries sustained from battle.
The flag was not used again until World War II where it made it’s second appearance. On October 17, 1943, Congress authorized and approved this flag as an official design.
Although the service flags were nowhere to be found during the Korean and Vietnam wars, they appeared again during the Persian Gulf War in 1991, the Iraq War and the War on Terror.
At the close of World War II, National Garden Clubs (called National Council of State Garden Clubs at the time), like other public-spirited groups, were searching for ways to honor men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Garden Club members visualized a living memorial, preferring to help beautify and preserve the country these men and women had fought for, rather than build stone monuments.
In 1944, Mrs. Lewis M. Hull, Garden Club of New Jersey President and future National Council of State Garden Clubs (NCSGC) President, and Mrs. Vance Hood, Roadside Chairman, had an inspired idea. One thousand flowering Dogwood trees would be planted along five miles of highway, that had been designated the Blue Star Drive by the Legislature. No billboards were to be allowed on the memorial stretch. The project was named after the Blue Star Banners that used to hang in the windows of those who served.
The guest speaker at the 1945 National Council of State Garden Clubs Annual Meeting in New York City was Spencer Miller, New Jersey’s State Highway Commissioner, who had helped to implement the New Jersey project. He proposed that the program be adopted by NCSGC. At the 1945 Fall Semi-Annual Meeting, the project was approved. A “ribbon of living memorial plantings traversing every state,” called The Blue Star Memorial Highway Program, was officially adopted at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans in 1946. In 1947, Mrs. Frederick R. Kellogg (NCSGC President 1930-1933) designed a Marker that would identify the highways.
Clubs responded enthusiastically, with Rhode Island receiving the first endorsement. After official approval of the site, garden clubs would gather planting materials and Markers to get started on the project. Highway Departments would plant and maintain the area. This was the first program undertaken by garden clubs on a national scale.
While it originally began to honor World War II veterans, the mission was enlarged in 1951 to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The need for an extension of the program to accommodate other than dedicated highways became apparent. As a result, a smaller By-Way Marker, to be placed in areas such as parks, civic and historical grounds, was approved at the 1981 convention in Atlanta. This Marker was changed at the 1994 convention in Connecticut to be more descriptive by including the words “A tribute to the Armed Forces of America.”
September 24, 2021
“The Andy Griffith Show“ debuted on network television 61 years ago, and left the airwaves eight years later, more than half a century ago.
Yet the show still holds an iconic place in American society, perhaps in a way that no other show has been able to replicate. Documentary film maker Chris Hudson examines that — and tries to reveal what he believes is the key to the show’s enduring popularity in his film, “The Mayberry Effect.“ The documentary screened Wednesday at the Historic Earle Theatre, and is scheduled for two more showings during Mayberry Days — at 1 p.m. and then 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, at the Earle.
Hudson said taking on such a project was never in his plans when he began thinking about doing the piece that eventually became “The Mayberry Effect.“
“I have worked in television and documentaries for 20 years, and decided to go back and get my masters at Wake Forest University,” he said of the genesis of his project. As part of pursuing his master’s he needed a thesis film project.
”I was looking for an interesting character, an interesting story,” he said. Because of his contacts in the television industry, especially in the regional commercial industry, he had a chance to meet David Browning, who is better known in the Mayberry universe as The Mayberry Deputy. He had been doing some commercials in the Kernersville area when Hudson met him.
”I thought he was a fascinating person, a fascinating character, actor.” After learning Browning was from Bristol, Virginia, he drove to Browning’s home and spent the day with him, trying to stake out how he might approach a documentary on Browning as the Mayberry Deputy.
“This was toward the end of his career, he said he was thinking about retirement. He said he liked the idea but said ‘There’s a bigger picture here.’”
“I grew up watching it (‘The Andy Griffith Show’),” he said. “I grew up in Charlotte, it was always on between 5 and 6 p.m. before dinnertime. I was familiar with the show, the characters. I think it was just part of our life more than anything we thought was extra special at the time.”
In fact, he had rarely been to Mount Airy until starting on the documentary.
“Five years ago was when I started to visit Mount Airy on a regular basis. It’s now become a huge part of my life.”
Hudson said his original concept was simply following some of the tribute artists, chronicle their stories as what he called super fans of the show.
“Once I started spending time with them, reading Mayberry books, talking with Allen Newsome and Jim Clark and others, I realized there was a lot more there…you start to unravel pieces of the puzzle.”
That puzzle, he said, is what made “The Andy Griffith Show“ so popular and timely 61 years ago, a black and white television show debuting when John Kennedy was still running for president, and what keeps it popular today in the internet age.
“I wanted to look at what “The Andy Griffith Show” has done for Mount Airy over the years and how “The Andy Griffith Show” has affected American culture.”
As evidence of that long-term effect on culture, he cited examples of how The Simpsons, Second City TV, Saturday Night Live, and other shows still spoof or make reference to the classic series. He said comedian Jerry Seinfeld has been influenced by the show, as has country music and gospel music.
“That was a big surprise…30, 40, 50 years later how influential this show was on our entertainment industry, on fans, on these people who come to Mayberry Days. They are very nostalgic for a simpler time.”
And that, he believes, is really at the root of enduring loyalty among the show’s fans — nostalgia.
Hudson said he spent quite a bit of time researching nostalgia and its psychological effects on people, eventually finding answers from psychologists in England who could explain the power that nostalgia has over people.
“The idea of nostalgia, it’s an exploration…sometimes we feel like there was a simpler time…sometimes that’s not grounded reality,” he said, noting that life was probably never as simple and easy as portrayed in the series, and his documentary does address how the show steered clear of vexing social issues of the time.
He also said simple is relative. “My kids, in the future, might think now is a simpler time for them,” he said.
Ultimately, he believes the documentary answers some questions about the hold “The Andy Griffith Show” seems to have over its fans and larger society — but not all questions. He purposely took that route, wanting his audience to think a little deeper after seeing his documentary.
“I wanted to ask the questions, let the viewer decide,” he said. “It opens up the door for people of many different backgrounds, different viewpoints, they can explore and watch and learn something about “The Andy Griffith Show” without feeling like it’s slanted in either direction. I think my documentary is open to a much wider audience than just Mayberry fans or just fans of Andy Griffith.”
As for his personal view of why the show is still so popular, and why he believes it may remain so for many years to come?
“You can sit down and watch that show, knowing your kids can watch that show and learn something from it. It’s not offensive, I think it makes people feel good at the end of each show…and I think they want to share that feeling after the fact. I honestly believe “The Andy Griffith Show” is rooted in humanity, the characters, the way Andy Griffith treats Don Knotts and everyone else in town, helping everyone else in Mayberry, and then every once in a while you see how everyone else helps Andy.
“The humanity, the morals and lessons in the show, are and should be sought out after today. That’s why I think people keep landing on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’.”
In addition to the two showings at the Historic Earle Theatre on Sunday, the documentary is available on Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and other video on demand digital channels. The trailer is accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFnaX5HKbI4
September 24, 2021
WASHINGTON – Three Surry County fire departments will split $644,780 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants, according to Today, Tenth District Rep. Patrick McHenry.
The grants will go to the Shoals Volunteer District in Pinnacle, the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department in Pilot Mountain, and Jot-Um-Down Volunteer Fire Department in Elkin. They come in the fourth round of this year’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awards.
“These grants assist local fire departments by enabling them to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities in order to better respond to emergencies whenever they may occur,” McHenry’s office said in announcing the grants. “Local departments apply for the grants from the program which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.”
Shoals Volunteer Fire District Inc. was awarded a SAFER Grant of $133,150. Chief Bubba Killgo said that grant funds would be used to purchase new turnout gear for recruits, an LED recruitment and marketing sign, a pay-per-call stipend and other recruitment and retention initiatives.
Westfield Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a SAFER Grant of $163,435. The department will use this grant to fund retention and recruitment programs for volunteer firefighters.
Jot-Um-Down Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a SAFER Grant of $348,195. The department will use this grant to fund retention and recruitment programs for volunteer firefighters.
“Surry County’s fire departments have done an amazing job in this extremely competitive process to receive funding that goes straight back to help protect local lives and property,” McHenry said. “With the rugged terrain and vast areas of forests and state park land, it is important there is a ready and well-equipped fire service to protect these natural treasures and the people who call Surry County home.”
A panel of fire experts at the Department of Homeland Security awards SAFER grants through a competitive review process. McHenry hosts workshops for 10th District EMS and fire departments to help guide personnel through the process and give them an inside view of what the committee looks for.
Jot-Um-Down, Shoals and Westfield are three of six Tenth District departments to receive SAFER funding so far in the FY 2020 grant cycle with a total of $1,454,252 awarded among those departments.
Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.
September 24, 2021
When watching a Thanksgiving documentary from Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, I listened to the lead journalist ask young adults the following questions about the first Thanksgiving:
1. What country did the Pilgrims come from? They answered, “Asia.”
2. What year did the Pilgrims celebrate the first Thanksgiving? They answered, “1492, no maybe it was 1820.
Although the above answers tended to play on the comical side, the reality of false historical information was a bit scary.
In Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Moses wrote, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart: and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
God was urging Moses to train Joshua, his successor, to not assume that the next generation will automatically follow in line with the worship of the God of their fathers. This type of teaching had to be done on a daily basis by parents teaching their children. God was giving the parents a commandment to spend time with their children for teaching religious instruction as well as life skills.
One haunting passage from Judges 2:10 read;
“After that whole generation had also been gathered to their fathers, another generation rose up who did not know the Lord or the works that He had done for Israel. After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”
When reflecting upon that passage, it gave the sad historical account that although the younger generation may have had some head knowledge about God, they did not know Him in a personal matter. They had no heart knowledge. They became a nation that forsook God, and as a result, they began to live a roller-coaster style of spirituality.
In this particular passage of scripture, Moses, Joshua, and Caleb’s generations had died. The following generations arose without much knowledge of the Red Sea crossing and the wilderness experiences. The parents had failed to teach their Hebrew history and as a result, the younger generation had grown up in the Promised Land, but did not know Hebrew history. As a result, they forsook the God of their Fathers and served Baal, which was the god of their heathen neighbors, thus accepting their culture.
Because of the failure of the older generation to train the younger generation in the ways of the LORD their God, they forsook their covenant relationship as a nation. According to the great commentator, Matthew Henry, the Hebrews “did not become atheists, but worshipers of multiple gods … and made their courts to sun and moon…and became a nation of mean and miserable.”
Mean and miserable. Unpleasant. Shameful. Unhappy. Wretched. Depressed. Were these the types of stepping stones that Joshua’s generation wanted placed down for their grandchildren? Probably not.
Reviewing the article written by Ed Hinson about leaving a legacy for children, he wrote the following in his book The Total Family:
1. If you want your child to be a spiritual giant, you must lead the way.
2. If you want your child to be dependable and consistent, you must lead the way by example.
3. If you want your child to surround himself with spiritually minded friends, then you must surround yourself with spiritually minded friends.
In closing, remember a direction given from Solomon,
”Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many;” Proverbs 4:10
September 24, 2021
A heart attack is not a good thing under any circumstances, but at least special procedures exist locally to maximize a patient’s chances of survival.
And that has resulted in Surry County Emergency Services receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Achievement Award.
The local lifesaving organization was recognized for implementing specific quality-improvement measures to treat patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
“It is still the number one killer,” said Eddie Jordan, who as compliance officer for Surry County Emergency Services oversees its involvement with the STEMI program under which the American Heart Association award was given.
STEMI refers to an ST elevation myocardial infarction, the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow in one of the major arteries to the heart which requires timely treatment.
Each year, more than 250,000 people experience such an attack.
Jordan said the Surry EMS responds to about 1,200 cardiac-related calls annually, which include simple chest-pain cases not determined to be problematic on up to the severe level. About 300 of those exhibit some form of the STEMI criteria, “which is being an actual heart attack needing immediate attention,” he explained.
To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel, which can include the insertion of a stent — a type of tube — or by providing clot-busting medication.
In light of that necessity, the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program that Surry County Emergency Services participates in helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks.
This starts from the time when 9-1-1 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge.
“It’s a real structured system,” Jordan said.
The STEMI concept recognizes the fact that optimal care for heart attack patients takes coordination between the individual hospital, EMS and health-care system overall.
Surry County EMS crews seek to accomplish this through multiple measures aimed at a seamless process for treatment, Jordan says.
One involves submitting the patient to an electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) test within 10 minutes, a key procedure that gauges the electrical activity of one’s heartbeat. The Surry unit accomplishes this in less than four minutes, Jordan said.
“Our saying is ‘time is muscle,’” the compliance officer added in reference to an understanding among cardiologists that the longer it takes to get treatment the greater the damage that can occur to the heart muscle and the less chance for recovery.
Another priority for Surry County Emergency Services involves notifying the receiving hospital that a patient with a severe heart attack is on the way so personnel there can be standing by to render care immediately.
“That’s one of the key elements,” Jordan said of the STEMI initiative embraced by the Surry EMS, as amplified by an American Heart Association spokesman:
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” Tim Henry, M.D., chairman of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee, said in a statement.
“Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.”
STEMI program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for severe heart attack patients.
Jordan said he is proud of the consistent high level achieved by local emergency crews. He pointed out that it has now been bestowed with the Gold Plus Achievement Award for two years in a row after earlier receiving silver and bronze awards.
“Surry County Emergency Services is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” he commented.
“The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”
September 24, 2021
To the Editor,
Most US presidents have wished the American people well. They have generally worked to improve the US economy, and unite the country whenever possible. Mr. Biden, to the contrary, seems to wish us ill. How else to explain the following Biden policies?
(1) Closed pipelines, making us dependent on foreign oil;
(2) Continued pandemic unemployment payments, $300-600/week, which persuaded some to stop working, destroying many businesses;
(3) Promised to raise taxes once again, further restricting investment and job-creation;
(4) Spent in unprecedented amounts, raising inflation expectations to 5%, more than twice the usual target, as zero interest-rates continue;
(5) Hoped to extend the national debt limit once again, as it approaches $28 trillion;
(6) Opened our southern border to hundreds of thousands of unvetted and unvaccinated immigrants, who will be eligible for welfare, free medical care, and free education paid for with US taxes;
(7) Handed $80 billion in armaments to the Afghan Taliban, and a $10 billion air-force base, probably to our Chinese enemies;
(8) Proclaimed confidence in Gen. Mark Milley, whose treasonous behavior will encourage still further military sedition;
(9) Refused to comment on credible charges that he and his family are paid by Ukrainian, Russian, and Chinese governments for the president’s influence;
(10) Promoted critical race theory, which teaches that Whites hate Blacks, are responsible for their relative poverty, and that only violent revolution will restore equality; and watched as BLM further encouraged racial division and defunding of police;
(11) Watched without comment as his party elects district attorneys and prosecutors who refuse to punish street crime, permitting criminal chaos in many US cities;
(12) Lockdowns and moratoria on eviction for non-payment of rent permanently destroyed many US small businesses, reminding us that one major Marxist goal is destruction of the middle class;
We recall Mr. Obama’s hope to ‘fundamentally transform’ the US, and wonder if Mr. Biden isn’t simply Mr. Obama’s assistant, exchanging America’s democratic capitalism for something closer to socialism?
Richard Merlo
September 24, 2021
To the editor,
I have just read the article on the proposed Andy Griffith Mural (“Andy Griffith mural eyed downtown,” Sept. 22, Mount Airy News). I have a few comments.
The photo-mural-collage as depicted in the article is identified as a sketches. That is not a sketch. It is a photo collage.
The proposed artist is not, in my opinion, an artist, but a technician who simply reproduces photo images in blocks of shaded colors, as in ‘paint by numbers.’
Lizzie Morrison has led the team to believe you are hiring a true artist who creates an image. I believe this is false. In essence, Mount Airy Downtown and the Tourist Development Authority are paying $50,000 for an oversized paint by number illustration.
Again, this illustration, this photo montage, is not art as defined throughout history.
Lawrence Mischel
Mount Airy
September 24, 2021
September 23, 2021
• His alleged theft of a $55 carton of cigarettes from the convenience store where he worked has resulted in a Mount Airy man being jailed on a felony charge, according to city police reports.
The crime was discovered Tuesday at Speedway on Rockford Street, leading to a charge of larceny by employee being filed against Crawford Aaron Byerly, 27, of 107 Crystal Lane. Byerly was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $4,000 secured bond and slated for an Oct. 4 appearance in District Court.
He no longer is listed as an employee of Speedway.
• Reyna Victoria Ayala Gonzalez, 24, of 2586 W. Pine St., was charged early Thursday with fleeing to elude arrest and having no operator’s license.
Gonzalez failed to pull over a 1997 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic stop and subsequently did so on N.C. 89 near Greyhound Road west of town, police records state. She is scheduled to be in Surry District Court on Nov. 15.
• Michael James Johnson, 40, of 654 Willow St., was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond last Friday, when he was served with a warrant on a felony charge of interfering with an electronic monitoring device which had been issued by state correctional personnel on July 19.
Johnson, who was taken into custody at his residence, also was the subject of an outstanding order for arrest for failing to appear in court filed on July 12. He is slated for an Oct. 5 appearance in District Court.
• Andy Gene Temoney Jr., 29, of Greensboro, was arrested on Sept. 11 after officers investigated a shots-fired call on Marshall Heights Street off U.S. 601.
Temoney was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits and also found to be the subject of an outstanding order for arrest for failing to appear in court which had been filed on April 18. He was jailed under a $500 secured bond and is to appear in District Court Monday.
September 23, 2021
As if COVID-19 hasn’t given everyone enough to worry about, now comes chronic wasting disease — with its first threat to North Carolina identified through a deer-hunting incident near Mount Airy.
Staff members of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently were notified by Cale Godfrey, Virginia’s assistant wildlife chief, of the presence of a chronic wasting disease (CWD)-positive deer located 33 miles north of the city.
“Bottom line, this sample is close, closer than any CWD-positive test result has ever been to North Carolina,” explained Ashton Godwin, legislative liaison with the Wildlife Resources Commission.
Godwin has contacted state Rep. Sarah Stevens of Mount Airy to express concerns about that discovery due to the area in Virginia being near Stevens’ legislative district in North Carolina.
“It is really bad,” Stevens said of its potential negative implications for the Mount Airy vicinity, adding that the public needed to be made aware of this threat particularly in light of the arrival of deer-hunting season this fall.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion ailment that affects such species as deer, elk, reindeer and moose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. A prion is defined as a type of protein that can trigger normal proteins in the brain to function abnormally.
CWD is fatal to animals and there are no treatments or vaccines.
So far there have been no reported cases of chronic wasting disease infection in people. However, some animal studies suggest that it poses a risk to certain types of non-human primates, such as monkeys, that eat meat from CWD-infected animals or come in contact with brain or body fluids from infected deer or elk.
Those studies raise concerns that there could also be a risk to people, the CDC guidance adds, which most likely would occur through eating deer meat.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has had a plan in place to deal with any threats from chronic wasting disease, according to Godwin.
“Our response plan triggers with a sample found within 30 miles of our border,” Godwin stated in her advisory to Rep. Stevens concerning its proximity to North Carolina. “This sample is close enough that we are preparing to increase our surveillance in the four border counties (Alleghany, Surry, Stokes and Rockingham).”
The Wildlife Resources Commission staff is activated and coordinating with the N.C. Department of Transportation to use road-kill and depredation kills throughout the coming months in conjunction with the opening of deer seasons to increase sampling, Godwin mentioned.
In Northwest North Carolina, archery season began this month and runs through early November, according to commission listings, with black powder deer hunting to occur from Nov. 6-19. Gun season is scheduled from Nov. 20 to Jan. 1.
“Once the regular deer season is open, we will increase our sampling from hunters in this area,” Godwin further disclosed.
“We already have significant sampling occurring and these (four) counties are no exceptions, but we will place increased emphasis on them now.”
Health recommendations
The CDC advises not shooting, handling or eating meat from deer that look sick, are acting strangely or are found dead (road-kill).
When field-dressing a deer, hunters are advised to wear latex or rubber gloves when dressing the animal or handling the meat. They should minimize their contact with deer organs, particularly the brain and spinal cord tissues.
Household knives or other kitchen utensils should not be used for field dressing, under CDC guidelines.
It can take more than a year for an infected animal to develop symptoms, which can include drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness and other neurologic symptoms.
In a recent survey, North Carolina hunters listed “putting meat in the freezer” as a main motivation for harvesting deer.
The nearby confirmation of chronic wasting disease in Virginia involved a 2.5-year-old buck that an unidentified man had brought to a taxidermist, who took and submitted samples from the animal for testing under a program in place in Virginia.
“We do not know the prevalence rates or distribution of the disease from the location of this positive animal,” Godwin, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission liaison, stated in her advisory.
Personnel in both states will increase sampling during the fall hunting seasons “to get an understanding of these important metrics,” she emphasized.
The state Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking funding from the N.C. General Assembly for increased surveillance while deer hunting is under way.
In addition to the health threat, the commission is concerned about the potential financial fallout to the state from chronic wasting disease.
The annual economic impact to North Carolina from deer hunting totals more than $600 million spent on trips and equipment, based on information relayed by Rep. Stevens. In addition to direct spending, that figure includes taxes, salaries and wages.
September 23, 2021
DOBSON – The Surry Community College volleyball team took down the No. 17-ranked team in the nation Tuesday in a five-set thriller.
The Lady Knights’ (13-2) 3-2 win over No. 17 Catawba Valley Community College breaks a 200-match conference winning streak for the visiting Red Hawks.
first Region 10 loss, 3-2 in Region 10 conference play on Tuesday. Surry improves to 13-2 on the season while Catawba Valley falls to 6-3 overall.
“I thought we did a great job winning the serve and pass game against CVCC,” said Surry head coach Caleb Gilley. “Our goals going in were to win the serve and pass game, and then come up with some timely blocks and we did that.”
Surry freshman Michelle Thao (Fred T. Foard High School) led Surry with a game high 22 kills. Thao also led the Knights with 20 digs in the win. Anna Stevens (Oak Grove HS) dished out a game high 45 assists, while fellow freshman Emma Freed (Starmount HS) led the Lady Knights with three service aces.
Surry also got a solid performance from Camilla Garner (Southwest Guilford HS) with 11 kills and 2 blocks. Colby Crater (Forbush HS) added 10 kills to go along with four blocks.
Defensively, the Lady Knights got superb play from Abigail Johnson (Surry Central HS) and Natalie Eaton (North Surry HS/Mount Airy HS) with 17 and 13 digs, respectively. Lyza Addington (West Stokes HS) added two blocks.
Surry opened play in dominant fashion. After leading 16-15, the Lady Knights ran off nine consecutive points behind the stellar serving of Stevens to take the first set 25-15. The Lady Red Hawks rallied to take set two, 27-25.
The Lady Knights took a 2-1 lead after taking the third set 25-16 before Catawba Valley rebounded capturing set four 25-13, forcing a fifth and final set.
Surry never trailed in the deciding final set. The Knights raced out to an 8-1 lead behind the play of Thao and the serving of Eaton. The Lady Knights finished off the set and the match 15-8 with a booming kill from Thao, her seventh in the fifth set.
Surry heads to Lancaster, S.C. on Friday for a tri-match starting at 4:00 pm with Lenoir Community College followed by taking on USC-Lancaster. The Lady Knights then travel to Union, S.C. for another tri-match on Saturday facing USC-Union at 10:00 am and Bob Jones University at 12:00 pm.
“We’ve had a great season so far,” Gilley said. “The kids are working hard and buying into what we are trying to do on the court and it is showing. It’s a long season so we still have work to do, but as long as we continue to get better then I like where we are headed.”
September 23, 2021
North Surry High School will induct seven new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s varsity football game against East Surry.
The North Surry Athletic Hall of Fame Classes of 2020 and 2021 will both be honored before the game, with the ceremony slated to begin at 6:45 p.m. No ceremony was held last year for the Class of 2020 due to COVID-19.
The North Surry Greyhound Foundation created the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 and inducted eight members to its inaugural class. Then-Principal Neil Atkins said the high school staff, the boosters and the Greyhound Foundation all wanted to recognize the tradition of sports excellence that has continued for decades at North Surry,
The Class of 2020 includes: Marcus Allen (‘88), Jimmy George (‘89), Alicia Wallace Henson (08’) and Taylor Coalson (‘12).
The Class of 2021 includes: Joe Simmons (‘90), Malaya Johnson (‘14) and Alex Cooke (‘14).
Class of 2020
Allen is a member of the North Surry class of 1988 and played basketball. He averaged 22.6 points per game as a senior in leading the Hounds to the State 3A championship game. He went on to play college basketball at Brevard.
George is a member of the Class of 1989. He was a three-sport athlete that was MVP of the 1989 State 3A Basketball championship game. George went on to play college baseball at Lenoir-Rhyne.
Henson is a member of the Class of 2008. She was a three-time All-Conference player in basketball and went on to play 4 years at Montreat College.
Taylor is a member of the Class of 2012. Taylor was a two-time All-State selection and two-time State Champion as a Greyhound. Taylor went on to play golf for four years at UNC-Greensboro.
Class of 2021
Simmons is a member of the Class of 1990. He was All-State in football in both 1988 and 1989. He finished his career with over 2,900 yards rushing. He played four years at North Carolina Central University and is their second all-time leading rusher. Simmons was inducted into the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
Johnson is a member of the Class of 2014. She was Conference Player of the Year in both basketball and volleyball in 2013-2014. She went on to play basketball for four years at Elon University, averaging 11.7 points per game as a senior.
Alex is a member of the Class of 2014. Alex was a three-time shot put state champion, as well as a member of the 2012 State 2A Volleyball championship team. She went on to have a successful track and field career at UNC-Chapel Hill.
September 23, 2021
The Modern Gardeners Garden Club recently was recognized by the Surry Board of County Commissioners for the group’s efforts with placing a Blue Star Marker Memorial on the Surry County Historic Courthouse grounds in Dobson.
The group was also honored for the following work:
– Decorating the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and the exterior of the Antebellum Moore House at Christmas
– Mount Airy mini garden plantings
– Designing, planting and maintaining the pollinator garden next to the Mount Airy Post Office
– Designing and maintaining the Oak and Market Street planters in Mount Airy
– Rotating with other garden clubs on the Northern Regional Hospital Lobby floral arrangements
– Quarterly garden therapy projects with Tharrington Primary School students
– Fall bulb sales
– Annual Arbor Day tree plantings
– Designing, planting and maintaining the Rotary Pup Memorial Garden
– Coordinating with other garden clubs to host the Annual Mount Airy Blooms Tour of Gardens.
September 23, 2021
Pilot Mountain Middle School workers received a warm and delicious treat from Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winston-Salem recently.
Along with several dozen donuts was a note reading “Good Morning and thank you for being the best! Enjoy a little treat!”
September 23, 2021
Students at Copeland Elementary dressed in red, white, and blue on Friday, Sept. 10, to honor Patriot Day, which was on Saturday, Sept. 11.
September 23, 2021
Earlier this month Mount Airy City Schools celebrated its recent retirees.
The eleven individuals, collectively, had more than 260 years of experience serving the students and families of Mount Airy City Schools.
Those honored included Deborah Welborn, Paula Dellenback, Stephanie Hutchinson, Vivian France, Andrew Draughn, Lisa Sawyers, Amy Cook, Kathy Grubbs, Debbie Hiatt, Tommye Phillips, and Sandy George.
The event was held at Shelton Vineyards at the amphitheater where each retirees’ principal spoke about their careers.
September 23, 2021
DOBSON — The Alpha Xi Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Society at Surry Community College held a yard sale over the Labor Day weekend. The yard sale was one of the organization’s Honors In Action (HIA) events for the year.
Surry Community College’s PTK Chapter Advisor Dr. Kathleen Fowler said, “For our HIA project this year, we decided to help Hope Chapel Orphanage fix the roof in their dining hall and kitchen. This orphanage specializes in helping children rescued from human trafficking.”
The society raised more than $700 for Hope Chapel Orphanage over the two days that the yard sale was held. Any unsold items were donated to Hope House Thrift Store in Dobson.
“It is so great to see our PTK students giving back to the community,” said President Dr. David Shockley.
Ashley Morrison, dean of academics, echoed this sentiment. She added that she saw PTK students working from early morning through the afternoon to help with the event. “The PTK chapter embodies the Surry Community College values of teaching, learning, and community service.”
Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations.
For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact PTK’s Faculty Advisor Dr. Kathleen Fowler at (336-386-3560 or fowlerk@surry.edu or go to www.ptk.org, or follow the local chapter at on Facebook @surryPhiThetaKappa.
Photo Caption Shoppers check out the many items available at the Phi Theta Kappa Labor Day yard sale. More than $700 was raised at this event for Hope Chapel Orphanage.
September 22, 2021
Mount Airy Police are investigating the shooting death of a local teen who was found lying in the street near his house.
John Flores Martinez, 18, of the 2100 block of North Main Street, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem from multiple gunshot wounds.
The teen was found by city police at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, after officers were sent to his home to conduct a security check.
“Martinez had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported by Surry County EMS to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Hospital,” the police said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “As a result of the gunshot wounds, Martinez later succumbed to his injuries while at the hospital.”
The statement did not say how many gunshot wounds Martinez sustained, if officers believe he was shot where he was found or shot elsewhere, nor what spurred the “security check.” No one at the police department was available for additional comment Wednesday afternoon.
“This is an active on-going investigation at this time. Anyone with information please contact the Mount Airy Police Department (at) 336-786-3535,” the statement said.
September 22, 2021
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will be holding a History Talk on Sunday by Ron Hall, a member of the Carroll County Historical Society. He will be discussing the J. Sidna Allen House in Fancy Gap, Virginia.
The house was built by the Allen family in the early part of the 20th century and was one of the finest homes in the county at the time. Shortly after the Allen family moved into the house, J. Sidna Allen and several of his relatives were involved in the infamous Courthouse Shootout in Hillsville, Virginia. The shooting garnered nationwide headlines and is still commemorated today through books, plays, and stories.
The historical society has in recent years been restoring the house. Hall is an author, member of the Carroll County Historical Society and a Hillsville Courthouse Tragedy historian.
The History Talk is free, and will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday on the third floor of the museum. Masks are required inside the museum.
September 22, 2021
At their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, board members of Shoals Community Recreation Center recognized and honored one of its own members, Bobby Key.
Eddie Brown, president of the board of directors, spoke of Key’s involvement and presented the award.
Key, a life-long resident of Shoals Community, has served the community in many ways and especially in various leadership roles with Boy Scout Troop 561. As a former Boy Scout, Key has a passion for helping young people develop their abilities and grow into productive citizens.
For the past many years he has dedicated an enormous amount of time to guiding the members of Troop 561 through their Eagle Scout projects. Many of the Eagle projects have been directed to the improvement of Shoals Community Recreation Center. At least ten of these projects, ranging from building an iron walking bridge that spans a small stream at the center to construction of a substantial picnic shelter have provided wonderful and much needed additions to the Community Center and Shoals Community as a whole.
Without Key’s leadership abilities, mechanical talents and willingness to give of his personal time to help others, these projects would not have been possible.
September 22, 2021
T. Graham Brown has seen a lot, and visited a host of different places, over his 40-year musical career.
The country music star has released 16 albums. Nearly two dozen of his singles have charted — 11 in the Top Ten Billboard Hot Country Songs, three of which made it to No. 1.
Along the way he’s lived the life of a musician, staying on the road, doing thousands of shows all across the United States and elsewhere.
Yet sounding more like an artist going on his first tour, the country music star is almost giddy with anticipation for two of his upcoming appearances — both at this year’s Mayberry Days.
“I’m super excited to come, I really am,” the Nashville, Tennessee resident said recently. “I’m not just saying that. I’m really excited about it.”
While he is scheduled to perform at the Mayberry Days Dinner on Thursday evening and at the Historic Earle Theatre on Friday, he has his own bucket list of what he wants to accomplish in Mount Airy.
“I’m going to go to Snappy Lunch, get a pork chop sandwich, then I’m going to go to Floyd’s (barbershop), then I’m going to go to one of the stores to see if I can get an Andy (Taylor) clock.”
He said he’d also love a chance to meet Betty Lynn, of Thelma Lou fame.
“I would love to hug her neck, that would be great,” the singer said.
While Brown has had a wildly successful career as a singer, when talking about his visit to Mount Airy this week, he’s far more interested in talking about the show, and the people from the TV series.
For anyone chatting with Brown, it doesn’t take long to realize he’s a true fan, not someone who is saying that simply because that’s what Mayberry Days fans want to hear.
His tour bus is named Bullet Maintenance — a name he and his staff gave to the vehicle back in the 1980s, when his career was starting to take off.
“Because of Barney’s bullet,” he says of the odd name. “In one episode, Barney was in the bank, and he was getting onto Asa the guard, his gun was falling apart, so Barney was getting on him. And then Barney took the bullet from his pocket, held it up and said ‘Now Asa, here is bullet maintenance.’”
Brown said he grew up watching the show in its original run, but really became a big fan during is college days, attending the University of Georgia. There, he began watching reruns and fell in love with the series.
“We have our own chapter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watcher’s Club on the (tour) bus.”
Though he never had a chance to meet Andy Griffith or Don Knotts, nor most of the cast, Brown said while he was performing at the Grand Old Opry that he did get to meet Richard O. Linke, Griffith’s manager. Linke was able to get a couple of signed photos of Griffith for Brown.
The singer also has a Don Knotts-signed Vote Fife For Sheriff poster from the movie, “Return to Mayberry,” courtesy of Jim Clark, one of the founders of the original Rerun Watcher’s Club.
He was close friends with George Lindsey, who played Goober on the show.
“I got a lot of my Mayberry fix from him,” Brown said. “We’d always talk Mayberry. He had a watch party over at his house for Return to Mayberry…that was really fun.”
Brown said he also has an orange and blue letter jacket from the fictional Mayberry Union High — and just to show how deep his Mayberry trivia runs, Brown breaks into an a cappella version of the high school’s song — not missing a word.
Brown grew up in Arabi, Georgia, in the southern portion of the state. He describes Arabi as a small agricultural town with about 300 people living there.
“Both sides of my family are farmers, we’re kind of used to that lifestyle, I guess, that’s the way I grew up.”
While those roots may have helped shape his eventual leaning toward country music as an artist, he said when singing — and the occasional song writing he does — he draws inspiration from a wide variety of genres.
“When I was a little boy, I had a transistor radio, and I would listen to it at night. I could pick up stations from all over the United States on the AM dial…you could hear an R&B station out of Nashville, a country station out of Louisiana, a Top 40 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.”
He counts R&B legend Otis Redding, country starts Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Loretta Lynn as influences on his music, and he said he’s a big fan of far more big-name stars.
“I remember listening to The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Monkees…Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, I like it all. Frank Sinatra I really like a lot, and Tony Bennett.”
His own musical development wasn’t something he necessarily set out to pursue — instead, it just seemed to come naturally.
“I was just goofing around, mainly,” he recalls of his childhood days. “I’d sing around the house, I would sing in Church., Momma said I sang all the time.”
That “goofing around” eventually led to working as a musician, making a living playing regular night shows at a Holiday Inn in Athens, Georgia.
He married his wife, Sheila, in 1980, and two years later the two of them moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he found work singing advertising jingles for a host of local and national companies. In 1985 he released two singles from his soon-to-be-released debut album, “I Tell It Like It Used To Be.”
The first of the singles, Drowning in Memories, reached 39 in the U.S. Billboard Country chart, and his second single, “I Tell It Like It Used To Be,” shot to No. 7. The following year he released the album, which peaked at No. 15 on the album chart, along with three more singles, two of which hit No. 1 — and his career was set.
Now, nearly 40 years after moving to Nashville, he and his wife live just outside of town, with a view of rolling countryside and far-off ridge tops from his porch.
Except when the coronavirus pandemic cancels his shows, Brown is still singing, still touring, and still trying to fill up his Mayberry bucket list of things to do and people to meet.
And he’s hoping to check off a few items on that list this week, when he is in Mount Airy for the 2021 Mayberry Days.
September 22, 2021
In many ways actor Andy Griffith seemed larger than life, and an effort is now under way to preserve that image in downtown Mount Airy via a gigantic mural.
The concept for the project was presented to the city council during a meeting last Thursday night, which also involves a proposal to add public restrooms — sought by the merchant community — in the same area along North Main Street.
Under the plan floated by Main Street Coordinator Lizzie Morrison of the group Mount Airy Downtown Inc., the large-scale mural of Griffith would be placed on the south wall of the Brannock and Hiatt Furniture Co. building.
The visual display honoring the late city native, who starred in the popular sitcom bearing his name along with the “Matlock” television series and memorable movies, would face toward the municipal parking lot beside Brannock and Hiatt and Old North State Winery.
Regular city funds are not sought for the mural itself, according to Morrison, who said the $50,000 cost is to be split between Mount Airy Downtown and the local Tourism Development Authority. Mount Airy Downtown funds projects benefiting the central business district with funds from a special Municipal Service District (MSD) tax levied on property owners there.
The Tourism Development Authority uses proceeds from an occupancy tax collected by local lodging establishments which generally go toward advertising costs for promoting this area and its various attractions.
Mount Airy Downtown already has contributed $500 in MSD funds for a sketch rendering of the Andy Griffith mural, according to Morrison’s presentation. She did not focus on the Andy mural alone, which was included within the context in a number of improvements that group seeks downtown in partnership with the city government — many identified recently by special Vision committees.
“We are really, really excited about this project,” the Main Street coordinator said of the large mural that would occupy a wall space nearly 100 feet wide and more than 30 feet high.
Morrison mentioned that Mount Airy Downtown had paid artist Brian Lewis of Greensboro, who goes by the name “JEKS,” to do the sketch rendering of what the Andy Griffith mural would look like.
He previously painted a large, photo-realistic mural of late local singer Melva Houston on another wall downtown, in an alleyway beside Thirsty Souls Community Brewing on Market Street.
Murals have been a popular addition to the central business district lately. One honoring the local Easter Brothers musical group was painted by another artist earlier this year on a wall at a downtown rest area on the lower end of North Main Street.
Restroom request
While the downtown and tourism groups would lead the project design and management of the Andy project in partnership with the city, in addition to paying for the mural, the plan involves an apparent trade-off with the municipality.
“Our request of the city is that you move forward with planning and constructing a small, two-unit public restroom facility on the northeast corner” of the parking lot involved, Morrison told the commissioners. She said this would accommodate tourists drawn to the Griffith mural and pointed that plumbing infrastructure already exists at the site.
In July, downtown merchant Martha Truskolaski of the Spotted Moon gift shop nearby asked Mount Airy officials to provide public restrooms there to serve the 400 block of North Main Street.
Truskolaski said the lack of such facilities poses problems for the public at large, particularly young children and the elderly.
“If you needed to use a restroom while out shopping, would you want to walk two blocks up a hill to do so?”
The commissioners took no action after Morrison’s presentation Thursday night, saying funding decisions on projects she outlined will be made after further studies are conducted.
Certain projects could be paid for with federal American Rescue Plan money designated for Mount Airy and other localities as a result of the pandemic, officials say.
September 21, 2021
• A Mount Airy man was jailed without privilege of bond on a felony charge of assault by strangulation early Monday after an assistance call at a local residence, according to city police reports.
Dean Allen Bowman, 37, of 116 Eaton Road, was encountered during that call in the 200 block of Rockford Street, with no explanation given as to the nature of the police involvement. An investigation revealed Bowman was wanted on the strangulation charge, which had been filed through the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, and for an alleged protective order violation.
He is scheduled to be in Surry District Court today.
• Police learned last Thursday of a case involving the forging and passing of a check to obtain money from a victim’s account. A known suspect is said to have targeted the Carter Bank and Trust account of Rebecca Faith Miller, a Moore Avenue resident, with no loss figure listed.
• Equipment and tools valued at $3,130 were discovered stolen on Sept. 13 from Sawyers Canopy Works on West Independence Boulevard, where property damage also occurred.
Storage containers were pried open on a 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup and a 2019 Chevrolet in order to steal items inside including DeWalt products listed as a hammer drill, impact drill, jigsaw unit, drill batteries, saw blades and a battery charger; a socket set; a bag of hand tools; a hole saw kit; a hand tool box with multiple small items; a 50-foot drop cord;
Also, snips, ratchet wrenches, a speed level, sockets, screwdrivers, hammers, Allen wrenches, chisels, crescent wrenches and other miscellaneous tools. Damage to the tool boxes forcibly entered was put at $950.
• Police learned of a case involving the obtaining of property by false pretense on Sept. 9 in which Dixon Construction Co. of Galax, Virginia, was victimized.
Merchandise of an unspecified value was bought at the Lowe’s hardware store on South Andy Griffith Parkway by a known suspect who forged the company owner’s signature, police records state.
• A wallet was stolen on Sept. 9 from a 2014 Ford F-150 pickup while it was parked at Dollar General on South Main Street, unlocked with the windows rolled down.
Everette Dwight Ayers of Welcome Baptist Church Road is listed as the victim of the crime that in addition to the wallet included the loss of a Surrey Bank and Trust Card; four credit/debit/store cards issued by Capital One and other entities; a Social Security card; and a driver’s license.
September 21, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN — Top-ranked East Surry kept its undefeated season alive with a 3-1 win over Surry Central on Tuesday.
The Lady Cardinals are now 12-0 overall and 6-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference. East Surry’s past four wins, Tuesday included, came against teams ranked in the top 20 of the 2A West by MaxPreps. East defeated No. 18 Forbush, No. 11 West Stokes, No. 7 West Wilkes and then No. 2 Surry Central.
East Surry’s win over Central came with set scores of 25-17, 25-16, 24-26 and 25-17.
“Our offense was very much in sync tonight,” said East Surry coach Katelyn Markle. “We also got a lot of touches on their hits and slowed it down so our defense could make a play on the ball, and a good play at that. I just thought we were really clicking at times tonight.”
Tuesday’s match served as East Surry’s Senior Night. Prior to the varsity match, the Cardinals honored four seniors that have been with the program for years: Hannah Johnston, Clara Willard, Kylie Bruner and Kate Parks.
“I’m definitely going to miss the seniors next year,” Markle said. “They’ve been a key part of East Surry volleyball for four years and they’ve helped us be successful throughout the years and so far this year.”
The Cardinals finished with 47 kills compared to Surry Central’s 35. Bella Hutchens led East Surry with 17 kills, followed by Bruner with 13, Merry Parker Boaz with 12, Parks with three and Willard with one. Almost all the team’s assists came from setter Johnston, although a few kills were assisted by libero Samarin Kipple.
The Eagles were plagued by hitting errors, committing 20 in the match.
“There’s nothing wrong with us physically, but mentally we’re not where we need to be,” said Golden Eagle coach Carrie Bruce. “We made too many mistakes that should not happen. That’s about it.”
East Surry only trailed twice in the first two sets. Surry Central won the opening point in both sets, but East took over after that and never trailed through the end of the set.
The first set opened with East Surry taking a 9-4 lead. The Eagles were able to score, but just couldn’t retain serve. Central had a sideout percentage of 52% in the opening set compared to East Surry’s 76.5%.
Part of East Surry’s strategy was limiting the impact of Central’s Mia McMillen, who came into Tuesday’s match as the FH2A Conference leader in kills. The senior still managed to hit 11 kills.
“You find her wherever she is on the court and you just be aware because she’s going to get the ball 95 percent of the time,” Markle said. “She played well, and I thought we defended her pretty well…all of their hitters at that.”
A late Central run in the first set wasn’t enough to keep East from closing it out for a 25-17 win. The same was true of the second set, which East Surry won 25-16.
The Lady Cardinals seemed to be on the way to a 3-0 win by holding a 21-12 lead in the third set. However, Aubrey Southern went to the service line and served three-straight Golden Eagle points. East Surry interrupted the comeback with a point, but gave the ball away with a service error.
Jaylyn Templeton, who had 10 kills in Tuesday’s match, started another run with a kill as McMillen served. McMillen had an ace, which was followed by a kill from Marissa McCann and an East Surry attack error that forced a Cardinal timeout.
Templeton had another kill out of the timeout to cut the lead to 22-21. An attack error from Central gave East’s Kipple serve, which she used to get an ace and give the Cards their 24th point. An attack error from East gave serve back to Central’s Katelyn Patterson, who served the next four points to give the Eagles the 26-24 set victory.
Surry Central kept the match going by outscoring East Surry 14-3 after trailing 21-12. West Stokes, Mount Airy and West Wilkes are the only other teams to take a set from East Surry this season.
“When they want to play, they’ll play how they’re supposed to if they don’t let their heads get in the way,” Bruce said. “We’ve just got to be smart with the ball, control the ball, and not make those mental errors, really. By the third set, everybody knew where the ball was going on both sides of the net, it’s just who’s going to come out on top with less mistakes is basically what it came down to.”
The Eagles played with new life in the fourth set. Central and East traded points until an ace from Bruner gave the Cardinals a 6-5 lead that would stay intact through the end of the match. Bruner’s ace was part of a 7-1 East Surry run that gave the home team an 11-6 advantage.
Central chipped away at the East lead and cut the score to 15-12. Hutchens exploded for a kill to increase the lead to 16-12, then Bruner served the next four points for the Cardinals.
East Surry was sure to close the fourth set out after failing to do so in the third. The Cardinals cemented the win with a 25-17 victory in the fourth set.
Surry Central drops to third in the FH2A Conference with the loss. East Surry is in first with a 6-0 record, followed by West Wilkes in second at 5-1 and Surry Central at 4-2. No other FH2A team has a winning conference record.
East Surry travels to North Wilkes on Thursday, and Central hosts West Wilkes the same day.
September 21, 2021
East Surry High School celebrated homecoming on Friday night.
Crowned as Homecoming Queen was Kylie Bruner. She is the daughter of Travis and Misty Bruner.
Named Homecoming Maid of Honor was Rosie Craven. She is the daughter of Tom and Hope Craven.
September 21, 2021
A recent request for municipal funding to complete renovations of a house said to be the first deeded to an African-American in Surry County has received the endorsement of the Mount Airy Planning Board.
The planning group, an advisory board to the city commissioners, voted 7-0 in late August to support the Satterfield House Redevelopment Project aimed at bringing a thriving community center to the property.
Jeannie Studnicki, who chairs that group, advised the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners of its decision during a meeting last Thursday night in lending support for the project while speaking at a public forum.
The historic Satterfield House, which dates to the late 1800s, is located at the corner of North Franklin Road and West Virginia Street near the Toast community. The four-acre site also was the location of a Rosenwald school of the type built in the early 20th century to serve African-American students.
It is owned by the Sandy Level Community Council, which for 35 years has sought to refurbish the property so it can be used as a gathering spot for a variety of functions — an effort that came to a standstill when COVID-19 hit, supporters say.
On Aug. 19, the president of that organization, Shelby King, and others involved asked the city commissioners to allocate $200,000 toward a renovation project with a total estimated cost of $307,520.
The commissioners have not voted on the request since it was made, with the announcement of the Mount Airy Planning Board’s endorsement Thursday night bringing it back to the forefront.
That board normally studies zoning and land-use matters, then makes preliminary recommendations to the city commissioners leading to final action.
But it has ventured into the social justice realm with the Satterfield House issue.
“This site is not only architecturally significant but also is associated with an important historical event,” Studnicki said of its distinction as the first owned by a local African-American. “This gesture may not mean much to us — we who did not suffer through the abhorrent acts of enslavement, segregation, discrimination and exclusionary legislation.”
The planning board leader indicated that the effort targeting the Satterfield House is part of a “larger, long-overdue national movement to preserve African-American history.”
Studnicki acknowledged that the planning board gave its support without seeing the Sandy Level Community Council’s finalized business plan regarding profit-generating uses and sustainability of the renovated property.
Organizers envision an events center at the Satterfield House which would include a commercial kitchen allowing chefs to teach cooking classes and the hosting of fundraisers. Other proposed uses include classroom space for educational programs, GED courses of Surry Community College, hospice workshops and a substation for city and county law enforcement.
“Their mission and vision have received our support,” Studnicki said of the Mount Airy Planning Board’s endorsement of the Sandy Level Community Council. “The center, in our opinion, will (serve) to revitalize the physical, economic and social fabric of the Sandy Level community.”
Studnicke said the renovated property would be of special benefit to younger residents and help them pass on their legacy to future generations.
“It has the potential to promote cultural preservation and advocacy, inspire leadership and to provide academic support and community outreach,” she said of the redevelopment project.
“The future community center stands at the intersection of possibilities, realities and transformation.”
September 21, 2021
While summer might be coming to a close, the Surry Arts Council Summer Concert Series is still going strong — with two shows set for this week, along with three additional musical shows for local residents and town visitors.
The concert series shows are set for Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard will be on stage at the Blackmon Amphitheatre with a show beginning at 7:30 p.m. The next night, Thursday, The Band of Oz will be in concert starting at 8 p.m. at the amphitheatre.
Tickets will be on sale at the gates one hour prior to the show. Dairy Center, Thirsty Souls Community Brewing, and Whit’s Frozen Custard will be on hand with concessions.
Those attending the shows at The Blackmon Amphitheatre are encouraged to take lounge or beach chairs or a blanket. For more information, visit www.surryarts.org
Three additional performances are slated for this week.
On Thursday, Leroy Mack McNees & Cullen’s Bridge Band will present “Bluegrass Mayberry Style,” beginning at 1 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
On Friday at the Historic Earle Theatre Tim White & Troublesome Hollow will be on stage beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Then on Saturday The Isaacs will be at the Historic Earle Theatre for a concert starting at 7:30 p.m.
For information on ticket sales, visit www.surryarts.org
September 21, 2021
History was alive and thriving Saturday in the Rockford community of Surry County during the 10th annual Rediscover Rockford Festival. Organizers said they hoped to grow the event. Formerly known as Remember Rockford, aimed atencouraging people to return to their home community, organizers now hope to bring in new visitors to the area.
“I’m just tickled to death at how many folks have come,” said Hannah Holyfield, president of the Rockford Preservation Society. “It’s going really really well.”
The sounds of a blacksmith’s hammer could be heard ringing, alongside old-time music being played by area musicians.
Joe Allen was busy transforming a piece of iron into a snake, wielding his blacksmith’s hammer.
“You put it in the fire and heat it up and bring it out of the fire at about 1800 degrees and go to forging,” he explained of the process. As he pounded away at the super-heated metal he said it was more about stamina rather than muscle.
Also practicing his craft was Steve Golden, who was busy weaving the seat bottom of a child’s chair using corn husks.
“This is what the original chair had, you see corn husk seats in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia,” Golden explained. The woven seat bottoms made from corn husks were common in the mid 19th century up until the 1940s, Golden said.
Golden learned the craft from David Russel of Georgia who had learned it from a 95-year blind woman from South Carolina.
“He told me she would hold his hands while he was weaving the corn husks and she would let him know if he was doing it the right way,” he said.
Golden changed up his technique after unweaving a damaged chair and seeing how that one had been made. He also makes wooden furniture as well and had on display a chair style which he believed to be local to Surry County as he had only ever seen the style there, including one example of the chair in a photo of Eng and Chang Bunker’s children’s nursemaid.
Professionals weren’t the only ones demonstrating historic crafting methods at Saturday’s event. James and Madeline Caudill, members of the Junior Historians Club, were also demonstrating some unique crafting methods of the past.
Madeline was practicing creating fabric on a small loom while James worked with a drop spindle spinning yarn.
“We’re just bringing back some old crafts, and just showing people even though they didn’t have telephones or technology they still had fun,” said Emily Morgan, advisor for the Junior Historians which meets weekly at the Mount Airy Regional History Museum.
Morgan said the club is open to children from third grade through 12th grade
“We get to do projects, we do community outreach and learn a little bit about our history here in Surry County and beyond,” she said. The group also works on projects which are entered in competitions at the NC History Museum.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-258-4035 or follow her on Twitter @news_shewrote.
September 21, 2021
There will be free COVID-19 testing sites all around Surry County, according to the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center. Individuals wishing to be tested do not have to be symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID to be able to get a test and testing frequency is not limited.
Central United Methodist Church is the testing site in Mount Airy. The site will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Central United Methodist Church is located at 1909 North Main St.
Dobson First Baptist Church is the testing site in Dobson. The site will be open Mondays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The times at this site do not waiver. Dobson First Baptist Church is located at 204 South Crutchfield St.
Elkin Presbyterian Church is serving as the testing site in Elkin. The site will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Elkin Presbyterian Church is located at 151 Hilllcrest Dr.
For registration call 877-562-4850. Registration is recommended but not required. For more information, contact the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center at 336-401-8400, or visit their website at https://www.co.surry.nc.us/departments/(a_through_j)/health_and_nutrition_center/index.php
September 20, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry continued its winning ways in the Foothills 2A Conference by defeating North Surry 9-0 on Monday.
The Lady Cardinals improve to 6-3 overall and 6-0 in conference with the win.
North Surry was thrown a curveball just before the start of the match against East Surry. Two of the Greyhounds’ starting six were unable to compete, so coach Jon Lattimore had to shift everyone up two spots. The only players not affected were his top two singles players.
North Surry came into Monday having won two of its last three matches, but that luck didn’t continue against East Surry. Only one Greyhound player won more than two games in singles, and that was No. 5 seed Sparrow Krantz.
Krantz and East’s Haley Chilton battled to the wire in the first set, with Chilton going on to win 7-5. Chilton took control in the second set and won 6-2.
Two Cardinal players earned double-bagel victories: Sophie Hutchens and Chloe Koons. Hutchens defeated Clara Burke 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles, and Koons defeated Jacey Ward by the same score in No. 5 singles.
East Surry’s Rosie Craven continued the theme of dominance in No. 3 singles. Craven defeated Allyn-Claire Simmons 6-1, 6-1 for the Lady Cards’ fourth singles win.
Tara Martin and Evelyn Ruedisueli each swept their opponents in the first set. Martin went on to win the second set of No. 1 singles 6-1 over North’s Whitley Hege, and Ruedisueli won 6-2 against Katie Butler in No. 2 singles.
Two of East Surry’s three doubles wins were shutouts. Martin and Ruedisueli took No. 1 singles over Hege and Butler 8-0, and Chilton and Koons defeated Krantz and Mattie Bare 8-0 in No. 3 singles.
Craven and Hutchens wrapped up the match with an 8-2 win over Simmons and Burke in No. 2 singles.
North Surry hosts No. 1 Mount Airy (11-0) on Wednesday, and East Surry travels to Wilkes Central (4-4) on Thursday.

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