Now? • On another spending matter, the commissioners approved more than $7,000 for a service contract related to keeping an eye on the roofs of government buildings. ”We are strictly following the newest groupings required by NC DHHS,” Simmons said.”We are currently only administering vaccine to Group 1: Health Care Workers and Long-Term Care Staff and Residents and Group 2: Older Adults (65+).”. The case is set for Monday’s session of Surry District Court. When the program was forced to pause, organizers were left well aware of the need. He said it has been in the talks for several years about the N.C. Department of Transportation extending New Street south to U.S. 52 Bypass. Interviews are guaranteed to program soldiers upon completion of their training and/or first term of service, provided all other requirements are met. “We have not noticed a significant decrease in the number of cases, as we are still very much experiencing critical community spread.”. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles to 20 years of imprisonment followed by 15 years of supervised release, all stemming from a series of 2018 incidents. He said he knows the water line is much needed as the town’s own water plant has crumbling infrastructure and would be expensive to try to renovate. “The ghost social came about as an idea to keep our ghost tours going through the offseason when it gets too cold to go outside and do our traditional ghost tour,” said museum Director of Programs and Education Justyn Kissam. The decrease in responses by city firefighters was due to protocol changes triggered by COVID-19, Poindexter said. New camera systems will allow personnel to see who students come in contact with on and off the bus. However, Johnson said the temperature was 84 degrees that day, the wind was not blowing and he didn’t think the pesticides had drifted onto the tobacco. Randy Parker, who lives across the street on Gwyn Avenue, said during the remodeling, “there were a lot of thefts in the community.”, “The people who are in there now have wild parties, drinking, noise, vulgar music coming from speakers,” Parker said. “We are grateful to the General Assembly for trusting Mount Airy City Schools with such a great project,” said Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison. The case on Greystone Lane was still under investigation at last report. The young active family enjoys all forms of outdoor activities, including camping and hiking together. Insteel paid a special cash dividend of $1.50, totaling $29 million, in December, in addition to its regular quarterly cash dividend of 3 cents per share and ended the quarter debt-free with $50.2 million of cash and no borrowings outstanding on its $100 million revolving credit facility. This occurred at the urging of the person heading utility billing, city Finance Director Pam Stone, who pointed out that there were still people who could qualify for the assistance program and money remaining to disburse. Instead of annual payback costs of $32,500 for Pilot, Mount Airy and Surry County — which also is participating — the three will pay $56,584 during the 20-year life of the loan. Beginning in May 2018, Wood chatted online with an individual purporting to be a 13-year-old girl, but who was actually an undercover detective with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, according to information released by the office of Matthew G.T. After coming off a year when precipitation was 44 % above normal in the Mount Airy area and the second-highest amount on record occurred, could a drier trend be in store? This would result in the original annual payment sum for each local government unit being hiked from $32,500 to $56,584 during the 20-year life of the loan — or a total of $1.1 million compared to the earlier $650,000. In 2012 he was convicted of larceny and received probation and a suspended sentence. The board voted during its Jan. 21 meeting to extend a “temporary” amendment affecting a special fund in place to aid residents with delinquent accounts, which already had been lengthened in June. The monetary loss was listed as $800. Carter gave a presentation Thursday night which included various ways to fund the package. Once the deputies had Dobson in custody, the officers learned that the suspect had an outstanding order for his arrest for failure to appear in court on several charges from 2020. They’re an asset to the community.”. Bennett is scheduled to be in District Court on Feb. 12. Some days, total new cases exceeded 100, as overall cases climbed quickly. Buses will be able to take students’ temperatures and create COVID seating charts based on routes that will be accessible for contact tracing. “I don’t know anywhere else you could put those two things together, books and people, like you could at a library,” she said recently, exuding an enthusiasm that shows Gwyn is one of those rare individuals who finds her true calling early on in life, and then gets to spend that life pursuing her chosen career. Nationwide there have been more than 25 million confirmed cases with 421,000 deaths, making the United States the worst-hit nation in the world. In August 2018 Combs was one of three people caught in a traffic stop in Pilot Mountain. As the father of two young children, Dr. Tallman said there are several aspects of pediatric care that he finds especially appealing – including the opportunity to help allay the fears of parents about their child’s health and clinical outlook. When behind on the water bill, every little bit helps — and that’s apparently the intent behind recent action by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners regarding city utility assistance. “We ask for nominations from the community at large, not just the chamber, and we received 15 nominations this year. On Feb. 19 he faces felony extradition as a fugitive from another state. On Feb. 23 he or his attorney will be in Sparta to face charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest, speeding, reckless driving, failure to stop for siren/lights, and resisting an officer. “Put out the hottest fires first and figure out how to fund that — that’s my point of view.”. • Quincey Monroe Johnson, 31, of 355 Lanfield Road, Mount Airy, who was the subject of two outstanding orders for arrest for failing to appear in court, on charges … The driver was not injured in connection to this incident. She will be back in court on the heroin charge Feb. 1. She’s seen plenty of changes over the years, from a time when getting a book at the library meant asking the librarian to look through a massive card catalog to determine if the book was in the library’s collection to today, when nearly every book printed over the past century, or two, is available in some form with a simple click on a smart phone. “There are many roads that are really bad,” Harris noted. After three years of sobriety, he’s now turned his attention to repairing relationships harmed by his alcohol abuse, but he never loses track of his main goal. “What a great loss.”. The Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners voted its approval of the extra costs last week. This is the Official Facebook page of the Surry County Sheriff's Office, NC. Like Easter, she said she doesn’t have anything against Contreras and appreciates him fixing up the existing apartments. Police records do not indicate how entry to the residence was gained. “I do feel like we have better people in there now, minus a few issues.”. This will be an informational meeting to give the details. These credentials allow students to earn certifications and job skills in areas such as graphic design, woodworking, AutoCad, nurse aide, and culinary. The program required students to use their newly-acquired clinical skills to reason and think through a problem, rather than rely on computers and databases,” said Salerno. We know these students and all students benefit from work based experience in school. Our number of official business partners is 37. Poindexter, the fire chief, recalled how he first met Shelton at age 19 after Poindexter had joined the Dobson Rescue Squad. “During my recent visit, I was immediately impressed with the sense of community and camaraderie among the hospital staff – all of whom help one another so that patients get the best possible care,” Dr. Salerno said. The library, she said, serves as a way to “level the field” for local residents who might not have access to, or be able to afford, paid professionals offering those services. Through it all, Gwyn has never lost her love of two things — books and people. “I’ve since learned that having that background has helped me in one aspect of my work – which is helping families deal with very difficult end-of-life decisions that oftentimes arise in the ICU. Violent crimes decreased from 52 to 46 while non-violent crime increased by 15.35% from 443 to 511. Students spent the day practicing their math skills by participating in games and activities centered around the number 100. The law enforcement interview was followed by the testimony of an addict in recovery. Johnny Easter said no one appeared before the planning board, though he received some phone calls and those concerns were brought to the attention of the board. Last March 11, the MAPD reported that Dobson was jailed on charges of common law robbery and assault and battery after officers investigated a noise disturbance at a location on Hadley Street. Pilot Mountain VFW Post 9436 and the VFW Auxiliary announced the winning entry last week in the “Patriot’s Pen” student essay contest. Other commissioners did not seem as motivated as Koch during the debate over recent months. Sometimes those seeking help have heard the sirens of approaching fire trucks while still on the line with the county 911 communications center, Poindexter related. A 23-year-old man has been killed, and authorities have arrested a former high school football star for the crime. She was given a $315 secured bond and a Jan. 26 court date in Sparta. The technology provides turn-by-turn navigation, pre-and post-trip vehicle inspections, and communicates ridership information to Powerschool. However, the construction bids for the system’s infrastructure work have come in higher than expected, the lowest at nearly $4.5 million. The first-term member of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners says the municipality will save about $155,000 annually in pay and benefit expenses for human collectors, offsetting the up-front cost of the vehicles. The state Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division alleged that Jeremy Johnson had violated North Carolina’s pesticide rules “either by act or omission” due to the drifting of pesticide vapors or particles. … She did let me work there. A 26-year-old is charged Saturday with murder in the shooting of a Mount Airy man. • Property with a total value of $772 was discovered stolen last Wednesday from the front porch at the residence of Cynthia Dawn Vanhoy on West Oakdale Street. The part of Puckett’s crop which was most impacted was located near a 36-acre cornfield that recently had been sprayed, with the pesticide inspector noting damage to an estimated 25 rows of tobacco. The Surry County Board of Commissioners gave its approval (somewhat grudgingly) on Tuesday. Winners will advance to the department level with winners at that level advancing to national competition. Montgomery said this would be an annual contract, so if the county doesn’t think it is worthwhile, there is no long-term commitment. “So you do have to understand that that is part of the budget — it is money you are obligated to pay,” Jones said of approving the project ordinance. It occurred Monday, when an unknown party obtained […], The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Angel Noel Tate Church, 28, white female, wanted on probation violations and is on probation for possession of […], • A Mount Airy woman is facing a charge of cyberstalking, according to city police department reports. The 14-day average stood at 52 new daily cases, while the seven-day average stood at 44. • An Ararat man was charged Tuesday with filing a false report of a vehicular break-in, according to Mount Airy Police Department records. For adults, she said in addition to the large and ever-growing catalog of physical books, patrons can borrow ebooks, and take part in a number of activities — reading clubs, author talks, computer classes and the like. She was given a $1,000 secured bond and a Jan. 26 court date. He appeared in general court in Greensboro on Tuesday, charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds; and obstruction of justice. Months of debate had preceded the Jan. 21 breakthrough, centering on matters including how to fund the items. “(Shelton) Executed his duties with extreme professionalism and dedication. “I have nothing against the current owner,” Easter said. The move comes as local cases seem to be dropping, after case numbers skyrocketed in the days and weeks after the holidays. The director said the issue was unanimously approved by the planning board as he had zero calls against it. In 2019, the N.C. Department of Transportation approved the PTRC for a grant to fund the Yadkin Valley Regional Bicycle Plan, Spradling told the commissioners at their most recent meeting. We are all about keeping to the COVID restrictions and making this a safe, enjoyable experience as possible,” said Kissam. Williams explained that the $2.9 million preliminary package would provide parking areas behind the proposed hotel and adjoining Franklin Street nearby, including asphalt costs. Jackson. We are happy to pilot this amazing Traversa technology and are so glad our students will benefit from it.”. She was given a $15,000 secured bond and a Dec. 11 court date. … He always demanded excellence of his staff. Dobson was placed under a $6,000 secured bond. Sheriff Steve Hiatt said he wanted to thank the N.C. SBI, Surry County EMS, Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Airy Police Department, and the N.C. Highway Patrol for their assistance in this shooting and the ensuing investigation. The new deal would raise that to more than $1.1 million. The chamber hosts regular virtual mixers, held a virtual open house in the spring and even put on the annual Excellence in Business Awards via Zoom. It only took another 16 days for the county to hit the next milestone, with the 6,000th confirmed case being recorded over the weekend. Koch had been lobbying heavily for the new fire truck he believes is much-needed and two sanitation trucks to allow the city to convert to automated garbage collection from the present system requiring hands-on involvement by human crews. Commissioner Tom Koch voiced the possibility of the new fee for sanitation collection during a question-and-answer session that capped off Carter’s presentation, although Koch said that idea actually came from the city manager. Thursday night’s unanimous vote came after City Manager Barbara Jones advised board members of a new method identified to allow the fire/garbage vehicles — as the most-pressing capital needs — to be ordered now without actually specifying a payment source. While working toward his undergraduate degree, he volunteered for two church-sponsored trips to Central America where he and the other volunteer caregivers worked alongside a team of surgeons and local physicians to provide care and lifesaving procedures to the underserved people of Guaimaca, a small municipality in the middle of Honduras. • Dakota Gray Browe, 29, of 339 Scenic Acres Lane, Thurmond, was charged with shoplifting/concealment of goods on Jan. 15 at Tractor Supply on Rockford Street, involving unspecified merchandise he allegedly tucked away while inside the store which was recovered. “We look forward to working with Dr. Salerno as we continue to achieve our mission priority of providing access to high-quality care for all patients,” added Lumsden. “I think we need to move forward with it,” Commissioner Wood said of the hotel project near the end of Thursday afternoon’s discussion. The Career and Technical Education program outlines opportunities for students from middle school through high school. She was given a $2,500 secured bond and a Jan. 11 court date. She was served two warrants charging her with larceny, dated April 2016. “We hiked an easy trail on Pilot Mountain a few weeks ago,” noted Tallman. For individuals wishing to learn if they are eligible for a vaccination, visit or call the health department at 336-401-8400, and choose option 8. Steele is slated for a Feb. 19 appearance in Surry District Court. Locally, numbers have level off some, after hitting more than 100 new cases a day several times after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. She was given a $50,000 secured bond and a Dec. 14 court date. It was not clear Tuesday when work on the water line will begin. That change should be especially pleasing to Mount Airy officials who have explored every opportunity to market the city’s surplus water to neighboring communities, including in Virginia. In the event of inclement weather, each drive will be moved forward one week to Feb. 27 and March 27 respectively, with time and location remaining the same. “This proposal includes 13 facilities and 21 roof sections.”, She added, “As you are aware, roofing systems are very important to maintaining the life of a facility, and leaks can cause a lot of damage if left unrepaired or unnoticed.”. DOBSON — County officials have given a thumbs up to a regional effort to construct and promote bicycle pathways around the county. “We’re trying to get an early start on promoting this effort,” Sutphin said. Since then, Hanesbrands, the city’s biggest water customer, closed its plant on West Pine Street. Along the way, people clustered on the roadsides — some waving American flags at the procession — and traffic stopped in adjoining roads as drivers paused to allow the procession to proceed toward his hometown. “So we did a lot of in-house training,” Poindexter said. The pediatrician is also an eager participant and/or spectator in a variety of sports: soccer, basketball, Frisbee, and football. As of October, the fund contained $19,100, down from $24,000 in late February. And this came to roost Thursday afternoon, when site-development costs totaling $2.9 million were unveiled during a meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners — a presentation triggering immediate concern from councilmen Jon Cawley and Tom Koch. • An Ararat man was charged Tuesday with filing a false report of a vehicular break-in, according to Mount Airy Police Department records. 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