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Independence-According to the authorities there, a man in Mount Airy faces multiple charges involving using a mobile phone to commit illegal acts against minors in Grayson County.

Jason Kelly Inman (Jason Kelly Inman), 40 years old at 202 Shelly Road, Mount Airy, was arrested on two counts of incitement to felony and two counts of facilitating juvenile delinquency And four counts of using a communication system to assist in a suspected crime, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Todd Perkins of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the case is still under investigation and may be prosecuted again. As of Friday, he said Inman has not been extradited to Virginia.

According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, after school resource officer Jody Poole and the Grayson County School Administration learned that a student had received a mobile phone from an adult man in North Carolina, An investigation was initiated.

Several media reports stated that "After further investigation, Poole learned that [the suspect] was also paying the mobile phone bill." Perkins confirmed that the report was accurate. "After interviewing two students, Poole learned that the male subject was offering marijuana, vape, alcohol and vape cartridges in exchange for the use of a mobile phone."

Later, the suspect began to make sexual comments on the young man, and then asked to send him nude photos and videos in exchange for phone calls and other items.

Travis Jefferson of the Sergeant Grayson County Sheriff's Office and investigators from the Surrey County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Inman's home on February 16.

According to the report, Poole obtained Inman's warrants. Later, the Surrey County Sheriff released Inman with a secured guarantee.

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February 28, 2021

Nathan D. McGeathy of FNP-C has joined the clinical care team of the Northern Heart Hospital, a department of the Northern District Hospital that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart disease patients. McGeathy was previously a nurse practitioner at Novant Health Cardiology.

This 33-year-old cardiologist-has many years of experience in evaluating and responding to patient needs in high-pressure/high-tech clinical environments such as emergency rooms, intensive care units and cardiology departments. He is eager to put his energy into work and Professional knowledge of Northern and its cardiology clinic. "

I have always been passionate about cardiology, and my personal goal is to become a champion of patients. McGeathy said. "I like to spend time with patients explaining the complexity of their particular problems, and then provide appropriate medical interventions to help them feel better, prolong or save lives. "

Brian Beasley, vice president of clinical operations at the Northern District Hospital, said: "We are very pleased that Nathan McGeathy has joined our growing team of heart health service providers." "His understanding of heart problems and his skills and expertise in the care of heart patients , Will complement the existing medical expertise of Dr. Tamas Balogh and Dr. Jeffrey Clevenger in our hospital and North Carolina Heart Practice Center."

McGeathy's motivation for pursuing a career in lifelong care stems from when he was a child, he lived with his parents and teenage sister. "When I was 10 years old, my father was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer; that was my frank introduction to health care," he recalled. "I remember feeling scared, shocked, and confused. It was a year-long battle-going in and out of the hospital with my father, and finally in hospice care-but I also remembered the friendliness and compassion of the doctors and nurses. Provide help for us. Their care and concern for my father and our family has had a lifelong impact on me. I thought: "One day I want to be someone else's rock"... and nursing has become my way to achieve this goal. "

After receiving an associate degree in nursing from Forsyth Technical Community College in 2010, McGeathy became a nurse in the emergency department of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

He said: "The emergency department is a wonderful experience and a good way to reach patients with various clinical problems, including heart disease." "This experience also taught me how to classify and classify patients in high-stress situations. Respond effectively so that you don’t react like a deer head lamp."

Then, McGeathy's received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2013, and later received a Master of Science degree and Magna Cum Laude degree recognized by the Family Nurse Practitioner Program of Georgetown University. During most of the advanced studies in these five years, his daily nursing duties at Wake Forest focused on caring for intensive care and heart disease patients.

"When I had the opportunity to work in a truly rural area in North Carolina, I developed a keen interest in cardiology during my nurse practice training, where many of my patients received almost no medical care in their lives," McGeathy explain.

As a nurse practitioner in the cardiology team, McKissy said: “He will be treated in the hospital to treat acute problems such as chest pain, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. He will also be seen in the outpatient clinic for routine follow-up, medication management, diagnosis and treatment. ."

During his non-nursing time, McJesse said that he is "an avid hunter and fisherman, especially trout and bass. My wife Christina [will graduate from nursing school in May], I like hiking, exercising, traveling And visit family members." He said that indoor activities may involve listening to Texas-style country music, watching action movies, listening to podcasts and reading military books (the most popular one is "Nonstop"), which he said is "About Survival" The Second World War Books and Resilience. "

To arrange an appointment with McGeathy, please call Northern Cardiology at 336-786-6146; visit the office at 708 South Avenue, 200 Mount Airy; or visit online.

Since the public hearing on the project on February 4, there has been very little public news about the proposed hotel/market center in the center of Mount Airy, but there have been private discussions.

This was the case last Monday night, when a closed-door meeting on the issue was held at the Mount Airy Committee meeting.

Mayor Pro Tem Ron Niland said: "I think the plan is to vote at the first meeting in March." On the upcoming Thursday, more details may appear in the committee's next meeting plan.

During the private meeting, city officials reportedly discussed plans for a boutique high-end hotel developed in the Sparger Building, which includes 77 rooms, and the plan involves the terms of an option agreement. In front of Willow Street is a magnificent building, which is part of the former Spencer's industrial property rights. The city has owned the city since 2014 and is trying to transform it for new uses.

In addition to hotels that can be operated by Marriott or Wyndham brands, a group led by Sunhouse Development is seeking to establish a market center in the Cube building. It is located at the rear of the Sparger structure and is part of the property held by Spencer acquired by Mount Airy, which includes a conference hall and other amenities envisaged for "The Cube".

The total price of the project is between 13 million and 14 million U.S. dollars, and the city government is requesting an allocation of 2.9 million U.S. dollars of taxpayer funds for infrastructure improvements to help this work.

At the public hearing held on February 4, the speakers supported the concept of a hotel/market center and the injection of city funds.

In addition to city elected officials and staff, these assembled closed-door meetings on Monday night included at least one representative of Mount Airy's downtown company, and a group to assist in working with the hotel.

Charlie Vaughn is also on hand. He used to be the owner of a construction company and now serves as a volunteer project coordinator for Spencer's reconstruction.

According to the state’s Public Meetings Act, public institutions can hold private meetings in accordance with the economic development provisions of the law. In theory, such discussions are sensitive in nature, and elected officials usually avoid public speaking to prevent other communities from making counteroffers to obtain desired projects.

In July 2016, the Commissioner approved a stock option/incentive agreement for the former Spencer property surrounding plan, and then approved stock options/incentives for a boutique hotel and banquet hall, a market-priced apartment complex, and a performing arts/business center protocol.

According to the agreement, the developer of each facility has the option to purchase a house for two years. When these options are exercised, New York City can recover $35,000 from the three properties, for a total of $105,000.

In addition to granting three developers exclusive rights to purchase parts of the complex, the agreement also requires the city government to allocate up to $382,500 for certain "pre-development" activities.

It was later proposed to add the expansion plan of the Barter Theatre in Virginia to the portfolio, which will drive the hotel's visits. But two years later, due to cost considerations, Mount Airy officials abandoned the bartering expansion plan, and the hotel developer subsequently withdrew from the arrangement.

Only apartment buildings that opened in early 2020 will become a reality.

Earlier this month, a Mount Airy company won the 2020 Governor’s Export Award, one of more than ten awards.

Nester Hosiery Inc., located in Mount Airy, is one of the 13 North Carolina companies that won the award and is recognized as one of the state's largest rural exporters.

Matt Brucker, vice president of sales at Nester Hosiery, said: "Developing global business has always been our core initiative, while staying loyal to our North Carolina roots." "We produce some of the most innovative socks in the world. And do everything while focusing on local and global communities. We will continue to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with customers, brands, and licensing partners to prepare for the future."

Nester is a long-term textile company, well-known for its footwear (especially the "Farm to Feet" socks made from materials made in the United States entirely from materials made in the United States). In recent years, the company has also successfully won large military contracts and reorganized some production facilities so that health care and other workers need to use PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Governor Roy Cooper's office, the 13 winners "rang from a small wooden boat manufacturer in southeastern North Carolina to one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world."

"These diversified companies have increased the visibility of North Carolina-made products around the world, and promoted the excellent goods and services brought by our state’s excellent workforce. Today, we promote the exports of these companies in North Carolina. It pays tribute to the way of the state’s economy, their courage in difficult economic times, and the more than 412,000 jobs they provide across the state."

Every manufacturer that is accredited seeks help from the state to increase its international sales. These free services are provided through North Carolina’s Economic Development Partnership, which selects winners from more than 600 companies supported by its international trade team each year.

The state stated that Nester Hosiery consulted with the state’s economic development partnership’s overseas trade offices and used federal grants managed by the partnership to help pay for participation in German trade fairs. cost of.

In addition to Nester, other winners and winners include: Advanced Super abrasives Inc. in Madison County; CR Onsrud Inc. in Ereder County; Budsin Electric Boat in Carteret County; Latitude Aero in Guildford County; Grady-White Boats in Pitt County;

Novo Nordisk in Johnston County; sGlen Raven Inc. in Alamance County; Nufabrx in Catawba County; Redeye Worldwide in Orange County; Tactical Support Equipment in Cumberland County; DGL Logistics in Mecklenburg County ; Sharyn Koenig of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

John Loyack, vice president of global business services for North Carolina Economic Development Partnership, said: "We provide manufacturers with everything from export education seminars, foreign market intelligence to trade show support, and international Introduction of distributors."

Loyack said: "Since the pandemic has led to the closure of international travel and personal trade activities, we are helping more exporters to conduct business in a virtual way." "This includes using grants to help manufacturers provide exhibitions at online trade fairs. Or pay for the translation and search engine optimization of their website in other countries."

February 27, 2021

DOBSON-Surry Community College will provide several computer and technology courses starting in March.

Advanced C# programming will be available online from March 9th to May 13th. This course is a continuation of CSC 153, using the C# programming language and object-oriented programming principles. Emphasis is placed on event-driven programming methods, including creating and manipulating objects, classes, and using object-oriented tools (such as class debuggers). Upon completion, students should be able to use the appropriate environment to design, code, test, debug, and implement objects. The cost is US$183​​.

C++ programming will be available online from March 9th to May 13th. This course introduces computer programming using the C++ programming language and object-oriented programming principles. Emphasis is placed on event-driven programming methods, including creating and manipulating objects and classes, and using object-oriented tools (such as class debuggers). Upon completion, students should be able to design, code, test and debug from scratch. The cost is US$183​​. Textbooks are required, but additional fees are required.

Digital Animation I will be available online from March 9th to May 13th. The first class will be held in person in Room 132, Yadkin Center, 1001 University Avenue, Yadkinville from 11 am to 11:50 on March 9 (Tuesday). This course introduces the concept of planning and developing animation sequences. The focus will be on reviewing digital animation concepts and exploring various animation software packages. Upon completion, students should be able to make simple animations. The cost is US$183​​.

Microsoft Excel 2016 will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from March 2 to March 25 at the Elkin Center at 1461 North Bridge Street, Elkin. Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that is provided with the Microsoft Office series of software products. This course will teach the features of Excel 2016 and how to use them. The functions taught in this course include how to create spreadsheets. Format worksheets to include cells, rows and columns; use formulas and functions; calculate data; create charts and graphs; use templates; and more. This course aims to teach students the skills necessary to become successful users of Excel 2016. The cost is US$183​​.

Microsoft Office will be available online from March 16 to May 10. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access) is the leading platform that can improve productivity in the home and workplace. Although the course is offered online, you will provide guidance and assistance for the entire course registration in this seven-week course. The cost is US$127.

Java programming will be available online from March 9th to May 13th. This course introduces computer programming using the Java programming language and object-oriented programming principles. Emphasis is placed on event-driven programming methods, including creating and manipulating objects and classes, and using object-oriented tools (such as class debuggers). Upon completion, students should be able to design, code, test and debug Java language programs. The cost is US$183​​. A textbook is required, but an additional fee is required.

MS Project and Project Management Capstone will be available online from March 3 to May 2. Have you ever wanted to create a project schedule that can manage large and small projects? The MS Project course will guide learners how to use the leading project management software Microsoft Project to create projects. Once the project schedule is created, students will learn the skills of managing the project through resource analysis, timetables, and measure progress and value gained. They will also pass the Project Management Capstone course to prepare for the Certified Project Management Assistant (CAPM) exam provided by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The tuition fee is US$183​​. Additional software and materials are required.

Pre-registration and payment are required. May provide tuition assistance. To see if you are eligible, please visit

For more information or to register, please call Dr. PMP Kathryn Moland at 336-386-3306, or send an email to Register online at

Sports utility vehicles have become the favorite means of transportation among American consumers, and this trend is also evident when law enforcement agencies, including the Mount Avery Police Department, switch to SUVs.

"We have ordered three," the city police chief Dale Watson said on Thursday. The three-person Dodge Durangos is expected to appear on the local streets this summer.

This is as part of a plan to gradually replace the department’s current fleet of four Taurus Police Interceptor sedans with SUVs, and this market is a growing segment, for example, accounting for 47.4% of U.S. car sales in 2019 .

Watson believes that this transition does not represent becoming more fashionable or trendy by embracing current car fashion, but it is basically done out of necessity.

Ford Motor Co. stopped production of the Taurus Police Interceptor, which was incorporated into its fleet by the Mount Airy Police Department in 2017. Taurus is said to be a popular model.

Watson praised the operation of the Taurus interceptors and mentioned that they were "very reliable."

The lack of reliability and related service issues were one of the reasons the city police decided to phase out the Dodge Charger sedans that have been in use since 2010, paving the way for the last major fleet change nearly four years ago.

Due to Ford's decision to withdraw from the production of the Taurus interceptor, the Virginia State Police also faced a similar dilemma. The Associated Press reported in the past week that the Virginia agency is shifting to an all-SUV fleet. It will be populated by the Ford Interceptor SUV, which is described as a high-performance version of the Expedition familiar to the company.

Inspired by the same production development surrounding Taurus, the Airy Mountain police decided to go another way.

Chief Watson said: "We will transition to Durango," he officially called the "Durango Pursuit" (Durango Pursuit) model, which is an all-wheel drive SUV that will meet the general needs of the department.

The price of the new Durango ordered now is approximately US$35,000 per unit. Watson added that once the SUVS arrives at the Dodge dealership, the vehicles will be taken to another equipment for police use. Durangos is expected to be ready to take action in July.

However, the Ford Interceptor sedan will still be used by city officials until they age, where it is replaced by the traditional patrol car determined by reaching a high mileage threshold. The replacements are staggered, and only a small amount can be added at a time.

Watson said of the Taurus: "We are well utilized in the sedan."

After the delivery of three Durango Pursuit SUVs later this year, it is not clear when another batch will be ordered.

The chief of police said of the decision facing the Mount Airy Committee: "It all depends on our next budget process."

Although some citizens may think that the MAPD fleet is now dominated by cars, it actually represents hybrid power.

The person in charge said: "We already have a hybrid team."

Watson said: "I probably said there are nearly 20 vehicles," which also includes a limited number of SUV and truck models. "Most of them are cars."

Before the Dodge Charger appeared in 2010, the City Police Department operated the Ford Crown Victoria from 1993 to 2009. General Motors products have also become part of this, and Ayersan police officers drove Chevrolet Caprice Classics before Crown Vics appeared.

February 26, 2021

After staying at 632 South Key Street for 16 months, the Pilot Hill Market went straight to the main street.

Throughout the week, the seller’s store moved inventory to its new location at 119 West Avenue. Suppliers will set up merchandise displays in the next week and plan to open them to the public for the first time on March 6 (Saturday).

According to business owner Marny Britt, the location will have 25 to 30 vendors offering a variety of gifts, collectibles, home decor, vintage, antiques, refurbished and remodeled furniture, and artworks. And handicrafts and other handmade and homemade items.

She said: "We will take away most of our current suppliers, and we will replace all missing suppliers." "We will eventually have the same number of suppliers as before."

Britt said that although it did not provide enough space, the new location will have an open interior design that can more efficiently use the available space.

"I also like the parking spaces provided. We will be within walking distance of several other shops and restaurants. New shops have been added to the main street, and now it offers a variety of shops and businesses," she said.

This is Britt's return to the street. She did not have any supplier to run the business in the city center before, but provided her own refurbished furniture.

According to Britt, the move was originally proposed after the South Key Street location was sold, and she and the new owner were unable to reach an agreement on the lease.

"But we keep the same name, the same phone number and the same format. She has always said that this community has been very supportive of us since, especially last year through COVID. We are grateful for this and look forward to continuing to work with our community Cooperation."

Cedar Ridge Elementary School has selected its student ambassador for the 2020-2021 school year.

In announcing the announcement, school officials said: “These students are the leaders of our school and represent their grade level well.” “They not only help keep our school in top condition, but also serve as buses. Monitors, younger students’ partners, and more help. Although they have been busy for a few months, they are now wearing matching shirts to show off." Carolina Ink sponsored student ambassadors and provided them with A T-shirt.

The sights near the northern part of the 52nd state of the United States are shrouded in pine needles, green grass-like spots seem to mock the harsh winter environment, falling limbs and the usual roadside rubbish-this is a common sight, but for David Beal (David Beal) ) Is a sacred scene.

Bill walked cautiously along the U.S. exit 52 ramp to West Pine Street on Thursday. The vehicle was surrounded by a group of curious drivers until it finally reached Mount Airy. One of the darkest tragedies occurred in That place 50 years ago.

At around 10:30 pm on February 25, 1971 (also Thursday), city police detective Monroe Boggs was shot by the driver of a stolen car on the exit ramp, then fled, leaving the dying police officer behind Behind him.

The first to arrive at the scene was Beal, and then an agent of the local branch of the National Bureau of Investigation. He had previously served as a police chief in Mount Airy. He was shot four times by a 0.32 caliber pistol and looked around on the sidewalk, shockingly.

"His body is still lying next to the open door of the police car," Bill said on Thursday, reminiscing his footsteps on that important night and pointed out the exact location of the object of the gloomy interview. Local residents who have lived for a long time seem to be able to recall even the smallest details, as if the incident occurred last week rather than half a century ago.

Ironically, Detective Boggs was not scheduled to work the night he was killed, but was assigned to solve a tricky case in which the car thief targeted a local car dealership. The plan involves taking a test drive during the day, copying a copy of the key into a copy, and then returning at night to steal the vehicle.

Boggs had mortgaged one of its dealerships, Slate Motor Co., and another theft occurred, dragging the suspicious car to the intersection of US 52 and NC 89 (West Pine Street), where he was shot dead. .

Bill speculated that Bobby McCreary, who was later convicted of killing the officer, knew that if he parked along the bypass, he would have little chance to escape arrest. Therefore, he turned to a more concealed exit ramp to better attract the whereabouts of Boggs, who joined the Mount Airy Police Station in 1966.

The first person to discover what happened was a person who used the detective’s police broadcast to notify the injured to the headquarters.

It is believed that the 37-year-old Boggs died on an extremely cold night that Bill remembers. He was shot to death, but due to unsuccessful recovery, he was taken to the hospital. He left a wife and two children.

This massacre triggered a fierce two-state hunt. Bill said that one thing that stands out in his mind today is how to call the entire National Bureau of Investigation agents to investigate the case together with other law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and Virginia.

After McCreary's movement was tracked to the Kana area in Carroll County, Virginia, the hounds were also forced to serve the countryside.

"Saturday afternoon, we found this car," Bill said of a breakthrough weekend after Boggs was killed.

Long-time member, Mount Airy Police Chief Joe Simmons analyzed the fingerprints recovered from the vehicle, and then quickly linked these fingerprints with McCreary.

"Joe is an expert, he is an expert," Bill said.

As the search for McCreary expanded, a shop owner in the Cana area reported that he saw a man hiding something in an abandoned refrigerator on the side of the road, which turned out to be a murder weapon .

That weekend, on the Sunday afternoon of that weekend, McCreary was arrested on a mountainside in Cana-about the official's funeral was held in Surry County.

The then 27-year-old defendant was convicted of second-degree murder in September 1971. National court records show that he was released in January 1991 after being sentenced to 20 years and 30 years in prison.

David Beal later served as the court clerk for Surry and then a member of the Mount Airy Commission, but to some extent, the minds of retirees are still Firmly grasp the catastrophic event 50 years ago.

Due to the coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings, it is impossible to hold a formal program to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Monroe Boggs, and Bill is still forced to somehow admit this.

This led to a visit to the exact location where the detective was shot on Thursday, with Beal accompanied by the current Air Airy Police Chief Dale Watson.

After that, they walked along US Highway 52 to the vicinity of the two bridges of the NC 89 overpass, which was named in Boggs' memory more than ten years ago, about 100 yards from the shooting location.

Bill said that in addition to this gesture, the community should always remember a person who made the ultimate sacrifice for his own safety, no matter how much time passed.

He said: "We can't forget-we just can't."

February 25, 2021

More than 700 educators and school employees in Mount Airy and Surrey are receiving vaccinations against COVID-19.

The two-day vaccinations for local teachers and school staff are underway, and Ailishan was originally scheduled to complete the work on the same day. Surry County has a large labor force and will be vaccinated today.

"It's possible because of the excellent work of health director Samantha Ange and her staff at the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center," said Carrie Venable, the city's school communications executive.

"Mrs. Angers has strategically provided school staff with multiple locations that they can visit... to make it work and to make staff in the school system excited about this opportunity." Surrey County School Communications/Teacher Recruitment And Retention Supervisor Tracey Lewis said.

In Mount Airy, the school system uses an early release day to release afternoon time to vaccinate teachers and other workers. In total, 210 of the 260 employees in the school system indicated that they plan to be vaccinated, although some of these 210 employees have been vaccinated because they were tested for COVID-19 as frontline workers or were Potential health problems make them eligible for vaccinations as soon as possible.

The school system says that this job includes bus drivers, cafeteria staff, custodians, educators, clerks and administrative staff. "These people have been an indispensable work on the front line throughout the pandemic, and they have gone beyond serving students, families and our communities," said Superintendent Kim Morrison, Ph.D. on vaccination. Said in a written statement.

County school officials said that more than 500 teachers and workers will be vaccinated in these two days. This figure does not include workers who have been vaccinated. As in cities, county schools send students home early on Thursday and will conduct distance learning on Friday.

Throughout the pandemic, and especially when we return to face-to-face learning, the safety of students and staff has always been our top priority. The head of the county school, Dr. Travis Reeves, said: “Our priority remains to ensure that everyone is safe and that our students are in school.” This will be an important milestone when our education work This provides another layer of protection for the students who have made great efforts to maintain a safe school and a safe space to provide teaching and learning for their students. "

Although their employees will be happy to be vaccinated, officials from both school systems have stated that they will continue to implement the CDC and the health department’s recommendations on wearing masks, staying away from social activities and other measures.

"With the introduction of the vaccine, Mount Airy City School continues to urge our community to follow 3W until COVID-19 is eliminated from the community, county, state and country," Morrison said.

3W workers wear masks, wash their hands frequently, and wait in appropriate places to maintain proper social distance from others.

The city of Mount Airy reluctantly bid farewell to the main staff, and at the same time, eagerly welcomed a respected individual to replace her.

Human resources director Becky McCann (Becky McCann) retired after serving in this position for about eight years, which triggered this shift, which includes a variety of personnel responsibilities. According to city manager Barbara Jones, McCann’s departure will take effect at the end of this month.

Jones announced the appointment of new staffing professionals at the Mount Airy Committee meeting on Monday.

"I am very happy that Susan Jones has joined our city team as the Director of Human Resources," she added in a follow-up comment after the disclosure.

Susan Jones has no relationship with city managers, has more than 10 years of experience in the human resources field, has a degree in business management, and focuses on human resource management.

Incoming staff also have certificates of senior human resources commissioner and senior certified professional of the Institute of Human Resources Management.

“Most of her experience is working in the credit union of Winston-Salem and working as a human resources manager for Hyundai Motor Company in a private company,” the city manager added when detailing the qualifications of the new directors.

"I think Susan is a great fit for our employees and management team."

The municipal human resources department provides support functions for municipal workers engaged in important public services.

In recent years, there has been a budget for approximately 170 full-time employees, but the city manager said in 2020 that some of these positions will be filled to help Mount Airy better respond to COVID-19.

The new personnel director commented on Thursday: “The pandemic is a situation that no one of us thought would encounter.” “We are taking precautions to ensure that our employees and the residents they may encounter are also kept safe.”

Jones added: "In this way, "human resources are vital not only to city employees, but also to city residents."

The human resources responsibilities listed on the municipal government website include recruiting and selecting employees, organizing training courses and coordinating job fairs, etc., to achieve goals including maintaining a safe working environment.

"We have provided employees with information about when to quarantine, information about FFCRA (Family First Coronavirus Response Act), and ensure that they have sufficient resources, such as EAP (Employee Assistance Program), to cope with the pressure of the pandemic. The protective equipment and the new person in charge said: "This is a safety measure related to the public. "

While excited about the changes in human resources, City Manager Jones also reflected on Becky McCann's idea of ​​retiring from this position.

Jones commented: “She is an excellent human resources director and I am very happy to work with her.” He pointed out that McCann is willing to work harder. "She originally planned to retire in December and will work with me cordially until the end of this month."

McCann joined the municipal office in 2013, which was announced at a commissioner meeting in late February of that year.

Previously, she worked at Perry Manufacturing Co. for 33 years and served as the vice president of human resources when Perry closed a few years ago, which was part of the textile industry’s withdrawal from the local economy.

"When the Perry Manufacturing Company closed, I thought,'It's over for me,'" McCann said when he started his city government work.

In the 2021 Buddy Poppy Essay Contest, the local fifth grade student representative Pilot Mountain VFW and VFW assistant position 9436 have been selected.

In November, Abram Richardson announced his award-winning paper to VFW and supporting members at the meeting on February 11, on the subject of "The Purpose of the Buddy Poppy and How It Affects My Life".

Then, post-VFW commander Van Cook and auxiliary president Margie Nichols (Margie Nichols) presented Richardson with certificates of gratitude and monetary gifts for each group.

The annual competition is open to regional students from 10 to 12 years old. Selected students can go to public, private, local or home school. Students who choose to represent their local positions will continue to compete with other youth representatives in the region and state.

The name of the tiny hand-made flowers refers to the classic poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae. The official commemorative flower of VFW, each Buddy Poppy is assembled by disabled veterans and veterans who need them in VA hospitals.

Abram is the son of Damion and Kara Richardson. His grandparents are EW and Effie Sue Utt from Pilot Mountain, Frank and Ro Pettway from Stuart, Virginia, and Lee Richardson and Kim Hopkins from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He is the great-grandson of Ruby Carrington in Hillsville, Virginia.

Abram is a fifth-grade student at Pilot Mountain Elementary School. He is the arrow of the Light Boy Scouts and is a member of the Piedmont Aquatic Club swimming team at Pilot Mountain all year round. Richardson is an active member of its church youth group, singing in the church choir, and serving as the vice chairman of the Pilot Hill Elementary School Student Union.

Cook and Nichols pointed out in a joint statement: "Pilot Mountain 9436 pilots and VFW support staff are very pleased to have Abram representing this position." "We wish him in this competition and in future competitions. all the best."

Dobson Elementary School recently named it Teacher of the Year and Teaching Assistant of the Year for the 2021-22 school year.

Reading expert Sarah Atkins was named Teacher of the Year. Atkins worked at Surry County School for 15 years and Dobson Elementary Elementary School for two years. She is married to Dylan Atkins and has two children, Lyla and Fisher.

The first-year teaching assistant Candy Festival was named the best assistant teaching assistant of the year. She worked at Surry County Schools for 17 years and at Dobson Elementary for 16 years. She is married to Ritchie Day and they have two children, Trent and Brennan Day.

The principal Sharia Templeton announced the winners and a gift basket, which surprised every winner.

Cretz, Virginia-A three-year empty bowl event is usually held in March this year to benefit the Patrick County Food Bank, but COVID-19 has changed the plan for the year.

Reynolds Homestead and the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce did not want to cancel the event, and held an empty bowl virtual soup sales event at the Stewart Rotary Memorial Hall from 10 am to 1 pm on March 13. Remember Joni Hunt, the former director of the Food Bank and an advocate for food safety in the county. She died of cancer in January 2020. All proceeds from this event will benefit the food bank, which has increased demand during the pandemic.

Local restaurants and organizations will contribute soup to the event. These soups are packed in quart packages and the ingredients are marked. Primland, Reynolds Homestead and One Family Productions will provide soups, and more soups will be added by March 1. The price is $10 per quart, and a commemorative ceramic soup bowl will be given for every 2 quarts of soup purchased.

It can be ordered online on the Patrick County Chamber website from Monday, March 1 to Thursday, March 11. For those who want to buy tickets in person, these tickets will be sold at Chamber (334 Patrick Avenue in Stewart, Virginia) on Monday. -Thursday during normal business hours.

The event on March 13 will feature a drive for the pick-up service to ensure that the correct safety protocols are followed. Buyers should bring their receipts, and volunteers will take their orders out of the vehicle.

For questions about this event, please contact Lisa Martin of Reynolds Homestead directly by email:

North Surry teenager Brady Gunter (Brady Gunter) has been selected as the "District Honor Band". Brady is the only North Surrey High School Band student to receive this award this year and was selected to play snare drums.

Despite the restrictions of COVID-19 this year, he was one of about 600 students who participated in the audition. Due to this year's selection, students had to submit videos.

Brady is the son of Tracy and Jason Gunter. This is the sixth year of his band.

"It feels good," Brady said of his choice. "This is my second year of audition. I sat in two chairs last year, so it feels really good."

February 24, 2021

Last year, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the first events in the area that suffered from lockdowns and home orders was the Business of the Year Award sponsored by the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.

The event was originally scheduled to be held in March, but was eventually held online, but it was not held until September.

This year, the conference hall is ready and an event is planned to be held on March 30, although it will still be held online on the conference hall’s YouTube channel.

At present, officials of the Chamber of Commerce indicate that they are looking for several types of nominations. These include:

• Business of the Year, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Randy Collins (Randy Collins) believes this is the highest business award of the Chamber of Commerce;

• Companies that have been in operation for at least 20 years have won the "Enterprise Longevity Award";

•Best Cabinet Ambassador of the Year;

• Annual administrative professional;

• Outstanding public service awards can include local government staff, elected officials, volunteers or citizens;

• "Excellent Tourism Award" selected by the Tourism Development Board;

• Awarded the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award to non-profit organizations;

• "Annual Comprehensive Agricultural Business" awarded to top companies in agriculture-related businesses;

•Business and education partner awards to recognize companies that support education;

•Pandemic Leadership Award, this is a new award this year, to recognize companies that serve others during the pandemic.

The link to the electronic nomination form can be found on the Chamber of Commerce website and the Chamber Facebook page. The nominee for the award does not have to be a member of the House of Representatives.

Collins said that event sponsorship is also fine. For those interested in sponsoring, please contact Collins via email

The deadline for nomination is Monday, March 1.

Surry Community College’s College and Career Preparation (CCR) program is offering a course that provides students with the resources, direction, and skills necessary to apply for the U.S. citizenship process.

SCC’s Director of CCR and Human Resources Development Jennifer Pardue said, “I’m very happy that we can offer this course to people in the communities of Surry and Yadkin counties as a wonderful resource for them.”

The flexible schedule is based on openness and openness, which can meet individual individual needs. The course is available on the Dobson campus, Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 2 pm, and Monday to Wednesday, 5 to 8 pm. The schedule for the Yadkin Center in Yadkinville is Tuesday to Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 pm to 8 pm

ELA Teaching Coordinator Bentley Cornett said: "This new program is an innovative approach to integrate non-native Americans into the Surry and Yadkin areas." "The integrated curriculum will improve literacy and help students obtain permanent residency. We are excited about this opportunity."

Enrolled students will receive guidance to improve their literary and math skills, which will help them obtain a high school equivalent diploma through GED or HiSET. The course also prepares participants for the required employment opportunities or college degree, and equips those interested in applying for U.S. citizenship with the resources and guidance needed to pass the U.S. citizenship test.

Pardue explained that the class design allows students to receive instruction, prepare for high school equivalent courses, and English as a second language.

She said: "The citizenship part will be well integrated with the social studies courses already taught in the program."

Upon completion of at least 70 hours of active student participation, admission documents meeting the requirements of DACA will be provided. Call Bentley Cornett to register at (336) 386-3660, or send an email to

Volunteers from Whitaker Church United Methodist Church and Pilot Hill VFW Auxiliary Outpost 9436 joined forces on Saturday to organize a socks event to benefit the homeless and those in need in the area.

In order to provide a safe environment, volunteers wore masks and gloves and collected new socks from the cars of local residents who participated in the event. The team members set up under a tent next to the parking lot of Cousin Gary's restaurant on South Key Street. Participants reported a fruitful morning and made several large donations.

"I think we did a great job," said Margie Nichols, assistant president of VFW, near the end of midday. "This is the first time we have done this, and we have collected some large donations."

She continued: "However, in talking to some groups and organizations that will distribute these socks, we found that there are many needs and we want to do more," she continued.

The team plans to return to the location between 10 am and 2 pm on March 20 for another sock exercise. The raining date will be at the same time and place on March 27th.

Now, the temporary label has been deleted by Mitch Williams, who has officially become the Director of Public Works for the City of Mount Airy.

Williams’ promotion was announced at the Mount Airy Committee meeting on Monday night, postponed from Thursday night due to weather, and has been in a temporary position since March last year.

Jeff Boyles served as the director of public works for 20 years and served the entire municipal department for 27 years.

Williams, now 50, is also a professional employee in the public works department, including the former city engineer and second operations commander, including approximately 65 employees, responsible for water supply and sewer utilities, sanitation collection and street maintenance.

"I'm honored," Williams said to his appointment on Tuesday. He was revealed by city manager Barbara Jones at the mayors meeting on Monday night. "I thank Barbara and the board for their confidence in me."

Williams (Williams) will serve the 24th anniversary of the city government in May. He is a local resident for his whole life. He graduated from North Surry High School in 1988.

Later, he received degrees from Surry Community College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

A few years ago, Williams discovered his passion for technical drawing and engineering when he was a drafting student at North Surry High, which proved to be a springboard for his career. In the end, he obtained a license to practice as a professional engineer in North Carolina.

When Williams first joined the municipal staff in 1997, he served as a civil engineer and has 30 years of overall experience in this field. He was promoted to engineering supervisor in 2001. Served as a city engineer in 2004; and in 2018 as a city engineer/assistant director of public works.

Since the 1990s, Williams has played an important role in a wide range of commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects in the Mount Airy area, which is considered important. This reflects his professional interests in civil site design, streetscape design and greenway design, which help make various projects in the community a reality.

"Carlos Jones Park is a project that came to mind. Mickey played an important role in the design. Its appearance improved our city center," the city manager mentioned on Tuesday. This is part of the many projects he has successfully planned and designed. one example.

Jones added: "Mickey not only has the talent as a licensed professional engineer, but also has an excellent eye for the design and aesthetics of the project."

In recent years, his artistic hobbies include making a logo for the Airy Mountain Public Works Department, which is displayed on his vehicle; Andy and Opie wearing hard hats and flying to the fishing hole.

Williams has been relaxing the director’s job during an important period, including Airy Mountain’s plan to automate garbage collection, requiring him to make a plan and order two trucks to accommodate this move.

Then there is COVID-19, which is becoming a major public health crisis when Boyle retires.

The city manager admitted on Tuesday: "During the pandemic, the role of the interim supervisor is more important."

Jones pointed out that Williams "continues to maintain a strong leadership position in working with employees to comply with all the governor's orders, and continues to provide quality service while maintaining employee safety."

According to the city manager, this includes garbage collection, recycling, scheduled projects, street repairs and maintenance, repairs to public utilities, and everything within his scope of responsibility.

The authority of the Department of Public Works includes approximately 200 miles of water pipelines and 150 miles of sewer lines, and approximately 72 miles of streets to be maintained, all of which are maintained on the municipal road system.

Jones observed: "Mickey is familiar with all areas of public works and works as an urban engineer. He understands the history of our water and sewer systems like the back of his hand."

The new director said Tuesday that his main goal is to maintain the same level of service expected by local residents in the field of public works, under the leadership of Boyles and his other former director, Sonny Chapel. ongoing.

Williams said: "I'm going to put on some big shoes." Williams' family includes his wife Christie and two children Raleigh and Charlotte.

Jones was confident of Williams' ability to achieve his goals on Tuesday.

The municipal manager said: "We are fortunate to have him serve this community."

Jones continued: "He is a loyal and loyal employee, and will continue to serve the city in the best interests of our citizens and employees." "As Mickey officially takes over as the director of public works, I hope to see great Ideas and continuous quality performance."

February 23, 2021

• According to a report from the Mount Airy Police Department, the old gas pump was stolen from a service station on South Street.

The $900 water pump was found missing in a thatched cottage area of ​​the South Street Service Center last Friday.

• A man who overused Airy Mountain Airlines was accused of driving when he was injured and he did not have a driver's license, so he was prosecuted.

143 Danny Jay McCraw, 61, of the E. Crosswinds Court, encountered a city official during the 911 hang-up, referring to a vehicle that caused traffic problems near Renfro Street. McCraw once ran the 2007 Mercury Mariner, located on East Independence Boulevard near Junction Street, and discovered an overdose. He was treated with Narcan, a drug that reversed this effect.

The man was then taken to the Northern District Hospital, where he agreed to draw blood and was charged with two violations scheduled to appear in the Surry District Court on April 5.

• A car theft was discovered at IC Building Supply on North South Street on Friday morning. One of the unidentified suspects opened the door and removed approximately US$350 worth of unsecured vehicles from the premises. Property, but this type of vehicle is unmanned. Or the model year is listed.

The items included include a GMC fuse box, other hand tools and a torch.

Pilot Mountain-Last week, a consultant put forward a proposal for water and sewer maintenance of up to $1.5 million, which is part of a large-scale expansion project carried out by Pilot Mountain in cooperation with the city of Mount Airy. basis.

The Pilot Mountain Committee held a special meeting on Thursday night to listen to the views of Ken Orie, the director of utility engineering, and the consulting firm WithersRavenel, which has cooperated with the town on several projects in recent years.

The good news is that less than 5% of all water and sewer lines are at extreme risk of failure and are at the top of the priority list for replacement. However, lines in the second highest risk category do have a higher percentage, and the estimated repair costs are higher.

Orie said that a few years ago, the state created an AIA (asset inventory and appraisal) grant (asset inventory and appraisal) that provided smaller communities with an economic means to study their water and sewer utilities.

The subsidy is capped at $150,000, but Orie said that Pilot Mountain has received a full subsidy for water and sewer services, totaling $300,000.

This allows the town to hire Withers Ravenel to develop an asset management plan.

"On the sewer side, we went out to inspect every manhole... and every elevator you own, and ran a smoking test on the entire town," Orie said.

The mayor Michael Boaz explained the test when he took the action. Non-toxic fumes are forcibly discharged into the main sewer line (usually in the manhole) to see if any fumes escape, indicating a leak.

According to a contractor’s website, the discovery of leaks is necessary to avoid damage to the environment and property when the city’s sewage system is flooded by rainwater.

Orie said the test was conducted in the summer when the ground was dry, so if there is a leak, the smoke can be filtered through the ground.

Looking at the utilities in Pilot Hill, Ori said that the town has 19 miles of sewer pipes, ranging from small pipes of 4 inches to large pipes of 1 and a half feet in diameter, with 424 manholes.

The other 4.5 mile is a trunk that is 1.5 inches to 8 inches in size.

Orie explained that these are pipes that are under pressure from 20 lifting stations.

In addition to providing up-to-date maps for all the sewers in the town, Orie said in the inspection team: "We know the age and we know the materials."

Ori said that after turning to the water system, the town has 26 miles of water pipes ranging from 2 inches to 1 foot in diameter, 380 water valves and 201 fire hydrants. The town has two water storage tanks.

He pointed out that the scope of the map is wider because the town’s water line exceeds the town’s limits but does not reach the sewer.

Like the sewer study, the research team checked the age and materials of the pipelines and fire hydrants, but Orie said they also performed “hydraulic modeling, which allows us to determine the fire in the entire system and how the pressure works.”

"This helps you a lot, especially when considering a new pairing. We can help you understand the pressures of establishing a new connection," he said, referring to Pilot Mountain's expansion of the water supply main to the winter green spring. In the process of connecting to the water supply system of Mount Airy.

Taking into account the service life and materials of the sewer, WithersRavenel can predict the risk of failure in different areas of the town.

He said: "Obviously, the older the pipeline, the worse the condition of the manhole." "Therefore, it is likely that the pipeline will need to be replaced in the near future."

On the color map displayed to the team, several areas of the town are shown in red, indicating a "high" failure risk.

"The surface of the water is more difficult because the fact is that you can't just open a manhole and check the situation. Therefore, you have to rely more on pipe materials and pipe life. Compared with sewers, the older the water pipe, the more predictable its failure rate. ."

On this map, most of the town is yellow, indicating medium risk. Only a few small groups venture into high or extreme risks.

Orie explained to the board of directors that, logically speaking, it is reasonable to first budget high-risk areas, then high-risk areas, and then carry out a medium budget.

Orie provided a chart in which utility lines were broken down by risk category per linear foot.

The total at the bottom of the sewer map totals 16.84 million U.S. dollars.

"Obviously, this is a distressing moment," Ori said when revealing the chart. "Don't pay too much attention to this, because it is essentially the situation where the entire system is to be replaced today. This exceeds the life cycle of the pipeline, which is about 75 years.

"So when we talk about replacing these low, medium and important (pipes), we are talking about 20 years, 30 years."

The sewer line received an extreme hazard rating only 4% of the time or 4,285 linear feet.

Using the figure of US$155 per foot to replace the production line, the extreme risk would reach US$664,200. If you use the slightly higher weighted cost of US$159, the total is US$681,400.

This will be the priority area for replacement.

Unfortunately, Withers Ravenel believes that the high-risk category of sewer lines is about 16,557 feet, which is four times that. With the same two costs (US$155 or US$159), the total cost of replacement will be US$2,566,000 or US$2,633,000.

Local governments can take some measures to expand the utility of their public utilities.

"Yes, in the next five years, these high-end and extreme areas need some attention."

"It's a bit like the'check engine' light on a car is on. You don't have to cover it until you pick it up and look at it."

He pointed to the highest and highest lines on the chart, and he said: "These may just be gas station covers, or it may be your engine dripping oil. I am very lucky to be able to get out of the gas station."

The profit of the water impact diagram is even higher, nearly 30 million U.S. dollars.

Less than 5% of water supply lines are dangerous threats.

The estimated repair costs vary even more, with Orie showing $142 and $253 per foot, and the weighted figure of $198 gives a total of $29.97 million.

Only one-third of one-third (501 feet) are considered extreme risks that need to be addressed immediately, with a weighted cost of $99,100.

The high risk is listed as 4%, 5,742 feet, for a total of $1,137,000.

When considering long-term plans, Withers Ravenel suggested replacing all extremely dangerous sewer lines at an estimated price of $681,400. The consultants also suggested that the works on pumping station 18 and an intersection were US$552,000, for a total of US$1.23 million.

Orie told the board: "This report is a draft.... We will work with the town to study these recommendations, study these ideas and thoughts, and see where adjustments are needed."

"When we finalize the project schedule, we will complete the rate study and say that this is the impact these projects will have." These (price recommendations) will then be presented to you. "

He can also work with cities and towns to develop funding strategies and find external grants and funds to assist in the work.

He also suggested that the town consider using CCTV cameras to inspect the inside of sewers in certain areas from time to time. In some cases, the pipeline may be strong enough to just put a liner in it, which can save a lot of cost for the project.

He said: "Your price will increase from $143 per linear foot to $25 per linear foot,"

At the end of the speech, Commissioner Dwight Atkins asked whether a copy of the report would be handed over to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and whether this would make the The town benefits.

Town manager Michael Boaz stated that DEQ paid for the research through a grant, so it is clear that it will need a copy of the results.

Orie added: "This will reach the'points' in the next application." He was referring to seeking funding from the North Carolina State Revolving Fund to meet the needs of tap water and sewers. "Now that you have AMP, if you apply for the SRF fund, you will get extra points and extra credit-not so much distress, as it is, but because your things are together... and not passively jobs."

The public is seeking information about the incident at Grace Moravia Church in Mount Airy last week, which caused approximately $8,000 in property damage and is one of a series of apparently unrelated crimes there.

"We need some help," Jim Littleton said on Tuesday, working to resolve the newly discovered problems. The problem discovered on Thursday involved several people throwing stones at the rocks through the windows of a historic church on North Main Street.

Since 1983, Littleton has been a member of Grace Moravian and has a dual interest in this case. The retired city postmaster also worked with the local Crimestoppers organization. It provides rewards for reminders from the public that have led to the arrest and conviction of unsolved crimes.

The Mount Airy Police Department is investigating the Grace Moravian incident, and Littleton said on Tuesday that the case has also been transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In many locations of the church built in 1925, including its Sunday school building, the windows were broken. The plexiglass covering that protected the stained glass image of Jesus on the porch of the sanctuary was also damaged, but the windows themselves were still intact.

Surveillance video captured in the incident showed that three to four people committed crimes, two of whom were wearing hunting hats that Littleton described as Elmer Fudd. The perpetrators are white, in their 20s, and they arrived at the scene in a Burgundy Toyota Camry in the 1990s.

Littleton said: "They brought their own stones." One element of the case described it as a premeditated crime.

"We think they may have come from around the church," he added of the stones used, "but they were brought out."

He hopes that public appeals for tips will bring the perpetrators to justice.

Anyone who knows information about the case can call Crimestoppers at 336-786-4000, and can do so anonymously, because a system has been established to ensure that the identity of the caller is protected.

Littleton was unsure of the compensation that would tip the breakthrough, and explained that he did not know the current budget of the "crime blocker".

Last week’s property damage was disturbing enough, but in fact, the fact that Grace Moravian Church has also been targeted in other ways in recent months has made this loss even more serious. serious.

Littleton said: "Since last May, we have encountered several problems." This refers to a criminal activity that occurred at that time, in which a large glass window with a statue of Jesus was smashed. The reason for this is repeated blows with flat stones, which authoritative sources describe as the type used to beautify and build retaining walls.

The damage caused by the incident is estimated to be 10,000 U.S. dollars, and a 28-year-old Mount Airy man, Joses Jose Arellano, was arrested. He is now in jail on multiple charges, so he cannot participate in the latest incident.

"Since then, we have three other instances," Littleton concluded.

On or around Christmas Day, Grace Moravian was killed by a second attack.

Littleton said: "They shot our church with paintball." He added that there were 28 fluorescent green paintball stains.

On January 23, another crime occurred. The goal was to provide food to those in need in the blessing box of the church. Littleton reported that about 15 large metal food cans, including vegetables, were smashed on a path and a sidewalk leading to the church.

When talking about the goal of helping the hungry, Littleton said: "Some people really like to eat those foods." The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact have exacerbated this problem.

The suspects in the incident were two teenagers who had not been found riding bicycles.

Littleton said of this series of crimes: "Except for years, we have nothing in these years."

It is difficult for the members of Grace Moravian to understand why their church has been attacked so frequently. Littleton said this includes some self-examinations to find out anything they might have done to alienate certain parts of the community.

"And we didn't think a

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