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­— The Sunday Messenger, November 1, 2009 —

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The two had a Honda Gold Wing and loved to take out across the countryside together. “We were always together,” Amolene said recently. “We had that motorcycle and rode for years and years. We loved it. We’d go to the mountains, to the beach.” About five years ago, Ed took his last ride, a glide through Rockford and over to Elkin before coming back home to their farm just outside historic Rockford’s limits. Ed was getting sick about then. He ran through a gamut of illnesses — prostate and lung cancer, spots on his bladder, COPD. One day while in a hospital in WinstonSalem, he told Amolene, his wife of 53 years, that he wanted to go home. “He said, ‘I want to go home, I want to die at home,’” Amolene said, tears cresting the corners of her eyes. Some family members wanted him to go to the Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. Ed wanted to go home — and that’s where Amolene took him. She also called Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, one of the 27 agencies that receives funding from the United Fund of Surry, which is in the midst of its annual fundraising campaign. Amolene got Ed home on a Thursday. Hospice came in. He was gone about a week later, but hospice did not leave her. After

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helping Ed through his last days, they helped Amolene get through her worst ones. “If it hadn’t been for them, I don’t know what I’d done,” Amolene said. “When they came and talked to you, it made you understand more. They could come and talk about different things.” Most people realize hospice workers come in when a loved one is near death. Not many know how much support comes after that person is gone. At any point in time, Mountain Valley has about 900 families in its grief support system. They offer help to the immediate family and any extended family members having trouble Continued on Page 23

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­— The Sunday Messenger, November 1, 2009 —

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Michael E. Milligan, Publisher Rebel Good, Editor Telephone: 336-719-0040 Fax: 336-719-0026 All our staff can be reached by e-mail. Just send to <first name>@surrymessenger. com. Additionally, you can send information to the following departments, all “”: advertising, bulletins, circulation, classifieds, legals, letters, milestones, newstips, obits and sports. The Messenger is a member of the North Carolina Press Association.

Everywhere we turn these days, someone seems to be coming down with the flu. It may be a case of the common flu or the more widely publicized swine flu. Health departments, hospitals and private physicians are being besieged with requests for vaccines. While most of us come into contact everyday with an assortment of bacteria and viruses that could weaken our immune system and give us a case of the sniffles, there are some pretty basic precautionary steps that can be taken to fight off the flu and a winter cold. First of all, get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal influenza. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. In addition to a vaccination, there are an assortment of preventive measures you can take to guard against an infection and minimize symptoms: •Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you

cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. •Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. •Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. •Try to avoid close contact with sick people. •If you are sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. •While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. •Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other measures to keep our distance from each other to lessen the spread of flu. Above all else, don’t dismiss the seriousness of contracting influenza. Each year, in the United States more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die from seasonal flu complications. So the next time you get a case of the sniffles, don’t dismiss it too easily. Take the necessary preventive steps so you don’t become another statistic.

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here’s something about flowing water that brings out the kid in us. Especially when we’re kids. Put a youngster outside someplace where water is running downhill and I bet a strong majority will figure out some way to divert it or dam it. Perhaps these are the earliest training grounds for our hydraulic engineers. I remember growing up in Southern California in a residential development along a road with a pretty good slope to it. Rains were few and far between, but when they did come my friends and I would congregate at a particular point where the road took a slight left turn and see if we could dam up the curb and gutter and force the water across the road. There was no other purpose to this activity. We just wanted to see if it could be done. Once the feat was accomplished we’d kick out the blockage and disperse, perhaps

for some other playful childlike diversion . . . like shooting bottle rockets at each other. A couple of years later, while living on a Marine base, a group of us succeeded in damming up a small arroyo. We were so thrilled you’d have thought we had been the first to launch a rocket to the moon. That was a half-century ago, but the urge has not diminished. The South Fork of the Mitchell River flows by our home, and most days I’ll take the dogs for a walk that includes at least some wading and fooling around with how the creek is running. One end of our property ends at the confluence of the South Fork and the tiniest streamlet, one with running water only about half the year, depending upon drought conditions of late. Thing is, our deed says the property line runs with this streamlet. So in the morning I’ll head out to Stub-

by’s Point, named for our dog whose fuzzy white butt I can see hobbyhorsing ahead of me through the uncut pasture on his run for the creek. The way I figure it, if the point where the streamlet and the creek converge can be shoved westward, we might add, say, eight square feet to our property. With my walking stick I’ll drag a channel perhaps two inches wide and the same deep through some mud. The water changes course. Success! Another square foot has been added. Of course, the next big rain up Devotion way will send a torrent down the South Fork that wipes out all my work and resets the property line. But that’s the fun of this exercise. It’s neverending. And though there’s an AARP card in my wallet, for those few moments a day I’m still a kid.

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Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Elkin Town Board in Tuesday’s election. While incumbents Joe Walker, 57, and Gambill Aldridge, 48, are seeking re-election, political newcomers Cicely McCulloch, 45, and Terry Kennedy, 53, are also on the ballot. Commissioner Harold Lee Wagoner is not seeking re-election. The top three vote-getters will win four-year terms. Walker, a town resident since 1977, is serving his second term on the board. The things that concern him most center around jobs and Elkin’s leaky water distribution system. “We need jobs and a more diversified job base,” he said Monday. “We’ve had all our eggs in one or two baskets for 100 years. “ Diversification is essential to longterm success, and by long term, I’m talk- Joe Walker ing 50, 100 years. Just going out right now and landing some big fish, well, you see what happened with Dell. You live and die by the big fish.” Walker believes the heart of business growth is “more secure” with several smaller businesses than one large company. “It would be nice to be supportive of our budding tourism and viticultural industry,” he said. The town’s aging infrastructure is also a big concern. “We have significant water losses,” he said. “A typical loss ratio for a town is about 18 percent and that’s normal. We lose twice that.” The losses most likely are from leaks. Many have already been fixed, but 68 percent of the water sent to the east zone of the town is not accounted for, he said. Whether that’s because of leakage or the water is going to unmetered users is unknown. A priority for Walker is resolving the water losses. “We lose more than enough water to fill the county’s needs outside of Elkin,” Walker said. “Taxes are just one source of revenue for a town. A significant source is water sales, water and sewer treatment. We’ve suffered big losses because of the loss of industry, so we have to find way to make up for it.” As owner and manager of AllStar Rentals, Walker feels his “background and experience lend themselves to the ability to make good solid decisions. I’m the first to admit I don’t have all the answers, but the secret to that is

to listen and seek out people that can help you form those answers and make good decisions.” Aldridge, a town resident for 11 years, grew up just north of the town, which is now part of Elkin. He is serving his first term. He sees a large issue for the town as replacing lost jobs. “On everybody’s list is keeping a healthy economy,” he said Monday. “I serve on the economic development committee. One of the things we’ve done is set aside monies that will be used for economic issues. Like putting this position Gambill Aldridge in place with the sole responsibility to work on economic development. I’d like to see us continue to drive that plan.” The new workforce development center and having a college presence in the town will aid in that growth, Aldridge said. The commissioner describes maintaining the high standards of town services as an “ongoing challenge.” “We need to live within our means, but continue to provide high quality services to the town,” he said. Aldridge, owner of Basin Creek Realty, believes a commissioner needs to be proactive and move ideas forward that will benefit the town. “It’s a great place to live,” he said. “As commissioners we need to make sure that good ideas are not forgotten.” Aldridge has been a part of approving three budgets, “always a challenging process,” he said. “I’ve been involved in a lot of things in Elkin over the years,” he said. “The planning board, the Chamber, Jaycees, a lot of organizations. I meet a lot of people and hear their desires and wishes. I have my hand on the pulse of the community and people can come to me.” McCulloch has been a town resident since age 9. She has never run for office before, although she said she’s always wanted to have a positive impact on the town. “For me, the last 16 years has been about making Elkin better, so hopefully I can be a part of the top to make sure that does happen,” she said. The revitalization of downtown is high on her list of priorities, as are the water issues and bringing businesses to town. Continued on next page

­— The Sunday Messenger, November 1, 2009 —

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“Elkin needs to have a smart growth plan,” she said.“People think you just have to take anybody that will move to Elkin, that we’ll just have them because we want somebody to come in. When in reality, I think we are a unique gem that needs to be selective about who comes and who will be a good fit. “If Fibrowatt is an example of an industry that wants to Cicely McCulloch come, I don’t think that will be a positive impact on Elkin.” As owner of a downtown business, Diana’s Bookstore, McCulloch is an advocate for townspeople to do business in their town. “Purchasing here in the community begets more purchasing here in the community,” she said.“I want to and need to push that issue. That this town will survive if this town supports this town.” McCulloch cites her years of involvement with many groups in town as good experience for the job. “Since I opened my store 161/2 years ago I’ve been a part of almost every aspect of what’s going on from the United Fund to the Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library, all the downtown events, being a part of Main Street and Downtown Elkin, Inc.,” she said. “All those things that I was a part of were indirectly related to town government. Now it’s time for me to be a part of the bigger picture that makes some differences for all these other parts and groups.” Kennedy is a lifelong Elkin resident who has also never run for public office before, although he has served on the planning board.

“I think the town needs to prioritize what our needs are versus what our wants may be,” he said. The water loss is a top issue for him. “From what I understand, we’ve got a 38 percent loss,” he said. “That’s huge, so that needs to be addressed.” He also sees supporting growth along the N.C. 268 Bypass and the hospital, being the town’s largest employer, as important and creating “meaningful and decent jobs that will stay with us.” “Our focus needs to be on good quality jobs that are going to employ people into the future,” he said. Kennedy feels the board needs to work toward recruiting quality jobs, but doubts Fibrowatt fills that bill. “I don’t blame anyone who in the beginning was on board with Fibrowatt,” he said. “They felt they were doing the right thing, bringing desperately needed jobs to our area. But when you’ve got that many doctors come out against it, that really concerns me. Plus we are trending toward viticulture, tourism and almost a retirement area and that’s not a bad thing. It’s [Fibrowatt] just not a good fit. “I’m very much pro-business, be we don’t need to sell our soul to bring jobs.” Kennedy, owner Terry Kennedy of Kennedy Land & Homes, cites his time on the planning board as good experience. “I’m straightforward,” he said. “If you ask me a question, you may not like the answer, but you’ll get what I think. “My interest is solely what’s best for Elkin as a whole. I’m not one to play favorites, but to look at the big picture.”

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Mail orders may be made by mailing a check or money order, made out to FUMC AngelFood, PO Box 162, Elkin, NC 28621.  The FUMC AngelFood Outreach Ministry has November menu may be picked up at numerannounced that orders for each month’s Angel- ous places in the Elkin-Jonesville area, or can be Food delivery may now be placed online.  People viewed on the who can access the internet may now order from website.   Local orders for November delivery will AngelFood at  Food ordered via the internet will be delivered be taken in the Fellowship Hall of Elkin First along with food ordered locally, on each month’s United Methodist Church, 340 Hawthorne Road, on Thursday and Friday in the fellowship regular delivery day.  To order via the internet, go to www.angel- hall at the rear of the church, from 3-7 p.m.  Both online and locally placed orders will be Click on the Online Order display on the right side of the screen, and follow delivered on Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Fellowthe prompts.  There will be a $1 service charge ship Hall at the church, from 10:30 AM until for orders placed on the internet, and a valid 12:00 Noon.  Copies of the December menu Credit or Debit card will be required.  Cash and will be available at that time.  For more information, you may telephone SNAP Card orders must be placed in person, the church at 835-2323, ext. 301. on one of the order days at the church.

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­— The Sunday Messenger, November 1, 2009 —

Sunday, November 1, 2009 In the year ahead, don’t stop learning everything you can in your field of operation. Knowledge is the power that will bring you whatever you’re striving to achieve. The more you have, the further you can go in life. By Bernice Bede Osol SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If you’re overly assertive when it comes to dealing with others, you can expect a strong negative reaction in return. Instead of bossing people around, support their efforts. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If someone does something you dislike, don’t let it smolder inside and spoil your day. Find a diplomatic and friendly way to bring the matter out in the open, so it can be resolved. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Disappointment can ruin your day if you let something unexpected — and potentially profitable — be the defining factor. Keep everything in perspective. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — When it comes to a partnership arrangement, make sure that each person is targeting the same objective and operating off compatible work sheets. A collective effort is necessary to achieve success. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Anything you do out of spite will have a boomerang effect, hurting you more than the person you’re trying to penalize. If you let it, time will even the score. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Conditions in general could be tricky. For example, something you may want to change that would benefit you could be detrimental to

another. You could lose in either case. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Keep private any disagreement between you and your mate. Once you open the door to others, things could get tricky and complicated. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Don’t let problems erupt between you and a coworker over whose method is better. If each is equally good, toss a coin to decide the procedure. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — It won’t matter if you are the seller or the buyer when it comes to commercial affairs. Problems are likely to occur unless the negotiations are handled with extreme diplomacy and skill. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t think you have to be right all the time, or you could end up a provocateur, not a peacemaker. People in general have a low kindling point, so be careful. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t delegate jobs or responsibilities assigned to you because it’ll cause big trouble in the end. Conversely, protect yourself from becoming a “patsy” when doing another’s work. LIBRA (Sept. 3-Oct. 23) — Be sure that you know what you’re talking about before offering a friend financial or business advice. If you’re dispensing hearsay information or the facts are inaccurate, you’ll be held accountable.

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­— The Sunday Messenger, November 1, 2009 —

Obituaries Anthony “Tony” Ray Branch Anthony “Tony” Ray Branch, age 24, of Pilot Mountain passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. Mr. Branch was born in Forsyth County on May 1, 1985 to Timothy Ray Branch and the late Sandra O’Neal Branch. Tony was known for his love of music and was in the band “MisGiven” and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Branch is survived by his parents; Tim and step-mother, Lora Marion Branch of Pinnacle, two sons, Devin Anthony Branch of Greensboro and Damon Ray Branch of Pilot Mountain; special friend, Danielle Fowler of Pilot Mountain; maternal grandmother, Edna Lawson Branch of Pilot Mountain and paternal grandmother, Peggy O’Neal of Mount Airy; two half sisters, Susan R. O’Neal of Raleigh and Taylor Beck of Pilot Mountain; two step sisters, Jennifer Lora Golding of Mount Airy and Jessica Christina Miller of Edgewater, Fla.; two uncles, David Branch of Pilot Mountain and Jamie O’Neal of Mount Airy; one aunt, Janet Branch Soyars of Danville, Va.; cousin Shane Branch. Mr. Branch was preceded in death by his mother, grandfathers, Edward Ray Branch and James O’Neal. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Cox-Needham Chapel at 2 p.m. with Bro. Don Collins officiating with interment to follow in the Whitaker Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 1-2 p.m.m at CoxNeedham Funeral Home. Cox-Needham Funeral Home of Pilot Mountain is assisting the Branch family.

Ronnie Nelson Mr. Ronnie Nelson, age 54, of Pilot Mountain passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at his home. Mr. Nelson was born in Surry County on June 29, 1955 to the late Curtis and Eleanor Edmonds Nelson. Mr. Nelson is survived by his daughter, Angela (Phillip) Harrison of Walkertown; one grandson, Tyler Hill; one brother, David Nelson; three sisters, Sylvia Knight, Doris (Howard) Bond and Peggy Lawson. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 2, 2009 at Cox-Needham Chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Cox-Needham Funeral Home of Pilot Mountain is assisting the Nelson family.

Artie Cord Kirkman

Mr. Artie Cord Kirkman age 86, of Mount Airy, died Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Woltz Hospice Home. Mr. Kirkman was born in Surry County, October 2, 1923 to Romie and Lillie Belton Kirkman. He served

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our country in the United States Army during WWII and received the Purple Heart for tremendous bravery. Mr. Kirkman was a member of Shelton Church of the Brethren.  Surviving is a sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Dalmer Chilton of Mount Airy; a brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Treva Kirkman also of Mount Airy; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Kirkman was preceded in death by his loving wife, Madia Lawson Kirkman and brothers, Cecil Kirkman, Blackie Kirkman, Hersie Kirkman, Treva Krikman, Carl Kirkman and Dink Kirkman.  An entombment service was be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Skyline Memory Gardens Mausoleum by Chaplain Thurmand Midkiff, Rev. Todd Byrd and Rev. Rusty Reed. Full military rites will be conducted at the mausoleum by the Memorial Honor Guard Post 2019 Mount Airy and Post 9436 Pilot Mountain.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mt. Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be made to www.

Ethel Mae Love Gammons

Mrs. Ethel Mae Love Gammons, age 89, of 215 Hilda Drive, Mount Airy, widow of Rev. William Ed (Bill) Gammons passed away Thursday, October 29, 2009 at her home. She was born September 30, 1920 in Surry County, to the late John Monroe and Mary Lee Deatherage Love. Mrs. Gammons was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member and co-founder of Faith and Gospel Church and was a homemaker. Surviving is a daughter, Lydia Horton of the home, a daughter-in-law, Joyce Gammons, Mt. Airy, three grandchildren and two spouses, Joy and Rudy Leftwich, Cana, Va., Dale Gammons, Mount Airy, April and Jamie Jarrell, Mount Airy, five great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Virginia Love, Mount Airy, and Clinnie Hall, Mount Airy, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Gammons was preceded in death by a son Billy Rex Gammons, three sisters, Ruby Mills, Estelle Arrington and Irene Gordon and a brother, Bernie Love. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Moody Funeral Home Chapel of Mt. Airy conducted by Rev. Keith Love and Rev. Buford Jessup. Burial will follow in Skyline Memory Gardens. Flowers will be received or memorials may be made to the Gideon’s International, c/o Memorial Bible Chairman, PO Box 1032, Mt. Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be made to www.





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Come learn how to light up the trees By Leighanne Martin Wright


ohn Shannon is hoping to bring a Greensboro phenomenon to Elkin— outdoor lighted tree balls at Christmas.

“About four years ago, we drove through this area right off of Market Street, about a mile or so from the center of town,” he said Wednesday. “The whole community over the years has gotten together and they all turn their [house] lights off and they have these things way up in the trees. It is really like a fairy land. It is something to see.” John has been making his own lighted tree balls since that first drive and hoisting them into his trees, although not quite as high as some in Greensboro, he admits. “The trees I’d like to get this year are close to the road,” he said. “If I can get a baseball pitcher maybe ...” To help his fellow townsfolk embrace the unique decoration, John will be leading two workshops on making the ornaments — Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and again on Sat-

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John Shannon of Elkin shows examples of the lighted tree balls he will teach how to make.

urday from 10:30 a.m. - noon — at the Elkin Public Library. You must reserve a spot to participate by calling the library at 835-5586. The fee is $5. The only materials needed are a pair of long-nose pliers, protective gloves and a 200-light strand of Christmas tree mini-lights (either solid or mixed colors are fine). Two 100- or two 70-light strands clipped together also will work. Optional materials are a pair of diagonal clippers and an extension cord. The spectacle started small in 1996, according to Christmas lighted ball co-creator Anne Smith of the Sunset Hills neighborhood in Greensboro. The idea originated from her daughter, Ali, who saw something similar, although smaller, at a friend’s house in Raleigh. “As a sophomore at N.C. State she said to her dad, ‘Let’s make them bigger and put lots of lights on them,’” Anne said. “The next year she said, ‘Let’s make lots more of them and put them high, high up in the trees with the potato launcher.’ We did, adding a few each year.” Neighbors began coming to the Smiths asking how to make the ornaments. Pretty soon their block was home to about 100 decorations. With each year, more inquiries about how to make them prompted Anne and her husband, Jonathan, to hold a workshop the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Last year they were even featured in Our State magazine. “I would say it took about six years to catch on initially and now pretty much the whole neighborhood does it,” Anne said. “I would say a dozen neighborhoods outside Sunset Hills do it at a pretty good level. And I have had a lot of calls this year from Hickory, Kernersville, and a fellow in Georgia. We have taught people who have taken it to Sacramento, Calif., Tampa, Fla., the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and all over North Carolina – Wilmington, Lake Norman, Charlotte, Asheville, High Point, Burlington, and some in South Carolina.” The balls are not difficult to make, but can be tricky John said. “You don’t have to be a perfectionist,” he said. “Frankly it’s impossible to get a good sphere out of that stuff.” But a perfect circle is not necessary as the effect of all the ornaments high in the trees are a sight to see. Hanging the strands may take some innovation. A variety of methods from Greensboro of launching them include attaching twine to a baseball and tossing it over a limb, fly casting and shooting into the tree tops with a potato launcher. “Somebody’s even made a large slingshot,” John said. Just make sure you test your lights before launching and have plenty of extension cords handy. “The growth of the lighted Christmas balls is exponential,” Anne said. “Our neighborhood is very close by the regional cancer center and the technicians there tell the patients that after their chemo, radiation or whatever therapy they are receiving, to drive through the neighborhood because it will give them hope and cheer them up.” The Smiths also use the attraction to help the local food bank by having a collection point for donations. “We collected close to three tons of canned

Several neighborhoods in Greensboro explode with lights high in the trees during the holiday season. goods for Second Harvest Food Bank last year in a trailer in our front yard,” she said. “We encourage anyone who takes this project on in their neighborhoods or towns to have a collection point for canned food for the local food bank. It is a lot of trouble to keep it collected, dry and taken into the food bank facility, but it is amazing to see the response.”

Lighted tree ball workshops will be Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - noon — at the Elkin Public Library. You must reserve a spot to participate by calling the library at 835-5586. The fee is $5. If you can’t make the workshops, here is a simple how-to: 1. Start with a 45-inch length of 2-foot-wide chicken wire. Roll the chicken wire into a cylindrical shape and secure it by twisting the wire ends together. 2. Fold in the wire at the top and bottom of the cylinder to form something that looks like a rough rectangle. Be patient. Just keep mashing the wire on each side until you have it in the shape of a ball. Don’t expect a perfect circle. 3. Tie the male end of your light strand (the one you’ll plug an extension cord into) to the top of the chicken wire ball with a few inches protruding. Then simply wrap the lights around the globe like it’s your Christmas tree. Tie the end of the light string to the chicken wire. Don’t forget to test your lights.

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New recreation head a familiar face By Leighanne Martin Wright


ust call Adam McComb a boomerang.

The director of Surry County Parks and Recreation will be trading posts on Nov. 16, taking over as the head of Elkin’s recreation department. It is a program he knows well, having been the athletic director there for five 1/2 years under Brent Cornelison. “I enjoyed my time in Elkin when I was there,” he said Thursday. “When I did leave, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity (to come to Surry County). Likewise, when the opportunity in Elkin opened up, it was something I wanted to look into. And it worked out.” McComb, 35, has been with the Surry County department for two years. “We’re very pleased Adam is returning to Elkin,” John Holcomb, Elkin’s interim manager, said. “While he was here, he did an outstanding job. In Elkin, we have a good recreation program and we know he will be able to help expand and improve that program.”

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and Luke, 3, going to Elkin City Schools, he wanted to be back in the town as well. Financially, the move is lateral, with both director’s jobs paying about $50,000 annually. McComb grew up in Jonesville and graduated from East Carolina. He and Ruthann lived in New Bern where he was an athletic program assistant for several years before he got the job with Elkin the first time. Being director in Elkin will be different in that he will now have to manage the rec center and the pool. “With municipalities, typically you have more facilities to maintain and take care of,” he said. “It’s more of being a facilities manager and keeping things up.” McComb looks forward to following his former boss. “My big thing is to continue the legacy of fitness that Brent Cornelison started,” he said. “It’s always a benefit for the citizens to have the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle, whether that’s through walking on the track, attending athletic events with their children and eating a picnic in the park or using the facility inside. It’s all its own little world and keeping that world turning is what I’m interested in doing.”

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Haymore Baptist Church will be offering two workshops — a free six week session on wood carving and a five week session on Christmas crafts with a fee of $15. Workshops begin Oct. 28. For more information or to reserve a spot call 786-7435. The church is located at 319 Rockford St.

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Mayoral candidates gear up for Tuesday election By Andy Matthews


ith just two full days left before Tuesday’s Mount Airy mayoral election, Deborah Cochran and Teresa Lewis are campaigning hard, both of them pressing the flesh, working the polls and calling on volunteers to help get out the vote.

Most political observers believed all along it would be a showdown between Lewis, a well-known business owner, and Cochran, a popular radio personality and city commissioner. Now it’s up to voters to decide who will replace Jack Loftis, who decided this summer not to run for a third four-year term. Cochran and Lewis, who defeated Gene Clark and Paul Eich in a four-way primary last month, are both networking and lobbying their supporters to go the polls, which will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. But the two are going about in a different way. In the final week before Tuesday’s vote, Lewis began running television advertise-

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ments. And she said on Friday that she’s getting results. “The TV ad has created a lot of interest. We’ve had some contributions come in this week,” Lewis said, adding that the television exposure has resulted in more campaign contributions. “That was our last expenditure.” Lewis, the founder and owner of Workforce Carolina, also has a Facebook page on

the Internet where she has more than 260 fans and where her television advertisement can be viewed on According to her most recent campaign disclosure form, which was filed Monday with the county Board of Elections, Lewis had raised $12,874.13 and spent $12,131.29. That doesn’t include the television advertisements on WXII. Lewis said that her expenditures show

that she takes the campaign seriously. Lewis herself has contributed $6,370.13 to her campaign. The way to get results, Lewis says, is to get your message out to voters. She also notes that her expenditures have gone to local businesses. By contrast, Cochran says that she still doesn’t expect to meet the $3,000 spending threshold that requires candidates to file disclosure forms with the elections office. “I have a simple campaign strategy,” Cochran said. “I stick with things that work for me . . . I’m using a lot of ‘sweat equity.’” Cochran, who works for WSYD, said that she is utilizing the same methods that got her elected two years ago — a grassroots, doorto-door campaign with no major advertising until some newspaper spots on the Sunday before election day. “Several of my volunteers have made phone calls,” Cochran said. “But I haven’t spent a lot of money . . . I’m still well under $3,000.” Two of Cochran’s volunteers are former mayoral candidates who were defeated in the Oct. 6 four-way primary. Clark and Eich have both endorsed Cochran, saying they believe she would do more to shake up city government than maintain the status quo. “They are out there working,” Cochran Continued on next page

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Reserve your spot for the senior trip to the Southern Living Christmas Show in Charlotte on Friday, Nov. 13. Departure from parking lot between Blockbuster and Sonic at 8 a.m. Return to Mount Airy at 6 p.m. Cost $30 covers transportation and ticket to the show. Sign up by Nov. 4. Make checks payable to Reeves Community Center. Reserve your space now for the Mountain Park Fall Bazaar. The Bazaar begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Mountain Park Community Park. Sponsored by the Mountain Park Ruritan Club. Spaces to rent for $25 and $35 to sell yard sale items, food, etc. Businesses, churches and families all welcome. Spaces must be reserved by Nov. 5. Call Tina Arrington at 366-4203 or Melisaa Snow at 874-3636. Come and enjoy a day at the park. Lots of food, fun and a raffle.


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is located at 162-A W. Pine Street. Free. Come meet the artist and peruse the gallery while viewing Jim’s exquisite paintings. Light refreshments. ROCKFORD •2-4 p.m.: History and Haints Day presented by The Rockford Preservation Society. Come celebrate the history of the Village of Rockford, Surry’s 1789 county seat with a walking tour and storytelling featuring Dr. Charles Gilreath, meet at the Grant-Buurus hotel site. Your $5 contribution will support restoration projects. Refreshments provided. The Rockford Mercantile and Museum and the Yadkin River Photography Shops will be open.


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“They are out there working,” Cochran said of Clark and Eich. Despite being a city commissioner for the last years, Cochran said that she hasn’t lost her independent streak. She still carefully scrutinizes the city budget and describes herself as a “fiscal conservative” who wants to rein in spending. “I’m consistent,” Cochran said. “People know where I stand. I’ve done what I said I would do. And I continue to do what’s best for the people.” Susan Jarrell, director of the elections board, said this week that it’s difficult to predict turnout for Tuesday’s election. Twenty percent of Mount Airy’s 6,632 registered voters turned out for the Oct. 6 primary. Noting the relatively high turnout numbers in Mount Airy during early voting, Lewis believes the election will draw more voters. Both candidates say they are cautiously optimistic about Tuesday’s outcome. But they are taken nothing for granted. Even though she could lose her vote as a commissioner if she is elected mayor, Cochran said that she felt “led” to run. “I love helping people and I believe that public service is the most honorable of professions,” she said.

Lewis said that she has spent most of her time at the campaign polls since early voting began Wednesday in Mount Airy. “We’ve been calling the people we know who are registered and reminding them to go vote,” Lewis said. “And I’ve been spending as much time as possible at the early voting seeing friends and supporters . . . I’ll be at the polls until they close.”

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You have to wonder why both the residents and businesses in and around Dobson wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the water and sewer projects they need because the county commissioners say they have no money. But, they have the funds to bring a water line to an empty piece of land in Elkin so

that Fibrowatt can build a stinking, nasty incinerator that nobody wants except for this conclave of five. Wow! So much for the commissioners using funds wisely and looking out for the best interest of their constituents. That puts the Dobson people just a bit ahead of the Elkin people on their â&#x20AC;&#x153;we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t careâ&#x20AC;? list. And you also have to wonder why the CACHE people were continually harassed and threatened with arrest numerous times at the Pumpkin Festival. CACHE just wanted to talk to those people interested in learning more about this incinerator. Why are some officials so afraid that the REAL facts are going to be known? Why are they happier when people are kept in the dark? Hmmm, you just have to wonder. And, why do the majority of candidates running for Elkin Town Board say they are against Fibrowatt, but the county commissioners hold steadfast? THEY can stop this madness. If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, groups like CACHE, BREDL and Yadkin Riverkeepers will have to fight on the state and federal level. Fibrowatt is a rich corporation that has deep pockets, expensive lawyers and influential lobbyists. I wonder if those groups or the people of Elkin and the residents of Surry and Yadkin County will stand a chance. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let them do this. There will come a time when we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop it. Call them and tell them â&#x20AC;&#x153;NOâ&#x20AC;?!

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ing at 7 p.m. All proceeds go for youth athletics. MOUNTAIN PARK â&#x20AC;˘8 a.m.: Mountain Park Fall Bazaar at the community ark sponsored by the Ruritan Club. Lots of food, fun and a raffle. GALAX, Va. â&#x20AC;˘1-3 p.m.: Ninth annual Shelter Day at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter sponsored by the Twin County Humane Society. Rabies clinic from 2-3 for $7.50 per animal. Any animal adopted from the shelter this day will get half off their spay and neuter.

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‘Remember when?’ — more than just an exercise


ately I’ve been trying to remember everything that I had forgotten. While there are doubtless many joys and delights to be found, there are just as doubtless many sad and embarrassing and even scary things lurking down amongst the tucks and fold of all that gray matter. There are numerous problems with trying to remember everything, the first being, how do you know when you have forgotten something? Furthermore, why do we forget so much? Does the brain’s storage space for memories remain constant? Do newer ones replace older memories? How do we know that a memory is real and not just something that we imagine? Are we products of our memory, or is our memory dependent upon who we are? As in most of my endeavors, I have more questions than answers, because, you know, questions are easier. So what have I been remembering? Believe it or not, the first thing that popped into my head when I started this column was the lunchroom at Mountain Park school. When I entered first grade in 1957, Mountain Park was still a high school, with grades 1-12. The lunchroom was located in the basement of the gymnasium. The gym and classrooms were not attached, so we must have gotten wet when the weather was bad. As I remember it, the tables where we ate were built exactly like picnic tables and were painted red. A recent conversation with some friends, though, reminded me of something I had forgotten, that the tops of the tables were covered with linoleum.

Down the River Road Steve Martin The cooking area was very bright and well lit, but the rest of the place I remember as being shadowy, with a low ceiling and exposed beams. What I most distinctly recall, though, and what I cannot adequately describe, is the smell of the place; almost sweet, perhaps kind of yeast-like, but very pleasant and immensely comforting. In 1958, the new lunchroom was built,

and it boasted a covered walkway and lots of windows. No more walking to lunch in the rain, no more basement, no more eating on outdoor furniture topped with floor covering. It was heaven, and wonder of wonders, the food was great. Also lurking in my memory are the stables, which were used for the Harvest Fair; the Halloween Carnival, held in the gym; Herman Thompson’s store; and Number 9. Number 9 was the bus I rode. All the other buses had double or triple digits, such as 29 or 108, but 9 was the only bus that had the word “number” in front of its number. If you rode 29, you said 29, but if you rode 9 it was always called “Number 9”. Number 9 had one other distinction, perhaps appropriate for the only single-digit bus: it made two trips, and I rode what was always called “second load.” And that’s where Thompson’s store came into play. The store was located within any fourth grader’s (or third grader’s, if he was a mite big for your age) spitting distance from the gym, and between first load and second load on Number 9, you had about 20 minutes or so to do pretty much what you wanted to do, as long as you got back in time. So off to the store I went, to watch a few minutes of Superman on the Thompson’s TV and plop Atomic Fireballs into my mouth. Which were almost immediately plopped back out because, well, you know how everything seemed bigger and brighter when you were a kid? Same thing with fireballs, only hotter. It was a much simpler time, when children

Mayor, town board races in Dobson By Phil Goble Jr.


n Tuesday, Dobson residents will have a wide selection of candidates for the mayor’s office and two vacant commissioner’s seats. Incumbent Ricky Draughn will face off against challenger Kenneth Earnest for the mayor’s job. That is a simple choice — just two options. The top two issues Draughn sees at the moment are the town manager and traffic. “The town manager situation is still hanging over our head, it’s not resolved,” he said on Thursday. “The town manager (Lynn Burcham) is still on paid leave, has been since June I believe.” The traffic problem, he said, is becoming tough during both the morning and evening

commutes. “They are backed up from one end of town to the other,” he said. “People used to use the back streets and now those are getting (full).” Draughn said he wants a shot at a third four-year term so he can see many of the projects, such as water and sewer extensions, to their completion. “There were a lot of those loose ends going on,” he said. “I’d like to see them through, the way the board intended them to be (done).” A message for Earnest was not returned. For commissioner, there are six candidates vying for the two spots. Kermit Draughn, T. Jonathan Snow, John D. Lawson, Ron Atkins, Ted Ring and J. Wayne Atkins are all on the ballot. “I’ve lived here most of my life off and on,” Wayne Atkins said. “I felt if I could help in some way, I would. I have experience in town government and know its infrastructure.” Atkins was town manager in Dobson from 1986 to 2007. He sees the two biggest issues in the town are water and sewer projects and downtown revitalization.

“We’ve got five major water and sewer projects going,” he said. “We don’t need to stand still. We need to keep moving. Being in the center of the county, we can branch out (and help).” And for downtown? “We need to try and do some downtown revitalization and beautification,” he said. “That’s going to take money. Maybe there will be some grants out there. We have the vineyards around us. We need to see if we can get (tourists) to stop and maybe spend some money.” Lawson agrees. “We need to encourage any type of business in town,” he said. “Whether its three jobs or 3,000 jobs. We need more business and economic development. Economic development is my No. 1. No. 2 is the path we’ve taken with water and sewer in the area. We need to continue our partnership with the county.” Lawson would love to see downtown add a park so residents could walk or just sit and enjoy the town. Attempts to reach Kermit Draughn, Snow, Ring and Ron Atkins were not successful.

were allowed to wander around unescorted and eat radioactive candy. As I recall those long ago days at Mountain Park, my thoughts inevitably turn to my teachers. Sadly, we recently lost one of the great ones when Ruth Norman passed away. Two incidents immediately come to mind when I think of Mrs. Norman, the first of which came in the form of high praise when she had me read, in front of not only my seventh grade classmates but the eighth grade as well, a story I had written. What she didn’t know was that I had lifted a small part of the tale from a comic book. The most common advice when it comes to writing is to write what you know, so comics were my major literary inspiration. Besides, Macbeth and Miss Greene and Mrs. Brown were a couple of years in my future, so I stole from not only what I knew but from what I could comprehend. The other incident was something that seemed terribly unfair at the time. We had to write book reports, and while she really liked the way I wrote, she dropped me a letter grade because I read only science fiction. I don’t remember her exact words, but her intent was clear: Broaden your horizons. Expand your knowledge. Don’t limit yourself. Continued on next page

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Kayla Suzanne Bowman and Wesley David Tucker were married Sept. 12, 2009, in a ceremony at White Plains Baptist Church. The Rev. David Tucker and the Rev. Bill Tucker conducted the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Robert Jr. and Diane Bowman of Mount Airy. She is a graduate of White Plains Christian School and a 2009 graduate of Surry Community College with a degree in early childhood. She is employed by White Plains Christian School in Mount Airy. Her grandparents are Anne Bowman and the late Robert (Red) Cecil Bowman, the late Betty Battles and the late Sammy L. Jones. The groom is the son of David and Thresa Tucker of Mount Airy. He is a graduate of White Plains Christian School and a 2006 graduate of Surry Community College with a degree in computer engineering. He is employed by Little David’s Carpet Store in Mount Airy. His grandparents are Bill and Pat Tucker of Mount Airy. The bride wore a satin, halter A-line white gown with beaded lace applique and cut-out lace hem and a beautiful long chapel train. She was given in marriage by her father, Robert Junior Bowman. Matron of honor was Kristin Maynard of King, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Kim Bowman of Pilot Mountain, sister-in-law of the bride; Heather Norman of Ararat, friend of the bride; Becky MacMillian of Cana, Va., friend of the bride; Ashley Tucker of Mount Airy, sister of the groom. They wore candy apple colored gowns and carried apple and rose petal pink bouquets. Flower girls were Natalie Jones, cousin of the bride, and Cameron Bowman, friend of the bride. Ringbearer was J.T. Tucker of Mount Airy, cousin of the groom. Best man was Cody Tucker of Mount Airy, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Robbie Bowman of Pilot Mountain, brother of the bride; Chris Tucker of Mount Airy, cousin of the groom; Timmy Tucker of Mount Airy, uncle of the groom; William (Heavy) Tucker of Mount Airy, cousin of the groom. Music for the ceremony was provided by Nancy Barney Castle, pianist, and Susan Michael, soloist. A reception followed the ceremony at White Plains Baptist Church fellowship hall hosted by the parents of the bride. Madison Bowman of Pilot Mountain, niece of the bride, was miniature bride and Jacob Bowman of Pilot Mountain, nephew of the

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A few years ago I went to visit her, and I wish I had thanked her and told her that, while her compliments were welcome, her stinging criticism had been immeasurably more useful to me. I have the distinct feeling that had I told her, she would have looked me square in the eye and said, in her succinct manner,“Of course.” There’s one other thing for which I would like to thank Mrs. Norman: she introduced me to the Smothers Brothers. As I remember it, she played one of their records in class and I was instantly hooked. At the time they were simply a folk music/comedy act, but a few years later they became huge TV stars with their controversial “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”. I’ve often wondered how she felt about them after they became counterculture superstars.

MRS. WESLEY DAVID TUCKER bride, was miniature groom. Robin Horton of Pilot Mountain, aunt of the bride, was the wedding director. Sam Jones and Sam Coleman, cousins of the bride and groom, were guest registry attendants. Caleb Horton, cousin of the bride, was isle runner attendant. A rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents was held Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. After a wedding trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the couple resides in Ararat.

Occasionally my wife Bonnie and I ride to Mountain Park and walk a few laps around the paved trail located on the school campus. As my gaze wanders over to the school buildings, I think about how what was once new is now old. My first through fifth grade classrooms were young when I was young. The old building was built in the 1920s and demolished in the 1990s, and the old gym was replaced around the time I graduated high school. The fresh has replaced the faded; the vital has replaced the obsolete. So it goes, so it ever shall be, and while the old is now absent from the physical realm, it remains, if only in smidgens and pinches, in our collective experience: we remember. Yet the reasons why we recall certain things and forget others elude me. The things that we remember seem to be random, the mundane mixed with the life changing, the simple stirred up with the complex. Memories, it seems, are not like sieves; you don’t just catch the big

chunks. Often it’s the tiny pieces, the little bits, which somehow stay with you all through the years and make you realize that life is mostly lived as a series of intensely personal vignettes. Through our memories, both large and small, we learn that life is a panoply, a splendid array of diverse parts. If you would like to share some of your memories, particularly of your alma mater, please write to me at downtheriverroad@ and I will try to include the best ones in a future column. And I would like to give a hearty thank you to life-long Mountain Park residents Johnny and Reeceanna Hanes, without whose help this column would not have been possible. Their love of the area and knowledge of their community knows no bounds. Steve Martin lives near the Mitchell River and often quotes Garrison Keillor, who once said, “I would remember forgetting something that important.”

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Grape harvest produces mixed results for wineries By Andy Matthews


t’s often said in the wine industry that there are years for the grape grower and years for the winemaker.

With good grapes, good wines can be made easily. When the crop has problems, all the winemaker’s skills are needed to coax out a decent wine. This year, it would appear, will be one for Surry County’s winemakers. The spring brought heavy rains, causing moisture and pollen problems for some vineyards. When the rains relented and summer brought some dry spells, vineyard owners geared up for the harvest, only to be hit once again with inclement weather. George Denka, president of Shelton Vineyards near Dobson, said recently that this year’s harvest was “kind of a mixed bag.” The wet spring, which included some torrential rains, was a bit too much for some of the grape clusters. The rainfall destroyed some flowers, causing them not to pollinate. “Some of them didn’t fully form,” Denka said. “We had lowers yields than in past years.” But the weather was more cooperative in the summer with some hot, sunny days that help develop deeper flavors. Denka said that workers harvested grapes for the white wines in the latter part of September, which will probably be of higher quality than the red wines for this year. That’s because grapes for the reds mature later and thus were more vulnerable to the weather. Established nine years ago, Denka said that Shelton Vineyards has about 150 acres of grapes in cultivation. “Overall, this harvest will be very similar to 2006 and 2008,” Denka said. “Those two years we had similar weather, except for the early springtime rains.” Jim Douthit, the co-owner and manager of Grassy Creek Vineyard north of Elkin, said that the vineyard had a tough time fighting off the effects of the spring rains. Grassy

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Creek has 20 acres off Klondike Road and 10 acres in the Troutman community in southern Iredell County. Ironically, Douthit said, the vineyard in Troutman fared much better this year. “We had a tough year,” Douthit said. “We struggled with mildew. We had a very minimal crop . . . at least here in Elkin. We fared better in Troutman where, for some reason, there was less rain.” Still, Douthit said that Grassy Creek was fortunate to have a large enough yield to salvage some good grapes. “We didn’t use any that we didn’t like,” Douthit said. “If that had any defects, we didn’t use them.” Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery, which celebrated its grand opening Thursday, just concluded its harvest. Pat Colwell, a coowner of the 10-acre vineyard about three miles east of Elkin off N.C. 268, said that this was the organic vineyard’s first big harvest. With the exception of dealing with some unwelcome guests who damaged some of the grapes, Colwell said that it was a good year for Carolina Heritage, which raises a mixture of muscadine, hybrid grapes and blueberries. “Our harvest was actually pretty good with some minor exceptions,” Colwell said. “We had some possums and they seemed to like the grapes and did a bit of damage.” Carolina Heritage was not as severely affected by the spring rain, but Colwell said that September’s showers did adversely affect some of its grapes. “We were really not affected by that, but getting rain in September is not good for anybody,” Colwell said. “We did see a little more rot than we would have liked.” Gill Giese is a viticulture instructor with Surry Community College’s Viticulture & Enology program where the college grows about five acres of grapes and produces its Surry Cellars wines. Like other vineyards, the college had to grapple with the elements. “It was really a variable growing season,” Giese said. “We didn’t seem to have a consistent trend.” Giese said that insects and wasps punctured some of the grapes, making rot more likely. But there were as many Japanese beetles this year, he said.

Pulitzer-winning play hitting stage this week The Surry Arts Players present “The Gin Game” Friday-Sunday, at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. This two-person, two-act play is an intriguing exploration of friendly (and not-so-friendly) competition. “The Gin Game”, D.L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, depicts two people at the end of their rope. Directed by Jane Riley and

starring Tom Mascenik and Terri Ingalls, The Gin Game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday , and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10. Due to strong language, this play is not recommended for people under 16 years of age. For more information please contact the Surry Arts Council at (336) 786-7998 or visit

“From a quality standpoint, it was better than usual and the chemistry was some of the best I’ve ever seen,” Giese said. Margo Knight, executive director of the N.C. Wine and Grape Council, said that the 2009 harvest was an average year. Varying amounts of precipitation across the state accounted for mixed results. Knight said that vineyards in western North Carolina had to contend with larger rainfall totals. “We had a little more rain than we would have liked to have had,” she said. “Pretty much, it was hit or miss.” Those who sprayed for mildew after the

heavy spring rains reported higher yields, Knight said. adding,”Those who didn’t address mildew had quite a lot of problems with moisture.” Owning a vineyard, Knight said, can be a very stressful occupation. Often the owner must battle the elements, gambling on when is the right time to harvest. However, the beauty of owning a vineyard, Knight said, is that you can literally see the fruits of your labor. “Every year is different. That’s what makes this industry so great,” Knight said. “You have a year’s worth of rain, sun and wind in that bottle.”

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Friday Night Football Wrapup

NORTHWEST 1-A/2-A East Surry Mount Airy

Conference W L 6 0 6 0 Bishop McGuinness 4 2 West Stokes 3 3 North Stokes 3 3 Surry Central 1 5 North Surry 1 5 South Stokes 0 6

Overall W 10 10 8 6 6 1 1 0

L 0 0 2 4 4 9 9 9

Friday’s finals Mount Airy 55, South Stokes 7 East Surry 55, North Surry 6 North Stokes 38, Surry Central 28 Bishop McGuinness 33, West Stokes 32 This week’s games Mount Airy at East Surry West Stokes at North Surry South Stokes at Surry Central North Stokes at Bishop McGuinness END OF REGULAR SEASON MOUNTAIN VALLEY 1-A/2-A Starmount Elkin Wilkes Central East Wilkes Ashe County West Wilkes Alleghany Forbush North Wilkes

Conference W L 7 0 6 1 5 2 4 3 4 3 3 4 2 5 1 6 0 8

Friday’s finals Elkin 41, Wilkes Central 8 Starmount 16, Alleghany 14 Ashe County 51, Forbush 6 West Wilkes 52, North Wilkes 14 East Wilkes — Open This week’s games Forbush at Elkin Alleghany at West Wilkes Wilkes Central at Starmount East Wilkes at Ashe County North Wilkes — OFF END OF REGULAR SEASON

Overall W L 8 2 8 2 6 4 6 4 5 4 3 7 4 6 2 7 0 11

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East Surry quarterback Hunter Diamont escapes a North Surry defender as Cardinal Joe Reid Denny looks to help.

County rivals both undefeated, set for faceoff By Phil Goble Jr.


wo Friday night high school football games games, two nearly identical scores.

Who would have had it any other way? In the last step before their colossal showdown coming this Friday in Pilot Mountain, both East Surry and Mount Airy racked up big varsity football wins. The Cardinals blitzed North Surry, 55-6. The Granite Bears humbled South Stokes, 55-7. The rivals are now both 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Northwest 1-A/2-A Conference. The Bears, the defending 1-A state champs, are riding a 26-game win streak. Both won their pre-epic warm-ups with ease.

East Surry 55, North Surry 6 You just need to say two words: “Markus Brown.”

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound East Surry running back had 190 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just 15 carries. His touchdowns runs just kept getting longer all night — 10 yards on the Cardinals’ opening drive, 27 yards in the second quarter to make it 20-0 and 71 yards in the third to give the Cardinals a 48-6 cushion. “Markus Brown has always played 120 percent,” Coach David Diamont said after the game. “He’s talented. He’s got great strength.” The 190 yards was the second highest rushing total this year for East Surry — quarterback Hunter Diamont rushed for 220 yards against Surry Central. “I saw huge holes,” Brown said. “I think Coach Diamont could run through those holes.” Which coach Diamont? Head Coach David or assistants Ronnie and Donnie? “Probably all three,” Brown said with a smile. But it was not just on offense that Brown made his mark. Continued on next page

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Out and about

Football wrapup Continued from previous page

Crowning glory

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Kara Hodges is all smiles Friday night after being named North Surry’s Homecoming Queen. She was escorted by Champ Reynolds.

Sports Briefs Greyhounds perched on top of the game

North Surry’s volleyball team made its way into the 2-A final eight Thursday with a 21-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 win at Bandys. The victory left the Lady Greyhounds, the top seed from the Mountain Valley 1-A/2-A Conference, with a 30-0 overall record. Kara Hodges led North Surry with 49 assists. Courtney Campbell had 15 kills while Morgan Bunker had 14 kills. Emily Culler added 19 digs and Campbell had 11 for North Surry. Sara Parker went 13-of-14 with two aces from the service line. “Bandys did something tonight I have been unable to do the last three weeks and that was show us we need to play better,” North Surry Coach Shane Slate said after the match. “They are a tough, scrappy team that put it in our face the first game and made us pay for our mistakes.” North Surry played Newton Conover on Saturday for the right to meet either Randleman or East Lincoln for the West Regional championship.

Bears to play in Great Eight

The Mount Airy boys basketball team is a highly-sought after squad. Not only will the Granite Bears play in Florida in December, the team just got invited to the Great Eight 1-A Invitational set for Jan. 18 at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory. Mount Airy joins defending state champion Bishop McGuinness, Cherryville, South Stanly, Murphy, Hiwassee Dam, Mitchell and North Wilkes in the field. Games will be played at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The pairings will be set in early January. Match-ups and game times will be made with consideration of current record and state rankings.

Half-, team-marathons to run Saturday

The Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Department will host a half--marathon and team marathon on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. There will be cash prizes for the top finishers. For more information, call Reeves Community Center at 786-8313 or email

From his defensive line spot, Brown helped anchor a unit that gave up a meager 31 yards on 17 plays in the first half. More impressive was the fact that 12 of those 17 North Surry plays went for zero or negative yards — including an interception by Andrew Hunter that the junior returned 33 yards for a touchdown. “He (Brown) is a good player,” North Surry Coach Brian Hampton said. “His strength showed up tonight. Defensively, we couldn’t block him, either. We didn’t have an answer for him offensively or defensively.” North Surry did move the ball better in the second half, taking its second possession 76 yards for its lone touchdown. Terry Adams highlighted the march with a 45-yard run and Joston Phipps capped it off, taking it in from 12 yards out. “We got on the board and talked about what they were doing,” Hampton said. “And we took advantage of our two athletes — Joston and Terry.” The game included two field goals for East Surry kicker Jorge Padron, a 35-yarder in the first quarter and a career-best 44-yarder in the second. The loss dropped North Surry to 1-9 overall and 1-5 in the league. The Greyhounds entertain West Stokes next week.

Mount Airy 55, South Stokes 7 You just need to say two words: “Luke Wheeler.” The senior touched the ball six times against winless South Stokes and scored five times. He had three rushes — all touchdowns — for 122 yards. He had one reception for 42 yards … and a touchdown. He returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown. He also had an interception, but was tackled after a 30-yard return. “We started a little slow, a little sluggish,” Coach Kelly Holder said. “We had a lot of big plays tonight.” At one point, the Bears had run 15 plays, gaining either a first down or touchdown on 13. They only ran 21 offensive plays all game, racking up 341 rushing yards and 42 passing. Andy Temoney wound up with seven carries for 157 yards to lead the Granite Bears rushing attack. Eight Mount Airy players racked up rushing yardage. The Bears were up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 41-0 at halftime. The loss dropped South Stokes to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the conference. North Stokes 38, Surry Central 28 The Golden Eagles led 7-0 at one point early, but then faltered. North Stokes was up 18-7 in the third quarter before escaping in a wild finish. The loss put Surry Central at 1-9 overall

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and 1-5 in the league with a game at home against South Stokes on Friday’s schedule. The win pushed North Stokes to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Vikings, tied with West Stokes for fourth in the league, next visit North Surry.

Elkin 41, Wilkes Central 8 Don’t look now, but the Buckin’ Elks are rolling. Wilkes Central, which had been tied with Elkin for second in the Mountain Valley 1-A/2-A Conference, became the latest in a string of Elkin victims. The Buckin’ Elks lost back-to-back games Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 to Charlotte Latin and league foe Starmount. Since then, Elkin’s offense has scored more than 40 points three out of four games. The other game? The Elks tallied 32. Defensively in that stretch, Elkin gave up 20 points to West Wilkes, eight to North Wilkes, none to Alleghany and eight to Wilkes Central. “I guess we’re doing the things we can do and not doing things we can’t” Coach Richard Grissom said. “Our defense is getting better.” Elkin scored first on a 6-yard run by Tre Hayes, who finished with 152 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Wilkes Central tied the game at 8-8 in the first quarter — then Elkin erupted. At halftime, the Buckin’ Elks were up 21-8. It was 27-8 after three quarters and 41-8 by the final gun. Elkin had 401 yards rushing for the game. In addition to Hayes, Grayson Kimrey had 130 yards on 18 carries and Aaron Rabin added 88 yards and two scores on 13 carries. There was also an Elkin aerial game — quarterback Ethan Creed and receiver Damon Smith hooked up on a 51-yard touchdown pass. The Buckin’ Elks are now 6-1 in the conference and 8-2 overall. They play Forbush next week and need help from Wilkes Central. If the Eagles can beat Starmount and Elkin beats Forbush, the Elks and Rams will both have 7-1 league records.

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What Do You Want? Pawn Shop West Lebanon St., Mount Airy 789-8300

630 Houses For Sale 2,000 sq ft, New Construction, 4 bed, 3 Baths. Under $600 Month. Call 336-767-9756. Motivated Seller! Make Offer! ELKIN - Off Johnson Ridge Rd. Move in ready, 3 BR, 1 BA plus 2 “half” baths; two story w/garage; new paint, carpet, water heater, faucets, kitchen counter tops; very nice neighborhood, one acre lot. $114,500.

MOUNT AIRY - off Hwy 103; 3 BR, 1.5 BA, trilevel w/carport; new carpet over hardwood floors; den w/FP; almost one acre. Asking $89,000. Will consider rent to own. 904-7437039 New 3 BR, 2 BA Ranch Home, 100% Financing Payment Under $500. Do Not Miss This DEAL! Act Now! 336529-2399.

Call 719-0040 to place your next ad!







MIKE HUTCHENS: NCAL #6922/NCRBL#258432/VA AL #2907



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Gov’t Refund For Qualified Buyers! Call 866789-8826

900 Lost And Found

Affordable Custom Built Homes Starting @ $49,900! Call 866789-8826

Golden Retriever found near Elkin Park. Call to identify - 336-366-0645

650 Manufactured Home Sale

800 Services

960 Entertainment

8 Fully Furnished Homes Must Go! Save Thousands Plus $8000

Mtn. Stone Masonry. Rock, brick, block. 7867086 or 325-0244

Event Barn at Palomino Mtn. Ranch Available for rent, Ruri-

New 4 Bdrm, Dream Kitchen, Luxury Bath. $99 gets You Started. PRICED UNDER $100,000. Includes all Land Improvements 336-529-2399.

tan type building, 47’ x 100’, weddings, receptions, reunions, company parties, etc. Please call 336-352-4335 for more information.

1,800 SF OFFICE OR RETAIL SPACE FOR LEASE In Westwood Center located between W. Lebanon Street and US 52, Mount Airy. Would make a good restaurant location.


WATSON’S USED CARS 336-351-3210

6353 Westfield Road Westfield, NC

erties. 919-639-2231. www.johnsonproperties. com NCAL7340.

Statewide Classifieds Auction Equipment Sale BIG BOYS TOYS AUCTION. Saturday, November 14, 9:30 am. Come & buy your dream equipment, trucks, trailers, etc. 7250 NC 210 N, Angier. Johnson Prop-

Auctions LARGE ESTATE AUCTION (liv) Saturday, November 14, at 10 a.m. 201 S. Central Avenue, Locust, NC. 1962 Fender Jazz Bass, Bronze Entrepreneur

Kitchens, Baths, Entertainment Centers & More!


Owner: Scott Rigney Mount Airy, NC

Recession Proof Prices! • Remodeling • Flooring • Decks • Closets • Concrete • Roofing

• Painting • Renovations • Repairs • Gutters • Vinyl • Steps



Painting & Construction Call Randy at 336-374-3800 or 336-710-8319 1991 CADILLAC Sedan

DeVille. auto, V8. FULLY LOADED.



AVAILABLE FOR LEASE 30,000 - 200,000 SF


Auto, 4 cyl., ps, pb, air.



by Dean Kermit Allison, Collection of Radios & Cameras, Baby Grand, 505 oz. Silver Eagle Sculpture, Tons of Furniture & Collectibles. www.ClassicAuctions. com. 704-888-1647. NCAF5479. Auctions ABSOLUTE AUCTIONSaturday, November 7 at 10 a.m. near Dobson, NC. 416 B Caterpiller Loader, 1969 Pontiac GTO, 763 Bobcat, Backhoe Trailer, Kenworth Dump Truck and more. Troy Hall, NCAL-4703. Auctions GUN AUCTION- Over 300 Firearms. November 15 at 2 p.m. Rare shotguns, pistols & rifles. Colt, Parker, Smith & Wesson, L.C. Smith, Fox, Browning. Leinbach Auction. NCAFL6856. 336-764-5146. www.

Auctions 5,328+\- sf, 3BR, 6.5BA. 1.35 acres, dock & 500' fronting. Smith Mountain Lake, 1419 Nicholas Lane, Moneta, VA. Auction: November 20, Online Bidding, www. 800780-2991. (VAAF93) Auctions AUCTION- Major Support Equipment Liquidation, Internet Only, Bids Close November 12 beginning at 4 p.m., 50+ Fork Trucks, 30+ Fork Truck Attachments, 40+ Electric Pallet Jacks, 30+ Manlifts, 25+ Material Tugs, 20+ Personnel Carts, 20+ Floor Scrubbers & Sweepers, 25+ Material Stackers! Items Located: Concord, NC, Motley's Auction & Realty Group, 804-232-3300, NCAL#5914 Auctions/Estate ABSOLUTE AUCTION Brent Masey (deceased) estate Classic Mopar Parts, November 14, 2009, 9:55am, 159 Bunch Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516. Thousands of parts plus boat and household items. Coastal Carolina Auction, Gary Smith NCAL 8138,www.CCREAA. com. 252-342-7325 or CAGAappraiser@ec.rr. com


Auto, V6, ps, pb, pw, pdl, air.



Former Cross Creek Building on Riverside Drive

Office Space Available from 1,500 - 8,500

Call Hank Spires: 336-786-1356


Auto, V8, ps, pb, pw, pdl, air.



2007 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER Auto, 4 cyl., ps, pb, pw, pdl, air.




Class A medical/office space available in the Professional Plaza medical complex in Mt. Airy near Hospital. Currently houses PENTA and Surry Urology. Space(s) from 1,000 – 2,000 sf and are ready to occupy. Email or call 336-786-1356 for more information.

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Hospice Continued from Page 2

dealing with the loss. Through their “Journeys” mailout and Transitions program, hospice helps families through each step. “It’s more (needed) now than what it used to be,” said Shelia Jones, director of development at Mountain Valley. “Talking about their grief was unheard of. If we didn’t offer that service to her (Amolene), where would she get help? Sometimes people need to be strong. Sometimes they need to cry.” Hospice offers a variety of counseling to families from the time before a loved one dies to after. They help the patient as they try to make final peace. They offer community bereavement counseling and Grief Camps to help children cope with a loss.

Money from the United Fund helps Mountain Valley cover its overhead so the programs can go on. But Mountain Valley gets more than United Fund money. “We partner with other United Fund agencies,” Jones said, noting services offered by other agencies that tie to family needs. “If it wasn’t for all of us working together, we couldn’t get done what we do. I see where the money helps other agencies. I see where it makes that circle in the community. I go to other counties and I don’t see them working together like Surry County does.” Mountain Valley serves 16 counties, with Surry and Yadkin as its primary areas. Amolene is just happy Hospice was at her home on Oct. 2, 2008, the day Ed died, and the days after. “She (Emily, a counselor) has been a lot of help,” Amolene said. “I feel better after she leaves.”

Church Bulletin Continued from Page 11

the Shoals Volunteer Fire Department at 7 p.m. nightly. Guest speaker the Rev. John Young from the Potter’s House in Winston-Salem. Special music. Child care provided for children up to second grade. For more information, call 325-2189.

Nov. 6-8

Union Missionary Baptist Church •Revival at 7 p.m. nightly with guest preacher the Rev. Sammy Taylor. Special singing.

Sunday, Nov. 11

Central United Methodist Church •Join us for the CUM Women’s annual Harvest Bake Sale and Luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Lunch will be served at 11:30 for $7 per plate. Tickets available at church office or at the door. The church is located at 1909 N. Main St. For more information, call 786-8324.

Nov. 14 & Nov. 15

Elkin First Baptist

Send your public events to bulletins@ or call 719-0040.

Teresa Lewis and the Staff of Workforce Carolina are proud supporters of the United Fund. Yokefellow Ministry Surry Scan Ararat Rescue Squad Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad The Salvation Army Shepherd’s House American Red Cross Lambsburg Rescue Squad Surry Domestic Violence Dobson Rescue Squad Mt. Airy Rescue Squad Blue Ridge Volunteer Rescue Surry Friends of Youth

Girls Scouts, Tarheel Council, Inc. Charles Stone Memorial Library RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Armfield Camp (Camp Pilot Mountain) Boy Scouts, Old Hickory Council The Children’s Center The Gallery Group & Art Studio Reeves Community Center Scholarship Surry Arts Council/ Special Needs Program

Meals on Wheels for Surry County Surry Senior Center Webb Southern Carroll Community Center Surry Medical Ministries Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care

1987 - 2009


Family Atmosphere Alcohol Free Hours Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Closed Wednesday Friday & Saturday 11 am - 11 pm


Monday - Friday 11 AM - 3 PM

Subs, Pizza $ or Pasta......


Steak Fajita or Steak $ Stir-Fry......


Directions Homeway Furniture




North Main Street


Sunday, Nov. 15

Post your events in our bulletins!

101 West Lebanon Street Mount Airy, NC

Lebanon Street

First UNC of Pilot Mountain •The second annual dinner theater featuring “Pilot Mountain’s Got Talent” at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $10 each or table of 7 for $70. Menu includes pork loin, baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, roll and dessert. Proceeds benefit the summer 2010 youth mission trips. If you would like to purchase tickets of be a contestant, please call April Travis at 368-4548.

•Celebrating 120 of ministry and worship, please join us for worship at 11 a.m. followed by a covered dish luncheon in fellowship hall. The church is located at 110 Gwyn Ave.

Hospice tries to visit as much as possible with the family. “Some offices require people to come to their office for grief support,” Jones said. “We try and make it as easy as we can on the family. They’ve been through enough. It’s important they share their feelings.” Most, like Amolene and Ed, have a lifetime of those. They met when she was 12, had their first date when she was 15 and got married when she was 17. They had two sons in the next three years and spent the next five decades farming tobacco and working for Oakdale and Proctor Silex. They attended church at Stony Knoll Methodist, where Ed is today. And, they always rode that Gold Wing. “I would tell people how wonderful they are and how much they do for you,” Amolene said of Hospice. “I don’t know what I would have done without them. I don’t know what I could have done.”

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