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Gloria Brown

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Gloria is co-owner of The Nest & Hive Shoppe, a home décor business in Fancy Gap, VA, as well as the co-host of The Vintage Southern Homemaker television show. Her musings on life growing up and living in the South have appeared in publications and on TV throughout the region. She is an expert antiques collector who grew up in the business and worked many years as a dealer in the Yadkin Valley area, where she currently resides.

Sheri grew up in Mt. Airy, NC, and lives thereabouts with her husband. Together they run a couple of small businesses and plan their next vacation. A graduate of High Point University, her first job was as a writer at a marketing firm—and she’s been scribbling ever since. Sheri has several suspense novels in publication and Surry Living is proud to include sequential excerpts from one of her books in each issue.

Rynn is a writer and designer based in the Yadkin Valley region of North Carolina. She loves to share her ideas for adding simple beauty into hectic lifestyles. More than mere recipes, her mission is to offer practical shortcuts for food preparation along with visual tips for presentation. Rynn began her career in Aiken, SC, as a newspaper reporter writing feature articles about food, living, and the arts.

Carmen is an NC Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. Making quick, easy, healthy food that tastes great on a budget is a challenge. Carmen and her husband have two grown children, both of which were involved in sports from grade school thru college. With busy careers and lots of time at sporting events, coming up with quick, healthy meals was a necessity. Carmen shares ideas and recipes to make this tough job a bit easier.

Laura Pack

Joanna Radford

Sarah Southard

Larry VanHoose

Laura is a homemaker, lifelong antiques collector, and co-owner of The Nest & Hive Shoppe, a home décor business in Fancy Gap, VA. She also co-hosts The Vintage Southern Homemaker, a regionally syndicated television show highlighting Southern culture. She lives in Yadkin County, NC, where she teaches high school English literature.

Joanna Radford is the Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent for the NC Cooperative Extension in Surry County with expertise in entomology, gardening, and pesticide education. She began her career with NC Cooperative Extension in Stokes County in 1995 as a 4-H Agent, later switching to Field Crops and Pesticide Education in Surry County. In 2012, she assumed the role of Horticulture Agent for Surry County. She lives on a farm with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Sarah grew up at Crooked Oak in the Pine Ridge community of Surry County. Raised in the agriculture world, she went on to earn degrees in animal science and veterinary medicine from North Carolina State University.  She and her husband, Adam, currently live in Statesville with Oliver the house rabbit, a few cats, Blossom the donkey, and a flock of Katahdin hair sheep.

Larry is the Executive Editor of Surry Living Magazine and the Creative Director at Vivid Graphics in Galax, VA. With over 25 years experience as a writer, graphic designer, and commercial photographer. Larry and wife, Trina, have four wonderful, grown children and live just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fancy Gap, VA.

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Gary York Gary resides in Pilot Mountain with his wife Charlotte at Vintage Rose Wedding Estate. A 1965 graduate of Guilford College, he received his MBA from Bucknell in ’68. His early career included service at York Oil Company and Neighbors Stores. His passion for celebrating community servants led him to begin producing People Doing Good For Others on WPAQ in 1998, which fueled his interest in local broadcasting and ultimately his purchase of 100.9 WIFM in February 2004. Gary’s dedication to the community extends beyond the walls of WIFM to include a photo ministry, a monthly newsletter, “The Communicator,” now in its 26th year, and prior service as a Surry County Commissioner, member of the Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education, and service as a UNC-TV Trustee. He is a member of the Surry County Educational Foundation and is a Board Member of the Elkin Rescue Squad.

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Decorating your Outdoor Room

by Gloria Brown

As you know by now, I like decorating with what I already have. I love to give well-worn items a new life, a second chance if you will. So without further ado, here are some of my ideas for this outdoor season. Live plants are a must. If you don’t the time or inclination to cultivate flower beds don’t stress. Pots of annuals are inexpensive and easy to maintain. You can place them around to enhance your space when entertaining and then move them for tending when need be. My galvanized watering can is always in my decor. It is a perfect centerpiece vase when I have guests over. *Idea* Create a plant-care vignette. I have a shelf of old gardening books, vintage gardening tools, and old jars of seeds. You can achieve a similar look with new items as well. I then work in small pots of ivy and greenery. The result is so cute. Picture this: a small table with your gardening gloves, planting spade and hand rake, some seed packets, and your gardening journal. Place your galoshes under the table. So pretty. Lighting creates a warm glow for late evening relaxing. A porch light is usually too harsh, but there are many alternatives. Try torches, lanterns, candles, or solar lights. I use soy candles in windproof containers. I like soy because with well-trimmed wicks they don’t soot up the glass. I use paraffin oil in my lanterns for the same reason. My precious friend Brenda Doub gave me a beautiful solar orb several years ago. It is always a part of my outdoor decorating. I love using gift pieces inside and out. They bring the giver to mind and a smile to my face. Those pieces intertwine into the story of my home. *Idea* Use quart jars for pillar candles. Put sand or rocks in the bottom of the jar and add the candle. Keep the lid and ring handy for closing up the jar when the candles aren’t in use. That way the candles can be left outside for easy access when needed. I have blue mason jars with zinc lids. They are so quaint and welcoming with candlelight glowing. I just seal them and sit them under the table for safekeeping from wind until I need them again. Picture this: fairy lights and lanterns hung on the branches of a nearby tree. Perhaps hang some colored bottles among the lights. The movement of the branches will cause the light to seem to dance in the darkness. Creating tables of any size is the most fun. Let your imagination be your guide. Look for all kinds of flat surfaces and unusual bases. Tables are needed for everything — from holding a glass and a book, to serving and dining in style. I challenge myself every spring to come up with something a little different. *Idea* Use cut up pieces of wood or other found items for end tables or even a footstool. Old doors on sawbucks are a tried and true way to serve food. I use my little red wagon, with a piece of plexiglass cut to fit, as a kind of coffee table. I can also use the wagon for carting things back and forth to the house when we are enjoying the backyard room. I still use it as my work wagon when I’m piddling around the yard. It doesn’t matter if it gets a little dirty, that’s just part of the charm. Picture this: sections of an old bee gum as side tables. I have two with the frames still in them. They are sturdy and have plenty of tabletop space. I sit them up on small flat creek rocks to avoid too much ground moisture. How about a burner cover out of an old tobacco barn? I have the big round ones. I found a piece of round glass at a thrift store, placed it in the center of the cover, and it made a very serviceable table. There you have it. A few of my ideas for enjoying outdoor living spaces. They don’t break the bank and they provide lots of conversation and recollections. And to me, that’s just good living. 8 • SURRY LIVING May 2018 Issue

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by Laura Pack

Planters Peanuts Collectibles

There are many things I love about collecting vintage and antique items. Traveling, meeting interesting folks, and seeing familiar, rare, and odd items are all part of the fun. I love learning the history behind an item, why people collect certain items, and just how many people are interested in certain collections. A still-familiar brand, Planters Peanuts, has a wide national following in the collecting world, and somehow, I have missed out on this for many years. Not only does this brand provide a delicious snack, but it’s iconic advertising figure, Mr. Peanut, is easily recognizable and part of a vast array of Planters Peanuts items that are quite popular among collectors. I learned of this through my husband’s interest in several Mr. Peanut items we saw at an annual flea market a couple of years ago. Once I started paying attention, I was amazed at the number of Planters Peanuts memorabilia and vintage items in existence.

and styles of Mr. Peanut jars were never originally produced and are often passed off as vintage collectible items. Size, color, and weight of items are important factors. There are many websites to help you identify the difference in whichever Planters Peanuts items you are interested in. If you find that you enjoy collecting Planters Peanuts items, you can join The Peanut Pals Club, www., or visit their Facebook page, Peanut Pals, to learn more about vintage items and connect with others who share your interest. An associated site,, has excellent photos and information on fake items. No matter your collecting interest, it is always fun to learn more about what you love, and it is a joy to share your love and interest with others. Special thank you to Mr. Scott Schmitz, President Peanut Pals, for use of the photos.

The Planters Nut and Chocolate Company began in WilkesBarre, Pennsylvania, in 1906. It wasn’t until about ten years later, in 1916, that the company adopted Mr. Peanut as a trademark. In 1918, national advertising efforts for Planters Peanuts began, and Planters Peanuts became a household brand name. A series of changes began in 1961, when Standard Brands, Inc. acquired Planters Peanuts. In 1981, the brand company merged with Nabisco. Kraft Food bought Nabisco in 2000, with Kraft merging with H.J. Heinz Company in 2015. Kraft Heinz now owns the Planters brand.

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Every year, calls flood into the Extension office from pet lovers asking about flea protection for their pets. While we refer these callers to their local veterinarians, we do advise on flea control in the yard or landscape. Fleas usually appear in locations frequented by infested pets or wild animals. Veterinary products are available to treat pets, but if raccoons, opossums, or other wild animals frequent the yard, treating those animals may not be an option. A better solution is to prevent or discourage wild animals from using your yard. Fences can be effective to keep some animals away, while sealing crawl spaces under buildings and openings to attics can prevent others from entering. If you feed your pets outside, avoid feeding free-choice if stray and wild animals could access the food. You do not want to lure unwanted animals onto your property.

There are also places pet owners do not think about as hangouts for fleas, like overhead spaces in garages and sheds. How do they get there? It is possible the fleas hijacked a cat and the cat took the fleas to a higher area.

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Treating places where pets rest typically results in better flea control, since that is where immature fleas are usually found, rather than on the lawn itself. Adult fleas may need to be controlled in the open spaces, but it would be wiser to spend your efforts on identifying and treating sleeping locations. Insecticidal treatments, applied as a liquid spray or as granules, are an option for flea-infested yards. When using an insecticide always read the label. All insecticides are not created equal. One insecticide labeled for use on the lawn may not be labeled for use in other situations and vice versa. 12 • SURRY LIVING May 2018 Issue

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My Best Friend

by Larry VanHoose

Do you have a best friend? My wife and I have a chocolate lab who loves us enthusiastically and faithfully. Four-and-a-half-year-old Dodger weighs in at about 100 lbs, and he thinks he’s still a puppy. By far his favorite thing is to play fetch with a good, bouncy ball. If we weren’t careful, he’d likely run and fetch until he passed right out. Dodger got his name because, from the first day we brought him home, he’d stay right next to us. We had to dodge him to walk anywhere. I’ve never met a friendlier, more lovable animal. These days we bring Dodger to the office with us when the weather’s bad, but on good days he stays at home. With the run of the yard, he keeps the deer from eating all our plants and chases away the neighbor’s cat when it comes to visit. When we get home late after a long day at work or from running errands, Dodger’s always happy to see us and his love for us is, as I said, enthusiastic! He just doesn’t seem to remember the bad days: the days we didn’t have time to play fetch; the days we scolded him for knocking over the trashcan or chewing up his new dog bed; or the week we relegated him to the kennel when outside because he ate, yes ATE, our hot tub! Dodger’s a great dog, a great friend, and we love him. Maybe not as much or as enthusiastically as he loves us, but now that our four children are grown and have moved out on their own, Dodger’s the one who gets most of our daily attention — and he loves it! I have another best friend who’s been with me even longer. He also forgives my most grievous mistakes and those times I forgot about him for days, weeks, or months at a time. He stood by me when I completely ignored him and did my own thing for a few years. When I called him up afterwards, he was right there at my doorstep, ready to listen, forgive, encourage, love on me, and walk with me. Of course, you probably guessed that I’m talking about Jesus. If you’ve never met him, you might call me a fanatic, a religious nut, someone who needs a false hope and comfort to get by in the world. But, if you’ve met him for yourself, then you know what I know, that Jesus is the friend we’ve always wanted, the one who’s always going to be there, the one who helps us in our weaknesses and keeps no record of wrongs. Recently, our pastor taught a series on the eighth chapter of the book of Romans. So much truth, so much encouragement, and so much grace and love are expressed in that chapter. It’s almost impossible to comprehend — we aren’t good at forgiving ourselves or others, so God’s love and forgiveness is hard to fathom and accept. One verse stood out to me above all the others though, verse 35. “Does it mean he [God] no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” (NLT). How many times have we felt like we’d stepped over the line? We’d done the wrong things, thought the wrong thoughts, or just had so many bad things happen to us that we knew God must have fallen out of love with us? Why me God? Why?!? Well, let me tell you, that’s not how God loves us. The Bible says that “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness” (ESV). Back to Romans 8. That amazing chapter ends with this final verse. Perhaps you’ve heard it, but maybe forgotten it? After all, who gets tired of being loved enthusiastically? “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NLT).

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One of the best ways to celebrate National Pet Month is to consider the facts of pet ownership. Approximately 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned by about 44 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of all households in the United States, according to data from the ASPCA. Additional households own lesscommon pets including fish, reptiles, birds, small mammals such as rabbits, mice, and guinea pigs, by Sarah Southard, DVM and livestock species. The American Pet Products Association reports that Americans spent a record-breaking $69.5 billion on their pets last year. Pets are a significant part of our lives. And rightly so! They offer much love and joy to their families and can improve our health as well. The CDC lists lowered blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol, and decreased feelings of loneliness as possible health benefits of pet ownership. Such positive effects can tempt you to add a nonhuman family member to your household. Acquiring a pet should not be an impulse decision, however. The cute puppies and kittens given away in the grocery store parking lot require a long-term commitment. Many cats, dogs, and even some rabbits can live well past 10 years. Certain species of birds can live to be 50 to 100 years old, oftentimes outliving their owner! The commitment to care for a pet includes more than merely supplying food and water. Pets need proper training, socialization, housing, environmental enrichment, grooming, and preventive healthcare. Owners must consider the possibility of the need for emergency care. All pets require some level of care in each of these areas. Veterinarians cannot offer preventive and emergency care for free. While we do genuinely love animals and desire to help every single one that crosses our paths, we must charge for supplies and services. Plan for routine vaccinations, surgeries, and grooming needs by setting aside a certain dollar amount or percentage from each paycheck for veterinary care. Be certain that your “pet savings account” is well-funded in the event of an emergency as well. Pet ownership is rewarding and can provide incalculable benefits – but understand the financial realities. When obtaining a pet, consider what type and breed will be best suited to your household, family dynamic, and lifestyle preferences. If you are looking forward to a buddy to explore the hiking trails with you, then a rabbit or a parakeet won’t do. If you want a docile, couch-potato dog, then a working breed is not the best option. Educate yourself regarding the traits and needs of the pet you are considering. Pursue information from reputable sources. Simply because your college roommate had the unicorn of all Parson Russell Terriers that never bounced like he was on a pogo stick doesn’t mean you’ll find the next one-in-amillion of the breed. Know what to expect going into pet ownership, no matter the type of pet, and be flexible enough to roll with whatever happens! Proper preparation will ensure a happier, healthier, more satisfying life for your family and your new pet. And you will be able to enjoy your new family member for many years to come! Disclaimer: Surry Living does not provide medical or behavioral advice. The contents of this magazine, including text, graphics, images and

other material, are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified animal healthcare provider with any questions that you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that you have read in Surry Living Magazine. SURRY LIVING May 2018 Issue • 15

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DENTISTRY WITH HEART — GIVING BACK BEGINS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD – John L. Gravitte, D.D.S., P.A. A cornerstone of our dental practice is Dentistry with Heart, not only with the care we provide for our patients, but also giving back to the community I grew up in and love so much. We began our annual day of free dentistry to provide those in need with dental care. Hosting our first event was a great learning experience, but it was also a little overwhelming. It was early 2015 and we had just moved into our new facility and the idea of an entire day of giving back to our community had been on my list of goals for years. Although we had supported and donated to many organizations in various capacities, we had never hosted an event of this magnitude. Volunteering cultivates a unique philanthropic culture and reinforces one of our company’s core beliefs — to give back more of yourself to others through time, service, and whatever skills you can provide. We learned of Dentistry From The Heart, a Florida-based organization founded by a dentist in 2001, whose concept was based around the dental office hosting a day of free dentistry to local communities in need. For our team, it would mean hosting this event through providing my dental services and dental practice; for the staff and volunteers, it would mean donating their time away from their families and using their talents to help others who needed dental care. Our first Dentistry From The Heart was held on January 10, 2015. Hosting this event in our new facility posed many challenges, but also provided a unique opportunity to reach so many more in our community. Despite the bitter cold there was a huge turnout. The event was a great success and we were able to help nearly one hundred people who were in pain or had needed dental care for a long time. We learned so much — the vast complexities of organizing and hosting such a dynamic event, but most of all, we learned that helping others in this capacity was some of the most rewarding work we could ever do. Every year the event has grown and is, without a doubt, my favorite day of the year at the office!

at our fourth annual event on Saturday, May 19, but regardless of the weather, our spirits will be bright, and we will be ready to serve! I feel so blessed and humbled for the opportunity to host these events. We are so thankful to all who continue to support our local business, which in turn allows us to support the local community. In this year alone, we’ve gone into local schools to teach nearly 600 children proper brushing and flossing techniques while emphasizing the importance of dental health at an early age. We are also extending our stewardship beyond dentistry. We celebrated Earth Day in April by implementing additional recycling services in our office and we are finalizing our new Adopt-A-Highway sponsorship so we can help keep Surry County clean and litter free! We’ve partnered with the North Carolina chapters of the Audubon Society and the Native Plant Society to enhance our gardenscapes with native plants and flowers that will benefit bird populations. I learned that these choices in landscape design can positively impact our environment while also creating beautiful spaces relative to North Carolina. Why not create a sanctuary outdoors just as we strive to create a sanctuary indoors for our patients?

So much has changed since I first opened back in 2004 on Rawley Avenue, both professionally and personally. Last year, my wife, Mandy, and I welcomed our first child a son named Aaron, who celebrates his first birthday this month. Watching my son grow and seeing the Fast-forward to 2018, and again we are planning Dentistry From world through his eyes The Heart, with much anticipation. We’re hopeful for sunny skies brings excitement and gratitude for each new Dr. John Lucas “Luke” Gravitte, Mandy Gravitte, Aaron Gravitte and Indy day and provides me with a unique opportunity to learn and grow. As a dentist, I never envisioned that I would be excited about implementing recycling projects and facilitating native plantings, yet sowing these seeds for the future has never seemed more important — or FUN! Proud big brother, Indy, rescued by Dr. Gravitte and wife, Mandy, in 2014 with the support of the wonderful local organization, Surry Animal Rescue. 16 • SURRY LIVING May 2018 Issue



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A Second Chance for Honey In early June 2017, our Florida neighbors, Bob and Lori Harry, their adult son Bobby, and his foxhound, Honey, arrived for the summer. They anticipated enjoying our quiet neighborhood and mountain views from their Alleghany County home, but tragedy occurred when Bobby died in a motorcycle accident a week later. Honey was a connection to their son, so Lori and Bob wanted to keep his dog. But Honey was a bit too exuberant for the 76-yearolds. Agonizing over what to do, the Harrys decided that Honey needed a younger family with room to roam. Knowing that my husband Rick and I had cared for many four-legged companions, they asked for help. I contacted Jane Taylor, the director at Mayberry 4 Paws in Mt. Airy, NC. She explained that locating a rescue organization could take weeks. As Jane searched, Rick took over walking Honey for the Harrys and trained her to heel and sit. Soon Jane located a Canadian SPCA that would accept Honey. Lori and Bob hoped Honey might be placed closer, so they could visit, but Jane explained, “This rescue quickly places our dogs and is vigilant in getting them into the right home.” The heart-breaking day arrived when Bobby’s parents gave up Honey. We met Lee Stalcup, Rescue Coordinator with M4P, and Britt King, transport driver, on July 29. Hoping for an easy transition, Bob accompanied us that night. And Lori sent Honey’s bed and toys to provide comfort during the journey. Sweet as her name, Honey climbed into her crate, lay down, and didn’t utter a cry.

The next week, Wendy Fletcher from Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada, went to Fort Erie’s SPCA looking for a dog. She recalled the kennel was full of dogs jumping up and barking loudly. Then she spotted Honey “huddling in the back of her cage looking sad.” Wendy stuck in her hand, and Honey approached slowly and licked it. “I knew at that moment she was my dog.” Wendy’s grandsons, Charlie, Robert, and Andrew, were spending the summer, so she phoned their mother to bring the boys to interact with Honey. “As soon as Honey saw them, she licked and wrestled with them on the ground. There was no uneasiness at all. It was like she had known them forever.” On July 10, 2017, Honey’s adoption was official. Coincidentally, earlier in the summer, my husband and I had finalized plans for a vacation to Niagara Falls. Realizing we wouldn’t be far from the Fletcher’s home, we asked Fort Erie’s SPCA to have Wendy contact us. Before long, she sent their address and pictures. When Bobby’s parents saw these pictures, their spirits were lifted tremendously. Determined to bring the Harrys more pictures, we planned a visit for September 10. Arriving at the Fletcher’s home, we were ecstatic to see Honey again and to see the boys’ devotion to her. When Honey goes for an overnight at the boys’ Buffalo home, they always fight over who gets to sleep with her. It looks like Charlie won this time. What sweet dreams they must be having.

Even though they knew surrendering Honey was best, the Harrys were anxious. Lori slept fitfully wondering if Honey had plenty to eat and if a good family would adopt her.

During another visit, the boys took Honey trick-or-treating dressed in a Boy Scout uniform.

Britt drove through the night to Bridgeville, PA, delivering Honey and several other dogs to the second transport organized by Lynda Manko, former director of the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team. Their drivers, Joe Fazio and John Busin delivered the dogs to Buffalo, NY.

Lynda Manko, now with Animal Lifeline, commented, “So rarely do people think of the beloved pets that are left behind in limbo when someone passes. Fortunately, this pup was one of the lucky ones that had an army of caring individuals to make sure she would be loved and cared for until she sees her owner again.”

On June 30, animal control officer Marie Walker with Fort Erie, Ontario’s SPCA met Joe and John in Buffalo and took the dogs across the Canadian border. Honey did not need a passport, but she did need a letter of surrender, a rabies certificate, medical records, and certification by a vet that she was healthy and suitable for travel.

Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.” This quote sums up Honey’s story because she traveled through myriad states and two different countries, was assisted by three separate rescue groups, and helped by so many people to get that second chance!

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Surry Communications by Gary York

Surry Communications, formerly known as Surry Telephone Membership Corporation (STMC), was chartered under the Rural Electrification Authority in 1951. Community leaders such as Howard Hardy and Clayton Smith went door-to-door asking potential customers to support the Cooperative. Mike Stanley remembers his dad, Oscar, pledging $40 to support the endeavor. Surry Telephone began operation in November 1954 with 192 members in the Levels Cross Exchange. In 1990 Surry, Wilkes, and Skyline Cooperatives joined to establish Carolina West Wireless with headquarters in North Wilkesboro. At inception it featured nine cell towers and today transmits from 400 towers. Carolina West has over 50,000 loyal customers and its scope of operations includes Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties. Piedmont Telephone merged into STMC in 2009 and today Surry Communications offers internet, television, business systems, security systems, medical alert, telephone, and wireless service. Its corporate office is at 816 E Atkins Street in Dobson with retail branches in Dobson, Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain, Elkin, and Reeds (Davidson County). Its exchanges are in the Levels Cross, Zephyr, Beulah, Westfield, Shoals, and Red Brush communities in Surry County and the Reeds and Churchland communities in Davidson County. Annually the company is installing 200 miles of fiber optic broadband cable. Surry Communications enjoys a culture and reputation of incomparable service, state-of-the-art innovation, and customer loyalty. Its veteran staff has over 700 years of experience. Associates are encouraged to be significant community advocates. They serve on nonprofit boards, volunteer in schools, and support countless fundraisers. Surry Communications partners with Surry County Schools to provide a self-contained bus with the capability of TV productions. Serving to matter is a high expectation and reward. Sixty-two associates honorably serve the company, and its leadership team includes Curtis Taylor, CEO (36 yrs.); Amy Hanson, COO (25 yrs.); Melanie Senter, marketing manager (22 yrs.); Ritchie Parker, chief technical officer (22 yrs.); Michael Lawson, plant manager (21 yrs.); Scott Mosley, network manager (20 yrs.); Frankie Southard, retail manager (19 yrs.); Sunny Chrismon, accounting manager (16 yrs.); and Andy Hull, engineering manager (13 yrs.). 20 • SURRY LIVING May 2018 Issue

Surry Communications is owned by its members and governed by its board of directors who are: Gary Brown, president; Gilmer Ray Jessup, vice president; Sam Snyder, secretary; Imogene (Jean) Hardy, assistant secretary; Joseph (Billy) Pratt, treasurer; Joe Atkins; Ronnie Griggs; Chris Younger; and subsidiary Piedmont Communications Services, Inc. (PCSI) representatives Gene Rees and Dr. Fred Mock.

The third Saturday each March brings STMC’s annual meeting, held at Surry Central High School in Dobson, where over 500 member families, staff associates, and invited guests gather with the board of directors. Staff associates and board members arrive early to greet, welcome, and register attending members. Wade and Louise Shelton recently shared that they became members in 1963 and consider Surry Communications a vital part of their family. They say the annual meeting is the most important day of each year. Curtis Taylor, CEO since 2009, shared, “Our monumental success is driven by our level of customer service. Many of our members have been loyal to us for over 60 years and they deserve and expect incomparable service. Some competitors dwarf us in size and financial prowess; however, they are noncompetitive when it comes to service. Over 10,000 members believe in our promise to deliver on our commitments and to exceed expectations. We are blessed to have this profound advantage. My predecessor Mike Stanley, our CEO from 1983 to 2009, developed a service acumen that is incredible. We are living his mission and are grateful for his vision, hope, and values. We are stewards and servants of our legacies and heritage and we celebrate our success!”

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The Sweet Life

trawberries are available year-round at most grocery stores, yet it seems there is a lot more interest in them when they start ripening in the locals fields. People who buy a box of strawberries in the winter and can’t eat them before they spoil buy them by the gallon during the local strawberry season. It is tempting to buy more than you can actually eat, and with the shorter shelf life of fresh-picked local strawberries, you’ll need a few recipes to quickly use up what you buy. This strawberry tart is a classic recipe, easy to make, and looks beautiful when finished. Although the recipe calls for a tart pan with removable rim, you can use a pie pan instead. But give the tart pan a try! I’ve found that this crust holds together well when removing the outer rim of the pan.

Ingredients for Filling • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened • 2 teaspoons lemon zest • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • ½ cup granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon, separated • 1 cup heavy whipping cream • 2 cups or more of fresh strawberries, sliced

STRAWBERRY TART Servings: 8 Ingredients for Crust • • • •

1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup almond flour ⅓ cup powdered sugar 6 tablespoons butter, cubed

Directions for Crust 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a tart pan that has a removable rim. 2. Place all the crust ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture is well mixed but coarse.* 3. Press crust mixture firmly into the greased tart pan. 4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. 5. Cool completely (approximately 30 minutes).

Directions for Filling 1. In a glass or metal bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form and set aside. 2. In a separate bowl, add 1 tablespoon granulated sugar to the sliced strawberries and stir until coated. Let sit for at least 5 minutes. 3. In mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese at medium speed until smooth. 4. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and ½ cup of granulated sugar. Beat until blended well, scraping down sides of mixing bowl. 5. Gently fold in the whipped cream until well blended with the cream cheese mixture. 6. Place the cream cheese mixture into the cooled tart shell and spoon the prepared strawberries over top. 7. Remove the tart rim before serving by holding the bottom of the pan and pulling down on the ring.

Sweet Tips *In the absence of a food processor, you can use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry crust ingredients and mix well with your hands. Flowers by Sunset Gardens and Florist in East Bend, N.C. Photos ©Copyright 2018 Rynn Hennings SURRY LIVING May 2018 Issue • 25

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by Carmen Long

Pets Love Treats Too!

In keeping with National Pet Month, our recipe is for our favorite canine friends. I first made Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats several years ago as part of a dog themed 4‑H program. Our dog Coda loves them. Just remember that dog treats are like the snacks and desserts we eat. We don’t want our pets to fill up on the extras and not eat their normal diets, so offer the treats only occasionally. While the dog treats are baking, bake a batch of muffins for your family to enjoy as well.


Ingredients • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour • 1 egg • ¼ cup canned pumpkin

Our Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats are Coda Approved!

treats completely before storing to prevent excess moisture from causing a soggy treat. It is a good idea to only keep one or two at a time at room temperature and store the rest in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Treats stored in the freezer are safe indefinitely, but the quality of baked goods for pets or humans made with no preservatives goes down if stored more than two to three months.  For a handy chart on safe food storage, visit:

• 1 Tablespoon peanut butter • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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2. In a small bowl, stir together egg, pumpkin, and peanut butter. 3. In another bowl add cinnamon to flour and stir. 4. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix well. 5. Can add a little water if needed to form a stiff dough. 6. Sprinkle a little flour on a piece of wax paper. 7. Roll the dough on the wax paper until it is ½ inch thick. 8. Cut with a dog bone shaped cookie cutter. You can use any shape cutter if you don’t have a bone shaped one, or simply roll into small balls and then flatten with the bottom of a glass dusted with flour. 9. Bake about 40 minutes or until hard. Makes 11 – 3 1/2 bones

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Healthy Eating for One By Chris Woolston, M.S. Cooking for a crowd can be a good way to earn compliments. Preparing a special meal for a date gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills. But you won’t get showered with compliments when you cook for yourself, and motivation can be elusive, too. Small wonder single people don’t always feel like putting a lot of effort into their meals. With no one else to feed, and with no one else to help finish leftovers, single people may be tempted to take the quick and easy route in the kitchen. A 2008 study found that unmarried men spent 60 percent more of their food budget on prepared meals than married men. The same study found that single women spent roughly a third of their food budget on commercially prepared food – about the same percentage as married women. On the other hand, cooking for one has its benefits. First of all, you don’t have to please anyone but yourself. If you’re trying to lose weight or eat more vegetables, you can enjoy your salad without having to watch your partner or housemate dig into mashed potatoes and a juicy steak. And you can try out new recipes that you plan to use at an upcoming dinner party without anyone complaining. Of course, single people have at least one more reason to take their meals seriously. Just like everyone else, their health is closely tied to their diet. The drive-thru isn’t exactly the fast track to good health, and frozen dinners tend to offer more convenience than real nutrition. Whether you’re serving one person or 20, you’ll have more control over your diet –­ and you’ll probably even save money – if you make the meal yourself. With a little preparation and commitment, you can eat well – even splendidly – on your own.

single shoppers. It’s just too easy to let that head of lettuce or bunch of bananas spoil. You can cut down on waste by planning your meals ahead of time, buying your produce in smaller batches, and choosing at least a few varieties that keep well. After you’ve brought home your fruits and vegetables for the week, eat the things that perish quickly first. Once you’ve taken care of the spinach and the strawberries, you can eat the squash and apples. Many single-serving grocery items can be quickly transformed into a filling, nutritious meal. That can of vegetable soup may not seem like much, but add some extra kidney beans or frozen peas and you’re getting somewhere. It also doesn’t take much effort to add extra veggies – like lightly steamed broccoli or fresh tomato slices – on top of a frozen pizza. Frozen vegetables are a great way to fill out a meal, but be sure to buy the veggies in bags instead of boxes. That way, you can just pour out what you need and tie up the bag to save the rest for later. You can also give yourself an extra boost of antioxidants by buying bags of frozen fruit, too, including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, or sliced peaches to pour on your cereal.

If you’re at a loss for ideas for small-but-tasty meals, consider buying a cookbook aimed at single people – there are a lot out there. You might also want to expand your idea of a meal. A veggie and roast beef sandwich on wheat bread that takes five minutes to prepare can be every bit as nutritious as a huge casserole that Shopping for one Grocery stores everywhere seem to conspire against single people. needs to bake for an hour. No matter where you shop, small packages often cost more per Cook once, eat often serving than larger packages of the same item. Single people Cooking one serving at a time can get tedious fast. Even though generally can’t take advantage of family-sized frozen dinners or you’re just one person, you can still save time and money by 10-pound bags of potatoes, and forget about those gallon bottles cooking in large batches. All sorts of meals can be divided up of soy sauce sold at warehouse outlets. But there are some things into smaller batches and put in the fridge or freezer until later. that you can buy in bulk without worrying about it going to A few freezing tips: Use airtight containers, label everything with waste. Pasta, dried fruit, rice, cereals, and dried beans all keep a date, and hold off on adding seasonings or toppings such as very well, especially if you store them in an airtight container or a cheese, mayonnaise or sour cream until after the food has been tightly sealed package. For other items, you’ll just have to accept thawed and reheated. the fact that you’re paying a premium for smaller portions. Still, Take time to enjoy your food it’s better than buying more than you can use. If you have a little extra room in your freezer, you can take You may be on your own, but you should still appreciate your advantage of family-pack prices for meat. Cook a whole chicken food. Sit down at the table to enjoy your meals; you’ll find that for tonight, and put the rest in the freezer. Don’t freeze meat in it’s more satisfying than eating on the couch. Invite friends and the plastic and Styrofoam containers they come in unless you family over to eat with you. And every now and then, challenge plan to eat it within a week or so. Those packages are designed to yourself to make a new dish. You might even want to sign up for let in a little air, and air is the enemy of frozen foods. Use labeled a cooking class. Even if you are the only one who regularly enjoys your creations, you’re worth it. freezer bags instead. Fresh fruits and vegetables can also pose a special challenge for

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sincerely yours Find out how a harmless prank entangles two college kids with a serial killer as we move to the second chapter of A DEEPER CUT, a novel of suspense and forgiveness by Mt. Airy author Sheri Wren Haymore. rayson Tucker looked over his notes and tried not to choke on his gravy biscuit. A small-town police chief like himself didn’t get too many murders, particularly not a professional job like this one, and especially not one involving a transient. His people stabbed each other from time to time in the heat of anger, as people everywhere might do, but murder to a stranger was unsettling. The man had been found dead in the stateroom of his yacht right in its slip on the historic Beaufort waterfront. A knife wrenched into his windpipe and sliced through the carotid artery had taken him out, probably in his sleep, for he was lying in his blood-soaked bed. There was evidence of female companionship at some point in the evening. The knife was not found. It was the man’s cat mewling continually through the raised hatch that finally led dockside neighbors to look inside and call the dockmaster, who called Grayson. The victim had a drug record in Florida, but a preliminary search had turned up no drugs or cash. Perhaps he was clean. Or perhaps the killer had been thorough in his own search. The entire scenario was giving Grayson heartburn as he downed his breakfast. The implications for the future peace of his simple town were sickening. Grayson washed the greasy biscuit down with stale coffee and pushed back from the table. The victim’s closest neighbors had promised to stick around for a couple of days, but he couldn’t hold all the boats in the harbor indefinitely. He had to get moving if he was going to interview every person on the water who might have seen or heard anything in the wee hours of the morning. And he would need every one of his officers’ help. There would be no parking tickets written today.


*** The murder made front-page news, and Hunter faced his first afternoon at work bombarded by tourists who were hungry for waterfront gossip. Hunter had worked as a deckhand aboard the ketch, Pirate’s Lady, for several summers, sailing day tours and moonlight cruises around the waterway. As deckhand, he also served as steward and tour guide, and as he went about his duties in his noncommittal manner, which the passengers interpreted as easygoing, he was met at every turn with questions. If a whitelegged fellow in baggy shorts wanted gore, he invented gore and declared it was straight from the harbor master. If two pretty young things confessed fear among giggles and rolling eyes, he feigned fear himself and vowed to see them home, even though they were staying at the beach forty minutes away and he had a dinner cruise in an hour. Altogether, the job provided him some amount of entertainment and wages, plus a bit of tan to boot. When he got off at nine o’clock, Miki was waiting, having finished her afternoon shift working in a tourist information booth on the waterfront. She stood with her back to the water, leaning against the boardwalk rail, the breeze playing her long 28 • SURRY LIVING May 2018 Issue

skirt sensually around her legs. With a shawl wrapped around her arms and a wide, beaded belt around her waist, she looked like a funky rich lady who had just stepped off one of the yachts. Funky and bored, he thought, as he came closer. She turned her head away from him just then and seemed to speak to an arrogantly handsome fortyish man who stood a few feet away from her, foot on the rail, looking out at the water. The man moved at that moment, came alongside her, spoke a few words without looking at her, then walked on. Hunter brushed past him as he approached Miki. “Aah, the sailor home from the sea!” she declared when she saw him. “Bored?” he asked. “No. I was imagining my sailor had been out to sea for months and was returning tonight. It was very erotic.” “And was your sailor dark and dangerous like that guy you were just talking to?” She stared at him a long moment. “Jealousy. I’m surprised you expended the energy.” “Curiosity. What did he say to you?” “He told me where a party is tonight. Wanna come?” “Wait until the weekend. All the guys I know should be in from school by then.” “Oh, this is the yacht crowd. Come on, Hunter, it’ll be a blast.” “My curiosity remains unsatisfied.” “Okay, okay. I met him last night.” “Where, here?” Hunter grabbed her by the arm, glancing up and down the boardwalk. “Last night?” “Panic. Whoa, two emotions in one night. One more, and you get a gold star, Hunter.” “Miki, there was a murder here last night.” “Well, duh. Some dope dealer in his bed. So?” “Who said he was a dope dealer?” She shrugged. Hunter took her by the hand and started walking toward home. “Look, there’s a bunch of bull going around about this, part of which I propagated myself. But one thing is stone truth: anybody hanging around the docks is under suspicion.” He looked over his shoulder as they walked. “Did it occur to you he could be the killer?” “Just forget it, Hunter.” “What were you doing down here anyway?” “Forget it, all right?” They walked in silence until they were within sight of home. “Look, Miki, I know you’re gonna do what you want no matter what I say, but don’t go to that party. It’s really got me spooked.” “Concern. Number three. Here’s your gold star.” She stopped in the middle of the street and kissed him long, ignoring the impatient honking of car horns. “You could be the sailor in my dream, you know.”

sincerely yours He sucked in a sharp breath. “Any sailor would be crazy to turn down an offer like that,” he murmured against her neck. “Then come on,” she whispered, and led him to his dock where his uncle’s skiff waited in its moorings. “Handy little boat for making love; don’t you agree?” He looked into her eyes, her face in the moonlight more mature than by day, the shadows emphasizing the striking bone structure. “Call me crazy, stupid, anything you like, Miki, but we can’t. Not this summer.” Her voice was demanding. “What difference does it make as long as we’re not right in your granny’s face?” “I don’t know. It just does.” “Hell. So you want me to believe you play at virgin-boy every summer?” “That pretty much says it. I know it doesn’t make sense to you.” Hunter shrugged and reached a hand to touch her breast. “It doesn’t make much sense to me at this moment, but it’s the way it is. Granny Jen may be strict, but she doesn’t stay on my ass like my mom does. If she kicks me out, I have nowhere to go but back to Raleigh. I can live a straight life for three months. It beats three months in hell with a mom who barely tolerates your existence.” Miki slapped his hand away. “Everybody’s mom barely tolerates their existence. That’s life. Get over it.” When he did not reach for her again, she turned away and started off at a brisk walk toward the house. “I’m going to bed. Try to grow up by morning, would you?” she threw at him over her shoulder. He stared after her as she walked away, then called out, “Miki, wait a second.” She slowed her stride, and he caught up. “As long as you’re mad at me anyway, I need to ask you something.” She grunted in exasperation. “What now?” “Granny Jen is suspicious of something malodorous coming from your room.” “Incense, Hunter. I’m not smoking pot in your granny’s house. God, now you’re the weed patrol!” He grinned and tried to embrace her. “If I put on my patrol uniform, will you think I’m cool again?” Pushing him away gently, she answered, “Not tonight. Maybe tomorrow. See you, Hunter.” He sighed and watched her slip inside his granny’s house, then climbed the stairs alone to his garage apartment. Later that night, Hunter lay sprawled upon the sofa that had mysteriously appeared in his apartment, one leg propped on the back, eating popcorn and drinking a soda. He hated arguing with Miki. What he wanted to do with Miki, the reason he had brought her to Beaufort, was laugh. Pull pranks on people. Harass the tourists. Miki was entertaining, bright, sassy. She made every day an adventure. And of course, Hunter wanted Miki in his bed; he wasn’t dead. But the risk of Granny Jen finding out and sending him back to his mother’s home was too great. Hunter’s relationship with his mother was complicated. He didn’t doubt she loved him, but he knew she didn’t like him much. When Hunter was three years old, his father had skipped

town, and he hadn’t been seen since. Hunter had grown up feeling responsible, as if he should apologize for his father’s disappearance, but he wasn’t sure why. It seemed to Hunter that the older he grew, the more he reminded his mom of Rob Kittrell, and the more she couldn’t stand to be around Rob’s son. Some days, he hid the hurt by pretending not to care; other days, he struck back by deliberately annoying his mother, step-father, and two half-sisters. His entire life had been a struggle to hide the confused and disillusioned little boy behind an exterior of indifference. But not at Granny Jen’s. At her house, he felt he was genuinely liked, and that meant home to Hunter. Living by her rules, living a clean life even now that he considered himself a man, was a small price to pay for a home. No particular sound—just the restlessness within him—brought him to his feet to stand by the windows facing the water. Moonlight, caught in the mist rising from the water, softened the midnight darkness. A figure passed within his view, walking quickly, long skirt swaying, hair lifting slightly in the breeze. He moved behind the center window so she was distorted by the ancient stained glass, crackled blue. He did not change this vantage point until long after Miki had become a shadow and disappeared.

*** Grayson Tucker did choke on his gravy biscuit the next morning while reading the printout of the previous night’s activities. Big drug bust on the waterway, too far into the morning hours to make local headlines. All he had in hand were bare details, but evidently the State Bureau of Investigation had received a tip that a particular dealer was working a yacht party within sight of Beaufort’s own drawbridge. The whole gang had been requested to move its party to the Brunswick County jail for the night, and no doubt, possession charges were being filed even now. They had come up empty on the dealer himself, however. Grayson pushed his biscuit aside. He’d had a bellyful of nauseating facts this week anyway. This drug bust was being handled by the SBI and the county sheriff’s department, but Grayson had a feeling it was related to the murder in his harbor. He may not have big-city resources, but he had a Southern gut. Sometimes that was enough. This time, it had to be. ***

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sincerely yours Hunter sat slumped in his chair on Granny Jen’s shaded porch, one foot on the seat, nonchalantly devouring a pimento cheese sandwich. He noticed Granny Jen watching Miki out of the corner of her eye. Miki was picking at her lunch, her face pale; he guessed she had been partying all night. He hoped Granny Jen’s sharp eyes would miss something just this once. “Hunter, for heaven’s sake, sit up straight at the table, please,” Granny reprimanded in her refined, Southern voice. “Sure thing.” His grandmother cleared her throat. “Miki, dear, you look a little peaked today.” Hunter tried to catch Miki’s eye, but she kept her head down, a stubborn set to her mouth. “Perhaps a bowl of soup would taste better,” said Granny Jen. Miki shook her head, not looking up. “Tell me something, kids,” Jen said carefully, “are you accustomed to these late hours?” Miki pushed back from the table. “Sure, Granny Jen. Every weekend at school. It’s no big deal,” Hunter said quickly. “That’s what I figured. And you two certainly looked healthy when you arrived. Are you sure there’s not something else bothering you, dear?” Miki stood, her napkin tumbling to the floor. “No. I have to get to work.” She headed outside, letting the screen door bang behind her. Jen caught Hunter’s eye and nodded toward the girl’s departing figure. “Wait up, Miki!” he called, grabbing another sandwich and following. He caught up with her on the street. She was walking quickly, a defiant set to her shoulders. “What gives, Babe?” he asked. She walked on, not answering, not looking at him. “Hey, this is just me, okay?” After a long pause, she flared, “Where does she get off grilling me like I’m some kind of criminal?” “Ah, c’mon. She just asked how you felt.” She whispered something fiercely. All he caught were a few curses. “Listen, Miki. Granny Jen’s not like other old people. She’s not your mom.” “You got that right.” “I mean, if she asks you something, it’s just because she wants to know what’s going on with you. It’s not her against us.” They seemed to be walking less intensely, if not more slowly. He chanced a look at her, but she was staring at something across the water. “When she asks me a question, I give her a straight answer, when I can. When I can’t,” he shrugged, “well, I try not to be rude.” She stopped suddenly, and he tripped to a halt beside her. “Oh man, I was rude, wasn’t I?” she asked. He closed the distance between them and stood very close, only his breath touching her. She sighed and rested her forehead on his 30 • SURRY LIVING May 2018 Issue

chest. “Now I’ve gotten on her bad side,” she said softly. “Not necessarily.” He tore the sandwich in half behind her back. “If Granny Jen has a bad side, I never found it. Here, eat this,” he said, nudging her. “Is food the Southerner’s answer to everything?” she asked, taking her half. “Pretty much.” They stood in the grass beside the water and watched the wild ponies across Taylor’s Creek grazing the scruffy grass on the sand bank. “So, how was the party?” Hunter ventured. She didn’t answer. When he looked at her, she was staring at the ponies, face set. Then her sandwich sailed toward the water and sank without a splash. “Shoot, I was still hungry,” he grumbled. She looked at him then and laughed shortly. “Ever been around a bunch of middle-aged spoonheads?” she asked. “Can’t say that I have.” “You don’t want to be.” When she didn’t say anything else, he said, “Come on, we’d better get to work,” and he started walking away. “Hunter.” He stopped and looked at her. She was squinting at him through tear-filled eyes. “I was almost busted,” she whispered. When he stared at her without moving, she said, “I’m not kidding.” “Damn.” Suddenly the few feet that separated them seemed very wide. When he moved toward her, she side-stepped him and began walking briskly once again toward town. Another hundred feet and she’d be brushing shoulders with the tourists. He ran after her and stopped her with both arms. She couldn’t get away without causing a scene, and so she looked at him squarely. “You said ‘almost.’ What happened?” “That guy—the one you saw last night. He seemed to know it was about to go down. Got me out of there in a hurry, on a speedboat. Dropped me off at your Granny Jen’s dock.” There was silence. “Don’t look at me like that, Hunter. Nothing happened.” More silence. “Trust me, Hunter.” “That’s not what I was thinking. I wasn’t worrying about you and that guy. Miki, you could be in jail right now. Or you could be offshore with that bunch if somebody had decided to make a run for it.” “Don’t think about that. I’m okay.” She wrapped her arms around him. “I’m okay.” He drew her into his arms more tightly and rocked her slowly. “You scare me, Miki,” he said. Sheri Wren Haymore lives near Mt. Airy with her husband, Clyde, and has been scribbling her entire life. A DEEPER CUT is her second novel. To read the next chapter in the series, pick up your May edition of Surry Living Magazine. You can find A DEEPER CUT at Pages in Mt. Airy, Chapters in Galax or at your favorite online bookseller.

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