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Surry Co. man tracks down local history

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Time has a way of hiding things. Buildings crumble, vegetation grows and familiar scenes vanish into a changing landscape.

For this reason, history is often lost. But for one of Roy’s Folks, tracking down the once forgotten has become his life’s calling.

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Mount Airy woman charged with possession of narcotics

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Police have arrested a woman in connection with the possession of narcotics following a month-long investigation.

Officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of Jefferies Street last Wednesday.

The investigation stemmed from citizen complaints concerning residents selling narcotics.

Jennifer Ann Lieberman, 29, of Mount Airy was arrested in connection with the investigation.

Officers searched the residence as well as vehicles belonging to Lieberman and located a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription medication and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Lieberman was placed in the Surry County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 23.

The Mount Airy News contributed to this report.

Mount Airy man sells vehicle in 2013, steals it back and wrecks it

YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. – A Mount Airy man was arrested after he allegedly stole a vehicle he sold last year and was driving when he struck another vehicle and fled the accident scene, according to a news release.

On April 6, a resident told deputies his vehicle was parked in his driveway on Dogwood Lane when he discovered it was missing.

After an investigation, deputies discovered the stolen vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run accident. The driver of the vehicle was found to be James Wyatt Akers, 23, of Mount Airy.

The victim told deputies he purchased the vehicle from Akers a year before the vehicle was stolen.

On April 15, Akers was arrested on one felony county of larceny of a motor vehicle in Yadkin County. He received a $5,000 bond and is being held in the detention center on related charges in Surry County.

His court date in Yadkin County is set for May 20.

Pilot Mountain sees busy season nearly two years after fire

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. – It’s the first full blooming season since the November 2012 fire at Pilot Mountain State Park, yet visitation numbers are busy as ever.

Park Ranger Matt Windsor said spring is the traditional burning season for the park. Windsor remembers the controlled burn nearly two years ago that lost control, but says that visitors may not notice much of a difference.

“On just the mountain portion of the park, around 60 to 70 percent of the acreage burned, but that doesn’t mean consumed, so when you’re driving, you’ll see very little difference,” Windsor said.

Ron Caviness brought along his grandfather for their first Pilot Mountain hike. He said the few charred tree trunks did not interrupt his experience.

“It looks to me as if the fire mainly thinned out so you actually can get better views,” Caviness said.

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Greensboro man sought for break-in in Mount Airy

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Police are searching for a man in connection with a break-in at a cellular phone store on April 3.

According to police, a suspects broke into the U.S. Cellular, located at 692 S. Andy Griffith Parkway, and stole multiple electronics devices.

Police have identified Antwon Bernard Richardson, 25, of Greensboro, as one of the suspects.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or Richardson’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-786-4000.

Gas prices climbing in NC, some go to Va. to fill up

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Gas prices in North Carolina are up 15 cents when compared to last month, according to AAA Carolinas.

The state average price is currently at $3.53 per gallon. The price increase is up due to increase in travel and refinery maintenance, according to AAA.

Just over the border in Virginia residents are now enjoying North Carolina prices from last month.

“I will drive to Virginia to get this cheap gas,” said Mount Airy resident Wendy Hickman. “I do it all the time and the savings add up.”

At Reed McCraws’ Virginia 500 gas station in Cana, vehicles with North Carolina tags were lined up Wednesday for gas at $3.35.

“I don’t even look anymore I’m in such of a habit of coming up,” said Dean Brown of Mount Airy. “I know it’s going to be cheaper.”

Gasoline is cheaper in Virginia due to a lower gas tax.

More than 50 hospitalized after gas leak at Va. produce company

HILLSVILLE, Va. — More than 50 people were sent to the hospital for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at Virginia Produce Company, according to police.

Crews were dispatched to the facility around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Responding rescue units from Carroll, Grayson, Wythe and Surry counties found several people outside the building complaining of headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty breathing.

Those affected by symptoms were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital, Northern Hospital of Surry County and Wythe County Community Hospital. At least three people were transported by helicopter to Duke University Hospital for further treatment.

Fire, rescue and police units are still trying to determine what type of gas may be responsible for the injuries.

No further information is currently available.