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Pups in Need of Good Homes

Stokes County Animal Control has several dogs up for adoption and in search of good homes. Most of the pups are approximately 10 weeks old, while others range from 6 weeks to one adult named Reba.

Those who are interested in adopting a new pet can call (336) 994-2788, or visit the Stokes County Animal Control, 1999 Sizemore Road (Quaker Gap community) Germanton.

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Local Author Releases Book, "Images of Mount Airy"

Along with the 125th anniversary of the founding of the city and the 5th anniversary of the Andy Griffith Show, historian Tom Perry has announced his new book, “Images of Mount Airy North Carolina.” 

The 220-page book is filled with black and white photos celebrating the history of the “Granite City,” where the author was born in the 1940s.  With fourteen chapters and 200 photos, Perry covers topics from the history of the town itself, to its associations with the town of Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show. 

Perry received aid from many sources, including Emmett Forrest in regards to gaining images of Andy Griffith while he lived in Mount Airy.  Donna Fargo worked personally with Perry for a chapter on her life.  The Surry County Historical Society and Mount Airy Museum of Regional History both worked with the author on the book as well. 

Fundraiser to Rebuild Burned Church

A fundraiser has been scheduled to help rebuild a historic, 100-year-old church that burned to the ground last summer.

The fire started at Shoals United Methodist Church around 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 2nd. By the time firefighters arrived at the church a short time later, the building was already engulfed in flames. Crews battled the fire for over two hours but the building was a "total loss," according to fire crews.

Shoals United Methodist Church has been holding its services at Shoals Baptist Church, which is right down the road. The group is planning stages of the rebuilding process.

SCC Unveils its New Viticulture and Enology Center

A state-of-the-art research and educational viticulture center is opening its doors this week at Surry Community College in Dobson. 

The Shelton-Badgett N.C. Center for Viticulture and Enology will hold its grand opening ceremony on Friday at 3 p.m.  Among other special guests, Governor Bev Perdue will be in attendance to speak at the event. 

The $5 million, 16,000-square-foot facility will embody SCC’s Viticulture and Enology program, which has trained many of the winemakers and vineyard managers who are working in the state’s thriving wine industry today. 

The facility includes a bonded commercial winery and climate-controlled cellar, microbiology labs and a research library providing educational resources to over 90 wineries in the state, and a 3,800-square-foot assembly hall designed for events.  The facility also houses innovative crushing, fermentation and barrel storage areas. 

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Livestock Evacuated from Mt. Airy Stockyard

Firefighters had to evacuate a Mount Airy Stockyard Tuesday night.

Rescue workers and livestock owners rushed to remove the animals from inside the stockyard around midnight after the building caught fire.

Workers loaded cattle onto a transport trailer out of the back of the stockyard while firefighters put out the blaze.

The animals were not injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Surry Co. Voting Hours Extended Due to Problems

Polls in Surry County will remain open until 8:30 p.m. following problems earlier Tuesday with voter registration lists.

The Board of Elections decided to extend the voting time due to problems with poll books in 22 precincts for nearly two hours earlier this morning. Some Republican and Libertarian voters were initially unable to vote because officials had printed out the wrong voter registries.

According to Hugh Campbell, the chairman of Surry County's Board of Elections, 7 precincts that use electronic poll books did not have the problem. The remaining 22 precincts still use paper poll books and were affected by the incorrect registration lists.

Board of Elections Director Susan Jarrell said registries for the June Democratic runoff election were accidentally printed instead of registries for the general election. She said the wrong lists were sent to polling locations but election officials soon realized the error and reissued the proper registries.

Local Students to Help Load Lowes Food Trucks

Students from local school will fill carts with donated food to kick-off the 16th annual Friends Feeding Friends food drive underway at Lowes Foods. 

On Wednesday, students in Mount Airy, along with Mayor Cochran, Dr. Hinson of SCS, and Barbara Saulpaugh from Lowes Foods, will all be on hand to help with the food drive at the Lowes Foods located in the New Market Crossing Shopping Center, 715 Independence Blvd.   

The students will “shop” for, scan and box the product, which will then be loaded onto the food bank’s truck.