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Surry County Red Cross Changes Management

Surry County Red Cross Changes Management

The Surry County chapter of the American Red Cross will now be managed by the executive director of the Winston-Salem-based Northwest North Carolina Chapter.

Hugh Quinn is now in charge of Surry County's chapter, after Cathy Loggins retired June 30, according to the Mount Airy News.

The change is part of a restructuring of management that is happening in chapters throughout the county, the paper reported.

Officials say the management restructuring changes are due to tough economic times.

“There will not be any changes in services. Most of the services are already provided by volunteers," Quinn said, according to the paper.

The Surry County Chapter was formed in 1917 and is one of seven chapters in the Heart of Carolina Region which extends from Boone to Burlington.

'Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less' Classes to be Offered in Surry County

'Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less' Classes to be Offered in Surry County

A weight loss and health class series called "Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less," will be offered in Pilot Mountain this month.

The 15-week-progam takes place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays starting Aug. 11 at the Armfield Recreation Center, according to the Mount Airy News.

The class is $10 and is being funded by a grant, the paper reported. The sessions are aimed at people wanting to lose weight, eat healthier or have diabetes.

The program is open to everyone no matter what age, organizers said. Instructors will explain eating healthy tips including proper portion sizes.

Organizers said if someone wants to participate but does not have the $10 fee, the cooperative extension office will work with them.

Call the N.C. Cooperative Extension office at 401-8025 or the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center at 401-8419 for more information.

Officials Urging Residents to Give Blood

Officials Urging Residents to Give Blood

American Red Cross officials are urging Surry County residents to participate in upcoming blood drives, saying the blood-supply problem has become critical.

Officials say all types are needed, especially O negative, which can be used to treat any patient.

The amount of donors in May and June is the lowest the Red Cross has seen in more than a dozen years, officials say. Many people are reportedly busy or traveling.

But demand for blood has stayed steady during this time.

Officials say the Red Cross has responded to more than 40 major disasters in more than 30 states in the past three months.

The following is a listing of upcoming blood drives, as printed in the Mount Airy News.

• Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pilot Mountain Dentist Receives Award

Pilot Mountain Dentist Receives Award

Pilot Mountain dentist Dr. Kent N. Tucker recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Dental Society, according to the Mount Airy News.

The Distinguished Service Award is the organization's highest honor. It is presented to individuals at the end of their careers who demonstrate outstanding dentistry.

Tucker graduated from Davison College and the UNC School of Dentistry. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and president of the ACD Carolinas Section.

He received at the NCDS's annual general session in Myrtle Beach.

Source: The Mount Airy News.

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Fluoride Temporarily Removed From Mount Airy's Water

Fluoride Temporarily Removed From Mount Airy's Water

Fluoride has temporarily been removed from Mount Airy's water supply, according to the Mount Airy News.

The use of fluoride was halted Monday when elevated levels of the chemical were found in the water. It will not be resumed until later, a city official said Monday.

“We expect by the end of the month, by the end of June, we’ll be back putting fluoride in the system,” Public Services Director Jeff Boyles said, according to the paper.

The halting of fluoride use came at the direction of a state water-quality agency, the paper reported.

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities, but excess levels can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to officials.

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Free Health Care Seminar Takes Place Thursday

Free Health Care Seminar Takes Place Thursday

A free informational seminar on health care takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Surry County Senior Center on Jones School Road.

The seminar plans to address making health care decisions including living wills and planning for the future, according to the Mount Airy News. 

Persons interested in attending are asked to RSVP the senior center at 786-6155, extension 225.

The seminar is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care.

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Red Cross Raising Funds for Victims

Red Cross Raising Funds for Victims

The Surry County Chapter of the American Red Cross is raising funds for the victims of the deadly tornadoes that struck over the weekend.

The Red Cross has been working tirelessly to provide care for the victims, according to the Mount Airy News.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the relief effort should contact the Surry County Chapter at 786-4183.

An estimated 64 tornadoes were reported in North Carolina last weekend resulting in at least 22 deaths.

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