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King city employees hold moment of silence for 9/11 victims

KING, N.C. — King city employees held a moment of silence at 9 a.m. Tuesday in memory of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

The Stokes News reported that Mayor Jack Warren read a proclamation at Sept. 4′s King City Council meeting, marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks. September 11 was proclaimed a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Read more: The Stokes News.

Silver Alert issued for missing Forsyth Co. woman

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The Center for Missing Persons in Raleigh has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Winston-Salem woman on Monday.

Authorities are searching Rachal L. Gebroys, 31, of 2002 Craver Meadows Ct., who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, said officials.

Gembroys is described as 5′ 5″ tall, weighs 135 lbs., has brown shoulder length hair and green eyes.

When she was last seen, Gembroys was wearing a black hoody with a circle emblem on the back, light-colored shorts and light-colored tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 336-727-2112.

Report: Dangerous curve on NC 89 in Surry County to be straightened

LOWGAP, N.C. — A particular sharp and dangerous curve on N.C. 89 in Surry County will be straightened by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The Mount Airy News reports the dangers of the Snowbird Curve near N.C. 18 between Lowgap and the Virginia state line will be addressed by a project, which was announced Wednesday.

Emergency Services Director John Shelton told the paper he is aware of “numerous accidents” at the location in the 30 years he’s worked in the region.  While exact statistics were not available, Shelton said there have been “at least 100 incidents” there “over the years.”

Shelton said steepness in the curve along with its narrow lanes add to its dangerousness, especially when weather plays a role.

Sweet Potato Festival coming to Surry Co.

SURRY CO., N.C. — The 15th Annual Sweet Potato Festival is planned for Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the village of Rockford.

The Mount Airy News reported that the event will include live music throughout the day, crafts, vendors, blacksmith demonstrations, authors and a monkey train for kids.

This event is free and open to the public. The paper reported that the food that will be served will include sweet potato pies, sweet potato sonkers and sweet potato fudge.

A man who makes necklaces and bracelets out of sweet potatoes will also reportedly be in attendance. Organizers said the festival continues to get bigger and bigger.

Read more: The Mount Airy News.

Surry Co. woman charged with stealing checks from elderly

SURRY CO., N.C. — A Lowgap woman is accused of stealing checks from the elderly and cashing them at banks in Hillsville.

The Mount Airy News reported that Sgt. James Alderman with the Hillsville Police Department arrested Vickie Haynes Sizemore Tuesday on warrants for forgery, uttering, and obtaining money by false pretenses.

Sizemore allegedly stole a local elderly person’s checks and cashing them at banks in the town of Hillsville.

Sizemore was allegedly employed as an aide for the second elderly person, and took Sizemore into custody without incident on the Hillsville warrants.

Surry County Democrats open headquarters in Mount Airy

SURRY CO., N.C. — The Surry County Democratic Party held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of their 2012 elections headquarters in Mount Airy Tuesday night.

The Mount Airy News reported that the event took place at 526 W. Lebanon St., Suite 300. Attendants included David Diamont, candidate for Surry County commissioner east district and John Collins, candidate for Surry County commissioner Mount Airy district.

Read more: The Mount Airy News.

[Photos] Charles Dowell owner of Snappy Lunch in Mount Airy

Long-time owner and fry cook of the Snappy Lunch, Charles Dowell died early Tuesday morning in Dobson.