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North Carolina Barn Builder Leaves Family With Animals Out In The Cold

MT AIRY, N.C. — Morgan Gerstenlauer is what we often refer to as a “go-getter”, a person almost always busy. Gerstenlauer and her husband work full-time and come home every night to more work, “This is our livelihood, taking care of the animals,” said Gerstenlauer.


Holiday to affect garbage schedules

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday will affect sanitation operations in Mount Airy. This includes no yard waste collections that day. Also, the Monday industrial roll-off route will be collected on Tuesday instead.


Surry Community holds practical nursing graduation

DOBSON — Nine students recently graduated as Practical Nurses from Surry Community College. The Nursing Pinning and Graduation Ceremony was held Dec. 12 in the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on Surry’s campus in Dobson.


‘Super-majority’ rule shot down by city

Commissioner Shirley Brinkley argues Thursday night in favor of eliminating a rule requiring at least a 4-1 vote on any actions regarding the Spencer’s redevelopment project in Mount Airy. - Tom Joyce | The News.


Mall sale still not final

It’s now mid-January, and the sale of Mayberry Mall in Mount Airy has not occurred despite a report that this would transpire within the first week of the month. However, the transaction is nearing completion, according to the present owner of the troubled shopping center, who says the purchase is b


Spencer’s decisions on tap

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners meets again tonight and, believe it or not, will tackle matters relating to the Spencer’s redevelopment project that has demanded city officials’ attention for months.


'He had an incredible impact': NASCAR legend Glen Wood remembered

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - "He had an incredible impact," Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said of Glen Wood. Wood died Friday at the age of 93. To Campbell, Wood means a lot.


Museum to host genealogy swap meet

Historian David Sheley of Patrick County, Virginia, stands out at last year’s genealogy swap meet in Mount Airy, including a three-cornered hat and a statue of a Minuteman which reflect his former role as a Revolutionary War re-enactor. - Tom Joyce | The News.


Missing 86-year-old NC man found dead, 20-year-old charged with murder

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WFMY) — Investigators say they have arrested and charged 20-year-old Christian Lang Willard of Winston-Salem with first-degree murder in the case of missing 86-year-old Arzell Tuttle of King.


Willis: Drug users aren’t getting help

DOBSON — Emergency workers run dozens of overdose calls a month, but the patients aren’t getting treatment afterward, according to a county director. County officials are planning to set aside time to discuss opioid addiction at their annual retreat after an update this month.


FBI searching for ‘traveling bandit’ believed to have robbed 7 banks, including 1 in North Carolina

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a bank robber who has robbed at least seven banks across the country, according to a news release. Investigators have dubbed him the “traveling bandit” based on the great distances he has covered committing the robberies.


Martinsville girls do everything right in win over Patrick County

Martinsville’s girls basketball team did just about everything right at home against Patrick County Friday night. The Bulldogs defense went to work, holding the Cougars to just three points in the second quarter, and five in the third. The offense fed off of turnovers caused by the defense, and on t


Deputies: Inmate escapes detention center in North Carolina

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. — Deputies in North Carolina are searching for aninmate who escaped from the Alexander County Detention Center on Thursday evening. Officers said the inmate, identified as Jason Mullen, who is from the Statesville area, may have stolen a car from the Catawba Valley Community Colle


Deputy in eastern NC thought he saw a gun, fired two shots into car, attorney says

A Pender County Sheriff’s deputy thought he saw a passenger in a car point a gun at him, so he opened fire on the car Thursday, according to the officer’s attorney. The deputy, a three-year veteran with the sheriff’s office on the vice and narcotics unit, fired two shots into the car, attorney Barry


Loaded gun seized from 13-year-old at NC middle school

NEWPORT, N.C. (WNCT) - A 13-year-old student was found with a loaded gun at a Carteret County middle school Thursday afternoon. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said they seized a 9mm Ruger handgun from a Broad Creek Middle School student just before the 2:50 p.m. school release bell rang.


North Carolina Winter Weather: Should You Warm Up Your Car?

CHARLOTTE, NC — Brutally cold Arctic air is headed toward North Carolina this weekend — expect an overnight low in the low 20s on Sunday night and Monday night — so it's time to renew the debate over whether you should start your car to warm it up before you start your commute or school run.


Police arrest 4 in North Carolina man's death during robbery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested four people in the death of a man during an armed robbery. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a news release Friday three of the four suspects were arrested Friday and the other was arrested on Thursday. They’re identified as 28-year-ol


East Surry JROTC honored at Assembly

East Surry High School JROTC cadets are joined by JROTC Instructor First Sergeant Ronald Montgomery, State Sen. Phil Berger and State Rep. Kyle Hall. - Submitted photo. Cadets from the East Surry High School JROTC program were honored last week with the opportunity to present the colors at the openi


21 dead horses found on North Carolina property

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Twenty-one horses were found dead Friday at an abandoned property in Wake County, according to officials. There were six large horses and 15 mini horses found. Gwen Roberts with Horses for Hope said she was contacted by a neighbor. She believes the horses died of thirst and th