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Surry sheriff reprimanded, responds

to county property allegations

Josh Armstrong

heartland publications

Sheriff Graham Atkinson

and two of his employees

will be docked a week’s pay

as a form of reprimand,

following an investigation

into alleged misuse of county

property.

The action comes after

the sheriff directed that an

internal affairs probe be

launched in the wake of a

former employee’s allegations

the sheriff had used

county properly illegally.

The findings of the investigation

were turned over

Frank and Bo’s

changes hands

Jessica Pickens

staff writer

jpickens@heartlandpublications.com

After 26 years, Frank and Bo’s

Convenience Store is under new

ownership.

In July, Frank and Bo’s original

owner James ‘Bo’ Welborn sold the

business to current owner Mike Mc-

Craw.

It all began on Jan. 10, 1985, when

Welborn’s brother-in-law asked if he

would be interested in going into

business together.

“He was running a Wilco in Elkin,

and I was running one in Yadkinville,

and he asked if I was interested in

going into businesses for ourselves,”

Welborn said. “It worked out well.”

The two ran the store together

until his brother-in-law had a stroke

in 1987, but Welborn continued on

with the business.

One thing Frank and Bo’s is

known for is their old-fashioned,

hand dipped ice cream.

“In 1985, we decided to start serving

hand dipped ice cream,” Welborn

said. “It was very popular, because

no one else in town at the time sold

ice cream. It was always very busy

on Sundays-we would make $300 or

$400 in sales just off of ice cream.”

Frank and Bo’s also made milkshakes,

but Welborn started selling

lottery tickets in the store. He cut

out the milkshakes because doing

both was too much work.

From 1985 to 2011, Welborn enjoyed

running his business but he felt

it was time to retire.

“I had been at the business for a

long time, and it seemed like a good

time to sell it,” Welborn said. “I got

to know Mike McCraw while I was

running the Wilco in Yadkinville. He

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to Surry County District

Attorney Ricky Bowman,

who determined that, in

light of the unintentional

nature of the infractions,

along with the disciplinary

action taken by the sheriff,

no further action was required.

The case began on Aug.

11 when Surry County Attorney

Ed Woltz received a

complaint claiming Sheriff

Atkinson had broken state

law by using county property

for political purposes.

According to Woltz, the

complaint was filed by a

person who worked for the

sheriff’s office prior to Ak-

tinson winning that post,

and the alleged actions date

back at least two years.

That former employee’s

wife worked for Atkinson

until last fall, when she resigned

from her post.

Neither of the former

employees were named in

information supplied by

the sheriff’s office nor by

Woltz.

The probe revealed that

two years ago the former

employee called and texted

Sheriff Atkinson’s county

cellphone, said Woltz. The

call was political in nature,

as was the text message

which asked the location of

a polling place on election

day. Since Sheriff Atkinson

answered the call and read

the text, both on his county

cellphone, he violated

North Carolina law.

Woltz was quick to point

out that people cannot

help what they receive on

a phone, only how they respond.

“The statutes are clear

that you don’t use county

property for political gain,”

said Woltz. “But when you

receive a text message,

you have no control over

that. You don’t know what

is coming; you don’t know

who it’s from until it gets

tribune/kristin Zachary

Mike McCraw (center), the new owner of Frank and Bo’s, stands with Clerk Dana

Hutson (left) and Manager Tonya Jenkins (right) in front of the store.

Sheriff Graham Atkinson

there. You don’t know what

it’s about. It’s the same

with phone calls.”

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ECS considers

conservation

easement for

Elkin Creek Bank

Restoration Project

Kristin Zachary

staff writer

kzachary@heartlandpublications.com

Director of Elkin’s Recreation

and Parks Department

Adam McComb presented

details on the Elkin Creek

Bank Restoration Project at

a recent ECS meeting and

asked the board to consider

granting a conservation

easement to the Town of

Elkin.

“This is a project that the

Town has been working on

for about a year,” McComb

said. “This project may

indeed affect Elkin City

Schools.”

In an effort to mitigate the

creek bank erosion and deterioration

along Elkin Creek,

McComb contacted Pilot

View, Inc. Resource Conservation

and Development,

a non-profit organization

formed in 1990 to protect

and enhance the environment

by helping community

groups in Surry, Yadkin,

Stokes, Forsyth, Davie and

Davidson counties carry out

projects that protect natural

and human resources.

McComb said the Town

is working to secure a Clean

Water Management Trust

Fund (CWMTF) grant in

the amount of $475,000.

The Town would provide a

matching commitment of

$45,000.

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Surry Central teacher charged with having sex with student

Staff Report

ship with a student at the school. November and mid-December of

As a result of the investigation of- this year, Atkinson said.

On Tuesday, a 23-year-old Surry

Central High School teacher was arrested

and charged with allegedly

having a sexual relationship with a

19-year-old student.

An investigation began after the

Surry County Sheriff’s Office received

a report from Surry County

Schools officials on Monday that a

teacher employed at Surry Central

High School may have been involved

in an inappropriate sexual relationficers

on Tuesday charged Tiffany

Suzanne Davis, 23, of 3811 Siloam

Road, Dobson, with having sexual

activity between school personnel

and student, which is a felony.

If convicted of that specific charge,

she will have to register as a sex offender,

however, it is possible that

the charge could be reduced, according

to Surry County Sheriff Graham

Atkinson.

The alleged relationship with a

male student occurred between mid-

The sheriff said if the activity would

have been with a 19-year-old student

from another school, she would not

have been charged with committing

a crime. He said throughout this process

Davis has been “extremely cooperative.”

An attempt to reach school officials

for comment and to find out if any

disciplinary action was taken was not

successful.

Davis was released on a $10,000 unsecured

bond.

Tiffany Suzanne Davis

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These two great teachers, who were

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The former employee

asked a deputy to meet with

him to pick up campaign

signs for Sheriff Atkinson

to distribute, explained

Woltz. The deputy was on

his way home, legitimately

in a county-owned car. He

stopped by the scene, since

it was on the route to his

home, but did not do anything

with the signs. According

to Woltz, the deputy

simply gave the signs to

the former employee who

had requested them.

Meanwhile, the former

employee’s wife allegedly

discussed a fund raising

event among subordinate

sheriff’s office employees.

“Those are both prohibited

by the general statutes,”

said Woltz, adding that political

issues were not to be

discussed by sheriff’s office

employees on county property.

Once he had received the

complaint, Woltz contacted

Sheriff Atkinson. The sher-

iff responded by ordering

internal affairs to investigate

the allegations, as directed

by Woltz.

“The breaches were not

intentional. They were off

the radar screen until they

were brought to our attention,”

said Woltz. “The

calls were a technical violation.

I think that he was

exactly right that he investigated

it through the internal

affairs division, just

the way he would any other

complaint against anyone

in the sheriff’s office.”

Based on information

collected during the investigation,

the sheriff’s office

amended its policies on

how to properly use county

property. Furthermore,

all of its employees were

required to participate in

educational activities to

ensure their understanding

of which activities are prohibited.

Sheriff Atkinson and the

involved employees were

also reprimanded and will

Hands

From Page 1

had said a long time ago that if I ever decided

to sell he would be interested.”

When Welborn approached McCraw

about selling the business, McCraw was

driving a truck and home on weekends.

Once McCraw was able to get the money

together he bought the business from Welborn,

said McCraw and Welborn.

“I had gotten to know Bo when he managed

the Wilco. I helped him clean up the

new business and worked at Frank and

Bo’s,” McCraw said. “Since I had worked

there before, I knew most of the regular

customers already. I saw owning the store

as a good opportunity.”

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actions were a mandatory

response to the violations,

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statement released by the

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were “to reinforce the importance

of following policy

and to avoid even the

appearance of impropriety

within the sheriff’s office.”

On Dec. 8, the investigation’s

results were presented

to Surry County District

Attorney Ricky Bowman,

who felt no further action

was necessary.

“He [Atkinson] acted

accordingly,” said Woltz.

“You try to put a fix in

place that will keep the action

from repeating itself.

I think that’s what we’ve

done. Obviously the D.A.

agrees.”

“I’m going to hold myself

to a standard at least

as high if not higher than

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son. “Even though the matters

were inadvertent and

trivial, it may have been

construed as something inappropriate.”

“We want all our people

to make sure they follow

not just the letter but the

spirit of the policy,” he

continued. “We had to reinforce

the fact that I’m going

to hold myself to a standard

at least as high as anyone

else — in this case, higher,

because it happened under

my watch.”

“We wanted to be thorough,”

said Woltz, responding

to public feedback that

the allegations did not

merit investigation and

discipline. “We didn’t want

to have any possibility of

accusations that we had

not handled this the way it

should be.

“We just wanted to be

clear, and we wanted to

completely investigate the

subject. And I think we

did.”

Since taking over the business, McCraw

hasn’t changed anything about Frank and

Bo’s.

“I’m basically doing everything Bo did.

I made sure customers knew that the only

thing different about Frank and Bo’s was

the ownership,” McCraw said. “The prices

are the same, the ice cream is the same, everything

is the same.”

Welborn says while he is enjoying his

retirement, he misses getting to talk with

the customers and wants to thank them for

their business.

McCraw is also planning his retirement.

“Right now, I’m hoping to own Frank and

Bo’s until I retire,” McCraw said. “But that

won’t be for another 20 years.”

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The project is still in

the approval phase by CW-

MTF; however, funding is

promising and could occur

as early as January, said

McComb.

If the project is funded,

CWMTF requires landowners

to place land adjoining

the water beneath a 50-foot

conservation easement,

which would establish a

natural buffer along the

creek to protect the stream

bank, he said.

McComb said the creek

bank along Elkin Creek has

experienced erosion and

deterioration over the last

decade, and, although the

Recreation and Parks Department

and Elkin Public

Works attempt to keep the

banks stabilized, more efforts

are necessary to protect

the creek bank from

further erosion and deterioration.

In his presentation to

the board, McComb noted

the Elkin Creek, each year,

typically loses an average

of four to five large trees,

which help hold the banks

in place.

“We’re barely keeping our

heads above water when

that occurs,” McComb said.

He said the bank near

Memorial Park Drive has

areas that have eroded to

the road bed, placing the

roadway at risk.

“Some of the land between

Memorial Park Drive

and Elkin Creek is owned

by Elkin City Schools,” said

McComb. “If the grant is

funded, the Town would

request that Elkin City

Schools donate a conservation

easement.”

The project encompasses

Elkin City Schools’ property

across from the high

school baseball and football

fields between Memorial

Park Drive and the Elkin

Creek.

McComb said a conservation

easement granted by

TRIBUNE/Courtesy photo

The above illustration, presented at a recent school board

meeting by Recreation and Parks Department Director Adam

McComb, shows where the 25-foot buffer and 50-foot easement

would stop and the amount of space remaining for parking.

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the school system would

feature many benefits, including

positive public relations,

utilization of the area

as a “living classroom,”

reduced maintenance costs

and continued availability

for parking.

“Parking would remain

available,” said McComb,

noting parking would continue

to be permitted in

the areas traditionally used

for parking during athletic

events.

The design would include

permeable pavers for parking

along the creek side of

Memorial Park Drive from

the pedestrian bridge to in

front of the apartments, he

said.

Permeable pavers are another

benefit for the school

system, said McComb, as

they provide a hard and

permeable surface able to

withstand parking and will

absorb impact and mitigate

large potholes and mud

puddles, allowing for an im-

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proved parking area.

“The Town would respectfully

request that, if

the project is funded, Elkin

City Schools donate a conservation

easement,” said

McComb to members of the

school board.

McComb noted all transactional

costs would be

paid through the grant

except for the attorney’s

fee required by the school

board, a legal description

of the easement would be

prepared by a surveyor and

ECS would be included

within the design process.

“A conservation easement

really means we can

still use it and occupy it,”

said ECS Board Attorney

Fred Johnson.

“We would not have a

deed to the land,” said Mc-

Comb. “We want to keep

the park and the schools

intact, and that’s what we’re

trying to do.”

McComb said all of the

required information has

TRIBUNE/Courtesy photos

(Above) Wildlands Engineering site map for the Elkin Creek

Stream Restoration Project. (At left) Areas that have traditionally

been used as parking for athletic events would remain available,

said Adam McComb, Recreation and Parks Department director.

The design would include permeable pavers (such as the

example pictured here) along the creekside of Memorial Park

Drive from the pedestrian bridge to in front of the apartments.

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ECS board voted in favor

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easement, preparing

the necessary paperwork

and taking the needed steps

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You Decide: What explains

N.C. economic paradox?

Most people judge the economy by the job

market, and certainly the job news in North

Carolina during the last few years has been

challenging. For 34 straight months beginning

in January 2009, our state has had an

unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted)

above 9 percent, and in 23 of those months

the rate was over 10 percent. Today there are

more than 300,000 fewer jobs than there were

in early 2008, and although there’s been job

growth since 2010, the growth rate has been

quite low, at 0.6 percent.

And what’s more worrisome to many is that

the state’s job situation has underperformed

the national numbers. In the last three years,

North Carolina’s unemployment rate has been

higher than the national rate in all but one

month. Also, since the beginning of 2010, the

nation has added jobs at a rate three times

Mike Walden

Op/Ed

faster than North Carolina (1.8 percent versus 0.6 percent), and even

the national growth is sluggish.

So this isn’t a very positive picture for North Carolina. But what if I

told you another broad measure of the economy actually shows North

Carolina performing much better and even better than the nation for

two straight years? This would give us some hope.

The good news is that such a measure does exist, and it gives a much

more upbeat view of our state’s economy. The measure is “gross domestic

product,” usually shortened to GDP. It calibrates the value of what is

produced in an economy, and the measure is available for the nation as

well as all states. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have 2011 GDP information

available, so my comparisons are based on 2009 and 2010 data.

The worst of the recession occurred in 2009, so it shouldn’t be a surprise

that GDP fell in both the nation and in North Carolina during that

year. But GDP fell less (2 percent) in our state compared to the national

drop (2.5 percent). Fortunately, 2010 was a growth year for GDP, and

once again North Carolina did better, with our state GDP rising onethird

faster than national GDP.

These results create an economic paradox. While North Carolina has

performed better than the nation in the past two years by a broad measure

of production (GDP), the state’s job market has lagged national

trends. Why?

There are several possible answers. Usually it takes time — especially

when the economy is coming out of a recession — for increases in output

to translate into increases in jobs. One reason is that businesses

must be convinced the economic improvement is permanent, so they

will hold off on hiring until they are certain the recovery is for real.

Yet there’s no requirement that the time between output improvements

and hiring is the same in North Carolina as in the nation. In fact,

traditionally the time span between output improvements and jobs has

been longer in North Carolina. For example, in the economic expansion

of the 2000s (2002-07), employment growth was faster in North

Carolina than in the nation over the entire period, but it was slower in

the first three years.

Job growth in North Carolina could also be lagging due to the continued

downsizing in some of the state’s traditional industries. Tobacco,

textiles and furniture, which dominated the North Carolina economy

for almost a century, have been cutting output and jobs during the last

30 years. These changes have occurred in both expansionary and recessionary

periods.

However, trends since early 2010 don’t suggest this downsizing has

been a big factor in the state’s job market. Since then, cuts in tobacco

and textile (including apparel) jobs have been relatively small, accounting

for only 0.1 percent of all state jobs. The furniture industry has actually

added some jobs in the last two years.

This brings us to an explanation for the North Carolina economic

paradox that can be a short-run negative but a long-run plus: worker productivity.

During and immediately after recessions, businesses strive to

use their workers smarter and more efficiently; that is, to improve output

per worker. This can be done by improving production techniques,

using better technology and upgrading equipment and machinery. Indeed,

spending on technology, machinery and equipment has been a

strong factor in the recent economy.

North Carolina is one of the leading states in worker productivity. In

2010 (latest year available), the state ranked 11th among all states in a

broad measure of worker productivity. Also, from 2009 to 2010, North

Carolina’s worker productivity improved twice as fast as the national

rate.

Obviously, if two people can do the work that three used to accomplish,

job gains will be slower in the short run. This could be what has

been happening in North Carolina and may be one reason for the state’s

economic paradox.

Yet there can be a silver lining. Businesses like to locate where worker

productivity is high. So the payoff for the state may be a burst of jobs

down the road. I know many people are waiting, and I’m hopeful it will

happen, but you decide!

Dr. Mike Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Professor and North

Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the Department of Agricultural

and Resource Economics of N.C. State University’s College

of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He teaches and writes on personal

finance, economic outlook and public policy. The College of Agriculture

and Life Sciences communications unit provides his You Decide column

every two weeks. Previous columns are available at http://www.cals.

ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/tag/you-decide

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Opinion & Viewpoints

What goes around comes around

TV once featured on Sunday

nights a furry, four-footed hero, Lassie,

a collie who would rescue the cute

little-boy star when he got trapped

in abandoned mines and such. During

this time I had Toby, a mutt who,

whenever I approached, would go

limp, lie down on his back and do absolutely

nothing. Not hero material.

So dogs became boring to me

when I was a kid, and after Toby died

I did not get another dog nor did I

ask for one.

So, surprise, not long ago here

comes the Better Half announcing

that we were expecting a blessed

event. No, we were not becoming

parents in our old age, Abraham-and-

Sarah style. Instead, Half announced we were getting

a puppy.

Now this news was a good-enough miracle in itself,

as Half does not take to dogs and had declared

many times that we would never have another dog.

Meanwhile, over the years I have grown to love

dogs, and I had grown particularly fond of a Dalmatian

whom, after 10 wonderful years together, I lost

two years ago to cancer.

But a daughter-in-law had come into possession

of a litter some time after the mother dog had

somehow gotten out of the fence and went AWOL

for four days. The resultant litter got whittled

down to just one passed-over pup that the stepson

had threatened to take to the pound because he refused

to keep a second dog.

So the daughter-in-law pleaded and Half gave in

all too easily. And we get a new dog. “I’ll try to take

more of an interest in this one,” Half promised me.

So I found myself getting up one morning after

the grandkids were off to school and driving over

to their place to steal away the rescue pup. The

kids had put up a fuss about it, I had heard.

I had seen the litter just once, before the pups

had opened their eyes, so I had no idea what I

would find, which pup I would be picking up or

what I was getting myself into.

Since no one was home, I helped myself to the

unlocked backyard gate. Soon enough here come

running the white mutt momma dog and just

Stephen Harris

Back in the Hometown

behind her a streak of black. The pup

jumped up on my shin, up and down,

up and down. I walked over to the steps

to sit down and take a closer look.

The rottweiler-mix pup immediately

jumped up on my lap and got close and

personal.

Two brown spots over the eyes and a

profile fired up my old memories. The

pup was a spitting image of Toby, from

50 years before.

Suddenly I was in a second childhood.

Now this is not a story of an old man

dreamily reliving some sweet childhood

memories. Truth be told, I don’t remember

much about Toby. I have one photo,

of me about 5 years old wearing a little

sailor’s hat that I got at the beach and

Toby lying in front of me with belly upturned. Toby

didn’t last long after that. I don’t even remember

what happened to him.

All that I do remember is that whenever I approached

Toby he would just lie down just like in

the photo, frozen. I would rub his belly, a lot, because

that was the only thing within reach.

So now I get up in the mornings and go out back.

There is the pup – I tried to call him Toe, in memory

of Toby, but that idea got vetoed. Toby-In-Miniature

is trying to climb the fence. He is running

around. He is jumping in and out of my lap. He

can’t decide whether to play or eat, running back

and forth, back and forth, between me and the dog

dish. My surviving Dalmatian looks annoyed. The

energetic pup acts the exact opposite of mild Toby.

When the pup does finally settle down for a good

petting, I stroke his soft back, then run my fingers

around the base of his ears. And then he rolls over

on his side – not on his back Toby-style – and there

is a fat little puppy belly to rub.

And I am taken back to the old homeplace up in

State Road with the spacious back and side yards.

And there is Toby again as I sit cross-legged and

stoking that dog’s belly.

And now I know the meaning of the adage what

goes around comes around.

***********

Stephen Harris returned home to live in State

Road


SportS

MONDAY,

DECEMBER 26, 2011

TRIBUNE/Matthew Gorry

Starmount’s Eugene Billips flies to the basket Thursday night

against Surry Central.

Matthew Gorry

Sports Writer

mgorry@heartlandpublications.com

DOBSON — Coming into the

2011-12 season, the Rams arguably

had one of the deepest and

most experienced rosters in the

Mountain Valley Conference.

After losing senior Christian

Hurt for the year to a neck injury

sustained in football, two more

players are likely to join him on the

bench with season-ending injuries,

thinning the Rams’ roster even

more.

Senior Alex Barr went down in

the first quarter against Forbush

on Dec. 13 with an ACL tear and is

likely done for the year, while key

bench player Chaston Martin will

undergo hernia surgery and will be

sidelined for the remainder of the

season.

This leaves junior varsity callups

Benjamin Combs and Gunner

Cass to fill the void and give an

injury-ravished Rams’ club some

much-needed depth.

“We’re working on our depth.

We’ve had some key players go

down, but we’re not going to use

that as an excuse,” explained

Jeffrey Hague, Starmount head

coach. “I was talking to my assistant

coach earlier, and I feel like

our team is having to find our

identity again. Before Alex and

Chaston went out, I thought we

were finding our identity. Then

they go down, and it’s like we have

to start all over again.

“It hurts, but I hate it for the

kids more than anything, because I

feel like they want to be out there.

Like I said, we’re not going to

make excuses, we have to just play

with the hand we were dealt, and

that’s what we’re going to continue

to do,” he added.

Asking young, inexperienced

players for quality minutes on the

floor is a tall order in any game,

but especially tough when facing

the Wilmoth brothers and the

high-flying Surry Central Golden

Eagles.

The duo of Zach and Ethan

Wilmoth powered their way to a

combined 47 points, 16 rebounds,

six assists and three steals as Surry

Central held off a furious Ram

comeback in the final quarter to

roll to a 67-53 victory.

“I thought we came out pretty

good and played decent early. But

we just didn’t do a good job at executing

our offense,” Hague said.

“We just have a lot of work to do,

our kids are still not getting it, and

to me, that’s just the coach’s fault.

We’re going have to work harder

to get them to understand the offense.

Defensively, I didn’t think

we played bad.

“Late in the game, we’re down

and we have to take chances and

foul. And they hit their free throws;

for as long as I can remember, Surry

Central has always hit their free

throws. That was expected,” he

added.

Ethan and Charlie Wagoner

traded baskets for the first four

minutes to open the contest.

The Eagle forward netted Surry

Central’s first eight points, while

Wagoner poured in six-straight for

the Rams, as Starmount trailed 8-6

at the 3:50 mark.

Finally someone else lit up the

scoreboard for Starmount in Austin

Somers.

Somers, another role player being

asked to step up, hit a reverse

layup under the basket before laying

it up on a breakaway to give

the Rams their first lead of the

game at 11-8.

Coby Chilton cut the lead to 11-

10, but Dillon Dobson scored the

final three points of the opening

period to give Starmount a 14-10

advantage heading into the second.

Zach Wilmoth got into the action

early in the second when he

followed two free throws with a

deep three-pointer to push the

Eagles ahead at 15-14.

After Wagoner hit a mid-ranger

jumper on a Eugene Billips steal,

Central reeled off six-straight

points to grab a 21-16 lead with

3:36 left in the half.

Fondae McDaniel ignited a

Matthew Gorry

Sports Writer

mgorry@heartlandpublications.com

ELKIN — The Elks will join Starmount

and a host of other teams in

Sparta for the Alleghany Christmas

tournament this week.

The tourney will tip-off tomorrow

and will feature several teams

from the area, as well as teams making

the trip up the mountain.

Elkin and Starmount will join

North Surry, South Stokes, Watauga

and two clubs from Virginia - Galax

and Patrick County.

Each school will bring boys and

girls varsity teams, except the

Rams, who will only travel with the

boys club, and West Stokes, who

will only play the Lady Wildcats.

Elkin, Alleghany and Patrick

County will also play junior varsity

games during the event.

Below is the full schedule of

hoops action with Elkin and Starmount

games bolded:

Dec. 27

Old Gym

Alleghany vs. Patrick County (JV girls) - 1 p.m.

Alleghany vs. Patrick County (JV boys) - 2:30 p.m.

Watauga vs. West Stokes (varsity girls) - 4 p.m.

Watauga vs. Starmount (varsity boys) - 5:30 p.m.

Alleghany vs. Patrick County (varsity girls) - 7 p.m.

TRIBUNE/Matthew Gorry

Starmount’s Austin Somers lays it up past a Surry Central defender

Thursday night.

7-0 run for the Rams to put them

ahead at 23-21 later in the quarter.

Following a McDaniel layup inside,

another role player Zack Worley

connected on a mid-range hook

to trim the lead to 21-20.

McDaniel then sank a cornerthree

on an inbound pass to give

the Rams a two-point lead at the

1:05 mark.

But Starmount was unable to

hold on, as Chilton and Ethan

Wilmoth scored in the closing seconds

of the half, giving Central a

27-23 advantage at the intermission.

Coming out of the break, the

Wilmoth brothers scored five of

the Eagles’ first seven points of the

third, as Surry Central grew their

lead out to nine at 34-25 less than

three minutes in.

Wagoner halted the Eagle run

when he grabbed an offensive rebound

off a Dobson errant free

throw attempt and laid it back up,

followed by a Somers layup, as

Starmount shaved the lead to 34-

29 with 1:33 remaining.

But once again, Ethan Wilmoth

came up big, converting an ‘and-1’

chance to extend the lead out to

eight before Luke Haymore hit a

layup to give Surry Central a 41-

29 lead heading into the decisive

fourth quarter.

After Wagoner hit a layup on another

Billips’ steal to trim the lead

to 41-31, the Eagles scored six of

the next eight points to swell their

lead out to 13 at 46-33.

Zach Wilmoth highlighted the

stretch when he sank a free throw

to convert an old-fashion threepoint

play at the 6:28 mark.

But Wagoner and the Rams kept

clawing back in a chippy fourth

quarter.

The junior sank a pair of free

throws and grabbed another offensive

board on a missed free throw

attempt and laid it up to trim the

lead to 47-35.

After a Simeon Bracken tough

layup in the paint, Wagoner connected

again on a baseline jumper

to keep the deficit at 12 with 5:15

left to play.

Alleghany vs. Patrick County (varsity boys) - 8:30 p.m.

New Gym

Elkin vs. South Stokes (varsity boys) - 4 p.m.

Elkin vs. South Stokes (varsity girls) - 5:30 p.m.

North Surry vs. Galax (varsity boys) - 7 p.m.

North Surry vs. Galax (varsity girls) - 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 28

Old Gym

Elkin vs. North Surry (varsity girls) - 4 p.m.

Elkin vs. North Surry (varsity boys) - 5:30 p.m.

Alleghany vs. Galax (varsity girls) - 7 p.m.

Alleghany vs. Galax (varsity boys) - 8:30 p.m.

New Gym

Patrick County vs. Elkin (JV girls) - 2:30 p.m.

Patrick County vs. Starmount (varsity boys) - 4

p.m.

Patrick County vs. West Stokes (varsity girls) - 5:30

p.m.

Watauga vs. South Stokes (varsity boys) - 7 p.m.

Watauga vs. South Stokes (varsity girls) - 8:30 p.m.

Other area teams will be participating

in other holiday tournaments

this week as well.

East Wilkes will join the other

three Wilkes clubs at West Wilkes

High School for the CFE Shootout

tomorrow.

The Cardinals are slated play

Mount Airy tomorrow and Surry

Central Wednesday.

Forbush will travel to South Iredell

High School for the annual

Statesville Record & Landmark

Christmas tournament.

Their schedule has not been announced

yet.

The Rams then spurted off a

quick 6-0 run, highlighted by four

more points for Wagoner and a

tough Starmount ‘D’ forcing a

10-second backcourt violation on

the Eagles at the 2:41 mark, but

still trailed by 10 at 55-45.

After trading free throws, Starmount

got a much-needed boost

from a role player stepping up.

Somers snagged another Ram

offensive board before drilling a

deep corner-trey to trim the lead

to just eight at 60-52.

But clutch free throw shooting

by Surry Central staved off a furious

Starmount comeback bid, as

the Eagles held on for the hardfought

67-53 victory.

“They’re a good team, and that’s

what good teams do,” Hague said.

“You try and make a run at them,

and they make runs back and hit

their free throws. They just know

how to close out a ballgame. You

have to give them credit - they did

what they had to do to win the

game.”

Wagoner led the Ram offense

with a team-high 22 points on the

night, while McDaniel and Somers

Matthew Gorry, Sports Writer

(336) 835-1513

mgorry@heartlandpublications.com

TRIBUNE/Matthew Gorry

Charlie Wagoner fires a shot over two defenders Thursday night

against Surry Central.

Starmount falls late to Surry Central 67-53

Rams head to Alleghany Christmas tourney

Sports

Brief

Registration

for indoor

soccer now open

Registration is now open

for U6 and U8 indoor soccer.

The league is co-ed

with games scheduled to be

played on Saturdays. Registration

begins Dec. 5 and

will continue until Jan. 16

at the Elkin Recreation Center.

Forms are also available

online at www.elkinnc.org.

Cost for Elkin City residents

is $15, while the cost

for non-residents is $25. For

more information, contact

Elkin Recreation and Parks

at 835-9814.

TRIBUNE/Matthew Gorry

Dillon Dobson goes up for a layup against two Surry Central defenders

Thursday night.

finished in double-digits with 11

points apiece.

The Wilmoth brothers combined

for 47 points (Zach 24, Ethan 23),

while Chilton pitched in 10.

Starmount’s losing streak hit

three games with the loss Thursday

night, as the Rams fall to 4-4

on the year overall but still sit near

the top of the conference standings

at 3-2.

The Rams return after Christmas

when they travel to Alleghany

High School for the Alleghany

Christmas Tournament Tuesday

and Wednesday.

“Hopefully we can get something

started. I talked to the kids

about building, we have to get

something started and build on

it,” Hague added. “We’re going

to focus on offensive execution

mainly. I think our defense can be

good most nights, but we just have

to execute our offensive better and

get our depth better so we can continue

to run, because I think that’s

our strong point. And we have to

get our bench to step up.

“But we’re not going to make

any excuses,” he finished.

Christmas tournament schedules

Elks, Rams play at Alleghany; Cardinals at West Wilkes

TRIBUNE/Matthew Gorry

Johnathan Stroud and the Elks will participate this week at the Alleghany

Christmas tournament. Elkin will play South Stokes tomorrow and North

Surry Wednesday.


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Drivers- HIRING EXPERI-

ENCED/INEXPERIENCED

TANKER

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Pay! New Fleet Volvo

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Required -- Tanker

Training

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Drivers- CDL-A. DRIVE WITH

PRIDE. Up to $3,000 Sign-On

H.Wtd/Drivers Bonus

for Qualified Drivers! CDL & 6

mos. OTR experience

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REQUIRED. USA TRUCK,

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TANKER & FLATBED INDE-

PENDENT CONTRACTORS!

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Fayetteville Technical Community

College is now

H.Wtd/Education

accepting applications for the

following positions:

New Paramedic

Instructor Job #11-75 Barber

Training

Instructor

and Lead Instructor (2 full-time

positions),

Job

#11-71Deadline: Jan 17 An

FTCC application, cover

letter,

resume, and copies of college

Notices (ANNOUNCE)

transcripts, must

be received

in the Human Resources

Office by 4 pm on the

closing

date to be considered. For

further information

and application,

please visit our website.

Human

Resources

Office Fayetteville Technical

Community

College

PO Box 35236 Fayetteville, NC

28303 Phone: (910)

678-8378

Fax: (910) 678-0029 Internet:

http://

www.faytechcc.edu An Equal

Opportunity Employer

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Driver- Dry and Refrigerated.

Single source dispatch. No

H.Wtd/Truck Drivers

tractor older than 3 years. Daily

Pay! Various hometime

New options.

CDL-A, 3 months current OTR

experience.

800-

414-9569. www.driveknight.

com

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CDL-A Drivers- Flatbed: Regular

Hometime. Steady Miles.

Help Wtd./Drivers

New Equipment! $500 Sign-

On. Benefits aftger 30 days.

New CDL

GRADUATES NEEDED. Call

Scott 615-720-6113 or

866-863-

4111 or cwelch@westernexp.

com

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C20111226014

Driver- NEW CAREER FOR

THE NEW YEAR! No experience

Help Wtd./Drivers

Needed! No Credit Check! Top

Industry pay/quality

The Town

of Elkin

will be closed on

December 26th and 27th

for the Christmas Holiday

Please note that Monday, December 26th

garbage will be picked up on FRIDAY,

December 23rd. Tuesday, December 27th

garbage will be picked up on WEDNESDAY,

December 28th. Please allow extra time for

your pickup as these will be 2 day pickup.

Recycling will not be affected.

The Town of Elkin will also be closed on

Monday, January 2nd For New Year’s Day.

Garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, January

3rd. Recycling will not be affected.

Free: Quotes • Pictures • References

Check Our Website

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for the season

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109 W. Main St.

Elkin NC

Mon. – Fri 10-5

Sat. 10-3

Copy Change

training. 100% Paid CDL Training.

800-326-

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AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train

for hands on Aviation Career.

Misc/Career Training

FAA approved program. Financial

aid if qualified. Job

Direct Pickup placement

assistance. Call Aviation

Institute of

Maintenance.

877-300-9494.

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Your classified ad could be

reaching over 1.6 million

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across North Carolina! Place

your classified on

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Statewide Classified Ad Network

and run in 104 NC

newspapers

for $330 for a 25-word ad.

Additional words

$10 each.

Call this newspaper's classified

department

for more

information or visit www.ncpsads.com

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SatelitteTV/Misc.forSa

High Speed Internet starting at

less than $20/mo. CALL

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DIRECTV Holiday Special!

Packages Start: $29.99/mo +

TV/Electronics Qualifying

packages: FREE HBO/Showtime/Starz/Cinemax

for

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AUCTION -SPRING LAKE DU-

PLEX APARTMENT. Thursday,

January

Auctions 5, 12:00

noon. Convenient to Fort

Bragg & Pope AFB. 200

New W. Manchester

Rd., Spring Lake, NC.

Johnson

Properties. 919-639-2231.

www.johnsonproperties.com

NCAL7340.

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C20110919002

ABC Tree Service

“20 Years Experience”

Tree Trimming and Removal

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Serving Surry, Wilkes,

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Call for info and

scheduling.

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DONATE YOUR VEHICLE-

Receive $1000 Grocery

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Car Donation United

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Free Mammograms, Breast

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info: www.ubcf.info. Free Towing,

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Non-

Runners Accepted, 1-888-444-

8231.

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C20111205014

EARN COLLEGE DEGREE

ONLINE. Medical, Business,

Criminal

Career Training Justice.

Job placement assistance.

Computer available.

Direct Pickup Financial

aid if qualified. SCHEV certified.

Call

888-899-

6918. www.CenturaOnline.com

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C20111226003

WANTED: LIFE AGENTS.

Potential to Earn $500 a Day.

Great

H. Wtd/Sales Agent

Benefits. Commissions Paid

Daily. Liberal

New Underwriting.

Leads, Leads, Leads. Life

Insurance,

License

Required. Call 1-888-713-

6020.

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C20111226002

Drivers- HIRING EXPERI-

ENCED/INEXPERIENCED

TANKER

H.Wanted/Truck Drvr

DRIVERS! Great Benefits and

Pay! New Fleet Volvo

New Tractors!

1 Year OTR Experience

Required -- Tanker

Training

Available. Call Today: 877-

882-6537.

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com

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Drivers- CDL-A. DRIVE WITH

PRIDE. Up to $3,000 Sign-On

H.Wtd/Drivers Bonus

for Qualified Drivers! CDL & 6

mos. OTR experience

Copy Change

REQUIRED. USA TRUCK,

877-521-

5775. www.usatruck.jobs

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C20111226013

TANKER & FLATBED INDE-

PENDENT CONTRACTORS!

Top Earnings

H.Wtd/Drivers Potential.

100% Fuel Surcharge - Own

Your own business.

Direct Pickup Call

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C20111226001

Fayetteville Technical Community

College is now

H.Wtd/Education

accepting applications for the

following positions:

New Paramedic

Triple S Home

Improvement

Lifetime Seamless Metal Roofing &

Gutter Guard, Vinyl Siding,

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Check Our Website

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Free: Quotes • Pictures • References

In Business For Over 7 Years

Cell: 336.428.1421 •

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Monday, December 26, 2011 www.elkintribune.com Page 7

Saturday, Dec. 31

• 6 p.m. – Community

Watch Night will be sponsored

by the Jonesville Historical

Society to celebrate

an eventful Bicentennial

year in music and video

at the Jonesville Pentecostal

Holiness Church. The

voices of Tammy Martin-

Burns, Carrie Martin,

Leon Reece and the Reverend

Kenny Gunn will be

featured.

Friday, Jan. 6

• 10:15 am – Join us at

the Elkin Public Library

every Friday for Children’s

Church

Calendar

Saturday, Dec. 31

• 6 p.m. – The Jonesville

Historical Society

will celebrate an eventful

Bicentennial year in music

and video at the Jonesville

Pentecostal Holiness

Church. Voices of Tammy

Martin-Bruns, Carrie Martin,

Leon Reece and the

Reverend Kenny Gunn will

be featured.

Sunday, Jan. 8

• 8:30 a.m. – Beginning

Jan. 8th Pleasant Hill Baptist

Church at 593 Pleasant

Hill Drive, Elkin, will

hold two morning worship

services. 8:30 a.m. & 10:45

a.m. Nursery Provided, pastor

Danny Dodds invites all

to attend.

•4 p.m. – Maple Springs

UMC and Charity UMC

invite you to join them on

Sunday afternoon to Maple

Springs UMC, Hwy 268

West of Elkin as they celebrate

“Old Christmas.”

Soup-and-sandwich supper

will follow the concert. Everyone

is invited to share in

the celebration of God’s love

and peace as we carry the

light of Christ into the new

year.

Monday, Jan. 16

• 7 p.m. – Jonesville Elementary

PTO will host the

Harlem Wizards VS. The

Jays at the Starmount High

School Gym. Doors open at

6pm, contact the school for

tickets at 835-3201. Children

$6, Adults $8. At the

door: children are $8 and

adults are $10. Come out for

a night of family fun!

Submission guidelines for

calendar events:

One-time events may be

submitted for placement

in the calendar at least

two weeks prior to the date

of the event. Information

should include date, time,

place, brief description and

contact information, if necessary.

Calendars are published

as space permits and

do not run in every issue of

the paper. If your submission

is not showing, it is due

to the chronological order of

the events. Events to be included

are at our discretion,

and information is subject

to editing. Send events to

elklifestyles@elkintribune.

com.

Community Calendar

Story Hour. Today’s theme

is “Counting.” 2 &3 year

olds at 10:15, 4 & 5 year

olds at 11:15. For more

information, contact the library

at 835-5586.

Submission guidelines

for calendar events:

One-time events may be

submitted for placement in

the calendar at least two

weeks prior to the date

of the event. Information

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CLASSIFIEDS

Phone: 336-835-1513 • Fax: 336-835-8742

Legals

CREDITORS NOTICE

Having qualified as Co-Administrators

of the Estate of

ERNEST WAYNE VONCAN-

NON, late of Mount Airy, Surry

County, N.C., this is to notify

all persons, firms or corporations

having claims against the

estate to present them duly

verified to the undersigned Attorney

at P.O. Box 1204,

Mount Airy, North Carolina,

27030, on or before March 12,

2012, or this notice will be

pleaded in bar of their right of

recovery.

All persons indebted to the estate

will please make prompt

payment.

This the 12th day of December,

2011.

James W. Voncannon &

Nancy V. Faw,

Co-Administrators of the Estate

of

Ernest Wayne Voncannon

David P. Hiatt

HIATT & FAWCETT, PLLC

1010 South Main Street

P.O. Box 1204

Mount Airy, North Carolina

27030

(336) 786-2185

PUBLISH: December 12, 19 &

26, 2011 & January 2, 2012.

CREDITORS NOTICE

Having qualified as Executrix

of the Estate of Joyce C.

Baker, deceased, late of Surry

County, NC, this is to notify all

persons having claims against

the estate to present them,

duly verified, to the undersigned

Executrix, c/o Lowe &

Williams, PLLC, PO Box 1463,

Mt. Airy, NC 27030, on or before

March 19, 2012, or this

notice will be pleaded in bar of

their recovery. All persons indebted

to said estate will

please make immediate payment.

Date of Notice: December 7,

2011

Barbara C. Coram,

Executrix of the Estate of

Joyce C. Baker

Lowe & Williams, PLLC

PO Box 1463

Mt. Airy, NC 27030

(336) 786-1181

Publish: December 12th, 19th,

& 26th, 2011 & January 2nd,

2012

Fuel/ Oil / Coal / Wood / Gas

Matthews Heating

Solutions

138 Industrial Avenue

Greensboro, NC

(336)-501-1618

Pets (ANIMALS)

www.elkintribune/classifieds

Classified Ad Manager-Holly Lamm • hlamm@elkintribune.com

Elkin Veterinary Hospital

768 NC Hwy 268 West (West End Elkin)

835-1853

M, T, W, F 7:30 -5pm; Sat 8 -12pm; Emergency After Hours: 835-1907

BLACK CAT FOUND: at

intersection of Dobbins

Mill Rd. & Besses

Chapel Ch. Rd. has

white flea collar, call

366-2456 to claim or free

to good home

Free to loving home: 5

year old, male neutered

cat call 902-7488

FREE PUPPIES: 957-

2265

Free to good home, 6

month old female puppy,

1/2 AKC Weimaraner,

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Dog. All shots, 961-

3323.

CATS TO GOOD

HOMES, 835-7830

Birthday/ Anniversary (ANNOU)

Fresh Frozen Goat Meat

Grass fed, no hormones, locally

raised, sample box 14

lbs, $125. Other custom orders

available 336-957-1950 or

927-3175 or 835-9777

Notices (ANNOUNCE)

NEED MONEY NOW!!!!

Security Financial Services

Loans from $700 to $3000

Credit Problems Understood

Wilkesboro 336-838-9404

Mount Airy 336-783-0342

Wanted (ANNOUNCE)

Wanted: junk cars

Dead or alive! We Pay Cash!!

Call (336)526-2836.

ANIMALS

FINANCIAL

300 SERVICES

AGRICULTURE

Hay, Feed, Seed, Grain (AGRi)

Hay 4 Sale

2011 cutting-no rain. 5x5

round bales $20; square bales

$3. Call cell # 209-5951.

Want to Buy (AGRi)

Buying Standing Timber

Select or clear cut. Insured,

High Country Lumber and

Mulch. 336-927-2020 or

336-838-1101.

MERCHANDISE

Fuel/ Oil / Coal / Wood / Gas

Firewood For Sale

Pickup or delivery call

336-984-2425 or 984-8345

Furniture (MERCH)

Bedroom Suite, Oak

queen size bed, mirrors,

dresser, armoire, night stand,

h e a d b o a r d , $ 6 0 0 ,

(336)468-2614

Miscellaneous (MERCH)

Water Stoves

custom built, wood heated.

Heats whole house & hot

water. Also build wood furnaces,

fireplace inserts &

free standing stoves.

835-2952 or 466-0938.

Want To Buy (MERCH)

Cash for your Coins !

buying years 1800-2000. Call

336-345-0799.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

Small Tan dog found on

Johnson Ridge Rd. Call

835-1853 to claim.

Free kittens to good

home: 566-1109

FOUND CAT: near

Dodge City Restaurant.

Call 835-1853 to claim.

FOUND: male, tricolored

dog, looks like

blood hound mix in

Pleasant Ridge Area. No

tags, no collar, 835-3878

Free Kitten Call 336-

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FREE KITTENS to good

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AUTOMOTIVE

REAL ESTATE SALES

Houses For Sale (REAL ESTATE)

Price reduced-2 or 3 BR

Condo/townhouse. Lease,

sale, buy or trade w/possible

owner finance. 336-838-3900

REAL ESTATE RENTALS

Apartments/Townhouses (RENT)

Elkin-1 BR Apt.

electric heat/air. 1 yr. lease, 1

mo. deposit, ref. req.,

$ 3 2 5 / m o . N o p e t s .

336-984-3620 or 366-4729.

NEAT, CLEAN 1 BR

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included. No pets.

$350/mo. plus deposit & lease.

902-3171.

Rooms to Rent

By the week. Great Rates!!!

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Spring Valley Apartments

Please call Madeline today at

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our great move-in & free rent

specials!

Work 4 Rent

Must have transportation! Call

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House For Rent (RENT)

2 BR, 1 bath house

in Jonesville on Arlington Ave.

$500 a month. HUD app

r o v e d . 4 6 8 - 4 4 9 5 o r

902-3095.

347 ELK SPUR ST.

Across from Elkin H.S.. 3 BR-1

bath, hw floors, W.D. hook

ups. $650, 655-2500

W. Yadkin Area

3 BR, 2 bath, 1 acre, private

lot, taking apps $650/mo +

dep. Call Tony 336-977-0232

MANUFACTURED HOUSING

Rentals (MANUFACTURED)

Available Jan. 5th

Nice 2/3 bedroom, 2 bath Doublewide,

With built on bonus

room on private lot In Courtney.

Trash Service Provided.

All appliances including W/D

provided. Heat Pump Central

Air. $650.00 p/m, Contact

Donna @ (336) 528-0016

East Bend- 3 BR

mobile home on private lot.

Excellent condition, no pets,

$135/week + dep. 699-8723.

Elkin-2 BR, 2 bath

MH on private lot, W/E, stove,

fridge. Water & trash incl.

$475/mo. $400/Dep. 835-7290

For Rent, Yadkinville

2 BR, 2 Bath, Mobile Home on

private lot, $500.00 a month

plus deposit, no pets, references

required, (336)699-8997

Nice 3 BR Doublewide

2 Bath, C/A $795/mo.,

Yadkinville area, private lot,

call Johnny (336)466-0077.

RONDA AREA

3 BR 2 bath mobile home,

$450/mo, $450/deposit. call

336-838-1001.

RESORT PROPERTY

Resort Property for Rent

Pigeon Forge, TN Condo

fully furnished 2 BR, kitchen,

LR, hot tub, 336-657-3528

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EMPLOYMENT

Help Wanted - General (HW)

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Page 8 www.elkintribune.com Monday, December 26, 2011

Large crowd fills Royall’s during restaurant’s last day open

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(Above left) Owner Suzanne Puckett is hard at work during the last day Royall’s Soda Shoppe is open. “I appreciate everyone’s

business and support,” Puckett said in November. “I’m overwhelmed and flattered from the response since my leaving was announced.”

The restaurant closed its doors Dec. 23. (Above) A large crowd dined at Royall’s Soda Shoppe on Friday, Dec. 23, the last

day the restaurant is open this year. In early November, Owner Suzanne Puckett announced she was not renewing her lease for

Royall’s. Royall’s closed its doors Friday afternoon. The building will be available for rent on Jan. 1.

AG Cooper offers parents tips on holiday gift safety

Checking recalls, instructions, ratings can help weed out inappropriate gifts

From the Office of N.C. Attorney

General Roy Cooper

Parents can help make

sure their kids’ holiday gifts

are safe by taking a few simple

steps, Attorney General

Roy Cooper said Thursday.

“Parents work hard to find

the best deals on toy and

other holiday gifts,” Cooper

said. “But it’s also important

to make sure gifts are

safe and age-appropriate for

kids.”

Holiday packages have

been unwrapped, and children

are now playing with

their new toys. Parents need

to do their homework to

check that gifts from friends,

family members and even

Santa don’t include items

that have been recalled as

unsafe for children or that

need parental supervision

to be used properly, Cooper

warned.

To check out gifts’ safety:

—Read labels. Look for

labels that list the appropriate

age for some toys. It may

not be safe to let younger

children play with toys designed

for older children due

to choking hazards and other

risks. According to the Consumer

Product Safety Commission,

it is not safe to let

children under age three play

with toys with small parts or

pieces, and children under

age eight should avoid toys

with sharp edges and points.

—Study instructions. Before

letting your kids play

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with a new toy or gadget,

read the instructions carefully.

Go over how to use the

item with your kids. Decide

whether or not kids will be

allowed to play with it unsupervised.

If you aren’t comfortable

that your kids can

use the item safely, don’t let

them play with it.

—Check recalls. Thousands

of products are recalled

every year due to safety problems.

You can check out recalls

for toys, electronics and

other household items by visiting

the Consumer Product

Safety Commission website,

where you can also sign up

to get emails about future

recalls. You can also report

unsafe products.

—Remember online

safety. If Santa brings your

family a new tablet, laptop,

phone or other device that

gets Internet access, make

sure you enable filtering software

or parental monitoring.

Before your kids use their

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remind them not to post or

share personal information

or photos that could fall into

the wrong hands. For more

tips on keeping children safe

on the Internet, visit www.

ncdoj.gov.

—Make sure computer

and video games are ageappropriate.

Computer and

video games are popular holiday

gifts, but not all games

are created for kids. To check

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—Watch out for expensive

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OVER 4 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Consultation with a licensed provider to

discuss available weight loss options.

Monthly visits to monitor progress.

Medical diet program tailored to your specifi c needs.

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