Sheriff C. Haynes was on a mission. He and Deputy Mack R. Smith and Officer J. Fry of Pilot Mountain drove out into the countryside on Easter Monday evening They scoured the bottoms along the river and creeks, poked back into the woods and hills searching in vain.
Haynes had word of a still operating in the area and he was going to find it. He had a reputation as a no-nonsense law man. Smith and Fry were both well-known around Pilot Mountain and were equally set on finding and putting the operation out of business.
Inside they found a gallon still. In , the state restricted production even more, making alcohol production and sale illegal in towns smaller than 1, people, which meant 68 of 98 counties were effectively dry.
Mount Airy, with more than 3, population was the only town in Surry large enough to meet the state standard. Elkin was about and Pilot Mountain about at the time. In , 11 years before the 18th Amendment was passed, North Carolina became the first state to enact statewide prohibition by a general election, not a legislative act.
The prohibitionists were fueled by the damage alcohol abuse wrought on families. It is no surprise that women were in the forefront of the movement as men were more likely to overindulge. Their sons and husbands drank themselves sick or became violent.
Sometimes they drank their wages, leaving nothing to support the family. The first petition for statewide prohibition was presented to the General Assembly in , though no action was taken on it.
The legislature prohibited the use of various crops for alcohol production during the Civil War because, frankly, the crops were needed as food. The same issue was raised during both World Wars as rationing was put in place to ensure food supplies for troops and the starving populations of our allies. In , a second attempt at prohibition went to the General Assembly but was voted down. By the Anti Saloon League had formed and, with the support of both the North Carolina Methodist Conference and the Baptist State Convention, successfully lobbied state legislators for some restrictions.
That is an evil that must end. The question of prohibition was far from settled, in the state or the nation. There are stories of revenue officers seizing stills and bootleggers well into the s regularly. Lost tax revenue, gangland crimes associated with illegal liquor production and sales, and the inability of otherwise law-abiding citizens to have a responsible drink had turned the tide on temperance.
Eight states took no action on the repeal, the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution. South Carolina rejected the 21st. North Carolina refused the very idea of holding a Constitutional Convention to consider rejecting it and would remain a largely dry state until Athletics is a big part of young lives. Students love being part of a team, being mentored by a coach, and being part of a competitive group that learns life lessons. This is exciting news for our young people who have been unable to be at school.
This gives them an opportunity to engage in physical activity, reconnect with their teams, and have hope for fall athletic seasons. Mount Airy City Schools is committed to making safety our number one priority, using common sense to slowly reopen athletics, and engage students in healthy team-based sports.
Mount Airy City Schools has been known for academics, arts and athletics. There are more than 27 athletic teams in our middle and high schools. We won the statewide Wells Fargo Athletic Cup with points in This is a statewide award given to the top school for athletic excellence across the board. The next closest school was points below Mount Airy. This award was representative of all of our teams doing their part to show excellence, from our tennis teams, to golf, to basketball and football teams, as well as soccer and everything in between.
During my tenure since the Mount Airy Middle School has won 16 conference championships. Mount Airy High School has earned 12 state championships. The middle school and high school have numerous individual awards, regional awards, and athletic scholarship winners. Many of our athletes graduate to play their sport in college. We know that strong academics and strong athletics go hand-in-hand. This past week we were able to get our teams back on the field or court for the first time since mid-March.
Our teams were very excited to rejoin their teammates and coaches to grow and mature as athletes and students. Our coaches serve as mentors to make sure that students work hard, build team skills, and communicate well with others. These athletic teams can teach students about life and about how to accomplish great things together. Many adults look back on their time as a team member and know that it had a direct impact on their career, teaching them to work with others to accomplish goals, support their fellow teammates, communicate well to get things done, and set goals to achieve while working hard.
We hope to continue growing our student athletes through sports. There are many safety standards in place during this time to protect the health and wellness of teams and coaches.
The teams must enter and exit through different areas to limit the number of people in any given space. The coaches and students are wearing masks and keeping 6 feet apart in keeping with health department guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID They are focusing on getting back in shape since they have been out of intense physical activity for three months.
Students must bring their own water bottle, and the coaches have strict protocols about cleaning, especially areas such as restrooms. When we are able to enter into Phase 3 we hope that we will be able to begin some contact sports activities. We know that as a community we must do our part to get to Phase 3 by limiting our involvement in large crowds, washing our hands, wearing our masks, and waiting 6 feet away from others.
We know that strict health protocols will be in place and we all want to support the health and wellness of others. What we do now is a preview of what will be happening as we come back to school in August. We hope that everyone can work together to minimize the spread of germs and allow our schools to safely come back and begin a slow return to sports and the other activities we enjoy so much.
We have worked closely with our health department to make sure we are following state guidelines and taking care of our students and staff. Mount Airy City Schools wants to get back to school and our athletic excellence we have always enjoyed.
Work with us as a team to do this together and together we all win. Fortunately for everyone, the night watchman of the Blue Ridge Inn, diagonally across North Main Street, saw the flames. A hot cigar stogie discarded in a wooden spittoon before the store closed on Saturday seems to have been the culprit.
Intended to absorb tobacco juice, the spittoon was filled with sawdust. There was no fire department to call, people simply stepped in to do what could be done in such situations. If one building caught on fire there was every possibility others would burn as well. Without water nothing could have been done but stand by and see the flames destroy a hundred thousand dollars worth of property.
In case of fire we are as helpless as babes. We have nothing with which to fight a fire, which once begun, can burn unmolested until all the material within reach has been consumed. Fire was a constant danger when wood was a primary construction material and illumination, heating, and cooking all still relied heavily on fire. Business owners across Surry County were often the most involved civic leaders as well. John D. Thompson, born in Patrick County, Virginia, was a salesman for Railroad Mills Snuff by the age of 25 and had settled here.
He was part of the Mount Airy Brass Band started in , a band filled with the young men who would be business and civic leaders through the mids. He was part of the local Odd Fellows organization and served on the finance committee of the town council, a position that required a great deal of trust. The networking paid off when, in he landed a position with the E. Foy Furniture Company.
Merritt Company which was growing meteorically. Thompson makes a specialty of Mount Airy manufactured furniture, adhering to the principle of patronizing home industries first and always. Community service is a common thread among the business owners of the region.
Anything to keep flame from catching or to slow it down, at least. Before the city decided to provide sidewalks or a paved street which came in the s, wooden plank sidewalks were installed by and maintained by individual property owners. The merchants on the Prather Block east side of the block of North Main Street installed a brick sidewalk in front of their buildings in Surry seems always to have benefited from public-private cooperation. The advances made in technology today is nothing short of amazing.
Computers, smartphones, artificial intelligence, social media, robots, online banking and the list goes on and on. Some of us past the age of 50 remember a much simpler time when technology was there, but we did not depend on it the way we do now. As a kid I remember our old black and white television that got maybe 4 or 5 channels. Then cable TV came along and 5 channels became 50 channels, then and then ! Our telephones were wired to the wall and could not walk but a few steps while talking on the phone.
Students would go to the library when they needed to do research for a school project. Now, of course, computers and the internet have placed in our laps an endless amount of information and data, on any subject known to man. Now smartphones are the choice for communication.
Overall, I think the advances in technology have helped us. Then there are days when I think we have lost our way. My concern now is how we communicate with each other. Back in the old days, if a salesperson needed to contact a prospective buyer, they might send a letter. After the letter arrived, the salesperson would call the prospect and maybe a set up a face to face meeting. The meeting would take place and hopefully the sale was completed.
Today that entire process has been changed by technology. There are so many ways to contact someone that do not involve a telephone. Need to contact your boss, email them.
Maybe you need to reach out to a friend, you can text a message to them. If you are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the many other choices in social media , you can send a message. During the current pandemic, the use of video conferencing has become a popular way to hold a meeting. This got me thinking, does anyone just pick up the phone and call people anymore?
Generally, they are convenient and simple to use. The smartphones available to us today are basically powerful, hand held computers that we carry around with us anywhere we go.
However, I have noticed that everyone seems to have a smartphone, but no one seems to be actually making phone calls. Most smartphone users are surfing the web, sending email, reading email, texting or playing a favorite game. Does anyone still have conversations with people over the telephone? So here is a suggestion for all of you, young and old, who are addicted to technology like me and you use it all day, every day. Email, text or messaging is fine for day-to-day business, checking on a friend or your grocery list.
However, before you send that next email, message, tweet or text, think about this. Is the person you are trying to reach available by phone? Better yet, can you visit them at their home or work? Is this a serious message that is better delivered over the phone or in person? Having a real conversation over the phone or in person can send a much clearer message than an email or text. I have also concluded that technology is a convenient crutch we use when we have to have a serious or uncomfortable conversation with someone.
Take my advice, if you have to have a serious chat with someone, never use email or text. Bad news or good news is always best delivered face to face or at least on a real phone call.
Dial their phone number and talk with them. My mother lives in Virginia and recently turned 90 years old. She struggles with technology and has dismissed my attempts to get her a cell phone or laptop she is old school!
Her lifeline and her way to connect with people is through a hard-wired telephone yes, people still use them. A phone call from me, another family member or a friend means the world to her. Finally, I would say a phone call from you to a friend, family member or business associate would mean a great deal. Think about it; and if you need me, call me. I may have mentioned before that I grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Dairy farming is hard work, days a year, with no real down time. Those cows always need fed and milked and calves are born with no regard for the hour of the day or the day of the week.
But farming is a good life, too. Surrounded by family for miles around, we kids were in 4-H and have boxes of ribbons to show for it. She was an actual dairy princess.
I was first runner-up a decade earlier but I still got the tiara! One of the things that surprised me the most when we first moved to Surry County 15 years ago was the distinct lack of dairy farms. At the time there were a few, I was told. Today, with more than , acres in agriculture and 1, farms across the county, there is just one dairy farm left; the Mitchell farm near Dobson.
Once upon a time, however, well-known businessmen started up dairies with all the pomp and flourish given to new factories and stores. Frank L. Jesse Prather, a local retail owner, and W. Sydnor, who owned an insurance agency, operated at least two local creameries in the s and 30s. Typhoid fever, a deadly bacteria spread most commonly via water and milk contaminated with manure, sickened 20, North Carolinians in More than 1, died that year. Public health officials were desperate to educate the public and stop the spread of this preventable killer.
Improved sanitation and strictly enforced regulations for the pasteurization and handling of milk have all but eradicated typhus as a danger in the industrialized world today. But in the early s, the race was on to provide the best, safest supply of milk across Surry County. As motorized trucking became more affordable, and refrigeration more practical, large companies undercut local producers making it difficult to remain viable.
Iredell County, long the leading dairy county in the state, had dairy farms at one time. Today there are barely June is Dairy Month … raise a glass of ice cold milk or an ice cream cone and toast the dairy men and women who worked so hard to provide safe and nutritious food for Surry County families.
The Surry County Intervention Team helps connect individuals to treatment and keep them involved in treatment. The program is attentive to the needs of those who are recovering because peer support specialists, who are recovered from Substance Use Disorder SUD , are part of the Intervention Team. The peer support specialists provide support to those in treatment, helping motivate patients by showing them that recovery and a self-sustaining life is possible after drug abuse.
The peer support specialists have received certification through the North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Program, which provides acknowledgment that the peer has met a set of requirements necessary to provide support to individuals with mental health or substance use disorder.
The program also requires 40 hours of NC approved peer support specialist training, 20 hours of additional training, completion of high school or equivalent education and two reference forms. Peer support specialists are adults who have been in recovery for at least one year. The Surry County Intervention Team is very quick and responsive, connecting with individuals and families through phone or in-person, home-based outreach within 48 hours of receiving the referral.
Staff then refers patients to SUD treatment providers. Surry County has six substance abuse treatment providers and two hospitals to choose from, which is a large amount of service options for a county of 72, citizens. The Intervention Team can also refer individuals to mental health treatment providers and pain management doctors, including pain therapists and chiropractors.
Intervention Team members contact the individuals by phone, meet with them in person, help craft a recovery plan and follow through with the plan. The Intervention Team, when appropriate or requested, provides overdose prevention education to those at risk and to family and friends associated with the patient.
Naloxone is also distributed to those at risk and family or friends who would most likely administer the Naloxone to those experiencing an overdose. In full, the Intervention Team provides timely interventions at no cost, connects patients to treatment, provides patients access to peer support, helps reduce future addiction-related crisis events, provides resource information and provides patients overdose prevention education.
Please help your family, friends and neighbors by passing along the Surry County Intervention Team phone number, at , to help address this issue.
Not all historians intend to be. Sometimes it happens by accident. Those recordings constitute a tremendous archive of Bluegrass and Old-Time music, and performers that is unmatched and irreplaceable. And this year, when the event had to be cancelled for public health concerns in the midst of the COVID pandemic, they allowed the show to go on. Mark Brown, who does news and special events for the radio station, has helped with the stage and sound set up and broadcast of the festival for 25 years.
When organizers made the decision to cancel, Brown hatched a plan and Kelly Epperson, son of station founder Ralph Epperson and current station manager, loved the idea. Epperson decided to air the virtual convention the same hours they would traditionally carry the real thing, Friday from 7 p.
He hopes this is as well-received. Ralph Epperson, whose love of old-time music was perfectly paired with his passion for broadcast radio, was involved from the beginning.
At first the senior Epperson helped with equipment and recorded performances, broadcasting some as time permitted. By the mids he and his family and staff were intrinsically involved in creating the stage, setting up the sound system and broadcasting the majority of the event. Organizers pride themselves on maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere where alcohol, profanity, and rough behavior are not tolerated and children are welcome.
Some estimate attendance topped 6, by Campers start arriving more than a week before the event begins because the festival has a strong core community of people who simply enjoy sharing the music and visiting with other fans. Many come to compete in one of the 25 judged categories. In the early years a few hundred registered for the best bluegrass or old-time band or for individual ribbons as best fiddler, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dance, or song in age and genre categories.
By , the 30th convention, individuals, old time bands and 44 bluegrass bands registered to compete. This year no champions were crowned and no campers set up but people still got to hear their favorite music because a few accidental historians have collected the sounds from history and shared them with everyone. Today is the second anniversary of this column.
Thank you for the opportunity. The column is supplied by the Surry County Health and Nutrition department. Surry County residents have experienced a significant change in the way we are used to going about our daily lives. Schools are practicing remote learning, businesses have closed or sent employees to work remotely, and things such as masking and staying 6 feet away from others have become routine.
Stress is running high for a lot of people, and it is more important than ever to take care of yourselves and your families. Listed here are a few suggestions on how to take care of yourself and relieve stress and anxiety that has arisen due to COVID Right now, much of the personal time that was once part of our regular routines — commutes, time alone at home, or social time with friends — is not available because of children at home or restrictions that do not allow us this time.
Without getting these brief breaks alone, we have to create opportunities for alone time to recharge and decompress. The added stress and lack of structure we are all experiencing now can make it easy to slip into habits that are not good for us. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise. Be thoughtful and intentional about how you are treating your bodies during this time.
Remember that these are unprecedented times and that there is no instruction manual. Set realistic expectations and give yourself grace if you do not meet them.
Do the best you can with the circumstances and feel confident that you tried. With all of the worry and uncertainty right now, it can be easy to be fearful and anxious.
Practice emotional distancing if there are people who make you anxious by their negativity and sharing worst case scenarios. Surround yourself with positivity. Think of things that you love to do while you have some extra time to do them, or even learn a new skill that you have always wanted to try.
Remember that taking care of yourself will not only help you stay calm during this time, but it will also help ensure that you have the strength you need to take good care of your family. Prioritize your needs, emotionally and physically, so that you will be in a position to offer comfort and care to others when they need it most. Call or for general questions or for help finding human services resources in your community. Eight men went fishing on Monday, July 8, It was a good day to go fishing, hot but with a breeze coming off the mountains.
Farmers in the area were bringing in their wheat, rye and barley. Folks across the region were transfixed by reports of the sensational murder trial of Dr. Payne in Lexington. A perfect day to go fishing but hardly a newsworthy event.
Boylin, editor of the Yadkin Valley News that reported the outing that week. Jefferson D. Bunker would also become a director of the First National. Joseph H. Starting a successful business — and keeping it going — is hard. By the 10th year, fewer than a third remain. Identify a need and come up with a cost-effective way to supply that need. Buy low, sell high. Diversify risk. Location, Location, Location. Take advantage of opportunities whenever and wherever they present themselves.
Surround yourself with a network of well-connected, skilled, competent people. Business owners in this region have applied those basic principles for a long time, building a rural, pass-through county into a destination spot with several thriving industries over the years Surry has existed. As with any trade, having the correct tools to do the job is important to success. Things we think of today as commonplace or even outdated, were real game-changers once upon a time.
Something as simple as carbon paper , staplers , rubber stamps , or legal pads found their way into everyday use quickly. Competition moved fast and every minute that could be saved or every expense that could be cut might make the difference between landing that new contract — or not. And Surry County businesses seem to have been very good at landing them. The earliest directory we have for Surry County was published in when the county population was recorded as 10, It shows four hotels, four manufacturers two textile and two tobacco , and 13 merchants mostly general stores.
By , county population had increased to 11, an 8. The coming railroad sparked a tremendous growth in business numbers and diversity as the train could carry more and heavier freight economically than horses. This has long been a location that rises to every opportunity.
It will be exciting to see where the future takes us. Throughout history, teachers have held a critical role in society. I contend that teaching is the most meaningful profession in modern society. Teachers have influenced all of us, and provide one of the most essential keys to success. That is because a good education is one of the most important things we can give students. Equipping students with the skills to read, comprehend, compute, write, and think critically about information is a fundamental right of every citizen, and it is not something to take for granted.
Teaching is not just a job. Teaching is a noble profession. By Richard Peck. Previous Next. Chapter 3 The Pruitts eat dinner and head off to the first big gathering of the spring season, a dance over at Rodgers's store. In the middle of the dance, word comes that a steamboat is at the landing. Lucky me. I put a buzz in his ear about my interest in this water and that was all he needed to start getting a plan together.
He got it all set up for us. Note: pick your fishing buddies wisely on more than just angling prowess. I hit the road at that morning with my trusty companion coffee mug and a cooler of carrots, apples and turkey roll-ups. Some fresh and easy travel food. My streaming music service was playing a favorites playlist I made.
Jim and I met up in a secret parking area. We looked around casually and discretely shared a secret handshake. Now we could get to business. We ogled a few flies and discussed options to use for the smallmouth bass we expected to find in the river.
I laced up my 5. We headed off for the water. There was an old road bridge we used to cross to the other side. At then end of the paved surface, we slipped to the left over the guard rail and descended a sandy trail to the shore line. Feet wet. The water this day was a little stained which Jim explained as par for the course.
It made sense knowing that flat slow rivers take much longer to flush and settle the sediment turned up in the water after a rain.
This made navigating the thigh deep water a bit tricky on the slick rock bottom. Jim took an immediate liking to the grass line along a sliver of sandbar. I turned downstream and addressed some soft water under a tree line. At that point, we were dancing our way through the water.
When he moved left, I shifted right. As he worked around a rock formation, I pushed through the current to reach more rocks. We were close, but respectfully not on top of each other. Always within speaking distance. We started off with bushy flashy smallmouth bass flies that we both were convinced were going to roust a leviathan from the deep. My first fish of the day was a small largemouth bass.
Then Jim hooked up with a smallie or two. We all are a part of some social networking circle. Something does change though when you are together in real life having a real experience with people. We probably need more of that in our days. Jim and I have been together on fishing outings a half dozen times now.
Each time, we both learn a new bit of information about each other. In the water, there was some discussion about our current careers, and the jobs we had in the past. We chatted a bit about our wives and some vacation dreams we each had. At this time the firm name was changed to that of Thomas Wightman and Company, and so remained until As has been shown by the foregoing account, during a period of eighty-six years one site of land, at the south end of the Point Bridge, was continuously occupied by a glass-house, the products of which, for the major part of the period, are of interest to the collector.
It is doubtful that the proprietors of these pioneer works had in mind the manufacture of any specific articles when their enterprise was promoted. This was the logical program for a new glass-house and the one likely to give the quickest and greatest return on the investment which, as we have seen, was considerable. This hallow-ware in itself includes a great variety of articles.
It consisted of the calabash type bottles and offhand flasks, or pocket bottles — plain and in the variety of patterns current at that time; decanters, a variation of the calabash bottle, with the accompanying sets of blown glasses or tumblers; snuff and drug jars; milk pans, deep and shallow, plain and patterned, were made there.
A few types of Pittsburgh bottles and jars are shown in Figures 2, 3, 4, and 5. The shapes may vary slightly — one may possibly be more twisted or slightly flatter than another — but the operations of making were the same in all early glass-houses and the products were very difficult to tell one for the other, particularly in a locality where workmen were liable to travel about.
The shapes pictured were popular for generations, and seem to have been made by many glass-houses at their start, as has been shown by excavations made by the writer at the sites of other glass-houses situated further to the westward and founded twenty years later than the Pittsburgh plants. At just what year the three-mold blown decanters were first made in Pittsburgh, there is no definite record; but it is safe to state that communication with eastern manufacturers was sufficiently close to allow the making of three-,old pieces in Pittsburgh shortly after their eastern production, say or I am confident that this will be proven by subsequent investigation.
While we have no three mold blown pieces that may surely be attributed to the Pittsburgh Glass Works, we have mold blown flasks that were made by one of the early proprietors of these works, and are definitely identified by his initials. This proprietor is Frederick Lorenz, who purchased the original works in There are two types of flasks thus initialed: one with the edges reeded horizontally, and one with a single vertical rib Figs.
It is safe to attribute to this maker the unmarked specimens of similar design which occur frequently in the locality Fig. It was not an uncommon practice for the proprietors of the early glass-houses to record their initials on glass flasks made at Coventry, Keene, and Kensington.
The similarity of the Pittsburgh flasks to some that are known to have been made at Kensington may be accounted for as follows: It is doubtful that these early factories had their own moldmakers in starting.
Instead they purchased molds that were popular at the time, but had them marked with a personal or a factory name. It seems probable that the majority of these molds was made in Philadelphia. At one time the Philadelphia Directory gave a list of a half dozen or more moldmakers. The next flasks that were made by this glass-house and its affiliations — of whose identity we are certain — are those by William McCully Fig.
McCully also made many flasks from similar molds without his company name. These flasks, blown in aquamarine, amber, brown, and olive amber are found in the three sizes — quart, pint, and half pint. We have flasks from their molds plainly marked with their initials. These are from that long series of Union flasks with the clasped hands on the observe, and the flying eagle on the reverse.
It is interesting to note, in connection with these designs, that similar devices were used on the coins and tokens of the period, particularly the flying eagle on the one-cent piece of our national currency. These Union flasks occur in aquamarine, amber, and brown, again being made in the three sizes — quart, pint, and half pint.
The marking of this series is found on the bottom of the flask Fig.5. Your patient is a year-old female with a history of alcoholism. She has been walking around at an outdoor fair on a hot, sunny day. She is disoriented to time; has hot, dry skin; and appears to be.