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Job Opportunity: Production & Sales Manager | News | Domino – Domino – Domino

Domino Recording Company is seeking a full time Production & Sales Manager based in our Brooklyn, NY office. This position reports to the Director of Distribution & Production. We are seeking an individual who has great interpersonal skills, is a self-starter, and has the ability to work in an open and creative group environment. The Production & Sales Manager position is responsible for the assisting with all production and sales related activities for our roster of artists. The position requires strong organizational and communication skills; the ability to work under pressure in a fast paced environment; strong musical knowledge, and an awareness of the ever-changing music marketplace.  Experience in the music business is also required.
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The candidate must be passionate, driven, and a stellar ambassador for the roster of artists on the label. We are looking to hire someone who has a desire to understand the changing landscape of the music business, someone who is engaged with new trends and methods of communication, and someone who finds joy and pride in successes large and small.
Domino Recording Co. was founded in the UK in 1993 by Laurence Bell, who is still the primary creative force of the company. Initially focused on releasing singles and albums by American artists in the UK (Pavement, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Sebadoh), the label has expanded over the past decade to include offices in New York, Berlin, Paris and Sydney and has had considerable worldwide success, both commercial and artistic, with acts as diverse as Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Julia Holter, The Kills, Blood Orange, and Jon Hopkins to name a few.
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Artgrid vs. Storyblocks: Which Stock Footage Platform Is Better? – MUO – MakeUseOf

Looking for a reliable stock footage platform for your video projects? Let’s compare two of the best, Artgrid and Storyblocks.
Whether you’re a professional or amateur videographer, getting the exact shot you want isn’t always possible. For example, you might not be able to travel to a specific place, and some angles—such as shots from above—are difficult without specialist equipment.
You’ll find plenty of stock footage websites to fill the gaps where necessary. Two of the most popular ones among creators are Artgrid and Storyblocks.
So, how do Artgrid and Storyblocks differ? This article will compare the two sites in several categories to help you make the right decision.
Pricing is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing software. Below, you’ll discover the different pricing structures for Artgrid and Storyblocks.
Artgrid has a tiered pricing structure with three different plans available. The least expensive option is the Junior subscription, which costs $19.99 per month ($239.90 per year if you’d rather pay annually). With the Junior plan, you can download unlimited high-definition clips.
The Junior plan also lets you use H.264 formatting on your videos, which is the standard if you upload to YouTube.
Creator, the most popular subscription choice, costs $29.99 per month ($359.90 billed annually). Like the Junior subscription, you can enjoy unlimited downloads. However, you can use 4K and 8K clips in addition to HD.
Whereas Artgrid designed the Creator plan for creative individuals, the Pro subscription caters more to full-scale businesses. The program costs $49.92 per month and $599 if you get an annual subscription instead.
The Pro plan gives you unlimited downloads for RAW and LOG clips, as well as all the 4K and 8K footage you want.
Storyblocks, like Artgrid, has a tiered pricing structure. You’ve got options for individuals and businesses alike, with these divided into different categories.
The Starter plan for Storyblocks is relatively simple and for $30 per month ($15 per month if billed annually), you get five total monthly downloads for HD footage, music, and still images.
You’ll want to go with the Unlimited All Access subscription if you need something more complex. For $65 per month ($30 per month if you pay annually), you get unlimited HD and 4K footage downloads. You’ll also find templates for Adobe After Effects, in addition to still images and audio.
Pricing for business plans varies depending on your needs, and you’ll need to contact the Storyblocks sales team to get a quote.
Depending on your editing needs, you might require a larger selection of stock footage than other creators. To help you choose the right platform, we’ve compared Storyblocks and Artgrid in this respect below.
When you buy a license with Artgrid, you’ll have access to around 160,000 videos. The footage covers several genres, including drone videos, street shots, and business environments.
Storyblocks has a much larger selection of videos than Artgrid. Once you’ve purchased a subscription, you can access over one million pieces of footage.
Like Artgrid, these videos cover several categories. You’ll find shots of different cities and places worldwide, making it an excellent option if you’ve started a YouTube channel in the travel niche. You will also find shots related to business environments, sports, and different daily activities—plus much more.
Of course, you’ll want to think carefully about video quality when choosing a stock footage platform. But which is the best option for you—Artgrid or Storyblocks?
Depending on your subscription choice, you could use footage up to 8K in quality with Artgrid. However, you’ll need to have at least a Creator plan to access these; if you’re new to YouTube or filmmaking is simply a hobby for you, the 1080p files should suffice.
Like Artgrid, Storyblocks has footage up to 8K in quality. But again, your plan will dictate what you have access to. You probably won’t need 4K or 8K in your early days of editing, and in those cases, you can use HD to good effect.
Filmmaking is about more than visuals; if you want to keep your audience engaged, you should strongly consider the role that audio plays, as well as other effects. With this in mind, let’s look at what Artgrid and Storyblocks offer away from their video content.
In addition to its video footage, Artgrid offers the opportunity to download music and sound effects through Artlist. You’ll find original sounds from several artists, all of which you can use in your videos as far as permission allows.
Artlist has music in several categories, including acoustic, ambient, and classical. You’ll need to purchase a separate subscription to access this, and you’ll find various structures—as we discuss in our Artlist write-up.
You’ll also find several sound effects, such as wind and ocean.
Storyblocks also offers audio and sound effects to subscribers. But unlike Artgrid, you don’t need to purchase a separate license to access these.
You’ll find several music genres on the Storyblocks website, including chill-hop, Samba, and songs that complement travel videos.
Storyblocks also has several sound effects, such as ice cracking, horns, and planes taking off.
Knowing where you can and cannot use your videos is sometimes difficult when you download stock footage. In the subsections below, we’ll discuss Artgrid and Storyblock’s licensing rules in a little more detail.
Regardless of the Artgrid plan you choose, you can monetize your videos on YouTube. On top of that, you can continue monetizing your videos for life—even if you choose to cancel your subscription later on.
All of Artgrid’s plans allow you to use videos on multiple platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.
Like Artgrid, Storyblocks lets you use any videos you download on multiple platforms. You also don’t need to worry about having to adhere to a specific production budget before you can share your content.
Storyblocks offers $20,000 indemnification for individuals with the Starter and Unlimited plans; businesses have up to $1 million in this respect.
Regardless of whether you’re a hobbyist, professional, or have a business, both Storyblocks and Artgrid are excellent platforms for producing engaging content that will resonate with your audience. You’ll have access to various stock videos, and you can further enhance your videos with sound.
The best choice depends on your needs. If you’re a beginner, you might want to start with a basic Artgrid plan rather than going for Storyblocks’ Unlimited version. At the same time, you might find more use in Storyblocks if you produce a huge range of content.
Danny teaches MUO’s readers about improving their photography and creativity. He’s been part of the team since 2020 and is also one of our editors.
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5 of the best budget alternatives for hardware studio kit – Mixmag

Wanting to get your studio up and running but intimated by costly kit? We spoke to production expert Fess Grandiose to find some economical substitutes
It’s always possible to run into some speed bumps when setting up your own hardware music studio — but one of the most common? Not being able to afford that dream bit of kit you’ve had your eyes on for months. Well, fear not! We have once again enlisted the help of Reverb’s production expert Fess Grandiose so we can get our hands on those must-have items at a much lower price.
The beauty of looking for a lot of these products on Reverb too? It’s an online marketplace so you’re guaranteed to be able to get a good deal on items like turntables, drum machines, controllers etc — whether that is through the use of buyer-to-buyer purchasing, keeping your eye on promotions/ sales or through the advice of dedicated experts like Fess to help you search for the perfect product for you.
Read this next: How to build your own soundsystem on a budget
We got Fess to pick out some of his favourite pieces of kit on Reverb right now, and the budget alternatives to those products that are getting him excited and will keep your wallet happy!
Fess’ Favorite: Technics SL-1200MK: “If you want the best, you have to go with the classics. The originator; the first turntable to offer direct drive. The Technics changed the game.”
Budget Alternative: Pioneer PLX-500 “Technics set the bar for DJs 50 years ago with their revolutionary direct drive turntables, benefiting those looking to beat juggle and scratch records. With a limited number of new direct drive turntables available on the market today, the Pioneer PLX-500 stands out. Pros will appreciate its ability to handle live DJ gigs, while its price point won’t make you lament leaving it in the studio, either.”
Fess’ Favorite: Akai MPC X
“From the brand that brought you the original MPC-60 comes Akai’s newest flagship product. It’s a complete music production workstation. This thing’s got everything, from the sampler engine that made MPCs what they are today to both a synthesizer engine and effect plugins. It’s on par with any music production software.”
Fess’ Budget Alternative: Roland MC-101 Groovebox
“If sampling’s not your thing, consider a groovebox. First coined by Roland when it launched its MC-303 in 1996, the name refers to a range of hardware synthesizers that boast all of the features necessary to produce musical grooves, including elements of larger synths, samplers, drum machines, and sequencers. The MC-101, a newer iteration, is battery-operated for use on the go and offers a wide range of sound design features. It’s also one of the more affordable ways to get legacy Roland drum and synth sounds.”
Fess’ Favorite: Ableton Push 2 with Live 11
“This is where I crown Ableton as the king of music production software. The Ableton Push is so popular because it’s a complete hardware controller for Ableton Live; you don’t even have to interact with your computer to make music. It’s got velocity-sensitive pads, built-in musical scales, and a touch ribbon for pitch bending. The knobs and LED screen help you control the mix and device parameters, too.”
Fess’ Budget Alternative: Novation Launchpad
“With a more universal launchpad built for various types of production software and apps, the Novation Launchpad comes with many of the same features, including the velocity-sensitive pads and built-in musical scales at less than half the price. A built-in sequencer is fun and intuitive, and a great starter for those learning to make grooves.”
Fess’ Favorite: Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitors
Yamaha’s HS monitor line has risen to an industry standard since the turn of the century. They offer a clean, flat sound, perfect for obtaining accurate mixes that won’t deceive your ears, even in a home studio setting. The HS8 has a feature called “Room Control,” which allows you to simulate mixing your music in a treated environment, compensating for any unnaturally exaggerated frequencies found in your music-making setting.
Read this next: 5 of the best new hardware effects

Fess’ Budget Alternative: KRK Rokit 5 G4 Studio Monitors
This is an incredibly versatile studio monitor that packs a punch with a smaller woofer (5” compared to the HS8’s 8”). In some cases, smaller can be better, especially when it comes to home studio setups with limited space. Similar to the HS8, the Roki G4s also have tools to help you adjust the monitor to different acoustic environments, with a handy LCD screen displaying a visual EQ as well an accompanying app.
Fess’ Favorite: Universal Audio Apollo Twin Quad MKII

“Universal Audio has been a stalworth in recording for decades, and their audio interfaces are no exception. The Apollo Twin is the most cost-friendly way to get into the UA ecosphere. I’d been using a budget audio interface for years, but once I stepped up to the Apollo I was blown away by the high-end quality recordings that I never thought I’d be able to get on my budget. Don’t let the price fool you, you’re paying for quality in the form of state-of-the-art analog-to-digital converters, along with access to UA’s award-winning audio plug-ins that can only be powered with this interface.
Fess’ Budget Alternative: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB Audio
There is a plethora of choices these days when it comes to audio interfaces – and that means there are more options than ever at the sub-$1,000 price point. That being said, picking the audio interface that’s right for you mostly comes down to personal preference. How many channels do you need right now, and how many will you need later down the line? That’s why I went with the Scarlett; not only do you have eight mic pre-amps, but you also have eight TRS inputs as well as digital connections to further expand this rig in the future. Plus, you get some serious bang for your buck with Focusrite. The analog to digital conversion in their recording interfaces punch well above their price point.
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Valley Grows calendar | News, Sports, Jobs – Warren Tribune Chronicle

Jul 4, 2022
Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Trumbull County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the OSU Extension Office, 520 W. Main St. Suite 1, Cortland, at 330-638-6783. Office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
For more details on events in Trumbull County, go to http://trumbull.osu.edu.
Hostas galore!
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
What: Hostas are the perfect plant for the shade. There are more hostas than most gardeners can count, along with fantastic varigations and colors.
Where: Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Service Center, 520 W. Main St., Cortland
Cost: Free
Info: Contact Noelle Barnes at [email protected]
Flying High GROW urban farm
When: 6 p.m. July 11
What: Learn about growing practices, tips, soils, organic production, as well as discussions on your weeds, diseases and insects to diagnose what’s going on in your garden.
Where: Flying High GROW, 100 Broadway Ave., Youngstown
Cost: Free
Info: Call 330-533-5538 or visit go.osu.edu/veggiestour2022
Dorothy Day House
When: 6 p.m. July 18
What: Learn about growing practices, tips, soils, organic production, as well as discussions on your weeds, diseases and insects to diagnose what’s going on in your garden.
Where: Dorothy Day House, 620 Belmont Ave. Youngstown
Cost: Free
Info: Call 330-533-5538 or visit go.osu.edu/veggiestour2022
Shade gardening
When: 6 p.m. July 20
What: Learn about the best shade gardens and the examples of flowers and shrubs that make for an interesting and colorful garden.
Where: Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Service Center, 520 W. Main St., Cortland
Cost: Free
Info: Contact Noelle Barnes at [email protected]
Fairgreen Neighborhood garden
When: 6 p.m. July 25
What: Learn about growing practices, tips, soils, organic production, as well as discussions on your weeds, diseases and insects to diagnose what’s going on in your garden. Bring a lawn chair and a notepad.
Where: Fairgreen garden, 220 Fairgreen Ave., Youngstown
Cost: Free
Info: Call 330-533-5538 or visit go.osu.edu/veggiestour2022
Air plant artistry
When: 6 p.m. July 27
What: Air plants are usually tiny, easy to grow and they don’t need soil. As the name implies, air plants absorb nutrients and water from the air through scales on their leaves. Learn how to make art with these adorable plants.
Where: Mahoning Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield
Cost: $20
Register: https://go.osu.edu/07-27airplantartistry
Ohio Avenue butterfly garden
When: 6 p.m. Aug. 1
What: Learn about growing practices, tips, soils, organic production, as well as discussions on your weeds, diseases and insects to diagnose what’s going on in your garden. Bring a lawn chair and a notepad.
Where: Butterfly garden, 2203 Ohio Ave., Youngstown
Cost: Free
Info: Call 330-533-5538 or visit go.osu.edu/veggiestour2022
McGuffey Centre
When: 6 p.m. Aug. 8
What: Learn about growing practices, tips, soils, organic production, as well as discussions on your weeds, diseases and insects to diagnose what’s going on in your garden. Bring a lawn chair and a notepad.
Where: McGuffey Centre, 1649 Jacobs Road, Youngstown
Cost: Free
Info: Call 330-533-5538 or visit go.osu.edu/veggiestour2022
Hypertufa container
When: 6 p.m. Aug. 9
What: Learn to make hypertufa pots that will add beauty to your landscape and last for many years.
Where: Mahoning Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield
Cost: $20
Register: https://go.osu.edu/08-09hypertufacontainer
St. Patrick Church
When: 6 p.m. Aug. 15
What: Learn about growing practices, tips, soils, organic production, as well as discussions on your weeds, diseases and insects to diagnose what’s going on in your garden. Bring a lawn chair and a notepad.
Where: St. Pat’s, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown
Cost: Free
Info: Call 330-533-5538 or visit go.osu.edu/veggiestour2022
Crickets and katydids
When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16
What: Bird song is the first music in spring, followed by frogs and toads. But what are those sounds later in the year? Crickets and katydids take the stage for nature’s final performances of the year. Dr. Lisa Rainsong from the Cleveland Institute of Music will introduce participants to this delightful ensemble.
Where: Mahoning County Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield
Cost: Free
Register: https://go.osu.edu/cricketsandkatydids
Volunteer naturalist training
When: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays Aug. 31 to Nov. 2
What: Nature lovers who want to learn more and to use their skills at any nature center or position can earn a Certified Volunteer Naturalist certificate. Training covers everything from soils and geology to herpetology to forestry.
Where: Classroom and fieldwork locations vary. Primarily in Portage County
Cost: $225.
Info and registration: 330-296-6432 or https://go.osu.edu/ocvnportage2022
Lives of lichens
When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20
What: Jim Chatfield, associate professor and extension specialist, will discuss the lives of lichen, including multi-kingdom partnerships; when fungi became farmers; bioremediation; manna from heaven; caribou cuisine; natural dyes; antibiotics; and the mysteries and beauties of lichen life.
Where: Mahoning County Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St, Canfield
Cost: Free
Register: https://go.osu.edu/livesoflichens
Hunting wild mushrooms
When: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17
What: Erika Lyon, agriculture and natural resources educator, Jefferson and Harrison counties, will cover the ecology and identification of fungi along with the basics of hunting wild mushrooms. She also will cover common fungi found in eastern Ohio.
Where: Mahoning County Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St, Canfield, OH
Cost: Free
Register: https://go.osu.edu/wildmushrooms
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The Number Ones: Cher’s “Believe” – Stereogum

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Songs, laughs and chills with “Into the Woods” at Stage 212 in La Salle – Shaw Local

Don’t worry: It isn’t all chills at Stage 212’s upcoming debut of “Into the Woods.” The summer production also teems with big laughs and peppy music. Tickets go on sale July 5. (submitted photo/Stage 212)
Looking for a night of laughs, chills and song on the local stage? Then don’t miss “Into the Woods,” which debuts July 15 in downtown La Salle.
Looking for a light-hearted show the whole family can enjoy? Better call the babysitter and make “Into the Woods” a parents’ night out.
Stage 212 selected the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine for its summer program and believe “Into the Woods” will be a hit — with most audiences, that is.
The script is drawn from fairy tales and not the kind that Disney has adapted into G-rated films. Instead, “Into the Woods” is adapted from the dark, edgy tales of the Brothers Grimm — the scary ones that might have once given you bad dreams.
“It’s a dark comedy, but it is also a musical — there’s music almost throughout the whole thing – and there is some sexual innuendo, as well,” said Kevin Alleman, who makes his directorial debut with Stage 212. “And these are the original Grimm stories, so there are things like people getting their eyes plucked out, getting their feet cut off.”
The story follows a baker and his wife who were cursed by a witch and thus unable to have children. To break the witch’s spell, they venture into the woods to procure magical items from fairy tale characters such as Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella and Rapunzel.
Reid Tomasson (seated) as Jack and Kelly Johnson as Jack’s mom, rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” Stage 212 selected the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine for its summer program and believe “Into the Woods” will be a hit with local audiences. (submitted photo/Stage 212)
Simon Tiffin plays the baker and said a few things attracted him to the role. He was steeped in the rich music at an early age — “This is a show that was very loved in my family” — and he became intrigued with how the writers used fairy tales as a medium to tackle real-life problems such as the generation gap and interpersonal conflict.
“Sondheim balances fantasy elements with realism,” said Tiffin, a musician who’s making his Stage 212 debut. “He takes the opportunity to tell a story about very real things through the lens of fairy tales, and ones that are very well known.”
The collision of the familiar and the modern provides the perfect backdrop for laughs as well as dramatic twists that take an edgy turn in Act II. Shea Rathburn narrates the show in her Stage 212 debut and helps bridge the disparate elements into a seamless whole.
“It’s definitely one of the most complex shows I’ve ever been in,” Rathburn said. “I was a little familiar with it, but this was my first time delving into the characters and story. Even though there’s a darker element, there’s a lot of humor, there’s a lot of heart in all the characters and it’s a lot of fun.”
Mounting “Into the Woods” has been a challenge because all involved were masked during auditions and rehearsals — Stage 212 pledges to follow all COVID-19 guidance, even as the pandemic loses steam — and then had to contend with a dizzying array of cues, harmonies and props.
Producer Traci Tomasson acknowledged it’s “a difficult show” to stage in terms of complexity, but the finished product is a feast for the eyes and ears.
“The music is amazing – it’s very quick and witty,” Tomasson said. “There are dark sides of it, but it’s going to be a grand show.”
Parental discretion is advised. Patrons who struggle with photosensitivity are further cautioned, as the production contains flashing lights and loud sounds.
Featured in the cast are Ashley Hurst as Cinderella, Reid Tomasson as Jack, Trisha Nicole Bagby as the baker’s wife, Megan Cullinan as Cinderella’s stepmother, Nora Maier as Florinda, Olivia Bergfeld as Lucinda, Kelly Johnson as Jack’s mother, Kylie Atkins as Little Red Riding Hood, Serena Rogers as the witch, Mike Maier as Cinderella’s father, Karen Lesman as Cinderella’s mother/granny, Jeff Sudakov as the mysterious man, Griffin Tabor as Cinderella’s prince/wolf, Ella Bergfeld as Rapunzel, Aaron Rogers as Rapunzel’s prince, Fredrick Davis as the steward, Emily Kmetz as Gretel, Andrew Beer as Pinocchio, Maddie Stanbary as Rumpelstiltskin, Sangita Allen as the Giant’s wife, Jamie Parks as Briar Rose/harp and Emily Boes as Snow White.
Aiding the production staff are assistant director Reid Tomasson, production assistants Ella Johns and Grace McCormick, stage manager Mia Carretto, casting consultant Zoe Starkey, music consultant Kristyn Szwajka, set construction coordinator Cory Tomasson, dialect coach Sidney Megeff, fight choreographer Grace Irvin, costumer Narissa Keller, sound tecnicians Mark Fulkerson and Nick Hancock, and makeup/wig coordinators Mary Arellano and Sarah Anne Hunter.
“Into The Woods” will be presented at Stage 212, 700 First St., La Salle, over three consecutive weekends: July 15-17, July 22-24 and July 29-31. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning Tuesday, July 5, and can be bought by visiting the box office 4-6 p.m. Mondays or 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, or by calling 815-224-3025 during box office hours. Tickets also are available at stage212.org.
“Into The Woods” is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials also are supplied by MTI (mtishows.com).
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Neptunes producer Chad Hugo lets his music do the talking – Chron

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NEW YORK (AP) — Chad Hugo is a man of very few words. But helping craft some of the biggest songs of the early 2000s, his music may have spoken louder than he ever could.
“It’s always just been gratifying to see people enjoy the music when it’s played out loud and you’re cultivating moments or opportunities for moments to share,” said the two-time Grammy winner. “When music is playing out, it’s a sound. And if we can share that understanding with what we hear, then hopefully we’ll be able to understand each other’s soul and our intents in this world.”
The legendary producing duo The Neptunes, comprised of Hugo and Pharrell Williams, will be formally inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday. The hit-makers are part of the pandemic-delayed 2020 class which includes other icons like The Isley Brothers, Annie Lennox and Mariah Carey.
A songwriter becomes eligible for selection 20 years after the first commercial release of a song and must have a notable catalog. According to the Hall, out of the tens of thousands of songwriters of this era, there are only around 400 who have been inducted into this prestigious group which boasts names like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jay-Z, Marvin Gaye, Burt Bacharach, Bruce Springsteen and Curtis Mayfield. Lil Nas X will get a special award.
“Never thought I (would) be considered a songwriter. You know, sometimes it’s just cranking up the reverb,” the 48-year-old joked. “It’s awesome to be a part of making records and being an instrumental part in creating music.”
Much like his personality, the genius producer undersells his musical impact. The production pair’s futuristic sound became so recognizable that it earned the moniker “The Neptunes Sound.” Their sonic creations dominated radio during the early part of the millennium with megahits like Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” and “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake. They also crafted the Jay-Z-Pharrell collaborations “Excuse Me Miss” and “Frontin’,” as well as were architects of the iconic beat for The Clipse’s “Grindin’.”
Hugo, whose parents immigrated from the Philippines, met Pharrell at band camp as young students, forming a tight friendship through music. The Virginia Beach natives eventually caught the eye of R&B legend and New Jack Swing innovator Teddy Riley who signed them as a band before they morphed to a production team. They’d also eventually form the popular rock band N.E.R.D. with high school friend Shay Haley.
The ying to Pharrell’s flamboyant, media-savvy yang, it’s easy for the soft-spoken producer be overlooked. But when asked if the public properly acknowledges his contributions, Hugo deflects the praise.
“I learned a lot from Pharrell and his music. He would bring records over, and we would go through the records and be inspired by the records,” said Hugo, who along with Pharrell won the 2003 Grammy non-classical producer of the year award. But when pushed on if he specifically gets the credit he deserves, he says that’s not why he creates. “This is about the records and the experience when people hear the records.”
Although they don’t collaborate as frequently, The Neptunes have maintained a foothold in the current era by working with some of today’s stars such as Rosalia, Summer Walker, Snoh Alegra, Brent Faiyaz and the late Pop Smoke. Independently, Hugo has been in the studio with M.I.A., rising artist The BLSSM, and he’s working with fellow Filipino American Jo Koy on the soundtrack for the comic’s upcoming “Easter Sunday” special.
Hugo is also currently deep-diving into jazz which he grew up playing. He says he wants to be a constant learner of music — the same type of attitude that has led him to one of songwriting’s most exclusive clubs.
“It’s just awesome that we were able to come up with those records and DJs taking note of it and playing the songs,” said Hugo. “I’m just really thankful that we’re able to move people and be a part of people’s lives and be inspiring at the same time for the next generation or other musicians alike.” ___
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Vienna celebrates Independence Day | News, Sports, Jobs – Marietta Times

Jul 4, 2022
VIENNA — The Grand Central Mall parking lot and Spencer’s Landing in Vienna were packed full of people and fun all Saturday.
This year, the Friends of Vienna group set to work organizing the Freedom Festival.
The family friendly event was organized as an affordable way to bring the community together during the holiday weekend.
The festival had food trucks, an antique car show, carnival rides, live music and more activities for all ages to enjoy.
From 6-10 p.m. hot air balloon rides were offered for $10 a person.
The main act Saturday was Homefree, who performed from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and the evening wrapped up with a large firework production.
“I think this is something special for the city of Vienna and the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp. “I also think it’s wonderful to put this event on for the first-time while the mall celebrates 50 years in the community.”
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Komplete 13 is an all-encompassing bundle of software instruments, synthesizers, plug-in effects, and sample libraries. It’s still an essential purchase because there are plenty of effects plug-in bundles and subscriptions, but not quite one that matches the sheer creative potential of Komplete. Of course, if you are into orchestral and film music, you’re probably looking at EastWest and other specialized products. Otherwise, Komplete is more than enough for pulling off any sort of electronic music production.
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This American Heart Association insignia shows some of the recognitions bestowed upon Northern Regional Hospital.
MOUNT AIRY — In addition to Northern Regional Hospital’s recognition as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission earlier this year, the hospital has received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines – Stroke quality achievement award.
The award, according to the hospital, is for “for its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.”
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and accelerating recovery times.
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
“Obtaining Gold Plus recognition from the American Heart & American Stroke Associations reflects the outstanding stroke care patients receive at Northern Regional Hospital. Our Northern Interdisciplinary Stroke Team is activated from the moment a possible stroke is identified, throughout the hospital stay, and into the post-discharge period to assure our patients are surrounded with treatments and resources they will need to achieve a robust recovery,” said Emily Volk, transitional care nurse at Northern and one of the leaders of the project. “This Get With The Guidelines award recognizes the success we have experienced as we collaborate not only among Northern clinical staff, but also with valued community partners such as EMS, rehab and therapy agencies, pharmacists, and primary care providers. We are honored to consistently provide exceptional stroke care to the members of our local community.”
Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.
“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Northern Regional Hospital for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families, and communities.”
Northern Regional Hospital also received the American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.
In addition, Northern Regional Hospital also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.
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July 03, 2022
MOUNT AIRY — In addition to Northern Regional Hospital’s recognition as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission earlier this year, the hospital has received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines – Stroke quality achievement award.
The award, according to the hospital, is for “for its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.”
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and accelerating recovery times.
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
“Obtaining Gold Plus recognition from the American Heart & American Stroke Associations reflects the outstanding stroke care patients receive at Northern Regional Hospital. Our Northern Interdisciplinary Stroke Team is activated from the moment a possible stroke is identified, throughout the hospital stay, and into the post-discharge period to assure our patients are surrounded with treatments and resources they will need to achieve a robust recovery,” said Emily Volk, transitional care nurse at Northern and one of the leaders of the project. “This Get With The Guidelines award recognizes the success we have experienced as we collaborate not only among Northern clinical staff, but also with valued community partners such as EMS, rehab and therapy agencies, pharmacists, and primary care providers. We are honored to consistently provide exceptional stroke care to the members of our local community.”
Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.
“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Northern Regional Hospital for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families, and communities.”
Northern Regional Hospital also received the American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.
In addition, Northern Regional Hospital also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.
July 02, 2022
GALAX, Va — As part of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the nonprofit honored seven members of its community of stewards at a ceremony on June 18, at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Among those honored was a Mount Airy business — W.L.A. Trucking.
The firm earned the Corporate Champion Award for the company’s support of the music center. The business, owned by Bobby and Debbie Post, has sponsored the summer concert series since 2018, and contributes to specialprojects, including the replacement of aging speakers and other equipment in the amphitheater. Bobby Post accepted the award on behalf of the company.
“Our 25th anniversary is really a celebration of the people who bring our mission to life through their contributions to the national park they love,” said Carolyn Ward, CEO of the foundation during the ceremony. “We are fortunate to count these honorees as members of our community of stewards.”
Ian Jordan was honored with the Youth Ambassador award for his contributions to Kids in Parks, a program of the foundation. Over the past five years, Jordan has visited more than 80 of the program’s TRACK Trail locations, and logged more than 100 miles hiking. He has become a Junior Ranger in 118 national parks and in every North Carolina State Park. He also helped Kids in Parks design, test, and implement a new smartphone-based Junior Ranger activity, creating an opportunity for children across the country to learn about the natural, historical, and cultural resources found in national parks.
Radio station 88.5 WFDD received the Media Partner Award for its work to spread the word about the venue’s musical programs throughout its 29 county-listening area, including northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The partnership has furthered the center’s mission to celebrate the music and musicians of the mountains. Morning Edition host Neal Charnoff accepted the award.
The Yadkin Arts Council was honored with the Partnership Award. In addition to being a longtime sponsor of the summer concert series, the Yadkin Arts Council has collaborated with the music center to present the Sounds of the Mountains concert series each January when the national park venue is closed. This series is hosted by the Yadkin Arts Council at The Willingham Theater in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. The partnership has yielded 20 concerts showcasing bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and Americana groups. Yadkin Arts Council board president John Willingham accepted the award.
The musicians who volunteer their time and talents for the daily Midday Mountain Music sessions were honored with the Volunteer Service Award. What started as two musicians — Willard Gayheart and Bobby Patterson — playing tunes for Music Center visitors on Thursday afternoons, blossomed into the Midday Mountain Music sessions offered free for visitors each day. This amounts to about 800 hours of music, and as a group accounts for more than 3,000 volunteer hours during the season. Amy Boucher accepted the award for the Midday Mountain Musicians.
Long-time volunteer Aubrey Arrington’s numerous contributions to the music center and Blue Ridge Parkway include providing educational programs, training new seasonal rangers, leading hikes, organizing volunteer clean-up days, performing trail and facility maintenance, and more. For his support, Arrington was honored with the Blue Ridge Music Center Champion Award.
The National Council for the Traditional Arts was recognized with the Visionary Award for the organization’s work to establish the Music Center, founding the annual concert series that continues today, and opening the Roots of American Music exhibit in 2011.
First Citizens Bank is the premier sponsor of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the nonprofit fundraising partner for the Blue Ridge Parkway. The organization provides support for initiatives along the 469-mile route, including historical and cultural preservation, environmental protection, visitor amenities, and education and outreach. The Foundation’s work includes programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, and the award-winning, nationwide Kids in Parks program.
June 26, 2022
DOBSON — Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation recently donated a retired fleet truck to Surry Community College to be used by the college’s facilities and maintenance department.
Ricky Bowman, vice president of operations for the electric company, was on hand to pass the keys of the 2010 Ford F-150 along to Dr. David Shockley, president of SCC, on the college’s main campus June 21. The title was signed over as well.
“We appreciate the donation of the truck by Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation. SYEMC continues to be a great partner of Surry Community College. The college will use the truck to support our facilities and maintenance department’s efforts to maintain and beautify our campus and learning centers,” Shockley said.
Bowman said SYEMC was happy to be able to support community needs through efforts such as the donation to the college, which is a neighbor of SYEMC’s office in Dobson. “One of the key principles we operate by is concern for community. Being able to support academic and economic needs in the region, such as Surry Community College, falls under that principle,” he said.
Surry-Yadkin EMC, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative founded in 1940, serves more than 28,000 member accounts in five counties, including Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Wilkes and Forsyth.
Surry Community College was founded in 1964 and the campus is located in Dobson, North Carolina. As one of the state’s 58 community colleges, it serves Surry and Yadkin counties.
June 21, 2022
Jordan Edwards has joined the staff of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.
She will be taking the position of director of events. In her new post, she will be overseeing the annual Autumn Leaves Festival. She comes to the chamber from the Alleghany County Chamber of Commerce and the Alleghany County Public Schools.
“We welcome Jordon to the chamber team,” said Chamber President and CEO Randy Collins. “She comes to us with some great experience with event management and marketing.”
Edwards, who takes the post left vacant by the departure of Travis Frye earlier this year, can be reached at the chamber at 336-786-6116, ext. 204 or via email at [email protected]
June 12, 2022
Northern Regional Hospital recently awarded the 2022 Robin Hardy Hodgin Education Scholarship to two area students pursuing a career in the healthcare field. Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
Liszbhet Hernandez, of Mount Airy, and Kylie Bruner, of Pilot Mountain, were the two scholarship recipients.
Liszbhet is a 2022 graduate of Surry County Early College High School and will attend UNC-Charlotte in the fall to pursue an associate’s degree in nursing. Lizbhet’s aspirations for healthcare began at a young age, and she has volunteered at Dunmoore Plantation Assisted Living Alzheimer’s Care Unit and at Surry Medical Ministries.
“I was overjoyed to learn I had been chosen for this award, and I am thankful and grateful,” she said. “This scholarship will help me with my overall cost of tuition and books. I plan to use this scholarship towards my books and with the money that is leftover, I’ll pay off my tuition. I plan to be driven to succeed in the future and winning this scholarship will help me be one step closer to achieving my goal to become a nurse.”
Kylie is a 2022 graduate of East Surry High School and plans to begin her studies to become a nurse practitioner at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. She is working as a certified nursing assistant in Northern Regional Hospital’s Pre-Apprentice Program. Bruner has aspired to a career in healthcare since the age of 6, when she lost two of her grandparents to cancer.
“The scholarship provided to me by the Robin Hardy Hodgin Scholarship Fund will benefit me by providing a slight relief from the added stress of paying for college. I am so thankful to become a recipient of this scholarship because I feel valued and held to a great honor being chosen by the scholarship committee. As I embark on my educational nursing journey, the Robin H. Hodgin scholarship allows me to go to college more empowered and with less worry about the cost of my education,” she said.
Historically, the foundation has awarded 10 individual $1,000 scholarships, but this year, the committee chose to award two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to two graduates, screened and selected by a team of hospital leaders. The scholarship can be used to cover the cost of tuition, books, and supplies for selected students who enroll in accredited healthcare programs in the areas of nursing, pharmacy, or other allied-health professions. The scholarship, established in the 201-2020 school year, has already awarded $28,000 to support local graduates going into a healthcare field.
“This valuable program provides a much-needed helping hand to deserving students who have chosen to pursue fulfilling careers in healthcare while honoring the distinguished and ongoing career of Robin Hodgin, one of the most gifted and committed nursing leaders we have at Northern Regional Hospital,” said Chris A. Lumsden, president and chief executive officer of Northern Regional Hospital. “It is one of the numerous ways Northern provides support for our local youth, and exemplifies our commitment to education.”
Northern Regional Hospital established the scholarship program in October 2019, named in honor of Senior Vice President for Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer Robin H. Hodgin. The scholarship is funded through private donations, matched dollar-for-dollar by the Northern Regional Foundation. The Hospital’s Scholarship Committee awards one-time scholarships for up to 10 eligible students enrolled in a health science degree-granting program at an accredited college or university of their choice.
Scholarships are awarded to prospective students who reside in Surry County and the surrounding region and aspire to a career in nursing or allied-health professions – including respiratory therapy, physical therapy, medical imaging technology, laboratory science, pharmacy, and others.
“I am honored to serve on the scholarship committee for the Robin Hardy Hodgin Education Scholarship,” said Tina Beasley, executive assistant for Northern Regional Hospital. “This scholarship is a testament to the talents and leadership of Northern Regional Hospital’s top nursing executive, Robin Hodgin, who has served our hospital for more than 40 years. This scholarship program is designed to help jumpstart their careers of students pursuing a career in nursing or allied health. Recipients are chosen based on merit, academics, community involvement, and financial need. This year, both recipients ranked in the top 5 of their class and had high GPAs. Both students were involved in many extra-curricular and community activities. Each student received outstanding recommendations from their teachers and school administrators. We have no doubt that both Kylie and Lizbhet will represent Northern Regional Hospital well.”
For more information about the Robin Hardy Hodgin Scholarship Fund, about Northern Regional Hospital Foundation, and to donate, visit wearenorthern.org.
June 11, 2022
When passing by Mount Airy High School along North South Street, one notices the walls, sidewalks and signage of a typical educational institution — but probably don’t realize that a thriving business is also within its confines.
During one recent morning at Blue Bear Cafe as the school year wound down, Ocean Davis, a senior, was putting the finishing touches on a fruit smoothie after earlier serving up cookies and brownies to an appreciative recipient. Chances are, another customer soon would be ordering a fresh-brewed cup of latte from the student-run operation.
The coffee at Blue Bear Cafe is reputed to be so tasty that teacher Ashley Pyles did not shy away from comparing what the kids prepare to that offered by a international coffeehouse chain:
“They make the best coffee, hands-down, over Starbucks any day,” Pyles said proudly.
Along with a variety of coffees — including frappe, latte and Americano — there are several flavors of fruit smoothies available, various sweet treats including bundt cakes, snack items, hot chocolate, cider and more.
The menu at Blue Bear Cafe further includes specialty drinks featuring what apparently has become a local sensation, bubble teas.
Yet perhaps the best product served up there is success — cooked up daily by apron-wearing student entrepreneurs who are gaining valuable business experience during the school year which can aid them in a career.
“It’s never about the coffee,” Workforce Initiatives Coordinator Polly Long said when discussing the mission involved, or for that matter the caffeine, the stimulative ingredient of that popular beverage.
“It’s about the skills,” added Long, a longtime school system employee who is being given much credit for making the on-campus business a reality.
“A student-operated coffee shop has been a dream of Polly Long’s for years,” says a statement prepared in conjunction with the Blue Bear Cafe program receiving special city government recognition during a recent council meeting. That statement also references the role “students with extraordinary talents” have played in its success.
The cafe, which emerged in 2019, seeks to provide targeted youth with training in essential entry-level skills and create a pathway to employment in the service industry.
For example, junior Jennifer Griffin has her sights set on becoming a pastry chef.
Blue Bear Cafe operates through the Occupational Course of Study unit at the school and is overseen by teachers Jennifer Gentry and Ashley Pyles in addition to Long.
“Jennifer is sort of our pastry chef,” Gentry said of Griffin’s go-to role in the operation.
About 10 students are enrolled in the program during a given academic year. They also take regular courses in addition to working a specified number of hours for the cafe, constituting class periods. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when school is in session.
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Blue Bear Cafe occupies a strategic space in the high school’s media center, which provides an inviting setting to enjoy a beverage or snack arguably rivaling that of any coffeehouse on the planet. The surroundings are pleasantly lit by large windows facing North South Street.
The place was arranged with the assistance of Goodwill Industries, Long said, which helped supply start-up funds to acquire new furniture and accessories.
It is tastefully adorned by walls painted in a soft-brown and olive-green color scheme, imprinted with phrases such as “serving kindness one cup of the time” and inspiring words including “imagine,” “create,” “inspire” and others.
Students respond by constantly adding new drinks and even developed a website to promote the business. A Blue Bear Cafe Facebook page is available to assist with orders.
The facility’s spic-and-span kitchen is located in a side room, near a counter area where students check out library materials as part of dual, harmonious existence between the two facilities. A gift shop specializing in student-made products also is located at the cafe offering items including mugs and T-shirts and handcrafted items from local entrepreneurs.
Along with the culinary talents honed by the youths, other abilities are learned that they can apply to many additional career endeavors besides a coffee shop itself.
These include leadership, communication, organization skills and teamwork, plus the real-life functions of dealing the public in taking orders, making change from a cash register and processing credit card orders.
“They’re seeing it in real time,” Long said of the impression left on those from the outside world who are able to witness education being applied to an actual enterprise. The students involved are a mixture of upperclassmen and lowerclassmen who ensure a seamless transition with the transfer of knowledge as they come and go.
“They are basically learning how to run a business on their own,” Pyles observed.
While the cafe is shut down for the summer, before resuming operations again with the start of the next school year, it has been popular among members of the public who can call in and pick up orders on the campus.
In other cases, large orders will even be delivered to customers.
“We are in the black,” Long said of the cost related to that service given the surge in gas prices. “What we try to do is break even,” with any profits going right back into the business.
“We use some of that money to take them (students) on field trips,” Gentry advised.
Long is hoping to expand Blue Bear Cafe to a downtown location if one can be found under the right circumstances.
City accolades
The smell of success from Blue Bear Cafe has emanated to City Hall a couple of miles away, as evidenced by the special recognition it received during a recent meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners.
Pyles attended that session along with two students, Griffin and fellow junior Shatavia Robison, who were there for a presentation on the program highlighted by the girls passing out chocolate chip cookies to those in attendance.
The cookies were contained in colorful packaging with labels extolling such sentiments as “be nice” and “choose happiness.”
“This program is first and foremost all about our kids,” Pyles said of the effort that “has just blown my mind.”
“The Blue Bear Cafe is one of the bright shining lights of the Mount Airy school system,” Commissioner Jon Cawley remarked, while thanking Polly Long for her involvement.
“I know y’all will go far in life,” Commissioner Marie Wood told the students.
“Great job, ladies,” said the board’s Joe Zalescik.
“This is what a community like Mount Airy is and can be,” Mayor Ron Niland said of the cafe’s success.
June 09, 2022
Surry Community College hosted a Graduate Career Expo recently, providing graduates with the opportunity to meet with many businesses who were recruiting employees.
“We appreciate the support of our local businesses by their participation in this inaugural event,” said Rachel L. Hiatt, SCC coordinator for Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship Initiatives. “The college’s Purpose Center offered graduates help with resume preparation and interview skills during workshops in April.”
Businesses in attendance were Carport Central/The Central Steel Group; Chatham Nursing and Rehab; Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital; J’s HVAC Unlimited LLC; Johnson Granite Inc.; Moore and Associates Engineering and Consulting; Mountain Valley Hospice; Ottenweller Company; Pike Electric; Prism Medical Products; Salem Electric Co.; Surry Communications; Wayne Farms LLC; and Weyerhaeuser; Workforce Unlimited.
The SCC Marketing Department took complimentary digital professional headshots of students for their social media sites during the event.
Any business representative wishing to partner with SCC to find employees, interns or apprentices should contact Hiatt 336-386-3291 or [email protected]
June 08, 2022
GREENSBORO — Three-and-a-half years after Kieffer | Starlite sign company purchased Burton Signs of Mount Airy — and less than a year after announcing an expansion at the local plant — Kieffer | Starlite has opted to sell the facility as part of a company-wide, multi-month reorganization.
And in so doing, the former Burton Signworks company in Mount Airy has come full circle.
Allen Industries, a family-owned company based in Greensboro, announced on Wednesday it had acquired the Mount Airy production facility of national sign company Kieffer | Starlite earlier this spring.
The move brings together two firms which have, in some ways, always been connected. Wayne Burton, founder of what would eventually become Burton Signworks, started the Mount Airy business in 1983 — after learning the trade by working for Allen Industries.
“Wayne Burton got his start in the sign business working for Allen Industries in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s before starting Burton Electric Signs Inc. in 1974,” said Tom Allen, Allen Industries president.
Burton grew his sign business from a one-man, one-truck operation to a business with as many as 50-75 employees before eventually selling his sign company to a local business group in 2007, according to Allen Industries. Burton continued to work there until his retirement in 2010.
He ran the operation as a family-owned business, something Tom Allen said his firm does as well. His grandfather started Allen Industries in 1931 with neon signs, successfully growing into a full-service signage and architectural elements manufacturer and installation company. Now he, his brothers, and some fourth-generation family members work at the firm, which has manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, Florida, Arizona and Ohio.
The Mount Airy facility will be Allen Industries seventh location, allowing the signage company more capacity, equipment and expertise to design, build and maintain every type of signage and re-imaging program and fulfill even more projects across the U.S. and abroad. Allen Industries completed nearly 2,000 national and international installations last year.
The Mount Airy facility has already undergone some changes over the past two years. Its previous owners announced last spring it would be consolidating two area locations into one, at 699 Junction Street, and expanding its workforce and production facilities.
That owner, Kieffer | Starlite, has since undergone significant changes as well. In November, the firm announced it was “right sizing” its operations, shutting down all of its production facilities except for Mount Airy and one in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In April, the firm announced it had been acquired by PSCO Global Group, and that acquisition included the Wisconsin plant. While the sale of the Mount Airy facility was not announced until Wednesday, that also took place in April.
Now, the local manufacturing operation is in the hands of the place where its founder got his start in the sign business.
“Wayne Burton ran his operation with the same family-oriented atmosphere we strive for at Allen Industries,” said Tom Allen. “Just as we mentored him early in his career, Wayne was well known for his nurturing of young individuals starting in the signage profession and as a result, he had the loyalty and tenure of his employees. Much like Wayne’s business, Allen Industries has many longtime employees who start here and retire with us. With the acquisition of this Mount Airy facility, the Allen-Burton legacy comes full circle and we couldn’t be more pleased to become a part of this fantastic community.”
Allen Industries plans to add employees and “bring back the numbers and culture of the former Burton Electric Signs/Burton Signworks and welcomes all applications.”
“At Allen Industries, you’ll find a family business and culture where our people are our most valuable asset and our team members work together to meet customer needs. With industry-leading benefits and incentives, associates are valued, encouraged to develop, and are rewarded for their performance,” Allen said.
For more information the company, or potential job openings there, visit www.allenindustries.com/careers.
June 05, 2022
DOBSON – The week of Earth Day saw Wayne Farms employees living up to their “Amazing Starts With Me” motto, holding a Dobson Complex Cleanup, then undertaking a joint effort uniting the Dobson Sustainability Team with city workers to spruce up the town and maintain common areas.
Wayne Farms Dobson was title sponsor for the Town of Dobson’s annual Dobson Spring Folly, a town-square community fair held in conjunction with Earth Day and featuring local business and merchant booths, food, games and prizes for hundreds of local attendees.
The Wayne Farms booth showcased company sustainability initiatives and career opportunities, complete with games and prizes focused on sustainability, recycle/reuse and other eco-friendly themes. The company also recently upgraded the local plant complex to be more energy-efficient, installing new EV Car Charging Stations at the facility as part of Wayne Farms Dobson’s ongoing effort to bolster sustainability, support community priorities. and encourage environmentally responsible corporate and individual practices at work and in everyday life.
“It was great to see our people out there making things better as part of the community where we live,” said Matthew Wooten, Wayne Farms Dobson complex manager and long-time community leader.
“We’re proud to do our part and we had a lot of fun doing it,” said Stephanie Reynolds, one of the Wayne Farms Dobson organizers.
Dobson’s approach to sustainability is part of Wayne Farms’ larger mission of sustainable operations under its “Amazing Starts With Me” organizational tenant. Focused on producing quality products, responsible stewardship of resources, humane treatment of animals, supporting employees and championing communities, the company said it has a long history of partnering on local causes. Community support in the form of financial aid, food products and volunteer labor is central to the company’s operating ethos, including assistance for local social service agencies and community organizations.
June 05, 2022
The need for sustainability is discussed often these days, and a Mount Airy sock manufacturer has received statewide recognition for making that happen within its operations.
This involved Nester Hosiery recently being presented with a 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Award for Sustainable Manufacturing by the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
The award program of that organization highlights companies for their commitment to the state’s industrial sector, as proven by outstanding performance in the areas of manufacturing excellence, sustainable manufacturing, innovation, workforce development and economic development/developing markets.
Nester Hosiery is a leading U.S. producer of performance merino wool socks and the parent company of the Farm to Feet sock brand.
“Sustainability is one of Nester Hosiery’s core tenants and we continually strive to improve our processes and systems to be the best global citizen we can be,” Anna Draughn, the company’s director of merchandising, said in a statement.
For example, in 2020 Nester Hosiery used 393,229 less kilowatt-hours of energy than it did in 2019 thanks to a number of energy-reduction programs including an air leak detection initiative on which it partnered with Surry Community College.
By identifying and repairing air leaks throughout Nester Hosiery’s production processes, it is estimated that the company could save 16,000 kilowatt-hours.
Along with reducing its plastic and cardboard usage, Nester has a strong internal recycling program and encourages employees lacking access to curbside recycling to bring recyclable materials from home.
In 2020, Nester Hosiery diverted 212.22 tons of those materials from the local landfill.
The company received formal recognition for its manufacturing excellence through such efforts at an awards ceremony in Durham in late May during an event called MFGCON.
It is known as North Carolina’s premier industrial conference that features the most up-to-date and relevant topics among influential manufacturing “thought leaders” in the state.
Nester Hosiery markets itself as the designer and manufacturer of the most innovative socks in the world, a key producer in the outdoor industry operating state-of-the-art knitting, finishing and packaging equipment to make premium outdoor performance socks.
It does so for leading outdoor brands and retailers as well as under its own Farm to Feet brand.
Nester Hosiery strives to have customers value the company’s manufacturing capabilities along with its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, while being an important employer and economic driver for this area.
The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership is the official representative of the MEP National Network in North Carolina.
That network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing domestic production.
June 04, 2022
CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy continues to expand solar power in North Carolina with its 22.6-megawatt (MW) Stony Knoll Solar power plant in Surry County now in operation.
The project is owned and operated by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (DESS). The project was selected as part of the competitive bidding process established by 2017’s solar legislation in North Carolina.
The solar plant contains 76,600 panels with single-axis tracking. The plant is located on 195 acres in Dobson, near Rockford Road. The facility will power the equivalent of 5,000 homes.
“In addition to our many renewable energy projects across the nation, North Carolina continues to be fertile ground for solar power,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “With the help of our partners in Surry County, we have brought online the largest solar power plant in the county.”
The facility’s design and construction of the project were performed by SOLV Energy. The solar power generated by the project will be delivered through a 20-year power purchase agreement.
North Carolina is fourth in the nation for overall solar energy. The outlook is promising for more solar energy as Duke Energy develops a proposed Carolinas Carbon Plan, which is being considered by state regulators.
“Solar power continues to play a vital part of our clean energy transition,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We expect renewables to grow significantly in the years ahead as we focus on meeting our customers’ needs for increasingly clean energy.”
May 30, 2022
Fourteen students recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program at the Yadkin Center.
The graduates include Kyle Dowell, Michael Jones, Emily Parker and Justin Smith of Mount Airy; Ardella Walsh of Pilot Mountain; Christopher Moore of Siloam; Marcie McKinney of Elkin; Osiel Burgos of Jonesville; Stacey Deel of Yadkinville; Jeff Lowe of Boonville; Tosha McCoy of Purlear; along with Travis Booth, Jay Murat and Michael Norrell of Winston-Salem.
Surry Community College will be offering another section of Truck Driver Training starting in the summer. The class will run from Monday, August 1 through Tuesday, Oct. 4, and will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Median pay for truck drivers is $47,100 per year, according to the United States Department of Labor,” college officials said. “Drivers with experience can make more than $50,000. With a shortage of up to 12,000 truck drivers in North Carolina and as many as 200,000 nationally, CDL-certified drivers will easily be able to find jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor says the profession is expected to keep growing – by 6% during 2020-2030.”
“There are currently job openings for truck drivers locally and nationally. We developed this program as a direct response to the requests from local truck driving representatives who need skilled applicants to fill job vacancies,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley.
The SCC Truck Driver Training Program teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles. The coursework includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, freight handling, security and fire protection.
Highway driving training exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the students’ knowledge and skills. Graduates are qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License Test and are employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owner-operators and work as private contract haulers.
Admission requirements include official driving record; physical examination; reading placement test score of 40 or higher; disclosure form; high school transcript; and drug testing.
For more information about SCC’s Truck Driver Training Program, contact the Yadkin Center at 336-386-3580. The tuition is $1,876, and some students qualify for a tuition scholarship. To check eligibility, visit www.surry.edu/funding.
May 28, 2022
Northern Regional Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Northern Regional Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.
“I am honored to be part of the Northern Regional Team where providing safe care is at the forefront every day,” said Lynn Lambert, director of quality management at Northern Regional Hospital. “Patient safety is intentional with every encounter. Receiving a Leapfrog Grade ‘A’ is recognition that we can all be proud of.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
“I am extremely proud of the entire NRH team of 1,000 caregivers. An ‘A’ grade confirms our efforts to deliver the highest quality of care and places NRH in the top tier of all hospitals in the United States. Job well done,” said Chris Lumsden, president and CEO of Northern Regional Hospital.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer reviewed, transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Northern Regional Hospital for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
To see Northern Regional Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.
May 22, 2022
The Board of Directors of Surrey Bancorp (Pink Sheets: SRYB) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 10.5 cents per share on the company’s common stock. The cash dividend is payable on July 8 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 17.
Ted Ashby, CEO of Surrey Bancorp, stated the dividend was based on the company’s operating results, its “strong financial condition and a commitment to delivering shareholder value.”
Surrey Bancorp is the bank holding company for Surrey Bank & Trust and is located at 145 North Renfro Street, Mount Airy. The bank operates full service branch offices at 145 North Renfro Street, and 2050 Rockford Street and a limited service branch at 1280 West Pine Street in Mount Airy. Full-service branch offices are also located at 653 South Key Street in Pilot Mountain, 393 CC Camp Road in Elkin and 1096 Main Street in North Wilkesboro, and 940 Woodland Drive in Stuart, Virginia.
Surrey Bank & Trust can be found online at www.surreybank.com.
May 21, 2022
A ribbon-cutting was celebrated on Friday, May 13 to celebrate the opening of a new Coldwell Banker Advantage location, followed by a community-focused open house on Saturday featuring BJ’s Snack Shack food truck, music, and games.
“We are excited to be at this new centralized location. The space is very modern and fully equipped to serve our agents and clients,” said Suprena Fay, broker of record at the Mount Airy office.
The building at 1191 West Lebanon Street was erected in 2005 by JG Coram Builders for Webb Associates Interiors. Anne Webb is a trained interior designer for residential and commercial projects. She loves being in Mount Airy and has relocated her business next door to 1217 West Lebanon Street.
Coldwell Banker Advantage is part of the Coldwell Banker Advantage Family of Companies with approximately 1,900 agents, 57 offices, throughout the Triangle, Triad, Lake Gaston, Kerr Lake, Fayetteville, Southern Pines & Pinehurst, Wilmington, New Bern and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, marketplaces.
May 17, 2022
Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care has been named a 2022 Hospice Honors recipient by Healthcarefirst, a provider of billing and coding services, surveys by the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers, and advanced analytics.
Hospice Honors is a program that recognizes hospices providing “the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view,” the local hospice organization said in announcing the award.
“Hospice Honors recipients are industry leaders in providing quality care and constantly seeking ways to improve,” said Ronda Howard, vice president revenue cycle and surveys at Healthcarefirst. “We are honored to be aligned with such high performing agencies like Mountain Valley Hospice and we congratulate them on their success.”
Award criteria were based on hospice survey results for an evaluation period of October 2020 through September 2021. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all hospices contained in the Healthcarefirst’s database.
Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the Healthcarefirst National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. Visit www.healthcarefirst.com to learn more about the awards.
“We at Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care are honored to be recognized by Healthcarefirst for our commitment to providing compassionate, quality care for our patients and unwavering support for their families” said Tracey Dobson, CEO and president of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care. “As a recipient of the 2022 Hospice Honors, we pledge to continue that same level of commitment in the years to come.”
May 14, 2022
Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care is making two separate moves — creating a new position for donor relations and stewardship and a literal move, changing locations for its headquarters.
Katherine Brinkley has joined the staff as director of donor relations and stewardship.
“One of Katherine’s primary responsibilities in this newly created position will be to implement and manage a comprehensive stewardship program,” the organization said in announcing her selection.
Most recently, Katherine served as the assistant director of marketing and community engagement at ABC of NC in Winston-Salem. She also held a variety of positions at Trellis Supportive Care.
“Katherine is passionate about the hospice mission,” said Sara Tavery, senior director of philanthropy. “She will lead our efforts to recognize and thank donors for their gifts in support of end-of-life care for our patients and their families.”
Brinkley is a volunteer with the young alumni leadership council of UNC and is a member of the Junior League in Winston-Salem. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Hispanic linguistics. She resides in Winston-Salem.
In an unrelated move, the non-profit agency will be moving its headquarters, from 401 Technology Drive, to 1427 Edgewood Drive, Suite 101, in Mount Airy.
“The pandemic taught us many things, among them that we no longer need expansive office space, and that patients are better served when we are closer to their homes, health facilities, or hospice homes,” said Tracey Dobson, CEO and president of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care. “This new space will allow us to maximize our services to patients and their families.”
For more information visit www.mtnvalleyhospice.org
May 11, 2022
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce will host a morning networking event called Business Over Breakfast on Thursday May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Mount Airy City Schools Central Office, 351 Riverside Drive, Mount Airy.
Business Over Breakfast will feature tabletop networking where attendees can talk about their businesses and exchange business cards. Attendees will rotate tables and have the opportunity to meet almost everyone in the room. People who may be interested in this event are sales managers, sales professionals, business development staff or any small business owner.
The event will feature a buffet breakfast catered by the Ol’ Farmer Restaurant, from Cana, Virginia. The breakfast is open to all members of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce or any prospective member. Sponsorships for the Business Over Breakfast are available and provide marketing for sponsoring companies and event tickets.
Chamber President and CEO Randy Collins remarked “traditional business networking is alive and well in Surry County. Attendees will meet many business prospects in a short amount of time. Bring your business cards and come join us.”
Tickets or sponsorships can be purchased on the chamber website www.mtairyncchamber.org. Questions on the event should be directed to Jordon Edwards at the chamber via email at [email protected]
May 08, 2022
Scenic Automotive Group recently presented a Subaru Share the Love check of $10,600 to Yokefellow Ministry – Mount Airy. Scenic recently held two fundraisers to raise the money for the food bank.
Yokefellow volunteer, Dixie Ratliff, said that Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry has been in existence for 50 years. It continues today with its mission of providing food, prescription medicine, and utility assistance to the underserved in Surry County as well as neighboring cities in Virginia. Each year Yokefellow has touched the lives of thousands of individuals and families in crisis situations. Even through the pandemic, Yokefellow never closed the doors. Yokefellow is primarily a volunteer organization.
”Without the generosity of businesses, organizations, churches and individuals, Yokefellow would not be able to serve our community,” he said.
May 07, 2022
Surry Regional Association of Realtors recently partnered with Bradys Coffee Company to kick off Nurses Month and say “thank you” to the Northern Regional Hospital staff for their continuous hard work over the past two years. As a thank you, Realtor members raised funds to provide hospital staff with a free cup of coffee and donut.
May 05, 2022
Northern Regional Hospital has a new exit and entry point after opening Northern Drive on Friday.
This private drive, formerly a section of Worth Street, is located between the intersections of Rockford and S. South Streets and will serve as a way to access the Northern Regional Hospital campus.
Located adjacent to the Northern Regional Hospital Emergency Department, Northern Drive accesses parking lots E-1, E-2, and E-3, which are designated parking for the Emergency Department, outpatient services, and visitors. The new lot, E-2, adds 51 parking spaces, along with an additional nine spaces in Lot E-3, for a net gain of 60 new parking spaces. The Northern Drive area lots boast new LED lighting and large banners identifying the lots on the light poles. Northern Regional Hospital is pleased to continue offering free parking to patients, visitors, and staff.
Chris A. Lumsden, president and CEO of Northern Regional Hospital, commends Northern Regional Hospital Facility Services Director Greg Casstevens for his work in serving as general contractor for this exceptional project.
“We are very excited about the new parking spaces and designated pedestrian crosswalks, which, along with the additional lighting and signage, will make our campus much safer for our community,” said Casstevens.
May 05, 2022
U-Haul Co. of North Carolina has announced that a local business — Gen 1, LLC — recently signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Mount Airy community.
Gen 1, located at 874 N. Franklin Road, will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pickup for boxes, officials say.
With its addition, there are five U-Haul dealers operating in Mount Airy, according to Andrea Batchelor, a spokeswoman for the moving equipment and storage rental company that has been in business since 1945. It is headquartered in Phoenix and considered the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage.
U’Haul’s business model that involves teaming with independent dealers to offer moving equipment has filled a niche with the coronavirus outbreak, company officials say.
With COVID-19 creating challenging times for small businesses, more than 20,000 dealers across the U.S. and Canada are creating supplemental income through their U-Haul partnerships, they add.
U-Haul’s belief is that when a customer rents from a U-Haul dealer, they are directly supporting an independent small business in their community.
It also is an official American Red Cross disaster responder which has offered free storage and container support during weather crises such as hurricanes.
May 03, 2022
The Farm to Feet sock brand of a Mount Airy company not only is focused on manufacturing products for the outdoor recreational market, but now blending that with inclusion and diversity.
Farm to Feet, which is associated with Nester Hosiery, has collaborated with an entity known as Black Folks Camp Too (BFCT) to create a new Unity Blaze sock style.
It is aimed at promoting BFCT’s mission to remove fear, add knowledge and invite more African-American folks to experience the activity of camping and enjoy outdoor lifestyles with others.
This is coinciding with the development of what is described as a three-quarter crew technical hiking sock featuring Black Folks Camp Too’s Unity Blaze logo. That symbol is denoted by two crossed logs and a campfire meant to promote the forging of bonds across all aspects of adventure and universal equality.
“Black Folks Camp Too is bringing more people into the outdoors, including many right in our backyard in North Carolina,” Matt Brucker, Farm to Feet general manager, said in a statement. Brucker became general manager of Nester Hosiery brands earlier this year, including Farm to Feet.
The new Unity Blaze socks are available on websites of both Farm to Feet and Black Folks Camp Too, along with select retailers, with a larger rollout to all Farm to Feet retailers scheduled this August. A portion of proceeds from the sale of the sock style will benefit BFCT.
“Our Unity Blaze socks are not just any kind of socks,” Earl B. Hunter Jr., who founded Black Folks Camp Too in 2019, said in a statement. “Our socks are helping folks signal to the world that they treat everyone, everywhere, equally while encouraging more unity in the outdoor community — together, we are changing the world one campfire at a time.”
At the core of Black Folks Camp Too’s mission is the belief that when more African-Americans become active camping enthusiasts and begin enjoying outdoor lifestyles, it will help break down barriers to create more-inclusive communities and stronger relationships overall.
“Working with Earl and the team at Black Folks Camp Too, together we can encourage more people to explore the outdoors and experience its rejuvenating power while inviting others to join us and increase diversity in the outdoors,” added Brucker.
The Unity Blaze technical hiker sock of Farm to Feet/Black Folks Camp Too is designed with targeted cushioning and ventilation to provide all-day comfort on the trail while naturally regulating temperature. It features a 19.5-micron merino wool knit with materials sourced entirely from U.S. ranchers.
These socks also contain a seamless toe closure that reduces the chances of blisters, according to promotional information. Comfort compression helps lower fatigue while reinforcement in critical areas ensures durability.
Farm to Feet, promoted as a maker of 100% American socks, turns out that footwear in its sustainability focused facility in Mount Airy said to employ the highest-level knitting techniques possible.
The brand prides itself on producing the most-comfortable and feature-rich socks available under the belief that socks are meant for the outdoors — designed for everyone to follow his or her own trail.
Farm to Feet also is committed to improving the outdoor recreational experience and advocating for the protection of wild places, says a company announcement about its collaboration with Black Folks Camp Too.
The Unity Blaze sock retails for $25, with more details on it and how to find a local retailer or buy online available at www.farmtofeet.com.
April 30, 2022
Thursday saw a competition in Pilot Mountain that pitted the business acumen of budding high school entrepreneurs against one another in a test of skill and moxie. YESurry is their chance to dip a toe into the proverbial shark tank without the fear of losing a limb or being eaten for lunch.
Teams from local high schools made a pitch presentation for their businesses. Students were encouraged to look around for a need where a new business or service would be useful. The students must then double back after all groups have gone for an “elevator pitch.”
“You will be talking to our Mr. Moneybags, who is very rich and invests in new companies,” Sue Brownfield explained to the students. “Suddenly, you are riding up in an elevator with Mr. Moneybags. So, you need to ‘pitch’ yourselves and your company – you want Mr. Moneybags to say ‘Meet with me next Monday at 10 a.m.’”
The winner of the competition was Grace Phillips of North Surry High for Grace Got Cakes. Phillips said, “I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve been trying to start businesses since I was like 5 years old, so this just means a whole lot, and I’m excited for the future of Grace Got Cakes.”
She took home prize money totaling $2,500 to put toward her business. She acknowledged kids her age are not usually trying to run a business and “it has taken a toll on my social life for sure. I don’t get to spend nearly as much time with my friends.
“I see the value of doing this over going out, but I try to balance my social life and take breaks and hang out with friends. In the long term this is going to do more for me than going to parties.” It appears ‘work-life balance’ has entered high school curriculum.
Diana Casares-Carapia got up at 3 a.m. to make her confections for the competition before then going class for the day. She made a tasty pitch and Confectionery Diana took home a $1,000 check for second place, paired with $500 for winning at her school level.
She began baking to help her family make ends meet during COVID. She now has outstanding orders she needs help filling and requested investors to, “Invest in me.” Having taken business classes at Surry Early College, Casares-Carapia is ready to open her own store in Dobson upon graduation.
Elkin High came in third which doubled their initial winnings to $1,000 for Students Pay Students. Braden Oliver and Luke Burchette made their elevator pitch for an online hub where students, with teacher recommendation, can apply to tutor other students. They mentioned building a sense of camaraderie amongst the students as they aid one another.
“Find your niche,” keynote speaker Will Pfitzner encouraged the students. “There are hundreds of thousands of other people interested in what you are.”
He went on to discuss the dangers of rampant consumerism as a means by which to seek self-identity. Digital identities will lessen the desire to buy things to gain a sense of self or status. With increased access to information, he encouraged the students to be mindful of media “brainwashing” and seek their own information.
YESurry launched at Mount Airy High in 2019 and quickly grew to all seven high schools. Brownfield said the entries this year were “a notch above. They really elevated their game.”
“We want them to become business savvy: how do you start a business, how to do a business plan, a financial plan, what is your competition, how do you network,” she explained. “The advisors have challenged their team for the last several months.”
“The competition asks them to pool and hone skills they have already learned in school and supplement those with new skills,” advisor Greg Perkins said.
“I have personally seen my team develop the poise and confidence to present convincingly to business decision makers, to experience the highs and lows of product and business plan development and display the patience to complete those processes,” said the president of Perkins Financial in Mount Airy.
From inception of the concept through development of a business plan on to the final presentation takes effort. Learning to collaborate, synthesize ideas, and develop executable plans are skills that will benefit these students wherever life takes them.
“The competition is an incredible opportunity for kids to learn what the ‘real world’ is going to expect from them,” Perkins said. It should then also show the students what to expect in return and hitting an obstacle is something they will contend with.
Rejection is not a lesson anyone wants to learn, but it is a fact of business life that not every venture will succeed. For some, a cold business lesson was dispensed in a more palatable format than a door slammed shut with a rejection later in life.
“These kids are learning to conquer the fears that keep many adults from pursuing the entrepreneurial urges,” Perkins observed, “the conquering of which provides our next generation of job creators and community leaders.” The incubation of the next generation of teachers, business, and industry leaders in and for Surry County is a recurring drumbeat that is growing louder from different corners of he county.
“A lot of times we hear about young people who leave the county and never come back,” Todd Tucker said previously of keynote speaker and first-ever Entrepreneur of the Year award winner Will Pfitzner. “His story is just the opposite.”
Pfitzner is the NCSU alumni who decided to chase something he enjoyed doing rather than the almighty dollar. His ‘local man makes good and returns to Mayberry to much adulation’ story is a tale business and community leaders alike would like to see replicated.
He also alluded to the fact that the traditional four-year college track is not for everyone. Therefore, programs such as YESurry create opportunities for students to envision a different path forward both for themselves and Surry County.
These young adults put their skills to the test and while Grace Phillips won the day, the community altogether may be the ultimate winner.
April 29, 2022
More than 300 area students turned out Thursday for the second annual Student Job Fair held by the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s been a great event,” said chamber president and CEO Randy Collins.
The fair is aimed at high school juniors and seniors, along with college students, who are looking to get into the area workforce, either for long-term employment, summer work, or for internships.
There were 48 vendors on site, with booths set up to give students a taste of what their particular business and field might look like. It was also a chance for area employers to make contact with prospective employees and interns.
Lenise Lynch, general manager at Hampton Inn of Mount Airy, said her business could definitely use additional employees, particularly in housekeeping, on the front desk, in the laundry and maintenance departments.
She said working with youth just coming out of high school or college is an ideal situation for the hotel and for the prospective employee — as she believes it would be for most any business.
“It is a chance for a business to be able to help them learn what is expected (in the workforce),” she said, adding that young people in their first or second job are often easier to mold and train into being a strong employee.
“We can catch them coming out of high school and help them begin a great career,” she said. In her industry, she said it is possible to start out in most any position and move up into management, even ownership.
“I’ve been doing this for 16 years,” she said. Lynch began working at the Hampton Inn as a front-desk attendant, and within two years was the general manager, a position she has held since then.
Collins said that is exactly the idea behind the job fair, to help students learn there are career opportunities in their hometown.
“We hope the students realize there are some good paying jobs right here in our community,” he said, steady jobs that can be a career.
Staff Sgt. William Arnder with the North Carolina Army National Guard said Thursday was a good day for him and his colleague working at the job fair.
“We had more than 25 who signed up,” he said, referring to students who had given him their contact information and expressed interest in exploring work with the Guard. He said he was hoping to see 15 to 20 folks who would sign on with the Guard from Thursday’s event.
Arnder said most the positions with the Guard are essentially part-time posts, with some weekends and summertime required, but that in addition to the pay someone can earn, the Guard also offers opportunities for troops to have college paid for.
Anna Johnson and Brenna Belcher with Xtreme! Marketing said they had quite a few folks interested in their display.
“A lot of kids are interested in graphic design and digital marketing,” Johnson said, adding that her firm is looking to expand with more work coming in than they can do with the present sized staff. Several students left resumes or completed applications there.
Teresa Grimm of Hardy Brothers Trucking said her booth attracted many students.
“We’ve had quite a few of them who wanted to be mechanics,” she said. “One, she specifically wanted to be a diesel mechanic.”
While her firm can definitely use mechanics, she said their biggest need is for drivers. Her firm needs both drivers to run regional routes who typically make two or three runs a week covering a total of 2,000 to 3,000 miles; and long-term drivers going coast-to-coast. For those going west and back, she said the company generally likes two-person driving teams, and a husband and wife team is often perfect for such runs.
Grimm said her company refers students interested in this field to the truck driving program at Surry Community College.
Among the four dozen local businesses with booths set up was Northern Regional Hospital, staffed by Daniel Combs, who works in the hospital’s staff development and student programs, and Vanessa Bottomley, a unit coordinator in the emergency department.
Bottomley said the two used a CPR simulator to show youth how to determine if someone needs CPR, and how to administer the often life-saving maneuver.
“We probably had 100 kids use that today,” she said.
While medical-related jobs are what most people think of when considering a hospital-related career, Combs said he tried to emphasize to those visiting that there are other jobs there.
“We have people in marketing, people who work in the labs, who do x-rays. One young lady said she wasn’t interested in any of those, she wanted to go into accounting. I told her, we have accountants, too.”
Bottomley emphasized that the job fair may have been aimed at showing students the job opportunities in Surry County and Mount Airy, it also is a time for the hospital and other employers to learn about a whole new wave of potential workers.
“We have very good talent right here,” she said of folks in the community.
April 29, 2022
Surrey Bancorp income down
Surrey Bancorp (Pink Sheets: SRYB), the holding company for Surrey Bank & Trust (the “Bank”), this week reported net income of $1,487,503 or 36 cents per fully diluted common share. That was down nearly 25% from the same figures a year ago — $1,987,375 or 48 cents per share — from the same period a year ago.
The bank said the drop was largely because the bank realized non-interest income of $858,778 in the first quarter of 2021 with the sale of its wholly owned insurance agency, SB&T Insurance.
First quarter net interest income for the present year decreased 3.6% from $3,392,180 to $3,271,453. The net interest margin decreased from 3.24% to 2.86% due to a general decrease in interest rates and a change in earning asset mix, bank officials said.
“Higher yielding loans made up 60.5% of average interest earning assets in the first quarter of 2021 as opposed to 53.3% (this year),” the bank noted.
Noninterest income decreased from $1,420,337 in the first quarter of 2021 to $375,109 during the same period in 2022. The decrease is due to the the sale of SB&T Insurance.
For more information on the banking company, or a full look at its first-quarter report, visit www.surreybank.com
Insteel sees record earnings
Insteel Industries Inc. (NYSE: IIIN) recently released its second quarter results, showing record net earnings, more than doubling figures recorded over the same period in 2021.
For the quarter ending April 2, Insteel reported quarterly net earnings of $39 million, or $1.99 per diluted share, up from $14.9 million, or 76 cents per share, for the same period a year ago.
The company benefited from strong demand for its reinforcing products and incremental price increases to recover the continued escalation in costs.
Net sales increased to $213.2 million from $139 million for the prior year quarter driven by a 65.4% increase in average selling prices and a 7.2% decrease in shipments. The average selling price increase was the result of price increases implemented across all product lines during the quarter to recover rapidly escalating costs, which offset the impact of lower shipments resulting from tight supply conditions for raw materials.
The company reported gross profit increased to $57.1 million from $30.2 million in the prior quarter. Operating activities provided $6.3 million of cash compared with providing $15.3 million for the prior year quarter due to an increase in net working capital, which used $32.6 million of cash in the current year quarter. In the prior year quarter, net working capital used $800,000.
The strong quarter helped fuel an equally strong six-month year-to-date period, with net earnings for the first six months of fiscal year 2022 $62.1 million, or $3.17 per diluted share. That is more than double the previous year figures, which were $23.1 million, or $1.18 per share, for the same period a year ago.
Net sales increased to $391.7 million from $258.6 million for the prior year period driven by a 67.5% increase in average selling prices and a 9.5% decrease in shipments. Gross profit increased to $99.4 million from $50.1 million in the same
period a year ago.
For more information, visit https://www.insteel.com/
First Community Bank
BLUEFIELD, VA – First Community Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCBC) this week reported quarterly income of $9.52 million, or 56 cents per diluted common share, for the quarter ending March 31, a sharp decrease from the $14.61 million reported for the same period a year ago. Despite the drop, the bank declared a 27-cent quarterly cash dividend to common shareholders, an increase of 8% over the dividend paid during the same quarter last year.
The dividend is payable to common shareholders of record on May 6, and is expected to be paid on or about May 20.
The bank said the net income decrease was primarily driven by a return to “more normalized expense in the provision for credit losses of $1.96 million for the first quarter of 2022 compared to a $4 million reversal of provision in the first quarter of 2021.”
The bank said the current year provision is largely due to robust loan growth in the first quarter, principally led by commercial loan demand. The reversal of provision in the first quarter of 2021 was driven by a significantly improved economic outlook than in early 2020.
Salaries and employee benefits increased $787,000 or 7.23%, from last year. During the quarter, the company implemented annualized wage increases of approximately $2.5 million “as part of its ongoing strategic initiative to enhance Human Capital Management, which included an increased minimum wage.”
The Company’s loan portfolio increased by $78.73 million, or an annualized growth rate of 14.74%, during the first quarter this year. “Loan demand and originations were strong in all categories, including construction, commercial real estate, residential mortgage, and consumer loans,” bank officials said.
The bank also reported it repurchased 132,000 common shares for $4.09 million during the quarter.
For more information visit www.firstcommunitybank.com
April 29, 2022
Two Surry Early College High School students competed in the YESurryHigh School Entrepreneurial Competition earlier this month.
“Both students had innovative ideas with excellent plans and presentations,” the school said of the effort.
First place went to Diana Casarez Carapia, who won $500 to invest in her confectionery business, Confectionery Diana. This confectionery business allows customers to purchase treats and goodies such as chocolate covered strawberries, cakepops, cupcakes, and more. Diana moved on to compete in the countywide competition.
Second place went to Cole Caroll who won $250 to invest in his collectible cloth doll making business, Curiously Cozy. This doll making business is where customers can purchase collectible cloth dolls dressed in historical fashion that will include pamphlets on notable events and aspects of the era in which the doll is dressed.
April 25, 2022
For the second year in a row, the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Student Job Fair.
The event, featuring more than three dozen area employers, is set for Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.
Admission is free, and all area students who are hunting for jobs are invited to attend.
”Interested students should sign up in their school career center,” chamber President and CEO Randy Collins said. Students should also take copies of their resume to the fair, and they can submit their resume, via email, in advance of the event. All resumes submitted will be sent to the job fair vendors. Resumes may be emailed to: [email protected]
Last year was the first time the chamber had worked with the area school systems to host a student-centered job fair, and it seemed to be a big success.
“It’s encouraging to me to see young students getting the opportunity to connect with local businesses,” Surry County Schools Superintendent Travis Reeves said at last year’s gathering.
While the fair is an excellent opportunity for students to make contact with area businesses and potentially start the process of finding employment, it is not out of the question a student or two could leave the event with a job already secured.
“A student heard about our program through the welding program at Surry, and he specifically came up here to get a job with us,” said Tampco HR & Safety Director Emily Cave during the 2021 job fair, adding that he was hired at the fair. “I think the job fair is wonderful. It’s great for us to be able to see these students one-on-one, and it’s good for them to speak with people and shake people’s hands.”
Not only were the local high schools included during 2021, students from colleges including UNC Charlotte, Catawba, Western Carolina and area community colleges such as Surry also attended. College students are welcome again this year.
Chamber officials said the willingness of area businesses to take part has been a big factor in making the fair a success. A number of local employers are expected to have a booth set up and who are helping to sponsor the fair.
Gold Level Sponsors of the Job Fair include:
• NC Army National Guard
• Chick-fil-A of Mount Airy
• Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection
• McDonalds
Silver Level Sponsors of the Job Fair include:
• Surry Communications
• Johnson Granite
• Insteel Industries Inc.
• Wayne Farms LLC
• Hardy Brothers Inc.
• Shenandoah Furniture
• CK Technologies, LLC
Bronze Level Sponsors of the Job Fair include:
• Allegacy Federal Credit Union
• Bottomley Enterprises
• Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care
• Rodgers Realty
• Surry Community College
• Xtreme! Marketing
• Workforce Unlimited
• Cooke Rentals
• Surry County NC Works
• Food Lion
• Lowes Home Improvement
• Chatham Nursing
• Salem Electric Company
• The Resource
• Accurate Insurance Solutions Inc.
• Carport Central, Inc.
• Leonard Building Supplies
• McDonalds
• WestRock
• RidgeCrest Retirement LLC
• Hampton Inn of Mt. Airy
• Kona Ice
• Galax Health and Rehab
• WLA Trucking Inc.
• Debbie’s Staffing Services Inc.
• Northern Regional Hospital
• Surry Economic Development Partnership, Inc.
• Shelton Vineyards
• Pilot Mountain Vineyards and Winery
Vendor space is still available for the Student Job Fair. For more information, contact Jordon Edwards via email at [email protected] or call 336-786-6116, ext. 204.
April 24, 2022
An annual tradition is back — perhaps bigger and better than ever before.
Thursday, the Mount Airy News held its Readers Choice Award luncheon at Cross Creek Country Club, recognizing local businesses and professionals who were chosen as among the best in their respective fields by Mount Airy News readers.
More than 100 people gathered for the awards lunch to recognize dozens of area businesses chosen by Mount Airy News readers as their favorite enterprises in the Greater Mount Airy and Surry County area.
“When you say you have won a Mountie, you have really won something,” Regional Publisher Sandy Hurley said to those in attendance. The Mounties, as the awards are called, go to the individuals or businesses voted among the top at what they do. Hurley told the gathering more than 20,000 votes were cast in this year’s tally.
Representatives of many of the award winners, as well as the primary sponsors of the event — Carport Central, Cibirix, Northern Regional Hospital, J’s HVAC Unlimited LLC, West Ridge Insurance, Carolina Roofing, and Dr. John Gravitte, DDS —were on hand not only to receive their awards, but to comment on what their business does, and what the awards meant to them.
Of course, being the first Mounties awards ceremony in two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, was on the minds of many who spoke.
“Not too long ago, we gathered like this and we had no idea we would hear the word ‘COVID’…we’d hear the word ‘pivot,’ that we’d hear the word “remote,’” Hurley told the crowd of business owners and managers. But, she said, those phrases and principles have dominated the business world over the past two years. However, many area businesses were able to pivot, where able to adapt, and last week’s gathering was a celebration of that.
Chris Lumsden, CEO of Northern Regional Hospital, spoke of how the concept of togetherness kept hospital staff focused on the task at hand, even when the facility was setting record highs for the number of patients, while staffers were many times out with COVID-19.
“When times got tough, the team really stuck together,” he said of the hospital’s 1,000 caregivers.
Whether fighting through a pandemic, or in more normal times, the hospital official said one thing he believes is critical to the success of any business is investing in its people. He said over the past year, the hospital has invested $275.000 in its employees and other members of the community, helping them to afford training and certification in various medical fields.
“That is very important,” he said. “With the labor shortage, it is important to grow our workforce.”
Jeffrey Trenter of Carport Central and Cibirix, said he believes his companies received so many reader votes because his company has a guiding philosophy: “We just try to do the right thing.”
That has led his business to significant growth, to the point that it does far more than carports, with many commercial and residential projects. With Cibirix, he said the marketing firm can help businesses grow their online presence.
Sandra Matthews of West Ridge Insurance in Pilot Mountain said being recognized at the Mounties was a thrill.
“We are honored,” she said. “We are just honored to be recognized.”
Nathan Gough, of J’s HVAC Unlimited of Mount Airy, said one of the hallmarks of his company is that they are “Committed to doing what’s right,” and that running a successful business is about more than just generating revenue.
Amanda Fretwell, with Dr. John L. Gravitte, DDS, PA, said Dr. Gravitte has been serving the Mount Airy community for 18 years, with his annual free dental clinic, along with working with the schools. Being able to “give back’ is something that is important to him and his staff.
For a full list of winners, see the special Best of the Best section inside today’s Mount Airy News.
April 22, 2022
The rental business of a local commercial laundry service has been acquired by Alsco Uniforms, a large company with a national and international presence based in Salt Lake City.
Professional Rental Service (PRS) is located at 220 Frederick St. in Mount Airy, long owned by local businessman Gene Rees. It specializes in uniform rentals along with supplying items such as linens, mats, towels and mops and operating a new and used clothing store.
The business is listed as having been established in 2001 and before the acquisition by Alsco, employed 40-plus people, Rees said Thursday.
Unlike other takeovers of smaller operations by larger entities, he believes there was no net job loss among that force.
“They hired all our route associates, our delivery team,” Rees said of Alsco.
“We wanted to do it when we could protect our employees,” the local businessman said regarding any potential layoffs resulting from the sale which could have been offset by the strong labor market existing now.
“There were some who just retired,” Rees said in explaining the end result of no actual losses.
Age was a factor in the move, involving both Rees and folks in top positions at Professional Rental Service in their 70s.
“The biggest reason, I was born in 1951,” he said. “(It was) in recognition of my age.”
Rees said now seemed to be the time to sell in order to ensure a smooth transition, rather than waiting for an illness among key management, for example, which might have undermined that.
He had indicated in mid-March that the rental business was being sold, coming on the heels of him being approached from outside about acquiring the operation.
“An option to sell a company is always out there in this industry,” Rees said of the uniform-rental sector, adding that he talked with other larger companies that were potential buyers before deciding on Alsco. “We felt their culture matched our culture.”
Rees said the transaction included the business accounts of Professional Rental Service, but not its building on Frederick Street or equipment. “Not one piece.”
That structure is being provided rent-free to Alsco for three months to help with the transition, along with a management team for the same period.
After being finalized, the acquisition recently was announced by James Gutheim and Associates, a firm in Encino, California, which served as the financial adviser for the transaction.
Terms of the sale have not been disclosed.
Alsco (which stands for American Linen Supply Co.) is a private, family owned operation that has been in business since 1889.
It employs more than 20,000 people in locations worldwide, according to online sources.
Alsco’s core function includes providing linen- and uniform-rental services to customers that include restaurants, health-care organizations, automotive industries and other industrial facilities.
It continues to be managed, owned and operated by members of the original founder and owner’s (George A. Steiner) family, Kevin and Robert Steiner.
Alsco is considered a trailblazer in the laundering and delivery of ready-to-wear uniforms.
April 21, 2022
An annual tradition is back.
Thursday, the Mount Airy News held its Readers Choice Award luncheon at Cross Creek Country Club, recognizing local businesses and professionals who were chosen as among the best in their field by Mount Airy News readers.
We’ll have a complete rundown of the winners, along with a special section honoring them, along with plenty more photos, in Sunday’s edition of the paper. Until then, here’s a glimpse at some of the festivities.
April 21, 2022
Eleven students recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program at the Yadkin Center.
The graduates include Daniel McNeil of Mount Airy; Isaiah Johnson and Matthew Strickland of Pilot Mountain; Marco Secundino of Elkin; Taylor Galyean of Lowgap; Luis Anorve of Jonesville; Mike Clendenen of Traphill; Bradley Collins of Pinnacle; Michael Wright of Winston-Salem; Cody Brown of North Wilkesboro; and James Jordon of Iredell County.
Surry Community College will be offering two sections of Truck Driver Training Classes starting this spring and summer. The first will run from Thursday, May 26, through Thursday, Aug. 4. The second section will run from Monday, Aug. 1, through Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Median pay for truck drivers is $47,100 per year, according to the United States Department of Labor. Drivers with experience can make more than $50,000, officials with the community college said.
“With a shortage of up to 12,000 truck drivers in North Carolina and as many as 200,000 nationally, CDL-certified drivers will easily be able to find jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor says the profession is expected to keep growing – by 6% during 2020-2030,” according to information released by the school.
“There are currently job openings for truck drivers locally and nationally. We developed this program as a direct response to the requests from local truck driving representatives who need skilled applicants to fill job vacancies,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley.
The SCC Truck Driver Training Program teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles. The coursework includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, freight handling, security and fire protection.
Highway driving training exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the students’ knowledge and skills. Graduates are qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License Test and are employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owner-operators and work as private contract haulers.
Admission requirements include official driving record; physical examination; reading placement test score of 40 or higher; disclosure form; high school transcript; and drug testing.
For more information about SCC’s Truck Driver Training Program, contact Dr. Douglas Underwood at 336-386-3584 or [email protected] The tuition is $1,876, although tuition scholarships are available. To determine eligibility, visit www.surry.edu/funding.
April 14, 2022
The Small Business Center at Surry Community College will be offering multiple online webinars in April and May free of charge.
The webinar Instagram for Business will be held April 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This seminar will explore Instagram marketing strategies to gain the right kind of followers and convert them into paying customers.
The webinar Basics of Bookkeeping will be held April 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This seminar will teach you how to properly record financial transactions and the three most important financial reports. This webinar is intended for new business owners or those who need a refresher on the basics of accounting.
The webinar Online QuickBooks will be held April 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This seminar will teach the industry best practices on how to record daily transactions, manage and pay bills, reconcile your bank and credit card statements and generate financial statements every month.
The webinar Desktop QuickBooks will be held May 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This seminar will cover the basics of navigating QBD, and how to get the most out of this software installed directly on your computer.
The webinar Website Building 101 & 102 for Small Businesses will be held May 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This seminar can help you quickly and efficiently design a website for your business with little technical knowledge.
The webinar (Re)Launch Your Airbnb in One Weekend: A Masterclass on Airbnb Hosting will be held May 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This seminar is intended for anyone exploring Airbnb as an income stream, wanting to launch or upgrade their Airbnb and for those wanting to provide a five-star experience for guests.
The webinar How to Find Your Customers Using Social Media will be held May 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This webinar will teach you where and how to find your customers, along with information on SEO keywords and free market research tools.
The webinar Canva: Design Basics will be held May 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This seminar will teach you how to create professional graphics, short videos and print materials on the free design tool Canva. This hybrid session will consist of instruction and hands-on experience.
The webinar Canva: Advanced Design Skills will be held June 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This seminar will give a deeper dive into the advanced capabilities of Canva. You must have a Canva account and working knowledge of Canva. A Canva Pro (paid subscription) account is highly recommended.
To register or to view a complete listing of the upcoming Small Business Center offerings, visit www.surry.edu/sbc. After registering for a webinar, a link to join the event will be emailed to you.
April 13, 2022
Surry Community College is offering new certificates in office administration and medical office administration that can be earned in two semesters or less. The program certificates also work as pathways toward completing a diploma or degree. All the classes are offered online.
The Medical Office Administration program has added a Patient Services Representative Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters. The program also offers a two-semester Medical Billing and Insurance Certificate and a one-semester Medical Office Administration Certificate.
The Office Administration program has added a Customer Service Representative Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters. The program also offers a two-semester Office Finance Certificate and a one-semester Office Administration Certificate.
When a student completes a certificate, those credit hours can then go toward the completion of a diploma in Office Administration or Medical Office Administration. Upon earning a diploma, these credit hours will count toward an associate degree.
Lead Instructor of Medical and Office Administration Mitzi Poore, says, “Students in Medical and Office Administration will have the choice in the fall of completing one of three certificates. Students can choose to continue to receive the other certificates, their diploma, or their degree. If someone is working in the field and needs a credential, these certificates offer an excellent opportunity to get your credential while you work because all classes are offered online.”
Anyone with questions about the program should contact Poore at 336-386-3293 or [email protected] For help with college application, class registration or financial aid, contact Student Services at 336-386-3264 or [email protected]
April 12, 2022
Little more than a year ago, Mount Airy’s Leonard Buildings and Truck Accessories was purchased by New York-based Kinderhook Industries, with the purchasing firm in that transaction expressing a desire to grow Leonard’s footprint.
Tuesday, Kinderhook and Leonard announced the local company would be more than doubling that footprint with the purchase of Cook Portable Warehouses.
“Our rapid expansion and growth strategy just went into overdrive,” said Leonard CEO Mike Pack, in a presentation to Leonard employees. “Today, I am thrilled to announce the acquisition of Cook Portable Warehouses.”
Cook was founded in 1984 by Greg Cook and has since grown to operate 65 company owned locations, along with supporting a network of independent shed dealers and five manufacturing facilities. All totaled, the firm operates in 14 states, with 261 employees.
Leonard, with 556 employees, already worked with 72 locations spread across five states. This is the fourth, though largest, acquisition Leonard has made since being bought in March 2021 by Kinderhook. The combined larger company will give Leonard operations stretching as far west as Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio, and as far south as the Gulf Coast and the Tampa, Florida region. The firm already had operations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.
“We are more than excited to welcome the entire Cook team to Leonard,” Pack said. “The Cook manufacturing expertise and long-tenured team, coupled with the additional Cook retail locations, will be a catalyst for our unit growth and expansion strategy.”
“The addition of Cook’s retail locations and manufacturing capacity, perfectly position Leonard to continue their aggressive growth strategy. With Cook, Leonard has more than doubled the number of retail locations in our first year of ownership,” said Tom Tuttle, managing director of Kinderhook.
“The combination of Cook and Leonard is an exceptional match given both companies commitment to quality and exceptional customer service.” said Greg Cook, founder and president of Cook. “We look forward to leveraging the best practices of both organizations to better serve our customers.”
“Cook is not only an impressive performer, but they also align perfectly in support of our expansion plans as we move from regional retailer to a national retailer,” Pack said in his message to employees, alluding to the possibility of continued growth and acquisitions. “In the short-term you will feel very little impact from Cook, but we will share more information in the future as the two companies begin working together to achieve our goals and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor was it clear if all employees will be retained, or if new jobs will be created.
Leonard was founded by brothers Tyson and Mike Leonard in 1964, first as Leonard Aluminum Utility Buildings in Swainsboro, Georgia, before expanding to Winston-Salem, eventually moving the company headquarters to Mount Airy.
In 2015, Tyson Leonard sold the firm to Copeley Capital from Charlotte along with a small group of senior managers at Leonard.
In March of 2021, the company announced it had been acquired by Kinderhook, an investment firm which owns and operates more than 200 industries and businesses.
April 07, 2022
DOBSON — Surry-Yadkin IMPACT, a local educational attainment collaborative, is hosting community outreach meetings at Surry Community College in April.
The effort is part of the ncIMPACT Initiative (ncIMPACT), a statewide effort launched by the UNC School of Government in 2017 to help local communities use data and evidence to improve conditions and inform decision making.
Community leaders are invited to engage in a conversion around the collaborative vision “to actively engage and unify our community, education, and business partners in order to educate and invest in the development of a well-prepared workforce. Through our commitment to resolving transportation issues and other equity gaps and barriers to achievement, we strive to award 2,210 additional credentials to Surry and Yadkin citizens by 2030,” the college said of the project.
“These community meetings will focus on how to reach this goal, one step at a time. We hope business leaders, faith-based leaders, members of civic clubs and anyone with a community-minded spirit will attend,” said Dr. Candace Holder, chief academic officer, Surry Community College. “We will discuss closing the educational attainment gap as outlined by the myFutureNC initiative and ways we can connect with citizens to move one step closer toward accomplishing Surry-Yadkin’s IMPACT’s goal of removing barriers so all citizens can achieve career and economic stability.”
The meetings will be held on April 14 and April 21 with a makeup day planned on April 27 at Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology at Surry Community College, at 630 S. Main St. in Dobson.
The agenda for all three meetings will consist of a 15-minute presentation of the purpose and overview of Surry-Yadkin IMPACT along with time to discuss the problems and opportunities in the local community following by action planning and commitments. Participants will learn about workforce credential options, funding opportunities, current local job needs, and general educational and workforce attainment goal. The meetings will conclude with lunch and a recap of the day’s discussion.
Participants can register for the April 14 meeting at bit.ly/SurryYadkinImpact and for the April 21 meeting at bit.ly/SurryYadkinImpact2. Anyone with questions should contact Dr. Candace Holder at 336-386-3382 or [email protected]
Surry-Yadkin IMPACT is a result the UNC School of Government’s ncIMPACT Initiative, which announced in June 2022 the selection of 15 community collaboratives to an inaugural cohort working to better align their education systems with the needs of their regional economy, in partnership with myFutureNC.
This two-year project will position the cohort to significantly increase the number of individuals with postsecondary degrees, credentials, or certificates of value in the workforce. It aligns with the state’s legislative goal of 2 million individuals between the ages of 25-44 who possess a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree by 2030. Funding was provided by the John M. Belk Endowment, Dogwood Health Trust and UNC Rural.
Surry Community College was among the 15 chosen collaboratives. SCC officials will work closely with Surry County, Yadkin County, Surry-Yadkin Works, Piedmont-Triad Regional Council, NC Works Career Center of Surry and Yadkin counties, and Surry and Yadkin Economic Development Partnerships in this initiative.
“These collaboratives offer an organized way to respond to future of work challenges that no single institution or even an entire sector can effectively tackle,” said Anita Brown-Graham, UNC-Chapel Hill professor and director of the ncIMPACT Initiative. “We are eager to begin this important work together.”
Surry-Yadkin IMPACT was selected from 46 applications spanning 82 counties in North Carolina. The selection committee sought to deliver a cohort with regional, economic, and demographic diversity; demonstrated community commitment; prior experience with educational attainment efforts; and identified barriers to educational attainment in the community. The ncIMPACT Initiative will manage this first cohort of collaboratives. myFutureNC will leverage the model developed through this cohort to identify and support additional collaboratives moving forward. Communities interested in updates and resources offered during this two-year project may visit: bit.ly/LEAC-project.
“Building a strong talent pipeline will require a new level of cross-sector coordination,” said Cecilia Holden, president of myFutureNC. “Among others, key strategic partners in these collaboratives must include PreK-12, universities, community colleges, workforce development boards, economic developers, chambers of commerce, county commissioners, policymakers, and civic leaders. And most critical to the overall success is ensuring decisions are being made based on data and research, and the voice of communities, businesses, industries, and employers is in the center of these important conversations.”
April 05, 2022
A woman with more than 30 years of experience in the Mount Airy sock industry is taking on a new role among the top leadership at Nester Hosiery.
Donna Anderson has been promoted to vice president of finance of the operation headquartered on Carter Street, a leading U.S. maker of performance merino wool socks and the parent company of the Farm to Feet sock brand.
Anderson had joined Nester Hosiery as controller in 2016, a position she held until the promotion publicly announced Monday.
“Donna has skillfully guided us through the challenges posed by the pandemic and helped us manage our continued growth,” Nester Hosiery CEO Kelly Nester said in a statement.
“As VP of finance she’ll be joining our senior leadership team, where she will have an even greater impact on the success of the company,” Nester added.
Before coming on board at Nester Hosiery, Anderson spent more than 25 years at Renfro Corp., another Mount Airy-based sock producer, where the last position she held was senior accounting manager.
Nester Hosiery is considered a key manufacturer in the outdoor industry, operating state-of-the-art knitting, finishing and packaging equipment to produce premium performance socks for leading outdoor brands and retailers along with its own Farm to Feet brand.
The local company is billed as designing and manufacturing the most innovative socks in the world with customers valuing its manufacturing capabilities and commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
Anderson’s promotion emerged in the wake of other changes announced earlier this year by Nester Hosiery.
First was the appointment of Chris Bevin as senior vice president of brands and licenses, with Chris Nitzsche later promoted to general manager of licenses and Matt Brucker general manager of brands, including Farm to Feet.
Anna Draughn was promoted to the position of director of merchandising.
The recent changes are aimed at strengthening operations of the company that is especially well known for the Farm to Feet line.
It was launched in 2013, featuring an all-American recipe of U.S. materials and capabilities reflecting an exclusively domestic supply chain, manufacturing operation and workers.
April 03, 2022
The Board of Directors of Surrey Bancorp (OTC Pink Sheets: SRYB), the parent company of Surrey Bank & Trust, has promoted Pedro (Peter) A. Pequeno II to president of both the parent company and the bank. The board also promoted William (Bill) A. Johnson to senior vice president and chief lending officer of the bank as part of its management succession plan.
Edward (Ted) C. Ashby III, the long-time president of both entities, will remain CEO of both the bank and of the parent company and will continue to serve as a director of both entities.
Pequeno has been with the bank since it opened in 1996. As senior vice president and chief lending officer, Pequeno managed the bank’s loan and credit divisions. Pequeno’s new responsibilities include oversight of loan operations, deposit operations, branch operations, digital banking, compliance, and lending.
Johnson served as a member of the board of directors from 1996 to 2012, when he resigned from the board to lead the bank’s expansion into Elkin and Wilkes County. Most recently, Johnson served as the bank’s western regional executive. Johnson will oversee all lending activity.
Pequeno and Johnson have held leadership roles in the organization for more than 25 years. “These promotions will allow them to use their experience and talents to profitability grow our company,” Ashby said.
Surrey Bank & Trust is a full-service retail and commercial bank serving Northwest North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. The bank, headquartered in Mount Airy, has seven offices in Surry and Wilkes counties and in Patrick County, Virginia.
April 02, 2022
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce will host a student job fair and career fair on Thursday April 28 at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Student Job Fair will assist high school and college students who are seeking part time, full time, summer jobs, apprenticeships and internships. This event will also allow students to explore other career options. Students who will be graduating this spring are welcome to attend. Student admission to the event is free and all students are welcome.
The chamber has opened the event for vendor space to any company/organization which may have current or future job openings for students, internships or apprenticeships. Event sponsorship is also available for the event. Interested vendors or sponsors should contact Randy Collins at the chamber for vendor and sponsorship fees. Email him at [email protected] Information on the event is also available on the chamber’s website: www.mtairyncchamber.org.
Collins, the chamber’s president and CEO, said that job fairs are not new to the chamber.
“We have held a traditional job fair for the past several years,” he said. “For 2022, this event will be the second annual job fair just for students. We look forward to welcoming employers and students to our event on April 28.”
Interested students should contact their school’s career center for more information, registration and transportation arrangements. Attendees should bring a resume. The NCWorks Mobile Career Center will be on site to assist students with resumes, interviewing and tips on a successful job search.
March 29, 2022
Edward Jones hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Thursday during the Grand Opening celebration. Michael Warren will be the financial advisor for the new business that is located at 101 Shoals Road Ste. D in Pilot Mountain.
“Simply opening the doors to a new business isn’t enough. Hosting a grand opening and having a ribbon cutting symbolizes the start of a new venture. It is a time to celebrate the hard work put into getting a space ready to open and to celebrate the new possibilities that await.” said Commissioner Donna Kiger.
“Ribbon cuttings are a great opportunity for folks who work in local businesses to network and for the community to show entrepreneurs we are here to support them. They are taking a leap of faith in opening a business in our town, and we want to do our part to give them every change to be successful,” said Mayor Evan Cockerham.
Warren is a lifelong resident of Mount Airy and a Mount Airy High School graduate of 1994. He and his wife Crystal have two daughters and a son. Michael is also involved with the Pilot Mountain community and is serving as the vice president for the Pilot Mountain Civic Club.
In discussing his career as a financial advisor, Warren said “(he) loved working along people helping them to reach their financial goals and dreams.” Prior to working with Edward Jones, he worked for Team Penske in NASCAR for 18 years and Farm Bureau for two years.
The question on the minds of many local residents is “Why does Pilot need two Edward Jones offices?” “Because there has been a growing demand in this area for what we do and one office isn’t enough to keep up and serve our clients properly,” said Warren.
Edward Jones offers a variety of financial and life planning services such as retirement options, wealth strategies, investment products, college savings plans, insurance and annuities and solutions for business owners. For more information contact Warren at 336-368-0782.
March 27, 2022
DOBSON — After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation will host its 10th annual charitable golf tournament Thursday, June 16, at Cedarbrook Country Club. The tournament is put on by the electric cooperative’s Community Projects Committee, made up of employees of Surry-Yadkin EMC.
This year’s tournament will tee off at 9 a.m. and will benefit four nonprofits in the Surry-Yadkin EMC service area. Those charities include Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley, a medical clinic in Elkin; Yadkin Valley United Fund, which supports 23 nonprofit agencies and three scholarships; Mount Airy Ministry of Hospitality, which oversees The Shepherd’s House and Helping Hands Foundation; and Second Harvest Food Bank, which benefits food pantries in the region.
A number of sponsorship opportunities for the golf tournament are available to area businesses and individuals, as well as playing opportunities.
“As a locally-owned, member-owned cooperative, it is important to us that we support the communities we serve and live in,” said Travis Bode, economic development coordinator for Surry-Yadkin Electric and this year’s Community Projects Committee chair. “All of this year’s beneficiaries are important parts of helping members of our community, and we look forward to partnering with our sponsors to boost the nonprofits’ efforts.”
Anyone interested in supporting the Surry-Yadkin EMC Golf Tournament can find information on the tournament at syemc.com. For questions, reach out to Wendy Wood at [email protected] or Kasey Martin at [email protected] or by phone at 336-356-8241.
March 27, 2022
Northern Regional Hospital has named Kristi Johnson Marion as vice president of marketing. She will assume the new post on April 19.
Johnson brings more than 20 years of professional marketing and leadership experience to Northern. Over this period, she has worked for the March of Dimes, Forsyth Woman & Family Magazines, RiverRun International Film Festival, and, most recently, the North Carolina Zoo and NC Zoo Society as a communications consultant.
“Kristi is known for her team building skills, passion for mentoring and coaching, friendly demeanor, and history of giving back to her community and profession. Every professional reference complimented Kristi on her ability to balance immense technical skills with a great attitude and kind, but competitive, spirit,” said Chris A. Lumsden, president and CEO. “Kristi will fit well with the culture and operating philosophy of NRH, and I look forward to her joining Rylee Haynes, our marketing team, and the NRH family.”
Johnson was born and raised in Mount Airy and graduated from North Surry High School. She graduated with honors from Surry Community College and then from Appalachian State University with a degree in English literature, also with honors. She has two children in high school. She has many family members that reside in Mount Airy and Surry County. In her free time, Johnson enjoys spending time with her kids, being walked by her great dane, hiking, and catching an art exhibit.
March 24, 2022
Surry Community College is offering the 2022 NC Real Estate Broker Renewal Course on Friday, April 8, at the Pilot Center, 612 East Main St., Pilot Mountain.
The course will include the four-hour general update portion from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The four-hour elective portion, “The Contract Maze,” will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuition for this course is $71. There will be an additional $12 fee for books and materials. Students will need to bring their pocket card to class. For information about this class or to register, call the Pilot Center at 336-386-3618.
March 16, 2022
Next week, the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce will be gathering for a chance to celebrate local businesses — and honoring ten of those businesses and their employees with special recognition.
It will be the chamber’s annual Excellence in Business Awards dinner and ceremony, which gets underway on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Cross Creek Country Club.
“Other than the annual citizen of the year, these are the only awards we give,” said chamber President and CEO Randy Collins. “It’s really an opportunity to shine the spotlight on some great businesses that deserve the recognition.”
All totaled, there will be ten awards given out — and the chamber is announcing the winners in advance.
“We do that for multiple reasons,” he said. Primarily, though, it is to give award winners plenty of notice.
“We have given awards in the past and kept them a surprise, but sometimes if a company is getting an award, there are family members, employees who want to come. This gives them notice…We’re just hopeful more people will come to the event to celebrate these organizations or individuals.”
This year also marks a change with one new award — the entrepreneur of the year.
“We seem to have a lot of entrepreneurs here. This area attracts a lot of entrepreneurs…Our definition is someone who takes a business from concept to reality and has been in business at least a year.”
The winner of the chamber’s first-ever Entrepreneur of the Year award is Will Pfitzner of LazerEdge. This award is sponsored by Xtreme Marketing.
Traditionally the chamber’s most prestigious recognition is the Business of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Surry County Economic Development Partnership.
“That’s open to any size business, large or small, that really exemplifies a successful organization,” Collins said, adding that this is open to any business in the Greater Mount Airy area, not just chamber members.”We represent some 600 businesses, but there’s close to 3,000 business in the whole county. We don’t want to leave those people out.” And, he added, there were quite a few nominations for this honor.
This year’s Business of the Year Award winner is Northern Regional Hospital.
Additional awards, their sponsors, and the recipients include:
• Administrative Professional of the Year 2021: Melanie Clark, Rogers Realty & Auction Company Inc. This award is sponsored by Ridgecrest Senior Living Community;
• Agribusiness of the Year 2021: Mitchell’s Nursery & Greenhouse Inc., sponsored by Wayne Farms;
• Ambassador of the Year 2021: Joe Zalescik, Station 1978 Firehouse Peanuts, sponsored by The Mount Airy News;
• Business and Education Partner Award 2021: Shenandoah Furniture, sponsored by Surry Yadkin Electric Membership Corp.;
• Business Longevity Award 2021: Rogers Realty & Auction Company Inc., sponsored by Surry Communications;
• Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award 2021: Reeves Community Center Foundation, sponsored by Duke Energy;
• Excellence in Tourism Award 2021: Heart & Soul Bed and Breakfast, sponsored by Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority;
• Public Service Award 2021: Darren Lewis, City of Mount Airy, sponsored by Carport Central/Cibirix.
While last year’s Excellence in Business Awards was done virtually because of regulations against public gatherings as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Collins said he’s hoping to see a good crowd turn out for this year’s event. Before the pandemic, he said the awards ceremony generally drew about 200 or so individuals.
Any businesses interested in becoming a sponsor, or any individuals wishing to purchase tickets, can do so by contacting Collins by phone at 336-786-6116 or email at [email protected] For more information on the chamber and the awards, visit https://www.mtairyncchamber.org/
March 13, 2022
The American College of Health Care Administrators recently honored Virginia “Jenny” Triplett, RN, BSN, director of the Northern Skilled Nursing Center at Northern Regional Hospital with the 2022 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.
Only 3% of facilities nationwide met the initial selection criteria. This year, 57 administrators in 17 states met all eligibility requirements and were awarded the facility leadership award.
“This award recognizes outstanding leaders who have performed at the highest professional level for the entire 2021 calendar year,” said Chris A. Lumsden, Northern Regional Hospital president and CEO. “Jenny is an excellent nurse, leader, and person, and she and her entire team are most deserving of this coveted recognition. We appreciate Jenny and her many contributions in leading our award-winning Skilled Nursing Center.”
Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data, including the health, fire safety, and complaint surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated quality measures. The criteria also include at least a 70% or greater facility occupancy and a three‐year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.
The Facility Leadership Award was introduced in 2008 by one of ACHCA’s most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick. A former executive director of the Ballard Rehabilitation Center, DesPlaines, Ilinois, for more than 30 years, “Eli embodied excellence as an administrator who cared for his residents, their families, and his community,” the organization said. “This award is presented annually in memory of Eli, a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long‐term care.“
March 11, 2022
In 2016, Morris Moore, of Siloam, decided to step away from a long-time career in the world of corporate finance. But it was no retirement — he was just making a career change to becoming a cattleman.
Now he and his wife, Denise, handle a herd of about 30 head of cattle, with plans to grow his operation as he expands beyond the 60 acres of pasture he has now.
Moore was recently recognized by the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association with the 2022 NC Environmental Stewardship Award for pursuing what he calls regenerative agricultural practices.
“Basically, it’s focusing on healthy soil, which includes good soil biology,” he said. “If you have healthy soil it’s going to produce healthy forages for your cattle or livestock, which in turn will give them better quality of meat.”
The practice also tends to be better for the environment.
“With my cows, I planted pastures that have high diversity in plant species,” he said of how he farms. He said he has nine different plant species in his pastures, which offers his cattle sustenance that includes a wide variety of minerals. The mix of different grasses also means the soil stays healthier. While some of the grass he plants is more traditional for pasture cover, with shallower roots and quicker growth, other grasses have much deeper roots that help hold the soil in place during times of drought — as well as pull nutrients from deeper in the ground.
Moore said he also does not use any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, nor herbicides. Instead, he tends to allow the forage grass to grow longer.
“When you keep your forage taller in the pasture, it provides shade for the soil,” he said, and tends to offset the need for chemicals.
It also helps avoid root loss that traditionally happens when cattle are feeding on short grass, foraging around on the ground to get the last bit of grass.
One other practice he employs is rotational grazing. Using a light fence and temporary fence posts, Moore moves some of his fencing routinely, sequestering his cattle in a different section of his pastureland.
“A daily rotation is typically what I do when the forage is growing, in the spring, summer and fall,” he said. Some of his land is grazed only a day or two every 30 to 45 days.
“All of that serves to benefit the strength of the forage that’s growing in the pasture,” he said.
While Moore spent his career in finance, he fondly recalls his growing up years, spending summers on his grandfather’s cattle farm. It was there he believes the desire to be a farmer was first planted. When he had the chance, Moore took it — but he also knew he didn’t want his farm to be exactly like the one from his childhood.
”I’d been looking for something that wasn’t just conventional commodity agriculture,” he said. “Something to differentiate what I’m doing.”
Shortly after his 2016 retirement from the corporate finance world, he attended a conference on regenerative agricultural practices and decided that was for him.
He and his wife began the operation in 2018, and he has plans to continue growing.
“I have about 60 acres in pasture, plan to add 30 more over the next (few) years,” he said. He also would like to grow his herd size to around 40 to 45 head.
“One of my objectives is to get enough pasture developed I can have some… (that) I can plant to supplement the grazing during the winter, or have pasture I can let grow in later summer and fall, so cows can go and graze that in the winter. Looking to reduce the amount of hay I need to get the cows through the winter.”
He and his wife have also recently started a retail meat operation, selling grassfed meat directly to the public. For more information, visit the farm’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100074793154506
March 05, 2022
Surrey Bancorp (Pink Sheets: SRYB), the holding company for Surrey Bank & Trust, recently reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2021 and the full year.
For the quarter ending Dec. 31, net income totaled $1,179,807 or 28 cents per share, which was down from $1,498,414, or 36 cents per share earned during the fourth quarter of 2020.
The decrease in earnings results from a decrease in net interest income.
Net interest income decreased by 11% from $3,638,909 in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $3,237,515 for the same period in 2021 as net interest income yields declined. The decrease is due to the reduction of loan origination fees from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). PPP origination fees totaling $184,751 were recognized in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $773,100 recognized in the fourth quarter of 2020. The large decrease in fee recognition was due to the winding down of PPP loans in the fourth quarter of 2021. PPP loans totaling $24,775,780 were paid off in the fourth quarter of 2020 while only $3,331,485 in PPP loans were paid off in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The provision for loan losses decreased from $125,666 in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $61,428 in 2021. Noninterest income decreased from $804,890 in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $488,331in 2021. This decrease was primarily attributable to the reduction in insurance commission due to the sale of SB&T Insurance in the first quarter of 2021. Insurance commissions in the fourth quarter of 2020 amounted to $238,179. Noninterest expenses decreased from $2,441,728 in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $2,142,849 in the fourth quarter of 2021. This decrease is attributable to salaries and employee benefits associated with SB&T Insurance.
Net income for the year rose, however. As of Dec. 31, net income for the year was $5,103,575 or $1.22 per share outstanding, compared to a $4,578,161 or $1.10 per share outstanding for the previous year. Earnings for the year are approximately 11.5% higher than for the same period in 2020. The increase in earnings results from a decrease in the provision for loan losses and a decrease in noninterest expenses.
The provision for loan losses decreased from a provision of $689,853 in 2020 to a provision of $387,359 in 2021. This decrease is due to the estimated economic impact of the pandemic lessening in 2021 as the federal government added stimulus to the economy. Noninterest expenses decreased 4.7%, from $9,196,654 in 2020, to $8,763,536 in 2021. Most of the decrease results from a reduction in salaries and benefits associated with SB&T Insurance.
Surrey Bancorp is the bank holding company for Surrey Bank & Trust and is located at 145 North Renfro Street, Mount Airy. The bank operates full-service branch offices at 145 North Renfro Street, and 2050 Rockford Street in Mount Airy and a limited-service branch at 1280 West Pine Street in Mount Airy. Full-service branch offices are also located at 653 South Key Street in Pilot Mountain, 393 CC Camp Road in Elkin and 1096 Main Street in North Wilkesboro, and 940 Woodland Drive in Stuart, Virginia.
Surrey Bank & Trust can be found online at www.surreybank.com.
March 04, 2022
Marissa Montgomery, FNP-C, has joined the clinical team of Northern Family Medicine – the Family Medicine Division of Northern Regional Hospital.
As a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Montgomery will meet, diagnose and treat patients for a wide variety of common and chronic conditions and ailments – including minor injuries, diabetes, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). She will also perform annual wellness visits and offer COVID testing and treatment options.
Montgomery believes strongly in providing high-quality care by creating a respectful and trusting relationship with her patients. “I give my undivided attention to patients and listen fully to what they have to say,” she said. “In that way, I am able to develop a treatment plan that takes into consideration their individual preferences, needs and values.”
“I’ve been taught and always practiced patient-centered care,” she continued. “My approach is to provide holistic care for the whole person – attending to their mental, spiritual and social needs – because all of those aspects affect one’s physical health.”
“We are pleased to welcome Marissa Montgomery to our team of clinicians who work collaboratively and comprehensively to ensure the best possible care for patients,” said Jose L. Mendoza, MD, board-certified family medicine physician at Northern Family Medicine. “Marissa’s strong nursing knowledge and skills, along with her positive energy and compassion, will further enrich our efforts to provide safe, quality care to those we serve.”
Montgomery is not new to Northern, or Mount Airy. She was born in Northern Hospital 28 years ago, and then raised and educated in the Mount Airy region. Not surprisingly, the energetic Montgomery is a lifelong ambassador for both the hospital and her hometown. “Northern is committed to providing high-quality care to patients in a healing, family-like environment; and Mount Airy is a friendly, tight-knit community where everybody is willing to help each other,” she said.
Becoming a nurse – and, in particular, a Family Nurse Practitioner – has been the singular professional goal pursued by Montgomery since her high-school days. By participating in an accelerated academic program in high school, she graduated with college credits that were applied directly to the nursing program of Surry Community College. After earning her associate’s degree in nursing from Surry in 2015, she launched her career as a healthcare clinician by taking her first nursing job in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Northern Regional Hospital.
Over the next four years, Montgomery continued to attend to the needs of patients in several clinical units at Forsyth Medical Center. She also effectively managed her time to complete advanced nursing studies with Chamberlain University. in Downers Grove, Illinois, earning both a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in 2019, and her Master of Science in Nursing in Family Medicine degree in April of 2021.
Her focused energy is fueled on a daily basis, she said, by the interactions and relationships she developed with her patients and their families. “I believe it’s every patient I’ve come in contact with who has led me to this point,” she said. “They all have a unique story and disease process – and they allowed me to learn from them so that I can apply my new knowledge to help others. They’re also so grateful that it fills my heart.”
Montgomery also acknowledges and appreciates the support she received from several mentors she met on her journey to achieve her professional goal. “There were three professors in the nursing program at Surry College – Kiena Williams, Ann Scott, and Lorrie Heath – who, from day one, really believed in me and continued to push me to be the best that I could be,” she recalled. “Another mentor was Kelly Manuel, a Family Nurse Practitioner at Northern Family Medicine, who graciously taught me many things while serving as preceptor during my master’s program.”
Marissa and her husband, Campbell, enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. Montgomery also does volunteer work – including spending time and helping residents at a women’s homeless shelter in Winston-Salem.
To schedule an appointment with Marissa Montgomery, Family Nurse Practitioner, call 336-786-4133 or visit the Northern Family Medicine Office at 280 N. Pointe Boulevard, in Mount Airy.
February 27, 2022
The Town of Dobson and Surry County have combined forces to create a tourism coordinator position, which will oversee the operations of both the Dobson Tourism Development Authority and the Surry County Tourism Authority.
Filling that position will be Travis Frye, who was appointed to his new post last week. The organizations will continue working with the Surry County Tourism Partnership in efforts to grow tourism in the county.
Frye, who will assume his new position March 15, has been employed with the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce as programs and events director, as well as Autumn Leaves Festival director, since 2017. Previously, he worked at the Surry Arts Council as a museum and event specialist. He is a graduate of Mount Airy High School and Appalachian State University.
“Travis brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the tourism industry in Surry County,” said Dobson Town Manager Laura Neely. “I congratulate him on this appointment, and we are excited to see what the future holds for the Dobson TDA and Surry County TDA.”
“I would like to congratulate Travis on his appointment as tourism coordinator and we look forward to working with him,” said County Manager Chris Knopf said. “His work experience will benefit him greatly as he transitions to this new role serving both communities.”
“I am excited and privileged to represent the Town of Dobson and the County of Surry in my new role as tourism coordinator. I look forward to building strong relationships with our community leaders, supporting local organizations and businesses, and promoting all the great offerings in our county,” Frye said of his appointment.
Frye was appointed following a selection process that included representatives from both TDAs, as well as local partner agencies. His office will be in Dobson Town Hall, 307 N. Main Street, Dobson.
Chamber officials have begun a search to fill his soon-to-be-vacant post there.
February 25, 2022
George Leighton Lee, III, MD, FACS, has joined the physician team of Northern Urology, the urology practice owned and operated by Northern Regional Hospital.
A board-certified urologist, Dr. Lee will diagnose and treat patients who present with a wide variety of urological disorders, including prostate problems, incontinence, cancers, erectile dysfunction and other complications of the bladder, kidneys, and urethra. Most recently, Dr. Lee served as staff urologist for the Carilion Clinic Urology at New River Valley Hospital in Virginia.
“I welcome the opportunity to partner with my patients at Northern Urology as we explore ways to manage any clinical problems that may be having a negative impact on their overall health and quality of life,” said Dr. Lee. “Today, there is an ever-expanding arsenal of medications and procedures that can be used to effectively treat most major urological conditions; and I look forward to working with my professional colleagues to offer high-quality care to patients.”
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Lee to our family of dedicated healthcare professionals – including physicians, nurses, and allied health specialists,” said Jason W. Edsall, MD, FACEP, chief medical officer of Northern Regional Hospital. “His extraordinary medical knowledge and extensive work experience – both within and outside of the military — will complement the existing excellence of the physician-led care of Northern Urology.”
Dr. Lee’s interest and passion for the field of medicine began early on. “I used to operate on stuffed animals when I was a kid,” he said with a laugh.
That childhood fascination stayed with him as he grew into a young man and eventually enrolled in college and joined the U.S. Army Reserves. “I was originally going to be a pharmacist,” he recalled, “but while training as a medic in the Army, I changed course and knew I wanted to be a physician.” He pursued his post-graduate medical education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where he earned his medical degree in May of 2007.
The newly-minted physician and officer in the U.S. Army then completed a general surgery internship; followed by a five-year residency program in urology at the Water Reed National Military Medical Center/National Capital Consortium, in Bethesda. Along the way, Dr. Lee met and was mentored by several physicians – including Dr. Inger Rosner, who trained him in the use of robotic-assisted surgical procedures to treat urologic cancers and other disorders. During his many years of active-duty service, Dr. Lee practiced and taught medical students at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, based at Fort Campbell, in Kentucky. He now serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Dr. Lee, 42, tailors his approach to new patients to accommodate their individual preferences. “I encourage a joint decision-making process by helping to educate and guide patients about available treatment options,” he said. “I’m not just here to tell them what to do.”
The breadth and depth of Dr. Lee’s clinical expertise permits him to identify and treat an array of ailments that affect both male and female patients – from kidney stones to bladder cancer to benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate gland. To treat BPH, Dr. Lee is certified to offer and provide two different minimally-invasive procedures – Urolift and Rezum. “Rezum is a new treatment option that works by injecting water-vapor/ steam into the prostate to decrease obstruction while preserving erectile and ejaculatory function,” he explains.
Dr. Lee is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. He is a member of several professional organizations and societies, including the American Urological Association and the Society of Robotic Surgery.
Dr. Lee is eager to begin seeing patients at Northern Urology, where he will be practicing alongside physician colleague David Werle, MD. “It’s a sign of great leadership that Northern Regional Hospital has not only survived, but thrived, during the past couple years of the COVID pandemic,” he said. “As the hospital adds new facilities and expands services, its top priority remains the provision of quality care to patients.”
Dr. Lee is also excited about relocating to the Mount Airy region with his wife, Season, an animal communication specialist, and their two young children — 6-year-old son Shepherd and 2-year-old toddler Eden. “Mount Airy is very much our style,” he said, noting that both he and his wife were raised in small rural communities – he in Florida, she in Maryland. The Lee family also includes four horses and two donkeys – all rescues who will be joining them over the next several months. “We also enjoy other outdoor activities like trail-riding, hiking, and walking for exercise.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Lee, call 336-786-5144 or visit the Northern Urology Office at 423 S. South Street, Mount Airy. For more information about Northern Urology or Northern Regional Hospital, visit www.choosenorthern.org.




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'It Came From Outer Space' musical review: short on camp, storyline in stage musical translation – Chicago Sun-Times

John Putnam (Christopher Kale Jones) and Ellen Fields (Jaye Ladymore) take on aliens in Chicago Shakespeare’s world premiere production of “It Came From Outer Space.”
Liz Lauren
Almost 70 years before last week’s landing of the world premiere musical “It Came From Outer Space” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the groundbreaking 1953 Universal International movie of the same name had audiences screaming and cringing from behind their 3-D glasses as meteorites, space debris and aliens seemingly hurtled directly at them.
You don’t need much familiarity with Universal’s first 3-D movie or its special effects to appreciate the 85-minute musical commissioned by Chicago Shakes from Joe Kinosian (music and lyrics) and Kellen Blair (book and lyrics). Inspired by that cult classic film (which was based on a story by Ray Bradbury, who also wrote an early version of the screenplay), “It Came From Outer Space” the musical is sheer silliness.

When: Through July 24
Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theaeter, 800 E. Grand Avenue, on Navy Pier
Tickets: $50 – $60
Run-time: 85 minutes, no intermission
Info: chicagoshakes.com/outerspace

Both an homage and parody of the movie, the musical follows an alien invasion in the Area 51-ish desert town of Sand Rock. It falls to outsider John Putnam (Christopher Kale Jones) and local schoolteacher Ellen Fields (Jaye Ladymore) to save the townsfolk from their own ignorance and the predators from afar.
Directed by Laura Braza, the production looks and sounds great. There are no 3-D glasses, but the opening scene (among others) offers planetarium-grade astral effects that’ll have you ooh-ing, aah-ing and perhaps even ducking as stars and flying saucers blast off from the stage. That’s thanks to star turns by lighting designer Heather Sparling and video/projection designers Rasean Davonte Johnson and Michael Salvatore Commendatore.
But all the meticulously outsized, whiz-bang lights and projections can’t erase the fact that there are never any real stakes in “It Came From Outer Space.” In amping up the inherent campiness of a movie where you can literally see the wires keeping the UFOs aloft, Kinosian and Kellen have created the musical version of cotton candy: initially delightful, ultimately forgettable.
The townspeople of Sand Rock — Heckie (Sharriese Y. Hamilton, from left), Frank (Jonathan Butler-Duplessis), Maizie (Ann Delaney), Ellen Fields (Jaye Ladymore) and George (Alex Goodrich) — are not quite themselves in “It Came From Outer Space,” based on the 1953 Universal International film.
Liz Lauren
That problem is highlighted in the final scenes, when Kinosian and Kellen turn the comedy down in order to deliver a simplistic, dumbed-down moral about finding common ground with your enemies, even if all you can agree on is the weather. Bradbury’s original has a similar message, but it carries more depth and nuance on the page than it does on the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage.
Director Braza’s vocally, comedically gifted ensemble makes the most of things. Played by a four-person live band conducted by Kevin Reeks and perched above the stage, the innocuously pleasant score soars as John and Ellen fight aliens and fall in love. As in the movie, it doesn’t take long before aliens are inhabiting the bodies of the local earthlings.
To be clear: These are not aliens who explode from someone’s gut like a burst grapefruit or who blow entire cities to bits. Except for that astronomical lighting/projection design, the special effects here are decidedly, unapologetically low-tech. But for Ladymore and Jones, the cast is double- and triple-cast as townspeople and aliens. We know when they’re aliens because they shamble like zombies and talk like they’ve used Google Translate to learn English. When not inhabiting humans, the aliens manifest as tentacled shadow puppets. (The gifted artists of Chicago’s Manuel Cinema consulted on the whimsical puppetry).
Throughout, choreographer Dell Howlett uses the dance vocabulary of the movie’s Golden Age of Hollywood era, subverting the moves every so often. John and Ellen’s “Brand New Start” romantic duo, for example,evokes classic Fred and Ginger, except Fred is no longer leading by the final pose.
Kinosian’s score is rich in musical soliloquizing, not so rich in memorable music. It sounds as good as it does thanks to the cast’s collective pipes and that crackerjack live band.In the trio “I Can’t Figure Out Men,” Ladymore, Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (In drag as Coral, a hausfrau with an impressive bouffant) and Ann Delaney (as the alien Thalgorian-X) soft-shoe away their frustrations about trying to understand the titular gender. Ladymore belts to the spheres with “Your Place,” wherein she questions why she’s suddenly devoting her life to being the supportive girlfriend to some astronomer she just met. And in “Science Only Knows,” Jones goes all-in with both the belt and the emoting as he praises his own intellectual superiority.
The cast’s prowess aside, “It Came From Outer Space” feels more like a series of really good comic sketches than a solid, cohesive whole.
The movie wasn’t necessarily camp back in 1953, but it is now. And Kinosian and Kellen haven’t figured out a way to honor the camp without allowing its ridiculousness to overtake any kind of story its audiences can actually invest in. If they can find that balance, “It Came From Outer Space” could be out of this world.

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ALT Academy's '42nd Street' delivers bright lights of Broadway musical – Amarillo Globe-News

This month, Amarillo Little Theatre’s ALT Academy and AAA Electric will be presenting “42nd Street,” a high action, toe-tapping musical set in the 1930s and based on the 1981 production, which won two Tony awards for Best Choreography and Best Musical.
“The plot to this show seems really thin. It’s as thick as a piece of paper, but that is what is so genius because the more you look at it, the more you see it. It is like a satirical love letter to the business itself,” said ALT Academy Director Mikayla Garren. “You have the stereotypical characters that make up this cast, but the writers gave them depth by writing in each character’s personal love letter, exclaiming why theater is so magical, and you can see that in every single part of the story.” 
The story takes place in the year 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression, where highly successful Broadway producer Julian Marsh finds himself down on his luck and decides to put all he has into making another Broadway hit. Along the way, Marsh casts Broadway hopeful Peggy Sawyer as the leading role. As Sawyer strives to make her big debut, disaster hits the company, leaving the success of the show on her shoulders.
“Peggy is very bright and excited and dreams of being on Broadway, and this is her one chance. Watching it, and even while I perform, you just get so captivated in the show; you fall in love with the characters and the story,” said Claire Attaway, who plays Sawyer in the show.
Like her character, this will be Attaway’s first leading role with the Academy, along with co-star Maddox Nite portraying the Broadway director Marsh.
“Julian is the director of ‘Pretty Lady,’ the show within the show. He is a man’s man calling all the shots. He’s in charge of everything, a very strict and no-nonsense guy. … There is a line in the show, ‘Broadway dreams, we’ve all had them,’ and that’s something my character resonates with because he has sort of fallen out of love with the theater, and over the course of the show, he comes to find the beauty and amazing presence of the theater again,” Nite said.
This ALT production features 25 Academy students, from ages 11 to 18, directed by Mikayla Garren. Academy Instructor and Music Director Brandon Bellar brings the music of Harry Warren to life, and Academy Instructor and Choreographer Beth Alexander fills the stage with exciting tap numbers.
“42nd Street” holds several toe-tapping numbers, including “Lullaby of Broadway” and “We’re In the Money,” and longtime favorites such as “About A Quarter To Nine.”
“‘Lullaby of Broadway’ has its own meaning for us. It is the theater persons song, our theme song. It encapsulates everything that there is to love about theater and being able to perform that piece to give to the people and maybe help them to find a love in the theater as well. … It will be sight to see for sure,” Nite said.
The set is designed by Tana Roberson, with Tiffany Laur as costume designer, dressing the cast in time-appropriate attire.
“This show is very different from the shows that we have done this season in the ALT Academy. We are supplying completely new costumes with sequin leotards, three-piece suits, 1930 hair styles, as well as the set design with panels, red grand drapes, and stairs. There is something big and theatrical in every scene, so the visual magic will be fantastic,” Garren said.
Academy alumna Kaycee Humphrey serves as assistant director; Jeffrey Pickens serves as assistant music director, and Velvet Knight and Austen Jones serve as production assistants.
This classic Broadway musical comes to the Allen Shankles Mainstage July 8 through July 17.
Ticket prices are $18 for ages 12 and older and $15 for ages younger than 12. Tickets are on sale now; reservations can be made by calling the ALT box office at 806-355-9991 or online at www.amarillolittletheatre.org.

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Families turn out for fun at Vienna's Freedom Festival – Parkersburg News

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Lalia Rhodes, 7, battles her cousin Nate Richards, 13, in bumper cars at the Freedom Festival. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)
VIENNA — The Grand Central Mall parking lot and Spencer’s Landing in Vienna were packed full of people and fun all Saturday.
This year, the Friends of Vienna group set to work organizing the Freedom Festival.
The family friendly event was organized as an affordable way to bring the community together during the holiday weekend.
The festival had food trucks, an antique car show, carnival rides, live music and more activities for all ages to enjoy.
From 6-10 p.m. hot air balloon rides were offered for $10 a person.
Atlee Minney, 2, finishes an obstacle course at the Freedom Festival in Vienna Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)
The main act Saturday was Homefree, who performed from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and the evening wrapped up with a large firework production.
“I think this is something special for the city of Vienna and the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp. “I also think it’s wonderful to put this event on for the first-time while the mall celebrates 50 years in the community.”
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From 6-10 p.m. hot air balloon rides were offered for $10 a person at Spencer’s Landing. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)
Events wrapped up Saturday night with a large firework production behind the Grand Central Mall. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)
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Five Must-See Artists at Audiotistic Bay Area 2022 – EDM Identity

Setting the stage for summer, the highly anticipated Audiotistic Bay Area festival is set to return to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in just one week. Notorious for its mixture of genres including house, bass, and hip-hop, this year’s lineup shows big promise to make it the perfect way for those in the region to kick off their summer festivities.
Returning with two stages once again, fans can pick their flavor from two days and two stages, Frequency 1.1 and Frequency 2.2. Artists set to take the stage at Audiotistic Bay Area include Rezz, Chris Lake, Svdden Death, A Hundred Drums, John Summit, Dom Dolla, and more with the festival bringing more rising artists and women into the mix than ever before.
In preparation for the weekend, we put together a list of our top picks not to miss at Audiotistic Bay Area. Head over to their website for more details, get your tickets via Front Gate, and continue below for some of our top picks.
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SIDEPIECE is a duo we didn’t know we needed in our lives until they made a huge statement with their arrival. This project sees the minds of Party Favor and Nitti Gritti merge together to bring a unique flavor to the house music scene. From sensational tracks like “On My Mind” to more recent releases like “1,2 Step,” SIDEPIECE continues to bring the heat with each passing release. And when they get behind the decks they’re able to make you move your body with the most natural ease with highly curated tunes and plenty of energy. Fans can expect a high-octane house set to dance nonstop to at Audiotistic Bay Area this year, so don’t sleep on them.
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A true force of nature as her name implies, Tsu Nami is a rising artist that has quickly taken the dance world scene by storm. Known for her unique blend of future bass, pop, and glitch that’s been found on releases like the Ethereal EP, there’s seemingly nothing getting in the way of greatness. Beyond her releases, she’s also packed a punch during her live performances at festivals like BUKU and Beyond Wonderland SoCal by bringing a one-of-a-kind experience every time. Don’t miss out on catching her at Audiotistic Bay Area this year.
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With her divine feminine energy and no-bullshit attitude, WHIPPED CREAM is a force to be reckoned with in the scene. She constantly brings unforgettable and high-energy sets that show her versatility through the mixing of hip-hop, midtempo, and more, all while wearing outfits fit for a queen. This year has seen her release jaw-dropping singles such as “Hold Up” with Big Freedia, UNIIQU3, and Moore Kismet, as well as “CRY” and “Child” that have further proven her production capabilities. Her set at Audiotistic Bay Area is sure to be one that’s epic, so make sure you’re there!
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A Hundred Drums might be one of the newest artists to begin her climb through the ranks of the scene but is already taking the world by storm. Known for her multi-instrumental and deeper experimental bass music found on releases like Enough Is Enough and her self-titled album, she puts her heart and soul into her music production and live sets. Additionally, she was recently selected as one of the recipients of Excision’s Bass Music Initiative to further prove that she’s catching the ear of the biggest names in the scene today. Audiotistic Bay Area will be getting a taste of what A Hundred Drums has to offer on Saturday, an opportunity not to be taken lightly!
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Closing out our list for Audiotistic Bay Area is another fresh face to many in the scene, Jon Casey. From releases like Harsh Reality to his recent single with IMANU, “Kotaro,” this rising artist in the scene is carving out more space with each passing month and doing so in style. This past month he took the stage at Brownies & Lemonade secret SF underground, and we’re anticipating an intense set filled with breaks, glitch, and non-stop trap that will energize anyone who catches him. Jon Casey is definitely on his way to the top, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see him in the Bay again.
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Cherry Audio Galactic Reverb: explore spaces like never before – RouteNote

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Starting out as an effect processor in Cherry Audio’s Dreamsynth, many have called for Galactic Reverb to become a standalone plugin.
Well, now it is.
Though it keeps its original features & functionality – such as a decay time of up to 35 seconds – the standalone Galtactic Reverb plugin has seen some new feature additions too.
For example, the team at Cherry Audio have “fine-tuned” the reverb plugin and added modulation parameters, a pre-delay, and even included an equalizer.
And the addition of a ducking setting allows you to attenuate your reverb levels while a singer or another instrument takes centre stage. As a result, you’ll be able to mix your projects down easier with no sidechaining in the post-production stage.
But a creative benefit here is the ability to seamlessly blend alternate between dry and noticeable reverb tails with a little bit of automation.
Galactic Reverb includes features over 50 ethereal presets. Furthermore, the reverb is compatible with mono or stereo sources.
Cherry Audio’s Galactic Reverb is now available for an introductory price of $19, after which it will be $29.
The plugin is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and stand-alone formats, and is compatible with Windows and macOS.
If you want to try it before you buy then you can get hold of a free seven-day demo.
Is it time to explore other galaxies of sound?
Plugin developer Yum Audio and Glitch Hop legend Mr Bill have teamed up to create a powerful drum processing plugin, adequately named Slap.
The unit sports eleven different programmable delay types and offers full MIDI control.
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Brazil is considering making USB-C mandatory, but only for phones – comments – GSMArena.com

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Anonymous, 30 Jun 2022Done. First of xiaomi list is a 2022 device. Man all xiaomi phones comes with USB-C
IgorS, 30 Jun 2022Audio interfaces and devices used in music production. Most of the stuff I bought new or secon… moreI think here you mean usb micro b (commonly referred to as micro usb in general), because no way you can fit USB B on a phone. And old devices with Intel 3rd gen to 5th gen aren't modern by any means. And the new stuff you bough might be new in the sense it's not unboxed but it might be designed and manufactured half a decade back. Mostly old rebranded phones today come with micro usb. Any midrange phone ($150 and above) comes with USB C, if the brand is reputable. Still, cheap electronics still come with micro usb, whether it's the speakers or lamps.
It is time to say goodbye to these things. Micro USB. 32 bit processors. DDR3 or lower ram. HD screens. Feature phones. FM radio. Just keep wired earphones and micro SD cards for people who always complain about their removal.
PleaseNo, 30 Jun 2022I read that even electronic device price, whether for smartphone or pc is overpriced there..Yes. Most entry-level smartphones here in Brazil costs more than a decent midrange phone. Pro/Plus/Ultra phones are simply impossible to afford by common people. Xiaomi 12 here costs R$9500 BRL ($1800 dollars / 1734 euros). Current minimum wage here is R$1212,00 BRL ($231 dollars / 221 euros), so you can get the idea of how other electronic devices are expensive here, even outdated ones.
Jurgen Flopp, 30 Jun 2022Wrong, majority of the population cannot afford to buy Flagships devices. So they buy Budgets … moreHow about not selling crap ODM phones and start selling own phones?

Anonymous, 29 Jun 2022HMD is better off not making any phones at all. Biggest e-waste makerWrong, majority of the population cannot afford to buy Flagships devices. So they buy Budgets like Nokia etc
Deagle50uu, 30 Jun 2022(Type C will be MANDATORY, so no portless iPhone in the near future, stop trolling plz)Well mate, what he do is just doing a stand-up comedy and if you are "trolling" (as you wrote), it means he is successfull. And I am entertained well.
Deagle50uu, 30 Jun 2022(Type C will be MANDATORY, so no portless iPhone in the near future, stop trolling plz)Did you even read?

> Interestingly, the plan is to make USB-C mandatory only for phones that support wired charging, leaving a door open for phones that charge only over wireless.
Should be for everything
Deagle50uu, 30 Jun 2022(Type C will be MANDATORY, so no portless iPhone in the near future, stop trolling plz)USB-C will be mandatory in case the device uses a charging port. When they decide not to include one, there will be no USB-C, nor Lightning, or anything else.
Grey Wolf, 30 Jun 2022Apple said: "We are thinking about our customers (lol), so that is why we came with an in… more(Type C will be MANDATORY, so no portless iPhone in the near future, stop trolling plz)
Grey Wolf, 30 Jun 2022Apple said: "We are thinking about our customers (lol), so that is why we came with an in… moreI am entertained, well done!
Anonymous, 30 Jun 2022Phones with micro USB announced in 2021 and 2022 Samsung: A03, A03 Core HMD : C21 Plus, C… moreA sad story with HMD. How they easily managed to destroy Nokia, a once famous and innovative brand.
KKKN, 30 Jun 2022Apple said, don't worry, my devices will come with Type C. But not include in the box Apple said: "We are thinking about our customers (lol), so that is why we came with an innovative solution in the iPhone. Introducing the new port less iPhone 15. Not only we are thinking about the environment (big lol), but we believe the future is wireless and cable free".
"We would like also to introduce the new wireless charger from Apple, starting from 299$ (base variant) with charging speeds up to 20W (much wow, amazing). Only 2h for a full charge (lol again)."

Meanwhile, everybody in the stands is crying of joy and applauding the person on the stage. "Yes, yes, we love you Apple. We don't need to do any thinking at all, because you will do the thinking for us".
Apple said, don't worry, my devices will come with Type C. But not include in the box

you have to suffer, 30 Jun 2022budget phones go bye bye. those usually came with microusb thoughFinally the micro-USB will be done away with. At least in some countries
IgorS, 30 Jun 2022Audio interfaces and devices used in music production. Most of the stuff I bought new or secon… moreI read that even electronic device price, whether for smartphone or pc is overpriced there..
Anonymous, 30 Jun 2022Should be law that any phone above $500 should have type C 3.1 or 3.2 The government doesn't care about the technology in the port, they only care about what cords can go into the port. They only want to be able to say they reduced e-waste. (Even if this hardly does a thing lol)
salarx, 29 Jun 2022which modern device and pc still comes with usb b?Audio interfaces and devices used in music production. Most of the stuff I bought new or second hand (but still up to date) still use USB-B. Deviced with USB-C are only used on "pro" (speaking in a more smartphone language) devices. Brazil still has a big stock of PCs and notebooks with old chipsets (Intel I3 and I5 from 3rd to 5th generation), tablets, printers, etc.. with old the USB port.
Should be law that any phone above $500 should have type C 3.1 or 3.2

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Peter Brook, Celebrated Stage Director of Scale and Humanity, Dies at 97 – The New York Times

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Peter Brook, whose ambitious, adventurous and endlessly creative stage work ranged across seven decades on both sides of the Atlantic and earned him a place among the greatest theater directors of the 20th century, died on Saturday. He was 97.
His death was confirmed by his son, Simon, who did not specify where he died.
“Peter is the quester,” the director Peter Hall once said, “the person out on the frontiers, continually asking what is quality in theater, where do you find truth in theater.”
He added, “He is the greatest innovator of his generation.”
Mr. Brook was called many other things: a maverick, a romantic, a classicist. But he was never easily pigeonholed. British by nationality but based in Paris since 1970, he spent years in commercial theater, winning Tony Awards in 1966 and 1971 for the Broadway transfers of highly original productions of Peter Weiss’s “Marat/Sade” and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He staged crowd-pleasers like the musical “Irma la Douce” and Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge.”
He was equally at home directing Shakespeare, Shaw, Beckett, Cocteau, Sartre and Chekhov. And he coaxed brilliance out of actors like Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, John Gielgud, Paul Scofield, Alec Guinness, Glenda Jackson, and Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
But he was also an experimenter and a risk-taker. He brought a stunning nine-hour adaptation of the Sanskrit epic “The Mahabharata” from France to New York in 1987. In 1995, he followed the same route with “The Man Who,” a stark staging of Oliver Sacks’s neurological case studies. In 2011, when he was 86, he brought an almost equally pared-down production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (he called it “A Magic Flute”) to the Lincoln Center Festival.
Restless and unpredictable, Mr. Brook was also indefatigable, staging almost 100 productions over his long and acclaimed career.
He first won a reputation for freshness and daring in 1946, when, at 21, he staged a precocious revival of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” in Stratford-upon-Avon, where Barry Jackson, the director, was in charge of the summer festival. “The youngest earthquake I’ve known,” Mr. Jackson called him.
Peter Stephen Paul Brook was born in London on March 21, 1925, a son of Jewish immigrants from Latvia. His father, Simon Bryk, had moved from his Baltic village to Moscow, became involved in revolutionary politics and was forced to flee, first to Paris and then to London, where he became a citizen and anglicized his name. Both he and his wife, Ida, were industrial chemists and prospered in London.
Peter, the younger of their two sons, went to private schools, where he was bullied and unhappy. He won a place at Oxford University at 16.
At 7, Peter staged a four-hour version of “Hamlet” for his parents in a toy theater, advertising the play as by “P. Brook and W. Shakespeare” and speaking all the roles himself. But he seldom went to the theater as a boy, thinking it “a dreary and dying precursor of cinema,” as he later put it, and aspiring to be a movie director. He came close to expulsion from Oxford after neglecting his studies for the University Film Society, which he had founded in 1943.
After graduating, he took a job with a company specializing in making commercials. But his employment ended in disgrace after he shot an advertisement for a washing powder in the style of “Citizen Kane.”
His undergraduate staging of Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus,” presented in a tiny London theater, raised 17 British pounds for the Aid to Russia Fund. And in 1945 he directed Cocteau’s “The Infernal Machine” and Rudolf Besier’s “The Barretts of Wimpole Street,” also on the London fringe.
These brought Mr. Brook an invitation to stage a touring production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” for the British Army, and he caught the attention of Mr. Jackson, who founded and ran the highly regarded Birmingham Repertory Theater. There, Mr. Brook successfully directed Shaw’s “Man and Superman” and Shakespeare’s “King John.” He also formed a professional bond with Paul Scofield, who had leading roles in both plays. When Mr. Jackson took over Stratford’s summer festival in 1946, he brought both men with him.
When he was 12, Mr. Brook had fallen in love with the heroine of “War and Peace” and decided to marry someone named Natasha. “And so it came about,” he wrote in his memoir, “Threads of Time” (1998). He married the actress Natasha Parry in 1951. In addition to their son, Simon, a documentary filmmaker, they had a daughter, Irina, a stage director.
Ms. Parry appeared as Lyubov in Mr. Brook’s revival of “The Cherry Orchard,” as Winnie in his staging of Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days,” and in several other of his productions. She died in 2015. Mr. Brook’s survivors include their two children.
Mr. Brook spent most of the first 15 years of his career in the commercial theater. In the 1940s, his work ranged from a fiery “Romeo and Juliet” at Stratford to Sartre’s “No Exit,” with Alec Guinness, in the West End. In 1956, he staged the British premiere of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge.” Also in the 1950s, he directed Scofield as Hamlet; Gielgud in “Measure for Measure,” “The Winter’s Tale” and “The Tempest”; the Lunts in Dürrenmatt’s “The Visit” on Broadway; and Olivier and Leigh in a revival of “Titus Andronicus,” which did much for the reputation of what had been regarded as Shakespeare’s crudest play.
He also directed Andre Roussin’s “The Little Hut,” a long-runner in the West End. He staged musical comedies, too, among them Truman Capote and Harold Arlen’s “House of Flowers” on Broadway.
On the one hand, Mr. Brook was the enfant terrible with a talent for resuscitating classic plays and drawing major performances from major actors. On the other, he relished sheer fun. As the critic Kenneth Tynan put it in 1953, his rich, bold work appealed to the theatrical gourmet: “He cooks with blood, cream and spices.”
However, there was one art form whose rigidities he could not yet shatter. In 1947, Mr. Brook was appointed director of productions at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, personally staging “Boris Godunov,” “La Bohème” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”
But his attempts to improve the quality of acting and décor upset some singers and critics, who thought the music had suffered. A production of Strauss’s “Salome” was the last straw. With designs by Salvador Dalí, the staging featured gorgeously eccentric effects, but the management drew the line at a plan to divert the Thames and bring an ocean liner onstage.
Mr. Brook’s contract was not renewed, and he left Covent Garden feeling that “opera is a nightmare of vast feuds over tiny details; of surrealist anecdotes that all turn round the same assertion: Nothing needs to change.”
Though he staged “Faust” and “Eugene Onegin” at the Met in the 1950s, and found the musicians more cooperative and the critics more receptive, he renounced opera until 1983, when he staged a pared-down version of “Carmen,” bringing it from Paris to New York. Frank Rich called the production “mesmerizing” in his review for The New York Times. “Mr. Brook has forced us to feel the fated denouement as if it were new again,” he wrote
By then Mr. Brook, who took delight in “shaking up terrible, stultifying old conventions,” as he put it, had become a thoroughgoing iconoclast. Some mark that change at his 1960 Paris production of Jean Genet’s “The Balcony,” a work considered boldly subversive at the time. For Genet’s scenes of exotic life in a Paris brothel, Mr. Brook used striking-looking amateurs, found in Paris bars, as well as professional actors and dancers. But a radical revival of “King Lear,” staged for the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in 1962, was more significant.
Not only did Mr. Brook encourage Scofield to play the titanic hero of tradition as a painfully flawed human being; just before the production’s opening, he threw out the set that he himself had designed, ensuring that the plot unfolded on a bare stage under plain lighting. The resulting epic unforgettably exposed the cruel absurdities of humanity.
Mr. Brook had made great use of improvisation and theater games when he was rehearsing “The Balcony,” and in 1964, he took that process further in a series of experimental workshops financed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and called the Theater of Cruelty season, in tribute to the theories of the French dramatist Antonin Artaud.
The idea was to encourage a troupe of actors, among them the young Glenda Jackson, to find new forms of physical and emotional expression and to ask basic questions about their calling. As Mr. Brook recalled in “Threads of Time,” these were: “What is a written word? What is a spoken word? Why play theater at all?”
Mr. Brook never ceased asking such questions. His career from 1964 onward may be seen as a quest for fundamental truths about life and the theater that he insisted could never be definitive. The search led to what he called the “Theater of Disturbance” — as exemplified by “Marat/Sade,” his exploration of madness in revolutionary France, and “US,” his evocation of the Vietnam War — and to such inquiring works as “The Man Who” and the 1996 play “Qui Est La?,” which used readings from Bertolt Brecht, Konstantin Stanislavsky and other theoreticians and combined them with “Hamlet” as they might have staged it.
Some perceived a change of emphasis in his work. Much was dark, troubling, even despairing: “Titus,” “Lear,” “US” and, in 1975, “The Ik,” which involved an African tribe morally ruined by relocation and lack of food. Indeed, the most successful of the few films he eventually made was a 1963 version of William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies,” which Mr. Brook described as “a potted history of mankind.”
Mr. Brook’s still-famous 1970 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” full of airy acrobatics derived from his visit to a Chinese circus, ended with smiling actors shaking spectators’ hands.
In “The Conference of the Birds,” based on a Sufi poem, the birds of the title found a new spiritual understanding when their long, troubled journey ended at the threshold of paradise. And his 1985 reworking of “The Mahabharata” brought dynastic wars and suffering onstage, only to end with another vision of paradise, this time as a place of music, food, conversation and harmony. Theater, Mr. Brook wrote in his memoir, should affirm “that light is present in darkness” and be “a powerful antidote to despair.”
Exasperated by an England he felt was suspicious of experimentation and attracted by generous French subsidies, Mr. Brook moved to Paris in 1970, assembling a multinational, multiethnic company and founding the International Center for Theater Research. And, because he hated the slickness of modern playhouses, Mr. Brook restored the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, a derelict 19th-century theater, to a state of manageable shabbiness, and made it his actors’ permanent home in 1974.
There he remained — until giving up his post as artistic director in January 2011 — staging work as various as a “Hamlet” starring the British actor Adrian Lester, Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard,” a chamber version of Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande,” Caryl Churchill’s apocalyptic “Far Away,” a play about a Malian Sufi called “Tierno Bokar” and “Fragments,” an evening of work by Samuel Beckett that he took to Boston in 2011.
From his Paris headquarters, his company made journeys abroad, not only to America but also to Iran in 1971, where the troupe performed a version of the Prometheus myth in a language invented by the poet Ted Hughes, and, in 1972, to West Africa.
There the company toured villages bordering the Sahara, using a carpet as a stage upon which to improvise stories in imaginary languages. The trip led to inadvertently comic moments — one actor’s primordial cries turned out to signify “vagina” in local slang — but also to exhilarating performances.
In 1968, he published a series of influential lectures under the title “The Empty Space.” Here he made his celebrated distinction between four varieties of theater: “deadly,” signifying hackneyed or ossified; and “holy,” “rough” and “immediate.” At his Paris center, the aim was to synthesize the last three: to use simple, or rough, means to bring to immediate life theatrical work that combined an earthy, even comic, feeling for human reality with a holy search for the elusive, hidden and mysterious. As he wrote in The Times in 1974: “There can be no separating an act of theater into the political, the spiritual, the joyful. There is only one complete act, which, in its truth, contains all elements.”
His own job, he said, was to encourage and enable, clarify and refine, and not to dictate. He had ceased preplanning, or “blocking,” movement onstage as a young director in 1946, when he came to the first rehearsal of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” with plans that, after a few moments with the actors, he realized were absurdly inflexible and promptly tore up.
He was never known to lose his temper during rehearsals, and he sometimes lapsed into an amused detachment. But his seriousness was never in doubt. For Mr. Brook, theater was “a whole mirror of human existence, visible and invisible,” which should challenge both performers and audiences to reassess the world and their lives.
Mr. Brook’s long and globe-spanning career continued well into his 90s. In September 2019, “Why?,” a play written and staged by Mr. Brook and his longtime collaborator, Marie-Hélène Estienne, opened in Brooklyn after a debut in Paris, with a tour planned for China, Italy and Spain. And a new book, “Playing by Ear: Reflections on Music and Sound,” was published the next month.
With his piercing blue eyes and quiet authority, Mr. Brook had undeniable charisma, though he disliked being described as a guru. He wryly rejected his nickname, the Buddha, since he felt that he was far from attaining spiritual certainty and, indeed, didn’t think any certainty was possible.
He was influenced by the mystic George Gurdjieff, who believed that nothing was to be taken for granted, that everything needed questioning, and that collaboration with others was vital. As Mr. Brook told The Times in 1998, “I am ready to disclaim my opinion, even of yesterday, even of 10 minutes ago, because all opinions are relative.”
Emma Bubola contributed reporting.
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The Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series is set to kick off with a free outdoor performance by Los Tres de Winters.
The performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Park Gazebo in front of the Community Center, located at 201 Railroad Ave. in Winters.
The trio plays Norteño-style music, with José Luis Echeverria on accordion, Adolfo Valenzuela on bajo quinto and Rafael Echeverria on bass. This lively music is a hybrid of Mexican and Spanish vocal traditions with waltzes and polkas brought to Mexico by Czech and German immigrants in the mid-nineteenth century.
Residents are invited to pack a picnic and bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of fine, live music. Refreshments will be provided and used books will be for sale with all proceeds going to support the Winters Library.
Winters Friends of the Library has been presenting free outdoor concerts every Thursday in July since 1998, except in 2020. The series will continue with traditional Irish and Scottish music from Paddy on the Binge on July 14; Back Porchestra playing original and vintage roots rock, Americana and country blues on July 21; and  Afincáo playing Latin music—boogaloo, Cuban son, cumbias, and boleros—on July 28.
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Winters Shakespeare Workshop will be presenting a free outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
The performance, which is set to feature music and dance, will take place on July 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Winters Community Park at the corner of 4th and Main Streets.
This innovative production, directed by Gabe Fernandez, with musical direction by Nicolas Carvajal, is set in the 1980s.
Residents are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for a fun evening of magic, shipwreck monsters, romance and revenge. Refreshments will be available for sale.
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Season tickets are on sale for the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s 2022-23 season.
The season is set to kick off on Sept. 9 with a production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The show tells the enchanting story of the beautiful, spirited Belle and the Beast, who is really an arrogant young prince placed under a spell by an enchantress. If the Beast can not learn to love and be loved before time runs out, he and his castle staff will be doomed for all eternity.
The lively show is good for the whole family, featuring all the memorable, wonderful music from the Disney animated classic, including “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The play is scheduled to run through Oct. 2.
Just in time for the holiday season, the Davis Musical Theatre Company will be presenting Alan Menken’s “A Christmas Carol,” a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ well-known story. On Christmas Eve night, the story follows the selfish Ebenezer Scrooge as he is led through his past, present and future by three ghosts in the hopes of transforming his bitterness. The production is scheduled to run from Nov. 11 through Dec. 4.
The new year kicks off with the showing of “Cabaret,” a lively musical set in a Berlin night club as the 1920s in Germany are drawing to a close. Musical numbers include “It Couldn’t Please Me More,” “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.” The show is set to run from Jan. 9 to Jan. 29.
Set sail on March 3 with the “Pirates of Penzance,” a Gilbert and Sullivan classic. This musical comedy follows Frederic who plans to mark his 21st birthday by breaking free from the pirate king. The show is set to run through March 26.
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Disney’s “Newsies” is scheduled to open on April 28. The musical tells the tale of rebellious newsboy Jack Kelly who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. “Newsies” will run through May 21.
The 2022-23 season will culminate with a chilling, heart-pounding production of  “Sweeney Todd.” The show takes place in the 19th century, telling the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to London seeking revenge against the judge who framed him. “Sweeney Todd” will run from June 23 through July 16.
For more information about the shows and to purchase season tickets, visit https://dmtc.org/mainstage.
Center Stage is a column exploring the arts in and around Yolo County.
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