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John Peters

Position: Regional Editor
E-Mail Address: jpeters@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-719-1931


About John Peters

John Peters, Editor, has worked at the Mount Airy News for four years. He recently took on the additional duties of Regional Editor for Civitas Media and, while he greatly enjoys editing and working with his staff, he still counts among his favorite parts of the job finding that gem of a story in unusual places, or talking with people who can tell him what local life was like 30 or 50 (or more) years ago. He and his wife have five children and an always-changing number of assorted other creatures.

Latest Stories by John Peters

MerleFest 2015 musicians announced

WILKESBORO — MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, has announced Grammy-winning country vocalist Lee Ann Womack and festival circuit favorites Trampled By Turtles as part of the music festival's lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in W

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners wasted no time in selecting a resident to fill the commissioner seat left vacant when Dwight Atkins moved to the mayor's post last month.
After hearing a presentation by all of the candidates for the position, the board last week voted to appoint Kimberly Quinn to the post, a local C

Pilot board selects new member

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners wasted no time in selecting a resident to fill the commissioner seat left vacant when Dwight Atkins moved to the mayor's post last month. After hearing a presentation by all of the candidates for the position, the board last week voted to appoint Kimberly Quinn to the post, a local C

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LAND TRANSFERS In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for property be stated on the deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 valuation or fraction is thereof affixed to each deed. The Stokes County Register of Deeds recorded the following deeds: BEAVER ISLAND TOWNSHIP: Monica Dillard

The Surry County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following people:
• Lonnie James McConkey, a white male, a white male, 27 years of age, who is wanted on a charge of failing to pay child support;
• Ronald Alexander Brown, a black male, 48, wanted on a charge of failing to pay child support;
• B

Most Wanted

The Surry County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following people: • Lonnie James McConkey, a white male, a white male, 27 years of age, who is wanted on a charge of failing to pay child support; • Ronald Alexander Brown, a black male, 48, wanted on a charge of failing to pay child support; • B

Dobson parade moved to Sunday

The Dobson Lions Club Christmas Parade has been postponed until Sunday because of rain, organizers said around noon today. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Trista Nicole Lambert, age 25, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony possession with intent to sell/deliver and sell and deliver schedule II controlled substances, driving while

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Trista Nicole Lambert, age 25, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony possession with intent to sell/deliver and sell and deliver schedule II controlled substances, driving while

HanesBrands announced today it would be adding 75 jobs to its Mount Airy sock production operations beginning in January. The company already has about 230 positions at the facility.
The wage and benefit packages will average $44,000 per job, pumping an estimated $3.3 million of payroll and benefits into the local economy, according to the company

Hanes adding 75 jobs in Mount Airy

HanesBrands announced today it would be adding 75 jobs to its Mount Airy sock production operations beginning in January. The company already has about 230 positions at the facility. The wage and benefit packages will average $44,000 per job, pumping an estimated $3.3 million of payroll and benefits into the local economy, according to the company

A meeting held Thursday afternoon in Mount Airy had been billed as a brainstorming session on future uses of former industrial property downtown — but the storm also sparked tensions among several citizens as “dreamers” debated critics.
Thursday's planning session, hosted by a city redevelopment commission at the Municipal Buildi

Sparks fly at session on Spencer's site

A meeting held Thursday afternoon in Mount Airy had been billed as a brainstorming session on future uses of former industrial property downtown — but the storm also sparked tensions among several citizens as “dreamers” debated critics. Thursday's planning session, hosted by a city redevelopment commission at the Municipal Buildi

Shaw named branch manager at Carter bank

Stefany O. Shaw has been appointed branch manager of the Carter Bank & Trust's Independence Boulevard office, located at 507 Willow Street in Mount Airy. Worth Harris Carter Jr., chairman of the board and president of Carter Bank & Trust, made the announcement last week. Shaw is a native of Modesto, California, and a graduate of Carroll C

City looks to fill gap left by county

Financial incentives offered to business, as a way to entice the company to move to a community or to stay there through planned expansions, have become a necessary evil of sorts in the tool box of economic development officials and state and local governments. No one really enjoys giving the incentives — which can take many forms. Sometimes

Joyce attends financial advisor conference

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Tammy Joyce, of Mount Airy, attended Barron's Winner's Circle Top Women Advisors Summit held in Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 3 - 5. The conference, created to enhance the professional development of those who work with individual investors, represents the nation's top women financial advisors, as well as industry decisi

LAND TRANSFERS In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for property be stated on the deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 valuation or fraction is thereof affixed to each deed. The Stokes County Register of Deeds recorded the following deeds: BEAVER ISLAND TOWNSHIP: Monica Dillard

Thank you to Melva Houston, and a plea to others

Today marks the end of an era, of sorts. For 18 years local resident and internationally renown jazz artist Melva Houston has headed up the annual Mount Airy community Thanksgiving meal. In recent years, between 400 and 500 individuals have walked through the doors at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall on North Main Street to take part in th

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Destany Nicole Conner, age 26, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony larceny of firearms, possess firearm by felon, assault on government official, resist officer, shoplifting a

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Destany Nicole Conner, age 26, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony larceny of firearms, possess firearm by felon, assault on government official, resist officer, shoplifting a

To the Editor, I wish to thank you for the excellent reporting provided throughout the 2014 Veteran's Day event. And a five-star special thanks to Mr. Tom Joyce for his excellent reporting of this very special day before, during, and after the ceremony and parade. All the praise and accolades should go to people like Don Isaacs, district commande





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