Editorial: TV specials highlight Davie’s treasures

Posted 7:02 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us how good we have it here.

Such has been the case in recent weeks with local newscasts, which have shone the spotlight on two of our favorite treasures.

Scott Mason, a WRAL TV reporter in Raleigh, brought his feature “Tar Heel Traveler” to Mocksville, visiting Miller’s Restaurant on Wilkesboro Street. It was an excellent piece with interviews of family members, owners, customers and employees. All did an excellent job. There was even a photo of an old copy of the Enterprise Record hanging on the wall, along with an article by yours truly. (Yes, we knew how special they were years ago, many years ago.)

Open for nearly 75 years, it is now run by the third generation of the same family.

Next time you see a $20 chili cheese burger at a fancy big-city restaurant, say thank you to Miller’s restaurant. It all started here. Or better yet, just say no thanks and head to Mocksville to get the original. It’s not fancy at all, but it’s good. And it’s familiar. We locals get what we expect. These strangers might get a surprise or two. Good surprises.

Check out the segment on the WRAL website. Like me, it should make you proud to be from Davie County.

WXII TV 12 focused on Nancy Tutterow earlier this week. A regular bowler for about 19 years, the Mocksville woman was surprised by fellow Monday morning bowling league members in Winston-Salem run by Davie Senior Services. There was a crowd there. She had been encouraged not to miss this one. Why?

It was his birthday. His 99th birthday.

And what does she do for the TV cameras? She nearly threw a strike, knocking down all but one of the pins. She showed them how to score a spare with another roll.

Not bad huh ? Especially for a skilled bowler who just about stops before dropping the ball barely headed in the right direction. It’s a gutter ball, that’s for sure. No, it is slowly moving to the right. Damn, it’s headed straight for the headpin. Boom! The ball hits the head pin with the force of a marshmallow. But it just falls in the right place. Three enclosures, then five, seven, nine. Remember, I wrote “good” direction. How does she do it?

She also gave us all very good advice for her fellow senior citizens, for all of us for that matter. Get out of here. To be active. Don’t worry about whether you’re good at it or not. Just do it. Have fun. Davie Senior Services is a great place to find your business.

Thanks for the advice.

Nancy Tutterow is Davie County through and through. If your family has been here for a generation or two, chances are they know some of the history. From working with the Deeds Registry to countless hours in community activities – all around the downtown community just west of Mocksville – she knows Davie County and its people.

She probably also knows if you come from a Republican or Democratic family. But don’t worry, she’ll treat you fairly anyway.

She is another reason to be proud to be from Davie County.

And if you think you were handed too many pieces of cake last weekend, Mrs. Nancy, wait until next year.

–Mike Barnhardt

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