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To the Editor,Much has been written and said about the service to our community by J. D. Bartley. Indeed he was a public servant in many ways, serving from a heart of love for the people and their welfare.He has been recognized for his service to city government in various and diverse ways and to the Children’s Center. Too little has been said about his leadership as principal of Mount Airy Senior High School.

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To the Editor,Statute G.S. 106-24.1 protects the financial concerns of billion dollar corporations. Livestock contract viruses. Some of these viruses sicken us. Some become novel and infect us for the first time. Some taint the meat.Ag-gag and right to privacy laws endanger our food supply. An undercover investigation led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history when 143 million pounds of beef, unfit for human consumption, much of it intended for the school lunch progr...

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No easy answer on Habitat request

On Thursday Mount Airy Commissioner Shirley Brinkley expressed a concern that the community might view her as the “bad guy” for leading opposition to a request to waive water and sewer hook-up fees for two Habitat for Humanity building sites in the city.Commissioner Jon Cawley also had problems with the request, and said he expected some to begin questioning whether he was supportive of Habitat as a whole, simply because he questioned this request. The two commissioners...

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Private use of park may not be in the public’s best interest

There seems to be a brewing controversy over a piece of state legislation introduced at the General Assembly by Mount Airy Rep. Sarah Stevens, which would allow state officials to rent out Pilot Mountain State Park to a group of car enthusiasts in September.

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A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program

Changing North Carolina’s Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most of the proposals under consideration is the principle of “integrated health care.” Integrated health care, or “whole person care,” refers to a system that offers coordinated physical and mental/behavioral health care. It generally results in improved health outcomes.

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A building may be lost, but church’s place in community remains

On Thursday, an important part of our community was destroyed.Early in the afternoon, as storms were rolling into the area, officials say a lightning strike set the Ararat Missionary Baptist Church building on Jones School Road ablaze. Firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes and, at first, had hoped to be able to bring the blaze under control, though significant damage was evident even as the firefighters.Unfortunately, the flames had crept into so many nooks an...

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To the Editor,A couple of months ago my husband and I had the privilege of visiting the lovely city of Mount Airy and meeting a TV legend, Ms. Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou of the Andy Griffith Show).As a child growing up, the Andy Griffith Show was watched in our household every day, and that tradition has continued to this day throughout our family. Five generations have watched those beloved townspeople of Mayberry, now including our children and grandchildren.

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I was reading The Mount Airy News on Friday July 18 and saw the article “General Assembly Cutting School Bus Drivers.”How and why do we as North Carolinian’s keep allowing this government to keep throwing crap at us?They have cut teachers pay and now they are going after the teacher assistants and bus driver. Children are now going to have longer routes on the buses, then get home and do homework that they may not understand due to the lack of teacher&#...

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To the Editor,Responsiveness.Constituents expect this from their elected officials. Even if the politician disagrees, there is an expectation of responsiveness to citizens’ concerns, if only a respectful reply.I read today about the meeting of local business owners in Pilot Mountain, who are losing their livelihoods, because of the seemingly nonchalant pace with which the 268 bridge is being reconstructed. Who can they turn to do something about it?...

27 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Availability fee a good solution for city

Last week the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners again took on the question of mandatory water and sewer hook-ups for city residents.Actually, that question was answered years ago when the city made hooking up to the utilities mandatory. The specific question that’s been plaguing the city in recent years has been a number of residents in the Hollyview Forest, Sandy Level, Cross Creek and Laurel Court communities who have refused the city’s mandate to hook onto the system...

29 days 5 hours ago | | | Email


Walker surprises Berger, takes GOP nomination

A harsh Republican Party fight for a shot at an open...

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