From Austin Powers to gold balloons

From Austin Powers to gold balloons

As a returning resident of North Carolina about 14 years ago, it became clear that being able to dance the shag was an important life skill.I hadnR...

September 29th, 2017 |  


Who doesn’t want a ‘Mayberry escape’?

Who doesn’t want a ‘Mayberry escape’?

If you suddenly woke up from a two-year amnesiac coma and didn’t have a calendar handy, you’d still know Mayberry Days was under way in Mo...

September 23rd, 2017 |  


Nostalgia needs a plan, and some focus

Nostalgia needs a plan, and some focus

On the way to work today, I somehow ended up behind a sort of faux-Conestoga covered wagon which was impeding traffic considerably. But why should I b...

September 22nd, 2017 |  


What’s up with the hurricane names?

What’s up with the hurricane names?

Although the two recent hurricanes have passed into meteorological history, millions in Texas, Florida and elsewhere are still dealing with the misery...

September 16th, 2017 |  


Our own kids are ‘Dreamers,’ too

Our own kids are ‘Dreamers,’ too

I don’t want to get into a big debate about how great the so-called “Dreamers” are, the young people in the Deferred Action for Chil...

September 9th, 2017 |  


Childhood cancer, ‘Shake it off’

Childhood cancer, ‘Shake it off’

On April 25, 2017, I breathed in the smell of Tatyana’s hair for the last time. She died early that morning after battling brain cancer for thre...

September 8th, 2017 |  


Spike in gas prices fueling disgust

Spike in gas prices fueling disgust

Every time there’s a natural disaster — such as Hurricane Harvey at present — it brings out both the best and worst of humanity, and...

September 1st, 2017 |  


Statues, flags dishonor Lee

Statues, flags dishonor Lee

There’s been a lot of talk recently about heritage, about why it’s wrong to tear down the statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, about...

August 27th, 2017 |  


Guys named Stonewall need not apply

Guys named Stonewall need not apply

When columnists are looking for something to write about, they usually can rely on items appearing in the news during the past week — and my top...

August 26th, 2017 |  


Humans and rodents-1, robots-0

Humans and rodents-1, robots-0

Those of you of the millennial generation and younger have probably enjoyed a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, either your own or that of a friend.T...

August 25th, 2017 updated: August 25th, 2017. |  


Trusting God

Trusting God

One of my favorite passages of scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything o...

August 25th, 2017 |  


Where do attacks on history end?

Where do attacks on history end?

Somehow a clash between two groups of people in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday — each containing their share of thugs bent on violence...

August 19th, 2017 |  


The spirituality of struggle

Since ancient times struggle has been recognized as a major factor in the process of spiritual growth. The Bible is filled with stories that demonstra...

August 18th, 2017 |  


Streaking bares naked truth about society

Streaking bares naked truth about society

As a reporter for a small-town newspaper, I get to write about a little bit of everything that happens in our community, be it related to local govern...

August 12th, 2017 |  


Dress for the job you want

Dress for the job you want

There are rich people weddings and there are rich people weddings and then there’s a rich people wedding with Hillary Clinton in a caftan.She Wh...

August 11th, 2017 |  


Spiritual renewal

August 13 marks a historic anniversary.In 1727 the villagers in Herrnhut, Saxony, experienced a spiritual awakening that was so broad sweeping it lead...

August 11th, 2017 |  


All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end.I’ve been told that before, and I’ve repeated it many times to loved ones and friends. When the vacati...

August 9th, 2017 |  


Haven’t we seen this before?

Haven’t we seen this before?

My mother was one of the wisest people I’ve ever known, often able to offer insights or gentle guidance to family members when the need arose. W...

August 5th, 2017 |  


Nominating NC as Bloodsucker State

Nominating NC as Bloodsucker State

States love to adopt colorful names for themselves, such as Missouri’s claim to the Show-Me State and Texas being known as the Lone Star State.T...

August 4th, 2017 |  


How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

Gardening is harder than it looks. It’s not exactly like I had expected the ground to magically turn into a Pez dispenser for food or anything l...

August 4th, 2017 |  


Leadership, unity a problem for GOP

Leadership, unity a problem for GOP

Three weeks ago, I decided to give our readers a break from seeing my ugly mug in Wednesday’s newspaper.I can’t imagine how terrible it mu...

August 2nd, 2017 |  


This time ‘Washington’ got it right

This time ‘Washington’ got it right

Ever been behind the wheel and the driver in front of you does something really ridiculous — such as not moving when the light turns green, or c...

July 29th, 2017 |  


Faithful soldiers of the cross, part 2

Faithful soldiers of the cross, part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part column by Rev. Tim Burton.Last week we began to look at Paul’s second letter to Timothy. P...

July 28th, 2017 |  


A death wish for debate

A death wish for debate

I loved John McCain’s speech on Tuesday.And I am not the biggest fan of John McCain. He is personally responsible for unleashing Sarah Palin and...

July 28th, 2017 |  


Dale Jr. retiring rates a big ‘so what’

Dale Jr. retiring rates a big ‘so what’

I can’t recall my exact reaction when first hearing that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was planning to retire, but I’m pretty sure it involved a grea...

July 21st, 2017 |  


Faithful soldiers of the cross, part 1

Faithful soldiers of the cross, part 1

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column by Rev. Tim Burton. The second part will publised on Friday, July 28.When we read PaulR...

July 21st, 2017 |  


“Artsy” horse is out of the barn

“Artsy” horse is out of the barn

Sometimes I hear people complaining that Mount Airy shouldn’t try to be something it’s not. And what it presumably is not is “artsy....

July 20th, 2017 |  


It must be nice to never be wrong

It must be nice to never be wrong

They say that even a stopped watch is right twice a day, but unfortunately no clever saying has been devised for those who are never wrong.While this ...

July 15th, 2017 |  


Real worship

Real worship

What is real worship?If you ask people that question you will get a host of answers. Attending church, reading the Bible, praying, singing in the choi...

July 14th, 2017 |  


How do you sweeten your tea?

How do you sweeten your tea?

“Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.”Henry Fielding’s rumination on the eternal popularity of gossip rings as true toda...

July 14th, 2017 |  


NBA spending spree is dizzying

NBA spending spree is dizzying

Every time I’ve visited ESPN.com this month, my head has felt swimmy.The NBA draft is behind us, and now teams are signing free agents. It’...

July 13th, 2017 |  


I blame the heat for my defeat

I blame the heat for my defeat

Since I began this job, I’ve noticed people cling. They find their “in” at the newspaper, and that “in” becomes the pers...

July 12th, 2017 |  


Latest Amelia story doesn’t fly

Latest Amelia story doesn’t fly

I don’t know why, but we as a society are always looking to make a mountain out of a molehill as far as turning every major thing that has happe...

July 8th, 2017 |  


The digital natives are restless

The digital natives are restless

According to the Declaration of Independence — no, not that one, the other one — The Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, I am c...

July 7th, 2017 |  


Pursuing happiness

Pursuing happiness

The Declaration of Independence declares: That God has endowed all men with the “Unalienable rights” of life, liberty and the pursuit of h...

July 7th, 2017 |  


Taxing my burger isn’t the answer

Taxing my burger isn’t the answer

As citizens, we expect a certain level of services from our governmental entities.We expect the federal government to maintain a military and print mo...

July 5th, 2017 |  


Still strong after 240 years

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to a...

July 4th, 2017 |  


What’s happened to MY party?

What’s happened to MY party?

One of my earliest memories surrounding politics involves being with my dad and grandfather and having Grandpa ask me if I was a Republican or Democra...

July 1st, 2017 |  


The believer’s relationship

The believer’s relationship

Normally I begin my weekly devotion with a particular scripture but this week’s topic on the believer’s relationship includes scriptures f...

June 30th, 2017 |  


She’s little but she can eat

She’s little but she can eat

My daughter and her family live in Winston-Salem which is just far enough away that I have an excuse for the children to spend the weekend with me....

June 30th, 2017 |  


Accountability solves the epidemic

Accountability solves the epidemic

Seldom do I watch television. In fact, I don’t even subscribe to any cable or satellite television service.We used to, but then we realized the ...

June 28th, 2017 |  


North Korea bigger threat than Russia

North Korea bigger threat than Russia

All the recent emphasis on Russia, which in my opinion is largely misguided, has taken the spotlight off what is clearly a bigger threat to free peopl...

June 24th, 2017 |  


A lesson from boy Jesus

A lesson from boy Jesus

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? Luke 2:49In chapter 2 of the book of ...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


Goodbye to the baddest of them all

Goodbye to the baddest of them all

The Rolling Stones may continue to tour, long after they are hobbling onstage with canes or zipping about in motorized wheelchairs, but on June 13, th...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


When both chutes don’t open, what’s next?

When both chutes don’t open, what’s next?

I have a lot of random conversations in my average day at work. I talk to a lot of people.While most of my conversations with public officials regard ...

June 21st, 2017 |  


Prescription for overdoses: more attention

Prescription for overdoses: more attention

At the risk of possibly getting readers’ day off to a depressing start, please allow me to begin this week’s column with some sobering fac...

June 16th, 2017 |  


Inhabitants of a promise

Inhabitants of a promise

Inhabitants of a PromiseAnd now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to lov...

June 16th, 2017 |  


Bright lights, big dance floor

Bright lights, big dance floor

The dance floor from “Saturday Night Fever” is going up for auction. You remember, bright lights flashing through clear plastic with a you...

June 16th, 2017 |  


You are never alone

You are never alone

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said “I will never leave you nor forsake y...

June 9th, 2017 |  


A look behind the curtain …

A look behind the curtain …

About a month and a half ago, John Peters, editor here at the Mount Airy News, sent out an email to the newsroom with a list of stories that needed to...

June 9th, 2017 |