You said it…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

November 6th, 2015 |  


Election is over, now is time to move forward

The vote have been cast and tallied, the results announced, and what some are calling the most divisive Mount Airy election in memory is over.Barring ...

November 5th, 2015 |  


Election offers stark differences

It has been a long, and for Mount Airy, contentious campaign season.On Tuesday, the mayor’s seat, along with three commissioner seats, will be d...

November 1st, 2015 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 30th, 2015 |  


How do we keep our kids (of all ages) safe from danger?

How do we keep our kids (of all ages) safe from danger?

On Saturday I drove 266 miles up to Richmond, Virginia, to visit my daughter on Parents Weekend at VCU.Yes, I’d been to the campus twice before,...

October 29th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To the folks at Millennium Charter Academy, and to Mount Airy mayoral candidates Steve Yokeley and David Rowe, for putting on a debate for the student...

October 24th, 2015 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 23rd, 2015 |  


Time to move forward on Spencer’s property

It is time for Mount Airy to move forward on development of the former Spencer’s property.And only the Spencer’s property.We haven’t...

October 22nd, 2015 |  


Panther QB needs to show consistency

Panther QB needs to show consistency

The Carolina Panthers are now 5-0.The talking heads on ESPN and the NFL Network are suddenly jumping on the bandwagon so fast they might deflate the t...

October 21st, 2015 |  


NC Teacher Exits Misstated

RALEIGH — Did you hear that 15 percent of North Carolina’s public schoolteachers left the profession last year, and that conditions are so...

October 17th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To the organizers and participants of the annual Relay For Life event held last night.There was a time when getting a cancer diagnosis was a death sen...

October 17th, 2015 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 16th, 2015 |  


Work for food bill has problems, but generally hits the mark

It seems like a simple enough concept — you work to eat.For nearly all of human history that has been the driving force behind the labor of indi...

October 13th, 2015 |  


819 votes?Why bother?

A few days ago we lamented the way the North Carolina General Assembly seemed to be continually overstepping its bounds, meddling in strictly local af...

October 11th, 2015 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 10th, 2015 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 9th, 2015 |  


Once again, General Assembly overrides local governments

As we mentioned in an editorial last week, little details of the the General Assembly’s final budget will be leaking out for weeks, and some wil...

October 7th, 2015 |  


City’s future in the balance Tuesday

Tuesday is an important day in Mount Airy, when the candidate field for two of the open seats on the city Board of Commissioners is narrowed to just t...

October 4th, 2015 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 2nd, 2015 |  


Expanding DNA sampling a bad law

As is always the case, only after a state budget is passed — sometimes weeks and months later — do all the gory details start to emerge.Th...

October 1st, 2015 |  


Rock everyone’s vote

Wednesday night an event being called “Rock the Local Millennial Vote,” primarily sponsored by Mount Airy Downtown Inc., is taking place a...

September 27th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To Tanya Jones, the Surry Arts Council, and all of the local folks who have put on another wonderful edition of Mayberry Days. After 26 years this see...

September 26th, 2015 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

September 25th, 2015 |  


Latin festival could be come major annual gathering

On Saturday, a new — but hopefully annual — event took place in Dobson, when local resident Marlene Lopez and a few other volunteers put o...

September 24th, 2015 updated: September 24th, 2015. |  


Passing time at 3 in the morning

Passing time at 3 in the morning

People who know me well generally can say three things about me.One, I like to cut up. If I can’t have a laugh and make others laugh, then it be...

September 24th, 2015 |  


MAD, Redevelopment Commission out of control?

The Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission, born in controversy and now apparently making a play to set its own agenda, apart from the city government, s...

September 20th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up

To Michael and Katherine Thorpe, the two folks most responsible for the Surry County Agriculatural Fair going on this week at Veterans Memorial Park i...

September 19th, 2015 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

September 18th, 2015 |  


City boards, MAD haveselves to blame for distrust

Recently members of the Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission, along with their apparent masters, Mount Airy Downtown Inc., made a bit of a hub-bub over...

September 16th, 2015 |  


To the city of Mount Airy, property owners who granted easements, and every other individual and entity involved with the development of the city̵...

September 12th, 2015 |  


You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

September 11th, 2015 |  


My wild idea for jobs creation

A friend posed a question at a dinner: if you were president, what would you do to make a difference.My first reaction was, “Can we make a diffe...

September 10th, 2015 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

September 5th, 2015 |  


Political correctness, or a slick PR move?

Political correctness has now hit close to home.Virginia Circuit Court Judge Martin Clark, who presides over cases in Stuart, Virginia, has removed th...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


Court deal for gambling centers a wise move

Last week in the Surry County court system several high-profile cases came to a quiet conclusion.Earlier this year the Surry County Sheriff’s Of...

September 2nd, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To all of the area school teachers, administrators and support personnel who put in long, hard hours of planning and preparation for the first big wee...

August 29th, 2015 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

August 28th, 2015 updated: August 28th, 2015. |  


In Brief…

Hold Legislators Accountable?Looks like we’re moving to a full-time Legislature in Raleigh after all.Legislators there were not able to agree on...

August 27th, 2015 |  


Redevelopment Commissionoverreach is no surprise

Last week four members of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners publicly took another city body to task, when the commissioners said they do not belie...

August 26th, 2015 updated: August 26th, 2015. |  


Playing games, hurting students

While the state still doesn’t have a budget for the fiscal year which began almost eight weeks ago, negotiators from the governor’s office...

August 25th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To the residents of Mount Airy, who have made the city’s curbside recycling program so successful city officials have decided to expand the prog...

August 22nd, 2015 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

August 21st, 2015 |  


School questions remain stalled

It’s been little more than a month since The Mount Airy News ran a couple of stories looking at the potential cost savings which could be realiz...

August 16th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To 5-year-old Ryver Thompson, who set up a lemonade stand in front of her grandparent’s house recently, selling cups of the drink for 25 cents e...

August 15th, 2015 |  


Foreclosure the right option for city

Recently the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners decided to raze another house it considers a danger to its neighborhood.The structure, at 338 Hay St., ...

August 12th, 2015 |  


Thumbs up…

To the town of Dobson, the Dobson Rescue Squad, Skull Camp and Dobson fire departments, and other organizations involved in the National Night Out act...

August 8th, 2015 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

August 7th, 2015 |  


How do we measure our time?

How do we measure our time?

With my daughter Sarah ready to head off to college in a few weeks, I’ve spent far too much brain power recently thinking about how we measure t...

July 30th, 2015 updated: July 30th, 2015. |  


Blurring black and white

Blurring black and white

Last week the Surry County director of health and nutrition sent a letter, meant as an informational piece, to Surry County Commissioners.Samantha Ang...

July 28th, 2015 updated: July 29th, 2015. |  


Boy Scout change creates debate

From The Charlotte ObserverThe Boy Scouts of America stood poised late Monday to end a ban on openly gay den leaders, scoutmasters and camp counselors...

July 27th, 2015 |