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 |  


Rich folks running out of names

Rich folks running out of names

It’s said that money can’t buy happiness.Perhaps that’s true, but the kind of problems well-off people have are a bit different than...

August 10th, 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 |  


MLB Hall nod long time coming

MLB Hall nod long time coming

On Sunday, Major League Baseball inducted new members into its Hall of Fame.To my delight, Tim Raines finally got in after being eligible for 10 years...

August 3rd, 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 |  


Thumbs Up To…

The five candidates who have filed to run for open seats in the upcoming Mount Airy elections, and the positive tone the five have set in the early da...

July 29th, 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 |  


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...

July 27th, 2017 updated: July 28th, 2017. |  


How can we spot a bad liar?

How can we spot a bad liar?

It’s in a child’s nature to tell a lie — if it protects one’s self from harm.If a young boy thinks he might get spanked, just ...

July 27th, 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 |  


Panthers’ firing keeps cycle going

Panthers’ firing keeps cycle going

The revolving cycle continues in the sports world.It’s a pattern that goes back decades — and perhaps even back to the days of the Roman E...

July 19th, 2017 |  


Reader: Off-year elections important to the city

We’re in midst of the filing period for candidates for our November city elections. It’s high time to pay attention.There’s an old s...

July 17th, 2017 |  


Market Street should be simple

Unless officials push the decision down the road again, Thursday is when the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will decide what the city is going to d...

July 16th, 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 |  


Thumbs Up

To the North Carolina General Assembly for appropriating an extra $250,000 to Surry Community College for its viticulture program. This is long overdu...

July 15th, 2017 |  


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...

July 14th, 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 |  


Skull Camp president answers board member

To the Editor,In response to a June article on the county budget called “County looks at fire tax rates” (Mount Airy News, June 17, 2017),...

July 11th, 2017 |  


Stevens growing influence good for Surry County

North Carolina Rep. Sarah Stevens, a Mount Airy-based Republican, showed again last week that she has become an effective, thoughtful legislator durin...

July 9th, 2017 |  


Government math doesn’t add up

To the Editor,Government math will be on display at the July 20 at Mount Airy Board of Commissioners meeting.No, this isn’t the new math, but it...

July 9th, 2017 |  


Liberal left to blame

To the Editor,The liberal left has finally convinced many Americans that (a) ‘free’ healthcare is a right, (b) that property in America is...

July 9th, 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 |  


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...

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 |  


A change for the better

It’s funny how life works.If you’re around long enough, you see things tend to go in circles: what’s in fashion today might fall out...

July 2nd, 2017 updated: July 3rd, 2017. |  


City should pursue food, beverage tax

Mount Airy Commissioner Jon Cawley recently discussed the idea of pursuing a food and beverage tax on prepared food as a means to raise additional rev...

July 2nd, 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 |  


Thumbs Up…

To the Mount Airy City Schools and some local youth who put on the two-week Lemonade Smiles program. During the course of the entrepreneurship camp, s...

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 |  


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...

June 30th, 2017 |  


Shifting musical tastes spell doom

Shifting musical tastes spell doom

“Say it ain’t so, Joe.”That’s a piece of reportedly “fake news” from Charley Owens, Chicago Daily News, about base...

June 29th, 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 |  


City resident takes issue with Yokeley claims

To the Editor,As a concerned citizen, I attend most city council meetings in Mount Airy, and have also attended all but one of the budget sessions thi...

June 27th, 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 |