Repair monument, grave stones now

For more than two months, a World War I monument honoring local residents who were killed during that conflict, along with the headstones of two indiv...

July 19th, 2018 |  


Trump, N Korea is history in making

To say President Trump is one of the more polarizing figures to inhabit the White House might well be the understatement of the decade. He has a core ...

June 14th, 2018 |  


Elimination of judgeship furthers sense of distrust

Words matter.Actions matter.Government openness and honesty matter.A good example of this is the recent decision by the General Assembly to eliminate ...

June 13th, 2018 updated: June 14th, 2018. |  


Latest Barter plan leaves more questions

It appears city officials — at least some of them — are now working on a plan which would see construction of the proposed Barter Theatre ...

June 10th, 2018 |  


No way city needs 21 percent tax hike

Mount Airy City Manager Barbara Jones is asking the city commissioners to approve a 21-percent rate hike in city property taxes for the upcoming fisca...

May 31st, 2018 |  


Lobbyist may not be bad idea

Recently, Mount Airy’s Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Bryan Holloway, to act as a lobbyist on behalf of the city at the General...

May 20th, 2018 |  


Do what’s right for Shepherd’s House

It appears Mount Airy city council will get a second chance to do the right thing in allowing the Shepherd’s House to expand.There is a movement...

May 16th, 2018 |  


Clean campaigns, apathetic voters

Congratulations to the candidates who emerged victorious in Tuesday night’s primary.In some cases, those candidates now win the right to represe...

May 13th, 2018 |  


Leadership means admitting when you are wrong

Being in an elected leadership position is not an easy job. While many scoff at the professional politicians in Washington who refer to it as “p...

May 9th, 2018 |  


Make your voice known

Tuesday is Primary Day, when voters will have the opportunity to go to the polls and select the GOP and Democratic party nominees — and in a cou...

May 6th, 2018 |  


Peel away the emotions, and LGC made right vote

Generally, we favor the idea that local government knows best, that those closer to a community are in the best position to know what the community tr...

April 1st, 2018 |  


City board action alarming

Mount Airy Commissioner Steve Yokeley was a little miffed.And he had a right to be.Recently, he asked that a particular item be placed on the agenda f...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


City school’s Brown receives recognition

City school’s Brown receives recognition

A Mount Airy school official was recently recognized for his work with a statewide education award.Dr. Phillip Brown was one of five recipients in Nor...

March 20th, 2018 |  


Vote’s done, time to get to work

Thursday’s vote by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to sign an agreement with the Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia, could be a game-cha...

March 4th, 2018 |  


View Barter vote as economic incentive request

Today Mount Airy commissioners are scheduled to finally vote on the Barter Theatre project.The project calls for the city to build a downtown theater ...

March 1st, 2018 |  


White Plains names teacher, assistant of the year

White Plains names teacher, assistant of the year

White Plains Elementary School recently announced the school’s teacher of the year and teaching assitant of the year.Trina Goettel, who teaches ...

February 22nd, 2018 |  


State, nation mourn Billy Graham

America, and North Carolina in particular, has lost a national treasure.Billy Graham, perhaps the best-known evangelist in the world, died in the earl...

February 22nd, 2018 |  


City’s shabby treatment is unacceptable

The Surry Arts Council deserves better.Throughout its nearly 50-year history, the arts council has been a champion for the arts and local school child...

February 18th, 2018 |  


More info needed before Barter vote

After years of waiting, of studies and committee meetings and public discussions, Mount Airy commissioners are being asked to approve spending million...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Last Week in Sports: “Whoa, Nellie!” and everything football

Saturdays may be for the boys, but they certainly won’t be the same with college football taking a hiatus until August.Many things are coming to...

January 15th, 2018 |  


Water deal good for all involved

More than a decade ago, Mount Airy made costly upgrades to its water and sewer system to better serve its large industrial customers.Most everyone kno...

January 11th, 2018 |  


The true spirit of Christmas

While the tradition might not be as prevalent today as in years past, many households still set aside time to read the Christmas story from the Bible ...

December 24th, 2017 |  


Phillips’ aviation proposal is a solid idea

It’s a common refrain. Most every candidate for public office, not to mention a fair number of folks already in those offices, preach about the ...

December 20th, 2017 |  


Time to show progress on Spencer’s or move on

“Fish or cut bait.”It’s an old saying, whose original meaning was to divide tasks in a fishing operation, between cutting up the bai...

December 17th, 2017 |  


Teacher who gave all deserves to be honored

Area resident Jim Roberts has been on a crusade recently, working to honor a Surry County teacher who gave her life trying to protect one of her stude...

December 14th, 2017 |  


Last Week in Sports: Upsets, ACLs, and…Derek Jeter?

A lot is going on in the world of professional sports.With the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and NCAAF attracting mainstream attention, it’s hard to kee...

December 11th, 2017 |  


Breaking down Vegas’ Super Bowl contenders

As years end slowly approaches, so does the end of another NFL regular season. It seemed like just yesterday that Tom Brady made history by leading th...

November 16th, 2017 |  


Hoops season is here:Here’s how the Eastshakes down in ‘18

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The NFL and college football are in full-force while college basketball teams across the nation are ex...

October 31st, 2017 |  


Candidates run positive, issue-oriented bids

Though you wouldn’t know it because the race is so low-key, Mount Airy has an election coming up in just 12 days.While there have been a smatter...

October 26th, 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. |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


Youth suicide, bullying far too widespread

Today, we have a tragic story on page 1, the story of a local young man who, according to authorities, took his own life earlier this week.Generally, ...

May 6th, 2017 |  


Laws banning hate speech are wrong

From the Richmond County Journal/Civitas MediaHoward Dean is wrong, but he isn’t alone.The former Vermont governor and onetime Democratic presid...

April 27th, 2017 updated: April 27th, 2017. |  


Semantics aside, Foxx’sbill an assault on privacy

A few weeks ago Fifth District Rep. Virginia Foxx introduced a bill known as the Preserving Employee Wellness Program Act.Continuing a fine tradition ...

April 1st, 2017 |  


A tale of two states

From the News and ObserverFormer North Carolina Sen. John Edwards turned the phrase as he campaigned as the Democratic vice presidential candidate in ...

March 28th, 2017 |  


Atkinson will be hard act to follow

The announcement came as a bit of a shock: Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson, who has spent 32 years working in the sheriff’s office in one c...

March 26th, 2017 |  


Pay raises long overdue for police, deputies

Despite some heated words and push back from City Manager Barbara Jones and Human Resources Director Becky McCann, it appears Mount Airy’s commi...

March 12th, 2017 |  


Teams seek the ultimate prize today

It’s tempting to call it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Except it’s not. For many — for most — it’s an opportunity tha...

March 11th, 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...

March 9th, 2017 |  


Yokeley: Childish fit or superiority complex?

Thursday night, Mount Airy Commissioner Steve Yokeley caused a bit of a surprise when he voted against a motion to allocate $428,000 for parking lot a...

March 5th, 2017 |  


Boycott hurts the wrong people

The NAACP announced earlier this week it would not hold its national convention in North Carolina this year, as a protest against HB2 and voter suppre...

March 1st, 2017 |  


The passing of an American hero

Mount Airy, and to a larger extent the nation, lost a true hero over the weekend with the death of 97-year-old William F. “Bud” Liebenow, ...

February 27th, 2017 |  


Mayor, committee show true leadership

True leadership is an elusive quality, especially in today’s world of knee-jerk, always-negative critics filling up Facebook, Twitter, and other...

February 12th, 2017 |  


Yokeley leads in getting better records of city meetings

Monday’s Mount Airy Board of Commissioners meeting was moving along as they usually do, until it was time for the commissioners to vote on appro...

February 9th, 2017 |  


Trump’s stance on courts is troubling

As we said it would, the early days of Trump’s presidency has certainly been interesting.And a little scary.But certainly not surprising.What ha...

February 6th, 2017 updated: February 7th, 2017. |  


Marking 69 years of old time broadcasting

Sixty-nine years.That’s a long time, by most any standard, and certainly is a rather lengthy time for a small business to be alive, vibrant, and...

February 5th, 2017 |