Early tourist destination

Early tourist destination

Our History is a regular column submitted by Kate Rauhauser-Smith, Director of Education and Programs at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, ex...

August 19th, 2018 |  


Barter plan better, but still troubling

To the Editor,I have mixed feelings about the latest Spencer proposal. On the one hand, the Council’s unanimous and inevitable vote to support f...

August 19th, 2018 |  


Do you want to get well or not?

I spend time with folks in lots of different situations of crisis and illness. After a period of time, most folks experience a new normal and move for...

August 17th, 2018 |  


Parvenu’s Guide to Social Climbing

Parvenu’s Guide to Social Climbing

Lately, it’s been on my mind that I need to get a little more exercise. It didn’t help when I talked to a man on Sunday who is 13 years ol...

August 17th, 2018 |  


Truth about the media? Friend of the people

In February of 2017, President Donald Trump issued one of his infamous tweets, calling the American media “the enemy of the American people.R...

August 16th, 2018 |  


It’s no better after three years

It’s no better after three years

The start of another school year is almost upon us.Which means only one thing: Jeff had to waste another perfectly fine weekend moving his kid back to...

August 16th, 2018 |  


Made of butter?

Made of butter?

Our History is a regular column submitted by Kate Rauhauser-Smith, Director of Education and Programs at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, ex...

August 12th, 2018 |  


Route 601 median bad idea?

To the Editor,I have read the stories in Mount Airy News that the city wants to replace the current center turn lane with a cement median to cut down ...

August 12th, 2018 |  


Spinning down our rush to judgment

Spinning down our rush to judgment

There are things in life that cannot be hurried, no matter how quickly you want them to be resolved. The skill for spinning down the rush to make quic...

August 10th, 2018 |  


Nursing home escape to music festival

Nursing home escape to music festival

Doesn’t this sound like the setup for an arguably tasteless joke?“So two elderly men escape a German nursing home and turn up later —...

August 10th, 2018 |  


You can’t take thoughts out of sports

You can’t take thoughts out of sports

On Tuesday, ESPN posted two baseball stories that seemed to contradict one another.One article told how the prevalence of defensive shifting was killi...

August 9th, 2018 |  


Rowe should head project?

To the Editor,I am glad to see that the city (Mount Airy) is considering employing a project manager for the Spencer’s project, easily the large...

August 8th, 2018 |  


Surry County related patents

These are the patents connected to Surry County residents or business which researchers at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History have uncovered so...

August 5th, 2018 |  


Patent history runs deep

Patent history runs deep

Our History is a regular column submitted by Kate Rauhauser-Smith, Director of Education and Programs at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, ex...

August 5th, 2018 |  


New Barter deal still a flim flam

To the Editor,I was wondering if the Mount Airy News could tell me when I would be able to register for the next Flim Flam 101 class, taught by our ve...

August 5th, 2018 |  


Teach us how to pray

Teach us how to pray

Have you ever found yourself so captivated by someone that you wanted to be just like them? Maybe a friend who has a natural talent for something you ...

August 3rd, 2018 |  


The movie star’s ring: a real spoiler

The movie star’s ring: a real spoiler

Back when the friend I used to ride to work with and I both had wives, he said to me one day, “I like to spoil my wife.” I wasn’t su...

August 2nd, 2018 |  


Time for MLB to induct Dale Murphy

Time for MLB to induct Dale Murphy

Last week, ESPN ran a feature story on former Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy.The article mentioned that after failing to be selected to the Hal...

August 2nd, 2018 |  


Reader critical of liberals, illegals

To the Editor,An aging joke defines a conservative as a liberal who has been mugged. So, while the left insists on displaying a conspicuous compassion...

August 1st, 2018 |  


Reader offers thanks to Mount Airy

To the Editor,Several months ago, I decided I would love for a few of my Vietnam veteran friends to come and visit with me in Mount Airy, being four o...

August 1st, 2018 |  


Twins left a lasting, vibrant legacy

Twins left a lasting, vibrant legacy

Our History is a regular column submitted by Kate Rauhauser-Smith, Director of Education and Programs at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, ex...

July 29th, 2018 |  


Free speech — on company time?

To the Editor,There is ample evidence to support the notion I would never be accused of being a deep thinker. My wife of 38 years has often observed, ...

July 29th, 2018 |  


Spiritual eyesight

Spiritual eyesight

Some years ago I went for my yearly eye examination. The doctor said, “Let me take a look at your close-up vision because you are getting older....

July 27th, 2018 |  


Surry theater season drawing to a close

Surry theater season drawing to a close

It occurred to me on Tuesday night that Surry County has a theater season.Two weekends ago, Nonesuch Players did “Deathtrap” at the Jones ...

July 27th, 2018 |  


Theater, yes; taxpayer subsidies, no

To the Editor,I support the efforts of the Committee for Transparency in Mount Airy and City Council Commissioners Jim Armbrister and Jon Cawley in at...

July 27th, 2018 |  


Area resident supports Spencer’s project

To the Editor,After living away for a couple of decades I returned to this area in 2010 to raise my son. I had grown up here, the rest of my family li...

July 26th, 2018 |  


Insults do not help discussion

To the Editor,I appreciate spirited debate on matters of public interest, especially when a position is based on incontrovertible fact and argued with...

July 26th, 2018 |  


LeBron is getting on up there

LeBron is getting on up there

On Tuesday I saw the news that Dwyane Wade was offered a $25 million contract to play basketball in China.That’s always a sure sign that a veter...

July 26th, 2018 |  


Writer has had enough with city leaders

To the Editor,After retiring from the Air Force and Postal Service I just wanted to settle down and enjoy my retirement years with no responsibilities...

July 25th, 2018 |  


Democrats using our teachers

To the editor,It is time to school our teachers. Are they seduced that easily by liberal organizers who find them useful pawns in advancing their own ...

July 24th, 2018 |  


Letters from the Western Front

Letters from the Western Front

Our History is a regular column submitted by Kate Rauhauser-Smith, Director of Education and Programs at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, ex...

July 22nd, 2018 |  


No room for intimidation in politics

These are troubling times in the United States, with Americans viciously going after one another simply because they have a different political view. ...

July 22nd, 2018 |  


How will you be remembered

How will you be remembered

Throughout life we all have dreams of how we would like to be remembered. When I was a child my dream was to be remembered as a great athlete, and the...

July 20th, 2018 |  


It came like ‘a pie in the night’

It came like ‘a pie in the night’

“It came to me like a pie in the night.”Such was a favorite expression of my old friend Claire, known to my daughter as Aunt Boo, for reas...

July 20th, 2018 |  


Apple does fall far from tree

Apple does fall far from tree

“You are so much like your father.”I’ve had people say this to me, and I just don’t get it. It’s crazy — we are no...

July 19th, 2018 updated: July 19th, 2018. |  


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 |  


A way of life

A way of life

Our History is a regular column submitted by Kate Rauhauser-Smith, Director of Education and Programs at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, ex...

July 15th, 2018 |  


A closer look at choices

A closer look at choices

Last week we talked about how that Jesus came to this earth so that we, as His followers, could have eternal life and how we could also experience abu...

July 13th, 2018 |  


Finding your ‘happy place’

Finding your ‘happy place’

“So you’re going to the Comic Con?” asked a co-worker after I’d given him a rundown of the Mount Airy events I was covering th...

July 13th, 2018 |  


David, good luck with that Goliath

David, good luck with that Goliath

My first bit of online news Wednesday was a story that some former players from the University of Louisville are suing the NCAA over the loss of their...

July 12th, 2018 |  


Mount Airy museum pieces help tell local history’s story

Mount Airy museum pieces help tell local history’s story

Our History is a regular column by Kate Rauhauser-Smith, director of education and programs at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, examining th...

July 8th, 2018 |  


Basic choices

Basic choices

The Green Bay Packers in 1958 were a terrible football team. They had the worst record of any Packer team in history 1-10-1. In 1959 the Packers hired...

July 6th, 2018 |  


Backroom deals smell rotten

Shakespeare wrote a famous line saying “Something’s rotten in Denmark.”We don’t have to look that far because we may have some...

July 6th, 2018 |  


‘Andy’ performances over Barter

Instead of just living off of the Andy Griffith show reruns, why doesn’t Mount Airy invest in keeping the show “alive”?Here’s ...

July 6th, 2018 |  


A leader can set a bad example

A leader can set a bad example

In my days of covering sports, I used to see a lot of parents get wound up at ball games and start yelling at the referees.I have friends who officiat...

July 5th, 2018 |  


Mount Airy fire department: Keeping city safe for decades

Mount Airy fire department: Keeping city safe for decades

Our History is a regular column by Kate Rauhauser-Smith, Director of Education and Programs at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, examining th...

July 3rd, 2018 |  


Easier said than done

Easier said than done

And Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it be you, bid me come to you on the water.” And he said, “Come.” And when Peter wa...

June 29th, 2018 |  


Getting the moonshiner’s special

Getting the moonshiner’s special

It’s not every day I am mistaken for a moonshiner, but after Tuesday, I can’t honestly say it has never happened.It’s all because my...

June 29th, 2018 |  


Digging into Harley-Davidson news

Digging into Harley-Davidson news

As a guy who rode his first motorcycle 34 years ago, I have been closely following the news about Harley-Davidson this week.Getting information these ...

June 28th, 2018 |  


Anything is possible

To the Editor,Thursday, June 21, is a day I will never forget. Before walking into city hall that evening I knew my emotions had been on a rollercoast...

June 28th, 2018 |