Barter represents chance for growth

To the Editor,Hi, I’m Bill DiPretoro and I live at 610 N Main St – I’ve only been in Mount Airy for 12 years and I have a funny last...

February 18th, 2018 |  


Barter proposal simply bad business

To the Editor,I write with respect to the proposed expenditure by the city of substantial taxpayer funds to subsidize the Barter Theatre project.Over ...

February 18th, 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 |  


A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

It’s often said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could be the latest high-profile exam...

February 17th, 2018 |  


Let’s spread a little more love!

Let’s spread a little more love!

Greeting’s my friends; it is an absolute pleasure to speak with you for a moment. I would like to speak to you concerning the Lord and Savior Je...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Fashion Week, the news so far

Fashion Week, the news so far

At the risk of biting the hand that feeds me, I have to say the Mount Airy News is, as a general rule, woefully deficient in bringing fashion news to ...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Theater needs ‘Design on a Dime’ approach

Theater needs ‘Design on a Dime’ approach

As any readers of my weekly column knows, I’m a movie fanatic and sports nut.On the other hand, my best friend likes to watch a lot of the ̶...

February 15th, 2018 |  


Legislature lashes Cooper Jerry Springer-style

Legislature lashes Cooper Jerry Springer-style

RALEIGH — For a solid 30 minutes, it looked like state legislators might actually have a bill that everyone could support.House and Senate leade...

February 12th, 2018 updated: February 13th, 2018. |  


Advanced 3-D mammography available at Northern Hospital

Advanced 3-D mammography available at Northern Hospital

Northern Hospital of Surry County now offers breakthrough breast-cancer screening technology—called the Genius 3D Mammography exam — to re...

February 11th, 2018 updated: February 12th, 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 |  


Barter would be huge gamble

To the Editor,Barter Theater … Wow, they’ve got the air; all they need is our airplane.Last Thursday night Barter Theater’s presenta...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Seniors deserve raises, too

To the Editor,In my opinion, the senior citizens got left out of all the raises and bonuses.We didn’t get anything, and Medicare got it. We live...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Barter would be boon to city

To the editor,I am sorry that I was unable to attend the public meeting to support the possible expansion of the Barter Theatre to downtown Mount airy...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Frontier justice does have its place

Frontier justice does have its place

I know the justice system draws a lot of criticism, some of which is warranted, but when functioning properly it provides one of the last few places o...

February 10th, 2018 |  


The road to success is being the best

The road to success is being the best

We greet each and every one of you in the name of the The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We appreciate so much the reading of the articles each week. W...

February 9th, 2018 |  


A red roadster: a dream that won’t die

A red roadster: a dream that won’t die

A red roadster has been an object of desire for me since 1970. Ever since seeing the movie “Love Story,” I have wanted one with all my hea...

February 9th, 2018 |  


Try a different approach to anthem issue

Try a different approach to anthem issue

A hundred years ago, it was quite uncommon for a man to give a woman a diamond engagement ring. Couples exchanged gold bands on their wedding day, but...

February 8th, 2018 |  


Biggest questions coming out of Super Bowl LII

A rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX surpassed all expectations when the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl by defeating the New England Patriots...

February 5th, 2018 |  


Why is the NFL so anti-American?

Why is the NFL so anti-American?

In this day and age, it is extremely unusual for more than six in 10 Americans (about 65 percent) to be viewing the same television program on a given...

February 3rd, 2018 |  


Christians, it’s time to rise and shine!

Christians, it’s time to rise and shine!

Greetings, my brothers and sisters in Christ. A year has come and gone. We have embarked in a new year. The year of 2018. The year of 2017 passed so q...

February 2nd, 2018 |  


Balancing my TV diet, funny is funny

Balancing my TV diet, funny is funny

Like most people who live or work in Mount Airy, I’ve got a friend that can’t get enough of “The Andy Griffith Show.” He used ...

February 1st, 2018 |  


Showdown in Minnesota

It looked like another close-but-not-close-enough year for the Eagles when Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending injury in early December. Fast ...

February 1st, 2018 |  


Wishing ‘butt hurt’ would fade away

Wishing ‘butt hurt’ would fade away

The worst part of social media is seeing the venom fly in the aftermath of some big event.That certainly proved true after Tuesday’s State of th...

February 1st, 2018 |  


A personal remembrance of Ralph Epperson

A personal remembrance of Ralph Epperson

“Yes, indeed!”Ralph Epperson said it routinely. The phrase was more than his signature expression; it was his way of life.The founder of r...

January 31st, 2018 |  


Gentleman farmer gets new lease on life

Gentleman farmer gets new lease on life

Eighty-two-year-old agricultural expert Jim Marion knows a thing or two about transformation.So does his wife Louise, as well as legions of their life...

January 28th, 2018 |  


Lofty abortion terms don’t alter horror

Lofty abortion terms don’t alter horror

Don’t know about you, but it really irritates me when people try to dress up certain words or activities by using kinder, gentler language to ma...

January 27th, 2018 |  


A road trip to a jail cell

A road trip to a jail cell

Some days you put on a sports jacket and your good shoes, and you go up to Cross Creek to see who’s going to be Citizen of the Year. That’...

January 26th, 2018 updated: January 26th, 2018. |  


Idea needs to ‘ride’ off into the sunset

Idea needs to ‘ride’ off into the sunset

At its most recent meeting, the Surry County Board of Commissioners approved a letter to be sent to state politicians, hoping to get the county exempt...

January 25th, 2018 |  


Hospital pharmacists work to keep patients safe

Hospital pharmacists work to keep patients safe

More than any other healthcare professional, pharmacists have detailed knowledge of the phenomenal yin/yang nature of pharmaceuticals. Through advance...

January 21st, 2018 |  


DACA = Dems Against Common Americans

DACA = Dems Against Common Americans

As I sit here on Friday, a stare-down is continuing in Washington over a spending bill that was threatening to shut down the federal government at mid...

January 20th, 2018 |  


A dusting for the record books

A dusting for the record books

Two days trapped in the house by a dusting of snow has not been my idea of a good time. That was quite a dusting, wasn’t it? As dustings of snow...

January 19th, 2018 |  


What if I were commish for a day?

What if I were commish for a day?

A fun pastime with my sports buddies is to pick a person in power and ask what your pals would do if they could take his place for a single day.If you...

January 18th, 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 |  


Reader questions need for county offices

To the Editor,We’ve seen several newspaper articles over the past month or so about different county projects. When we put them all together we ...

January 14th, 2018 |  


Sessions should pipe down about pot

Sessions should pipe down about pot

Isn’t it interesting that with all the issues on his Justice Department plate — the opioid crisis, gang and inner-city violence and identi...

January 13th, 2018 |  


God is calling you to holiness

God is calling you to holiness

I Peter 1:15, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (word and behavior). Read also I Thess.4:7.N...

January 12th, 2018 |  


Missed chance for another Big Bang

Missed chance for another Big Bang

There was a time not so many years ago when social media was not the 800-pound gorilla of human interaction that it has since become.Now that social m...

January 12th, 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 Panthers’ future looks uncertain

The Panthers’ future looks uncertain

Two weeks ago, the Carolina Panthers were 11-4 and one win away from taking the NFC South title and home field advantage for the first game of the pla...

January 11th, 2018 |  


Burciu joining Northern Hospital staff

Burciu joining Northern Hospital staff

Dr. Catalin Burciu, a highly regarded physician in the Mount Airy community for the past 18 years, has joined Northern Hospital of Surry County as a h...

January 7th, 2018 |  


Warming up to weird weather patterns

Warming up to weird weather patterns

I usually don’t spend much time contemplating situations that are larger than what a mere mortal can comprehend or control, such as the forces o...

January 6th, 2018 |  


Hear and listen, God is calling you

Hear and listen, God is calling you

This New Year, we have a new opportunity for a fresh start. As we look back, we see where we’ve had some struggles, some failures, but hopefully...

January 5th, 2018 |  


Adventurous matters of water and sewer

Adventurous matters of water and sewer

A decade and a half ago, when I moved to Jonesville — or as I like to call it, the Left Bank — everyone I met in my new home asked me if I...

January 5th, 2018 |  


Ranking the best hoops classes ever

Ranking the best hoops classes ever

In last week’s column I wrote that this year’s potential basketball Hall of Fame class could be heavy on star power.So how does it stack u...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


John Phillips

John Phillips, age 60, of Westfield, passed away on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held Monday, Ja...

December 30th, 2017 |  


Anti-cursing law is #@!#ing ridiculous

Anti-cursing law is #@!#ing ridiculous

If you happen to be in nearby areas of Virginia and desire to cuss someone out, hopefully it’s for good reason — but be advised that it is...

December 30th, 2017 |  


Stalking Santa reveals his secret

Stalking Santa reveals his secret

Saturday evening I was accused of stalking, which probably happens to reporters from time to time, especially if a source is not all that keen on bein...

December 29th, 2017 |  


Merry fifth day of Christmas

Merry fifth day of Christmas

When I went to stores during December, it did not bother me if the clerks did not say “Merry Christmas.” But it does bother me when someon...

December 29th, 2017 |  


Next hoops Hall class has star power

Next hoops Hall class has star power

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the 2018 class of inductees, and it looks pretty powerful.The Hall change...

December 28th, 2017 |  


Helping create holiday miracles

Helping create holiday miracles

No doubt about it – it’s highly contagious — and it’s affected every nook and cranny of the hospital!Yes, holiday cheer abound...

December 24th, 2017 |