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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


A lesson from boy Jesus

A lesson from boy Jesus

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? Luke 2:49In chapter 2 of the book of ...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


Goodbye to the baddest of them all

Goodbye to the baddest of them all

The Rolling Stones may continue to tour, long after they are hobbling onstage with canes or zipping about in motorized wheelchairs, but on June 13, th...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


When both chutes don’t open, what’s next?

When both chutes don’t open, what’s next?

I have a lot of random conversations in my average day at work. I talk to a lot of people.While most of my conversations with public officials regard ...

June 21st, 2017 |  


Prescription for overdoses: more attention

Prescription for overdoses: more attention

At the risk of possibly getting readers’ day off to a depressing start, please allow me to begin this week’s column with some sobering fac...

June 16th, 2017 |  


Inhabitants of a promise

Inhabitants of a promise

Inhabitants of a PromiseAnd now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to lov...

June 16th, 2017 |  


Bright lights, big dance floor

Bright lights, big dance floor

The dance floor from “Saturday Night Fever” is going up for auction. You remember, bright lights flashing through clear plastic with a you...

June 16th, 2017 |  


You are never alone

You are never alone

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said “I will never leave you nor forsake y...

June 9th, 2017 |  


A look behind the curtain …

A look behind the curtain …

About a month and a half ago, John Peters, editor here at the Mount Airy News, sent out an email to the newsroom with a list of stories that needed to...

June 9th, 2017 |  


Jeff defines his ‘Rule of 24’

Jeff defines his ‘Rule of 24’

I was watching ESPN one night when I heard a panel of talking heads discuss upcoming free agents for the NBA.The so-called experts were talking about ...

June 7th, 2017 |  


A third chance is one too many

A third chance is one too many

I have always believed everybody on earth deserves a second chance. Well, maybe not everybody. A murderer, for instance, should never have a second ch...

June 7th, 2017 |  


Tiger’s fall from life’s leaderboard

Tiger’s fall from life’s leaderboard

Whether or not they admire their individual personalities or the teams they play for, true sports fans usually appreciate athletic excellence displaye...

June 3rd, 2017 |  


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 2nd, 2017 |  


The rich are different from us

The rich are different from us

What’s the deal with rich famous people and DUIs?The subject comes to mind this week courtesy of Tiger Woods. Let’s be clear. This is not ...

June 2nd, 2017 updated: June 2nd, 2017. |  


Arguing Seattle bands’ places in history

Arguing Seattle bands’ places in history

The May death of singer Chris Cornell was the catalyst for a rousing debate among my guitarist friends recently.Of all the great bands that came out o...

June 1st, 2017 |  


Sizing up Surry’s finest, and I’m running

Sizing up Surry’s finest, and I’m running

Apparently, journalism isn’t the cushy job I thought it was going to be.I’ve had dangerous jobs before, and at times I miss the adrenaline...

May 31st, 2017 |  


Sacrifices run deep

Sacrifices run deep

He held the picture in his hand, a look on his face I’d never seen.The paper he held was new — a freshly minted reprint of an old, crackle...

May 28th, 2017 |  


War movies – a Memorial Day tradition

War movies – a Memorial Day tradition

There are many things I detest about the way Memorial Day is observed, which is supposed to be a time for remembering the supreme sacrifices made by A...

May 27th, 2017 |  


At the corner of vanity and delusion

At the corner of vanity and delusion

The Word of the Day is “scalp micropigmentation.”I know this because Twitter has decided it is a service which might interest me. Scalp mi...

May 26th, 2017 |  


My discovery of a puddle of happiness

My discovery of a puddle of happiness

I have always enjoyed man activities.That is I like to golf, fish, shoot, kayak, blow stuff up, drink beer, grill steaks and mow the lawn — alon...

May 24th, 2017 |  


Elephants in rooms at the end of the day

Elephants in rooms at the end of the day

Newspaper writers learn early on to use simple words and terminology in their reports — to avoid tired old clichés, hackneyed phrases and t...

May 20th, 2017 |  


Silks, satins and Stockholm syndrome

Silks, satins and Stockholm syndrome

A couple of months ago someone who had been very important in my life passed away. We had not talked or communicated since 2004 but in the 20 years pr...

May 19th, 2017 |  


Public dollars for personal statements

Public dollars for personal statements

Here we go again. There’s another movement to plaster the national motto on a government building.It’s on a couple here in Surry County al...

May 17th, 2017 |  


Hey, Mexico, turnabout is fair play

Hey, Mexico, turnabout is fair play

It’s an all-too-familiar scene:• Illegal immigrants flowing in virtually unchecked across the southern border.• Related reports of c...

May 13th, 2017 |  


Ohhhh Nooooo, Mr. Bill is back

Ohhhh Nooooo, Mr. Bill is back

It’s always odd when someone addresses me as “Mr. Colvard.” I find myself looking over my shoulder to see if Dad or Big Pa is standi...

May 12th, 2017 |  


Seeking equality with Jesus sandals

Seeking equality with Jesus sandals

It’s that time of year again — the time when my thick northern blood works against me.All winter I tell these southerners they need to go ...

May 10th, 2017 |  


Two words explain NASCAR’s woes: BO-RING!

Two words explain NASCAR’s woes: BO-RING!

My memories of stock-car racing go back to the 1960s when legendary figures such as Richard Petty, Fireball Roberts and Cale Yarborough barnstormed th...

May 6th, 2017 |