Jeb Stuart’s new home is perfect

Jeb Stuart’s new home is perfect

Last year a Patrick County, Virginia, judge opted to remove a portrait of Confederate General J.E.B. “Jeb” Stuart from the county courthou...

May 18th, 2016 |  


Don’t forget to enjoy the day

Don’t forget to enjoy the day

Today, we have a story relating the Saturday graduation exercises at Surry Community College. Over the coming weeks we’ll have similar stories c...

May 15th, 2016 |  


‘Mayberry’ no stranger to horrific crimes

‘Mayberry’ no stranger to horrific crimes

When tragedies occur such as the Wednesday murder and robbery of an elderly woman on Franklin Street in Mount Airy, people typically react in the same...

May 14th, 2016 |  


Longing for more? Come to Jesus through His Word

Longing for more? Come to Jesus through His Word

Perhaps like the blind beggar longing to see, as I shared last Friday, are you longing for more? More love? More peace? More of an understanding of Go...

May 13th, 2016 |  


Where have all the real names gone?

Where have all the real names gone?

Not a day goes by that I don’t deal with children’s names at work and yet, sometimes, almost a week can pass without coming across a child...

May 13th, 2016 |  


A tangled (world wide) web we weave

A tangled (world wide) web we weave

To paraphrase Walter Scott, Oh what a tangled (world wide) web we weave when first we practice to deceive.The continued growth of the internet certain...

May 12th, 2016 |  


Learning a lesson from the short man

Learning a lesson from the short man

Recently, there has been much talk about littering in Surry County. There’s even been a meeting involving representation from just about every e...

May 11th, 2016 |  


Finding the quiet in life

Finding the quiet in life

Two things happened this week that made me stop a bit and reflect on how life once was not too long ago, what it’s becoming, and what we can do ...

May 8th, 2016 |  


Prayer still has a place in America

Prayer still has a place in America

As a small-town newspaper reporter who often covers local government and crime stories, it’s not every day that I get to write about something t...

May 7th, 2016 |  


Longing for more

Longing for more

Are you longing for more in your life? Whatever your longing or your desire, Jesus invites us to come to Him. In Mark’s Gospel 10:46-52, we hear...

May 6th, 2016 |  


Next year at Churchill Downs

Next year at Churchill Downs

Last year was the best Kentucky Derby ever. There wasn’t a big hat or mint julep in sight, except on the television screen of course, where ther...

May 6th, 2016 |  


Guitar obsession is ruling my free time

Guitar obsession is ruling my free time

Hello, my name is Jeff, and I’m an addict.Not of booze, pills, illegal drugs or tobacco. And I’m not a sex addict or one of those weirdos ...

May 4th, 2016 |  


Not sold on teacher pay increases

Not sold on teacher pay increases

Recently, there has been much discussion of teacher pay in North Carolina. Folks, including those who have spent decades in education, have said it...

May 4th, 2016 |  


Just what democracy needs – more felons

Just what democracy needs – more felons

There are plenty of things wrong with our democratic system, as evidenced by what’s been occurring recently with the presidential delegate situa...

April 29th, 2016 |  


Russian roulette at the dinner table

Russian roulette at the dinner table

I love to eat as much as the next person. I would wager that more often than not, I love to eat more than the next person. At some point, I may die fo...

April 29th, 2016 |  


April means market time in High Point

It’s late April, so right on cue I can find some awesome photography on my friend Powell’s Facebook page.You see, Powell likes to celebrat...

April 28th, 2016 |  


Coke threatens America

Coke threatens America

There’s a lot of talk about how many things threaten the state of America today.Of course, the usual suspects are radical Islamic terrorism, dru...

April 27th, 2016 |  


Is everything in America for sale?

Is everything in America for sale?

Rather than just calling what I’ve produced here today a newspaper column, I would like to announce that it hereby shall be known as the Acer Co...

April 23rd, 2016 |  


Dreams can come true

Dreams can come true

A couple of weeks ago when “I dreamt I went to Manderley again,” perhaps I didn’t dream it at all. Perhaps I actually went. At least...

April 22nd, 2016 updated: April 22nd, 2016. |  


Videogame leads to PTSD for pets

Videogame leads to PTSD for pets

On Tuesday night, I found myself yelling at the TV.This isn’t an uncommon occurrence in the home of a sports nuts. I’m sure if you had a m...

April 21st, 2016 |  


When it all ends, I’ve got plans

When it all ends, I’ve got plans

If you haven’t been following the latest saga of the world’s imminent end, you really are missing out.A couple weeks ago some media outlet...

April 20th, 2016 |  


All that work for a measly $2 tax refund

All that work for a measly $2 tax refund

I’ll be the first to admit that the picture of me which appears with this column every week could stand some improvement — starting with t...

April 16th, 2016 |  


‘But ya ahh, Blanche! But ya ahh!’

‘But ya ahh, Blanche! But ya ahh!’

The other day my daughter posted a goofy meme on Facebook that referenced “Silence of the Lambs” and she tagged me on it.The image was a f...

April 15th, 2016 updated: April 15th, 2016. |  


Who wins the ultimate NBA finals?

Who wins the ultimate NBA finals?

With the Golden State Warriors wrapping up a historic regular season, I thought I’d chime in on a debate that has been going on for months among...

April 14th, 2016 |  


Flying a flag of unfulfilled promises

Flying a flag of unfulfilled promises

As anybody who follows the news well knows, the North Carolina General Assembly recently passed legislation to overturn a Charlotte ordinance.State la...

April 13th, 2016 |  


PayPal no friend to fair play

PayPal no friend to fair play

Let me get this straight: Business deals in America are now being based on which place has the best pro-gay laws?Hmmm, I seem to remember a time long ...

April 9th, 2016 |  


Music world loses another legend

Music world loses another legend

For a couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about writing a column on music, and Wednesday’s news was the clincher.A month ago, an AC/DC conc...

April 7th, 2016 |  


How long before they tax our seats?

How long before they tax our seats?

Earlier this year, I covered an event at the Mount Airy Public Library in which a Beatles expert presented an extremely interesting program on that ba...

April 2nd, 2016 |  


To sleep, perchance to dream

To sleep, perchance to dream

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”Well, not really. But I did have a very strange dream about horse shows and though I don&#...

April 1st, 2016 |  


It’s time to stop this silly trend

It’s time to stop this silly trend

Education is an enormous expense for county taxpayers.Funding education was a common concern and topic for candidates at a forum before the March prim...

March 31st, 2016 |  


The voyage of the SS Red Rocket

The voyage of the SS Red Rocket

I’ve written a few columns which have shown my liberal ideals.After each of them I get a few remarks like, “The roads lead north.”&#...

March 30th, 2016 |  


With databases, no one escapes ‘justice’

With databases, no one escapes ‘justice’

They say everyone has a skeleton in their closet of some kind, which has compelled me to offer a confession today to you, the dear readers.In third gr...

March 26th, 2016 |  


‘Getting real’ at the top of the food chain

‘Getting real’ at the top of the food chain

At the end of last week, I put out a contract on a poor innocent animal and ordered its execution.The experience has been, to say the least, thought p...

March 25th, 2016 |  


Don’t ask Jeff his favorite film

Don’t ask Jeff his favorite film

A coworker asked me the other day, “What’s your favorite movie of all time?”Sheesh, you can’t just walk up to a guy and ask hi...

March 24th, 2016 |  


Earth might be ‘flat’

Earth might be ‘flat’

The other day a county commissioner presented the economic findings of a notable economics professor.In short, the findings were a little gloomy.The r...

March 23rd, 2016 |  


Election Night easier, but less thrilling

Election Night easier, but less thrilling

The technological advances we enjoy today generally have made life easier, but there usually are downsides to such things — sort of like when Dr...

March 18th, 2016 |  


Eisenhower, Reagan and Jason Wu — Sartorial hits of Republicans past

Eisenhower, Reagan and Jason Wu — Sartorial hits of Republicans past

Maybe I’m reading too much into Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe at last week’s state dinner, but I think she has thrown in the towel as far as...

March 17th, 2016 updated: March 17th, 2016. |  


Gloom, despair and agony on me

Gloom, despair and agony on me

Some people just seem to be lucky.I am not one of them.If there is any sort of event or pastime that has an element of luck to it, I am in trouble.The...

March 17th, 2016 |  


Throwing out medium

Throwing out medium

Disheveled is my look of choice most days.Having spent some time in the army, I never want to shave my face every day or concern myself with how my ha...

March 16th, 2016 |  


A sad day for the water cooler

A sad day for the water cooler

It was with little regret that I said a not so fond farewell to the cable TV company and with even less regret that I later bid adieu to the satellite...

March 11th, 2016 |  


Too much advantage for Bishop, Prep

Too much advantage for Bishop, Prep

Last week, Tommy Morrison, WPAQ Radio, shared a column written by a sports parent from Andrews.Tim Wood said many of the same things that I have heard...

March 10th, 2016 |  


Too much advantage for Bishop, Prep

Too much advantage for Bishop, Prep

Last week, Tommy Morrison, WPAQ Radio, shared a column written by a sports parent from Andrews, N.C.Tim Wood said many of the same things that I have ...

March 9th, 2016 |  


My political identity crisis

My political identity crisis

Earlier in the week I hit a milestone in life.Not really. I simply turned 30-years-old. That basically means I’ve bumbled around the world for t...

March 9th, 2016 |  


The ‘establishment’ needs re-establishing

The ‘establishment’ needs re-establishing

If you’re like me, you admire a game-changer — but thoroughly despise a game-rigger.The game-changers are those guys who rush for 200 yard...

March 5th, 2016 |  


Dead men’s clothes do tell tales

Dead men’s clothes do tell tales

Twenty-five years is a long time to go without new clothes. I know because I’ve done it. Oh, I bought clothes alright but none of them were new ...

March 4th, 2016 |  


I don’t give a hoot about the Oscars

I don’t give a hoot about the Oscars

So, the Oscars were handed out in the past week.And I can’t even pretend to care.There are probably lots of people out there who feel the same. ...

March 3rd, 2016 |  


Big Brother Raleigh is watching

Big Brother Raleigh is watching

We all need somebody to watch us on occasion. Part of human nature is pushing limits and boundaries.As a child you push the edges all the time. How ma...

March 2nd, 2016 |  


Charlotte restroom law needs flushing

Charlotte restroom law needs flushing

In this increasingly topsy-turvy world where down is up and black is white, one thing that’s been a constant is the proverbial men’s room,...

February 26th, 2016 |  


I can only imagine

I can only imagine

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, I am so honored to do these articles and most of all having the opportunity to write to you about the goodness ...

February 26th, 2016 |  


Actions have consequences

Actions have consequences

Actions have consequences.What parent hasn’t lobbed that old chestnut at a misbehaving teenager and most likely gotten an eye roll in return? Bu...

February 26th, 2016 |