My new-found trust in God

My new-found trust in God

Recently, the words “In God We Trust” were placed prominently on the walls of the Surry County courthouse.Normally, I would take issue wit...

February 24th, 2016 |  


Pope should put own house in order

Pope should put own house in order

I’ve made a habit of not trashing anyone’s religion, whether it’s a Southern Baptist, Northern Baptist, Western Baptist, Eastern Bap...

February 20th, 2016 |  


Have we become a selfish generation?

Have we become a selfish generation?

We greet you in the name of the lord and savior Jesus Christ. I am truly honored to share the wonderful word with you. There is so much joy in the nam...

February 19th, 2016 |  


Joining a cult is easier than you think

Joining a cult is easier than you think

Briefly during the spring of 2004, I was a member of a cult, a fact which totally eluded me at the time. As I seem to be saying lately with alarming r...

February 19th, 2016 updated: February 20th, 2016. |  


Truly wonderful the mind of a child is

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is

Over the past couple of months I’ve been covering school board meetings for the paper.Hearing about these schools and teachers has really brough...

February 18th, 2016 |  


Take coach’s advice

Take coach’s advice

“Act like you’ve been there before,” is what my old high school football coach used to say.That remark was one I often repeated. Whe...

February 17th, 2016 |  


Cam Newton – how do you like him now?

Cam Newton – how do you like him now?

Back in November, I had the unmitigated audacity and sheer gall to write a column criticizing the behavior of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton...

February 13th, 2016 |  


Let’s get serious with God

Let’s get serious with God

We greet you in the name of the Lord. I am so humbly honored to connect with each and every one of you readers out there. I always love to fellowship ...

February 12th, 2016 |  


Piers Morgan needs to chill

Piers Morgan needs to chill

I must take serious issue with Piers Morgan’s recent disparagement of Susan Sarandon’s bosom.This is an outrage. Ms. Sarandon is in posses...

February 11th, 2016 |  


Columns are a pain in the funny bone

Columns are a pain in the funny bone

On Tuesdays I write a weekly column that runs on Thursday.Some weeks I have to think a bit on a topic, but usually something happens over the weekend ...

February 11th, 2016 |  


My soft spot exposed

My soft spot exposed

As a writer at this publication I make a very concerted effort to put a game face on. I attempt to emotionally detach myself from every situation abou...

February 10th, 2016 |  


Resource fair about lending a helping hand

Resource fair about lending a helping hand

Helping someone help themselves was one of the primary goals of the recent “Community Supervision Resource Fair” held at the Surry County ...

February 7th, 2016 |  


Cute Little Girl Syndrome rears ugly head

Cute Little Girl Syndrome rears ugly head

If someone had the wherewithal to take a poll on something besides the presidential race (which surveys show is the top polling topic these days), I&#...

February 6th, 2016 |  


Brie is back and I never knew it was gone

Brie is back and I never knew it was gone

Brie is making a comeback, or so I heard a few weeks ago. Imagine my surprise. I had no idea that it had gone anywhere.Not once in the 34 years since ...

February 5th, 2016 updated: February 5th, 2016. |  


Name dropping means nothing without Jesus

Name dropping means nothing without Jesus

Greetings to you in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We come to you once again in this month of February 2016. My how time goes by, anoth...

February 5th, 2016 |  


All for 30 pieces of silver

All for 30 pieces of silver

Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for a reward of 30 silver coins, according to the Gospel of Matthew.Whether the coins were Tyrian shekels or AntiochR...

February 3rd, 2016 |  


It’s an honor just to be nominated

It’s an honor just to be nominated

First, let me humbly thank all the members of the Academy for nominating me in the category of best actor in a comedy series.I’d also like to th...

January 30th, 2016 |  


To thine own self be true, and to God be true

To thine own self be true, and to God be true

Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, had a line that said, “To thine own self be true.”How often have we fooled ourselves into thinking we...

January 29th, 2016 |  


It was a cold, dry month

It was a cold, dry month

“Do it,” they said.“It will be good for you,” they said.“You’ll lose weight,” they said.“You’ll ...

January 29th, 2016 updated: January 29th, 2016. |  


That’s why they brag about our water

That’s why they brag about our water

You hear all the time about how great the local water supply is, and how much we all should be thankful for that.Every time Mount Airy officials list ...

January 23rd, 2016 |  


Living a salt and light life

Living a salt and light life

I imagine by now, all of you fairly local to the Carolinas, have seen a bumper sticker, or window decal, or perhaps a t-shirt that says “SALT LI...

January 22nd, 2016 |  


The King is dead; Long live the King

The King is dead; Long live the King

Even though I am sipping coffee from an Elvis mug of unknown provenance while writing this column, I believe the time has come for us as a society to ...

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


Today’s music pales next to the past

Today’s music pales next to the past

Last week, the music world lost David Bowie. While that was a significant loss, it pales in comparison to Monday’s news that Glenn Frey had died...

January 21st, 2016 |  


The prolification of misinformation

The prolification of misinformation

I never thought my career would turn toward journalism.I did some journalism while I was in the army, but I always thought I’d get into activism...

January 20th, 2016 |  


Some creative punishments for litterers

Some creative punishments for litterers

Geographically speaking, we are fortunate to live in a great part of the world — blessed with a rural landscape offering beautiful views of the ...

January 15th, 2016 |  


Check your spirital growth chart

Check your spirital growth chart

Where are you right now in your relationship with God? Do you have a deep and satisfying experience with your Maker? Are you happy about where you are...

January 15th, 2016 |  


‘Never seen Star Wars’ is the new vegan

‘Never seen Star Wars’ is the new vegan

The weekend before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened in December, NPR rebroadcast the “All Things Considered” review of th...

January 15th, 2016 |  


Dirty play has a long history in NFL

Dirty play has a long history in NFL

On Sunday I read an editorial that said Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict should be banned from the NFL after his hard hit on WR Antonio Brown in ...

January 13th, 2016 updated: January 14th, 2016. |  


Second, third and even fourth are OK

Second, third and even fourth are OK

Since beginning work here at The News I’ve been surprised by more than one thing. However, the number of vehicle accidents has me questioning ho...

January 13th, 2016 |  


Hopefully we get it right as time marches on

Coaches and others involved in sports leadership positions will tell you that sports are good for the individuals involved, particularly young folks. ...

January 12th, 2016 updated: January 12th, 2016. |  


Baseball Hall voting leaves me stumped

Baseball Hall voting leaves me stumped

Every year about this time I roll my eyes and shake my head.The MLB has a new class for Cooperstown.On one hand, as a 20-year newspaper man, I’d...

January 10th, 2016 |  


Taking aim at violent video games

Taking aim at violent video games

It amazes me that in the latest (of our many) gun-control debates, more attention is not given to the role violent video games could be playing in the...

January 9th, 2016 |  


Do you crave eternal life?

Do you crave eternal life?

Thank God for taste buds! Have you considered how very much God loves you, to have given you taste buds, and then to have provided for you the delicio...

January 8th, 2016 |  


The abbots are restless

The abbots are restless

The abbots are restless. The abbots being the legions of “Downton Abbey” fans who could not wait for last Sunday’s premiere of the s...

January 8th, 2016 |  


Living for the view

Living for the view

Everybody lives life for a different reason.There are some who like stuff. Whether it’s guns, jewelry, automobiles or something else, many peopl...

January 6th, 2016 |  


Bill Cosby ain’t so funny anymore

Bill Cosby ain’t so funny anymore

I am a collector of various things, including old 45 rpm records and albums, which once were the preferred means of listening to music in the days bef...

January 2nd, 2016 |  


A new year, new opportunities

A new year, new opportunities

Beginning a new year with resolutions never really works, at least not for me. Probably because I don’t respond well to pressure, even if the pr...

January 1st, 2016 |  


New Year’s Day a time for quiet?

New Year’s Day a time for quiet?

If you ask me what my favorite holiday is, chances are I’ll probably respond with whichever one happens to be the closest on the calendar.I writ...

December 29th, 2015 updated: December 30th, 2015. |  


Warm weather’s nice, but cause for concern

Warm weather’s nice, but cause for concern

The other day I passed by a marquee promoting the latest movie being shown at the Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy, which happened to be “Wh...

December 26th, 2015 |  


Christmas Eve, no time to be alone

Christmas Eve, no time to be alone

For the first time in my entire life, I didn’t have any plans for Christmas Eve this year and I must say, it felt weird. Christmas Eve dinner at...

December 25th, 2015 |  


Tis the season to create new memories

Tis the season to create new memories

Wouldn’t you know it? My day to print a column would happen to fall on Christmas Eve.Wanting to write a holiday story, I sat at my keyboard for ...

December 24th, 2015 |  


Best Christmas ever

Best Christmas ever

My list of Christmas experiences is pretty lengthy. I’ve got 29 years’ worth of them.This time of year, the memories of both good and bad ...

December 23rd, 2015 |  


Leave poor Alexander Hamilton alone!

Leave poor Alexander Hamilton alone!

Upon examining a recent movement to banish Alexander Hamilton’s face from the $10 bill — one of the low points of 2015, in my opinion R...

December 19th, 2015 |  


Isn’t my money enough to give away?

Isn’t my money enough to give away?

I know I’m officially middle-aged now that I often start sentences with “Do you remember when …”Still, it does seem like so ma...

December 17th, 2015 |  


A threat from within

A threat from within

Throughout the years I’ve learned many things about government and the way it works. I’ve had a front-row seat to politics.I also studied ...

December 16th, 2015 |  


Does political correctness affect economy?

Does political correctness affect economy?

Just when you might have thought the politically correct among us finally had pulled out all of the stops, yet another example emerges. This time it d...

December 12th, 2015 |  


Yes, he’s a horse but not ‘just’ a horse

Yes, he’s a horse but not ‘just’ a horse

Of the 12 finalists for Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” award, only 11 are actual persons.The twelfth is a horse but no...

December 11th, 2015 |  


Personal freedoms and saving lives

Personal freedoms and saving lives

When I was really young, my dad told me something I didn’t quite understand, but over the years it has rung true time and time again.He said, &#...

December 10th, 2015 |  


Gun control, gun freedom can go together

Gun control, gun freedom can go together

Those of you who know me, or have read many of my columns, know I come from a fairly conservative family, and I have a politically and socially conser...

December 8th, 2015 |  


Pulling the plug on ‘paid patriotism’

Pulling the plug on ‘paid patriotism’

You can hardly watch any sporting event on television these days without some type of tribute to the military being included — maybe it’s ...

December 5th, 2015 |