What do you think about the Starbucks coming to Mount Airy? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFil...

December 10th, 2016 |  


Yes, Virginia, they’re banning books

Yes, Virginia, they’re banning books

Though I wouldn’t favor either, a ban on classic novels in schools might be more acceptable if the detractors also targeted rap song lyrics that...

December 9th, 2016 |  


Prologue to the Gospel of John: John The Baptist

Prologue to the Gospel of John: John The Baptist

A man came, he was sent by God.His name was John.He came as a witness,to bear witness to the light,so that everyone might believethrough him.He was no...

December 9th, 2016 |  


No reindeer, no sleigh, no pizza

No reindeer, no sleigh, no pizza

It may be a little early for the obligatory “Christmas ain’t what it used to be” column in which an old geezer like myself moans and...

December 9th, 2016 updated: December 9th, 2016. |  


My childhood attempt at crime

My childhood attempt at crime

I read an article Tuesday where parents talked about some of the foolish ways young children tried to pull a fast one on their parents.Some were quite...

December 7th, 2016 |  


Ten best holiday meal planning tips

Ten best holiday meal planning tips

Let’s face it. When your 20 guests arrive for Christmas dinner, are they going to see the back of your disheveled head as you run from the room ...

December 6th, 2016 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

Are you spending more or less this Christmas season, and why? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neF...

December 3rd, 2016 updated: December 4th, 2016. |  


Betsy Ross is spinning in her grave

Betsy Ross is spinning in her grave

I’ve heard no reports recently of strange rumbling noises coming from Arch Street in Philadelphia, where Betsy Ross, who’s widely credited...

December 2nd, 2016 |  


Prologue to the Gospel of John

Prologue to the Gospel of John

Advent Season is a time to prepare for the Coming of the Lord. During the first week we rekindle our desire for the second coming of Christ. Then we m...

December 2nd, 2016 |  


Free drinks: a blessing and a curse

Free drinks: a blessing and a curse

“Don’t drink all the drinks just because they’re free,” is easy for Greta Gerwig to say. A beautiful young movie star undoubte...

December 2nd, 2016 |  


Concussions causing Panthers headaches

Despite a growing concern about head injuries in football, dozens of NFL players are still being diagnosed with concussions every year. And this seaso...

December 1st, 2016 |  


Reader takes issue with letter

To the Editor,I feel that I need to respond to Mr. Harris’s concerns in regards to the Greenway Extension (Letter to the Editor, Nov. 22, 2016)....

December 1st, 2016 |  


Can’t wrap my mind around vandalism

Can’t wrap my mind around vandalism

I’ve never understood mindless destruction of property.I just don’t get it. Why damage or destroy someone else’s possessions in orde...

December 1st, 2016 |  


No changing table for my new P.I.C.

No changing table for my new P.I.C.

There has been a lot of controversy about bathrooms of late, and even more controversy about the so called “bathroom bill,” which has led ...

November 30th, 2016 |  


The GOP elephants know their history

The GOP elephants know their history

RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats have spent much of the last week indignantly denouncing an array of Republican actions, attitudes, and option...

November 26th, 2016 |  


What Trump should do about his empire

Barack Obama was a senator, George W. Bush was a governor, Dwight Eisenhower was a general. The typical president-elect comes to the White House knowi...

November 26th, 2016 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

What was the best deal you got on Black Friday? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFi...

November 26th, 2016 |  


Macy’$ parade – no profit$ left behind

Macy’$ parade – no profit$ left behind

I always considered Thanksgiving one of the few holidays that hasn’t been totally commercialized.Sure, there’s the Black Friday aspect of ...

November 26th, 2016 |  


Thanksgiving not the best time for change

Thanksgiving not the best time for change

When a recipe recently came my way for putting a pecan crunch topping on a pumpkin pie, it seemed like a great idea. Pumpkin pie and pecan pie are arg...

November 25th, 2016 |  


He is my king

He is my king

One of the most famous kings in human history was born in 1341 BC in Egypt. He was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty and given the name Tutan...

November 25th, 2016 updated: November 25th, 2016. |  


You lost, Pat McCrory, and you know why

You lost, Pat McCrory, and you know why

My column comes out on Thursdays, which means Thanksgiving this week, but I’m having a hard time writing a thankful piece.It’s hard to fee...

November 24th, 2016 |  


Defund the grant writing machine

Defund the grant writing machine

Grants have been in the news a lot lately. These are vital, of course, to economic development. They provide millions of dollars per year to spur the ...

November 23rd, 2016 |  


Reader questions greenway extension

To the Editor,I am not a city resident but just want to see if I understand this right. The city commissioners had a work session this past Tuesday an...

November 22nd, 2016 |  


Arnder family: Sentence just, but mistrust of DA lingers

To the Editor,I believe the Honorable James Jones, United States District Judge, imposed just punishment for Sarah Looney Berry, Joshua Robert Berry, ...

November 20th, 2016 |  


Closure to a painful murder case?

Last week, a four-and-a-half-year odyssey for the friends and relatives of Donald Claude Arnder may have come to a close with the conviction of three ...

November 20th, 2016 |  


I guess the Revolution fought itself

I guess the Revolution fought itself

Many years ago in a galaxy far away, colleges and universities were forums for the free exchange of ideas, melting pots of people from different cultu...

November 19th, 2016 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

November 18th, 2016 |  


Thanksgiving forecast: Fireworks

Thanksgiving forecast: Fireworks

Two weeks and two days after what many are calling the most divisive election in U.S. history, most of us are going to be sitting down with our famili...

November 18th, 2016 |  


The mystery of suffering

The mystery of suffering

A few years ago George Barna conducted a national survey where people were asked to respond to the following question: “If you could ask God one...

November 18th, 2016 updated: November 18th, 2016. |  


Sometimes newer doesn’t mean better

Sometimes newer doesn’t mean better

We live in an age of technological advances, but just because something is new doesn’t always mean it’s better.In fact, in some ways today...

November 17th, 2016 |  


Offering my best wishes to Trump

Offering my best wishes to Trump

I guess after tossing my two cents in at every turn throughout this past election cycle, I owe my final two cents regarding the presidential election ...

November 16th, 2016 updated: November 16th, 2016. |  


Roy Cooper bucked Republican trend

Roy Cooper bucked Republican trend

RALEIGH — In a night of impressive Republican victories across the country, and right here in North Carolina, the state’s Democrats may we...

November 12th, 2016 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

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November 12th, 2016 |  


Trump-haters should now get a life

Trump-haters should now get a life

Our Founding Fathers were a brilliant bunch of people who set up a constitution and a system to handle most anything that came along, including protec...

November 12th, 2016 |  


Enough with the self-destructive choices already

Enough with the self-destructive choices already

As a nation, we have no standards anymore. Things that would have sickened us to the core a generation ago are so commonplace now they hardly raise an...

November 11th, 2016 |  


Dealing with the emotional fallout

Dealing with the emotional fallout

As I write this, it is Tuesday afternoon. Election Day is winding down. The polls are dead — either because people did early voting or are waiti...

November 10th, 2016 |  


An example of how elections should be run

Amid all the name-calling, dishonest campaigning, and Facebook flame wars, we came across one shining example of what an election should look like.And...

November 10th, 2016 |  


We must respect the wall of separation

We must respect the wall of separation

For more than two centuries our greatest governing document here in America has been molded.I use the term molded, because there are matters contained...

November 9th, 2016 |  


Vote today, unify tomorrow

We’re all tired of it.The steady stream of television attack ads, the nonsensical Facebook posts in which individuals try to berate other indivi...

November 8th, 2016 |  


From the gloom of this election comes some hope

From the gloom of this election comes some hope

By the end of the day — hopefully — this madness known as the 2016 election season will be over and done (unless Donald Trump decides he d...

November 7th, 2016 |  


Could Mount Airy Downtown help with whittling wall?

City officials revealed Thursday the idea of restoring what has been historically known as the Whittling Wall along West Oak Street, may run into a bi...

November 6th, 2016 updated: November 7th, 2016. |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

November 5th, 2016 |  


All in all, a bad week for Indians

All in all, a bad week for Indians

In an era of Black Lives Matter and loud support for Mexican illegals and refugees from Syria and Cuba, concerns of Native Americans get drowned out &...

November 5th, 2016 |  


The internet has ruined celebrity stalking

The internet has ruined celebrity stalking

Celebrity stalking is not what it used to be.With today’s celebrities constantly tweeting their whereabouts and Instagramming their fancy meals ...

November 4th, 2016 updated: November 4th, 2016. |  


Truth in a Wikipedia world

Truth in a Wikipedia world

“For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy t...

November 4th, 2016 updated: November 4th, 2016. |  


Bad lyrics really aren’t a new thing

Bad lyrics really aren’t a new thing

There some universal truths I’ve learned about humans in my 45 years.Most people believe they are good drivers, despite evidence to the contrary...

November 3rd, 2016 updated: November 3rd, 2016. |  


Poor, Powerless Pat could get the boot

Poor, Powerless Pat could get the boot

Since the N.C. General Assembly passed HB 2 in April, we have seen jobs lost, revenue flow to other states and sporting events canceled.Throughout all...

November 2nd, 2016 |  


Former GOP head takes issue with report

To the Editor,I read with concern the News report of an “altercation” at the early voting site in Dobson a few days ago. Although Surry Co...

November 1st, 2016 updated: November 1st, 2016. |  


Local business leader supports Tucker

To the Editor,Van Tucker is a man of integrity, common sense and love of his community. Van is a successful business owner and brings a wealth of know...

October 30th, 2016 |  


Extremism alive and well in Surry County?

Extremism alive and well in Surry County?

“You can take your baby-murdering ways and go back to New York or wherever you’re from.”That was the voice mail on my phone Thursday...

October 29th, 2016 |