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. |  


Dog owner perplexed

To the Editor,Please help me figure out this mystery. My dog Yogi went missing two days after Christmas from North Chatham Road in Mount Airy. I am no...

January 11th, 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 |  


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...

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 |  


Billboard dispute about more than scenery

On at least two occasions in recent months, the Surry County Board of Commissioners has addressed the issue of billboard proliferation in Surry County...

January 7th, 2016 |  


New Virginia gun measure nothing but PR stunt

Last week, Virginia officials announced that, effective Feb. 1, the state would no longer recognize concealed carry permits issued in most other state...

January 6th, 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 |  


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...

January 1st, 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 |  


The party of Trump?

The party of Trump?

Political parties are often defined by their leaders.The Democratic party was once the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. That party was known as the...

December 30th, 2015 |  


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. |  


Study tells what affects migrant decisions

RALEIGH — The U.S. Census Bureau just confirmed what everyone already suspected: North Carolina now has more than 10 million residents. We’...

December 26th, 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 |  


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...

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 |  


Christmas is always merry and joyful

Christmas is always merry and joyful

First I will make some points on the history of the day. The day celebrates John 1. Jesus is the Word, the Word which is God. He came into being to be...

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 |  


MAPRA changes dynamics of downtown debate

The formation of the Mount Airy Property Rights Alliance (MAPRA) has changed the dynamic of the stewing controversy over the Redevelopment Commission&...

December 20th, 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 |  


Yokefellow leader thankful for support

We did it again! Through your generous love and support we have continued to meet the needs of those in crisis in our community. By partnering with us...

December 19th, 2015 |  


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...

December 18th, 2015 |  


Respond during this season of Advent

Respond during this season of Advent

This last week before Christmas is a time to respond to the Lord who calls us. To help our responding, I will suggest reflecting on the first chapter ...

December 18th, 2015 |  


Confessions of a Christmas procrastinator

Confessions of a Christmas procrastinator

Every year at about this time, I realize that once again I have missed the boat on sending out Christmas cards. The next thought is usually, “we...

December 18th, 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 |  


RDC proposal worth further study

The Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission unveiled a new strategy last week, one aimed at trying to gain traction for its expansive downtown redevelopme...

December 16th, 2015 |  


Repeating history with Trump?

The world once knew a charismatic leader who wooed his country into believing that people of a certain religious faith were a danger to the people of ...

December 15th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up

To the staff at Dobson Elementary School for its recent recognition as one of the top Title I schools in North Carolina.The recognition means the scho...

December 12th, 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 |  


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...

December 11th, 2015 updated: December 11th, 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 |  


Prepare during the Advent season

Prepare during the Advent season

Isaiah was called to prepare the way of God into the history of Israel. The Jews had become lost and in their fear and anger had wandered from the Lor...

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 |  


Call for unity a good sign

Last week three members of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners took the oath of office — Mayor-elected David Rowe was not able to do so becaus...

December 8th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To Nathaniel Lowther, an East Surry student who was honored earlier this week by the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners. That came in recognition f...

December 5th, 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 |  


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...

December 4th, 2015 |  


Lights can shine for a different reason

Lights can shine for a different reason

The world would have been better off if Wayne had lived. The level of kindness and generosity that he possessed is rare and the world is worse off wit...

December 4th, 2015 |  


Beware, be alert, be vigilant, be awake, be aware

Beware, be alert, be vigilant, be awake, be aware

There are many ways of saying it. Matthew, Mark and Luke agree that we should keep our eyes forward because Jesus will come again. Translators, of the...

December 4th, 2015 updated: December 4th, 2015. |  


Comprehensive plan adoption is welcome

The City of Mount Airy first adopted a comprehensive plan in 1961 and it was of great value for several years, being reviewed and amended annually as ...

December 3rd, 2015 updated: December 3rd, 2015. |  


Saving the holidays

Saving the holidays

“Ho, Ho, Ho,” said the fat man, and “Aren’t you going to eat some pie?” asked granny.Holiday cheer is in the air, and I&...

December 2nd, 2015 |  


Accept the good, and bad, of our history

Accept the good, and bad, of our history

George Orwell’s dreary view of the future, in which everyone must think only approved thoughts, where history is sanitized and rewritten to supp...

December 1st, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up To…

To First Baptist Church and the dozens of community volunteers who helped serve the 19th annual Free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the church. ...

November 28th, 2015 |  


What was Thanksgiving No. 1 really like?

What was Thanksgiving No. 1 really like?

I would guess that most people observed Thanksgiving Day Thursday in the conventional manner — a big meal with family and friends gathered aroun...

November 28th, 2015 |