Proud in so many ways

To the Editor,It seems like yesterday that North Surry High School started its girls’ soccer program in 1995 and I was there to watch my daughte...

May 15th, 2018 |  


Writer: Approve Shepherd’s House expansion

To the Editor:I consider it a great blessing that across my 70 years I have never been homeless. I cannot imagine what homelessness would be like.On t...

May 15th, 2018 |  


Birthing center helps growing families

Birthing center helps growing families

This is the first of two articles bringing readers the stories of a few parents who have brought their children into the world at The Birthing Center ...

May 13th, 2018 updated: May 24th, 2018. |  


Clean campaigns, apathetic voters

Congratulations to the candidates who emerged victorious in Tuesday night’s primary.In some cases, those candidates now win the right to represe...

May 13th, 2018 |  


Nothing wrong with pursuing the dreams

Nothing wrong with pursuing the dreams

We are in the midst of what I believe is often one of the more reflective times of year for many folks, when high schoolers and college students all a...

May 13th, 2018 |  


We are the apple of God’s eye

We are the apple of God’s eye

The New Testament is packed full of evidence of God’s love for us, and His great desire to bless us, His beloved children.I like that word belov...

May 11th, 2018 |  


A ‘peony’ by any other name

A ‘peony’ by any other name

A most delightful aroma was wafting out of my colleague Kim Cagle’s office on Thursday as I walked by. I looked inside, and she had a glorious b...

May 11th, 2018 |  


Picking a career is a lot like dating

Picking a career is a lot like dating

Later today I will be celebrating my big sister walking across a stage and getting a college degree.For fear of a whupping, I won’t say how old ...

May 10th, 2018 |  


Readers asks city to reconsider

To the Editor,I hope Mount Airy Mayor Rowe and the city commissioners will reconsider their recent decision to not rezone in order for the Shepherd...

May 10th, 2018 |  


Leadership means admitting when you are wrong

Being in an elected leadership position is not an easy job. While many scoff at the professional politicians in Washington who refer to it as “p...

May 9th, 2018 |  


Reader stunned by city action

To the Editor,I was astounded to read the story about the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners refusing the rezoning request for the Shepherd’s Hou...

May 8th, 2018 |  


Make your voice known

Tuesday is Primary Day, when voters will have the opportunity to go to the polls and select the GOP and Democratic party nominees — and in a cou...

May 6th, 2018 |  


Maybe we’re not so friendly afterall

Maybe we’re not so friendly afterall

There, but for the grace of God, go I.It’s a common saying, one meant to show humility, to express an understanding that every one of us could e...

May 6th, 2018 updated: May 8th, 2018. |  


Another profession falls to automation

Another profession falls to automation

Automation strikes again. Yet one more robot has taken yet one more job away from humans, and in doing so, has endangered not just any profession, but...

May 4th, 2018 |  


Connecting with God’s love

Connecting with God’s love

In the previous two articles, we have discussed God’s great love for us, and the overwhelming desire in His heart to bless and help His children...

May 4th, 2018 |  


The great ones make it look easy

The great ones make it look easy

One day a friend and I were checking out an online photography gallery and came across a beautiful shot of the setting sun behind one of the lighthous...

May 3rd, 2018 |  


Everyone knows cigarettes can kill. By the time you reach middle age, you’ve probably known a smoker who has died or is dying of lung cancer. Bu...

April 29th, 2018 |  


Minister congratulates colleague

To the Editor,What a delight to open the Mount Airy News and see on March 10 the great news that Bonnie, as she is known in Mount Airy, has been selec...

April 27th, 2018 |  


Dealing with a big birthday

Dealing with a big birthday

This past Sunday at lunch, my baby sister made a comment expressing amazement that I was going to be 60 the next day. She wasn’t being snotty be...

April 27th, 2018 updated: April 27th, 2018. |  


Understanding the love of God

Understanding the love of God

God, who created all things, loves us so much. He loves all of us even in our current condition. Everyone needs to know this. His love for us has been...

April 27th, 2018 |  


The NFL Draft kicks off tonight

The NFL Draft kicks off tonight

Tonight is the big night for college football prospects as the NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m.Teams will be picking their favorite player in the first roun...

April 26th, 2018 |  


Talking Points from the NBA Playoffs: Round 1

It’s been just under two weeks since the NBA Playoffs began and the action is already in full effect.While some match-ups seem to be following e...

April 24th, 2018 |  


Whether you’re looking for the aspirin in your medicine cabinet or recuperating in a hospital bed, safety should be uppermost in your mind. How ...

April 22nd, 2018 |  


Putting the freeze on cold hard cash

Putting the freeze on cold hard cash

We’ve all been there. Waiting in line at a convenience store or supermarket while someone ahead of us is making a purchase using a credit or deb...

April 21st, 2018 |  


Special Olympics are indeed special

Special Olympics are indeed special

Surry Special Olympics is an extraordinary thing. I’d never seen it live before covering this year’s spring games this past Friday, and I ...

April 20th, 2018 |  


The Lord our healer

The Lord our healer

Psalm 103:2-4 is an instruction to the believer, saying “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniqu...

April 20th, 2018 |  


Mark Earth Day with move to vegeterian diet

Dear Editor,April 22 marks the 50th observance of Earth Day. Each of us can celebrate by reducing our driving, use of electric energy, and consumption...

April 19th, 2018 |  


It’s hard to find facts in HR record

It’s hard to find facts in HR record

In grade school my favorite sport was baseball. I had dreams of growing into a tall, powerful pitcher.That never happened.In middle school I started t...

April 19th, 2018 |  


Taxes funding a Southern invasion?

To the Editor,I once thought that legislation was intended to promote constituents’ best interests. But sometimes politicians make laws on their...

April 19th, 2018 |  


Force Facebook to face the music

Force Facebook to face the music

It’s a situation that firmly belongs in the “this sounded like a good idea at the time” department.When the Facebook social media se...

April 14th, 2018 |  


Ghost of Sigmund Freud strikes again

Ghost of Sigmund Freud strikes again

On Saturday night, WXII News broke the critically important story that Meghan Markle’s dad had bought some books on England and was apparently s...

April 13th, 2018 updated: April 13th, 2018. |  


Why are we making these races political?

Why are we making these races political?

It’s only April, and already I’m growing weary of the campaign season.It’s a long time until November.On Saturday I sat in on a Repu...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Reader calls headline misleading

To the Editor,An article last week highlighted correspondence from the development group to the city and the headline stated ‘developer turns up...

April 10th, 2018 |  


Hasn’t McKinley been through enough?

Hasn’t McKinley been through enough?

Just when you think people couldn’t get any dumber and/or unreasonable concerning the revisionist history surrounding statues of past leaders, a...

April 7th, 2018 |  


Following in Papa’s footsteps, loudly

Following in Papa’s footsteps, loudly

Last week I bought my four-year-old grandson a drum kit, and I haven’t told his parents yet. My daughter is driving me to and from a medical pro...

April 6th, 2018 |  


NFL needs a plan to stop spending

NFL needs a plan to stop spending

The NFL Draft is still three weeks away, but at the crazy rate teams have been signing huge free-agent deals, there won’t be any money left for ...

April 5th, 2018 |  


Encore for ‘Shadow of the Mountain?’

To the Editor,Last weekend Mount Airy citizens were privileged to attend an outstanding musical at the Surry Arts Council.John Adams, a creative geniu...

April 3rd, 2018 |  


Rockets flying high into playoffs

“The Warriors are a superteam and they’re going to win the next five championships!” “The East doesn’t have any talent o...

April 2nd, 2018 |  


Peel away the emotions, and LGC made right vote

Generally, we favor the idea that local government knows best, that those closer to a community are in the best position to know what the community tr...

April 1st, 2018 |  


Census take on illegals makes sense

Census take on illegals makes sense

As I’ve said before in this space, something almost as troubling as the presence of illegal immigrants itself and the far-reaching problems surr...

March 31st, 2018 |  


Caution will get you killed

Caution will get you killed

“Deeply bitter,” was how a good friend characterized her feelings about the snow that swept through the area on Saturday.And though that s...

March 30th, 2018 |  


It’s about time to elect these two

It’s about time to elect these two

First there was Vince McMahon announcing he wants to bring back the XFL. Now there’s another football league (AAF) in the works.Here’s one...

March 28th, 2018 |  


Cooking for a crowd can be a good way to earn compliments. Preparing a special meal for a date gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills. But...

March 25th, 2018 |  


If you feed them, they will come

If you feed them, they will come

It’s a simple formula for success, really, but one sometimes overlooked, which relates to the awesome power of food.The political strategist Jam...

March 24th, 2018 |  


The Passover Lamb

The Passover Lamb

This coming Sunday, March 25, is known as Palm Sunday in the Christian Church. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Passion Week, and The Lord JesusR...

March 23rd, 2018 |  


School choice leaves me with questions

School choice leaves me with questions

At Monday’s county meeting, the commissioners had a brief interview session with candidates for the Central District seat.One of the questions t...

March 22nd, 2018 updated: March 22nd, 2018. |  


City board action alarming

Mount Airy Commissioner Steve Yokeley was a little miffed.And he had a right to be.Recently, he asked that a particular item be placed on the agenda f...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


City school’s Brown receives recognition

City school’s Brown receives recognition

A Mount Airy school official was recently recognized for his work with a statewide education award.Dr. Phillip Brown was one of five recipients in Nor...

March 20th, 2018 |  


Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation

Northern Cardiac Rehabilitation is improving the lives of people living in Mount Airy and the surrounding communities who have had heart attacks, hear...

March 18th, 2018 |  


Student gun protest falls short of mark(s)

Student gun protest falls short of mark(s)

Given that there are definitely two sides to the issue, I wonder what would have happened this week if students had mounted a massive counter-protest ...

March 16th, 2018 |