The preaching of the cross

The preaching of the cross

The Christian Church is now entering the season when the message of the Cross of Calvary will be greatly emphasized all over the world. Sermons will b...

March 16th, 2018 |  


Parenthood requires extreme honesty

Parenthood requires extreme honesty

Sometimes a parent has to deal with the tough questions. It comes with the territory. Being in charge of a small human, and being the fount of all wis...

March 15th, 2018 updated: March 16th, 2018. |  


Are real men going the way of 8-track?

Are real men going the way of 8-track?

Recent conversations with some female friends brought up some interesting ideas about dating in today’s world.One friend grew up on a farm and l...

March 15th, 2018 |  


Reader: Mount Airy great, but…

Dear Editor:My wife, Bobbie, and I relocated from Florida to Surry County a few years ago after having searched a great deal of the United States look...

March 14th, 2018 |  


March Madness: What are the Odds?

Nonstop basketball for the next three or so weeks is a sports fan’s dream. Fans across the nation are filling out brackets, only to throw them i...

March 13th, 2018 |  


It’s about time clock changes ended

It’s about time clock changes ended

Another time change is upon us this weekend, something it seems as if we did only yesterday — yet here we are once again.Of course, the shift to...

March 10th, 2018 |  


Answer for multitude without a shepherd

Answer for multitude without a shepherd

When Dr. Billy Graham preached in the Los Angeles Coliseum during the 25-day 1963 Crusade, he personally preached to 910,000 people. I have a picture ...

March 9th, 2018 |  


What is Y.A. anyway?

What is Y.A. anyway?

What’s the deal with all this ‘young adult literature’ anyway? Or ‘Y. A.” as it’s called by the people who write i...

March 9th, 2018 updated: March 9th, 2018. |  


Combine displays great safety choices

Combine displays great safety choices

The NFL Combine was held over the weekend for the 336 college football players hoping to be drafted next month.Watching the NFL Network’s covera...

March 8th, 2018 |  


Barter Theatre? Yes, please

To the Editor,I have lived in Mount Airy my entire life. I spent my high school years cheering on the Granite Bears, I look forward to the Autumn Leav...

March 5th, 2018 |  


Vote’s done, time to get to work

Thursday’s vote by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to sign an agreement with the Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia, could be a game-cha...

March 4th, 2018 |  


Selective outrage strikes again

Selective outrage strikes again

It always amazes me how something can be identified as a major concern and everyone jumps on the bandwagon to address it — complete with candlel...

March 3rd, 2018 |  


Cultural appropriation is ‘ugly’ business

Cultural appropriation is ‘ugly’ business

If it’s Milan Fashion Week, as it was last week, it goes without saying that Gucci is treading in the deep doo-doo of loud outcries protesting c...

March 2nd, 2018 |  


Remembering ‘America’s Pastor’ — Dr. Billy Graham

Remembering ‘America’s Pastor’ — Dr. Billy Graham

On Feb. 21, shockwaves crossed our nation and throughout the world, with the news that our beloved Evangelist Billy Graham had died at age 99. Within ...

March 2nd, 2018 |  


Fashion Week, the news so far

Fashion Week, the news so far

At the risk of biting the hand that feeds me, I have to say the Mount Airy News is, as a general rule, woefully deficient in bringing fashion news to ...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Bad leadership dooming Gibson guitars

Bad leadership dooming Gibson guitars

In the past month, rumors have been mounting that Gibson Brands, one of the most iconic guitar companies in the world, could be headed into bankruptcy...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Real life figures show Barter a bad deal?

To the Editor,Letters have been printed both for and against the Barter deal, but one thread runs through them all. Those for the deal seem guided mai...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Barter deal about investment

To the Editor,Redeveloping the Spencer property with a hotel and theater may be the greatest opportunity for economic growth and investment in Mount A...

March 1st, 2018 |  


View Barter vote as economic incentive request

Today Mount Airy commissioners are scheduled to finally vote on the Barter Theatre project.The project calls for the city to build a downtown theater ...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Reader supports Barter proposal

To the Editor,“There are 3 kinds of people in the world - those who love math and those who don’t.”That funny tee shirt exemplifies ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Reader: Barter key to economic life

To The EditorI am for the Barter Theatre and here’s why……because I am a fiscal conservative and a capitalist! We can discuss all the...

February 25th, 2018 |  


Stroke treatment: When minutes save lives

Stroke treatment: When minutes save lives

“Every minute counts when dealing with a potential stroke situation – so if you think you’re having a stroke, call 911 immediately s...

February 25th, 2018 |  


Shooting off their mouths on guns

Shooting off their mouths on guns

When doctors treat people for the flu, they just don’t focus on the fever or headaches — the full range of symptoms is targeted, yet that ...

February 24th, 2018 |  


What to expect in the NBA’s second half

A surprisingly entertaining all-star weekend has come and gone and it’s time for NBA franchises to buckle down.The final stretch of the season i...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


Pilot Mountain: Asleep at the wheel for tourism

To the Editor,Like many income-strapped in the NC Foothills, I look to local resources and opportunities to supplement income. Not just me but my mill...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


Forever 32, the mirror lies again

Forever 32, the mirror lies again

Occasionally, a mirror will sneak up on me, and before I can avert my gaze, I catch a glimpse of myself. And that old man staring back out of the mirr...

February 23rd, 2018 updated: February 23rd, 2018. |  


Barter’s past preview of future?

To the Editor,Being a native of Mount Airy, I have followed the possible addition of the Batter Theatre to the town. With the very real possibility of...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


White Plains names teacher, assistant of the year

White Plains names teacher, assistant of the year

White Plains Elementary School recently announced the school’s teacher of the year and teaching assitant of the year.Trina Goettel, who teaches ...

February 22nd, 2018 |  


Panthers’ GM can’t listen to his heart

Panthers’ GM can’t listen to his heart

On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers announced that Marty Hurney has been upgraded from interim general manager to full-time GM.After struggling at tim...

February 22nd, 2018 |  


State, nation mourn Billy Graham

America, and North Carolina in particular, has lost a national treasure.Billy Graham, perhaps the best-known evangelist in the world, died in the earl...

February 22nd, 2018 |  


Time for Congress to act on guns

To the Editor,Here we are again. Reeling from another national tragedy that has cut short the lives of an unacceptable number of people.It should both...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Barter represents chance for growth

To the Editor,Hi, I’m Bill DiPretoro and I live at 610 N Main St – I’ve only been in Mount Airy for 12 years and I have a funny last...

February 18th, 2018 |  


Barter proposal simply bad business

To the Editor,I write with respect to the proposed expenditure by the city of substantial taxpayer funds to subsidize the Barter Theatre project.Over ...

February 18th, 2018 |  


City’s shabby treatment is unacceptable

The Surry Arts Council deserves better.Throughout its nearly 50-year history, the arts council has been a champion for the arts and local school child...

February 18th, 2018 |  


A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

It’s often said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could be the latest high-profile exam...

February 17th, 2018 |  


Let’s spread a little more love!

Let’s spread a little more love!

Greeting’s my friends; it is an absolute pleasure to speak with you for a moment. I would like to speak to you concerning the Lord and Savior Je...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Fashion Week, the news so far

Fashion Week, the news so far

At the risk of biting the hand that feeds me, I have to say the Mount Airy News is, as a general rule, woefully deficient in bringing fashion news to ...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Theater needs ‘Design on a Dime’ approach

Theater needs ‘Design on a Dime’ approach

As any readers of my weekly column knows, I’m a movie fanatic and sports nut.On the other hand, my best friend likes to watch a lot of the ̶...

February 15th, 2018 |  


Legislature lashes Cooper Jerry Springer-style

Legislature lashes Cooper Jerry Springer-style

RALEIGH — For a solid 30 minutes, it looked like state legislators might actually have a bill that everyone could support.House and Senate leade...

February 12th, 2018 updated: February 13th, 2018. |  


Advanced 3-D mammography available at Northern Hospital

Advanced 3-D mammography available at Northern Hospital

Northern Hospital of Surry County now offers breakthrough breast-cancer screening technology—called the Genius 3D Mammography exam — to re...

February 11th, 2018 updated: February 12th, 2018. |  


More info needed before Barter vote

After years of waiting, of studies and committee meetings and public discussions, Mount Airy commissioners are being asked to approve spending million...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Barter would be huge gamble

To the Editor,Barter Theater … Wow, they’ve got the air; all they need is our airplane.Last Thursday night Barter Theater’s presenta...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Seniors deserve raises, too

To the Editor,In my opinion, the senior citizens got left out of all the raises and bonuses.We didn’t get anything, and Medicare got it. We live...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Barter would be boon to city

To the editor,I am sorry that I was unable to attend the public meeting to support the possible expansion of the Barter Theatre to downtown Mount airy...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Frontier justice does have its place

Frontier justice does have its place

I know the justice system draws a lot of criticism, some of which is warranted, but when functioning properly it provides one of the last few places o...

February 10th, 2018 |  


The road to success is being the best

The road to success is being the best

We greet each and every one of you in the name of the The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We appreciate so much the reading of the articles each week. W...

February 9th, 2018 |  


A red roadster: a dream that won’t die

A red roadster: a dream that won’t die

A red roadster has been an object of desire for me since 1970. Ever since seeing the movie “Love Story,” I have wanted one with all my hea...

February 9th, 2018 |  


Try a different approach to anthem issue

Try a different approach to anthem issue

A hundred years ago, it was quite uncommon for a man to give a woman a diamond engagement ring. Couples exchanged gold bands on their wedding day, but...

February 8th, 2018 |  


Biggest questions coming out of Super Bowl LII

A rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX surpassed all expectations when the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl by defeating the New England Patriots...

February 5th, 2018 |  


Why is the NFL so anti-American?

Why is the NFL so anti-American?

In this day and age, it is extremely unusual for more than six in 10 Americans (about 65 percent) to be viewing the same television program on a given...

February 3rd, 2018 |