Will people become slaves to robots?

Will people become slaves to robots?

When covering a Lego League tournament last month in Dobson, I was impressed by what was occurring.About 170 middle-school-age students were gathered ...

December 9th, 2017 |  


Journey toward Christmas continues

Journey toward Christmas continues

We move along our journey to Christmas, hopefully no one has wandered off hypnotized by the glitz and glitter. Now we listen for the voice of John the...

December 8th, 2017 |  


As sex scandals go, Woody Allen is old news

As sex scandals go, Woody Allen is old news

I saw something on television yesterday morning that I haven’t seen in a long time. A very long time.A network TV commercial for a new Woody All...

December 8th, 2017 |  


2017 tops even 2016 in music deaths

2017 tops even 2016 in music deaths

I’m going to blame it on my fellow journalists.It’s all your fault that 2017 is trying its best to top 2016 for taking away all our musici...

December 7th, 2017 |  


Reader takes issue with column

To the editor,I have some very obvious problems with this column.I read in several reputable publications that the trial mentioned seemed fair and sup...

December 5th, 2017 |  


Writer alleges newspaper bias

To the Editor,My family is a 6 day subscriber of The Mount Airy News. One thing in particular that I enjoy is reading about local community events tha...

December 3rd, 2017 updated: December 4th, 2017. |  


The good, the bad, and antibiotics

The good, the bad, and antibiotics

Jenny Triplett, RN, BSN, runs a tight ship on the Skilled Nursing Unit at Northern Hospital of Surry County – which serves as the temporary resi...

December 3rd, 2017 |  


California ‘justice’ system strikes again

California ‘justice’ system strikes again

There are many good things about the state of California. It has some fine ski resorts and spectacular scenery, especially in northern areas near Lake...

December 2nd, 2017 |  


Sunday begins the Advent

Sunday begins the Advent

Prepare our hearts, O Lord our God, for the coming of Christ your Son.On the twenty-fifth we will celebrate the first coming of the Lord, the Word bec...

December 1st, 2017 |  


Waiting for Santa, parade passes by

Waiting for Santa, parade passes by

Having viewed the Mount Airy Christmas parade for the first time on Saturday, it occurred to me I hadn’t seen a Christmas parade in at least ten...

December 1st, 2017 |  


It’s easy to be overlooked this year

It’s easy to be overlooked this year

Back before things got so busy with Turkey Day, Major League Baseball made an announcement about the Hall of Fame that got lost in the shuffle of cook...

November 30th, 2017 |  


Not thankful for student loan ‘turkey’

Not thankful for student loan ‘turkey’

Of all the things to be thankful for this holiday weekend, one item certainly not worthy of thanks is the continuing crisis facing those with massive ...

November 25th, 2017 |  


Lessons learned from Black Friday

Lessons learned from Black Friday

Ten years ago today — and by today, I mean Black Friday 2007 — I was experiencing my first, and last, Black Friday as a retailer.Having a ...

November 24th, 2017 |  


Shopping tips for the guitar-minded

Shopping tips for the guitar-minded

Today is Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, but the turkey will barely have gotten cool before people’s thoughts turn to Christmas.The ridiculous trend...

November 23rd, 2017 |  


Zena was her name

To the person who hit and killed a dog on Shoals Road Friday night at 7:14 p.m. I just want you to know that Zena wasn’t a dog to me.Zena was an...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


Tackling chronic pain

Tackling chronic pain

Imagine a tooth ache — a really bad toothache. Now imagine that you couldn’t get any relief from the constantly throbbing pain of that too...

November 19th, 2017 |  


Groping for answers about harassment

Groping for answers about harassment

It has taken a few minutes today to get my computer booted up to begin writing, so I would assume no further sexual harassment allegations have occurr...

November 17th, 2017 |  


‘Orphans’ need Thanksgiving dinner too

‘Orphans’ need Thanksgiving dinner too

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, which is fairly understandable as it is a holiday based almost entirely on food. Well, food and grat...

November 16th, 2017 |  


Breaking down Vegas’ Super Bowl contenders

As years end slowly approaches, so does the end of another NFL regular season. It seemed like just yesterday that Tom Brady made history by leading th...

November 16th, 2017 |  


Hashtag watered down by “me too” gals

Hashtag watered down by “me too” gals

On Veteran’s Day this week, my ex-wife posted a photo of her current husband back when he was in uniform. She gave thanks to his service to our ...

November 15th, 2017 |  


Veterans need more than salutes

Veterans need more than salutes

Today in Mount Airy and communities across the nation, special events are being held to honor our military veterans. Flags will be raised, words spoke...

November 10th, 2017 updated: November 11th, 2017. |  


Wine, better to consume than produce

Wine, better to consume than produce

Preparing to cover the Sixth-Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium at Surry Community College on Wednesday, I read the press release ann...

November 10th, 2017 |  


Creating the ultimate Hornets team

Creating the ultimate Hornets team

In late August, 2K Sports released information on its newest basketball video game. Part of the game is an all-time roster for each franchise.Who is t...

November 9th, 2017 |  


Protecting your baby from sudden infant death

Protecting your baby from sudden infant death

The death of a child is a particularly excruciating torment, and losing a baby for no apparent medical reason makes the heartache that much more wrenc...

November 5th, 2017 |  


Hats off to those with hats in ring

Hats off to those with hats in ring

Some people are cut out to be politicians and others aren’t, and I don’t mind admitting that I am firmly entrenched in the “not̶...

November 4th, 2017 |  


Doing some good, a happy bonus

Doing some good, a happy bonus

“I did a good thing. I did a good thing.”This has been the happy refrain inside my head since Friday night.While I was covering the Mount ...

November 3rd, 2017 |  


The Hollywood religion

The Hollywood religion

True Christian faith is seldom welcome in movies or TV shows. When you examine what most influential actors and directors believe about God you can un...

November 3rd, 2017 |  


Play essential for child development

Play essential for child development

I read a magazine article over the weekend that echoed some of my own thoughts on the importance of play for children.Childhood obesity is a real issu...

November 2nd, 2017 |  


Hoops season is here:Here’s how the Eastshakes down in ‘18

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The NFL and college football are in full-force while college basketball teams across the nation are ex...

October 31st, 2017 |  


A breast cancer survivor’s call to action

A breast cancer survivor’s call to action

Deborah Moser remembers the moment quite clearly. Having just stepped in the shower after completing a rigorous bike ride, she gingerly stretched her ...

October 29th, 2017 |  


Lives of local elections matter, too

Lives of local elections matter, too

It’s funny how nearly one year after the 2016 presidential election, that event remains very much in the news as far as who colluded with who, e...

October 28th, 2017 |  


Recognizing Fido’s face digitally

Recognizing Fido’s face digitally

Facial recognition technology is kind of creepy if you ask me. Just because a computer can mistake one face for another much, much faster than a human...

October 27th, 2017 |  


Well, here comes October 29 yet again

Well, here comes October 29 yet again

This weekend marks another year for the old newsman.And old does feel appropriate these days. “You’re only as old as you feel,” and ...

October 26th, 2017 |  


Candidates run positive, issue-oriented bids

Though you wouldn’t know it because the race is so low-key, Mount Airy has an election coming up in just 12 days.While there have been a smatter...

October 26th, 2017 |  


Developer bails on Spencer’s project?

To the Editor,In February 2014 the city of Mount Airy bought the Spencer’s Mill Property and in April 2014 the city council created the Mount Ai...

October 25th, 2017 |  


Let girls be girls and boys be boys

Let girls be girls and boys be boys

Today with co-ed college dormitories, gender-neutral public restrooms, football teams containing both male and female players and other cases of meldi...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Multitasking: overrated or imaginary

Multitasking: overrated or imaginary

Multitasking is a vastly overrated skill.In fact, I contend that it is an imaginary skill. I do not believe all these people are doing a dozen things ...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Perilous times upon us

Perilous times upon us

Since the solar eclipse on August 21, a “sign” from heaven, the United States has experienced devastating hurricanes. One had the most pow...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Subtlety at work in state politics

Subtlety at work in state politics

Every day my email inbox is flooded with political messages from one group or another. Every little thing done by one party is scrutinized and critici...

October 19th, 2017 |  


What do we do with poor students?

What do we do with poor students?

Big news came down from the NCAA this week.Or rather, big “no news” came down as the NCAA said it wouldn’t be imposing any penalties...

October 14th, 2017 |  


Ca$h, not patrioti$m, fueling NFL move$

Ca$h, not patrioti$m, fueling NFL move$

What a difference a couple of weeks has made in the National Football League regarding pre-game protests by players during the performing of the anthe...

October 14th, 2017 |  


Boomer crimes against home decor

Boomer crimes against home decor

With the Autumn Leaves Festival coming to town today and the streets of Mount Airy being swamped with retail opportunities; birdhouses of all descript...

October 13th, 2017 |  


A Dr. Seuss tale of green eggs and idiots

A Dr. Seuss tale of green eggs and idiots

A persistent menace posing an ongoing threat to the health, safety and welfare of Americans everywhere has struck again in recent days.I’m not t...

October 7th, 2017 |  


Look for the Lord in your storm

Look for the Lord in your storm

There is almost nothing more powerful than a huge storm on one of the open oceans of the earth. Call it a storm, monsoon, hurricane, typhoon or cyclon...

October 5th, 2017 |  


FDA marks love as the ingredient that dares not speak its name

FDA marks love as the ingredient that dares not speak its name

Receiving surprisingly little media attention, reports of what could be seen as a bit of government overreach began to trickle out this week. It seems...

October 5th, 2017 |  


Panthers’ offense a work in progress

Panthers’ offense a work in progress

The Carolina Panthers are off to a great start at 3-1, but what about the sluggish offense?Last year the Panthers went 6-10 and missed the playoffs fo...

October 4th, 2017 |  


NFL protesters playing a losing game

NFL protesters playing a losing game

Just because people possess “the right” to do something, does it mean they should always exercise that right?I mean, given that you most c...

September 30th, 2017 |  


Habakkuk – when life does not make sense

Habakkuk – when life does not make sense

Why do good people suffer? Why does it seem like evil goes unpunished? If God is such a good God, then why does evil still exist? These have been ques...

September 29th, 2017 |  


Reader: Support Trump tax plan

Dear Editor,It astonishes me that the last time our elected officials passed comprehensive tax reform was in 1986. Thirty-one years ago during the Ron...

September 29th, 2017 |  


From Austin Powers to gold balloons

From Austin Powers to gold balloons

As a returning resident of North Carolina about 14 years ago, it became clear that being able to dance the shag was an important life skill.I hadnR...

September 29th, 2017 |