Street Scene

Street Scene

As a North Surry High School student, how do you explain the unusual situation that saw both both its boys and girls basketball teams playing for stat...

March 11th, 2017 updated: March 12th, 2017. |  


Teams seek the ultimate prize today

It’s tempting to call it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Except it’s not. For many — for most — it’s an opportunity tha...

March 11th, 2017 |  


Oh, to be a Syrian refugee

Oh, to be a Syrian refugee

I have always been proud of being an American and consider myself lucky to hail from what is truly the land of opportunity.Contrary to popular belief,...

March 10th, 2017 |  


The good shepherd and his sheep, Part 2

The good shepherd and his sheep, Part 2

The shepherd metaphor is recorded more than 500 times in Scripture, both in the Old and New Testaments. Over and over the gentle, caring relationship ...

March 10th, 2017 |  


It’s not hoarding if it fits on the walls

It’s not hoarding if it fits on the walls

It’s hard to think of any phrase in the English language that is more pretentious than “my art collection.” It’s hard to even ...

March 9th, 2017 |  


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...

March 9th, 2017 |  


NFL combine gives Panthers choices

NFL combine gives Panthers choices

The NFL held its draft combine over the weekend. Good luck picking the best players.Oh sure, you could look at someone’s performance over one da...

March 8th, 2017 |  


Trump needs to go back, grab the horse

Trump needs to go back, grab the horse

Last week I poked a little fun at President Donald Trump. Quite frankly, he’s such a fun target I simply can’t resist. It’s like a s...

March 7th, 2017 |  


Concerned about your future? Seek God’s will

Concerned about your future? Seek God’s will

Q: I’ll be graduating from college in a few months, and I’m getting panicky because I don’t have any idea what I’m going to do...

March 6th, 2017 |  


Yokeley: Childish fit or superiority complex?

Thursday night, Mount Airy Commissioner Steve Yokeley caused a bit of a surprise when he voted against a motion to allocate $428,000 for parking lot a...

March 5th, 2017 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

Which team is going to win the ACC basketball tournament and why? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } ...

March 4th, 2017 |  


Preserving the last line of defense

Preserving the last line of defense

Everyone is taught in school about how America is the greatest country on Earth due to the rights and freedoms its people enjoy, and we’ve seen ...

March 4th, 2017 |  


The good shepherd and his sheep

The good shepherd and his sheep

Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved passages in the Bible. The Psalmist David began the heartwarming psalm by saying, “The Lord is my shepherd. ...

March 3rd, 2017 |  


Elites collide in Meryl Streep and Karl Lagerfeld’s Oscar row

Elites collide in Meryl Streep and Karl Lagerfeld’s Oscar row

Meryl, we need to talk. Please give me a buzz. My number is at the end of this story. You have lost your way and I am reaching out to you. Give me a c...

March 2nd, 2017 |  


Facts don’t appear to change our minds

Facts don’t appear to change our minds

I learned a new phrase this week.I knew the condition well enough already, but I didn’t have a catchy title for it.Confirmation bias.Are you fam...

March 1st, 2017 updated: March 2nd, 2017. |  


Boycott hurts the wrong people

The NAACP announced earlier this week it would not hold its national convention in North Carolina this year, as a protest against HB2 and voter suppre...

March 1st, 2017 |  


Time for county to disband authority, take over airport

It’s time for the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport Authority to be disbanded.Long considered by many to be a place where rich boys play with thei...

March 1st, 2017 |  


Trump places bounty on traveler’s head

Trump places bounty on traveler’s head

WASHINGTON D.C. — In his most aggressive of moves yet, U.S. President Donald J. Trump placed a price on the head of the world’s most infam...

February 28th, 2017 |  


To the Editor,I am not one who normally writes to the editor. But after reading the Wednesday, Feb. 15 Mount Airy News, I just could not sit silent an...

February 28th, 2017 |  


The passing of an American hero

Mount Airy, and to a larger extent the nation, lost a true hero over the weekend with the death of 97-year-old William F. “Bud” Liebenow, ...

February 27th, 2017 |  


We all have blood on our hands

The story was appalling.A local woman, Christina Dawn Steele, was charged with DWI after the vehicle she was driving allegedly crossed the center lane...

February 26th, 2017 |  


A random act of kindness, for Robert

A random act of kindness, for Robert

It caught me absolutely by surprise.A random act of kindness from someone I still don’t know and may never meet changed my entire outlook that d...

February 26th, 2017 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

In honor of Presidents Day last Monday, who is your favorite president and why? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0...

February 24th, 2017 updated: February 24th, 2017. |  


Free speech shouldn’t include ‘free’ violence

Free speech shouldn’t include ‘free’ violence

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sure had it right when he guided the Civil Rights Movement using a strategy of non-violent, passive resistance —...

February 24th, 2017 |  


One of God’s greatest gifts

One of God’s greatest gifts

We greet you in the name of the lord and savior Jesus Christ. We so appreciate your loyalty in reading these articles, it is an honor and a privilege ...

February 24th, 2017 |  


Unreasonably beautiful with a plan

Unreasonably beautiful with a plan

One of the perks of being so unreasonably beautiful as to be a borderline genetic mutant is an unlimited supply of free drinks.Not that I would know t...

February 23rd, 2017 updated: February 24th, 2017. |  


Something is screwy with punishments

Something is screwy with punishments

“I got thrown out of a bar in New York City.”No, that never happened to me. But it is an excellent start to an anecdote by Ron “Tate...

February 22nd, 2017 |  


School advisor admires protesting students

To the Editor,It pained me to read Mr. Tom Joyce’s opinion piece, entitled “Day without immigrants misguided, as usual,” that was pu...

February 22nd, 2017 |  


Time to take society’s trash to the dump

Time to take society’s trash to the dump

I try hard not to get emotionally involved in any news article I write. It would be inappropriate for me to interject my opinion into a news piece. I ...

February 21st, 2017 updated: February 21st, 2017. |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

Why should the United States celebrate Black History Month? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFil...

February 20th, 2017 updated: February 20th, 2017. |  


Reader takes issue with characterization of AFSC

To the Editor:On Feb. 10, in writing about illegal immigrants, Tom Joyce bemoans the work of the AFSC’s Immigrants Voice Program, and quotes pro...

February 18th, 2017 |  


‘Day without immigrants’ misguided, as usual

‘Day without immigrants’ misguided, as usual

I don’t know about you, but my existence wasn’t affected the least little bit by Thursday’s so-called “Day Without Immigrants&...

February 17th, 2017 |  


Love conquers all

Love conquers all

We greet you in the name of the lord and savior Jesus Christ. We so appreciate your loyalty in reading these articles, it is an honor and a privilege ...

February 17th, 2017 |  


Better bring your A-game for Valentine’s Day or you could be single next year

Better bring your A-game for Valentine’s Day or you could be single next year

Valentine’s Day is behind us once again, and I sincerely hope all of you survived the hoopla and drama of unmet expectations and broken dreams b...

February 16th, 2017 updated: February 16th, 2017. |  


The state lottery isn’t doing its job

The state lottery isn’t doing its job

When I was in middle school, the General Assembly was discussing a temporary half-cent sales tax increase to build new schools.I thought this sounded ...

February 15th, 2017 updated: February 16th, 2017. |  


Justice system failed in Downey case

To the editor,On evening of July 15, 2016, Robert Taylor Downey made a conscious decision to drive after consuming enough alcohol that his blood alcoh...

February 14th, 2017 |  


Dems should filibuster SCOTUS nominee

Dems should filibuster SCOTUS nominee

It will be interesting to see what Democrats in the U.S. Senate do regarding the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme ...

February 14th, 2017 updated: February 14th, 2017. |  


Reader Diary: Requiem for the heart of Elkin

Reader Diary: Requiem for the heart of Elkin

Editor’s Note: Reader Diary is an occasional feature column penned by area readers. If you’d like to participate by sharing a particular m...

February 13th, 2017 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

What is your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neF...

February 13th, 2017 updated: February 13th, 2017. |  


A little empathy goes a long way

A little empathy goes a long way

I shared this story once before, in a column maybe 7 or 8 years ago, but I think it bears repeating today.My first editor’s post was at a tiny w...

February 12th, 2017 |  


Mayor, committee show true leadership

True leadership is an elusive quality, especially in today’s world of knee-jerk, always-negative critics filling up Facebook, Twitter, and other...

February 12th, 2017 |  


Young should consider local law career

To the Editor,As a long-time resident of Surry County (just 81 years) I want to encourage all young men and young ladies of Surry County to consider a...

February 10th, 2017 |  


Writer: More regulation needed over healthcare

To the Editor,This is in response to Andy Winemiller’s Jan. 25 column “Foxx’s talking point meets logic.” Thank you, Mr. Winem...

February 10th, 2017 |  


No sanctuary for defiant cities

No sanctuary for defiant cities

I don’t know what’s more irritating — the fact we have millions of illegal aliens running loose in this country, or the legions of o...

February 10th, 2017 |  


‘Equality: ’ God’s awesome creation

‘Equality: ’ God’s awesome creation

We greet you in the name of the Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I consider it an honor and a privilege to share with you the good news about our savior....

February 10th, 2017 |  


Yokeley leads in getting better records of city meetings

Monday’s Mount Airy Board of Commissioners meeting was moving along as they usually do, until it was time for the commissioners to vote on appro...

February 9th, 2017 |  


Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Stuck between a rock and a hard place

As buzzwords go, “authenticity” is one of the more mysterious ones. And the quest for it has led American businesses to the spot where the...

February 9th, 2017 updated: February 10th, 2017. |  


Going Gaga over the Super Bowl

Going Gaga over the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl was Sunday, and anyone still claiming that Peyton Manning is the best QB of all time will get laughed out of the room.But, rather than ...

February 8th, 2017 |  


Today’s politician is no elder Bush

Today’s politician is no elder Bush

It was a breath of fresh air to see a truly great man who became president.No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I can’t see any way I c...

February 7th, 2017 |  


Trump’s stance on courts is troubling

As we said it would, the early days of Trump’s presidency has certainly been interesting.And a little scary.But certainly not surprising.What ha...

February 6th, 2017 updated: February 7th, 2017. |