Thumbs Up…

To Mount Airy Downtown and all of the local merchants in Mount Airy participating in the Halloween festivities — passing out goodies from their stores to local kids, holding costume contests, and the like.

While this might not pay off in the form of direct sales now, merchants doing this give the community’s children a safe, fun place to congregate and trick-or-treat for Halloween, and builds good will with their families.

We hope those families will remember these merchants when it comes time to start holiday shopping.


Santana Hall, honorary mayor of Pilot Mountain.

Santana, a sophomore at East Surry High School, is raising money for the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library, and part of that was a Halloween carnival and a race for the honorary mayor title. This is an example of a younger person taking an active role in making her community a better place, while she’s still in high school.


To all the area organizations recognizing veterans, as we approach Veteran’s Day. Already many businesses and organizations are giving them special recognitions, dinners, gifts and other services. These men and women have given part of their lives — sacrificing time away from family, career advancement, and risking their health and life — and it is good to see the community honor them.

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