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How a life should be lived

How a life should be lived

It was a cool spring day in 1969, and I was a very young child. We had just moved to …

August 3rd, 2015 updated: August 3rd, 2015. |  

A tale of city starving for restaurants

A tale of city starving for restaurants

“You can see a lot just by looking” is one of those cockeyed bits of wisdom from longtime baseball legend …

August 1st, 2015 |  

How many made-up holidays do we need?

How many made-up holidays do we need?

I missed out on National Chicken Wing Day on Wednesday. The very same day came and almost went before I …

July 30th, 2015 updated: July 31st, 2015. |  

Blurring black and white

Blurring black and white

Last week the Surry County director of health and nutrition sent a letter, meant as an informational piece, to Surry …

July 28th, 2015 updated: July 29th, 2015. |  

Investigation Shines Light on Pay-to-Play Politics

RALEIGH – The recent State Board of Elections probe into contributions made to political candidates from the sweepstakes gambling – …

July 27th, 2015 |  

Phones are smart — but people, not so much

Phones are smart — but people, not so much

I like to think that newspaper readers are intelligent and thoughtful people who are a breed apart in these superficial …

July 25th, 2015 |  

A good day for karma

A good day for karma

Being the victim of a corporate or governmental security breach and having your personal information fall into the hands of …

July 24th, 2015 |  

Terror in our own backyard

Terror in our own backyard

Last week we learned that a tragedy had occurred. Four Marines and a Sailor were killed as they sat in …

July 22nd, 2015 |  

A lesson we could all learn

A lesson we could all learn

There’s a lot of controversy going on in our society of late. People are screaming at and cursing one another …

July 19th, 2015 |  

There was truth in Trump’s statements

There was truth in Trump’s statements

It’s funny how everyone always thinks freedom is such a great thing — until somebody exercises it in a way …

July 18th, 2015 |  

You’re old, fat. Get some exercise.

Doctors can be such a drag. When you reach a certain age, they keep hounding you to lose some weight, …

July 17th, 2015 |  

Fundamentals for revival

Fundamentals for revival

Let us look at 2 Chronicles 15-16. We can see what it takes to experience a revival in our lives …

July 17th, 2015 |  

Bull’s-eye on my back

I read an article recently from The New York Times website that had some debatable points. I thought about writing …

July 16th, 2015 |  

Debating over the wrong flag

A reasonable person can’t possibly contend that the Confederate battle flag, the same one that until recently flew over the …

July 15th, 2015 |  

Southerners impatient? No, we just know what we want

I read an interesting survey the other day which claimed that people in the South are the least patient in …

July 12th, 2015 |  

County leaders should studyschool system consolidation

Surry County is facing an almost insurmountable challenge. The county’s three school systems — Mount Airy, Surry County, and Elkin …

July 12th, 2015 updated: July 12th, 2015. |  

Rites of passage not all created equal

Rites of passage not all created equal

As rites of passage go, becoming a grandparent isn’t one of the tougher ones. Unlike most of the many, many …

July 10th, 2015 |  

Are you breathing?

Are you breathing?

Let us look at Psalm 150. In this Psalm, whom most theologians believe David wrote, we see that God wanted …

July 10th, 2015 |  

Jumping the political aisle? Probably not

In my 29 years here on earth I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a national political climate as polarized as …

July 8th, 2015 |  

Embracing a small change

Embracing a small change

The Supreme Court of the United States rules on cases that affect us nearly every day. However, only a few …

July 3rd, 2015 |  

Mount Airy much better off than most towns

Mount Airy much better off than most towns

On Thursday we ran a story by staff writer Terri Flagg about a list of the ten worst North Carolina …

June 28th, 2015 |  

A flag has never killed anyone

A flag has never killed anyone

Tom Joyce Pardon me for not jumping on the bandwagon. The bandwagon I’m referring to is a now-overflowing conveyance filled …

June 27th, 2015 updated: June 27th, 2015. |  

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