Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.New books availa...

July 18th, 2018 |  


Guided by The Pilot, for 50 years

Guided by The Pilot, for 50 years

I had made it to The Pilot. A tall, wooden, rickety, white wooden staircase clung to a side of the big rock. I so wanted to follow the men up the stai...

July 18th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Larry Norman will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.New books avail...

July 11th, 2018 |  


Long live my old, red muscle car

Long live my old, red muscle car

“I want another car,” the Lady of the House said out of the blue.Um, OK. She’s had her little sedan for 20 years now. She’s be...

July 11th, 2018 |  


Sometimes something happens in life that changes everything. I mean everything.The plan was to change as little as possible for the next six months, b...

July 11th, 2018 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,Joseph Goebbels was Information Minister for the National Socialist Party. He used radio and film for his pro-Nazi propaganda, and was c...

July 5th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Derick Barker will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.New books avai...

July 4th, 2018 |  


A tale of love of country on the Fourth

A tale of love of country on the Fourth

Second installment of patriotic, fictional short stories for the Fourth.“No, I ain’t going.”Virgil Harris’ father cut off Old ...

July 4th, 2018 |  


Individuality celebrated with independence

Individuality celebrated with independence

Today is the day we celebrate our independence.Actually, it’s more like the day we go to festivals and fireworks and have food and fun with frie...

July 4th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Roaring Gap Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. this week. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. nightly. There will be cl...

June 27th, 2018 |  


Paradise found … guess where

Paradise found … guess where

KA’ANAPALI, Maui, Hawai’i — They call this third island of Hawai’i — after O’ahu with its 5-0 Honolulu and after t...

June 27th, 2018 |  


Honest suicide talk to end stigma

Honest suicide talk to end stigma

Editor’s note: In light of the recent suicide cases involving Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain reaching international headlines, The Tribune staf...

June 27th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Crabgrass will be singing. Campers in the park are invited to come a...

June 20th, 2018 |  


Summer sweat leads to grateful thoughts

Summer sweat leads to grateful thoughts

Summer rests fully in the Yadkin Valley.Even when the breezes whisper through hair, the sun sizzles skin through the holes in the shade.In the summer,...

June 20th, 2018 |  


Traditional values get punch in the gut

Traditional values get punch in the gut

Standing right next to her was an older teenage boy, and he had a friend with him. … Well, about that time a very attractive young co-ed walked ...

June 20th, 2018 |  


Common occurrence triggers PTSD

Common occurrence triggers PTSD

Stricken. There’s no other word for what a panic attack feels like.Did you know that before lightning strikes the air sizzles? I can’t say...

June 13th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Larry Norman will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.The White Rock ...

June 13th, 2018 |  


A toast to 100 years well lived

A toast to 100 years well lived

So I walk in to give blood. I grew a bit alarmed, a little uncertain with what I saw.There on the front row and next in line sat Maude Brown of North ...

June 13th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Derick Barker will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.New books avai...

June 6th, 2018 |  


New status leads to Explore Elkin intervention

New status leads to Explore Elkin intervention

There are friends, I have discovered, who are happy that I am single, which is leading to a new opportunity at Elkin events.They are certainly not hap...

June 6th, 2018 |  


Vesta, just send me to Mars

Vesta, just send me to Mars

So the man who’s going to send your kids to Mars first is going to send us a robot nursemaid.Don’t we live in a wonderful world?Details ar...

June 6th, 2018 |  


Life not only loss honored on Memorial Day

Life not only loss honored on Memorial Day

The light fall of rain was just enough to hide the tears of those in attendance at the Elkin Memorial Day Celebration.Most people think of Memorial Da...

May 30th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Adam Collins will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.The Friends of ...

May 30th, 2018 |  


Remembering Wilkes’ odd little green hero

Remembering Wilkes’ odd little green hero

He is a coon hunter, a rich man, an ex-whiskey runner, a good old boy who hard-charges stock cars 175 m.p.h. Mother dog! He is the lead-footed chicken...

May 30th, 2018 |  


Honoring the dedicated service of Trooper Bullard

Last week was one of mixed emotions as the community mourned the loss of one of its public servants.As our office heard the wreck dispatched over the ...

May 30th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.The Friends of T...

May 23rd, 2018 |  


Wine weekend, hopeful future create holiday atmosphere

Wine weekend, hopeful future create holiday atmosphere

A little healthy competition is a good thing. The grape stomp at the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival Saturday may have been a little too healthy.As we hel...

May 23rd, 2018 |  


Twins conjoined to hometown area as well

Twins conjoined to hometown area as well

Before Andy Griffith. Before Junior Johnson. The Tri-Counties had an even bigger celebrity, someone even more famous.Make that celebrities.The most fa...

May 23rd, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Kenny Stoker will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.The Friends of ...

May 16th, 2018 |  


Wine Festival to turn Garden party thanks to Hats For Hospice

Wine Festival to turn Garden party thanks to Hats For Hospice

It started with an awareness.Prince Harry and Megan Markle are getting married on the same day as the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival.How can there be a r...

May 16th, 2018 |  


New first looks at Elkin’s finest jewel

New first looks at Elkin’s finest jewel

Imagine the first time that settler Samuel Carter stood transfixed in virgin wilderness at the 60-foot waterfall that would be named for him. In 1760s...

May 16th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Derick Barker will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Campers in the park are invited to come as they are.The Friends of...

May 9th, 2018 |  


Love’s beauty exhibited in Heart of Yadkin Valley

Love’s beauty exhibited in Heart of Yadkin Valley

It was a beautiful night.After a winter that longed to linger and the spring that was unsettling to say the least, it was nice to be outside Saturday....

May 9th, 2018 |  


Better not mess with momma

Better not mess with momma

The phone call came from down in the Big City. Come and get your puppy, we were told. The litter had been weaned.So not unlike an expectant father, I ...

May 9th, 2018 |  


End promotes walk of faith

End promotes walk of faith

The end has come.Instead of celebrating 15 years of marriage this summer, I will be starting a new life alone.Well, not really alone.Even those who di...

May 2nd, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Garden Creek Baptist Church will begin having services for the summer season every Sunday on May 6 with Adam Collins bringing the message that day. Se...

May 2nd, 2018 |  


It just ain’t happenin’, John-Boy

It just ain’t happenin’, John-Boy

Good night, John-Boy. That old TV catchphrase from the 1970s show “The Waltons” offered an antidote to all of the aggravations and distrac...

May 2nd, 2018 |  


Observations, change leads to choosing path

Observations, change leads to choosing path

It can be tough to say goodbye.When you look back at over a decade spent in the companionship of another, it can be overwhelming to know they will no ...

April 25th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Welcome Home Missionary Baptist Church on the Traphill Road will have revival this week through April 27 at 7 p.m. Jeremy Simpson from Thanks to Calva...

April 25th, 2018 |  


The raven now soars in Surry

The raven now soars in Surry

The sordid scent of war wafted heavy in the air.Events at Lexington and Concord and the subsequent Patriot siege of Boston — marking the onset o...

April 25th, 2018 |  


Enjoying the process helps patience

Enjoying the process helps patience

The other day I was talking with a friend about his vision for his farm.It’s a fantastic plan and I can totally see how truly amazing the fulfil...

April 18th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Stoney Ridge Baptist Church on North Lomax Road is having revival this week through April 19 at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is David Spicer, pastor of Austin...

April 18th, 2018 |  


Elkin could teach Raleigh a thing or two

Elkin could teach Raleigh a thing or two

The powers that be at one time looked askance at the behind-the-times schools in Surry County. Surry always managed to resist following the crowd and ...

April 18th, 2018 |  


Moments reveal inner truths

Moments reveal inner truths

People are very rarely exactly what they seem to be.I recently had a conversation with one of my new friends and I discovered he had a shocking histor...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Academics vs. Sports: What are the benefits?

The role of sports in high school has been a controversial topic for many years. Some say students need to focus more on their academics and forget ab...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Faith Baptist Church on the Traphill Road will have revival this week through Wednesday. Monday through Wednesday service begins at 7:30 p.m. Bud Wish...

April 11th, 2018 |  


One of our finest at the FBI

One of our finest at the FBI

FBI special agent James Barnes got one of those ominous phone calls late on a weekend night. The kind of call that an agent dreads.His partner was cha...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,On March 23, the Wilkes Surry Chapter of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association sponsored tours for students at Elkin High School. T...

April 4th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Traphill Masonic Lodge is helping raise funds for new books for Traphill Elementary School library and to send principal Mr. Ortiz to spend a day and ...

April 4th, 2018 |  


Driving a hard Barter in Mayberry

Driving a hard Barter in Mayberry

There’s a cute story that the Barter Theater, up in Abingdon, Virginia, started up during the depths of the Great Depression by offering cash-st...

April 4th, 2018 |