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 |  


Appreciating past in moment can lead to hopeful future

Appreciating past in moment can lead to hopeful future

It was the kind night you live for.As the moon crested over the horizon of trees we took a moment to appreciate the last blue moon for over a year.Una...

April 4th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Billings Hill Baptist Church will have a Good Friday Communion service on Friday at 6:30 p.m. There will be preaching by Curtis Ponder, Anthony Morgan...

March 28th, 2018 |  


An Easter tale of hope and joy

An Easter tale of hope and joy

“Magog? Where’s that? Never heard of it,” said the snaggletoothed Phoenician sailor, dismissively. But Barry, a man on a mission, wo...

March 28th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

The Traphill Fire Department will have a hot dog supper on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bingo. They have some great prizes for those folks who l...

March 21st, 2018 |  


Oh, those crazy kids … oh, really!

Oh, those crazy kids … oh, really!

Oh, those crazy kids. Walking out of school. Raising a ruckus. What do they know? Gun rights are a complicated political issue.Well, not so fast. Befo...

March 21st, 2018 |  


Frazier’s lovely language worth the wait

With the publication of “Varina” early next month, Charles Frazier’s many fans will celebrate the end of a long wait.Frazier refuses...

March 20th, 2018 |  


Letter to the editor

To the Editor:As many of you are aware, on October 11, a historical shift occurred when Boy Scouts of America voted to accept girl members into the Bo...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be a hot dog supper at the BROC Austin Meal Site on March 16 at 5 p.m. followed by Bingo at 6 p.m. There will be door prizes and lots of go...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Spring snow inspires appreciation in difficult moment

Spring snow inspires appreciation in difficult moment

Spring is the season of change, not all change is pretty.We like to think of budding blooms when we think of spring. A photograph of a flower might ha...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Roll on, old Yadkin, roll on

Roll on, old Yadkin, roll on

I don’t want to tell about my little secret here in the hometown. If I tell, I might spoil the secret and crowds will come and things will not b...

March 14th, 2018 |  


The culture of wrestling in Elkin

As I watched Dale Bartley place the gold medal around my son’s neck after he won the 138-pound state championship in Greensboro on February 17th...

March 7th, 2018 |  


Travel inspires appreciation

Travel inspires appreciation

Bonjour from the bayou!If you have never been, you are certainly missing out.There is a mysterious kind of beauty in the swamps with the Spanish moss ...

March 7th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

The Austin Fire Department will have a Bingo supper on Saturday. They will begin serving food at 5 p.m. and Bingo starts at 6 p.m.There will be a hot ...

March 7th, 2018 |  


Some facts about life at the drive-in

Some facts about life at the drive-in

Here’s a toast to nostalgia. In our modern era with home theaters and movies on demand on smartphones, they’re talking about building a bi...

March 7th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Sunday at 9 a.m., weather permitting. If Stone Mountain State Park is closed due to ba...

February 28th, 2018 |  


A front-porch chat with Billy Graham

A front-porch chat with Billy Graham

The world took a pause from its troubles and helped lay to rest Billy Graham, who died last Wednesday at the age of 99. Many wistfully agreed that we ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


White roses, cacti, and other forms of love

BOONVILLE — Valentine’s Day is a day when loved ones spend time with each other and give each other gifts. Annually celebrated on the 14th...

February 28th, 2018 |  


SHS students wish for warmer days

BOONVILLE — From the end of December into the new year, the area has experienced some of the coldest days of the winter yet. The low hit 4 degre...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Are rain boots hot or so not?

Are rain boots hot or so not?

BOONVILLE — Rain boots are an essential in any wardrobe. However, have you ever questioned if they are fashion statement?Wonder no more since we...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Exposing kids to real death can instill the value of life

Exposing kids to real death can instill the value of life

We need to make it a point to allow our children to experience the negative.It is through the negative that we learn to value life.This is the first s...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,In this day and age, it is not often that we speak of community coming before self, it is also common knowledge that, as a whole, we loo...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Gathering presents opportunity

Gathering presents opportunity

Last spring my experience of this community expanded thanks to the Gathering of the Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail. I made quite a few new frie...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on March 4 at 9 a.m., weather permitting. If Stone Mountain State Park is closed due to b...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Lazy elitists turn up noses at gas pumps

Lazy elitists turn up noses at gas pumps

I was driving in Vermont one time and had to stop and fill up. While I pumped, my eye fell upon a little sticker on the gas pump. It said that Vermont...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Take action – file or vote

Take action – file or vote

Action, action, we want action!While the cheerleaders may chant that as a way of encouraging the ball team to give the best performance, when it comes...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Persistence can lead to revelation during Lent

Persistence can lead to revelation during Lent

In Christianity, the Lenten season is the time for renewal.In reflections on the sacrifices of their savior, Christians take the 40 days before the ce...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be a spaghetti supper at the Traphill Fire Department on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed with a silent auction and a cake walk....

February 14th, 2018 |  


Time to throw a little cold water

Time to throw a little cold water

Four young native sons of the hometown came back just long enough to help bury their dead. During two funerals I couldn’t help but look on and w...

February 14th, 2018 |