QUESTION: Your recent series on punishment was thought-provoking. I agree children should have consequences when they misbehave. Nonetheless, would you please clarify when punishment becomes excessive? What is the line between reasonable and too much? When I was young, I was spanked with a b…

QUESTION: Our 10-year-old granddaughter lives with us. We have custody of her but her father, our son, is now asking us for visitation privileges. I probably don’t need to tell you that both he and his ex-wife were not up to parental responsibilities. He says he’s cleaned up his act and want…

This is the last (for a while, anyway) of three columns in which I take on the absurd notion that punishing children for bad behavior is bad parenting. (The previous are on my website at johnrosemond.com.) There is commonsense and there is nonsense and the absurd notion in question belongs s…

Start a new tradition on New Year’s Day with a special First Day Hike in a Virginia State Park.

I am often asked how long I intend to keep this up, as in writing this column, writing books and speaking on childrearing and family matters. My answer: As long as they keep it up; “it” being the utter nonsense that emanates and has been emanating from the mental health professional communit…

The Halifax County-South Boston Public Library System has Book Trees in both the Halifax and South Boston libraries this holiday season. The trees are decorated with ornaments featuring the covers of recently purchased books.

The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) invites the public to participate in its First Saturday Outing on Dec. 7: a 3.2-mile hike on the Great Blue Heron Loop Trail in Iron Ore Belt Access of Haw River State Park, 6068 North Church St., Greensboro, North Carolina.

QUESTION: I’m already dreading the holidays. Our 8-year-old is a very excitable child, and our family is expected to attend numerous holiday get-togethers at the homes of family members. When he’s included in events where there’s lots of excitement and anticipation in the air, he has a reput…

Students in culinary arts at Halifax County High School have been working on a special project after receiving a Petco Grant from Pets in the Classroom.

Halifax Halloween costume contest winners for 2019 include Grayson Puryear, (homeless boy), ages 0-3; Airis Lawson, (clogged toilet), ages 4-6; Jaxon Powell, (invisible man), ages 7-9; Kaylee Barksdale, (granny), ages 10-12; and Kiara Marable and family (the Grinch family). The family catego…

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program will be starting a free six-session program entitled Healthy Eating and Staying Active As We Age.

Halifax United Methodist Church, located at 133 Mountain Road, is hosting its annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday. The United Methodist Men of the church have been doing this supper for more than 26 years and are proud of the attendance each year.

Southside Bird Club again hosts professional nature photographer Bob Schamerhorn for their November meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Fairview United Methodist Church, 1013 Westover Drive in Danville.

“Ask Genie Char,” is a new monthly column for The Gazette-Virginian newspaper. This column will cover genealogical topics related to researching your family in the Southside of Virginia. It encourages readers to ask questions that are pertinent to genealogical family research process.

Anyone who has ever wanted to take the Master Gardener course but is still working or doesn’t want to commit to the volunteer obligation may be interested in Southside Master Gardener Association’s Landscape for Life.

Participants of Destination Downtown’s Trail of Treats Saturday completed a scavenger hunt that featured stops at various businesses and organizations in downtown South Boston. Scavenger hunt cards were picked up at Town Hall and returned with all signatures by 1 p.m. for a chance to win a v…

The Portal. It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, the gateway to an alternative universe that lures, then traps the unwary in its nefarious web of illusion, where things are never what they seem.

 The second annual Hay Bale Decorating Contest took place at the Halifax County Fair this year. Any non-profit organization or business connected to agriculture, youth or a community initiative was invited to showcase its presence at the fair by decorating a round bale with its theme.

The United Methodist Women at Main Street United Methodist Church have been busy cooking and baking casseroles, candy and baked items for the UMW casserole, craft and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 2.