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.

Destination Downtown South Boston’s third annual cruz-in will be on from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be no charge for admission for visitors or vehicle owners. All antique and classic cars and trucks, motorcycles and special interest vehicles are welcome to participate.

Dr. Jennifer Hughes from Averett University will be speaking at the Halifax Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Halloween ghost tours of Mulberry Hill will be held Friday, Oct. 11, Saturday, Oct. 12, Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, sponsored by Historic Staunton River Foundation and Staunton River Battlefield State Park.

QUESTION: We held off giving our oldest daughter a smartphone until she was 15, the age at which we allowed her older brother to have one. We read your column weekly in our hometown newspaper and know you disapprove, but we had no issues with our son and thought, wrongly, that things would g…

Some 90 classmates from the Halifax County High School class of 1969 attended the 50th year reunion over the weekend with a meet and greet session Friday evening at Sunnyview Inn and Events Center in Cluster Springs and a dinner Saturday evening on the lawn of Carol and Alan Gravitt’s home. …

Every Tuesday and Thursday from the spring until the winter, Maxine Jones and George Perez open the doors to Tri-County Community Action Agency’s cannery at 7:30 a.m.

As my regular readers know, I am a certified heretic in my field: child and family psychology. To the point, I am convinced that psychological parenting theory, which began to inform American child rearing in the late 1960s, has caused more problems than psychologists know how to solve.