The public is invited to a night of laughter, good fun and supporting a cause near to the heart’s of many in Halifax County when Halifax County Cancer Association hosts the 6th annual Womanless Beauty Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday at Halifax County High School.

A benefit barbecue for Penny Carey will be held beginning at noon on Saturday at Living Waters Church of God, 3059 Clover Road, Randolph.

Halifax County Beekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sentara Hospital Leggett Auditorium. 

QUESTION: We homeschooled our son through the sixth grade. This past fall, per his wishes, we sent him to a public school for the seventh grade. Last week, he was attacked by the class bully. This other child pushed our son to the ground, called him vile names and threatened him with further…

Members of Misunderstood bowl at the World of Sports. “Misunderstood would like to thank every staff member who encountered our group as well as the management of the World of Sports for extreme hospitality and care during our visit,” said Anthony Womack of Misunderstood. He said Misundersto…

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…