The Virginia General Assembly session began on Wednesday, and clearly, “the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World” will have a 401st year that will be noticeably different from its 400th.  For the first time in 26 years, the House and Senate have Democrat majorities with a Democ…

Cicero once said, “Gratitude may be the mother of all virtues.” We at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation couldn’t agree more. 


As we all say goodbye to the year 2019, we end it with mixed emotions. To some of us, it was a pretty good year. However, to some it was a year of heartache and tragic events. 


Paula Bryant, editor; Joe Chandler, sports editor; and Doug Ford, news/sports reporter, bid farewell to The Gazette-Virginian at the end of the day, Dec. 31, as they retire from their positions with the local newspaper.  A total of 78 years experience with The Gazette-Virginian goes with thi…

It is with great sadness that we said goodbye last week to a true American patriot and gentleman, Col. Robert Holt Evans Sr., USAF retired.  


Football season is just about over unfortunately. But we still have the playoffs and the Super Bowl to watch. The two teams that have won the most Super Bowls are the Patriots and the Steelers, six each. 


For those wanting to keep up with what’s happening around the state regarding the Second Amendment Sanctuary issues I’ve added a link to a website specifically created for it on my website It’s located near the top left of the home page.

As everyone sits around their Christmas tree, menorah, kinara or any other holiday symbol with their family this year, keep in mind what’s important – family.

There comes a time in anyone’s life where the writing on the wall tells you to call it a day, and for me I read it last Friday.

I’m a stickler for guarding holiday traditions, and for me they’re one of the few stable things in a topsy-turvy world we inhabit, particularly the hustle and bustle we all face from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

The years have flown by, and the time has come after more than 40 years in the newspaper business for me to retire and see what other things God has in store for me.

I remember how simple fun used to be, raking serpentine paths through piles of leaves while waiting for the school bus in the fall and playing Army armed only with a stick and hiding behind a tree trunk.

Christmas is truly the holiday of many wonders. It brings so much joy and happiness to all at a time in life when we really need it the most. I

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, a time to look at your life and see what all you have to be thankful for.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Writing club students at Halifax County Middle School, working under the auspices of Tiffany Whitlow, submitted for publication the following letters to the editor describing what makes a “great” teacher. The students wrote the letters during National Education Week.

Nov. 18-22 will mark the 98th annual observance of American Education Week. Our AEW tagline, “Reach. Educate. Inspire.” highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students and communities in a unified effort to cultivate great public schools. During this week we highlight the contributions of educators, education support professionals and substitute educators.


Child pornography has been the talk of the town lately. It’s sad, yes. Something must be done, absolutely. I just don’t think acquiring a criminal record is that thing for the children. 


I had a blessing at the board of supervisors’ meeting on Nov. 4. I felt the Holy Spirit there leading the way, even sending Satan’s angels away. 


Monday was Veterans Day, a time in President Woodrow Wilson’s words to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given A…

Time is one of life’s precious commodities, even though sometimes we feel that we don’t have enough of it. Could it be that we are trying to live life too fast. When we do this, we tend to miss out on a lot of good things life has to offer. 


 I am writing to you in hopes that the public can render some help in solving a safety problem in the community of Cluster Springs. That safety issue happens to be the intersection between Highway 501 and State Route 658, or commonly referred to as Huell Matthews Highway and Cluster Springs/Cherry Hill Church Road.

Friday being the first day of the month and the start of the weekend on top of everything else added up to a driving challenge not unlike that described in a science fiction story I read in the 1960s.

It is hard to imagine the Virginia political world of 1969. We were then governed by a single party that allowed little competition. Both our federal and General Assembly delegations were overwhelmingly Democratic. And the Democratic party at the time was dominated by the Dixiecrat Byrd Mach…

Oh, what a difference it makes when the news media likes or dislikes a president. Think back to just a few years ago when Barack Obama was president. Then the master of evil was Al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden, the mastermind that brought down the Twin Towers and thousands of deaths.

Each year there are events and holidays that many of us wait for. For some it is a birthday, for others a major holiday. And for still others it is the opportunity presented each year at a church or civic get together. 


I was honored when I was asked to write this letter to the paper. A letter that is meant for the voters of Halifax County to read before you all go to the voter’s booth. I’m sure some would use this chance to try to convince you to vote one way or another, that’s not my goal. My goal is to tell you about what I have observed from one of your neighbors, Kathy Fraley. 


On Nov. 5 residents of ED-4 will be given two choices on who will represent them on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. I urge you to support Dennis Witt. 

We have all heard that “good news” just doesn’t sell. I submit to you though that good news does matter. Too bad we are not all programmed and determined to make every effort at “catching things done well” and bringing it to the attention of everyone.

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