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.

I’ve weighed pros and cons of the sales tax referendum, and even though I will vote “yes” for the tax, I’ll do so with reservation because of the school board’s recent decision to drug test students involved in extracurricular activities.

In the upcoming Nov. 5 elections, the citizens of Halifax County will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our children and for future generations of students. They have the opportunity, by referendum, to add 1% to our state sales tax and that additional…

I remember when Halloween was a more or less of a children’s holiday, better suited to trick-or-treat, costumes and candy than adult activities.

This is in response to a letter from Pat Wingler regarding the sales tax referendum. Ms. Wingler is either completely unaware of how the 1-cent referendum came to be, what it is, what the money can be used for and how long it would last, or she is just opposed to any kind of tax for any reason. 


All of us from time to time have seen someone at a park or street event blow up balloons and make them into various shapes. We all enjoy this as entertainment, child and adult alike. We watch as he moves air from one part to another in the balloon and twists it here and there. He gives child…

If I could only be able to predict the future, it surely would be a dream come to life. In my future this world would never know any evil. 

This is a note to the citizens of Election District-4 regarding the upcoming election of our representative on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. 


I had a blessing at the board of supervisors meeting on Oct. 7, 2019. 


Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community — working selflessly in our schools, hospitals, civic organizations, churches and other community groups to make things better.

On Nov. 5, 2019, voters in Halifax County will have an opportunity to possibly change the make-up of the school board and board of supervisors. 

This is not an attempt at fine editorial writing, just a few facts as reported by Law Enforcement Today. 

On Nov. 5, the residents of Election District-4 will choose who will represent them for the next four years on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. 


Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll.

One thing I’ve noticed in the past several years is a lack of moderation, not just in politics but just about everything else, a lack of civility where alternative views not only aren’t respected but are not tolerated.

So, Watson is found not guilty on all charges. The jury may have had good reasons. 


In just over a month, Halifax County voters have a chance to vote on the most important single issue on a ballot in years, raising the sales tax by 1 penny. 


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