Misunderstood has been giving out free haircuts for 16 years now, and each year, hundreds of families trust local barbers and beauticians to trim their hair for the first day of school.


Thanks to all the sponsors, participants and volunteers that made the Halifax County Public Schools’ 2019 Back-2-School Expo an overwhelming success.  


It’s gotten to the point where you can’t find safe haven from the problems of the world at the movie theatre, like many of us fortunate to afford a movie ticket once did while growing up.

On behalf of Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to thank the community for coming out to the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Cruz-In on Saturday, Aug. 3. 


What a price the citizens of South Boston had to pay for a wood burning power plant in its backyard … “Our fresh, clean breathing smelling air.”

Gun violence has occurred all around the country including Virginia, but mostly in big cities with bigger targets and anonymity. But is small town America immune? Definitely not.

President Donald Trump continues to disappoint me and most of the people in the USA. He continues to spread hate and racism. He has no respect for anyone who does not agree with him. 


America is our country to love and be proud of. Our forefathers sacrificed so much to enable America to be the land of the free. 

I see President Trump got his wish for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. The Supreme Court ruled in his favor 5 to 4. I feel good about this. Finally, a border wall will be built.

The Alton Hunt Club held a benefit on Saturday, July 20, at the Cluster Springs Ruritan Club for one of its members who has cancer.  Dillon Shotwell, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a few months ago, is only 27 years old and is currently undergoing chemo treatments here in South Boston.  


The headlines these past weeks focused on whether or not the Mueller report told us about voter fraud. We should be concerned that our votes are counted correctly. Also, we should be focused on possible problems that have occurred in past elections and how best to address the problem.

I guess I can’t be but so humorous today, what with the tragedies in Dayton and El Paso over the weekend, and my heart goes out to the victims and families involved in both shootings.

Thank you for publishing such an informative article written by Ashley Hodge on the choice Halifax County will soon make on propane or diesel fueled school buses. 

I just want to commend you for the excellent edition of Friday’s newspaper. It was one of the most enjoyable editions I have ever read. 


It was nine years ago today (July 24) that Gazette-Virginian publisher Keith Shelton departed this life.

I was up in South Boston on the fourth of July weekend. I went to the Oak Ridge Cemetery to visit the grave of my parents and other relatives and friends. 


The United States is suffering from moral and political paralysis. The leaders are fighting each other.  They are bogged down with complex domestic problems and cannot get anything done because they cannot agree on a solution.  Partisanship has created a do-nothing legislature.  The U.S. is facing large, complex problems so expensive that no one can offer a good solution. 

I would like to thank Paula Bryant of The Gazette-Virginian for the kind words she had to say about my efforts in fighting uranium mining in Virginia.  


On July 17, Lealand Luck wrote, “The General Assembly would rather continue to offer thoughts and prayers to victims of gun violence than pass some sensible gun control legislation.” His letter had the great virtue of being short—with nothing else whatsoever to commend it.


I’m reading with great interest the stories surrounding the 50th anniversary of man’s first moon landing in 1969, and they bring back a flood of memories to someone who dreamed of distant worlds as little more than a country boy in Halifax County.

I watched the recent Democrat Party debates. I wanted to see if any offered any proposals that might be of value. 

There has been much news and discussion about the Halifax County Courthouse renovation. It has been a long and contentious journey for all involved. When I came on the board in 2016, the courthouse project was still a tangled web of design issues.

The fourth of July is here, and all Americans hopefully will embrace the day without fear, total liberation and the American spirit.  

I sometimes — well, most of the time — find myself in a rush to complete all the tasks at hand in a normally busy day, just like everyone else in this busy world.

No doubt, the draconian pro-life laws passed in nine states have brought many emotions to the surface, but to call such emotions an avalanche of pro-abortion media pressure is overstating the reality. Mr. Skelton’s article uses inflammatory terms to advance his view that “pro-choice is wrong…

The year was 1982, and this young Averett College graduate who had just walked across the stage to secure her bachelor’s degree in English/journalism was ready to set sail in her first full-time newspaper job at The Star-Tribune in Chatham.

Just a few days ago, I looked at your front page and read, “Process to build school outlined.” Without even a token attempt to convince us that we need a new building in the first place, our self-appointed betters are charging off to do what they want, because they want to and because they think that they can get away with it.

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate” is a famous phrase from the 1960’s classic movie, “Cool Hand Luke,” referring to a character played by the late Paul Newman, and his refusal to conform to rules set for him and his fellow work gang members at a correctional facility in the south.

The pro-life laws passed in nine states this year have released an avalanche of pro-abortion media, entertainment and political pressure on lawmakers and voters alike. Some of the pressure is pure power play, like the Netfix CEO’s threat to pull production from Georgia over its new law. But …

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