As we have now passed the most crucial point in the Virginia legislative session, what we call “crossover,” where both the House and Senate finish their work on legislation and pass bills approved in one chamber over to the other, the Democrat agenda has now been fully revealed to all of Vir…

They say March comes in like a lion, but for this small-town newspaper reporter, that’s an apt description for February 2020. Getting back into the news as a small-town reporter last month, I knew I would see my share of “excitement.” I just didn’t know it would be so much so soon.

Lent is a season of the Christian calendar which comprises the 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter beginning with Ash Wednesday. It is meant to represent the 40 days, which Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting and being tempted by Satan. It is used as a time of remembrance, repentance, preparation and self-examination/reflection. 


According to an article published by the Pearson company, “...reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.” 


Get a skill. Get a job. Give back. That is the vision of Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed G3 initiative, designed to support Virginia’s students. If approved by the state legislature in the coming weeks, the plan will open new pathways to success for low- and middle-income Virginians to gain em…

As Americans, we are so blessed to live in a country that is free. America is a land of opportunity and many possibilities. We have the right to do whatever our heart desires. Whether we work a public job, or if we’re a member of the armed forces, it is our freedom to do so.


March is MS Awareness Month.But, MS patients suffer every day of every month. A new National MS Society-led study reports that nearly 1 million people are living with MS in the United States. That’s more than twice the previously reported number. Therefore, twice as many of us need a cure.

We’ve really had a bad run of governors this century. It’s way past time to do something about it. 

During the last several weeks, we have been subjected to the Nadler, Schumer, Schiff Show on TV. This show produced by Zombie Pelosi, features Nadler as the clown, Schumer as the jealous and bitter old man, and Schiff as the director and story teller, who changes the script with each performance.


First, I want to thank all who braved the cold, taking their time to come to Richmond last Monday. All should respect your commitment to our Constitution. However, Governor Northam and his party ignored them, and, in some cases, mocked them and have continued their assault on those Virginian…

We no longer have a Democratic party. We now have a party that hates America.

Sometimes I am contacted to tell me that I have misrepresented facts on an issue. They will cite what someone else has told them as proof of what they have read or what they want to believe. 

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…

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