The Virginia General Assembly has granted the citizens of Halifax County an historic opportunity to impact the educational future of their children for the next century without emptying the county coffers. There is widespread recognition that Halifax County High School must be modernized (Ha…

David, a young man of our acquaintance, passed from this life into Heaven this week. He had waged a 14-year battle against a horrifying disease, and he handled it with a grace and courage that gained him the admiration of all who knew him.

Je me souviens. Directly from French, more specifically Canadian French, it means “I remember.” The statement is the official motto of the Province of Quebec. For French Canadians, or Quebecois, the statement carries a weight, an emotion and history we Anglophones can’t grasp. For Quebec is …

I am writing in response to the Community Voice article last week by Senator Ruff. As a retired furniture business owner, I give him credit for being a businessman, but he’s been a politician for 30 odd years, so I don’t give him high marks in economics or getting things done.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 …

Let’s take a trip to summer of last year. I was a completely different person: pessimistic, unmotivated and scared. I was scared of the future, of who I’d become, of where I’d go, and of what I’d do with my life in the next few years.

Halifax County Heritage Festival Committee members take this opportunity to thank all who contributed to the tremendous success of the 16th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival.

After following the weather forecast for days and checking the website (https://www.gohalifaxva.com/about-sobo-brewfest) of The South Boston BrewFest all week for changes or announcements, and seeing none, on Saturday, May 11, at 1:45 p.m., I journeyed to the site of the 2019 So-Bo BrewFest,…

White slavery can be traced back to 3500 BC. The original Hebrew version of Genesis, chapters 6-11, describes Noah’s relationship with God.

In the world we live in today, there is a little known entity that is able to change people, families and nations. It is something that has become relative in its rendering and turned into something entirely different.

I believe in the power of prayer. I’ve had enough evidence of answered prayer to know that it is effective. I love praying for people, and I believe in my heart that God answers prayer. In the book of James, Scripture tells us, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”…

First, I want to thank our school board for its courage and diligence in addressing our run-down high school. Also, the board of supervisors should be commended for its decision to get a second opinion as the members represent all our taxpayers. Many of us get second opinions on medical situ…

What kind of prayer does God answer? That is really the $1M question isn’t it? A publisher made a pile of money with a book called “The Prayer of Jabez” in 2002. People took that little truncated sermon and treated it like a magic spell, “just pray this, and you’ll get rich.”

Parents of young children need eight hands, I thought as the mom and dad juggled tiny baby, luggage, diaper bag, car-seat, boarding passes and ID while shepherding their toddler through Phoenix Sky Harbor security. I wish they’d hurry up. Then the agent slowed things down even more by starti…

A lot of people over the last few weeks took a gamble with a couple of bucks or more for the chance to win a billion dollars or more in a super lottery.

Virginia could lose its ability to protect its citizens from the risks of uranium mining and milling. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide. Nine justices will determine whether the federal Atomic Energy Act of 1974 preempts Virginia’s uranium mining moratorium enacted in 1982. 

I am a sinner, saved by the grace of Almighty God. As an evangelical Christian and Southern Baptist, I hold dearly to the tenets of the Holy Bible, God’s personal letter to each and every one of us who has chosen the path of salvation provided by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the …

A few days ago, The Gazette-Virginian carried an advertisement for a fund-raising event on behalf of Leslie Cockburn, the Democratic candidate for Congress for our area. 

I respected Sen. John McCain. I loved him as a war hero and a fellow American who served his country in an astounding way. Few people in our country will ever accomplish all that McCain accomplished in his life. He served his country in the military, suffered as a prisoner of war and became …

I always get a kick out of the various so called “conservation” organizations that rate every legislator on various legislative proposals.  If one looks at them carefully over a period of time, you will see a regular consistency with them.  One is that Democrats tend to rate much higher than…

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that the number of bachelor degrees conferred in the U.S. has increased by 125 percent since the early 1970s. A large part of the reason is the encouragement high school students receive from parents and guidance counselors to pursue a col…

This is the time of year that families might be thinking about going to the beach or the lake to enjoy the sun. One of the things people reflect upon when thinking about the beach is standing on the surf and having the waves wash over your feet. It feels good, but before you know it, those w…

Nearly every time I log onto Facebook, I see pictures of old, decaying Virginia buildings on my newsfeed, accompanied by comments from state residents, old and young, yearning for someone to take these buildings and refurbish them.

The school shootings just keep coming, as we should have guessed by now they would. Without the intervention of teacher Jason Seaman, Noblesville, Indiana, would no doubt have been the third mass shooting in a school in 2018, preceded by Santa Fe, Texas, that took 10 lives, and Parkland, Flo…

It starts with a call for help. When an incident causes serious illness or injury, someone makes a phone call. Each occurrence is different. There are traffic-related injuries, workplace accidents, heart attacks, strokes, falls and countless other events that place life and limb at risk. 

(EDITOR’S NOTE: April is Confederate History Month, a month designated by six state governments in the Southern United States for the purpose of recognizing and honoring the history of the Confederate States of America.)

I want to focus on what we accomplished for our worthy veterans in this year’s General Assembly by highlighting some of the bills that I supported and that have passed, during session. As someone who never served in the military, I am profoundly grateful for those who did, and do, serve so t…

To the residents of Oak Level, the county of Halifax, the board of supervisors and whatever councils or boards that deem themselves responsible for the mess that is happening to the citizens in Oak Level, please put a stop to the Southstone Behavioral Healthcare Center (SBHC) that was former…

On March 28, I read that the Halifax County School Board has approved a 2 percent raise for almost all staff. Competitive compensation, according to Dr. Mark Lineburg, the school superintendent, is “really the key aspect of our budget this year.” 

I want to publicly give a huge “thank you” to Mrs. Yancey for speaking out about the closing of Cluster Springs Early Learning Center. Thank you for trying to save this beloved school. 

I am very concerned with the recent threats that have been made in the county schools. It is my personal opinion that the code of conduct needs to be changed to state that anyone making a threat will be immediately suspended for 10 days and automatically recommended for expulsion — no exceptions.

The library has been in the news quite a bit lately, either for termites at the South Boston Public Library or for the potential budget reduction from Halifax County.

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