Three years after Emma Compton Layne was killed, her sisters, Shawna Krohn of Mississippi and Wynona Childress of Hurt, fight to keep her memory alive.

This is a time for mourning. We began the week as we have traditionally done with Memorial Day, mourning for those that we have lost in the various wars in which our nation has fought to protect the values that we share.

Everything in life should and must be balanced. We can never let pursuit of the perfect destroy the opportunity and ability of others to achieve their needs. This is particularly true in government. Idealists want everything as they believe is ideal but, as elected representatives, we have a…

Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed moving town and city elections to the Nov. 3 general election and primaries to June 23. In both cases, he cited the coronavirus in which his “stay at home” order added to the problem.

t has been a long week here at your Capitol, and as we move toward the close of assembly, negotiators have begun to work on reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of Virginia’s record-breaking $138 billion biennial budget.

There is a growing debate in Richmond this year about elections; mostly driven by the new majority which believes that Republicans have done something to prevent people from voting.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

Randy Jones, CEO of OWPR Architects, made the following observations about our high school: The building is supported by steel beams and columns anchored in reinforced concrete footings all of which appear in good condition, and there are no bearing walls in the building.  

Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, recently hanged himself in prison. With a lifetime of prison ahead of him, he chose suicide over going through another trial, more accusations and a lifetime behind bars.

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,…

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