Most churches had to close doors due to the onset of COVID-19. Still, pastors found other means of ministering to their congregation.

Two Fridays ago, ABC News’s Eric M. Strauss tweeted the following: “ABC looked at 21 states that eased restriction May 4 or earlier and found no major increases in hospitalizations, deaths, or percentage of people testing positive in any of them.” 


Recent videos which came to light last month as well as unwelcome visitors to the peaceful South Boston protest rally highlight in disturbing detail pervasive prejudices and mistreatment of persons of color.  


My perspective comes from a background in mitigation of high level defense and security operations for the Headquarters of the Department of Defense and invited to. 


So many things are happening in America today. Hope is probably the number one thing of everyone’s mind. We feel that our country has turned into something we hardly recognize any more. Our hope has grown so dim.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit America, the last thing that most people were worried about was the fate of those struggling with substance abuse. Even though America’s drug epidemic was public health threat #1 a few weeks prior, the Coronavirus was an impending primary concern that demanded attention.  


I first met Denver Riggleman on the campaign trail a few years ago, and, after following him through his first term as our 5th district congressman, I am very much impressed with his depth and breadth of knowledge on national and international issues.  

I have always wondered if a crisis would hit the Trump administration how he would handle it given that he does not react normal to any situation as a president should. He disrespects people. He lies on people and any situation.

During the past 100 years, there have been revivals that have turned things around. During World War II, the Germans were bombing England continuously for a long period of time. Winston Churchill, leader of England, called his country for a time of praying and fasting. After a couple of weeks, the bombing stopped. The British had survived, and the course of the war began to change.

I read where we are given a chance each day to make a difference — albeit small or large — in the life or lives of others. A difference from a positive impact/perspective, that is.


I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to my home the evening of Feb. 24 from the Clover, Scottsburg and Triangle volunteer fire departments and for all that you did the night of the fire.  


Our local election day will soon be upon us and today I write in support of a candidate most of us know — Tommy Elliott — for South Boston Town Council.

South Boston residents have a compelling opportunity in this month’s town elections to strengthen our town leadership by electing Tommy Elliott to town council. 

Has anyone seen Bob Hughes? Has anyone seen Bob building 16 houses for Habitat for Humanity? 

Many South Boston residents are voting absentee ballots for three choices of candidates who are seeking election in the May 19 town council elections, or they are making plans to vote in person on Election Day. I’m writing to support one of the more well-known candidates – Joe Chandler.

In my opinion, the best show on television is the 700 Club. It was started by Pat Robertson 54 years ago. It was called the 700 Club because 700 people gave $10 a month toward this ministry. 


When a child is born and put into their mother’s arms, there is no greater feeling. From the start that baby knows God has chosen the perfect mother for them. As that child looks up into their mother’s eyes, they can feel the warm love radiating from her body. 


Massive slaughterhouse closures are driving U.S. consumers to plant-based meat products, as sick workers pay the price.

I would like to voice my appreciation for the workers/managers of our local stores, first responders (EMT, police and firefighters), and our health care workers who have stayed on the job in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We, the citizens of Halifax County salute you for your courage.  You have restocked the store shelves, cleaned your stores and work areas, checked out customers, provided police protection, and provided health care services for the residents of Halifax County and surrounding counties.  For providing your services to us, you have not only put yourself at risk, but also your families at risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus.  Words cannot express our appreciation.   


On behalf of the Happy Feet 5K Team, it is my sincere hope that you and your family are healthy and safe as we navigate the challenges and uncertainties of COVID-19. It is with sadness that we cancel the 2020 Happy Feet Run/Walk on Saturday.


I have noticed a decidedly different price in gas for the last several weeks as I drive to and from work in North Carolina.

In today’s world we live in times of so many uncertainties. We face the fear of the unknown everyday. How often we forget how blessed we are until a tragedy hits. 


Obscured by the daily “breaking news” of the coronavirus was the 75th anniversary on April 12, 1945, of the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd president. As with our current chief executive, FDR faced a nation in crisis when he assumed office in 1933. 


When you are waist-deep in alligators, it may be hard to remember that your long-term objective is to drain the swamp.

As Bruce Springsteen said in his song, they’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks. Forman says these jobs are going boys, and they ain’t coming back to your hometown. 


Our local election day will soon be upon us and today I write in support of a candidate most of us know — Tommy Elliott — for South Boston Town Council.


I am writing regarding Senator Ruff’s report of April 2, in which he criticizes the members of the Virginia Assembly and calls them “silly” because they are concerned about law enforcement officials being able to trace the history of a lethal weapon used in a crime. I would assume that law and order members of the assembly would not want to be a part of covering up illegal activities. 


I was shocked and disappointed to see the pictures texted to us on Sunday of paper littering the SVHEC lot. 

I would like to thank all of you for the outstanding job that you are doing in keeping with the guidance from President Trump and Gov. Ralph Northam. It is very important to all of us that we do the best we can to make sure we are complying with what is asked of all us during these difficult times. 


What a situation we’re in today. Who saw this coming? I thought we would get the coronavirus. But, I never thought it would be this bad.

I am writing this letter on behalf of Mr. McDowell and myself. I represent district 1 on the school board, and he represents district 7.

Town council elections are scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, although many people are choosing to vote early during this challenging time. I want to encourage people to vote for Bob Hughes for South Boston town council.


Dane Skelton’s assertion in the Wednesday, March 18, edition “that leftist ideologues tried to torpedo Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination with bogus assault charges” is notwithstanding. 


There’s a real mystery going on. Why is the DNC doing everything they can to remove Bernie Sanders from the race? Why would they promote only Joe Biden?

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