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. 


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.

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

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. 


Time is one of life’s precious commodities, even though sometimes we feel that we don’t have enough of it. Could it be that we are trying to live life too fast. When we do this, we tend to miss out on a lot of good things life has to offer. 


 I am writing to you in hopes that the public can render some help in solving a safety problem in the community of Cluster Springs. That safety issue happens to be the intersection between Highway 501 and State Route 658, or commonly referred to as Huell Matthews Highway and Cluster Springs/Cherry Hill Church Road.

Each year there are events and holidays that many of us wait for. For some it is a birthday, for others a major holiday. And for still others it is the opportunity presented each year at a church or civic get together. 


I was honored when I was asked to write this letter to the paper. A letter that is meant for the voters of Halifax County to read before you all go to the voter’s booth. I’m sure some would use this chance to try to convince you to vote one way or another, that’s not my goal. My goal is to tell you about what I have observed from one of your neighbors, Kathy Fraley. 


On Nov. 5 residents of ED-4 will be given two choices on who will represent them on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. I urge you to support Dennis Witt. 

We have all heard that “good news” just doesn’t sell. I submit to you though that good news does matter. Too bad we are not all programmed and determined to make every effort at “catching things done well” and bringing it to the attention of everyone.

I’ve weighed pros and cons of the sales tax referendum, and even though I will vote “yes” for the tax, I’ll do so with reservation because of the school board’s recent decision to drug test students involved in extracurricular activities.

This is in response to a letter from Pat Wingler regarding the sales tax referendum. Ms. Wingler is either completely unaware of how the 1-cent referendum came to be, what it is, what the money can be used for and how long it would last, or she is just opposed to any kind of tax for any reason. 


If I could only be able to predict the future, it surely would be a dream come to life. In my future this world would never know any evil. 

This is a note to the citizens of Election District-4 regarding the upcoming election of our representative on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. 


I had a blessing at the board of supervisors meeting on Oct. 7, 2019. 


On Nov. 5, 2019, voters in Halifax County will have an opportunity to possibly change the make-up of the school board and board of supervisors. 

This is not an attempt at fine editorial writing, just a few facts as reported by Law Enforcement Today. 

On Nov. 5, the residents of Election District-4 will choose who will represent them for the next four years on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. 


So, Watson is found not guilty on all charges. The jury may have had good reasons. 


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