Here’s an invitation to help fight in the war on hunger this Saturday when area letter carriers wage the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign — the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive.

This week — March 17-23 — is being observed as National Poison Prevention Week, a week designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.

And just when we thought we could see the light at the end of the flu tunnel, a new study of elderly patients suggests a second, fast spreading flu strain identified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) could make many local seniors sick in the coming weeks.

It all started 17 years ago when a young woman from Tokyo, Japan visited a group of fourth graders at Cluster Springs Elementary School during their annual field day in May 2002.

“Finding Josephine,” a stirring Civil War drama co-written and directed by Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter Rory Feek is set for release at Walmart and stores across the nation on Feb. 5.

A brisk winter breeze punctuated the Halifax air as mourners moved from Beth Car Baptist Church to graveside at St. John’s Episcopal Church cemetery Saturday to honor the memory of Sylvia Lovelace Overton McLaughlin, a woman of intelligence, calm demeanor and even manner that made her a Hali…

I had a choice this week — do I write this column about newly comfirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the lengths some Democrats in this country will go to to have their way including destroying an innocent man’s reputation and humiliating his wife and children, or do I write abo…

Tuesday, Aug. 14, marked the 83rd anniversary of the enactment of Social Security, and we’ve got our fingers crossed it’s going to last another 83 years.

The Gazette-Virginian subscription drive is kicking off today with Halifax County subscribers paying only $25 for a year’s subscription to the county’s only tri-weekly newspaper.

An eye-opening new documentary about the life and mind of the great comedian and actor Robin Williams aired Monday night revealing Williams suffered from Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) – a progressive brain disease affecting more than a million Americans.  

It’s summer, and with the hot weather comes the ever present emergency blood shortage that is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types — especially type O — to give now and help save lives. 

A lot of information‚ some peculiar, some outlandish and some downright unbelievable — comes into the newspaper office via email, postal mail and some personally delivered each day.

Barbara Stevens of South Boston sent us her version of a somewhat familiar email forward this week with a request to print it. Here lately, it seems it’s always an appropriate time to run this obituary of a beloved friend — Common Sense.

After getting back from the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, I was all set to write a column Tuesday morning about how respect and civility has been lost on the commencement exercises at Halifax County High School.

It was nine years ago today that Hattie Gertrude Brown went missing. She would be 57 now, and her family and friends continue to pray the mystery surrounding her disappearance will one day be solved.

The Prizery is holding its annual online Kickstarter campaign for the ninth Summer Theatre Season, and the final day for the all-or-nothing $25,000 goal is Friday at 7 p.m. Funds from the campaign will directly support the summer productions: “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!,” one of the…

It’s that time of year again when students of all ages are beginning to stress because it’s test taking time.

You don’t have to look far to notice grass is greener, flowers are taller and leaves are sprouting despite Old Man’s Winter tight grip that just doesn’t seem to want to let go this spring.  

A New York Times March 10 special print section entitled “Overlooked” pays tribute to 15 remarkable women whose obituaries were never published. Among these 15 women is Henrietta Lacks, a native of Clover who died at the young age of 31 and unbeknownst to her, some of her cells were removed …

Much has been written about this season’s flu epidemic that has torn through the U.S. in a way that has appeared to leave the nation almost defenseless.

From flu shots to healthy habits such as hand washing and covering the mouth when coughing, no remedy is infallible, that we know.

It’s been more than nine decades since couples first spent their honeymoons in the iconic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, but 91 years later the Cavalier still can lay claim to being one of the state’s premiere honeymoon attractions.

It’s the season of love, chocolates and roses. Walk in any store this time of year, and you are bombarded by lots of reds and pinks – delicious chocolate candies, bouquets of beautiful flowers and all sorts of stuffed animals imaginable.

Just like clockwork, at the start of every new year people start composing their lists of New Year’s resolutions, and at the same time they’re usually ending a year filled with some of the same problems, frustrations or worries of prior years. 

Anyone who has been around young children knows how much they love to hear stories, especially those about when mom and dad were growing up.

Each year about this time Americans make promises they know they will not keep.  It’s called making a resolution for the New Year, and the Association of Mature American Citizens has collected a few such commitments that people have made for 2018. 

This time of the year, we are reminded of how much our former colleague and fellow columnist, the late Sonny Riddle, loved the Christmas season. It was always his favorite time of the year.

My friend, Bill McCaleb, recently shared the following email he received about “The Stranger.” We’re sharing it here for our readers who may not have seen or heard it before.

We want to publicly thank ED-1 Halifax County Supervisor J. T. Davis for his unrelenting efforts pushing to close the county’s digital divide with the ongoing broadband initiative to bring high-speed internet to all parts of the county.

Friday 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…

We extend our heartfelt sympathy, condolences and prayers to the families and friends of the 26 people murdered in cold blood ranging in age from 18 months to 77 years old, and the 20 who were wounded while attending worship service Sunday morning at First Baptist Church in the small town of…

Getting a vaccine is not the only way to protect yourself from the flu.  What you eat every day can also protect you from getting sick. That is why local physicians with American Family Care are advising families during National Flu Prevention Week to add five flu fighting foods to their gro…

There are 27 days left before election day, and so many county residents are like me, tired of their phones ringing off the hook with telephone political pollsters and surveyors on the other end… and they call at all times of the day or night and on Sundays too.

National Newspaper Week is being celebrated all next week — Oct. 1-7.  This year’s theme is “Real Newspapers ... Real News!” as we mark the 77th anniversary of National Newspaper Week.

As I write this column on Monday, Sept. 11, our country is marking the 16th anniversary of the cowardly, dastardly attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.

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