Members of the Hyco Road Ruritan Club once again are selling Vidalia onions to promote higher education through their Frazier Pool Memorial Scholarship Fund.

And it’s not too late for you to place an order for onions that will arrive the first week in May, weather permitting.

As a proud member of the club, I like to promote its good works every chance I get, and this is one of those opportunities.

Members will deliver the onions to all those who place an order, and they only cost $10 per 10-pound bag.

Those interested in placing a prepaid order can do so by contacting me at work (572-3945) or any member of the Hyco Road Ruritan Club or by calling one of these numbers: Bob Ford at 575-7605, Kenneth Irby at 572-4677, Bonnie Bowen at 579-0895 or Ricky Pool at 572-1325.

Over the past 15 years, the club has awarded scholarships totaling approximately $46,500, with the scholarships awarded each June at the Hyco Road Ruritan Club meeting.

Members donate their time and resources to this project so that 100 percent of the profits go into the club treasury from which the Frazier Pool Memorial Scholarships are supported.

The club established this fund in 2004 for those in the community who wish to further their education, with the Hyco Road Ruritan Club administering the fund.

Hyco Road Ruritan Club members who will be more than happy to sell you a bag or two or three of onions are Donna Anderson, William Anderson, Ricky Barber, Becky Bowen, Bonnie Bowen, Ray Bowen, Wayne Bowen, Paula Bryant, Henry Buchanan, David Comer, Dax Elliott, Gene Faucette, Hunter Ford, Brenda Ford, Robert Ford, Michael Gravitt, Ann Nicole Henderson, Ashley Irby, Kenneth Irby, Mary Jo Irby, Joe Jenkins (honorary), Mitchell Martin, Bobby Murray, Henry Owen, Ricky Pool, Brien Pugh, Leon Reed, Linda Reed, Ray Satterfield, Frank Shealy, Kim Shealy, Nat Terry and Donnie Wilkerson.

If you buy onions from any of these members this year, we guarantee you will enjoy the tasty Georgia treats.

The members will be meeting on Thursday, April 18, to turn in their final orders, so call a member today and place your order.

You’ll be glad you did.

Connie Nyholm among ‘Most Influential Virginians’

Connie Nyholm is all business — one can hear it in her voice, see it in her face, and prove it via the extraordinary success of the Virginia International Raceway in Alton.

That’s why Nyholm once again has been named one of 50 of the “Most Influential Virginians, a list compiled” by Virginia Business magazine in their March magazine.

Nyholm, the majority owner and dynamic CEO of Virginia International Raceway in Alton, has proven she knows how “to bring it home,” and she’s willing and able to share the secrets of her success.  

VIR welcomes 300,000 visitors each year to its six road courses, onsite lodging and restaurants.

According to the article in March’s Virginia Business magazine, Nyholm also serves as president of the Road Racing Industry Council and sits on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

One of the reasons Nyholm said she believes her raceway works is because it’s a multi-use site with world-class amenities designed to accommodate the specific needs of specific clients.

In most recent developments, Nyholm tells Virginia Business the resort will host the Sports Car Club of American National Championship Runoffs in October, featuring the nation’s best amateur racers.

The SCCA sanctioned the first race at VIR and again in March 2000 when Harvey Siegel and Nyholm opened the track.

 Halifax County Service Authority currently is exploring how best to provide water to the track after dealing with issues with the wells VIR uses. VIR needs alternative sources of water to continue its growth curve in Halifax County, and the service authority recognizes that need, with board members researching grant opportunities to help with funding the cost for groundwater exploration and development of alternative water sources.

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at​

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at