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Tommy Wright: Put down those phones

Virginia students might be in for a new adjustment when they attend schools. House Bill 882 came before ...

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Mike Wilson: I can’t find it, but it’s all there, somewhere

We’ve all got some. C’mon, let’s be honest now. There are places in your house where things just ...

Moton Museum


Moton Museum: Barbara Johns had something to say…and so do we

Happy Black History Month from the Moton Museum. We anticipate a very busy month here at Moton. Make ...


Mike Wilson: It’s that time of year again

I shot my first deer as an adult in Virginia about 35 years ago. Here’s a story of ...


Mike Wilson: I can still taste the hoop cheese

One of my most prized possessions is a watercolor painted behind my back some years ago by an ...



Edward Strickler: Farmville deals with ‘the case of the telltale litter’

There is a lot of litter around Farmville. Maybe most people don’t ‘see’ it. But once my husband ...

Farmville Pride


Farmville Pride: Here’s why we need this in Central Virginia

Let’s talk about Farmville Pride. My life consists of eighteen years growing up and coming of age in ...


Tammy Mulchi: A look at my first week in the Assembly

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns from newly elected Virginia State Sen. Tammy ...


Dr. Quentin Johnson: Appreciation for Law Enforcement Officials

Communities across the country participated in National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9. Although the observance sets ...

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Mike Wilson: It’s a New Year, but I’m learning the same lessons

Well, we’re entering a new year, but somehow I’m still learning the same old lessons. I killed my ...


Tom Noehren: Making the case for electing a Kennedy

Ballot access wasn’t the intended topic for this, but recent events couldn’t be ignored.  Almost every state in ...

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Farmville Pride: Give the gift of love and acceptance

Meagan Irving is writing this month’s column for Farmville Pride. The holidays are amongst us and for many, ...


Kayla Williams: So, what exactly do I do?

Respiratory season is in full force. How do I know? Since Friday, Dec. 15, I have received close ...


Tommy Wright: As the political year winds down…

As we enter the final weeks of 2023, the political year is winding down as well. Governor Youngkin ...


Quentin Johnson: Working with our first college-wide SGA

During my college years, I served on the Student Activities Board, an organization that worked closely with the ...

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Mike Wilson: Oh, he will be back …. and so will I

I suppose I am sometimes viewed as “portly” by those with enriched active vocabularies. Accordingly, my chest waders ...


Dr. Quentin R. Johnson: Early college classes can be a benefit

The U.S. Department of Education reports that students who earn college credits before high school graduation reap numerous ...

On The Road Hampden-Sydney


Mike Wilson: A grand sweep, thanks to Hampden-Sydney

Back when our girls were small, my teaching schedule at Hampden-Sydney College allowed us to make a grand ...


Dove Standley: Thoughts on resilience, authenticity, neighbors and support

On Nov. 20 every year, we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance. The week preceding is Transgender Awareness Week. ...


Mike Wilson: Make mine a redhead

If zipping along in the dark at 26 knots in 25 degree temperatures and 20 knot winds in ...


Frank Ruff: Marijuana law needs more work

Editor’s Note: After last week’s Q & A, State Sen. Frank Ruff wanted to add a bit more ...


Trudy Berry: Marijuana legislation is not perfect

Editor’s Note: After last week’s Q & A, State Sen. Frank Ruff wanted to add a bit more ...


Hanna Bailey: LGBTQ+ History Month is for Lovers

The phrase “Virginia is for Lovers,” became Virginia’s motto in 1969. Some 400 miles away in New York, ...

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Church & Community

Rev. Peter Smith: Where was God during Hamas attacks in Israel?

Honestly, I had not planned to write about this, but the Hamas attack on Israel dictated otherwise.  Already, ...

Briery Creek


Mike Wilson: A story to tell about Briery Creek

When the Briery Creek Wildlife Management Area, featuring hundreds of acres of flooded timber for bass fishing and ...


CARL RIDEN: Don’t force others to be who you want

“You need to treat me like a person,” I said to my mother. Even at age seven, I ...

Prince Edward County schools


Josh Blakely: A celebration of the future of Prince Edward County

Editor’s note: This is a special guest column, focused on the recent decision to move forward with a ...

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