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COLUMN — Needs of the homeless continue through the pandemic

The STEPS family, with the gracious support of community partners and sponsors, traditionally holds a February “Soup and Sandwich” fundraiser in Farmville to help support ... Read more

2 months ago by Guest Columnist.

COLUMN – Starlink could help solve county’s broadband problems

The problem of Prince Edward County’s lack of access to high-speed internet may have a solution on display just west of here in Wise County. ... Read more

2 months ago by Roger Watson.

Bill will put kids back in schools

The 2021 General Assembly session concluded its work on March 1, and I wanted to update you on how the final week, and overall session, ... Read more

2 months ago by Tommy Wright.

COLUMN — Don’t sit by the phone waiting for a vaccine appointment

If you are an older adult in the Piedmont Health District, you may be a little confused about how the registration process for getting a ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

COLUMN — Black history and America’s future

Black History Month, sometimes called African American History Month, occurs every year in February. Officially recognized by then-President Gerald Ford in 1976, the commemoration grew ... Read more

3 months ago by Quentin Johnson.

Thank you to the front-line workers restoring power

First and foremost, this week I want to once again talk about the devastating storm that hit my district last week. As soon as the ... Read more

3 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Why are you not good enough for the good stuff?

A few years ago, my grandparents moved to Farmville. While packing up their belongings at their old house, my grandma gifted me her beautiful and ... Read more

3 months ago by Alexa Massey.

COLUMN — Budget amendment to help staff PRJ fails

We have completed another week of the 2021 General Assembly session, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on last week’s proceedings. ... Read more

3 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Virginia wasn’t ready for vaccine distribution

Three issues have been causing turmoil for a year: unemployment, schools and vaccines. Gov. Ralph Northam closed down the state with power not seen since ... Read more

3 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Democrat priorities have changed over the years

When I was growing up, I knew my father was a Democrat. In the ’50s and ’60s, if one wanted a voice in Virginia’s government, ... Read more

3 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Vaccines should not be about who you know

The 2021 General Assembly session has reached its halfway point, known as crossover. This is the point where the House and Senate complete work on ... Read more

3 months ago by Tommy Wright.

COLUMN — Why do people always hate life-saving inventions?

It is a longstanding American tradition to object to inventions that by and large save lives. In the early 1980s Michigan Rep. David Hollister introduced ... Read more

3 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Virginia’s vaccine allocation increased by 23%

On Feb. 5 the General Assembly reached crossover, the traditional midpoint of the legislative session. At crossover, the House and Senate must complete work on ... Read more

3 months ago by Matt Fariss.

COLUMN — Virginia was not prepared for vaccinations

Our second full week of the 2021 General Assembly session has come to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to update you ... Read more

3 months ago by Matt Fariss.

COLUMN — Local coaches split on Super Bowl outcome

Super Bowl LV is set for Sunday, Feb. 7, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and it will pit the defending champion Kansas City ... Read more

3 months ago by Titus Mohler.

Our children need to go back to school

Our second full week of the 2021 General Assembly session has come to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to update you ... Read more

3 months ago by Tommy Wright.

COLUMN – How did Dillwyn get here?

The Town of Dillwyn is a small town with a big problem. The town, with a population of 556, recently completed a $1.5 million streetscape ... Read more

3 months ago by Roger Watson.

Dr. Nash answers vaccination questions

By H. Robert Nash  Piedmont Health District Director The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are a great achievement and cause for hope. But doses are ... Read more

4 months ago by Guest Columnist.

Virginia’s vaccine plan needs remedies

The first full week of the General Assembly has come to an end, and I wanted to take just a moment to update you on ... Read more

4 months ago by Guest Columnist.

COLUMN — Let Farmville be the light

Editor’s Note: The following are the closing comments made by Farmville Town Council member Brian Vincent from the Farmville Town Council meeting held Jan. 13. ... Read more

4 months ago by Guest Columnist.

Mentors provide a valuable service

January is National Mentoring Month, an observation led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support ... Read more

4 months ago by Quentin Johnson.

COLUMN — Mandatory minimum sentencing could be repealed

The 2021 General Assembly session began Jan. 13. The Senate will meet in person while the House remains virtual. I have added links below for ... Read more

4 months ago by Matt Fariss.

COLUMN — Our divisions have resulted in a constitutional crisis

The orderly transfer of presidential authority failed to materialize this year. The political divisions in this country have devolved into a constitutional crisis. The head ... Read more

4 months ago by Angus McClellan.

COLUMN – Return to political norms would be welcomed

One of the results of the Donald Trump administration has been to obliterate any norms and traditions of the presidency, culminating in the incitement of ... Read more

4 months ago by Roger Watson.

Column — What will 2021 look like?

For months now, everywhere I have gone, people have been saying, “I can’t wait until 2020 is over.” With all that has occurred in the ... Read more

4 months ago by Frank Ruff.

Short session to begin Jan. 13

As you may already be aware, when the General Assembly meets for its 2021 session, the House of Delegates will meet 100% virtually. The Senate ... Read more

4 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Higher taxes for high income workers proposed

As 2020 draws to a close, I cannot help but reflect on the unusual nature of this year as we prepare for the 2021 session. ... Read more

4 months ago by Guest Columnist.

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