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President Biden is coming to Yorktown this week to talk about his education plans. This is an excellent opportunity to remind him and Virginians that Democrats here have fought reopening schools tooth and nail and that even now, some of our most disadvantaged students remain trapped in virtu…

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The education of our young people is at risk!  Parents, grandparents, and would be parents need to be aware.  Attacks are coming from many directions; we need everyone involved to prevent current activities from diminishing the future of the next generation and our nation’s ability to compet…

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This week I'll have to disappoint all of my Virginia Tech and University of Virginia fans as I once again tout a little college in Southside Virginia that has a very high ranking in the Princeton Review 2021.

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Last week, I gave some insight into how a higher state mandated minimum wage would affect our lives and businesses.  A quick summary is that it will make some happy; at the same time it will drive up inflation which will gobble up any increases in wages.  You should ask then why are many cla…

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It looks like this week's column will be a short one as I was not feeling well last week. I am hopeful that I can see my doctor this week and get this all straightened out.

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     Soon, employers in Virginia must increase the minimum hourly wages they pay to $9.50.  Over the next several years the minimum will be incrementally increased until 2026, when it will rise to $15.00.  It will then increase at the rate of annual inflation.  Folks have different opinions …

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This week is an important one for the Garden Club of Virginia, which is holding Historic Garden Week, April 17-24. The big day for South Hill is Saturday, April 24, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and will feature five South Hill gardens. The overall Chairman is Mrs. Jane Stringer, a resident of Lake…

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The 2021 General Assembly Reconvened Session that occurred last week was almost exactly what I expected it to be – a confirmation of the 2021 session’s far left policies and ideas.  While there were a number of issues covered during the Reconvened Session, there were only two of major signif…

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The Reconvened Session was held last week with few surprises.  Most Republican proposed legislation had already been killed.  For this reason, we mostly considered technical changes on bills that needed to be adjusted.

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Well, it was  my fault, so I might as well admit to it. As many of you know, or maybe have wondered, yes, I am back to walking with a cane and have been doing so for the last two months or so. Well, last Friday, while unloading my shopping cart, I noticed that one item had fallen out of the …

     In 1974, President Nixon was about to be impeached but not for simply knowing about the break-in at the Watergate.  He was about to be impeached for the cover-up of that knowledge of who was involved and when.  So he resigned.  Nixon didn’t know when to stop digging the hole in which he…

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There was big news in the local area back in late March, 2001, when Norm Talley, a long time fixture with Old Belt Broadcasting, agreed to sell South Hill's two radio stations, WJWS-AM and WSHV-FM. The new owner is Tom Joyner, President of Joyner Radio, Inc. in Roanoke Rapids, N. C.

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Have you recently had a medical appointment? Conducted business online? Needed your electricity restored after storm damage? If so, you may have benefited from the expertise of an SVCC graduate. Our graduates fill frontline positions all across Southside Virginia.

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The Lake Gaston 911 Community Taskforce invites residents to join us as we honor dispatchers and telecommunicators during National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, April 11-17, 2021.

For much of the last several years, the media has picked up the phrase of being “woke”.  A term that some have used to define themselves.  They believe it makes them cool to be described that way.  Sadly, what it really says is that they have ignored much going on around them since they went…

I have gotten a little behind in my list of things to comment on, partly because of  the NCAA Basketball Tournament, which, as I expected, was lacking the play of many ACC teams, except for Florida State and Syracuse, both of whom made it to the Sweet 16, before fading out. Except for Florid…

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The 2021 General Assembly session concluded its work on March 1st, and as promised last week, I wanted to continue to tell you about some of the bills that passed and failed this year that may have an effect on your lives.

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The administration of Governor Northam seems to believe that they do not have to follow the law.  We are hearing more and more cases in which his appointees blatantly ignore laws passed in the legislative process.  Laws are passed for all Virginians to follow, if they do not, they should be …

What a wild ride we had last week. First, the threat of possible tornadoes on Thursday that, thankfully, turned out to be, for us in Mecklenburg County, just a night of high winds, rain, thunder and strong lightning. Then Friday, we had some off-and-on rain in the morning. Then some snow tha…

The 2021 General Assembly session concluded its work on March 1st, and as promised last week, I wanted to continue to tell you about some of the bills that passed and failed this year that may have an effect on your lives.

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     In the course of the last year, we have seen our world turned upside down in the name of COVID.  As yet, we still do not understand everything that has been changed and the effects of those changes in our lives.  Some things will return to normal, others it will take some time, and stil…

Wow, this year's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament had a surprising and unusual ending as two teams, Duke and Virginia, had to forfeit games. Duke on Thursday night as they had a team member tested positive for COVID 19. And then Virginia had to forfeit their Friday night game as a team m…

A popular adage advises, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Mangled comic versions go something like this: “Never put off till tomorrow what may be put off until the day after tomorrow.”

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

The 2021 Session is now history.  This week, I will mention a few bills and how they might affect the citizens of our area.  For a second year, Virginia Democrats used majorities in the House and Senate to push their top priorities.  They advanced “first-in-the-South” legislation that would …

Here it is the second week of March already. Yet, for some reason time seems to be flying by so much faster than last year. Of course in 2020 we had our first experience of COVID-19. And, it was no fun at all. Everybody had to wear a mask, and in talking with others or overhearing people dow…

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After a week full of long sessions and contentious debates, we were finally able to wrap up legislative business late Saturday night at 11 pm. The 2021 Special Session will officially end on Monday, March 3rd at 11 am. I wanted to briefly talk about some of the important issues we had to dea…

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     As the Session came to its end on Saturday, it is important for people to understand that what has been occurring this year in Richmond is no better, if not worse, than in Washington.  No greater example is the issue of equity and equality.  On the surface, some may think these two word…

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Well, this column is a little personal as it deals with some family members and the two accompanying photographs. It all started way back when my uncle, John Hart Crowder Sr., had a men's clothing store on West Danville St. which he  named “Cheap John's”. It later was named The Cash Store, T…

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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 from groundwork established by Carter G. Woodson and others during the opening decades of the twentieth cen…

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First and foremost, this week I want to once again talk about devastating storm that hit my district last week.  As soon as the storm hit, I reached out to the counties in my district to make sure they had a contact person in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  There is a syste…

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Foreword: It’s Black History Month but let’s read Black Herstory...Yesss....Her....Story. I have had the honor of doing shows with this woman. She definitely brings her A Game every time. She is one of Virginia Hottest and Dopest Poets. She truly intrigues the soul with her captivating words…

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A  funny thing happened as Barbra and I went to the “forum” last weekend – we lost our power at home and I lost my ability to even do something as simple as being able to stand.

Foreword: This poem speaks to me because I recently went through this journey. The journey of self healing, self love, self discovery, and self awareness. I had to shed alot of things that were weighing my soul down and prohibiting me from growing into my true self. Once I let go and healed …

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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.

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Three issues have been causing turmoil for a year:  unemployment, schools, and vaccines.  Governor Northam closed down the state with power not seen since colonial times, successfully driving folks into frenzies often asking for our help.

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The 2021 General Assembly session has reached it’s halfway point, known as crossover. This is the point where the House and Senate complete work on bills originating from the respective chambers, and the successful bills “cross over” to the other chamber.

Foreword: This is an extremely powerful piece by Lyrikal Sauvay. I’ve had the opportunity to see her perform once and it was nothing short of amazing. This is an excerpt from her upcoming poetry book “Journey To The Center Of Myself” which is an amazing title by the way because we are all tr…

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, they had to be a Democrat.  The primary in June was when the real competition occurred; the General Election in November was a mere formality.

I am so sorry, folks, but I goofed up – AGAIN! Isn't there a song that explains – “It's getting to be a habit with me.” Oh, well, I admit I knew better, but I did it anyway.