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As you know, the 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly opened last week in Richmond. Unfortunately, the session is a ‘virtual’ one, not unlike the recently completed Special Session.

As you read this, we have returned to Richmond.  At least the Senate has returned.  What the House of Delegates is doing is something different.  They have opted to operate by Zoom for the most part.  Some of that is because of their fear of COVID-19, but I expect they believe it is a more e…

Last week’s events in Washington are at the top of everyone’s mind right now.  What happened last Wednesday was unacceptable. 

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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 world, all of us have been stressed out by not only the COVID-19 virus and the daily news about it, but as well riots in our cities, and politics in a deeply …

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 is scheduled to meet at the Science Museum in Richmond as they did during the 2020 Special Session.  The Democrat leadership in Richmond has closed …

Every year, the most important thing that the Governor of Virginia does is produce a budget or a revised budget.  Yet, way too frequently, a governor will offer the desert first with new spending rather than starting with the basic meal.  Because there is never enough money to provide for th…

From 1705 to 1779 each county was divided into precincts and a justice of the county court appointed for each one to compile the list of tythables. He took sworn statements from residents and the agents of non-residents households. The county took the biggest part of the tithe. Its share was…

As we are preparing for Christmas, whether shopping for gifts or planning to visit relatives, we are making decisions about where we want to be on Christmas Day, and is everything as it should be for the big day to be a joyous Christmas for all.  Let us pray that all will have a blessed and …

In the last couple of weeks, the number of identified individuals that have or have had COVID-19 has increased dramatically.  We should all be concerned and do everything possible to protect our loved ones.  Some, like Governor Northam, are focused on impeding businesses and religious activi…

I searched records for Mecklenburg, Halifax and Granville Counties and Ancestry.com, but found no record of a plausible William H. Tunstall. The ones I did find (South Hill and Sudan were in their 50s in 1940 and were married with children. (I’m assuming that Tuck was hanging out with someon…

I was glad to see that Chase City held it’s Christmas Parade on Sunday night.  Even if the traditional event had to be changed around a little due to Covid-19, the parade is one of those traditions that we need to keep.  And so, the event didn’t follow the traditional path down Main Street w…

Over the years that I have been in the General Assembly, there has always been an effort by some to change the laws on the use of marijuana.  This year it rapidly came to a head.  The debate probably reached a peak with Governor Northam’s decision to push for recreational use.  This is a pos…

Revisiting the notes from my meeting with Mrs. Anne Gayle Roberts on July 29, 2017, she stated at that time, Mr. Johnson had black cow milkers. One of the milkers arrived for work one day, picked up an ax from outside and went into the home and killed Johnson. Then he assaulted a woman there…

It’s that wonderful time of year, just after Thanksgiving but just before the Christmas rush really gets started.  My doctors have decided that this would be a perfect time for me to have all those pesky tests done that they take such delight in ordering.

It’s that wonderful time of year, just after Thanksgiving but just before the Christmas rush really gets started.  My doctors have decided that this would be a perfect time for me to have all those pesky tests done that they take such delight in ordering.

For those who don’t remember him or never heard of him, Stossel made it big a generation or two ago when he was the co-host of ABC’s show 20/20.  He became most famous for his piece at the end of each weekly show.  It was called “Give Me A Break”.  Each week, he would focus on one issue that…

Another example of the collision between education and politics is, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" a song written by James A. Bland (1854–1911). It is not an adaption of a song by a similar name sung by the Christy Minstrels, the group that popularized the “black-face” movement. They had a …

Despite all the talk about how different Thanksgiving is going to be this year, I’m not expecting to see a lot of changes.

We all want to be treated fairly.  Sometimes we do not like government policies at the federal, state, or local levels, but if it affects all equally, we are more likely to accept it.

I am writing in response to the article titled Clarksville Chamber receives Virginia Tourism Recovery Grant, published in your newspaper on November 17, 2020. Overall, I just wanted to acknowledge how important and beneficial this grant and others like it can be for our area. In our small in…

I wrote about the bureaucracy in prior stories but the government bureaucrats seem to have turned their “air-heads” to the wind – nothing registered during this opportune time. No child left behind was not about teaching standards. It was about making education available to all students unde…

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On the topic of the 2020 election, South Dakota Governor Noem said in an interview with ABC News, “that it’s simply time to let the process work through.  Elections need to be fair, honest, and transparent, and we need to be sure that we had an honest election before we decide who’s going to…

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In 2015, National Day Calendar established November as National Gratitude Month in the United States and Canada. The designation had been advocated by Stacey Grewal, author of Gratitude and Goals, who said “Gratitude is an essential ingredient of a happy, fulfilling life.”

Once upon a time (not that long ago) one received things from earning them.  You merited a raise; you merited a promotion.  That system was referred to as “meritocracy”.  The better you performed those things expected of you, the higher and faster you rose into positions of leadership.  The …

Thankfully, it is human nature to have faith in a brighter future.  If not, 2020 would drive us crazy.  Most of the year, COVID-19 has dominated the news.  The deaths associated with it has truly depressed us all.  Hearing story after story of rising cases and deaths cannot be ignored nor sh…

Please, before you vote I would like you to think of the Armed Forces of America, and which one of the Presidential Candidates will be the BEST Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, this is very important because the men and women of the Armed Forces , and Veterans have and are serving our…

Fall has arrived in all it’s glory.  Mornings are a little crisp.  Leaves are changing color and falling all over the place.  The days have gotten shorter and this weekend we “fall back” an hour as we turn our clocks back.  And of course, we’re all gearing up for the election next week.

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In slang, this phrase is used to convey the speaker's frustration or annoyance with someone else.  The term has been used repeatedly by former Vice President Joe Biden.  He uses it with the rare reporter or voter that is able to catch him away from his handlers.  Biden frequently uses the te…

The session finally ended last Friday.  The General Assembly, by constitution, meets for 60 days in even years and 45 days in odd years.  This year, the Governor called a special session to begin on August 18th.  Putting that into perspective, it lasted 60 days.  Two weeks longer than the no…

This session has been remarkable for many things, including its length, procedural irregularities, and the bad legislation that has been produced. Below is a list of the 'worst of the worst' legislation introduced by the New Democrat Majority this session. 



Every October, the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students celebrates National Transfer Student Week. This year Southside Virginia Community College will participate with a Virtual Transfer Fair, which will run October 19–23, 2020.

We’re just three weeks away from Election Day.  Despite all the ads, the rallies and polls, almost everyone I know has already made up their minds as to who they’re supporting and many of them have already cast their ballots.

That now famous quote from former President Obama’s chief-of-staff and, later, mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel has proven to be the guiding light of the Democratic Party at both the federal and state level.  We see it everywhere.  Last week, Michigan’s governor accused the criminals involved i…

Colonel Thomas C. Johnson was born near Lynchburg, Va., on the 22nd of March, 1820. He joined the Methodist Church at age seventeen. In 1842 he graduated from Randolph Macon College, Boydton, Va. In the fall of1842 he married Martha R. Scott, daughter of H. B. Scott, of Nelson County, Va. He…

Our prayers go out to our President, Governor, their wives, and to all who have been infected with COVID-19.  We wish them fast recoveries.  Likewise, keep the families of those who have lost loved ones this sad year.  This strange virus affects people in different ways.  Every individual’s …

With election day less than a month away, people are talking about the big changes in voting this year.  Actually, the biggest changes have been dealing with how to vote safely during a pandemic.  We’ve seen other changes, and bigger ones, over the years.

The 2020 Special Session to date has largely focused on police and criminal justice reform even though the General Assembly's primary charge was to address the Commonwealth's budget shortfall. As evidenced by the actions of their Senate colleagues, House Democrats have gone too far in their …

Compassion is a good thing when you are using your resources in assisting others in a time of their need.  It is far different when you, as a legislator, are shifting the cost of that compassion to others, such as taxpayers, and claiming that you a good and righteous person.

During her lifetime grannie was a firm believer in clean air. As a matter of fact she never owned a horse, never had a driver’s license, never rode on a bus, airplane nor train and hated/feared riding in a car. So for the sixteen years she worked at Craddock-Terry, piece rate, averaging abou…

I watched an amazing video the other week.  The video shows then President Richard Nixon making a somber speech to the nation, announcing the tragic failure of the first manned mission to the moon and the loss of astronauts Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin in July of 1969.

You decided to try growing herbs this summer and now that they are ready to harvest, you might need to know exactly what to do.  There is not one rule for all herbs so I will attempt to break it down for you.

Editor’s note: We are saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. John Caknipe, Jr. To honor his memory and love for the history of Mecklenburg County, The News Progress will continue to run his column through the end of the year.

A group I belong to was considering a fall plant sale since everything was canceled this spring due to the pandemic.  One member commented “What’s the point?”.  I thought there are probably a lot of people that think that gardening wraps up at summers end. That couldn’t be further from the t…

It’s Tuesday and fall officially starts today.  Unofficially, it started a couple of days ago with a cool snap that dropped temperatures to levels usually not seen till late October.