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Sorry Charlie, but what’s ‘blue’ is ‘blue’

I see where the major network TV pundits, in their political analysis/commentator mode, have declared that the results of the state election in Virginia show that America is rejecting the Trump political agenda.

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Tuesday 11/21/2017
Pet Center Press
Posted: November 21, 2017

We recently received a pair of three-month-old puppies, Sally and William, which lived the entire start of their lives under a trailer. Animal Control Officers had a difficult time bringing them in because they had never been touched by a person; they were feral and completely scared and shut down.

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God will hold us accountable
Posted: November 21, 2017

This is my response on sexual assault allegations on our political leaders. The big question is why did it take so long, like decades to come forward. Back in the day is much different from now. Our prisons carry our flaws in an unequal and unbalanced justice system. Our law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors knew but refused to prosecute because they were the predators.

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Enjoy the conversation for the days of silence are ahead
Updated: November 21, 2017 - 8:26 am

Happy Thanksgiving! While you may not recognize it once this week’s column reaches your hands, I’m writing earlier than usual because of early deadlines linked to Thursday’s feast.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Critter Chat
Posted: November 15, 2017

We celebrate Thanksgiving, an oft-forgotten holiday, next week. Maybe if we could attune ourselves to the language of gratitude, some of the commotion in society today could be calmed.

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Moe Berg was a catcher and a spy
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 8:32 am

As Veterans’ Day has come and gone since my last writing, it is important to me to pay homage to all the men and women who have served and are serving under the American flag. Thank you to all that have served and continue to, allowing so many of us to live a normal life because of the sacrifices that you and others like you have made.

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
Did David get credit for the act or the results
Updated: November 08, 2017 - 10:09 am

Everyone knows the story of David and Goliath, the story of the 12-year old shepherd boy who slays the giant Goliath after knocking him senseless with a rock propelled from his slingshot. Have you ever wondered how history would have treated David had he missed?

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Got the when and where?
Posted: November 08, 2017

I see the Democrats are dancing around, giving each other “High Fives” and “Tuckus Pats” while crowing, “We told you so, we told you so!”

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Last WWII Normandy Invasion veteran in Halifax County dies
Posted: November 08, 2017

Last week, the final World War II Normandy Invasion veteran in Halifax County passed away. For years, we have witnessed veterans of that generation passing from the scene. For much of that time, I have encouraged children and grandchildren to speak to those veterans and their families to better understand what they went through in those challenging years. In just a few more years, there will be no more stories to be told firsthand about that war.

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Honor our Veterans on Nov. 11
Posted: November 08, 2017

Just recently, there was a heated debate over some remarks made by an official of the U.S. Government about a young solider who made the supreme sacrifice in combat.

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Pet Center Press
Posted: November 08, 2017

I know I am not alone when I say that holiday time always feels very busy and stressful. The normal day-to-day stress of balancing work and home is already difficult, but when you pile on the expectations and duties of the holidays, it becomes even worse. This year, I am making the choice to do things differently, and I challenge everyone to do the same. I have decided to slow down and not get wrapped up in the chaos of the holidays, but instead, get wrapped up in the true message of this time of year; family, love, and life.

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Wednesday 11/01/2017
Critter Chat
Posted: November 01, 2017

It is really difficult to believe that it has been 15 years since I made a terrible mistake that cost my beloved cockatiel, Gracey, his life. In the summer of 1999, Gracey came to live with me. He was a beautiful ordinary gray cockatiel with bright orange cheeks and yellow feathers on his head. He entered my heart and my home at the exact same moment.

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Weekend Meal Team gives thanks
Posted: November 01, 2017

The Weekend Meal Team for Gretna Elementary once again had a successful Brunswick stew fundraiser on Saturday. The work at the stew raises money to supply a weekend bag to go home for students that do not have quite enough food. In addition, there is a wonderful fellowship of the community and members from various churches, as we chop vegetables and stir stew.

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Lessons learned from a goldfish
Posted: November 01, 2017

I know, “He’s just a fish!” But, I loved him (I don’t know how you tell if a fish is he or she. I always assumed Joe was a male. Doesn’t really matter, does it?).

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Courthouse: no place for old men
Posted: November 01, 2017

It all started with an innocent trip to the Commission of Revenue office to drop off some documents. I parked in the handicap spot out front of the lovely, quaint, Chatham courthouse. The small sign on the door said: enter by the side door on Bank Street.

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$5 court fees won’t build county jail
Posted: November 01, 2017

What did the Public Finance Management study recommend about the future for the Pittsylvania County Jail?   The following was reported in 2015:  “The Public Financial Management Group, which was recently hired by the county for financial guidance, will include a recommendation on the jail in its final financial plan.”

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Coaching ‘do’ list not complete without Jackie Hardy
Updated: November 01, 2017 - 8:44 am

As I approach the beginning of basketball season after a five-year hiatus as head coach, I hope that I have learned a lot over the last few years, sitting in the stands as a writer or just as an observer.

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Tuesday 10/31/2017
Hancock: advocate for the people
Updated: November 02, 2017 - 9:52 am

We are blessed to have someone throw her hat in the ring for Board of Supervisors that will take a caring and honest approach to the running of Pittsylvania County.

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Monday 10/30/2017
Hancock vote is blessing for county
Posted: October 30, 2017

Barbara is a native of Pittsylvania County and has a love for all the people and the growth of the county.

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Sunday 10/29/2017
Hancock: speaks for the people in county
Posted: October 29, 2017

I thought I would throw my two cents in on behalf of one of the runners for the board of supervisors. I am sure Barbara Hancock already has her hands full with her family alone, but this is just how big her heart is. At one time in her life she was there for the health needs of others, being that she is an RN.

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Saturday 10/28/2017
Farmer will help Pittsylvania grow
Posted: October 28, 2017

I am writing this letter to encourage my neighbors to join me in voting for Ben Farmer for Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Callands Gretna District on November 7.  I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Farmer and his lovely family at a church event this summer.  It was immediately evident to me that he is a family-centered man with a genuine concern for prosperity and future of our county.  Prior to moving outside of the Gretna Town limits, he was elected and served as a member of Gretna Town Council.

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We need Barbara Hancock on Nov. 7
Posted: October 28, 2017

With great pride, I am honored to support Barbara Hancock for Supervisor for the Callands/Gretna District.

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Friday 10/27/2017
Ben Farmer would serve district well
Posted: October 27, 2017

I am pleased to add my words of support for Ben Farmer for Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, Callands-Gretna district.

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Vote Hancock for Board of Supervisors
Posted: October 27, 2017

I am writing this letter in support of Barbara Hancock for the upcoming election for Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, Callands-Gretna District.  I’ve known Barbara since we were classmates at Gretna High School.  I have always found her to be friendly, hard working, and honest – three traits that are very important for any political official to possess. 

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Thursday 10/26/2017
Letters to editor submission to end
Posted: October 26, 2017

The Star-Tribune will not be printing any letters to the editor, op-eds, or endorsements that are related to the election in the last issue of the paper (Nov. 1) prior to the General Election on Nov. 7. However, paid advertisements are welcome and should be directed to Rachel Nanney at advertising@chathamstartribune.com or 434-432-2791.

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2 supervisors endorse Hancock
Posted: October 26, 2017

As members of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, we would like to inform the public of our strong endorsement of Barbara Mayhew Hancock for election as the new supervisor from the Callands-Gretna District.

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Vote for Doss for school board
Posted: October 26, 2017

Calvin “Bunky” Doss has been a member of the Pittsylvania County School Board for 14 years and has served as chairman for eight years. During his tenure he has worked tirelessly to bring about innovative and challenging changes to our school system.

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Support Farmer in election Nov. 7
Posted: October 26, 2017

I encourage voters in the Callands-Gretna District to vote for Ben Farmer for the Board of Supervisors. Although I am not a resident of the Callands-Gretna district, I am a resident of Pittsylvania County. I realize it will take a team to move our country forward and I believe Ben will be a responsible member of the team.

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
‘Put God back in lawmaking’
Posted: October 25, 2017

Vote for Hancock, put God back in lawmaking.

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Barts will make district proud
Posted: October 25, 2017

I am writing this letter in support of Gayle Barts, a candidate for the Pittsylvania County School Board in the Dan River District. I have known Mrs. Barts her entire life and have always had the utmost respect for her. She is one of the hardest working women I have ever known, and she has always been involved in the public schools of Pittsylvania County. Her involvement in the schools started with herself, as a superb student and an honor graduate of Dan River High School. She was always involved in school activities and excelled both inside and outside the classroom.

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Tis the $eason, already...
Posted: October 25, 2017

I’m Misty. I’m 43 years old and I have five children. One has left the nest, and the remaining four are teenagers. Jason is 25, Corey is 17, Spencer is 16, Tucker is 15, and Kendall is 13. I have a boyfriend named Josh and he has a seven-year-old daughter named Shelby. While my life has slowed down a bit since I first started journaling my stories in 2006, it still holds chaos and monotony – all on the same day. Here you will find a few stories about what’s happening with my family or just what’s going on in my brain. Either way, I hope you are entertained, enlightened, or both.

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Pet Center Press: Pit Bulls – change the way you look at them
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 8:47 am

The word “pit bull” usually conjures up two distinctly different reactions: fear of the breed or the sentiment that they are misunderstood. I have been in this field for 17 years and although I have always had a healthy respect for pit bulls, I have had many different feelings and opinions about the breed and they have not always been positive. So why am I writing an article about pit bulls? One reason is because October 28 is National Pit Bull Appreciation Day, which was created to help bring the breed to a more positive light, and the second being that I have in recent years changed all of my personal opinions about the breed.

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‘One and done’ rule nears extinction
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 8:20 am

Sometimes I wonder if anyone is reading what I write other than me when I write it. I didn’t have to wonder about last week’s column once it was published. I had plenty of my friends comment on the column and many didn’t favor the idea of a contract for college athletes, but believe it or not, we’re still friends. That’s right, we disagree and we’re still friends. What an original idea!

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Sunday 10/22/2017
Farmer shows honesty, integrity
Posted: October 22, 2017

Honesty and integrity are two characteristics that every politician should exhibit. Ben Farmer, candidate for the Board of Supervisors for the Callands-Gretna district, exhibits these two qualities and many more, which will make him an excellent leader for this district.

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Saturday 10/21/2017
Farmer: best candidate for Callands-Gretna supervisor
Posted: October 21, 2017

As a small business owner and Pittsylvania County concerned citizen, I have observed our county government for many years. As Jerry Hagerman is retiring, that opens the way for another to step up and fulfill that role. My endorsement is for Ben Farmer, a former member of Gretna Town Council.

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Thursday 10/19/2017
Removal of monuments should be decided through referendum decided by referendum
Posted: October 19, 2017

The tragedy of nine black church members killed at their church in South Carolina and the Charlottesville tragedy has caused a vicious circle of hate to remove all the Confederate flags, statues, and monuments.

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Vote for Farmer
Posted: October 19, 2017

While thinking about this upcoming and vitally important election, I wanted to reach out to the voters in support of an individual who is running for the Board of Supervisors Callands-Gretna seat. This candidate upholds values that I feel are important as a small business owner in Pittsylvania County. I have known Ben Farmer for 25 plus years and I have watched his long and successful journey. He has held a job since he was 14 years old and I have never once heard him complain about it. Ben is a man who had to work to get to where he is because his only option was to sink or swim.

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Farmer will move county forward
Posted: October 19, 2017

I am writing this letter in support of Ben Farmer for Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, Callands-Gretna district. I have known Ben professionally for 15 years and watched him grow from a young man working in the sheet metal shop with Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical Construction, Inc., to a manager and a leader.

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Neal Oakes holds proven track record
Posted: October 19, 2017

It is indeed an honor and privilege to endorse Mr. Neal Oakes for the position of School Board representative for the Dan River District. Mr. Oakes has dutifully served the students and staff of Pittsylvania County for the past 13 years. 

Mr. Oakes has devoted himself to providing quality educational experiences for all students in the county. He has collaborated with parents, educational professionals, and other community members to create an educational vision that meets the needs of the 21st Century learner. 



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Vote for proven leader – Doss
Posted: October 19, 2017

The Pittsylvania County Schools system is “A Great Place to Learn and Work!” because of the dedication and commitment of its educators, administrators, staff, students, and school board leadership. As citizens of this great county, the largest county in the Commonwealth, we have an opportunity next month to seat three of our seven school board members for the next term. I am honored to support, and enthusiastically encourage my fellow voters of the Callands-Gretna District to also support, current Board Chairperson Mr. Calvin “Bunky” Doss, on Election Day, November 7.

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Barts: right candidate for board
Posted: October 19, 2017

I am writing you to share my utmost support for Gayle F. Barts, a Dan River District School Board candidate, in the upcoming election. The Laurel Grove community has been blessed to have her serve us in numerous capacities over the years.

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Impressed by Hancock’s effort
Posted: October 19, 2017

What has impressed me about Barbara Hancock is that she grew up “here” and she and her husband Rodney have built a home here.

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Wednesday 10/18/2017
Give players their fair share of the profit
Posted: October 18, 2017

Money: “Money, it’s a crime _Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie_Money, so they say _Is the root of all evil today_But if you ask for payraise it’s no surprise_That they’re giving none away.” — Pink Floyd

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Critter Chat
Posted: October 18, 2017

Facebook can be a powerful tool. Sometimes, it is a powerful voice for bad things; however, sometimes really good things can be taught through its ability to spread news quickly.

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Ben Farmer ‘knows how to get things done’
Posted: October 18, 2017

I would like to take a moment and say a few words about Ben Farmer as someone who knows him. I met Ben in 2009 before he married Kate Blair and became a citizen of Gretna.

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Thank you stopping and helping
Posted: October 18, 2017

I am writing this letter in hopes of reaching the kind lady who helped me out on October 4. I was in my house on Chalk Level Road when my doorbell rang. The lady explained that she had been following a car that had hit a little white dog and asked me if it was my dog. When I saw my dog lying in my yard, I was so shaken I did not even thank her or get her name. She was so kind to stop and let me know.

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Chatham’s ‘best kept secrets’
Posted: October 18, 2017

If Chatham remains “the prettiest little town in Southside Virginia,” then Reid Street Gallery has to be at the top of the list for one of Chatham’s “best kept secrets”. Thank you, Betty Camp and friends, for choosing this venue to present the Pittsylvania Historical Society’s fall membership meeting and to bring to life the memories of our dear friend, Preston Moses.

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Friday 10/13/2017
Trouble in Chatham
Posted: October 13, 2017

We have trouble right here in Chatham. The county is eating up its reserve, spending more than it is taking in, and a letter writer chose to blame a woman and an African-American for all the county’s troubles. Does being a white male exempt one from responsibility, or are they just members of the writer’s “good old white boys” club? The writer blames Brenda Bowman, who was not serving on the Board of Supervisors when the unbalanced budgets were approved. The writer singled out Jessie Barksdale, the only African-American serving on the Board, without naming the other three members who voted for the budgets, one being the 2017 chairman.

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Our continuous vulnerability
Posted: October 13, 2017

Several eyewitnesses to the recent mass murder in Las Vegas said that one of the positive aspects of this tragedy was the spontaneous action of many of the victims, first responders, and individuals at the scene, treating the wounded and helping them to safety. I concur with this recognition of the kindness and altruism of the average citizen, demonstrated countless times after similar shootings.

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Thursday 10/12/2017
Fix the funding cliff – and soon
Posted: October 12, 2017

The waiting room of our Community Health Center is thousands of miles from the U.S. Capitol, but what happens under that dome is affecting our patients’ health.

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