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Alleged dossier: political conspiracy or professional incompetence?

The DOJ-FBI and the alleged “Trump” Dossier: political conspiracy or professional incompetence?

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
How can we complain, if we don’t participate in our government?
Posted: February 14, 2018

With one simple, ambiguous comment about what we “could” do to cut spending, County Administrator David Smitherman awakened a slumbering citizenry.

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County Connection, 2-14-18
Posted: February 14, 2018

Transparency is a new buzzword at Pittsylvania County government. We talked about it a lot at our retreat last weekend; the Board is thankful that staff is being forthcoming with clear and factual information. They thanked us for giving them the bad news, warts and all, instead of painting a rosy picture in order to avoid conflict. We want the Board to be successful. We want them to have good information. Good information lends to good decision-making.

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Victory for all Health Centers
Posted: February 14, 2018

“After months of hard work and unrelenting advocacy, Health Centers secured a great victory when Congress passed legislation to fix the Health Center funding cliff. Health Centers can now count on two years of extended funding; including $600 million additional dollars to further support Health Center operations and address unmet need in communities across the nation. In addition to the Health Center Program, the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Centers Program also received two years of additional funding, securing vital resources to support the Health Center workforce and enable Health Centers to continue caring for their communities, according to Tom Van Coverden, CEO of NACHC.”

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Duke-Carolina: The rivalry that seldom disappoints
Updated: February 14, 2018 - 8:45 am

There was a time that nothing would come between me and Duke-Carolina. For as long as I can remember, it was the series where you could throw out the record books because when the two teams got together, it just didn’t matter.

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Thursday 02/08/2018
Re-examine value of public library
Posted: February 08, 2018

There has been some recent anxiety regarding the Pittsylvania County Public Library. In a very real sense, Mr. David Smitherman has drawn the public’s attention to the difficulties in establishing financing for popular programs and has forced all of us to re-examine the true value of programs and services that we have been taking for granted. The membership of Chatham First would like to point out what we see as the superb value of our public library in light of our own mission statement.

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CHS players show respect to veteran
Posted: February 08, 2018

I want to tell everyone about a wonderful experience that my husband, Allen, and I had Saturday at Food Lion in Chatham. We met three Chatham High School football players outside the store that were selling t-shirts and discount cards to support the team. I didn’t get their names, but two of them were in eleventh grade and one was in the tenth grade.

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
Critter Chat
Posted: February 07, 2018

Have you ever felt that no matter which way you turned or what choices you had, you faced a wall? Many years ago, we had an experience that forever changed the way I look at how to endure problems and challenges.

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County Connection, 2-7
Posted: February 07, 2018

Managing the daily affairs of the County is consuming for both administration and the elected body. We are concerned with educating a challenged child, the cost of jail inmate health care, rehabilitation of a major drinking water reservoir’s dam, gas utilities for a pending industrial client, and state legislation to apportion per pupil allocations among localities – all in the same day.

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Don’t be ‘scared’ into tax increase
Posted: February 07, 2018

Pittsylvania County deserves better than a bully as a county administrator and a board of supervisors that lacks any real accountability or the intestinal fortitude to make real decisions endorsed by their constituents. I have listened to the news and read the articles by David Smitherman recently describing the hard financial times that have fallen on Pittsylvania County. The reasons given by Mr. Smitherman and this board of supervisors are unfathomable. I have listened to Mr. Smitherman and the Board describe “unwise previous decisions” that have put us in this place. So where does the blame fall? Most of them were there and made those decisions!

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My Losing Season: Pat Conroy’s account of what not to do
Posted: February 07, 2018

In my never-ending attempt to be the very best coach I can be, I spend hour after hour studying great coaches on and off the court to see what ideas can be borrowed and used in our program.

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
A little goes a long way
Posted: January 31, 2018

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 14. 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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The details are important
Posted: January 31, 2018

Bills introduced at the Virginia General Assembly come in all varieties. Some topics are quite complex and highly controversial. Two of those are marijuana and hemp.

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County Connection
Posted: January 31, 2018

If you pay attention as you drive down Main Street into Chatham you will notice an electronic sign at First Piedmont Waste Solutions that displays a message each day. I try to make a point of spending 30 seconds or so reflecting on how the message applies to my life or work. One day last summer the display summed up my thoughts on the recent history of Pittsylvania government. The sign read, “We have no time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it again later.”

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Working on K-12 education
Posted: January 31, 2018

Late last week I participated with other legislators in a budget briefing with the Chairman and staff of the Appropriations Committee.  At this small group meeting I raised specific concerns related to Southside Virginia in a discussion about priorities for this session.  Specifically, following an overview of the revenue forecast and estimated projections, we discussed various options for addressing the opioid addiction problem, the needs of our sheriff’s offices and sheriff’s deputy pay, and unique challenges respecting public schools and teacher salaries in small and rural districts.  In future updates I intend to write more about the work the Southside delegation is pursuing with respect to some of these priorities.  I will devote this space, however, to sharing the details of bills I am sponsoring related to K-12 education.

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4 chaplains story has local ties
Posted: January 31, 2018

The story about the Four Chaplains is one of sacrifice and love for their fellow man. The USAT Dorchester was torpedoed during WWII and the four chaplains gave up their life jackets so that others might live. It is an inspiring story of those that gave all for their country. However, the story is closer to Chatham than most people know.

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Athletics and analytics: until death do us part
Updated: January 31, 2018 - 8:45 am

When Davidson lost to Richmond 66-63 Sunday in Atlantic 10 Conference basketball, it marked the fourth consecutive time the Spiders have gotten the best of the Wildcats. While statistics will show that the Wildcats didn’t shoot as well from long range as they have most season, it is a safe bet that the Wildcats had the right people on the court at the end of the game.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
Critter Chat
Posted: January 24, 2018

In late summer of 2005, Annette Nolen-Ferguson found a litter of orphaned, unweaned kittens in this area. She took them into her home and lovingly bottle fed them and provided them 24 hours a day care. When they were about seven weeks old, she found all of them homes. People who knew Annette were not surprised by this, because she had loved animals her whole life.

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Crafting legislation guideposts
Posted: January 24, 2018

The people’s work at the 2018 session of the Virginia General Assembly is now well underway.  Dozens of bills have been addressed in the standing committees.  Some legislation has already made its way to the floor of the House where, despite the political divide, the parties are compelled to act on the business of statecraft.

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Mayor thanks Chatham community
Posted: January 24, 2018

Thank you to the Chatham Community for your concern for my family. I appreciate your thoughts.

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County Connection
Posted: January 24, 2018

Every dollar matters. You work hard to support your family, your church and, yes, your local government. Pittsylvania County government is a collection of citizens that work together to support the community. We come to work to make Pittsylvania better; we want better educational opportunities for our children, better job opportunities, and better support for those of us that are disadvantaged. Our goal is to support these endeavors with high quality, efficient services.

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In Memoriam: Roger Boswell
Posted: January 24, 2018

Among the throngs of men and women who, over the decades, have made our town of Chatham such a nice place to live, Roger Boswell always stood tall. His dedication to whatever the task at hand set an example for others to try to work a little harder in the town flower beds, or anything concerning beautifying our town or celebrating its history. His sunny smile and genuine friendliness enriched us all.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Life lessons outweigh the final score
Posted: January 17, 2018

I read somewhere in the last couple of days that for people having lost their zeal for football this season should have been watching since the clock struck twelve to change the calendar to 2018.

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County Connection
Posted: January 17, 2018

Why do some, if not all, of us dread paying taxes? What is it about this annual bill that makes us ornery, makes us question our neighbors’ politics and raises our blood pressure in disgust? It’s hundreds and thousands of dollars of our hard-earned money going to what end; and why so much?

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Prayers for Mayor and family
Posted: January 17, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with the Mayor of Chatham, Roy Byrd, and his family!

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640 Rescue Squad seeks members
Posted: January 17, 2018

640 Community Rescue Squad is in need of members. We need drivers and EMTs.

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Trump: modern day Dreyfus? (Part II)
Posted: January 10, 2018

When one considers how much money, aside from the $145,000,000 paid to the Clinton’s, that we don’t know about, the actual motive may be to preserve the ‘General’s Staff’ (Obama, Clinton, Holder, Muller, Rosenstein, Comey) from serving lengthy prison sentences? Though lawlessly cunning, Hillary could not have possibly pulled off the Uranium One ploy by herself.

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County Connection
Posted: January 10, 2018

Developing a $190 million budget proposal is a six-month process that requires input from dozens of employees, agencies, non-profit groups and ultimately, the Board of Supervisors. The list of needs always outpaces available revenue; the County Administrator and Finance Director are responsible for prioritizing requests and recommending a balanced funding proposal to the Board.

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Critter Chat
Posted: January 10, 2018

There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind now that low temperatures are harmful for animals. Pictures of animals that have frozen to death in other parts of the country have circulated on social media. We would probably be very naïve to think that there were no animal deaths in this area due to the numbing cold recently. In Danville, dogs have been seized for lack of shelter during the last few days.

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Plan on planning, among other things
Posted: January 10, 2018

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 14. 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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Virginia’s Bennett top salesman for Pepto-Bismol
Posted: January 10, 2018

I always get tickled when I think about the story my nephew shares of when he first moved to Charlotte when he was in his early twenties. Just starting out, he had a hand-me down car, a four door Chevrolet Caprice that resembled a retired police car.

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
Resolve to be true to yourself
Posted: January 03, 2018

As the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2017 and the calendar rolled around to 2018, I find it intriguing we feel with the dropping of the ball, the ills of 2017 have magically been left behind and can’t follow us into the new year.

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Epiphany, the 12th Day of Christmas
Posted: January 03, 2018

For gentile Christians, Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas, is second only to Christ’s birth, Christmas, as the important event in our Christian religion.

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County Connection
Updated: January 03, 2018 - 9:32 am

Successful businesses spend time planning their future and work to achieve both short and long-term goals. They adapt to market conditions and are ready to modify plans when the markets necessitate change. The present financial condition of Pittsylvania County government necessitates that we change our traditional practices and take a long view on where we’re headed and how we’re going to get there.

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Rescue Squad updates billing practices
Posted: January 03, 2018

In recent times the Chatham Rescue Squad has been reviewing its billing practices. Currently the Squad has been practicing a soft billing method to only include treatments and transports. The term soft billing refers to billing practices that are not sent to a collections agency and may be dismissed if not paid by insurance.

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
‘I believe in angels’ at Roman Eagle
Posted: December 27, 2017

Today, angelic sightings are not on the same level as those described in the Biblical writings because we live in a different chapter of God’s story. There are no more divine conceptions or angelic choruses. Still, there are incredible, otherwise inexplicable events in which the People of God have given account.

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Outgoing supervisors recognized for integrity
Posted: December 27, 2017

I would like to take the opportunity to recognize two individuals on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. After the board meeting on December 19, I was able to meet Jessie Barksdale and Jerry Hagerman, both of whom have served the Board and the citizens with great integrity for many years.

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Writer offers a prayer at Christmas time
Posted: December 27, 2017

We, who call ourselves Christians, set aside December 25 to commemorate Christ’s birth. That is the day we celebrate God’s most glorious and greatest gift to all mankind, which was Christ.

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Could President Trump be a modern day Dreyfus? (part1)
Posted: December 27, 2017

Alfred Dreyfus was a French army officer of Jewish descent who was fraudulently convicted of treason for the sale of French military secrets to Germany and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island in French Guiana in 1894 by anti-Semites.

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County Connection
Posted: December 27, 2017

Why in the world does any business need to have $34 million in the bank? Shouldn’t that money be returned to the shareholders, or citizens, if it’s not being used? How can anyone possibly justify that kind of savings?

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Thursday 12/21/2017
Do you remember sugar plums?
Posted: December 21, 2017

Does anyone remember SUGAR PLUMS (the fruit)?  

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Reader offers Christmas poem
Posted: December 21, 2017

Tis the week before Christmas

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Wednesday 12/20/2017
Community cantata brings joyful noise
Posted: December 20, 2017

If you weren’t there to hear the Chatham Community Cantata Sunday afternoon, you missed a special musical adventure. The cantata was held at Watson United Methodist Church and was directed by Terry Payne of Watson Memorial. Accompanist was Charlotte Paris of Chatham Baptist Church, along with other instrumentalists. The combined choir included Chatham churches, as well as Mt. Zion and Mt. Hermon Baptist churches.

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Chatham is ‘Christmas Ready’
Posted: December 20, 2017

Welcome to Chatham! This year, the town is festooned with lights and decorations all over.



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Better to call it ‘Santa Claus Day’
Posted: December 20, 2017

The next time you make a trip to the mall or any one of the big box stores, take a good look and see what’s on display. All you see are manmade junk and Santa Claus. Nowhere can you see anything about Jesus Christ, who died for our sins.

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County Connection
Posted: December 20, 2017

It was about this time last year, after only three weeks as county administrator, that I learned of the compressed budget development process at Pittsylvania County. Nearly every city and county in Virginia adopts its annual budget in June – just prior to the July 1 start of the fiscal year. However, because Pittsylvania collects taxes IN ADVANCE of the pending year (in June), it must complete the budget as early as the first week of April. So instead of enjoying last year’s holiday activities, I ruminated on the impending crush of budget data and requests. Different story this year…

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Upset victory in Alabama, maybe not
Posted: December 20, 2017

The media and the Democrats are in “I told you so!” mode following Candidate Doug Jones’ win in Alabama. They’re crowing that this shows a rejection of President Trump’s policies and the dawning of a new day for the progressive Democratic Party.

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Gordon Windhorn: The man without a glove
Updated: December 20, 2017 - 8:44 am

Danville’s Gordon and Doris Windhorn are hoping the Christmas holidays will bring more cheer than the family experienced during the recent Thanksgiving weekend.

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Wednesday 12/13/2017
Critter Chat
Posted: December 13, 2017

In February of 1994, a very scared dachshund named Sugar was brought to us. She had been given as a Christmas gift in 1992 and it was her misfortune to be given as a gift to a woman who did not want her. The story was told that she had been given away to another abusive home and had just recently spent a couple of nights in icy woods in freezing temperatures. Another home was found for her. This little dog was so scared of everyone that she had become a “nervous tinkler,” and she came to us wrapped in a towel by people who profusely apologized for not being able to keep her.

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Pet Center Press
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 10:16 am

“Assume the best” is one of our core values. It is also probably one of our hardest to follow at times. We made it a core value because it is important for us not to jump to conclusions, become overly dramatic, or make assumptions. Going straight to a negative space creates stress, and burnout can quickly develop. We had rather focus on the prevalent positive situations that we see every day. However those difficult situations do happen more frequently than we want to admit, and that means that sometimes it is challenging to approach situations from a place of assuming the best.

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