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Winter village fills Republican Grove home

Starting 10 years ago, Billy and Dorita Smith have been filling their home with Christmas trinkets to create what they call a winter village.

IN THE CARPENTER’S WORKSHOP: Christmas Hymn Meditation

So many musicians and poets have written about Christmas I want to say to them, Were You There On That Christmas Night?  Their words prove that they must have been in some sense.  The group of words that follows is an actual Christmas hymn.  Let them unlock the secrets of Christmas for you.

Children embrace season for giving

Nikeem Betts, age 4, and 10-year-old Nikerria Reed of Union Church Road are two youngsters who are truly in the Christmas spirit.

Holly jolly time in Alton

Santa surprised guests yet again in the 32nd annual Alton Christmas parade Sunday afternoon bringing up the rear in an old-fashioned tobacco sled.

IN THE CARPENTER’S WORKSHOP: The donkey’s dilemma

It was a long, hard journey to Bethlehem.  Unless you are a tiny Jerusalem donkey, and you have carried a very pregnant woman over 80 miles along the Sea of Galilee, then up the mountain to Bethlehem, you have no idea what I’m talking about.

Museum open house back on track Sunday with train theme

Christmas tradition with a train emphasis is the theme of the South Boston/Halifax County Museum’s holiday display this year.  

Picture of the past: Christmas play

This picture of the past submitted by Tee Ferrell of Alton is of Halifax Elementary School’s Christmas Play in 1963, and most of the students were in the second grade.

Habitat honors volunteers

Habitat for Humanity met at Italian Delight Friday for the group’s second annual Sandy Mosby Volunteer of the Year and Recognition Ceremony. 

Healing hands: South Boston student finds her true calling

Southside Virginia Community College’s massage therapy program graduate Jamesse Hart has chosen a career path that allows her to heal with her hands instead of medicine.


God has certainly sent his angels on many missions.  There was that terrible visit to Sodom and Gomorrah where nothing good happened.  People still don’t get that visit, try to explain it away.  Lot, sin, salt, all that.