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A generous community

To the editor:

We have a most generous community.

The Halifax County AIDS Service Organization (HCASO) would like to thank all those who participated in the auction and barbecue dinner on Friday, April 20. 

The generosity and thoughtfulness shown by our community to support this event was absolutely overwhelming.  I find it difficult to express in words how proud and honored I am to live in a community that is so incredibly supportive of a new organization like this to help those with HIV in Halifax County. 

First and foremost, I would like to thank the members of the Halifax County AIDS Service Organization who worked tirelessly to make this event so special.  The passion, dedication and commitment of our members moves me to tears.  We truly have a wonderful group who have such servants hearts.  Additionally, I would like to thank all the friends and family members who also helped with this event.

Many thanks to the American Legion Post #8 for allowing us to use their wonderful facility.  Thank you to Chris Eutsler who did an outstanding job as auctioneer and who also inspired this event.  

The delicious barbecue and fixings were graciously provided by Dale Nelson.

Willie Wilson provided all the paper products, cups and utensils.  Thank you to all the people who donated so many delicious desserts.  Also, thank you to all the volunteers from JROTC, Helping Hands, The Honor Society and HOSA from Halifax County High School; and thank you to the Worship Center Youth One Eighty group who also helped with this event.  

We especially would like to thank all the people who purchased the items generously donated by our local businesses, and we please ask you to support our community further by shopping locally.  

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  Together, we can make a difference.


Cindy L. Sullins

HCASO Founder


Special attention

To the editor:

National Nursing Home Week, which begins on Mother’s Day May 13 and ends May 19, is a special week to “Celebrate the Journey” of residents and honor them with a shower of community support. 

This year’s theme of “Celebrating the Journey” is a perfect backdrop for a visit to loved ones, friends and neighbors as they continue to write new chapters in the journals of their journey. 

Many skilled nursing care facilities in South Boston and Halifax County will be hosting special events. 

If you are unable to visit, please make a phone call, send a greeting card, flowers or even an email. This special attention will make someone’s day! 

To learn more about National Nursing Home Week®, visit


Clarence Henry Hinnant IV, BS LTCA-C MBA


Berry Hill Health and Rehab


Thanks for support

To the editor:

I want to express a heartfelt “thank you” to all those who braved a cold, wet and rainy Sunday on April 22 to attend the first public open house of our newest building, The Innovation Center. 

Donated to our foundation by the Harris family, the former American Tobacco Warehouse or “Bag Factory” has been completely renovated into a state-of-the-art facility housing the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s signature programs in Workforce Services, the Business of Art & Design and the R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency.  

Among the estimated turnout of more than 550 were visitors of all ages and backgrounds from across the region.  

It reminded me that – from our modest beginnings in a mobile unit on the high school grounds, through our move to 820 Bruce St. in 2001, and now our expansion to the Innovation Center – we have been buoyed by the consistent, grassroots support of this community.  

I am forever grateful for the strength that you have provided us, and I know that with your continued support, there are even greater days ahead.

I also want to express my appreciation to the many local businesses who generously donated door prizes for the open house, all offering goods and services to support the open house. 

Thanks to your help, along with the tasty menu, the day was — in spite of the rain — a tremendous success. 

We are very fortunate to serve in a community that champions higher education. We exist and survive and thrive thanks to your support.


Betty Adams, MBA, Ed.D.

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Executive Director

South Boston


Proud to be from SoBo

To the editor:

My name is Tony L. Womack, born and raised in Halifax to the late William Jr. Womack and Louise Edmonds Womack. I spent 23 1/2 years in the Army and retired in 2007 at Fort Bragg, N.C. 

I went on several deployments during my military career to Saudi Arabia, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Since retiring from the military, I am employed by Davis Paige Management System out of Fort Bragg, N.C. as a technical instructor, course developer. 

I have four children, Anthony and Cassandra of South Boston, Antwan of Fayetteville, N.C. and Tiffany Womack of West Palm Beach, Florida. 

I have been enrolled in college at the University of Phoenix since 2009 and will receive my degree in September of this year. My degree is a bachelor in business management in which I will continue on with the master program two months after graduation. 

I am a proud country boy from South Boston and will always be proud of where I’m from.

Tony L. Womack

Davis Paige Management System

Technical Instructor/ Course Developer


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

To the editor: 

Most often when people hear the words “sexual assault” they think of rape.  While it is true that rape by a stranger is a form of sexual assault, it is very important to include the wide range of unwanted sexual contacts that many people experience in our definition of the works.  Sexual assault can include:

Child sexual abuse


 Attempted rape



  Obscene phone calls  

  Sexual harassment

Since the first national observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2001, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has provided resources to help individuals and organizations plan SAAM activities in their communities during April and throughout the year.

In 2001, all U.S. states and territories were surveyed and based on their responses; teal became the official color representing sexual violence awareness and prevention. Over the years, the teal ribbon has been very popular and effective.

Victims of sexual assault often experience a number of common effects.  

These may include flashbacks, nightmares, difficulty falling and staying asleep, anger and rage, anxiety and panic, emotional drain and self-blame, guilt and shame.

What to do if someone you know is sexually assaulted? 

w Believe them.  A person has very little to gain by making up a story of sexual assault.  Do not tell them what to do.  Give them our information, and we can provide resources and options to help. 

If you or someone has experienced sexual assault please contact Madeline’s House at 1-888-819-2926.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 Thanks again,

Julie Howerton

Resident Services and Outreach

Southside Center for Violence Prevention, Inc.

Madeline’s House/Piedmont Crisis


My opinion

To the editor:

If the presidential election were held today I think President Obama would have the edge. He still has a lot of appeal, especially among young people and women voters. 

There is not a lot of enthusiasm with Mitt Romney at the moment. But all of this could change with seven months to go until the election. 

If the economy continues to struggle or gets worse, American voters could want a change. 

Especially if Romney decides to pick Cuban-born politician Rubio of Florida as his running mate. He has a big appeal among Hispanic American voters. 

With seven months to go until the election, the momentum might shift in favor of Romney. 

This is my opinion. 

Paul DuPont



Hit nail on the head

To the editor:

In response to Mr. Thomas’s letter last week, you really hit the nail on the head. 

Gas prices in Danville have been consistently cheaper than in Halifax County for years. Most of the time it is at least 10 cents per gallon cheaper.                

I think there has been a silent movement of people here in the southern part of the county to buy our products in Danville for this very reason.  It takes 20 minutes from Alton to drive to the city limits of Danville, and it takes 15 minutes to drive to Riverdale. It takes only 15 minutes to drive to Roxboro, where the state tax on gas is 15 cents per gallon higher than it is in Virginia, yet gas is about the same price and sometimes cheaper in Roxboro than it is here in Halifax County.  

The people of Halifax County are being ripped off, and if you just stop and think for a minute you will know who is doing it.

I would like for everyone here to be able to spend their money at home and support our local businesses, but there are factors at play that just won’t let us do that. 

There was a discussion here some years ago, by the Retail Merchants Association I think, about how to bring 500 new shoppers per day into South Boston and Halifax County.  

If that movement is still under way, then you have got to figure out first how to stop 500 local people from leaving here to do their shopping.        

Dean Brandon



Takes exception

To the editor:

I take exception to everything that John Woody said in his article in The Gazette-Virginian dated April 18. 

I wonder where he has been the past three and a half years. Apparently, he was somewhere with “his head stuck in the sand.”

L. Thomas Ferguson