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Thanks for excellent coverage

To the editor:

Halifax County Middle School would like to thank Doug Ford for the excellent coverage of middle school sports events.

Every sporting event got great publicity with factual reporting.   

It is uplifting and thrilling to see students’ faces and expressions when they see their name in print or their picture in the paper participating in an event.  This is often the highlight of their day or week.

We would also like to thank Tiffany Hudson for her excellent publicity and coverage of our recent “Spring into Art” Art Show.

We commend you for supporting the education system and allowing our students to shine.

Halifax County Middle School also would like to express appreciation to all middle school parents for their endless hours of making sure students get to practice and picked up in a timely manner for after-school activities.  

The middle school coaching staff for soccer, golf, football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, cheer leading, forensics, and ecology devote numerous hours of after-school time to make sure students are trained and prepared for their respective events.

It is through cooperation such as this that our extra curricular activities are a success.


Halifax County Middle School

Faculty and Staff

Beverly T. Crowder



I wonder .... Yet, I’m grateful...

To the editor:

The recent South Boston election was a new experience for me. I have never run “for” anything political, but on past occasions have run “from” numerous things (another story for another day). 

Nevertheless, this experience — given the state of our nation — has raised questions that perhaps many of us grapple with. Oh, I know a town election is, indeed, small and insignificant in the view of some. 

However, it is a microcosm of national reality. I personally hope, in looking at our national dilemma, that it might prompt more of us to vote — regardless of the chosen election date or party affiliation.

So there are issues neither Democrat, Republican or Independent — that cause me to wonder. 

Here are a couple: It seems that politicians are the only people in the world who can create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if politicians are all against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes? 

If the above mentioned political parties are all against deficits, why do we have deficits?

I point out these observations in an effort that we (you and me) will realize the value of a vote. The future of our great nation truly does depend on you and me and our “feet,” our willingness to get up, get out and vote. And as the comedian Flip Wilson use to say, “Feet, don’t fail me now.”

For those who voted in the recent South Boston town election, thank you - even if you chose not to vote for me. And for those who did choose to vote for me, a heartfelt thank you. I will do everything in my power to make you glad you did. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve.

Finally, It really doesn’t matter near as much what we think and say about the issues and opportunities in this life ... It’s what we do that matters.

Thank you again, and God bless.

Bob Hughes

South Boston Town
Council Executive Director 

Tri River Habitat
for Humanity


Great coverage

To the editor:

On behalf of the many former Daystrom employees who attended the 50th year reunion April 28, I want to thank The Gazette-Virginian staff for the great coverage of the event. 

The wonderful articles and pictures prior to April 28 created much interest and was a significant factor in the large turnout. The numerous pictures taken by your reporter during the festivities will be keepsakes and no doubt will fill many scrapbooks as will photos taken by employees.

I want to recognize and thank Linda Piechota, the wife of the principle speaker, our very successful president, “Fran” Piechota. Linda gave the local planning committee great guidance and spent many hours in planning the event. Without her behind the scenes work preparing memorable posters of employees, Daystrom milestones, furnishing props and arranging for food, we would not have had a successful reunion.

Also thanks go to the other members of the planning committee — Aubrey Duffer (chairperson) and his wife, Carolyn, Bob and Sherrill Jones and Ronnie and Ann Crabtree. 

I must not forget the 14 former employees who prepared the fine finger foods enjoyed by all.

Finally, I want to thank Mr. Piechota, my former boss, who at age 92 gave a wonderful, interesting and informative “keynote” address.

Thanks again for your superb coverage.

Yours truly,

Carroll Thackston, 

Former Director of Personnel, Daystrom


Thanks for support

To the editor:

The Halifax County High School softball team would like to thank the community for the support given for our “Striking out Breast Cancer” games that benefitted the Halifax County Cancer Association.

A special thanks is extended to the many sponsors who donated items that were raffled off at the game.

The generous donations and support are a characteristic of an awesome community that comes together to fight a cruel disease. 


Melanie Saunders, Jennifer Rutledge, Jill Pritt, Shonda Hunt  and Players


Sincere prayer

To the editor:

Thank you so much for your very truthful and sincere prayer Thursday night at the National Day of Prayer program.  

I listened to every word and believe that every word was true.  

I am so thankful that our local Gazette-Virginian is not liberal and biased in its writing, and I believe will print the truth.  

I loved the scripture you used in your prayer.

May God bless you and the staff there as you work to bring us “fair and balanced” news as it happens.

Carolyn Shortt

South Boston


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