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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, March 16

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Apply for tobacco scholarship

To the editor:

With the economy and the job market the way it is today, we need to make ourselves stand out in order to be considered for a job.  One way we can stand out is through education, however going to college is expensive, and we see the price of a college education rising each day.  

However, there is a way to pay for college, and that is through the Tobacco Region Scholarship, formerly known as the Southside Loan Forgiveness Program.    

Now you have nothing to lose by applying for this assistance, because you will never have to worry about paying it back, even if you don’t come back to the area.  

However, if you do come back and obtain full time employment, then you will qualify for an employment bonus of up to $2,000 a year, not to exceed the number of years you received money from this program.   This is a win-win situation.  

First you get money to help you pay for your tuition and fees associated with the cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree, which will make you more marketable in this job market, which you will never have to worry about paying back.  

Secondly, if you come back to a qualifying locality and obtain full time employment you get even more money in your pocket.  

The application is available online at and only takes about 10 minutes to fill out.  

Anyone who is a United States citizen and has lived in a qualifying locality for at least a year can apply. 

If you are going for a bachelor’s degree, why not apply and see what happens, what do you have to lose?  But you have everything to gain.  

For more information feel free to call me at 434-572-5484.

Thank you

Paul A. Farrar

South Boston


National Police Week 

To the editor: 

Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week — May 13-19 — to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 362 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

These 362 officers include 162 officers who were killed during 2011, plus 199 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now. 

 The names of all 362 fallen officers nationwide were formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C, during the 24th  Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13. 

So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil was webcast live over the Internet. 

The candlelight vigil was one of many commemorative eventstaking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2012. The national observance was organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

On May 15 each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families.

In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half staff.

 For more information about National Police Week, please visit

D. D. Irby

Acting Halifax Police Chief


Fun Run a success

To the editor: 

The YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County would like to express its appreciation to Jeni Binner and Nancy Smith, co-directors of the 2012 5K Race and Kids’ Fun Run on May 5.  

This event would not be possible without the many volunteers who gave their time and effort making the 5K and 1-mile fun run a success enjoyed by all.

Jeni and Nancy tackled this challenging job for the first time this year; this involved securing sponsors, contacting former participants, recording registrations as they came in, getting all supplies and organizing numerous volunteers. They also were responsible for getting the race T-shirts designed and printed.   

In addition, they had to make sure everyone’s time was correctly measured and recorded prior to the awarding of trophies.

We also would like to thank the South Boston/Halifax County Rescue Squad, South Boston Police Department and Town of South Boston Public Works for their services. 

Also we express our appreciation to all area businesses who generously sponsored the races.

This year saw the largest number of participants in the YMCA 5K Race, owing to our great race organizers and volunteers. The event was a huge success, and we have received comments about how well it was conducted. 

For all your hard work, thank you, Nancy and Jeni, and all our volunteers and sponsors.


Suzanne E. Wallace,

YMCA South Boston/ Halifax County
Associate Director


Marvelous occasion

To the editor:

The Halifax County Heritage Festival held earlier this month was a marvelous occasion for all ages where county residents as well as those from other areas in the state along with residents from other states came together to enjoy heritage. 

There were events especially for children, which brought families together for recreational enjoyment as remembered by the seniors from the olden days. 

It was a pleasure to talk with those from years gone by who brought their antique and vintage tractor and equipment collections, the Model A’s and the classic cars displayed by the Tinkers Car Club. 

A special thanks to Bobby and Lucy Conner for their part in making this spectacular event possible and for Bobby sharing the viewing of his tractor collection with everyone who attended. 

Also, thanks to the many musical groups who provided entertainment during the festival. 

Thank you to everyone who made this special weekend a grand success.

Shirley Elliott

South Boston


Tremendous success

To the editor:

Organizers of the 9th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival take this opportunity to thank all who contributed to the tremendous success of the festival.

Ruritan Club members from Mt. Laurel, Wilson Memorial, Bethel, Hyco Road and Turbeville; as well as North Halifax EMT’s, South Boston Lions Club members along with Halifax County Board of Supervisors, Town of South Boston, County of Halifax, and the South Boston Speedway all contributed greatly to the annual event.   

We thank our sponsors and vendors as well as all the volunteers who worked countless hours preparing for the festival.   

We especially thank the local media; The Gazette Virginian, The News & Record and WHLF 95.3 for the excellent coverage and promotion.  We are truly grateful to the community for the support and thank everyone who attended from Halifax County and surrounding areas. 

We thank members of Colonial Virginia and Cape Henry Model A Ford clubs who traveled in their Model A’s from the Tidewater area to join local Virginia Carolina Model A Ford club members.  These three clubs’ combined efforts created a magnificent display of antique cars.   We thank members of the Corbitt Club of Henderson, N.C who brought a Corbitt truck and tractor for exhibit.  

We also thank David Strickland of Cana, for coming to display his beautiful highway tractors.  The committee also thanks Hugh Hawthorne for displaying Richard Petty’s race car and hauler which was an excellent addition to the Vintage Stock Car Exhibit.    

We especially thank the Tinkers Car Club of South Boston for their exceptional display of over 100 classic cars and trucks.  We also thank the many, many local exhibitors who displayed countless tractors, trucks, hit and miss engines and other farm machinery.  

We greatly appreciate the efforts of the many local people who demonstrated the operation of old chain saws, well drilling equipment, cider making, sheep shearing, sawmilling, furniture making and many other important machines of the past.  We also thank members of Convergence Art Guild whose artistic talents never cease to amaze and please festival attendees.

We are very pleased that people traveled from the surrounding counties of Prince Edward, Pittsylvania, Campbell, Mecklenburg, and Person and are very pleasantly surprised that many others traveled from as far away as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Myrtle Beach, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware to enjoy the festival.   

Halifax County is very fortunate to have such an excellent venue as the Halifax County Fairgrounds to host large events like the Heritage Festival that attracts thousands and thousands of people to Halifax County.  These visitors not only enjoy the festival, but they stay in our local hotels, shop with local merchants, dine at local restaurants and are a tremendous boost to the local economy.

The Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival Committee is very dedicated to its mission of preserving the agricultural history of Halifax County and fostering an interest in all things mechanical while showcasing machinery and tools of the past to the public in a wholesome, fun-filled family environment.  


Cathy Cole, Publicity 

Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival Committee


Thanks for wonderful coverage

To the editor:

On behalf of the Dan River Baptist Association, I would like to thank Gazette Virginian Editor Paula Bryant and staff for the wonderful coverage of the Association’s 175th Worship Celebration held on April 29.  

I would like to thank the Halifax County, Mecklenburg County and South Boston communities for supporting Dan River Baptist Association events. 

God is blessing the work He has for each of us to do. 

Thanks to all for your continued support of the Dan River Baptist Association.

Dot Carr, Administrative Coordinator

Dan River Baptist