- Last Updated on 07:58 AM 01/30/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
I’m a believer
To the editor:
I am a believer of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
I am a testimony of my Savior’s love and forgiveness. He saved my soul, cleansed me from sin and put peace and joy within.
I once was lost in sin, walking contrary to the Word of God. I was bound to the affections and lust of this world. I was alienated from God and knew nothing of who He was.
In the fall of 1974 that was to change. Although I always believed there was a God, I didn’t know him. I went to church, sang in the choir and played parts in the Christmas plays. Yet I was lost as lost could be.
Proverbs 16:25 reads, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end there of are the ways of death.”
My idea of Christianity and going to heaven depended on me and my good works. Going to church, treating people right, just being as good as you could and hope for heaven at the end of my journey.
I was so ignorant of God’s plan of salvation. I didn’t know God prepared the way, and His name was Jesus. In John 14:6 we read, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”
Thank God, he doesn’t leave us in ignorance if we have a heart that wants to know the truth. My neighbor, who was truly born again, began telling me the gospel message. She told me about Jesus, God’s Son, who came to die for the sins of the whole world.
She said we have to receive what God has provided, believe He loves you, believed He died for you, believe He will forgive you and He wants to be your Lord and Savior.
My heart was stirred, and I gladly received these words in my heart. I confessed to my heavenly Father I was lost and in need of a Savior. I asked Jesus to forgive me and to be my Lord and Savior. 1John 5: 9-12 reads, “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.”
I am a believer — Romans 3:3-4 reads, “For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
“God forbid; yea let God be true, but everyman a liar…”
I am a believer in the Word of God. And not ashamed to share my testimony of the power of God to transform a life that will surrender and trust in Him. I know He’s real; I have the witness within.
A debt of gratitude
To the editor:
The Salvation Army of Halifax County owes a debt of gratitude to the 98 volunteers who were bell ringers, raising $17,670 between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2012.
And a special thank you to Wal-Mart for allowing the Salvation Army to use their store for the fundraiser.
The following people donated 432 hours of their valuable time to help those in need:
Joani Layman, Bob Mares, Anita Quinn, Larry Clay, Bill McLaughlin, Arleen Dailey, Andrew Logan, Harvey Dillard, Sam Golightly, Mark Foster, Johnny Davis, Ernest Vass, Russ Lindley, Al Zimmerman, Dwight Stewart, Jimmy Medley, Jimmy Moore, Jim Davis, Helen Dunavant, Tucker McLaughlin, Donald Palmer, Hilda Hankins, Peg Anderson, Faye Satterfield, Edna Guthrie, Rev. Cleon Ross, Carrington Powell, Holt Evans, Dick Moore, Darleen Carr, Betty Willis, Nancy McCormick, Dr. Joe Ferguson, Debbie Ferguson, Acree Daniel, Margret Cliborne, John Farrington, Benita Bagwell, Larry Mayfield, Carolyn Young, Logan Young, Joe Simonson, Gatha Richardson, Gatha Richardson, Jr., Bill Confroy, Jane Carlton Confroy, Melanie Saunders, Meg Bane, Miyana Ross, Courtney Epps, Taylor Mosley, Taylor Barnes, Cone Campbell, Ashley Watts, Ceciley Elliott Tern Murray, Kristen Doss, Kim Harlow, Tiffany Leath, Lou Toombs,Judy pool, Kathy Andrews, Jenny Knutti, Sylvia Lovelace, Lynn Marshall, Tara Toombs, Sandra Hughes, Jennifer Reagan, MaLinda Crawley, Lois Womack, Trish Barger, Sallie Anne Powell, Tom Hickey, Ron Reiter, Helen Reiter, Dr. Johnson Willis, Anne Caidwell, Gene Faucette, Carol Hollis, Phil Hollis, Diane Brown, Thomas Majors, Lott Rodgers, Don Bagwell, Mary Bagwell, Eva McLaughlin, Mary McLaughlin, Will McLaughlin, Rucker Eggleston, Tom Eggleston, Rev. Randy Williams, Judy Scott, Gilbert Conner, Linda Conner, Brian Conner, Becky Irby, John Wayne, Robin Yeats, Bailey Crews, Bob Turington, Grace Abdi and Will Abdi.
HVFD thankful for successful letter drive
To the editor:
The Halifax Volunteer Fire Department would like to extend a huge thank you to our community for another successful letter drive.
The continued support of the community allows us to keep our equipment current and maintain highly trained volunteers.
For the last few years, we have asked for your support in the purchase of a new Class A engine to replace our 1979 model. With your support, we were able to order a replacement engine. The new engine is expected to arrive in early spring and be placed in service shortly thereafter.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Halifax Volunteer Fire Department
Uranium mining and milling
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Halifax Mayor Dick Moore sent the following letter via e-mail to both the House of Delegates and State Senate last Wednesday. Governor McDonnell and Lt. Governor Bolling and their respective Chiefs of Staff and Legislative Policy Directors were e-mailed too. The Governor’s Office sent a “reply read receipt” on Friday.)
Attn: Honorable Delegates and Senators
Re: Uranium Mining and Milling in Virginia (Pittsylvania County) – HB#2330 and SB#1353
Honorable Delegates and Senators of the Virginia Assembly:
I am writing to you on behalf of the Halifax Town Council, our local businesses and concerned citizens to humbly request you vote during the 2013 Legislative Session of the Virginia Assembly to maintain the moratorium on uranium and milling due to the inherent dangers these activities pose to our vital water resources and to the prospects for our region’s sustained economic recovery.
Since Dec. 2007, Town Council has stated its position as being opposed to lifting the ban on uranium mining and milling in Virginia which is now being focused through HB #2330 and SB #1353 to allow operations solely in Pittsylvania County. Our town, the historic county seat for over 230 years, is bounded by Banister Lake and the Banister River located approximately 20 miles downstream from the proposed Coles Hill site. Given our location, council, as an elected body, reflects the many concerns held by the majority of our citizens and local businesses regarding the negative effects an operational uranium mine and mill would have both in the near term and for generations to come.
Proponents of uranium mining may readily dismiss the town’s stance as rife with “NIMBYISM,” oblivious to the facts brought to light from the numerous studies and reports commissioned on the subject and fused together intractably with a strident “anti” camp: anti-business, anti-jobs, anti-energy independence, etc.
However, our opinion has been fortified by similar conclusions from a wide array of business and economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, water resource authorities, healthcare providers, local government associations and farm bureaus throughout the state. After a balanced and well-reasoned review of the scientific, regulatory and socio-economic studies published to date, these organizations, business and elected leaders have determined the only way to best protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public is to keep the ban.
Furthermore, from their economic development perspective, these groups and leaders contend the nature of the uranium mining industry is incompatible with the innovative small businesses, emerging technology companies and diversified institutes for higher education currently working to transform the region in harmony with the agricultural, forestry, and tourism sectors vital to our rural heritage and our future prosperity.
In spite of the apparent legislative intent of HB #2330 and SV #1353 to segregate the scope of this critical issue to Pittsylvania County alone, your decision affects not only our town and Southern Virginia, but the entire Commonwealth.
I would urge you to please side with your colleagues in the House and Senate from our region (none of whom favor uranium mining and milling or seek these bills’ introduction,) to respect the best interests of their constituency, and to offer them bipartisan support by voting to maintain the ban.
Thank you for your consideration.
G. F. (Dick) Moore, Mayor
Cc: Governor Robert F. 9Bob) McDonnell, Lt. Governor William T. (Bill) Bolling, Delegate James E. Edmunds, II, Senator Frank M. Ruff, Halifax Town Council
JPS Apparel former employees enjoy fellowship
To the editor:
Hello, we are still around, still in town and surrounding areas at different workforces or retired and rejoicing to call on Uncle Sam for the Super-Sport Check [Social Security].
By the way, every time there’s a presidential election, they hold all seniors hostage on this issue, even after they have worked, and funds were taken from their work checks every week for their retirement.
Politics gets into just about every conversation. We congregated to fellowship before Christmas at Italian Delight Family Restaurant and to rejoice, praise God for the holiest night the world has known and for the birth of Jesus, Savior of the world.
Also we honored the co-workers who are here on earth and remember the coworkers who have gone on to the great textile in the sky.
Well, just like when we made application for hire, some made it, and some didn’t.
Like the old photographs, I saw smiling faces I haven’t seen in years.
Life on earth is like smoke through a keyhole, and in a moment it’s gone. God speaks of vapors, and we are here just for a season, then we are gone.
I pray that these few words have given you a little pleasure and comfort and made you forget all about all the evil, wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and leaders of the world pleading for peace, but there is no peace just for a little while. Then we should look to the Eastern sky for the end is near.
Are you ready to meet your maker?
Nothing old fashioned
To the editor:
In one article I read recently someone said an article I wrote that pertained to the Bible-husband-wife was a bit old fashioned. The Bible is true, beginning to end, cover to cover. God’s word never changes. God is, always will be, the same. Nothing old fashioned.