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Where did the summer go?

After taking last week off and enjoying a relaxing few days of doing nothing but having fun and eating and eating some more, it’s back to work this week.

And it’s almost time for kids to go back to school and college students to head back to their campuses and friends. 

It seems like yesterday summer vacation just began for students and teachers, and now it’s over. 

As the opening of school nears, everyone is asking, “Where did the summer go?” 

Summer actually doesn’t end until the latter part of September, but for most folks summer is over when school opens, which was especially true back in days of old when school didn’t open until the day after Labor Day. 

Another school year is fast approaching, and if truth be known, a number of students probably are glad to be returning to the classroom. 

And maybe a few teachers are too. To our teachers, administrators and all support staff, we start this year off with a great big thank you for all you do and all you will be doing throughout the year.

When the big yellow buses roll on Monday, they will make their rounds to collect and safely deliver the children to their respective schools.

So this week we also tip our hats to the many bus drivers who manuever these giant yellow monsters through the streets, roads, back roads and highways of the county, all the while trying to keep as many as 40 or more youngsters in some type of order…a thankless and tireless job. 

These folks are underpaid and underappreciated, because I know I certainly wouldn’t want the responsibility of chauffeuring around that many youngsters in all types of weather.

Remember what they do, and let them know how much you appreciate the job they do. A simple “thank you” goes a long way.



Congratulations to Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White on her selection to the bench of the 10th Judicial Circuit filling a vacancy on the bench created when Judge Richard S. Blanton retired.

The 10th Judicial Circuit includes circuit courts in the counties of Halifax, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and Prince Edward.

After Kim is officially sworn in, she will begin her duties as a circuit court judge, but because the governor’s appointment is an interim appointment, the General Assembly will have to reconfirm her appointment after it reconvenes in January.

Prior to her appointment as judge, she has served as commonwealth’s attorney for Halifax County since 2004, and prior to that as an assistant and deputy commonwealth’s attorney for the City of Lynchburg.

She also served as a special assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.