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Stamp Out Hunger

Here’s an invitation to help fight in the war on hunger this Saturday when area letter carriers wage the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign — the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive.

The more people who help, the more successful they’ll be, so mark the date on your calendar.

Here in Halifax County, letter carriers walk through the community every day, coming face to face with a sad reality for too many, hunger.

Taking part in the food drive is easy. Your letter carrier will pick up your donations when they deliver your mail. All you have to do is leave non-perishable food items at your mailbox, and the letter carriers will do the rest.

Best of all, the food collected will go directly to food pantries right here in South Boston and Halifax County helping our friends and neighbors in need. And the donations couldn’t come at a better time.

By springtime, most local food banks are depleted following the harsh winter months, and school assistance programs are not available for children.

When we were growing up, mom always told us to “eat!” Sadly, in these hard economic times, that is not always possible for everyone. Please help us and leave non-perishable food donations by your mailbox on Saturday for the Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Mom would be proud, and those in need will be very grateful.

Our hats are off to the local letter carriers who are helping to stamp out hunger including Dawn Newton, Rita Osborne, Kim Hardy, Julie Creasy, Hope Keatts, Marvin Reid, Erik Sjovall, Kathy Woods, Marvin Clay, Rita Griles, Lisa Lloyd and Betsy Benett.

With everyone working together, we can help make this year the most successful Stamp Out Hunger campaign ever.



Congratulations to the National Day of Prayer Committee and the organizers of the 10th Annual Heritage and Antique and Machinery Festival for putting on two grand events this past week.

It appeared throngs of folks turned out for each of them.

Never let it be said there’s nothing to do in Halifax County.

This time of year there’s always something going on.

So far this month, we’ve had an opportunity to see and hear Emmy award winner Christian country music singer Linda Davis perform and share her testimony as the featured guest at this year’s National Day of Prayer, and we tremendously enjoyed the Heritage Festival over the weekend at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.

This upcoming weekend will feature the 23rd annual Noland Day Country Fair in the Providence community. 

The day’s festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon until 3 p.m. 

Noland Village is located at the intersection of Cole’s Ferry, Morton’s Ferry and Lake Conner Roads - just one mile from Conner Lake.

This quaint village is an ideal venue to relax and enjoy the ambience of yesteryear as villagers experienced it in the early 19th century. 

Visit the restored houses in the well-preserved village and the restored oldest Presbyterian Church in Halifax County located on site, which was constructed in 1830 and painstakingly maintained and listed on the Virginia Historic register.  

In the Village, visitors will find other structures of interest including the tavern named Prospect Ordinary that was constructed in 1789; the Afton Farm House that was built in 1732; the Robert Carr House that was built in 1840; and the restored Lacks Store which was built on the property in the early 1890s which in 1894 began serving as the Noland Post Office. 

Other restored buildings are on site like the Baldwin House and the Blanks Irby House, which is a recreation of the 1840 home of Elysee and Ruth Irby Blanks. 

Also included this year will be a children’s activity area that will be exciting for the little ones to visit. 

Visitors also can enjoy food cooked on site, homemade desserts baked and donated by community members and live music provided throughout the day.

No admission is charged to attend this special event either. 

Visitors can enjoy the antique tractor and machinery displays, the quarter scale tractors, classic and antique vehicles of all types, arts and crafts.  

Antique tractor and machinery owners as well as classic and antique car owners are welcome to display their equipment and cars on the lawn of the village.

Arts and crafts vendors, artisans, woodworkers and antique dealers are welcome to participate and are encouraged to make a donation of $10 for each vendor space. All of these donations will go toward the upkeep and maintenance of the historic Halifax Church.

For additional information or questions about Noland Day, call Carolyn Slayton at 434-454-2210 or Butch Blanks at 434-476-6655.



Sunday is Mother’s Day, a special day that’s close to our heart.

In most cases, your mother is the glue that holds the family together, and she’s the one who often takes on many roles in the lives of her children. 

Think about it. When you need to learn, she is a teacher; when you’re sick, she is your nurse; when you have a problem, she’s the counselor; when you participate in athletics, she is your biggest cheerleader; when you disobey and rebel, she serves as the disciplinarian; when you’re hungry, she’s usually the chef; when you need cheering up, she becomes an entertainer; when you find yourself in need of hope, she becomes your spiritual advisor; and when we need it most, she is always there as your best friend.

Remember, a mother gives the greatest gift of all…she teams up with God to give life. 

Honor her, love her and cherish her.