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Leaving a legacy

Halifax County lost one of its most generous benefactors last Tuesday with the passing of Eva Jean Maddox Harris who died at her home at the age of 71.  

‘Good old days’ relived

Plans are in the works for the “mother of class reunions,” and anyone who ever attended any grade at C. H. Friend High School between 1938 and 1953 is invited to attend -- and that includes a great number of our county residents.

The rest of the story

In recent weeks, much has been written and said about the $33,404 in compensation former School Superintendent Paul Stapleton received when he retired from the school system on June 30 of this year.

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.

How knot too right

With summer coming to a close, it’s time for a few days of R&R.

An enemy within

James Holmes, the suspected gunman in the Colorado theatre massacre, headed to court for his first appearance Monday morning as Americans continue to ask why.

Worth the read

The May 2012 edition of GQ features an in-depth and very interesting story entitled “Uncatchable.” It’s about America’s most elusive fugitive, 68-year-old George Wright, who called Halifax County home as a youngster.

1940s relived

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is hosting its 1940s family day festival on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

100-mile yard sale Saturday

She’s back at it again.

Halifax County native Jerri (Simmons) Morton, now a retired educator living in Burkeville, is continuing her efforts again this summer to bring people to the southern part of Virginia.

Two years ago she originated the idea of having a 100-miles plus yard sale in one single day, and from all accounts, it went off without a hitch - some even called it “a resounding success.”

Last year’s was an even bigger hit.

So this year she’s doing it again promising an even bigger and better event that she is calling the “More than 100 miles of Yard Sales.”

The third annual 100-Plus Miles Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, from 7 a.m. until the last buyer has left the sales.

Although its 100-mile stretch still does not reach into Halifax County, she invites all county residents to trek over to Keysville in Charlotte County where the fun begins on this end.

Burkeville is the hub of the 100-mile yard sale, she says, but the entire yard sale path runs the U. S. 360 corridor from Chula Junction in Amelia west to Keysville, then along U. S. 15 north through Farmville and then the business U.S. 460 corridor east to Rice, Burkeville, Crewe, Nottoway Courthouse and Blackstone.

All along the way are yard sales and more yard sales.

Sellers may set up anywhere along the route where spaces are available.

When she brainstormed this idea several years ago, Jerri said she envisioned it becoming an annual event, sort of like the flea market extravaganza held each Labor Day weekend in Hillsville that attracts thousands of people to that area.

She already has plans for next years on July 6, 2013 and then the next year on July 5, 2014.

And the 73-year-old isn’t stopping there. She has 100-plus mile yard sales planned through July 7, 2023.

They aren’t only planned, but their dates have been set and published on business cards she hands out across the area.

And for those readers who are trying to place who Jerri is, she is the daughter of one of my favorite aunts, Gladys Simmons, who lived in the Alton community for years before moving to the Masonic Home in Richmond. She also is the daughter of the late Clarence Simmons.

For more information or specific directions to the 100-mile yard sale, call Jerri at 434-767-2324 (home) or 804-334-2506 (cell). She also can be found on Facebook at Va Yard Sale Miles.

Happy shopping!


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