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PAULA BRYANT: Keep the ban: Here’s why

Last week’s messy spill at Duke Energy’s retired Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C. spewed 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River strengthening opponents’ arguments of what might happen to area waterways if the moratorium on uranium mining is lifted in Virginia.

PAULA I. BRYANT: Anything but a Super Bowl

It’s downright depressing. Not only are we in for six more weeks of winter weather, but the “super” football game of the year that had been hyped for weeks turned out to be “a blowout.”

Volunteer heroes

Halifax County has experienced a rash of fires over the past few days, more so than usual it seems, even though this is the time of the year when everyone is cranking up the woodheaters, electric space heaters and furnaces as the temperatures dip.

Death by pun

Our friend, Carlyle Wimbish, recently sent us an email of puns that someone spent a lot of time thinking up, and that person obviously had too much time on his or her hands. 

A dedicated call to duty

While doing some end of year cleaning — you know throwing away last year’s clutter to make room for more in the coming year — I ran across some information my dearly departed friend and colleague Sonny Riddle may have used to write a column years ago.

Christmas diet

Enjoy these 10 wonderful tips for your Christmas diet as provided by our friend and Master Gardener Coordinator William McCaleb.

Early Christmas present

“A brief sabbatical.”

Gentle giant

Our hearts were saddened to learn of the death of South African President Nelson Mandela, a true gentle giant who died last Thursday at the age of 95 following a long illness. 

Making Mama and Daddy Clark proud

Mama Bea Clark must have been beaming from Heaven on Thanksgiving Day as dozens and dozens of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren continued a family tradition.