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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, July 11

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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!


Happy July Fourth!

One scary storm

I grew up in a time where thunderstorms were just that — thunderstorms with no accompanying notation of severity, but the garden variety type of thunderstorms we had back in the day seem to be gone forever.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, July 4

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What a feat

Our congratulations go out this week to Halifax County’s own queen of FFA, Rebekah Slabach, who was chosen last week to serve the state Future Farmers of America as its vice president in the coming year.

Waxing nostalgic

I have to admit I never pulled a leaf of tobacco in my life, but I had to wax a little nostalgic coming to work Monday morning and seeing the last of twin tobacco warehouses in Riverdale being dismantled.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, Jule 27, 2012

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Please vote

Brenda and Ben Fincher of Fincher’s Inc. in South Boston are seeking your help.

Cartoons 101

I was fortunate enough to grow up in what may be the golden age of cartoons.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, June 20

Disagree with Melvin D. Whitlock’s Community Voice 

To the editor:

It is simply a fallacy to say that homosexuality lacks biological origins.  People cannot help their orientation.  To deny this is to go against scientific evidence.  To go against science is to eliminate progress.

Same sex marriage is not sinful, though certain religious texts arrogantly state this as fact.  Notice they have no other justification for this disrespectful claim than the “holy books.”  

The phantasmagorical myths of the Bible do not count as evidence in any aspect.  It is obligatory that humans learn that the Bible is not a source of morality, either.  Rape, slavery, genocide and misogyny are present and upheld in Bible verses.  

Anyone can see this is not acceptable morality.  The Bible is a manmade text that holds the archaic prejudices of the people who wrote it.  Using the Bible as evidence of anything is simply illogical, unconstructive and intellectually fallacious.  

Therefore, to assert that same sex marriage is wrong because the Bible states it is a vindication for the immoral obstruction of rights.  It is imperative that people use their compassion and critical thinking to form their own views on same sex marriage before they blindly follow the dogma of others.

On the subject of civil rights — it is ridiculous to claim that homosexuals are not discriminated against.  

Human beings have evolved to have prejudices.  Women were once denied rights, African Americans were once denied rights, and many other groups as well.  

During those discriminatory periods in our nation’s history, it was considered morally permissible to hold discriminatory views.  

Now it is homosexuals who are being denied rights.  

It is a shame that people are allowed to restrict the rights of others because of their own provincial thoughts.  It appalls me to see people blatantly express discrimination in a country that supposedly values equality for all.

In the future, same sex marriage will most likely be allowed.  If that is the case, those who oppose it will be relegated to the immoral minority, comparable to those who are openly racist or sexist today.  

For truth and morality to be learned and implemented in our society, it is mandatory that humanity learns to step away from religious justification for societal issues.

“If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us.” —Carl Sagan

Emily P. Marshall



Fishing for peace

To the editor:

Most of us suffer from a lack of inner peace. It’s that feeling of emptiness in our hearts that leaves us wondering what can fill it. One thing that can cause this feeling is something that a lot of people fall prey to -- impatience. 

If things don’t come around when we want them, or life seems to be a dead-in for some of us, the only thing to feel is anger and disappointment. 

Even when people around us are full of happiness and joy, we unintentionally isolate ourselves due to the bitterness that we hold inside. 

This is something that we all go through at some point in our lives. Something that has helped me realize the value of patience is this analogy I thought about a few days ago. Think about a fisherman sitting on the shore or in a boat with his fishing rod in the water. Sometimes he’ll catch a fish quickly, but other times it will take some time for even a small tug to come to his line. If he feels a tug on his line and pulls it out too fast, he’ll lose his catch. 

It’s not easy when others around you are pulling out their blessings, while you’re still sitting there waiting for a tug. 

Remaining diligent and patience is the key to getting your catch. The end result is what makes it all worth it. 

A lot of people can take a fishing rod and throw the line out into the water, but only a few will have the patience to wait and see what’s on the end of their line.

Jeremy Carden



HCHS Class of ’62 reunion site changed

To the editor:

There has been a change for the Halifax County High School Class of ‘62 reunion. It will still be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, but not at The Prizery. 

Due to a double booking, we have moved to the Halifax Country Club. 

Any questions call 434-572-2531. 

Thank you

Joanna Chaffin Hughes

South Boston

EAA Fly-In support appreciated

To the editor:

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1442 conducted its annual Fly-In, ShowTime 2012 on May 12 at Tuck Airport.  We are very gratified at the success of this year’s event.

 We would like to thank everyone  who came to the Fly-In and all those who made it possible.  

We especially thank all our chapter members, local businesses who made contributions, local newspapers who publicized the event, the pilots from  Roanoke EAA Chapter 646, Jim Dall, Donald Jeffer, David Kiefer, Matt Paxton, Jeff Stubbs — who flew youngsters all day long as part of the Young Eagles Flight Plan program — and our own  Mark Stevens who flew youngsters at the end of the day so that every kid got to fly.

We also thank the South Boston Lions Club, Janis Chenery, Bob Chenery, Winston Harrell, God’s Pit Crew, Bobby Conner, Henry Owen, Cody and Chris Carnes, Bill Wilmouth, Linda and Mark Satterfield, Billy Britt, all those who brought cars, motorcycles, airplanes, trucks, Halifax County Cancer Association, Mark Francisco and his RCDF group, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Wendy Michaels, Chloe Rivera, Richard Cumbie, Lafell Elliott, Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department and Jimmy Smiley.

We introduced 73 youngsters to the joy of flight.  If we hadn’t done anything more, we would have considered the day a success.


Jimmy Jennings


Dodging potholes

To the editor:

I am wondering if anyone else is as disgusted as I am at the condition of some of the parking lots in the shopping centers around town? 

I hate having to dodge potholes when I go shopping at some of these stores. 

I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t have money to buy tires or have my car aligned after driving into a deep hole. 

I was wondering if anyone knows who is responsible for the upkeep of these lots. 

Thank you. 

Veresia Mosley

South Boston


Reelection ploy

To the editor:

USA Defeated on the Border!! Santa Anna Avenged!! Ground cracks under the Alamo!! 

Today Janet Napolitano, former Democrat governor of Arizona, after failing to stem the tide of illegal immigration in her home state and now head of “Homeland Security,” has signed the first peace treaty with Mexico surrendering to illegal immigration.

The lesson is you can break the law if you represent a voting block for the Democrat Party. If enough people break the law, you can get away with anything. 

The President by authorizing Ms. Napolitano to put his camel’s nose into the tent is admitting that he would rather be re-elected than defend America’s borders and enforce the law.

Any more of this, and we won’t have a country.

Roger W. Browne, M.D.

South Boston