A very special event is being held this weekend at Falling River Country Club to honor and help a man who has become an icon to our community. The Smith Strong Golf Tournament will be held beginning on Friday morning and lasting through late Sunday afternoon as a charity benefit to Coach Dou…

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Years ago when I lived in New Jersey, my number one fish to fish for was trout. I couldn’t get enough of it. The state stocked three streams that were close to me for eight weeks.

After careful consideration of the approximately 60 entries for the Family Shark Week Raffle, we have a winner.

A chamber of commerce exists to communicate ideas and facilitate information in an attempt to spur commercial activity and success. In this column, I am outlining the three things that you as a resident of our community can do to have the most effect in the near future.

Do the names Thrasher, Stonehouse, Mill Creek, Slate River and Holliday Lake bring back fishing memories? Here are some local fishing spots you may want to re-visit during the dog days of summer, and they are local. I wanted to share some of these places from the DGIF webpage.

Saturday, July 17, was the last day of the Family Shark Week Raffle at the J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library in Appomattox, to fill out an entry ticket and provide an interesting shark-related fact. 

For the past many months, I have made it no secret that the chamber, like many other entities during the pandemic, has been facing financial challenges. Help from the town, county, a few new memberships and some private donations have allowed us to keep our head above water, if just barely.

Ballot Petitions — what are they? If you want to run for elected office, you first collect signatures from registered voters on a Ballot Petition form. This gets your name printed on the ballot. With few exceptions, all candidates have to do this. That includes candidates for local offices a…

I used to put magazines into stores. That was my job back then. One of the perks was I got to talk with a lot of people. I was in the Rite Aid store working putting up magazines when I ran into an older gentleman, and we got into a big-time crappie conversion. 

On July 1, legislation passed during the 2021 General Assembly session will become law, with some exceptions. This session, the Democratic majority passed a significant number of progressive policies, continuing last year’s sweeping changes. Below is a snapshot of some of the legislation goi…

We had our first donation to Willow’s Tree! What is Willow’s Tree? A cat tree placed in the library for patrons to donate pet-related items for two local animal shelters.

On Wednesday, June 16th, the Library hosted our first in-person Story & Craft Time in over a year. We featured the book “Penguin’s Big Adventure” by Salina Yoon, and provided each family a copy of the book to take home. Library staff and an ACLA (Appomattox County Library Association) vo…

This week’s column will focus on a subject prompted by the discussion/dispute between the county and town governments regarding the respective support that should be given to the Appomattox Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) from each entity. Please refer to last week’s front page article for …

What is the first thing you say when you see a raccoon in the middle of the day, ‘it might have rabies’.  Here are eight questions the DGIF had to say about Rabies.

The 2021 Virtual Summer Reading Program “Tails and Tales” has officially started! It is not to late join, you can visit:https://sites.google.com/jrjml.org/jamersonmemoriallibrary/home for more information. This program is open to all patrons five years of age through adults. For preschool pa…

For me, this upcoming weekend is actually too full of events for me to attend them all.  I have a family birthday celebration on Saturday that will involve me during the entire afternoon and which preempts my ability to attend two big celebrations that now have an annual recurrence.

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When you make plans to go fishing, Mother Nature makes different plans for you. I have been trying to get to Holiday Lake and try out my new lures. It just seemed every time I would make plans, something always popped up and change them. 

The 2021 Virtual Summer Reading Program “Tails and Tales” has officially started! It is not too late to join You can visit: https://sites.google.com/jrjml.org/jamersonmemoriallibrary/home for more information. This program is open to all patrons five years of age through adults. For every we…

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending which I hope will be the first of an annual Carver-Price Legacy Museum educational series. Approximately 100 attendees witnessed the recognition of several of the Carver-Price Alumni Association founders by the Virginia General Assembly and a…

There sure are a lot of things a person needs to be aware of when handling and riding horses to stay safe. The more aware a person is about paying attention to the horses’ body language, their surroundings, how many days it’s been since the last ride, how long the horse may have been stalled…

Tick season is here. Just like the warm weather brings out snakes, it brings out ticks as well. It seems the warmer the weather the more you hear people talking about ticks.

The second Jamerson Library Plant Swap was a success! Lots of patrons brought in plants and exchanged them for new ones to take home. This year we had a lot of herbs, hostas, tomatoes, succulents and a full variety of houseplants. We even had a huge pumpkin vine! The staff looks forward to h…

Normalization continues. There were good crowds at several events that I attended in the last few days and very few masks were used. Everyone seemed comfortable and happy to be part of something that had been absent for far too long.

On May 14th, Governor Northam announced that his administration was ending the mask mandate in Virginia immediately, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The full text of the seventh amendment to Executive Order 72 can be found at:

Back in February I start to receive my fishing catalogs to go through. One catalog I get I go through many, many times is a DIY catalog. I buy a lot of stuff from all the catalogs I get.

Fragile, Handle with Care! That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles. Electric Fruit.  These and many more intriguing science fair projects were undertaken by some inquiring minds at AES!

There are just a few more days left of the Jamerson Library Plant Swap. It is not to late to spread smiles and share plants. This program will end on Saturday, May 29. We are having a lot of fun watching plants come and go, and the happiness this event brings; we hope to make this an annual event.

For the second straight week, I sit down to compose this column with an increased feeling of optimism. New COVID cases keep dropping, the number of those vaccinated keeps increasing and life is returning to near normal in many situations. Perhaps as the vaccines gain credibility, many of the…

A few weeks ago I got to meet Edward McFadden and his son Dennis of Bent Creek. I heard I could get the lowdown on fox hunting.

Planting the seeds of community outreach through our Jamerson Library Plant Swap. Bring in a plant to take a plant. Our Plant Swap is being held outside on the baker’s rack, located at our front doors. The purpose of this event is to provide a fun, socially distanced program that encourages …

With the declaration of the CDC and the relaxing of some of the mask wearing requirements by the state of Virginia, I begin this column with a feeling that one gets from a significant breath of fresh air.  This light at the end of the tunnel is finally beginning to come into focus. Metaphors…

Don’t be green with envy, get ivy! The Jamerson Library’s Plant swap has started!

Via an email communication to its members on Friday, the chamber initiated a new campaign aimed at uniting its membership in a mutually beneficial member-customer discount program.

Years ago it was pretty easy to get permission to fish that pond you had your eyes set on. Basically all you had to do was ask the landowner if you could fish it. It seemed that all landowners had the same answer: yes you can but don’t leave any trash around. You find it clean, leave it clea…

May is named after the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. May celebrations and observances include Gardening for Wildlife Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Mystery Month, National Barbecue Month, Be Kind To Animals Week: May 2-8, Cinco de Mayo: May 5, Armed Forces Day: May …

This week is National Small Business Week. Be on the lookout for every opportunity to help your neighbors and friends that operate local small businesses. Their lives are not easy.

History never stays in the past. It resonates every day in our lives. Decisions made today are few which do not have a historical perspective.

For years the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has conducted a statewide survey of spring turkey hunters to collect their observations and opinions, but participation has been declining. Survey results help the Department with many wild turkey conservation issues. Participants receive…

The Appomattox County Library Association (ACLA) is celebrating the Library’s birthday! For 81 years this library has served the Town and County of Appomattox, (1940–2021). In May of 1992 the Appomattox County Library opened its door to a new building and a new name: J. Robert Jamerson Memor…

May 2-8 is National Small Business Week. There is a new Facebook group entitled Appomattox Small Business Owners and they are initiating a promotional effort called “Pack the Passport.” Please give a special consideration to your local small businesses and help support this new endeavor. Che…

I have been trying to get onto the water to fish, but Mother Nature had different plans. She had let it rain for a while and turned the streams, ponds and lakes into a muddy mess. Now it was a waiting game before I could get on the water. I knew with a couple of days with no rain the water w…

We are about a month into the spring season with flowers and grass turning green, growing and blooming. April 22 is Earth Day and April 30 is Arbor Day. Both days celebrate environmental protection in some form.

I attended the Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival, and it was a roaring success for the Appomattox County Historical Society and most of the vendors onsite.

Appomattox County Republican Committee chairman Christian Raymond really hit the nail on the head in his recent letter to the editor in regards to former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his shady actions in regards to the broken promise of more jobs that were suppose to take place where the old Tho…

On Wednesday, during the 2021 Reconvened Session, Gov. (Ralph) Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill were accepted by the General Assembly.