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January is more than halfway over, and the library staff already has Summer Reading on its mind. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Tails and Tales,” so animals will be the main stars of our program! 

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In previous columns I have mentioned that I would be in contact with friends who have received the COVID-19 vaccination and report their reactions. One local health care worker in his early sixties reported a sore arm for a day or so but no other side effects. The second report came from my …

My buddy Pete and I were going ice fishing when we got done working for the week. I bought the three extra tip-ups from Pete he had. This time I was going to use my own tip-ups instead of sharing with Pete. What we did was set out six tip-ups and kept our eyes on them. I guess you can say it…

January 13th began the 2021 General Assembly session. The Senate will meet in person while the House remains virtual. I have added links below for you to be able to watch session live. All committee meetings can now be viewed online as well, and the public will need to register to speak at t…

January is a new month, a new year, and a new you! Your local library is a great resource for free online courses, downloadable ebooks, free Wi-Fi and our newest service by NewsBank, American’s News, offering a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics…

I feel the need to include a correction of something that I included in my column last week that, after publishing, I discovered to be untrue.

As we prepare for the 2021 election year, many of us including myself are still undecided on who we will support for governor and lieutenant governor. But as a member of the Appomattox County Republican Committee, a conservative and a Christian, I am proud to announce that I am endorsing Chu…

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There’s been a lot of talk about this new $4 boat access charge. It took a while to find it on the DWR web page. I copied it from their website and wanted to share the info. Pay close attention to the question: What happens if a law enforcement officer or Conservation Police officer determin…

2021 is here! It is time to start a new year and a new you!

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I have seen two postings of the annual rainfall that Appomattox received in 2020. One recorded a total of 79.99 inches while the other was 92.3 inches. Either of these is overwhelmingly more than the historical average of 43.6 inches.  

After returning to Appomattox to live, I cannot help but notice something. Litter! It is along the motorways, trash strewn about streets and, well, just plain unsightliness at the intersections.

It won’t be that long before the lakes are full of fishermen once again. The DGIF are crossbreeding bass. I was reading online and wanted to share what they have going on.

Santa Claus has sent a second video reading of some of the postcards he received from the Magic Mailbox from patrons of the library. You can view his video on our social media pages or on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/soqQbDQcKxY. 

This, being my last column for 2020, is a reflection on the year that is ending. I think that I am safe to say that it has been a challenging year for everyone, and for some more than others.

A pandemic is basically a global epidemic — an epidemic that spreads to more than one continent. That being said, I learned a few days past from listening to a recently “re-elected” official that we are NOT in a COVID-19 pandemic at all. We just have a disease among us that may, or may not a…

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John “Catfish” Woody and I have been making plans to go fishing for a long time. Every time we made plans to go fishing throughout the years, something came up. The weather was looking good for last week, so Catfish and I planned a trip to Sandy River, one of many. I told Catfish I would see…

As we begin to look forward to 2021, the most important development that will influence commercial activity and the health of our economy is the application of vaccines to combat COVID-19. Like everything else these days, there is a lot of speculation and sometimes misleading opinions regard…

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The staff of the J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library wants to wish you  a safe, Happy Holiday and New Year! We are grateful for all of our patrons who have supported us during these unusual times. We look forward to a fresh start in 2021, and will continue to serve our community to the best …

When you meet a horse person, it won’t be too long before their favorite breed enters the conversation. This is followed by lengthy chats about what discipline they participate in, what saddle, bit, stall bedding, books and helmets they prefer and who is their favorite trainer. 

My office has been helping Virginian’s in the 59th District with Virginia Employment Commission issues since the beginning of the pandemic. As of last week, the VEC has resumed issuing payments to customers in a continued claim status that had their claim temporarily halted due to an issue t…

This is some of the press release from the Hunters for the Hungry web page. If you have not donated a deer yet, you still have time to donate. The deer goes for a good cause as we all know.

Santa has sent a message to the Jamerson Library. He is sorry he can’t attend “Cookies with Santa” this year, but has sent his elves to the library to deliver some goodies-to-go! There are prepackaged cookies and hot chocolate kits for you to pick up at the circulation desk, and an image of …

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I will start out this week repeating a bit from my column of three weeks ago when I outlined preliminary ideas of a project aimed at recognizing past entrepreneurial efforts and generating new business ventures in Appomattox.  This is, of course, a long-term effort and last week I launched t…

School is taking many forms now, from in-person, hybrid, full virtual, and community homeschool groups.

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Every year when Christmas rolls around there are so many things to do. Every Christmas Eve we read about Jesus’s birth from the Bible. After giving thanks to the Lord, sometimes we go into the den where the stockings are hanging and grab one gift. After that we wait until morning until we op…

The bows are tied and the lights are hung as the staff of the J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library awaits the big guy in red! Santa has assured the staff that he is still keeping an eye out on them and patrons. He has sent over some prepackaged cookies and hot cocoa cups to remind everyone th…

In my column of two weeks ago, I outlined preliminary ideas of a project aimed at generating new business ventures in Appomattox. This is, of course, a long-term effort, and this week, I am launching the first wave of steps in that direction.

It is quite evident that the truth is a very hard pill to swallow especially if you pledge affiliation to the immoral liberal agenda! A truth so painful that they will do all they can to silence it, ban it and remove it from everyday life! 

We would like to thank the Appomattox Board of Supervisors, the County of Appomattox, Don and Dianne Jones, Anne Dixon with the Experience Appomattox Committee, John Redding and Whitney Napier with the Appomattox Chamber of Commerce for their help in providing the financial and logistical su…

During this difficult time in our lives — COVID, the economy, the passing of our beloved Dr. Smith and Dr. Harvey, the excessive rain — I realize daily how blessed I am to live in a community filled with love, kindness and the desire to help each other.

From 1972 to 1981, Earl Hamner Jr.’s  account of his family’s life in Schuyler, Nelson County, Virginia, during the 1930s and 1940s attracted a large U.S. and foreign viewing audience on CBS’s television series, “The Waltons.” 

Years ago when I first started deer hunting with my grandfather, there was one thing that was told to me over and over, and that was to be quiet. Once I was on stand, I kicked the leaves from around the tree. That was the only time you could make noise and you better not make a lot of noise …

The staff of the J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library is getting in the holiday spirit! We have decorated the library inside and out for all to come and enjoy. We would like to thank Country Charm for their contribution of this year’s bows. We have been getting the holiday crafts-to-go ready …

It was so great to see such a large crowd at the lighting of the Christmas lights in Courtland Festival Park followed by the lighting of decorations at Liberty Baptist Church on Sunday evening. Because of the restrictions on our lives over the past several months, I encountered many friends …

As we decorate for the upcoming Christmas season, I am asking that you display one blue light. By displaying your blue light(s), you send a message that you support America’s peacekeepers, your light is guiding them to safety, and you hope the year will be peaceful. Shine it for the holiday …

Small Business Saturday will be celebrated on the day after Black Friday.   Please don your masks and venture out to shop at the many small businesses in our community.

“There’s nothing to congratulate” so says the senator when asked if he had congratulated Presidential elect (Joe) Biden. 

A heartfelt thanks to all the students of Cornerstone Christian Academy for their wonderful appreciative letters celebrating American veterans.

When I was hunting back in New Jersey, I always looked forward to opening day of the deer season. Back then you hunted on the first Monday of December and it ended that Saturday.

Your opinion matters! Appomattox 4-H would like to hear from you! What clubs would you like to see?

The library’s Appomattox photo contest has gotten some really nice submissions, and the library staff is excited to see all the digital photos. It is not too late to enter your own photo; the deadline is today, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. 

I have received confirmation that gift card sales are now complete. There is some accounting and reconciliation to be performed before issuing a final report but that will follow within a few days.

Election Day 2020 is over! While we once again failed to flip the Senate seat red and anxiously await the results of the presidency, I can say that we the people of the 5th District came out victorious as Bob Good, a great defender of our conservative and Judeo Christian values will become o…