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The Virginia Redistricting Commission will not finish its work on the state’s legislative maps and will instead move on to drawing maps for the state’s congressional districts and hear guidance from counsel about next steps for a new map of the state’s 11 U.S. House districts.

Spooky season has arrived at the library! We have several Halloween and fall displays up in the library to highlight books and movies to get you in the spirit of the season. We are also hosting a free Halloween Raffle open to all ages. A Halloween bucket filled with a Nightmare Before Christ…

Except for some clean-up, collections and accounting, the 2021 Historical Appomattox Railroad Festival is over and, at least from my point of view, can be declared a roaring success. Attendance was brisk and everywhere that I looked, attendees were having a good time. I am certain that my de…

Horses, ponies, mules and more were at the Virginia Horse Center the weekend of Sept. 10 for the State 4-H Horse Show. Adam Foisy, of the Appomattox 4-H Horse and Pony Club, had an excellent showing for his final year. 

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Virginia Redistricting Commission failed to agree on one set of maps, as the October 10th deadline nears.

The library has won third place in the Railroad Festival’s sculpture display contest with our “Jamerson Express” train filled with books. We are so excited to win “bragging rights” and look forward to next year’s contest and Railroad Festival! 

The Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival is one of the main cogs in our community’s tourism offering. Of course, the National Historical Park and the American Civil War Museum are static attractions and ones that “put us on the map” nationally and internationally.

Some horses are naturally kind of relaxed and unbothered by life and all that it entails. Other horses get excited over just about everything. They can’t help it, that’s just how they are. A 1,200 pound animal can be quite a handful, even dangerous to a person at the end of the lead rope or …

Fall has officially arrived, the equinox was Sept. 22, and October is just around the corner. October comes from the Latin word octo, “eight,” because it was the eighth month of the early Roman calendar.

It was announced last week that a new grant program designed to support equitable and sustainable local food systems for small-scale agricultural producers, farmers markets, and food hubs is now available. It is a new component of the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund.

The Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival (HARF) is just around the corner. In past years (2020 excepted), our festival has been held concurrently with the Garlic Festival in Amherst County. The debate has always been whether the competition reduced attendance here or if the two festivals fe…

My sincerely heartfelt thanks for the story written by Dale Edwards: “FDNY Chief reflects on 9/11 anniversary” story (in last week’s Times Virginian)

The Jamerson Express is chugging down Main Street as the library gets ready for the Railroad Festival. This train silhouette was created by library staff and Country Charm.

In a conversation recently, I was asked by someone if the local Appomattox political system was corrupt. 

New to the area? Has it been a long time since you have visited your local library? September is National Library Card Sign Up Month. We have lots of new services to offer patrons, such as: internal and external Wi-Fi, books on audio, downloadable e-books with Libby from Overdrive, access to…

You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day. Early Voting starts in Virginia on Sept. 17. 

Like most of you, I spent some time this past weekend reflecting and remembering events that happened 20 years ago. 

There is a hint and a promise of fall in the air, but the days are still full of sunshine, perfect for the Jamerson Library Plant Swap that has started. Bring in your extra plants, clippings, rootings, seeds and pots to swap them for something else.

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order allowing a controversial Texas abortion law to go into effect. The law is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two cases that now control abortion law in the country. 

When I agreed to begin writing this column many, many months ago, my primary concern was having something to write about each week. To my surprise, this has generally not been a problem.

Appomattox County 4-H will again be offering after-school and specialty clubs as well as events during the year, for youth to participate in.  Listed below are the programs in place, there will also be announcements of possible new clubs forming, as well as other upcoming events.

Hello September and the promise of cooler nights and falling leaves. September comes from the Latin word septem “seven,” because this was the seventh month of the early Roman calendar.

At the chamber’s annual Bike Night on Aug. 7, held at Courtland Festival Park, at least a half dozen people commented to me that the park was such an amazing venue and that we should hold more such events there. On Saturday night, in combination with the Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival…

August and the “dog days of summer” are just about over; thoughts of cooler nights, harvest holidays and fall colors are on the library’s mind as we make plans to start programming, classes, and events back up, and opening the conference room for public and private meetings.

As part of the Downtown Revitalization Project, a branding company is involved in an analysis of what Appomattox is all about in an effort to recommend directions in marketing to increase our visibility, etc.

We would like to thank Stanley Cobbs and the Carver-Price Culture Center for inviting us to join them for “Community Fun Day,” hosted by Mr. Cobbs. The library was under the purple tent passing out iced bottles of water, lots of giveaways, and information on the services the library offers t…

This week’s column is an explanation of the anatomy of an event such as our Bike Night which was held on Aug. 7. First, why do we need to hold fundraisers and what do we attempt to accomplish in addition to raising funds to support our operations.

We would like to welcome all students back to school. Remember that your local Library has many resources for homework help including: wireless access, computers, printers, books for all ages, magazines, movies and more. On our website you will find access to NewsBank, Overdrive, Universal C…

What a fantastic evening last Saturday at Courtland Festival Park as we re-initiated the annual celebration of Bike Night. The event was extremely well-attended and everyone seemed to have a great time. Weather that had threatened during the day changed into a perfect night for an outdoor ev…

Horses are not cheap, and neither is their maintenance, but if you are wondering exactly how much does it cost to have one (or two), here is an example of how you can get a rough idea of expenses.