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.

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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. 

On Monday, Aug. 2nd, a Library staff member and an ACLA (Appomattox County Library Association) volunteer delivered half the donated pet-related items from Willow’s Tree to the ‘Til The End Of Time Animal & Rescue Sanctuary. They were met with doggy kisses and a grateful organization for…

I have a deep affection for this community.  It has always felt like “home” even for the thirty-plus years that I lived elsewhere.  This weekend made me even prouder to be a part of Appomattox. The community spirit exhibited at Falling River Country Club in support of Coach Doug Smith was ph…

August is named after the very first Roman emperor (and grandnephew of Julius Caesar) Augustus Caesar. August is: American Indian Heritage Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, National Read A Romance Novel Month, U.S. Air Force Day (the 1st), National Chocolate Chip Day (the 4th), Book L…

There is a lot of talk going around about a big-huge-giant catfish caught out of the Roanoke River. I did some digging on the DGIF website and found out what was with this big catfish. North Carolina angler Rocky Baker caught an apparent state-record blue catfish, a 127.1-pounder, from the R…

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…