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For some, 4-H is a lifetime passion. They continue to help the organization after graduation and into their adult years. Some of these dedicated volunteers are also 4-H All Stars.  

As Sen. Mark Obenshain said recently during the Senate session, something is foul at the Virginia Parole Board, even beyond the situation surrounding Vincent Martin.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Jamerson Library hosted one of the book buses from the Appomattox Literacy Intervention Project (ALIP). Much like the Jamerson Library, the ALIP seeks to promote literacy throughout Appomattox County, their most popular project being their three book buses: Spot, Dot…

We are all certainly aware of the part that Appomattox played at the close of the Civil War. By marking the virtual end to this conflict and the definitive end of slavery in the United States, the surrender at Appomattox is not only a significant event in the overall history of our nation, i…

Appomattox 4-H would like to congratulate the three local 4-H teens who are recipients of Appomattox County Farm Bureau 2020 Scholarships.

The Appomattox Lions Club, which was established in 1939, has been an important organization of local leaders and has contributed much to the community over the years. 

Within the past couple of weeks, I have been contacted by two different individuals suggesting that the chamber initiate training toward the opening of new businesses. One of these individuals has had some experience in entrepreneurship and would be interested in helping. The other forwarded…

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Habitat gardening gets us back in touch with nature by actively inviting a variety of wildlife into our growing spaces. In Part 1 of Saving Native Virginia, we learned about the many benefits of and reasons for preserving our natural heritage by providing space in our lawns and gardens for n…

This Saturday is the beginning of the early bow season. Early Archery Season: Oct. 3 through Nov. 13 statewide. Deer of either sex may be taken full season during the early and late archery deer seasons, including the cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Suffolk (east of the Dismal Swamp…

Family movie night is on the library! From Monday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 9, we are giving away free popcorn! If you are 18 years of age or older, come into the library, pick out a few movies and while supplies last, we will give you free bag of ACT II Butter Lovers’ Microwave Popcorn.…

(Editor's note: The Virginia House of Delegates passed the budget. This column was provided Tuesday but was dated for Monday.)

I was able to get away for a few days to the mountains of Tennessee for a golf outing in the beautiful area of Fairfield Glade. As usual, it was great to get away but even nicer to get back home.

Early in-person voting began Sept. 18. Virginians will see two proposed amendments to the state constitution on this year’s ballot:

On a recent Saturday I went to cut the grass. I went outside in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. I got a rude awaking: It was cold. I think the temperature was in the low 40s. I came back inside and changed. I started the lawnmower up and right away I could feel the brisk cool weather hit my …

Fall is here, and so is the need to get outdoors on a family adventure to a Virginia State Park. The Library of Virginia has partnered with Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia to provide libraries across the state with Discovery Backpacks.

The Appomattox Shop Local Gift Card Program is officially underway. There were a few minor errors in previous communications. I bear some of the responsibility for the confusion and will attempt to set things straight in this column.

Is that a small striper I just caught or a small white fish? I was checking out the DGIF (Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries) website and came across something I’d like to share. The web site lists all the fish species here in Virginia. Is it a spotted bass or a largemouth bass…

The Rail Yard restaurant made a generous donation of a baker’s rack to the library, and we are now able to host a plant swap. What is a plant swap? It is when you bring your outgrown, unwanted or extra plants to a location and swap them out for new-to-you plants.

The Appomattox Shop Local Gift Card Program is about to get underway. The program is a coordinated effort between the Appomattox County Chamber of Commerce, the Appomattox County CARES Committee and the Appomattox Tourism Committee. The purpose of the effort is to stimulate commercial activi…

Early in person voting begins this Friday, Sept. 18. The 59th District is composed of five counties and all information for your registrar’s office is listed below to aide you in voting for the Nov. 3 elections. In addition to their normal business hours, all offices plan to open the last tw…

Years back my best friend from New Jersey Bob “Dude” Davie and his son Bob “Lil Dude” Davis came down here to Virginia to go fishing with my stepson Adam Clifton and my nephew Travis Morgan. Adam, Travis and I had attended the Fishersville Outdoor Hunting Show in Fishersville. We were glad w…

With some excitement, I am announcing preliminary plans for a shop local stimulus program to be administered by the chamber in coordination with your county government.

Be a superhero! Sign up for a library card during September, Library Card Sign-Up Month! Getting a library card gives you super powers! The power to go around the world with access to books, movies, magazines, computers, Wi-Fi and more. You can learn a new skill, find a new fact, watch the l…

I work with Tom Conrad at the bus shop. We are always swapping stories back and forth, and this time Tom got my attention. Tom does a lot of bear and deer hunting, and we can’t leave out fishing — deep sea fishing that is. Tom went on talking about his grandkids and how they much they love f…

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Appomattox Town Council met to, among other things, hold a public hearing on the Town of Appomattox Comprehensive Plan. The plan successfully made it through the public hearing, is being reviewed by the planning commission and will likely be adopted by the town counc…

Fall is coming! Get out your sweaters and blankets, time to curl up with a good book from you local library! We are here, we are open and we are ready! This weather is perfect for a visit, we are located on Main Street, come in and get the latest magazines, best sellers, hot non-fiction or movies.

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I was working at American Can Company in New Jersey with my buddy Howard, and when we took lunch we talked about going catfishing Saturday night. At this time the river was high from the flood waters. We were hoping by Saturday evening the river level would be coming down. A lot of fishermen…

In one of my recent columns, I included mention of the ongoing Downtown Revitalization Project, and one reader requested that I provide an update of what is going on. Like most everything else, progress on the revitalization has been hampered by the pandemic. Work has been going forward but …

The Times Virginian has been featuring weekly installments of an article written by Barbara Pickett, who in 1967 became the first official school nurse at Appomattox County Public Schools. An article about Pickett’s views on the COVID-19 pandemic and advances in medicine first appeared in th…

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Fall is about to march into Appomattox, and it brings with it thoughts of cooler days, family holidays, and curling up with a good book. Your local Library is the place to find new recipes, start a new hobby, learn to make your own gifts, look at the latest trends in magazines, check out mov…

When I was young, the kids in the neighborhood all had a special place to fish. It was a small lake called Wilivers Lake. The owner of the lake was a man that worked at the bank. We just knew him as the big shot at the lake. As long as we never left any garbage around the lake, we could fish.

Trail riding in the fall with friends and their horses, watching the leaves change, being out with nature, listening to the steady mesmerizing hoof beats as they hit the dirt is simply beautiful! The cooler weather tempts horse owners and non-horse owners alike to pack up and head out of the…

The Times Virginian is featuring weekly installments of an article written by Barbara Pickett, who in 1967 became the first official school nurse at Appomattox County Public Schools. An article about Pickett’s views on the COVID-19 pandemic and advances in medicine first appeared in the July…

There has been a lot of discussion in every form of media about voting by mail for the upcoming November election. If you want to avoid the lines and do not want to vote in person at the polls on Election Day, I suggest that you drop by the Registrar’s office between Sept. 20 and Oct. 31 and…

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Last week, House Democrats had their third hearing on criminal justice reform. The Wednesday before, the second hearing was heard and the testimony by speakers invited by House Democrats should concern any Virginian who values public safety.

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I was nine years old when my grandfather took me to get my Hunter Education Certificate. A lot of my friends had to take the course, too. My grandparents had bought me a Topper single 3 inch barrel .410 shotgun. 

When I read the Times Virginian as a much younger lad, I remember that it contained several community columns that reported on the health and social events of an area. Usually, the columns were composed by an individual that jotted down tidbits of information during the week and got them to …

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While waiting for the weather to get cooler before going fishing in the 95 degree heat, I was reading the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) website and wanted to share this info with you. 

In last week’s column, I outlined a few ideas for projects or wishes from local citizens that had contacted me at one time or another and I solicited some response or input from readers. Surprise! I got some feedback. It is satisfying to know that some have read my column and even more so th…

Riding in the heat of summer months can be quite a challenge. High humidity, high temperatures, biting knots, deer fly and horseflies the size of a smart car lurk everywhere.

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As president of the Chamber and author of this column, I often receive suggestions of improvements or additions to Appomattox that someone thinks would be a good idea. This week’s column is devoted to mentioning some of those.

The J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library has been serving patrons for over 90 years, from the brick building next to the middle school, to our current location on Main Street (since 1992), and we have met many challenges.

When I was working at M&M’s Candy Company there was a bunch of us who hung out together and went deep sea fishing together. I was the one who was not too keen on going when everybody decided they were going for mackerel and whiting down at the shore. 

Last Wednesday the Virginia House of Delegates held the first of three Courts of Justice and Public Safety hearings virtually, in preparation for the Special Session on Aug. 18. This first meeting dealt with Law enforcement policies, procedures and response, accreditation and certification.