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In The Short Rows

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Polite, persistent activism gets more results than shouting

Citizen activists, angry over any number of things, are increasingly making life miserable for the members of Virginia’s School Boards. As Virginia Coalition of Government ... Read more

2 days ago by Staff Reports.

Don’t mess with a copperhead

August and well into September is the period during which farm families were most wary of copperheads. We always felt — and I still do ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Reports.

God bless Tidewater folks who still drop the ‘r’

I regret that I haven’t made a more serious effort to document fully the dialect of our native Southeast Virginia. I’ve written about it, even ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

The sweet sounds of yesteryear revisited

Several weeks ago, we were in the sanctuary of Benn’s United Methodist Church, sitting around chatting while waiting for the 11 o’clock service to begin, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Smithfield’s peanut prominence was fading before fire

Local folk who are intrigued by such things this week are observing the “great peanut fire” of Aug. 17. There’s nothing wrong with remembering catastrophes. ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Frosty Landon’s legacy: open government for all

By the time I came to know Frosty Landon in 1989 or thereabouts, he was already a legend in Virginia journalism. He had worked his ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Reports.

In the short rows: Area has had long love affair with crepe myrtles

By John Edwards Are they crepe myrtles or crape myrtles? For those of us who grew up in the shade of Southeastern Virginia’s most abundant ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Reports.

Why did childhood vaccines become controversial?

Protecting children from illness and death has always been, as it should have been, a paramount concern of society. The death of children was quite ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

Five years after fire, a Surry staple’s sad conclusion

Fire has shaped and reshaped human history. From the time early man learned to use it to improve his life, fire has been a means ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

Hoping Americans ‘do the right thing,’ as Churchill said we would

As Independence Day approached two weeks ago, a county resident whose love for this country is unimpeachable sadly predicted that the Republic as we know ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

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