Columns & Opinion


As this edition is being inserted and labelled Tuesday night (May 23rd), the Nottoway Board of Supervisors was schedued to hold a 6:00 p.m. Continued Closed Session from last Thursday night for Consultation with Legal Counsel and Personnel/Administration. Things aren’t pretty behind the scenes at the courthouse. And that was before Saturday’s tragic death of former Building Inspector Dean Lewis, who […]


Teens 16 and 17 can register early Dear Sir: Often, I hear people — young and old — complain about the way things are going in the Untied States and our Commonwealth. I hear talk about inflation, national security, equal housing opportunity, and international and local affairs. When I see that we have between 50-60% of registered voters cast a […]

Back In The Summer of ‘69

For many years, the Camp Pickett Reservoir was a popular place to cool off, swim, and even water ski. These photos were part of a July 1969 story on the various recreational opportunities enjoyed by area residents. UPPER LEFT: The C. P. Johnson family of Burkeville (Mr. & Mrs. Johnson in front of boat, daughter Karen at left, and Joyce […]


Traveling America reinforces the greatness of our land

I have been blessed to have traveled to five continents, 35 countries, and 49 of our United States. Why do I mention my travels? To say this: I have seen communism at work. The deprivation and despair of those living under these brutal regimes is hard to imagine if you haven’t seen it in person. I lived in a socialist […]


In today’s edition, Friends of the Blackstone Library are honoring several Nottoway High School students for various writing awards. Some of them wrote Haikus — Japanese poems which feature five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five again in the third line. They don’t have to rhyme. So here’s the firstever Haiku Around Town: *** Supervisor […]


      Choices, not devices Dear Sir: If guns kill people, I guess cars drive drunk, pencils misspell words, and forks make people fat. We can go on if you’d like. Sam Mordan Jetersville Won’t ever buy it again Dear Sir: Your “Around Town” lead in the May 3rd Courier-Record was terribly misguided. Maybe you’ll employ better material once […]

Long Before eBay

The late Joe and Shirley Obradovic are shown here in March 1973 as they prepare to open their Sears catalog store at 205 South Main Street. Among the Grand Opening prizes was a pig and the new freezer holding it. To win, customers simply had to make the best guess of the pig’s weight.


FAVORABLE GUN RULING Hope for the best. Be prepared for the worst. A ruling handed down by a federal judge in Virginia found that federal laws blocking those under age 21 from purchasing handguns are unconstitutional. Current federal law allows adults to purchase long guns if they pass a background check, but handgun purchases are barred unless the buyer is […]


We try to put out a colorful weekly paper. Admittedly, there’s too much orange on this week’s front page. We go where the news takes us. And, as we often remind readers: all persons charged with crimes are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. *** Many of you were quick to notice that Dad didn’t have a […]


2020 sealed our fate

Dear Sir: I predict HISTORY will show that the 2020 Presidential Election, which I and many other Americans believe was stolen, was the event that killed the USA as a global superpower. Also, I’m old enough to remember when SEXUAL predators weren’t allowed within 1,000 feet of a school. Now the DEMOCRATIC MAFIA have them in are schools grooming children. […]

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