Columns & Opinion


Complete lack of respect for Old Glory

Dear Sir: This letter to the editor is being written to address a serious problem recurring in the community. I have noticed over several months that in the middle of the day (this is being written upon my return at 1:45 p.m.), the American and POW/MIA flags are not being raised at the Blackstone Post Office. I have on numerous […]

It’s hurting, not helping

Just Hanging On

I’m still angry about the renaming of Fort Pickett. It makes no sense to change history. Honoring someone by naming a military post after them doesn’t mean you support or endorse everything they have ever done. If you look hard enough, you can probably find flaws in most of those who are honored in one way or the other. It […]

Historic Hire In 1973

John Henry White of Blackstone is shown here in front of the courthouse — on front page of July 12, 1973 Courier-Record — after becoming Nottoway County’s first Black Deputy Sheriff. Deputy White served for several years and lived on Ridge Road. He died in Aug. 1995 at age 63. He was a Master Sergeant in the U. S. Air […]


KEEP OFF OUR GUNS Democrats are pushing the same tired, default agenda that seeks to punish responsible gun owners exercising their constitutional right rather than being tough on criminals. Laws rely on compliance. If criminals won’t follow laws, it begs the question: How would the restrictive gun control measures proposed by Democrats prevent gun violence? Rather than promote a restrictive […]

Moments in Black History From the Record: July 12, 1973

EDITOR’s NOTE: We believe our readers will find this front page item (BELOW) of interest, particularly during Black History Month. We included the two adjoining articles as well.


I meant to suggest this back when, you know, I had that other job at Town Hall. The Town of Blackstone should hold a monthly raffle for free electric bills, not to exceed $500. One residential and one commercial account monthly. Would be a great public relations move and likely would help those who are struggling. Winners would be ineligible […]


Be grateful for Bill Dear Sir: As an educational leader, Bill Outlaw is trying to protect children from dangerous sexual ideologies, contrary to centuries of understanding, that have arisen in this country fairly recently. The minds of vulnerable children seriously need this protection. Hopefully good sense and logic will ultimately prevail. Hopefully the questionable ideologies will recede and disappear. They […]

Fashion Statement

It was January 1968 when the Kenston Forest girls basketball team — 17 strong — gathered for a photo in their new uniforms. FRONT ROW FROM LEFT: Martha Farrar, Denise Winn, Kay Wallace, Lucille Booker, Rita Bishop, Linda Moody. SECOND ROW: Beverly Tisdale, Faye Hawthorne, Roxie Booker, Linda Johnson, Jean Clem. BACK ROW: Nancy Manson, Catherine Farrar, Rebecca McKenny, Jane […]

Just Hanging On

Preserve that artifact

I probably shouldn’t be writing this at this time. I’m ticked-off because of the renaming of Fort Pickett and the planned destruction of all street and other signs that would indicate the post was ever named after a famous Confederate officer. For more than 80 years, the military post has had a tremendous impact on Blackstone and surrounding areas. Even […]


OFF TO THE RACES If bills don’t get a majority vote in committee, the rest of the Senate members get no say on that issue. So far this session, bills of which I’m chief sponsor have been approved. Some of those also must be blessed by the Finance Committee if there’s concern they might have an impact on the budget. […]

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