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Parade, other Smithfield Christmas traditions evolve

Traditions die hard, but some do die. Those traditions that survive are usually ones that can evolve and ...

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Obits are longer — and better — than in the old days

There have been huge changes in journalism since I first walked into a newsroom in the mid-1960s — ...

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Hams earned their place on Thanksgiving table

A ham for Thanksgiving? Of course, there was. Many hams hung in a farmer’s smokehouse during a typical ...

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Don’t reverse progress in teaching history honestly

Our society has become far more open in recent years to the fact that race has been and ...

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A must-read for history-minded IW residents

Anniversaries are important, and few are more so than a community’s. That’s why, in 1984, Isle of Wight ...

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Holton showed Virginia the way on race relations

I met Linwood Holton as we boarded a helicopter in Alexandria, bound for the Shenandoah Valley, where he ...

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Bragging about pranks had its consequences

Teenage pranks, back in the 1960s at least, were generally centered on homecoming and Halloween, both of which ...

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Remembering three who made IW a better place

Ann Gray Edwards, who died this summer, served Isle of Wight County and the town of Smithfield in ...

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The late Joe Stutts had a way with words

One of the greatest pleasures involved in writing The Short Rows for the past 22 years has been ...

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But for the shouting, we’d find some common ground

What we say, and how we say it, matters. Unfortunately, much of what we say today, especially in ...

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