a call at midnight

by phillip gillis Years ago, sitting by the phone anticipating a call-Waiting for the clock to roll overand the ball (or acorn) to drop Take a moment to buy a new resolution(somewhere between 11:52 and 12:01and a promise and a wish)but not really buy oneā€¦more or less just rent it for a few weekswith the …

Brewing an Expansion: Ballad Looks to the Future

DANVILLE, VA- It started with a question in 2017. What did the River City want in a brewery? “We took that whole first year to see what our community wants from us,” Ballad Business Manager Austin Bunn said. “What do they want to drink? What does the craft market want from us? We took that …

When a Front Porch Is What It Used to Be

Lately we have all had occasion to say that things “ain’t what they used to be.” For some, there has been a return to simpler things, perhaps coupled with a certain nostalgia. Some things that we might have taken for granted — like having a front porch — might be poised to reemerge as a …

Sporting Clays in the Suburbs of Danville, Va.

Sporting clays offers the competitive pursuit of “golf with a shotgun” and is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. Heirloom shotguns are often handed down by grandfathers and fathers. I grew up in Oxford, N.C. and as a female, I was discouraged from handling guns. My father eventually figured out I was …

You want how many stamps?

By Marie Pridgen Cards: such simple pleasures. So often overlooked and not mailed because of busy daily activities. But for Pittsylvania County resident Emily Ragsdale, a card seemed to be the only way to stay in touch with her brother, who was away in college in 1963. “I had tried writing,” she explained. “After several …