Entries by Jennifer

The Bradford Pear Story

Story and illustration by Doug Pifer It sounded like springtime in December. Three dozen robins were singing and scolding on Christmas morning. They had gathered to feed on the fruits of Bradford pear, an ornamental tree that was the darling of landscapers thirty years ago and is now black listed by many gardeners and nature […]

The Moton School Story of Courage and Hope

In the Spring of 1951 the student body of Robert Russa Moton High School, in Prince Edward County, Virginia, walked out in protest of unequal educational facilities. The resulting school desegregation lawsuit was part of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, which concluded that “in the field of public education […]

Former Planning Director Chuck Johnston Honored with 2021 Conservation Award

By Cathy Kuehner Charles “Chuck” Johnston, who served as Clarke County Planning Director for 22 years, was honored February 11 with the Wingate Mackay-Smith Clarke County Land Conservation Award. The award recognized work he did in the early 2000s that continues to support property owners who want to preserve their land from future development. In the […]

Voting In Clarke County: A Guide To Election Districts

By Cathy Kuehner When the Circuit Court established the Clarke County Board of Supervisors in 1870, the county was divided into four townships for representation: Battletown, Chapel, Greenway, and Long Marsh. Over the past 152 years, townships became districts, district names changed and, in 1991, a fifth district was added as the result of Census […]

Clarke County’s Kaylee Anderson Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at State Tournament

Story by Rebecca MaynardPhoto by Tricia Nalls Clarke County High School senior Kaylee Anderson made the whole community proud on January 29 when she earned the Most Outstanding Wrestler award at the Virginia Girls’ Championship state wrestling tournament. “I’ve never gotten one of those types of awards before, so it was pretty cool, and shocking,” Anderson […]

Main Street Chamber Orchestra Presents The Nutcracker

originally published in our September edition By Claire Stuart All human societies have some sort of music, and Jonathan Goldberg believes that timeless music resounds with human nature. Although some people consider classical music a relic of the past, Goldberg vehemently disagrees. He counters that they are simply not familiar with it. With that in […]

Burwell-Morgan Mill History Still Being Made

For one Clarke County woman, the mill is part of her story. And she’s not alone.Based on Kathy Hudson’s writing, with support from David Lillard Back in 1985, Kathy Hudson had a decision to make. A recently minted college graduate with a degree in education, she had interviewed with — and would subsequently receive offers […]

Old Tree Saved As Wildlife Habitat

By Doug Pifer For the past five years, every time it stormed we worried that a big limb would break off our beloved old Kentucky coffee tree and destroy our entryway fence. Now our property is safe from that disaster, and a magnificent old tree remains as wildlife habitat. I invited Erik Berndt, certified arborist […]