Welcome to the Town of Hurt’s official website. I would personally like to take a moment and thank you for visiting us online. Whether you are a current, former, or future citizen (residential or corporate), or if you are a guest/passer-by, we extend our hand of Southern Virginia hospitality. To get to know us better, please take a moment to peruse the pages under each tab above.
Hurt is a special small town that I love and make my home. Though originally from the Glade Hill section of Franklin County, as of this summer, I have lived in Pittsylvania County for 13 years — the last 12 of them in the town. In January of 2006, while teaching science at Gretna High School, I was introduced by colleagues to a very special lady, Dixie Lea Shelton, who would become my wife 17 months later. A lifelong native of Hurt whose family is well established here for generations, and having served three terms on council before I met her, Dixie has been a source of encouragement and inspiration for me both personally and professionally. My son Walter and daughter Kim are grown now, but we are always delighted by their visits.
What is it, some would ask, that is appealing about a predominantly residential town of 1,300 people with few chain stores and embedded in a large rural county stymied by tough economics? In a word or two… people and community.
Since moving to Hurt, I have taught in local schools, attended churches, joined a singing group, and otherwise engaged in the life of our community. It has been a great pleasure getting to know many wonderful people, practically all of whom have shown themselves gracious and welcoming. In all those experiences, I have observed the presence of and emphasis on certain key elements: faith, family, and community.
Upon taking office in January of 2013 and continuing to this day, I have purposed to foster a mainstream, non-partisan political climate at the local level. Preferring to unify and collaborate rather than polarize and divide, I do not belong to any political party, and frankly, I’m of the opinion that many of the unresolved problems we face at the national and state levels stem from too much highly charged bickering and obstructionism by those on both extremes. We could use more level-headed, commonsense moderates in the middle to work on the real issues.
Like other parts of the Commonwealth, this part of Virginia has a rich heritage and its own unique place in history. As a person of faith, I find it readily evident that God, by His providence and never human merits, has graced Southern Virginia with natural beauty and resources, hospitable climate, and in general a convergence of people and opportunities that are among the finest in our part of the nation. Indeed, we have much to steward and be grateful for.
If you are a newcomer or visitor, I invite you to spend some time and get to know our community. Visit our local churches and schools. You won’t want to miss lunch at eateries such as: Apple Market (fantastic fried or baked chicken), B & B Market (great cheeseburgers), T.A.’s Place (family-style diner), and Yamazato (Japanese cuisine). Stop by Town Hall and see local history while meeting our friendly staff.
Hurt is a family-friendly town that practically any decent, law-abiding citizen can enjoy living in. Our population contains people of all ages and diverse ancestries who represent a broad range of educational, occupational, and socioeconomic strata and who pursue a myriad of personal and professional interests.
In closing, I again thank you for your visit. If at any point I can be of assistance, please feel free to phone (434) 608-0554 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes in your endeavors.
Mayor, Town of Hurt
A Few Favorite Quotes:
“Be a voice, not an echo.” — Albert Einstein
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Freedom is just beyond the fear.” — Unknown