Letter to the editor: Former columnist writes home

July 26, 2012 10:01:13 AM



Thanks so much for the Columbus news. 


As a teenager, I got my start as a neighborhood reporter writing for the Columbus Dispatch. I am a neighborhood reporter now in Loudoun County, Virginia. I have two columns with Times Community Media as a neighborhood reporter, and I have a regular column writing for Sam Huff, NFL Hall of Famer, the legendary linebacker who does color for Redskins Radio. Sam and I are best friends, and we won an award last year with the Virginia Associated Press for best sports column in a non-daily newspaper.  


When I was in high school, one of my teachers recommended me to Birney Imes (Jr.), the editor and publisher of the Dispatch at that time. I sent in a regular column most of my senior year.  


I grew up in Columbus, graduated from New Hope High School and then graduated from Mississippi University for Women in 1954.  


I still have friends and relatives in Columbus, and I would love to let them know I am still reporting as I know most of them still read the Dispatch. 


Billie Faye (Patterson) Van Pay