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Mecklenburg grand jury hands down indictments against 13

Mecklenburg school officials vow to focus on reading

Analysis of SOL tests turns up weaknesses

Dog beating defendant found guilty, fined $7,500

Jury convicts Waddle after weighing account of break-up, savage attack that claimed the life of girlfriend’s pet hound


12 runners, 208 miles, 36 hours, no sleep

Recently, a group of twelve local runners took on the challenge of participating in the Blue Ridge Relay. A grueling, two hundred plus mile relay spanning two days, mountainous terrain,…





Spirits of the past

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Top: Robert and his father Jack Bondurant outside of the building that will soon be home to the newest Bondurant family moonshine distillery. Above, inside the future home of the Bondurant moonshine distillery, across from Southside Roller Mill in Chase City.
In the 1920s and 1930s, if you lived in Franklin County, most likely you were in involved in the county’s biggest industry — making illegal whiskey or moonshine.

Guardsman, daughter in 2011 USO calendar

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This photograph of Virginia National Guard Sergeant First Class Ken Collins of South Boston and daughter Eden, by Maj. Cotton Puryear of the Virginia Guard Public Affairs office, first graced the cover of a Virginia Guard magazine. Now it’s in the 2011 USO calendar, sent to everyone who makes a donation to the military-support organization. Its caption: “Daddy, This is For Luck.”
A veteran of Gulf War (in Saudi Arabia), Operational Noble Eagle (in the wake of Sept. 11), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (in Kuwait), Virginia National Guard Sergeant First Class Ken Collins of South Boston is making the military proud once again: The photogenic Collins and his young daughter are among those gracing the 2011 USO calendar. The calendar is sent to anyone making a donation of any size to the USO.


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Nathan Hightower, who would have turned 21 this November.
Four years after the death of her son in an automobile accident, Marie Hightower continues to find solace in the kindness of others touched by the tragedy.

Ruling leaves mystery hanging

Mecklenburg County trustees want to find out who set in motion a State Police probe that resulted in failed criminal charges

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