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Muzzled Mecklenburg trustees walk away

Sturdifen, Edwards protest School Board’s decision to drop board member comments

Parents sue to nix Thornton contract

Nine seek redress from circuit judge

Man enters plea in theft from family relief fund


Burton to fill in for Stewart again this weekend





Flying apart

I’ve come to dread controversies such as the suddenly ubiquitous Ferguson saga for perhaps a different reason than many people: these white-hot debates yank the entire country out of orbit and appeals for calm and reason always seem to lack the force to set matters aright.

Sultans of swag

Several weeks ago The Virginian-Pilot published an eye-opening article on Virginia’s economic development incentives and where the money’s gone over the past year. (The piece was written by the redoubtable Bill Sizemore, a Clarksville native and one of the Pilot’s top reporters.) Of the $50 million earmarked by the General Assembly, nearly half — $23.8 million — went to just 22 companies, by and large deep-pocketed corporations that aren’t exactly desperate for the cash. Help for small business? Not so much.


The last time I sat down for a conversation with Betty Bane, the daughter of a mutual friend had just gotten married in Halifax and the wedding reception was in full swing and, well …. Betty had important business on her mind. She wanted me to help her out with something. (It had to do with the sidewalk benches in downtown Halifax; the details of the conversation are unimportant). Her “plea,” was, of course, totally unnecessary — I would no sooner say no to Betty Bane than fly a hang glider off a mountaintop during a hurricane. Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy made a statement in the wake of Betty’s death on Tuesday describing her as a “force of nature.” Funny, that was my first thought, too.

Last of the straight shooters

Thinking back on all the times I used to call up Lew Parker to chat up legislative business with this key General Assembly player from so many years ago, one word leaps to mind: powerful.


So the Halifax County Service Authority says it’ll save money over the long haul by constructing a new home rather than renting one or, God forbid, staying put at the county administration building. It’s the old penny-wise, pound-foolish argument, aimed at those who would accuse the HCSA of empire building at the expense of its customers.

The one big thing

For his next act, will Earl Horne don a velvet dinner jacket and belt out a jazz tune or two?

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