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Halifax County supervisors talk courthouse, finances at panel meeting

Vernon Hill child critically injured in wreck; driver charged with DUI

A nine-year-old child was critically injured in a single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on State Route 360 near Thompson’s Store Road, near Vernon Hill.

One person killed, two seriously injured in Virgilina-area collision

A 31-year-old Virgilina man died Thursday night in a head-on traffic collision on Route 602 in Halifax County. The accident left two others with serious injuries, with both airlifted to…


Comets pick up win over Buckingham





The fire this time

Lately I’ve fallen into the habit of making references to the summertime heat every time I ramble on in this space.

Against all odds, still the most wonderful time of the year

I was all ready to settle down Monday night and get a jump on my writing for this week’s edition when my wife and 11-year-old daughter fired up the VCR in another room and popped in an old copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (Oh the things Dr. Seuss would have thunk about Blu-Ray). How could a self-respecting husband and dad pass up such a moment? I couldn’t, so I set aside the household laptop long enough to join the giggling Grinchettes on the living room sofa. Sitting through 22 minutes of bliss does help to soften the column-writing grind.

Getting over the cliff

I hate to waste precious mental energy on the fiscal cliff nonsense — sorry, but that’s all it is — but this week I ran into someone who offered that his co-workers are really, really worried about having to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year if Washington can’t hash out a deal. While such fears are almost surely unfounded, they do exist, and expectations unto themselves can have a bad effect. It would be a shame if people dropped into a defensive crouch, pocketbook-wise, just as the economy has begun to show some signs of life.

Into the abyss

From the Department of You Learn Something New Every Day comes the breaking news that it’s perfectly legal in the State of Virginia to pump landfill effluent into a manhole near you. Off-color jokes are not the proper reaction to this revelation.

Paying it forward

Leave it to the jokesters at The Onion, the on-line magazine of satire ( to come up with an apt headline for the kickoff of the holiday season: “Nation’s Uncles Enter Last Stage Of Prep For Thursday’s Thanksgiving Debates.”

Pre-holiday morsels

Chewy tidbits for your pre-Thanksgiving consideration:

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