South Boston News & Record
and Mecklenburg Sun
02/22/17 - 8:22 am
With new school complex, officials want to add working farm
02/22/17 - 8:17 am
After long discussion, School Board offers grudging support
02/22/17 - 8:15 am
02/23/17 - 8:28 am
The Comet boys’ varsity basketball team nearly rallied from a miserable start Monday night, before running out of late game momentum in a season-ending loss at Marshall in regional action.
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02/22/17 - 8:09 am > Tom's Column
And on the final week of the first month in office, the Lord said, “Give it a rest.” And so we will. Well, not really. But at least you won’t be reading much about you-know-who in this week’s installment. Let’s see what other topics are banging on the door:
News & Record
06/05/13 - 5:45 am > Tom's Column
Might it be time, after considering the sundry accusations hurled at Superintendent of Schools James Thornton, for a moment of reflection, if not reevaluation?
05/30/13 - 6:09 am > Tom's Column
I had the great honor two years ago of speaking to high school graduates in South Hill for their senior awards day ceremony. Without going back and re-reading my speech, I recall fairly strongly that the subtext was a plea for young people to pay no mind to the nonsensical bleatings of their elders. Two years on, with all that’s happened in the world, the level of nonsense remains little abated, though life, as ever, marches onward.
05/22/13 - 7:46 am > Tom's Column
If, per chance, you’re wondering when fiscal irresponsibility in Virginia reached its height, think back to the governorship of Jim Gilmore, a four-year, ongoing fiasco that was made possible by three simple words: No Car Tax.
05/16/13 - 6:48 am > Tom's Column
Doctors take an oath, and it’s a useful one: First, do no harm. Last week in this space, we wrote about the stubborn refusal of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors to help the county schools even though members have money free in the budget to do so. Rather than taking care not to do harm, the supervisors passed up an easy opportunity to do good.
05/15/13 - 7:27 am > Tom's Column
Take something as simple as the school day: not all that simple, actually. Four periods or seven? That was the question that arose in March as the School Board looked to change the high school and middle school class schedules in ways that would have significant impact on a number of programs, band most prominent among them. The controversy that ensued points up a fundamental truth about the art of class scheduling: all options have their upsides and downsides. There are no perfect choices.