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Mecklenburg County IDA to proceed on shell building

Authorities investigate tax fraud from on-line identity theft

Lynchburg man arrested after high speed police chase


With win, Baron girls on cusp of state finals

Behind Alexis Walton’s 36 points, Bluestone vanquishes East Rockingham in region action; next up, chance to advance to eastern final, state tourney





All clear

After zestfully writing up large swaths of local history for The Sun’s commemorative edition on the 250th anniversary of Mecklenburg County, Sun reporter Susan Kyte kicked back just a tad last week and went out to play in the snow. Invigorated by the experience, she returned to the office and offered to write my column this week. Hey, I know not to stand in the way of an avalanche. Take it away, Ms. Kyte:

Going long

In the aftermath of South Hill’s stunningly successful Dixie World Series hosting experience and championship run by the All-Star Belles, it might just be time to update the town slogan from “You’ll Like the View From South Hill” to something more timely.

Doing it his way

Who could have guessed the tenure of Superintendent of Schools Paul Stapleton would draw close to the end not with a bang or a whimper but a reorganization?

Weaving a better welcome mat

It’s been a bang-up summer around Mecklenburg County, what with the Dixie World Series unfolding this week in South Hill and one of the better Lakefest celebrations in memory taking place in Clarksville several weeks ago. Plus, there’ve been a bunch of other events going on that are too numerous to mention here. One question: Can these bursts of activity sustain the local economy, or are they one-off deals? Is it really true what they say — that one-time exposure creates lasting value?

Tuning out

Gotta say, the news of the world is either terminally dull or numbingly dreary, and no one in his right mind — least of all a newspaper columnist guilty of inflicting his fair share of these same miseries — could blame the masses for choosing to tune out. This week’s excitements include Rupert Murdoch doing his senile act before a Parliamentary inquisition into the crimes of his news organization and the little ones in Washington, DC fighting again in their sandbox, plus it’s gosh-darn blazes hot outside and Al Gore is still fat. What’s a pundit to do?

People power

You know the weather has gone haywire when the hottest stretch of the year is supposed to fall on the weekend AFTER Lakefest.

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