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Mecklenburg County elementary school upgrades on hold

Supervisors push back at $20 million request for outdated buildings

Former supervisor remembered as ‘true gentleman’

Tommy Brankley, ED-8 rep, dies at 85

Schools cope with new standards

Test scores no longer enough for approval


Lady Comets slip past Franklin 5-4





The results are in

Okay students, test time is up. Put down your pencils and turn in your work. Well, whaddaya know — your grades are back already. Let’s see how everyone did.

Brought low at ground zero

A gas price war has broken out in our quiet little town. Is that necessarily a good thing?

The things we build

A moment for major anniversaries has arrived: next Wednesday, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative will observe its 75th birthday when the membership gathers in Chase City for the co-op’s annual picnic and business meeting. Might there be a lesson for the present in the achievements of the past?

Running on empty

Every once in a while in this business you’ll find yourself lacing up your shoelaces to chase down a story that’s already traveled halfway around the world, and you realize the rumor mill only churns faster in this age of social media and the Internet.

Viewed in another light

Might it be time, after considering the sundry accusations hurled at Superintendent of Schools James Thornton, for a moment of reflection, if not reevaluation?

Hello, real world

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.

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