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Local Visitor Center garners honor from state association

The South Boston/Halifax County Visitor Center has received the “Visitor Center of the Year” award given annually by the Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (VACVB).

Fire halted at edge of data center

Leaf-burning spirals out of control; person responsible may be liable for damage after violating 4 p.m. ban

Chase City beefs up ordinance for derelict buildings

The ordinance defines a dilapidated building as any residential, rental or commercial structure that could contribute to the spread of disease or injury, creates a fire hazard, is liable to…


SBS to race under the lights

The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.





The human costs

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Center for American Progress, a center-left think tank based in Washington, D.C. that does a terrific job explaining how politics and policy in our frustratingly polarized world affects the lives of ordinary people.

The urgency of now

From the “Always Happy To Be Wrong” Department, allow me to admit that I would be happy to be wrong in believing that the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors will no more authorize $100 million in school construction spending than Barack Obama and John Boehner will run for the White House in 2012 on the same ticket. But who knows? Our new school superintendent, Dr. James Thornton, last week pressed officials to commit to a broad and massive school facilities upgrade, and his sales pitch was a good one.

Wave of the future

Now that Robert Hurt has taken the Fifth District congressional seat, congratulations and best wishes go out to him. Elections remind us that governing depends on the consent of the governed, and races Tuesday broke by and large in favor of Republican candidates across the country because they tapped into widespread discontent with the current state of affairs. With the affairs of state soon to rest partially in their hands, I hope they use their newfound power wisely.

Tom Perriello for Congress

Difficult times call for clear-eyed thinking. When voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose our next congressman, they will rightfully be asking themselves one question: which candidate has the best ideas for righting the U.S. economy?

Back to the future

Headline of the day: “Companies that received bailout money giving generously to candidates” (Washington Post, Oct. 25). It appears that after all the flack Obama and the Democrats have taken for supposedly coddling banks and corporations seeking handouts, these same people are now voting with their dollars in the upcoming election and those dollars are going predominately to Republicans. You will be happy to know that some of the GOP’s biggest donors still owe money to the government.

Numero uno

I fired up the VCR (sorry electronics resellers!) Sunday night and popped in “The Matrix” for the umpteenth time. If you’bve never seen it, this is a movie about an ordinary man deemed to be The One, who alone is capable of saving mankind from enslavement by the machines and their computer-generated stimuli. The slow-mo action scenes are more coherent than the plot, but otherwise it’s a great movie (the same, alas, cannot be said for the sequels).

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