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Children’s camp, store site taken up by Halifax County supervisors

Teen dies in hunting accident

ODEC donates $25,000 for YMCA renovations


Bluestone ends first week of JRD play with 2-0 mark

Varsity collects wins over R-H, Cumberland





Head fake

The toughest conflicts to resolve are often asymmetrical in nature, where one side is willing to abide by basic standards of honesty and fair play, the other side is not, and the spoils of victory end up going to the cheaters.

The Derp column

The following is penned in honor of Daniel O., whose identity shall remain a secret owing to his precious (and precarious) status as this column’s only confirmed reader of high school age. Wouldn’t want to run the risk of singling out this fine young man as a hopeless loser in the eyes of his classmates, now would we?

The usual victims

Halifax County Public Schools has a pleasantly spiffy website, but might I suggest a firmer commitment to truth-in-advertising? The motto atop the home page, “Children First For A Better Future,” is, again, pleasing, but somewhat lacking in the candor department. As we prepare for a new round of budget cuts that inevitably will degrade the quality of education in Halifax County, how about this:

Shock to the conscience

One can easily be held captive by the headlines and think the world has gone completely mad, but then the sun comes out, an act of simple kindness brightens the day, and life seems not quite so haywire after all. Then it happens: an act utterly senseless and cruel shocks the conscience, leaving a community bereft, and a good man is gone, taking his place among the angels.

Less is not more

It’s hard, really, to fault people at the local level for some of the spending and revenue-raising decisions they make. Local governments have been dealt a terrible hand by their betters at the Capital, a.k.a. the General Assembly and the governor, and as a result you end up with governing boards, such as our own Board of Supervisors, stuck with choices that are destined to make no one happy. Cut rescue squads and fire departments, or carve a chunk out of schools? Stiff the YMCA, or the library? Whose pay should be frozen: county staff, school employees, or both?

Help on the horizon

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