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South Boston Harvest Fest brings pumpkins, scarecrows, music and more

Motorists endure spot gas shortages

Local filling stations cope with Colonial Pipeline leak

Halifax County schools receive $51,509 grant for security eqipment


Comets win Conference 16 tournament, advance to regionals





Making book

It was quite a nice surprise to pick up the Halifax County Historical Society’s new book, “An Architectural History of Halifax County, Virginia“ and see our family’s South Boston residence listed on page 256: “The West-McLaughlin home.” Never heard it referred to that way before; wow. It reminded me of the moment in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special when Pig-Pen tells Lucy Van Pelt to show some respect because that could be the dirt of Nebuchudnezzar swirling around his person. Even our beagles are impressed. They’ve used the bathroom indoors only once this week.

Digging for dollars

Little more need be said about the plague on humanity known far and wide as spam e-mail.

Twisted road

Up in Richmond, Gov. Bob McDonnell has put together an interesting proposal to pull Virginia out of a transportation financing rut that, left unfixed, will bring road building statewide to a halt in a few short years. McDonnell’s transit package has a lot of moving parts, but the major takeaway is to get rid of Virginia’s 17.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax and make up for the loss of revenue (and then some) with an increase in the sales tax from 5 percent to 5.8 percent.

Dropping the bomb

Lots of news to cover this week, precious little of it any good.

Cruel twists

Funny thing about life: You never know what twists it’ll spring on you from one day to the next. We were reminded of this reality this week with the sudden passing of Halifax County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Steve Cassada, as easygoing and decent a person as you’ll ever want to meet. Steve died Saturday night while dining out with his wife and family members at an Altavista restaurant. His death is a tremendous loss for local law enforcement, to say nothing of all the other realms that were graced by his presence.

Good for thee, not me

Members of the General Assembly kicked off the 2013 session in impressively appalling fashion this week as State Sen. John Watkins (R-Powhatan) revealed an inconvenient bit of news about the bill he’s introducing to regulate uranium mining in Virginia.

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