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Vending machines hit by vandals Tuesday

Womack receives suspended prison time on fraud charges

Earl Womack, former school deputy transportation director and member of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, received a suspended 12 year prison sentence on felony fraud charges during an appearance…

Coming together to fight cancer


Peters takes Showdown win

Timothy Peters avoided a spinning Lee Pulliam on the final lap of the green-white-checkered finish to claim his first win in the charity race.





Warfare, real and imagined

The Marines will be making touchdown Saturday at South Boston Speedway and the Halifax County Fairgrounds, part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) urban training exercise to prepare for tasks ranging from combat operations to search-and-rescue missions.

Doctors of divinity

Well, chalk this one up to “it was only a matter of time”: private, evangelical Liberty University has applied for $18 million from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to build a new medical school and center for health sciences in Lynchburg. A Tobacco Commission committee has come back with a recommendation to award $12 million, which means the final number is likely to come in somewhere between $12 million and $18 million. In the gravity-free world of the Tobacco Commission, final spending approvals go up, they don’t come down.

Paying the piper

More than a month after Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Thornton first laid out the dismal facts on low teacher pay in Mecklenburg County, the silence among those who can usually be relied upon for a quick rebuttal — that Thornton has his figures wrong, he’s blowing smoke when there’s no fire, etc. — has been deafening. It’s no wonder: Mecklenburg superintendents have come and gone over the past two decades but to a man (and woman) they’ve run up against this same problem. And it’s not getting any better as time wears on.

The medicine man

Fifth District Rep. Robert Hurt hit the road this month, traveling U.S. 58 from Martinsville to Lawrenceville to promote conservative orthodoxy on how to fix the economy: less regulation; tax cuts for corporations and high income taxpayers; small government and a speedy end to all things Obama. Many of his constituents no doubt lapped it up.

The sunshine boys

Normally the notebook ranks among the most important tools of the journalistic trade. But there are times when a shovel would be more useful.

Apocalypse rock

It’s a little strange that people would dismiss Hurricane Irene as a non-event after the storm swept up the East Coast this week and caused billions of dollars in property damage and claimed more than three dozen lives — including one here at home. The storm is blamed in the death of 67-year-old Brodnax resident James Blackwell, killed when a tree top fell on top of a car in which he was a passenger Saturday afternoon.

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