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BUYING THE FARM

With new school complex, officials want to add working farm

Mecklenburg trustees back supes’ call for outside firm to scout sites

After long discussion, School Board offers grudging support

Arson suspected in Tuesday morning fire in Clarksville


Sports

Comets’ season ends in regionals

The Comet boys’ varsity basketball team nearly rallied from a miserable start Monday night, before running out of late game momentum in a season-ending loss at Marshall in regional action.

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Venturing afield

And on the final week of the first month in office, the Lord said, “Give it a rest.” And so we will. Well, not really. But at least you won’t be reading much about you-know-who in this week’s installment. Let’s see what other topics are banging on the door:

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.

Dead giveaway

If, per chance, you’re wondering when fiscal irresponsibility in Virginia reached its height, think back to the governorship of Jim Gilmore, a four-year, ongoing fiasco that was made possible by three simple words: No Car Tax.

End of the line

Doctors take an oath, and it’s a useful one: First, do no harm. Last week in this space, we wrote about the stubborn refusal of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors to help the county schools even though members have money free in the budget to do so. Rather than taking care not to do harm, the supervisors passed up an easy opportunity to do good.

Meet the new boss

Take something as simple as the school day: not all that simple, actually. Four periods or seven? That was the question that arose in March as the School Board looked to change the high school and middle school class schedules in ways that would have significant impact on a number of programs, band most prominent among them. The controversy that ensued points up a fundamental truth about the art of class scheduling: all options have their upsides and downsides. There are no perfect choices.

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