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Halifax County supervisors talk courthouse, finances at panel meeting

Vernon Hill child critically injured in wreck; driver charged with DUI

A nine-year-old child was critically injured in a single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on State Route 360 near Thompson’s Store Road, near Vernon Hill.

One person killed, two seriously injured in Virgilina-area collision

A 31-year-old Virgilina man died Thursday night in a head-on traffic collision on Route 602 in Halifax County. The accident left two others with serious injuries, with both airlifted to…

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The fire this time

Lately I’ve fallen into the habit of making references to the summertime heat every time I ramble on in this space.

Made in Jersey

After Hurricane Sandy decimated large swaths of the eastern seaboard, one would have needed a heart of stone not to feel for the people and communities caught in her wrath. Having spent most of my seaside moments enjoying the warm sands of Virginia and Carolina beaches, I never really figured the Jersey Shore had much going for it beyond the cheese appeal of its oceanside arcades. Boy was I wrong: No thanks to Sandy, we’ve recently seen a cherished part of Americana swept out to sea. A similar sense of mourning and loss attends the destruction visited upon New York City’s inner and outer boroughs, Connecticut, Long Island and all the rest.

The magic number

Well, well: with a few scattered votes left to be counted one week after Election 2012, Mitt Romney has fallen into what must be unfamiliar territory for a card-carrying member of the plutocracy: among the 47 percent.

Got his number

It was too perfect — well, exactly point-four-six percent off the mark from being too perfect — that I awoke Wednesday, as an Obama voter, finding myself a member of Halifax County’s newest brethren: Election Day’s 47 percenters.

The new heartland

After Hurricane Sandy decimated large swaths of the eastern seaboard last week, one would have needed a heart of stone not to feel for the people and communities caught in her wrath. Raised to enjoy the warm sands of Virginia and Carolina beaches, I never really figured the Jersey Shore had much going for it beyond the cheese appeal of its oceanside arcades. Boy was I wrong: No thanks to Sandy, we have just seen a piece of Americana swept out to sea. A similar sense of mourning and loss accompanies the destruction visited upon New York City’s inner and outer boroughs, Connecticut, Long Island and all the rest.

High stakes, clear choices: Endorsements by The Mecklenburg Sun and South Boston News & Record

Seemingly without exception, all presidential elections rank as the most important of a lifetime — until the next one. Still, the 2012 campaign does present a stark choice between two candidates who could hardly represent more divergent directions for America. One offers consistent, intelligent leadership animated by the belief that everyone deserves a fair shot and a level playing field — because the most prosperous societies are those that expand from the middle out and the bottom up. The other candidate rejects accepted facts and tested solutions in pursuit of an agenda that would benefit the few at the expense of the many.

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