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Local Visitor Center garners honor from state association

The South Boston/Halifax County Visitor Center has received the “Visitor Center of the Year” award given annually by the Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (VACVB).

Fire halted at edge of data center

Leaf-burning spirals out of control; person responsible may be liable for damage after violating 4 p.m. ban

Chase City beefs up ordinance for derelict buildings

The ordinance defines a dilapidated building as any residential, rental or commercial structure that could contribute to the spread of disease or injury, creates a fire hazard, is liable to…


SBS to race under the lights

The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.





The human costs

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Center for American Progress, a center-left think tank based in Washington, D.C. that does a terrific job explaining how politics and policy in our frustratingly polarized world affects the lives of ordinary people.

Where roads join

I attended my 30th high school reunion a weekend ago and have been feeling a bit melancholy about it ever since. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time. I think part of my problem is repressed memories. An old classmate (is there any other kind?) reminded me of the day in third grade — sometime in the decade that dawned with the Beatles’ Abbey Road and expired with the Bees Gees Greatest Hits — when my mom dragged me to the barbershop for the ultimate counter-culture ‘do, a crewcut. When I showed up the next day for class styled in the manner of a cue ball, many tears ensued.

All things mistaken

Before anything else this week, I owe readers an apology: Last week, The Sun made the mistake of printing the name of a juvenile defendant in a traffic accident — something we shouldn’t have done — thus causing much pain to a local family for which I am tremendously sorry.

On the musty trail

A minor kerfluffle has broken out on the campaign trail — quick, hide the children! — over whether Robert Hurt, the Republican challenger for the Fifth District House seat now held by Tom Perriello, tries hard enough. An editorial this Sunday in the Danville Register & Bee took some pokes at Hurt for, um, how shall we say this.... being a bit lazy, aloof, afraid to venture beyond his hallelujah chorus and being generally inaccessible not only to the press, but to voters who might want to learn more about the man aside from what they read about him in some of the more idiotic newspaper letters that appear from his supporters. About the only thing we really know for sure about Hurt is he has those Hollywood looks to die for.

Job one

Let’s be honest: The one thing that puts oomph into the campaign to mine uranium in Southside Virginia — aside, that is, from the special-interest pleading, the back-room dealing, and such — is the sad fact that the local economy is a mess, has been for some time, and now along comes a business enterprise that promises to put hundreds of people to work.

On board with a plan

The Mecklenburg County School Board on Monday voted — at last! — for a facilities plan that will shape the destiny of the Mecklenburg County Public Schools for the next half-century or so, if said plan is enacted. However, the obvious question — is it a good plan? — doesn’t yet have an obvious answer.

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