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Veterans Day Parade Nov. 8

A season of transformation

It’s some play

Great stories cannot exist without great narration. A good narrator moves the plot along and clarifies details for the reader. The same is true when a story is brought to…


Comets routed by Magna Vista





Into the depths

The past several months have seen far too many tragedies involving local high school students, but without meaning to minimize the terrible losses felt by so many in the community, the death Friday night of Park View football player Jamond Salley feels different — more shocking.

Expectations rising

Twittering through the news:

Burn mode

I’ll have that stromboli with a side of budget cuts, thanks.

Putting on the brakes

One day this column will consist entirely of a long string of Tweets.

By the numbers

As of this writing, the two chambers of the General Assembly are far apart on the issue of state funding for local schools. The State Senate has produced a budget that restores $100 million of the funding that school divisions have lost over the past three years; the House version perpetuates a regrettable trend of dwindling state support for education. (A major difference between the two budgets is the House goes along with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed $150 million raid of the general fund for transportation, whereas the Senate balks at using the money for anything other than traditional General Fund purposes). One would hope that the upper chamber would get its way on education, but we shall see. In the meantime, schools are sure to fare better than expected under McDonnell’s budget version announced in December. For one thing, the revenue picture has brightened somewhat since the governor produced his numbers. For another, the legislature always seems to pull rabbits out of its appropriations hat. Mecklenburg Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Thornton initially calculated a state funding reduction this year of $2 million. The final number won’t be so bad — how bad it will be, however, remains to be seen.

NR Sultans of Swag

Several weeks ago The Virginian-Pilot published an eye-opening article on Virginia’s economic development incentives and where the money’s gone over the past year. (The piece was written by the redoubtable Bill Sizemore, a Clarksville native and one of the Pilot’s top reporters.) Of the $50 million earmarked by the General Assembly, nearly half — $23.8 million — went to just 22 companies, by and large deep-pocketed corporations that aren’t exactly desperate for the cash. Help for small business? Not so much.

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