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Auditions for Halifax County Little Theatre’s Jackie & Me Dec. 5, 6

Christmas Children’s Parade returns Sunday in the Town of Halifax

Plans for splash park take shape at Occoneechee

Groundbreaking for project expected March

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Head fake

The toughest conflicts to resolve are often asymmetrical in nature, where one side is willing to abide by basic standards of honesty and fair play, the other side is not, and the spoils of victory end up going to the cheaters.

Face of happiness

I guess I had a different relationship with Carroll Thackston than most. Or not. South Boston’s late mayor, who died Sunday night at the age of 79, seemed to have an endless reserve of mischief in his bones. He struck up a fast business friendship with my wife, who covered South Boston Town Council for this newspaper. Whenever I’d run into him, invariably Mayor Thackston would wonder what had possessed my significant other to marry down as anyone could plainly see she had done, with his role, set firmly in his own mind, to constantly remind me of the fact: “If she ever leaves you, tell her I know plenty of men who would be interested,” he said to me more than once.

Run Bill run

On the heels of one presidential election, political junkies already are yakking about the 2016 field. Which prompts the question: Can anyone just make it stop? No? Well, if speculation is inevitable, at least can we zero in on the big story happening in the here and now — the civil war welling up from within the Republican Party?

Gut check

Poor South Hill; the town that has long reigned as Mecklenburg’s economic and business driver has taken its third punch to the gut since the start of the new year. Late Monday, Stage Stores announced the mid-year closing of the Peebles Corporate Office and the elimination of 180 jobs in town, which comes as especially devastating news on the heels of pending shutdowns at IVC and Home Care Industries. Say a prayer for the hundreds of local employees and their families who turn to 2013 with nothing but trouble hanging over their heads.

Fairly confused

For their next act, members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors should work up a request-for-proposal for the perfect crime.

Run Bill run

On the heels of one presidential election, political junkies already are yakking about the 2016 campaign. Just make it stop, you might say to yourself. And you’d be right: not only is the speculation silly and annoying, it also glosses over the big political story happening in the here and now: the civil war that is welling up from within the Republican Party.

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