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Joyride on stolen school bus leads to charges against Park View student

A student at Park View High School in South Hill has been arrested after allegedly stealing a school bus and taking it on a joyride into an open field, striking…

Halifax School Board hits impasse on choice of chairman

Members of the Halifax County School Board hit an impasse on Thursday afternoon after trying unsuccessfully to elect a new chairman and vice chairman to lead the board for the…

Comer named new Halifax police chief

Longtime Halifax officer tapped to succeed Lands


Comet swimmers pick up Senior Night win





You’ll miss it when it’s gone

After spending three hours on the phone Monday with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — strike that, 10 minutes on the phone with a pair of real live Anthem representatives, the rest of the time was spent on hold — it occurs to me that now is as good a time as any to broach the subject of Obamacare repeal. Hey, nearly-universal, pain-in-the-rear health care was great while it lasted! We hardly knew ye.

Star crossed

It’s an iron rule of journalism that the quickest way to lose a reader is to dive headlong into murky legal entanglements, potential conflicts of interest and other quasi-lawyerly subjects when writing about … pretty much all that.

Stuck in the mire

When stuck in quicksand, the worst thing one can do is struggle to break free, or so they say.

The Derp column

The following is penned in honor of Daniel O., whose identity shall remain a secret owing to his precious (and precarious) status as this column’s only confirmed reader of high school age. Wouldn’t want to run the risk of singling out this fine young man as a hopeless loser in the eyes of his classmates, now would we?

The usual victims

Halifax County Public Schools has a pleasantly spiffy website, but might I suggest a firmer commitment to truth-in-advertising? The motto atop the home page, “Children First For A Better Future,” is, again, pleasing, but somewhat lacking in the candor department. As we prepare for a new round of budget cuts that inevitably will degrade the quality of education in Halifax County, how about this:

Shock to the conscience

One can easily be held captive by the headlines and think the world has gone completely mad, but then the sun comes out, an act of simple kindness brightens the day, and life seems not quite so haywire after all. Then it happens: an act utterly senseless and cruel shocks the conscience, leaving a community bereft, and a good man is gone, taking his place among the angels.

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