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SOL test scores: Mixed bag

Halifax makes the grade half of the time with passing rates, but dropoffs outnumber gains

Judge nixes lawsuit by motorsports instructor

Case dismissed after Wilborn contested firing

Jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent in July

Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to…

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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Sea change

On our website this week, there’s been an outbreak of commentary — consisting of equal parts vitriol and virtue — on the subject of gay marriage. The precipitating event? The News & Record’s story on Monday, headlined “Temporary Setback.”

Inconvenient

So the Halifax County Service Authority says it’ll save money over the long haul by constructing a new home rather than renting one or, God forbid, staying put at the county administration building. It’s the old penny-wise, pound-foolish argument, aimed at those who would accuse the HCSA of empire building at the expense of its customers.

The one big thing

For his next act, will Earl Horne don a velvet dinner jacket and belt out a jazz tune or two?

Seer Sucker

It's time once again for the Pop Quiz of the Future, our annual crystal ball gazing exercise wherein we manage to miss the biggest stories that will unfold during any given year - leave those to Nancy Grace - at the same time we aim to incite a few giggles along the way. Our goal is to amuse if not necessarily to inform.

Gaze into the future

True to form

True to form, We The People have decided to wage another exhausting battle over what might have caused a mentally unbalanced person to go on a rampage in Arizona this weekend, killing a federal judge, a nine-year-old girl (born one day after my own daughter) and four others, and leaving a Democratic congresswoman clinging to life. Is this act solely attributable to a lone wacko? Or did a national political debate steeped in violence and anger have something to do with the decision of 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner to grab a Glock and shoot up everything and everyone in sight? And what does it say about America when, time and again, people with malign intent obtain semiautomatic weapons with such ease? Are we doomed, in the sardonic language of Internet chat rooms, to wash, rinse and repeat?

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