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Project cost soars, leaving HCSA in hole

Borrowing may be necessary to finish system upgrade

Suspected driver in fatal Pittsylvania hit-and-run arrested

A Nathalie man and the suspected driver in a Aug. 27 fatal hit-and-run wreck in Pittsylvania County has been arrested by Virginia State Police after weeks of searching by authorities.

Feds close probe with no charges against South Boston police

The U.S. Justice Department has closed its review into the death of Linwood Lambert Jr., the Richmond man who died on May 4, 2013 after being tased by South Boston…

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Halifax hits the road against Magna Vista after Bassett win


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Making book

It was quite a nice surprise to pick up the Halifax County Historical Society’s new book, “An Architectural History of Halifax County, Virginia“ and see our family’s South Boston residence listed on page 256: “The West-McLaughlin home.” Never heard it referred to that way before; wow. It reminded me of the moment in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special when Pig-Pen tells Lucy Van Pelt to show some respect because that could be the dirt of Nebuchudnezzar swirling around his person. Even our beagles are impressed. They’ve used the bathroom indoors only once this week.

Everything about 2013 you were afraid to ask

The fox knows many things; the hedgehog knows one big thing.

Against all odds, still the most wonderful time of the year

I was all ready to settle down Monday night and get a jump on this week’s column when my wife and 11-year-old daughter fired up the VCR in another room and popped in an old copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (Oh the things Dr. Seuss would have thunk about Blu-Ray).

Against all odds, still the most wonderful time of the year

I was all ready to settle down Monday night and get a jump on my writing for this week’s edition when my wife and 11-year-old daughter fired up the VCR in another room and popped in an old copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (Oh the things Dr. Seuss would have thunk about Blu-Ray). How could a self-respecting husband and dad pass up such a moment? I couldn’t, so I set aside the household laptop long enough to join the giggling Grinchettes on the living room sofa. Sitting through 22 minutes of bliss does help to soften the column-writing grind.

Getting over the cliff

I hate to waste precious mental energy on the fiscal cliff nonsense — sorry, but that’s all it is — but this week I ran into someone who offered that his co-workers are really, really worried about having to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year if Washington can’t hash out a deal. While such fears are almost surely unfounded, they do exist, and expectations unto themselves can have a bad effect. It would be a shame if people dropped into a defensive crouch, pocketbook-wise, just as the economy has begun to show some signs of life.

Into the abyss

From the Department of You Learn Something New Every Day comes the breaking news that it’s perfectly legal in the State of Virginia to pump landfill effluent into a manhole near you. Off-color jokes are not the proper reaction to this revelation.

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