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Mecklenburg school board flips; 5-4 majority backs single countywide complex

A newly reprised, 5-4 majority on the Mecklenburg County School Board voted Tuesday night in favor of building a single consolidated school complex to replace Bluestone and Park View high…

Mecklenburg education panel meeting: Exercise in futility

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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.

Less is not more

It’s hard, really, to fault people at the local level for some of the spending and revenue-raising decisions they make. Local governments have been dealt a terrible hand by their betters at the Capital, a.k.a. the General Assembly and the governor, and as a result you end up with governing boards, such as our own Board of Supervisors, stuck with choices that are destined to make no one happy. Cut rescue squads and fire departments, or carve a chunk out of schools? Stiff the YMCA, or the library? Whose pay should be frozen: county staff, school employees, or both?

Help on the horizon

Surefire way to help

Everywhere you look, things seem to be falling apart. MacCallum More Gardens. Downtown storefronts. The South Hill job market. Maybe it won’t mean much for our rural community, but even the gosh-awful idiotic sequester fight in Washington has the potential to filter down and have a negative impact on life on Main Street, USA.

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?

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