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Mecklenburg trustees reschedule for July 31 to talk contract extension for Thornton

Board chair hails performance, but move draws outside fire

Water authority looks to Banister for backup

In wake of coal ash spill, and with N.C. localities looking to tap the Dan, HCSA eyes alternatives


Geocaching is challenging and fun, and available in Halifax and surrounding area


Complex hosts tournaments

A total of 17 teams will compete for the Dixie Youth baseball AAA and O-Zone state crowns.





Going to the dogs

It’s always the same: After a hard day’s work I trudge home only to walk in and find our two lazy and worthless beagles lounging on the sofa, having slept away the morning and afternoon, and the question practically asks itself — What am I doing wrong here?

Flight from reality

Over the line on our eastern flank, the fine denizens of Mecklenburg County are enjoying Virgilina 2, School-Closing Boogaloo, the sequel to the hit movie that made Paul Stapleton such a star (!) hereabouts. Mecklenburg’s new school superintendent, Dr. James Thornton, announced three weeks ago he wants to close a small, tight-knit elementary school outside of South Hill and scatter its 261 students to the winds and the other four elementaries left standing in the county. While such a major pronouncement is obviously subject to a majority vote of the school board, presumably Mecklenburg’s Maximum Educator wouldn’t bother if he didn’t think he could make the plan stick.

Amateur hour

It’s a wrap

I finally made it “To Kill A Mockingbird” for the final Sunday afternoon matinee, a sold-old show that left would-be ticket buyers cooling their heels at the front desk. I felt lucky to get a seat: Little Theatre undertook a challenging play and did a wonderful job of it, showing considerable creative bravery in the process. I’m not talking here about TKAM’s controversial racial aspects (not yet). What’s remarkable about Little Theatre is how the group can cobble together unheralded and unlikely talent in the community and put on consistently good productions. I don’t know how they do it. I’m just glad they can.

Bombs away

Sometimes it’s not what you say but how you say it that counts. And when you’re trying to shut down a tight-knit, high-performing school, well …. maybe there’s just no good way to announce that sort of news.

Pink slipped

For better or worse, it’s standard practice in the corporate world to give fired employees — a.k.a. the unfortunate downsized — a very short period of time, maybe an hour or two, to clean out their desks, turn over their keys and beat a quick exit upon receiving notice of their termination. Heartless, yes, but this is what passes for best practices among an HR hierarchy that really doesn’t want to be confronted with someone else’s fragile emotions.

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