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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…


Halifax hits the road against Magna Vista after Bassett win





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.

Paying it forward

Leave it to the jokesters at The Onion, the on-line magazine of satire ( to come up with an apt headline for the kickoff of the holiday season: “Nation’s Uncles Enter Last Stage Of Prep For Thursday’s Thanksgiving Debates.”

Pre-holiday morsels

Chewy tidbits for your pre-Thanksgiving consideration:

Made in Jersey

After Hurricane Sandy decimated large swaths of the eastern seaboard, one would have needed a heart of stone not to feel for the people and communities caught in her wrath. Having spent most of my seaside moments enjoying the warm sands of Virginia and Carolina beaches, I never really figured the Jersey Shore had much going for it beyond the cheese appeal of its oceanside arcades. Boy was I wrong: No thanks to Sandy, we’ve recently seen a cherished part of Americana swept out to sea. A similar sense of mourning and loss attends the destruction visited upon New York City’s inner and outer boroughs, Connecticut, Long Island and all the rest.

The magic number

Well, well: with a few scattered votes left to be counted one week after Election 2012, Mitt Romney has fallen into what must be unfamiliar territory for a card-carrying member of the plutocracy: among the 47 percent.

Got his number

It was too perfect — well, exactly point-four-six percent off the mark from being too perfect — that I awoke Wednesday, as an Obama voter, finding myself a member of Halifax County’s newest brethren: Election Day’s 47 percenters.

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