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Local Bar leads Food Frenzy

The Halifax County Bar Association has been named one of the winners of the 2014 Legal Food Frenzy competition sponsored by the Feedmore Central Virginia Food Bank, a charitable organization…

Possession of fire bomb charged to South Boston man

A 54 year old South Boston man has been arrested and charged with the manufacture, possession or use of a fire bomb or explosive material or device. Matthew Hubbard Jr.…


Potts Landing, the area’s only gated airpark, touts wonders of flight


Official football practice begins tomorrow for local high schools

Park View and Bluestone will begin full football practice schedules Thursday and both schools have been conducting conditioning sessions during the off-season to better prepare their players.





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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