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SOL test scores: Mixed bag

Halifax makes the grade half of the time with passing rates, but dropoffs outnumber gains

Judge nixes lawsuit by motorsports instructor

Case dismissed after Wilborn contested firing

Jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent in July

Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to…


Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.





Sea change

On our website this week, there’s been an outbreak of commentary — consisting of equal parts vitriol and virtue — on the subject of gay marriage. The precipitating event? The News & Record’s story on Monday, headlined “Temporary Setback.”

Good luck, Congressman

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.

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