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South Boston council moves on funeral home request

Hearing slated to consider zoning change, expansion

Hicks resigns, successor pending

Mecklenburg school board opens nominations for seat

Trustees, public express different priorities for next Mecklenburg County superintendent

Respondents value openness, teamwork


South Boston American nails down state title

SBA downed Rustburg, 8-3, Wednesday at the Day Complex in South Boston. The SBA all-stars finished O-zone state play with a 5-1 record.





A model mayor

Let’s start out today with the sublime and then dive into the ridiculous:

Banjo hitters

The latest job numbers are in, and the good news is that Mecklenburg County is faring slightly better than its neighbors in terms of overall employment and the number of out-of-work residents.

Dawdle grounds

After a slight turn for the better, the Halifax County jobs scene has drawn once again into zombie territory, dark and grim and riveting in a brain-eating sort of way. At last check the local jobless rate had risen back above 11 percent, putting Halifax just behind woeful Henry atop the list of Virginia counties that qualify as employment dead zones.

Doctors of divinity

Well, chalk this one up to “it was only a matter of time”: private, evangelical Liberty University has applied for $18 million from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to build a new medical school and center for health sciences in Lynchburg. A Tobacco Commission committee has come back with a recommendation to award $12 million, which means the final number is likely to come in somewhere between $12 million and $18 million. In the gravity-free world of the Tobacco Commission, final spending approvals go up, they don’t come down.

Paying the piper

More than a month after Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Thornton first laid out the dismal facts on low teacher pay in Mecklenburg County, the silence among those who can usually be relied upon for a quick rebuttal — that Thornton has his figures wrong, he’s blowing smoke when there’s no fire, etc. — has been deafening. It’s no wonder: Mecklenburg superintendents have come and gone over the past two decades but to a man (and woman) they’ve run up against this same problem. And it’s not getting any better as time wears on.

The medicine man

Fifth District Rep. Robert Hurt hit the road this month, traveling U.S. 58 from Martinsville to Lawrenceville to promote conservative orthodoxy on how to fix the economy: less regulation; tax cuts for corporations and high income taxpayers; small government and a speedy end to all things Obama. Many of his constituents no doubt lapped it up.

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