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Local Visitor Center garners honor from state association

The South Boston/Halifax County Visitor Center has received the “Visitor Center of the Year” award given annually by the Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (VACVB).

Fire halted at edge of data center

Leaf-burning spirals out of control; person responsible may be liable for damage after violating 4 p.m. ban

Chase City beefs up ordinance for derelict buildings

The ordinance defines a dilapidated building as any residential, rental or commercial structure that could contribute to the spread of disease or injury, creates a fire hazard, is liable to…


SBS to race under the lights

The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.





The human costs

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Center for American Progress, a center-left think tank based in Washington, D.C. that does a terrific job explaining how politics and policy in our frustratingly polarized world affects the lives of ordinary people.

Opening the door

People use the term derisively, but the educational establishment — such as it exists in Southside Virginia — has one tough job on its hands. Start with the fact that far too few students in the area make it to college, a major hindrance to Southside’s long-term economic prospects. Then step back and consider that for many people —whether by choice or circumstance— college isn’t even a realistic option, and perhaps shouldn’t be.

No test left behind

The latest batch of data on school Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) has been released and Mecklenburg County schools earned the distinction of being one of only 12 divisions in Virginia to make the grade. Cause for cheer? Or yawns?

Empty spirit

It’s not often that an issue crops up that unites opinion across the board from me to Bill Blalock, but Bob McDonnell’s bid to privatize liquor sales in Virginia seems to have done the trick.

Party Hearty

It’s good to know that happy days are here again in Halifax County. After the Board of Supervisors’ epic meeting Monday night, what other conclusion can a free-thinking person come to regarding the state of the community? The supes practically handed out the party hats and champagne glasses as they signed off on nearly $9 million in grant applications to the Virginia Tobacco Commission for a passel of items, from new industrial buildings to a tire research center at VIR to a visitors center on U.S. 58. Knowing how the fiscal conservatives on the Tobacco Commission normally respond to requests such as these, Board members should consider taking up break dancing.

Civil War

A few weeks ago this page featured dueling commentaries on uranium mining by respected voices on both sides of the issue, Dr. Robert Bodnar of Virginia Tech (a mining proponent) and Katie Whitehead of the Dan River Basin Association (an opponent). Together they made their respective arguments for and against the Virginia Uranium/ Coles Hill mine project upstream from us in Pittsylvania County. Mostly, however, the conversation was notable for attempting to strike a properly civil tone. Which raises the question: Is such a decorous debate possible, or even desirable?

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