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Caution urged for Prom Night

Emergency services chief resigns post

Four days, three fatal crashes

A Clarksville teen died Friday in Buffalo Junction wreck, the first of three deadly car crashes in Mecklenburg County in the past week.


Double play





High energy

The coziest watchdogs

Late last month The New York Times came out with an article, “Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog Was Defanged,” (, Feb. 28 edition) that opened with this arresting passage:

Where there’s smoke

Does mere chance drive events in this world? Or do things happen for a reason? This week, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe briefly turned from his No. 1 priority since taking office — pushing Medicaid expansion through the General Assembly — to put in a request for records from the Virginia Tobacco Commission. It seems the new governor is on a fact-finding mission to determine if the leaf commission has been successful at revitalizing Virginia’s traditional tobacco-growing regions. Hmm.

The rest of the story

Four weeks into the Duke Energy coal ash spill in Eden, N.C., new information continues to emerge about the likely damage to the Dan River, which of course flows into Buggs Island Lake and Lake Gaston here in Mecklenburg County.

Making a list

Everyone nowadays is so into making lists, I feel like I should contribute to the genre.

Muddying the waters

In the aftermath of a massive coal ash spill this week on the Dan River, it’s not too hard to see why government officials would be keen to avoid words and deeds that might stoke undue fear among the public.

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