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Mecklenburg trustees reschedule for July 31 to talk contract extension for Thornton

Board chair hails performance, but move draws outside fire

Water authority looks to Banister for backup

In wake of coal ash spill, and with N.C. localities looking to tap the Dan, HCSA eyes alternatives


Geocaching is challenging and fun, and available in Halifax and surrounding area


Complex hosts tournaments

A total of 17 teams will compete for the Dixie Youth baseball AAA and O-Zone state crowns.





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?

Set in wood

Pre-Thanksgiving observances, with all the trimmings:

Destined to happen

The word “scandal” may be overused, but all too often it’s appropriate — as headlines in the news this week remind us.

The last straw

Years ago New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson famously referred to himself as the “straw that stirs the drink.” These days I’m starting to think of the Halifax County Service Authority — a.k.a. the water and sewer department — as the cash slurp that snapped the final straw.

The urgency of now

From the “Always Happy To Be Wrong” Department, allow me to admit that I would be happy to be wrong in believing that the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors will no more authorize $100 million in school construction spending than Barack Obama and John Boehner will run for the White House in 2012 on the same ticket. But who knows? Our new school superintendent, Dr. James Thornton, last week pressed officials to commit to a broad and massive school facilities upgrade, and his sales pitch was a good one.

Wave of the future

Now that Robert Hurt has taken the Fifth District congressional seat, congratulations and best wishes go out to him. Elections remind us that governing depends on the consent of the governed, and races Tuesday broke by and large in favor of Republican candidates across the country because they tapped into widespread discontent with the current state of affairs. With the affairs of state soon to rest partially in their hands, I hope they use their newfound power wisely.

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