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Banister Lake Boat Landing reopens for President’s Day weekend

The newly-upgraded Banister Lake Boat Landing has been reopened to the public in time for the President’s Day weekend, although some details remain to be finished the popular boating and…


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Propensity for shock

“This guy appointed by Trump as an advisor on regulatory matters,” emailed a watchful reader back in late January, “is the same Icahn who raided Dan River Mills and sunk it in his predatory efforts to get control of it.

Shock to the conscience

One can easily be held captive by the headlines and think the world has gone completely mad, but then the sun comes out, an act of simple kindness brightens the day, and life seems not quite so haywire after all. Then it happens: an act utterly senseless and cruel shocks the conscience, leaving a community bereft, and a good man is gone, taking his place among the angels.

Less is not more

It’s hard, really, to fault people at the local level for some of the spending and revenue-raising decisions they make. Local governments have been dealt a terrible hand by their betters at the Capital, a.k.a. the General Assembly and the governor, and as a result you end up with governing boards, such as our own Board of Supervisors, stuck with choices that are destined to make no one happy. Cut rescue squads and fire departments, or carve a chunk out of schools? Stiff the YMCA, or the library? Whose pay should be frozen: county staff, school employees, or both?

Help on the horizon

Surefire way to help

Everywhere you look, things seem to be falling apart. MacCallum More Gardens. Downtown storefronts. The South Hill job market. Maybe it won’t mean much for our rural community, but even the gosh-awful idiotic sequester fight in Washington has the potential to filter down and have a negative impact on life on Main Street, USA.

Face of happiness

I guess I had a different relationship with Carroll Thackston than most. Or not. South Boston’s late mayor, who died Sunday night at the age of 79, seemed to have an endless reserve of mischief in his bones. He struck up a fast business friendship with my wife, who covered South Boston Town Council for this newspaper. Whenever I’d run into him, invariably Mayor Thackston would wonder what had possessed my significant other to marry down as anyone could plainly see she had done, with his role, set firmly in his own mind, to constantly remind me of the fact: “If she ever leaves you, tell her I know plenty of men who would be interested,” he said to me more than once.

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