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South Boston Police catch up with suspect

Miss Virginia shines at Miss America Pageant

Courtney Garrett, whose grandfather lives in Halifax County, is first runner-up

Spirits of the past

In the 1920s and 1930s, if you lived in Franklin County, most likely you were in involved in the county’s biggest industry — making illegal whiskey or moonshine.

Sports

12 runners, 208 miles, 36 hours, no sleep

Recently, a group of twelve local runners took on the challenge of participating in the Blue Ridge Relay. A grueling, two hundred plus mile relay spanning two days, mountainous terrain,…

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Power and the glory

Any change in the established order is going to produce winners and losers — that’s an easy fact to overlook in this era of the much-hyped Win-Win. If only it were so. Change would be a lot easier to achieve if everyone came out ahead in the bargain.

Doing their part

Doing their part

There’s always something new and outrageous in the news to get worked up about, but not this week. Christmas comes but once a year — and the pause gives us the time to consider the many folks who quietly (or not so quietly) do their part to make our community and world a better place. Off and on for the past several years, it’s been a holiday tradition in this space to recognize individuals for their beneficial works throughout the year. Herewith is this year’s shout-out to the doers of good deeds locally — a list not meant to be inclusive, only (I hope) interesting:

Johnny come lately

Good luck, Congressman

Flight from reality

Over the line on our eastern flank, the fine denizens of Mecklenburg County are enjoying Virgilina 2, School-Closing Boogaloo, the sequel to the hit movie that made Paul Stapleton such a star (!) hereabouts. Mecklenburg’s new school superintendent, Dr. James Thornton, announced three weeks ago he wants to close a small, tight-knit elementary school outside of South Hill and scatter its 261 students to the winds and the other four elementaries left standing in the county. While such a major pronouncement is obviously subject to a majority vote of the school board, presumably Mecklenburg’s Maximum Educator wouldn’t bother if he didn’t think he could make the plan stick.

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