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Halifax County trustees target math scores, keep student transcript fees

Study group to look at proposals to outsource custodial functions

South Boston enacts inclement weather policy, honors Crowder

Finance panel to look at budget, proposals for Halifax Elementary


Comets run away from Dan River

Halifax County, now 15-5, pestered Dan River with relentless hustle en route to a 54-42 win.





Jumpin’ Jack flash

Ever had that sinking feeling in the gut when you feel like you have to call out a friend?

Equivalence errors

Last month, reader Josh Lambert of South Hill submitted a letter to our Viewpoint column that wins the Best-of-Year award as far as I’m concerned. Lambert’s plea for less hysteria and greater compassion in considering the plight of Syria refugees fleeing ISIS was well-reasoned and courageous amid the fearmongering that raged in the aftermath of the Paris attacks — and continues apace.

Roots of a crisis

We get tons of e-mails at our office and sometimes wish we didn’t, but I was quite struck by the title of a news release that came over the transom this week from Virginia Commonwealth University Public Affairs: “Heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses kill at least two Virginians every day, VCU reports.”

A political blizzard

From the Department of Wishful Thinking, weekend approaching edition, a roundup of the news that’s as light as the new fallen snow:

The color of justice

Each year brings the retirements of prominent figures, but the fond farewells and hearty congratulations that greet such announcements can’t obscure a basic fact about life: everyone is replaceable.

Out of Season

I realize I’m probably in a minority on this one — fancy that! — but I’m not all that thrilled with the 70 degree temperatures we’ve been having this December. If I wanted to see Santa in a swimsuit, I’d dig up some “Christmas in July” sale ads from back issues of this newspaper. Otherwise, no thanks. Without that nip in the air, it just doesn’t feel quite like Christmas.

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