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Hospital sets construction start Oct. 3

Groundbreaking for 70-bed VCU-CMH
facility slated at 73-acre building site

Clarksville gets more time for Cove Project

Auctioneer recalls tobacco’s heydey

Back when tobacco, the “golden leaf” of Virginia was a celebrated crop, and tobacco auctions were a festive occasion, no one was more celebrated than the market auctioneer.


Comets win season opener, 38-18

HCHS had success in all three phases of football and repelled a gritty effort by Patrick County Friday night.





How many more?

So: How many more times are we going to tell ourselves that nothing could have been done to prevent a gun tragedy?

A model mayor

Let’s start out today with the sublime and then dive into the ridiculous:

Unspoken heritage

If at any point this past week you found yourself jumping on social media to urge a boycott of the South Hill Cinemas because the owner takes offense at the Confederate flag, or drove around the theater parking lot with your banner-waving friends, or — worse yet — spewed bile and hatred at a fellow human being, please, just stop: you are making yourself look like a jerk and a fool, and that’s the polite way of putting it.

Hit and run

Pity the publicists for South Boston, whoever they may be. Life was humming along smoothly until last week some hit-and-run website pumped out a listicle (that’s what the Internet calls a bullet-point ranking that often as not involves kittens) that purported to expose Virginia’s worst criminal hotbeds. And our fair community landed in the No. 2 spot! Little ol’ South Boston, trailing Portsmouth but ahead of Norfolk. Locals on Facebook went bonkers. Oh no!

Let the good times roll

Well, by all accounts it was sensational Lakefest (says the guy who spent the past week at the beach). Oh, the woe that is humanity … and the rude awakening that comes after the end of vacation.

The ravages of fear

It’s odd, the things you come upon at the unlikeliest of moments. This week I pulled up at a traffic stop behind a neighbor and noticed for the first time the collection of bumper stickers splattered on the back of the family wagon. Theirs is a wonderful household in every way, so as you might expect, the tattooing of the vehicle conveys the family’s sense of whimsy and fun. One sticker in particular caught my eye: Love > Hate.

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