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Halifax accepts process for taking down Clarkton Bridge

Two arrested in connection with attack at Alford home

North Carolina authorities are reporting the arrests of two men in the Friday home invasion in Littleton, N.C. that left Nancy Alford dead and her husband, Brodnax pastor John Alford,…

Bluestone student fatally shot; juvenile suspect in custody


Tennis hopes to keep winning tradition





Beyond belief

The mind reels at the cruelty and malice behind the murder of Nancy Alford and vicious assault of John Alford, pastor of Sanford Memorial Baptist Church in Brodnax, who remains hospitalized after two intruders broke into the couple’s Lake Gaston home on Friday night and inflicted unfathomable violence.

A uranium study won’t answer our biggest questions

At a recent award ceremony in Richmond, someone asked geologist Robert Bodnar whether uranium can be mined safely at Coles Hill. Emphasizing all three words, Bodnar responded, “I don’t know.” Truly surprised and sincerely wanting to learn from an expert, the person said something like, “You’ve done work there; do you have an opinion?” Bodnar replied, “An opinion, yes; but I’d like to give you an informed opinion and for that I need more information.”

The Virginia way

If all of a sudden you were put in charge of developing the model society, chances are you wouldn’t choose for your template an area with double-digit unemployment, chronically low levels of education, social disorders as far as the eye can see and a political system that for generations has exalted cronyism as its distinguishing feature.

Goode ol’ boy

“Entering the race? Goode won’t say,” read the headline on the Danville Register & Bee’s website the other day ( Uh-oh. Sounds like our former Congressman-For-Life hasn’t adjusted very well to Life-Out-Of-Congress.

Frozen out

Gov. Bob McDonnell, seemingly in violation of the cardinal rule of his young administration, finally weighed in on a pressing budget matter Monday. The Governor's Office announced that McDonnell would reverse the plan by his predecessor, Tim Kaine, to freeze the local composite index used to apportion funding for Virginia's 134 school divisions. McDonnell's decision has the practical effect of helping northern Virginia, whose schools stood to lose about $138 million under the index freeze, while cutting funds for 97 school systems in mostly poorer rural and urban communities.

Intervention time

From the Department of This Can’t Be Right comes the headline: “Virginia legislators might double cuts in effort to balance state budget.” (From the Bristol Herald-Courier, Jan. 31 edition; a hat tip to — the blog run by former VCU professor and political pundit Bob Holsworth — for bringing the article to the attention of readers east.)

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