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Trustees meet to discuss new school logo, AP reinstatement, 2020 dates

Simmering dispute in South Hill draws notice

Lawyers, business leaders and town citizens ramp up Council meeting attendance

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Elation, then disappointment for PV girls

Lady Dragons make Class 3 state tourney, bow out in first round

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Blast radius

The Trumpsters and their lackeys in Congress had a grand plan to run the bus over anyone who tried to tie the president to a bribery and extortion scheme with Ukraine to sabotage the 2020 presidential election.

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 (godanriver.com). 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 virginiatomorrow.com — the blog run by former VCU professor and political pundit Bob Holsworth — for bringing the article to the attention of readers east.)

The candyman can?

I know it's considered bad form to jump on the new guy before he's even had a chance to settle into the job, but is anyone else struck by how reluctant our new governor is to face up to reality?

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