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Halifax Council updated on water repairs, restaurant

Free covid testing set Friday at fairgrounds

Mecklenburg County’s older students to stay at home, for now

Trustees accept recommendation to continue remote learning for secondary grades as COVID-19 strikes at several schools

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Jeffress in running as NL top reliever

Comet alum is one of three finalists for NL Reliever of the Year honors after his first year in bullpen with Chicago Cubs

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Tasks at hand

At a time when most of us are frustrated and upset and angry on a regular basis — there’s no shortage of material to stew over — it serves no purpose to play the part of the Town Scoldilocks, telling everyone else what they’ve been doing wrong throughout this miserable pandemic. That doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be given a heads-up about the 20-car pileup straight ahead before they plow their bandwagon smack into it.

High on Santa’s list

Without intending to trod on Santa’s turf, a few years ago I started the Christmas tradition in this space of handing out the gift of a nice word or two for the people, places and things that make Halifax County such a wonderful community. One week of the year at least, I offer nothing but nice things to tuck under the tree.

Lasting legacies

Change at the Governor’s Mansion naturally brings on a debate on the legacy of Virginia’s outgoing chief executive. The end of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s term of office is bringing on something more: the pain.

Virtual reality

I remember reading once about the difference between a folly and a mistake: a mistake can result from a decent idea that doesn’t quite pan out, whereas folly arises from notions so ridiculous that no sane person should ever entertain them. So to cut to the chase, is the Modeling and Simulation Center for Collaborative Technologies at Riverstone Technology Park a mistake, a folly, or something else besides?

Loose ends

Bunny Propst has written a straight-to-the-point Viewpoint letter blasting South Boston’s alleged scheme to run off Riverdale merchants and build a wetlands park at the town’s southern gateway. I agree with Propst that converting Riverdale into parkland is folly, but not for quite the same reasons as she spells out. Where is the money for this grand design? Wouldn’t it be better to drop this notion of buying out property owners, make some low-cost improvements to the district (like doing something about that billboard that blocks the view up the hill of the SVHEC and The Prizery) and simply move on? Should the Riverdale merchants form their own version of MoveOn.org? So many questions, so little time for answers.

Ready for the sequel

I was thinking the other day about movies that, in classic Hollywood fashion, pit some hopeless, unloved schlub with a heart of gold against an elite, prettified, thoroughly contemptible gang of Kool Kids where — surprise of surprises — the loser triumphs in the end.

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