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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.

Bloom and bust

I’ve neglected to comment in this space on the State of the County forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce three weeks ago, but our front-page article on the event drew a quick reaction from several readers. One especially sharp-eyed businessman in town took exception to the comment by Mike Sexton, executive director of the IDA, that Halifax County has “figured it all out” when it comes to economic development. Come again?

Highway robbery

If a candidate for statewide office promised to extract revenue from southern Virginia to build roads for northern Virginia, would you vote for said candidate? No?

Blown away

My wife and I were talking with our son’s English teacher at the middle school open house Monday when the rain started to fall, crashing to the ground at angles you might imagine a downed aircraft taking. As the storm raged and heaved, spitting out wind and hail, it struck me how protected we were inside the building. Say what you will about HCMS, but it’s a sturdy place; I tried to recall from my time there as a high school student if the building had doubled as a fall-out shelter. Our eight-year-old daughter, who had tagged along for the visit, sat placidly at one of the big kids’ desks reading a book. Aside from the storm outside, there was only one oddity: a whooshing sound emanating from the ventilation shaft over our heads. Otherwise we could have been inside an impenetrable bunker.

State studies need state funding

Industry-funded uranium mining studies are wide-open to charges of influence

Show time

Recognizing as most do that the glass of life sits either half-empty or half-full, I think people would agree the dial of late has swung fairly decisively in the direction of “empty.” The economy is in the dumps, the job picture is even worse, and the national mood is bleaker than most Americans who never lived through the Great Depression are accustomed to. It remains to be seen if We the People have it within us to face the challenges ahead with intelligence, aplomb, fortitude and a sense of purpose and shared sacrifice.

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