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Investigation ongoing in Oct. 10 shooting in downtown South Hill

Two years, two months to make up in 180 days

A daunting task to bring students up to speed after long absence

Discipline issues grab spotlight on Halifax County School Board

HCHS principal pushes back at rumors as trustees spar over high school; board votes to hire officers for Comet games


Comet girls get first cross country win of season






Don’t turn back the clock with uranium mining

As a longtime resident of southern Virginia, a board member of the Industrial Development Authority of Halifax County, and the CEO of one of the largest employers in the area, I’m very familiar with growing a business and creating jobs.

Uranium’s no. 1 hurdle

Are we prepared to develop – and enforce – a culture of safety for a risky industry?

Merging YMCAs: Why it makes sense

There has been a lot of talk lately about what the YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County and the Mecklenburg County YMCA are doing. As the Chief Executive Officer for both of these organizations, and with the support of both Chief Volunteer Officers and boards, we have been intimately involved in a detailed process looking at consolidating these two YMCAs.

Uranium regs: Looking isn’t leaping

Despite the bungling of public outreach and participation in its study process, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Uranium Working Group (UWG) still has a chance to frame the complex uranium controversy in a way that clarifies the issues and distinguishes fact from spin.

Uranium: Why insist on transparency?

The Uranium Working Group's work plan presented at a March 7 meeting of the Uranium Mining Subcommittee drew instant, sharp criticism for its lack of transparency, which was deemed particularly reprehensible in light of the report by the National Academy of Sciences, which told us that international best practices are "founded on principles of openness, transparency, and public involvement in oversight and decision-making." In response to the criticism, Martin Kent, Gov. Bob McDonnell's chief of staff, sent out a letter to correct "errant reports." Valid concerns remain. Some were addressed in Kent's letter; some were not. Here are some points from his letter and concerns that persist:

Remembering Steve Henderson

Quite often we read about famous, historical people upon their deaths, with all the details about their amazing lives spread out in newspapers, magazines and television screens. The achievements and legacies of famous politicians, inventors, actors and even sports stars are handed to us in a jazzy array of modern mass media. But perhaps, we as a society and as a nation need to start paying more attention to the everyday greats among us as they pass on. And no better example of this would be the great life of Steve Henderson. The guy who ran the tire store in Halifax, Va.

Schools need the dough, but not cookie dough

School is back in session, which means fund-raising has returned in full force. My kids (in second grade and in kindergarten) came home from school this week all pumped up to sell cookie dough. They couldn’t wait to win prizes and attend the Mega Party. Interestingly enough, they never mentioned why they were being asked to sell expensive ($14-$16 a tub) and unhealthy cookie dough. Now, that may have very well been discussed in the assembly that they were pulled out of class to attend, but it certainly wasn’t what stuck in their heads.

Myths of the Coles Hill uranium deposit

Almost every news story on proposed uranium mining in Virginia includes a version of the outdated refrain: “Virginia Uranium Inc. hopes to mine 119 million pounds of uranium worth as much as $10 billion.” These estimates may have been accurate in 2007 and 2008 when uranium prices soared for the first time in 30 years to around $85 per pound, so why are these numbers a myth today?

Countering rumors and clarifying views

Tom McLaughlin contacted me recently to check out a rumor that I am employed by Virginia Uranium Inc. I do not work for VUI. I have participated in the uranium study process and the political process at my own expense; I have not gained financially from any source.

SVHEC - An interview with James Potter

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