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SVHEC bring home honors from IWF

Continuing a trend that began in 2008, students in the Product/Industrial Design & Development programs at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center earned honors in a national woodworking competition.

Veterans Day Parade Nov. 8

A season of transformation


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Patrick County spoils Senior Night

Patrick County spoiled the Senior Night celebration for Comet volleyball, downing Halifax County High School three sets to two.

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Opinion

Tom McLaughlin

Into the depths

The past several months have seen far too many tragedies involving local high school students, but without meaning to minimize the terrible losses felt by so many in the community, the death Friday night of Park View football player Jamond Salley feels different — more shocking.

Election year blues

Here it is, less than three weeks from Election Day and the campaign season feels lazier than the pet kitty that even now is lounging on my bed while both of the family dogs wile away their day plopped on the floor.

Our brave new world

If the questions had been asked a certain way, 20 years ago I probably would have said I’ll never see several things happen in my lifetime:

Make work ‘n’ mischief

There are days probably when all of us wouldn’t mind having the Maytag repairman’s job.

Stuck in a bad place

Last week the Joint Education Committee — comprised of representatives of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors and School Board — held one of its interminable, inconclusive meetings that in a better world would be bottled up and sold as a cure for insomnia. The supes and trustees continue to talk about the best path forward on new school facilities. We’re roughly decade three into the process, and no answers yet.

Power and the glory

Any change in the established order is going to produce winners and losers — that’s an easy fact to overlook in this era of the much-hyped Win-Win. If only it were so. Change would be a lot easier to achieve if everyone came out ahead in the bargain.

What were they thinking?

Looking back at the disaster that was the Bob and Maureen defense strategy, the obvious question that presents itself is both vexingly complex and laughably simple: Why?

A tradition like no other

Occasionally I am asked: What’s with the weekly editorial columns by elected officials? Is the newspaper providing a public service or do we get paid by the inch? (The answer to that last one is an emphatic “no.”) These are all good questions. Let’s see if we can come up with suitable answers.

Sea change

On our website this week, there’s been an outbreak of commentary — consisting of equal parts vitriol and virtue — on the subject of gay marriage. The precipitating event? The News & Record’s story on Monday, headlined “Temporary Setback.”

Hot under the collar

Maybe at their next meeting, members of the Mecklenburg County School Board can all agree to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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