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More charges contemplated in fatal Vernon Hill crash

As the investigation continues into the Aug. 20 traffic crash that claimed the life of 9-year-old Julian Adam Suttle, Virginia State Police and the Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney are currently…

Medical missionary

JMU student receives hands-on lessons in Third World health

Halifax County supervisors advised to borrow $16 million for courthouse

Ricketts - Hold off on full amount till needed


Comets take positive step forward

Pound Patrick County 42-12 in season opener





Tom McLaughlin

Castle in the sand

Members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Jim Halasz, the county attorney and others have worked very hard to shape the future of the Halifax County Courthouse, drawing up a modernization plan for the building that brings years of back-and-forth negotiations with a restive judiciary to an end. But will it fly with the public?

The fire this time

Lately I’ve fallen into the habit of making references to the summertime heat every time I ramble on in this space.

Conflicting priorities

As if it weren’t evident enough already, the weather outside tells me now’s a good time to stick to offering hot takes on the news:

Summertime musings

The forecast is for more hot weather, just the ticket for hot takes on the news:

One potato-two

I ran into a friend this week who expressed ambivalence — that lovely feeling somewhere between admiration and contempt — toward the School Board’s recent vote to build two school complexes on opposite ends of the county to replace the two Bluestones and the two Park Views.

Read all about it

With today’s mass mail edition, a copy of the News & Record will be showing up at 18,000 mail boxes at homes and businesses throughout Halifax County — yours included.

Who’s in charge

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors and the School Board are fundamentally at odds over the direction of the school system, a state of disunion that more often than not spells dysfunction.

Nice and exciting

Hang around long enough, and you’ll hear all sorts of interesting things. One I remember in particular was uttered years ago by a Southside Virginia legislator, a member of the House of Delegates, who was dead certain about the 2005 gubernatorial race between then-Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, the Republican Party nominee, and his Democratic opponent, Lt. Governor Tim Kaine. In his mind, the outcome was preordained: “Tim Kaine will never win,” said my lawmaker acquaintance. “He’s too liberal to be governor of Virginia.”

Striking a balance

After the week we’ve been through — with two fatal shootings of black men in Minnesota and Baton Rouge by white cops, followed by the assassination of five Dallas officers by a revenge-minded African-American gunman — the desire to recoil from the world and bury these dispiriting events without a full reckoning is understandable, and perhaps even the most human reaction of all.

Hillary takes her turn

Our ongoing commentary on all the ways the world makes no sense whatsoever continues.

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