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Joyride on stolen school bus leads to charges against Park View student

A student at Park View High School in South Hill has been arrested after allegedly stealing a school bus and taking it on a joyride into an open field, striking…

Halifax School Board hits impasse on choice of chairman

Members of the Halifax County School Board hit an impasse on Thursday afternoon after trying unsuccessfully to elect a new chairman and vice chairman to lead the board for the…

Comer named new Halifax police chief

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Tom McLaughlin

You’ll miss it when it’s gone

After spending three hours on the phone Monday with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — strike that, 10 minutes on the phone with a pair of real live Anthem representatives, the rest of the time was spent on hold — it occurs to me that now is as good a time as any to broach the subject of Obamacare repeal. Hey, nearly-universal, pain-in-the-rear health care was great while it lasted! We hardly knew ye.

Known unknowns

In this business it’s important to know what you don’t know and try to adapt accordingly.

One step forward ...

Be glad for good news as we finish out the year: improvements are likely to be forthcoming for Mecklenburg County school facilities.

Head fake

The toughest conflicts to resolve are often asymmetrical in nature, where one side is willing to abide by basic standards of honesty and fair play, the other side is not, and the spoils of victory end up going to the cheaters.

Roll out a welcome mat

It was a minor moment in an otherwise tumultuous campaign, but a week and a half before Election Day I ventured out to snap a photo at a Republican rally in South Boston. (Yes, I do try to get out and about.) Among the party faithful in attendance was a former county supervisor in Halifax. While serving on the Board of Supervisors, he earned a reputation as an establishment-bashing gadfly and critic of the local Industrial Development Authority. Not surprisingly, behind perhaps only Donald Trump and now-GOP Congressman-elect Tom Garrett, the subject of new jobs for the community was paramount on his mind.

Carry that weight

Now comes the moment in the life of our republic when we set aside the divisiveness and rancor of a hard-fought election and rally together as one America, except that’s not really going to happen, as we all know. In checking around folks’ social media pages and picking up bits and pieces of conversation since Tuesday’s vote, it comes as no surprise to hear people express a yearning for a return to normalcy. Too bad. Tuesday proved there is no such thing.

Last call

Well, lookie here — it’s the final week of the longest election in recorded history! Praise the Lord hallelujah. Now let’s get in our last licks before the balloon drop begins.

Don’t fear the bear

Welcome to the jungle

That old-time feeling

So now we’re talking about replacing Halifax County High School?

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