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ABB donates $15,000 to Mentor Role Program, additions eyed for community center

Venture to the Treat Trail in Halifax

What to expect Halloween night in South Boston


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Comets routed by Magna Vista

The Warriors shredded the Comets on the way to a 78-21 win.

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Tom McLaughlin

Psst! Time to go vote

At a party this Saturday I ran into a friend who brought up a recent column of mine in which I vowed to keep this year’s candidate endorsements to a single sentence. He seemed pretty thankful. Most of us could probably use a little more excitement in our lives, and for the vast majority of Americans, long-winded editorial page pieces endorsing political candidates ain’t it.

Searching for answers

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.

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