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New movement on HCHS

Seeking to restart process, trustees choose Roanoke design-build team to scope out future of high school

Hypothermia led to deaths of father, son, examiner finds

No explanation for why Bethel Road residents were outdoors for days

First day back, under a different normal

Difficult choices for some as in-person school begins


Football opener punted to Saturday

Comets get Bassett at home at 2 p.m.





Tom McLaughlin

Stretch to fit

Here and there

Serendipity watch: After last week’s column on the pending abolition of Virginia’s death penalty, The Wason Center For Civic Leadership (at Christopher Newport University) conducted a survey this week on public attitudes toward crime and punishment.

Reversal in the works

Let’s spin the wheel and see where it lands:

Away from the abyss

There are two types of people in the world: those who lie and those who are lied to. To which group do you belong?

To what ends

As we learn more about the insurrectionist violence at the U.S. Capitol last week — a historical turning point that ought to be viewed as every bit as shocking as 9/11 — the scarier and more disturbing the episode becomes.

A new year’s vibe

It’s a little early in the year to be thinking about major subplots of 2021, but surely one is whether the festering insanity of the Trump years will give way to the competent assurance we are all hoping for out of our new president. Wait — you haven’t gotten the memo on President-elect Biden? Funny that.

Deeds that lie in the stars

Not so much to ask

Shine a light till the end

If we’re all going to be honest with ourselves, there’s no denying the sadness in leafing through the pages of this newspaper and seeing photos of everyone wearing masks over their faces.

A Thanksgiving wish

Let’s keep this simple, and let’s keep people safe: Thanksgiving is upon us, and painful as the thought may be, it can’t be a holiday the same as any other.

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