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Move over, Mississippi: cotton crop takes root in Southside Virginia

Compared to Southside Virginia’s big cash crop in tobacco, King Cotton is, well, kind of puny.

Stolen guns found at Clarksville area home

Clarksville Council mulls response to feral cats amid rabies reports

In light of the Clarksville’s recent rabies scare, members of the Town Council again discussed what to do, if anything, with the people who feed the feral cat populations around…


Owen commits to continue softball playing career at Averett University





Tom McLaughlin

Faulty towers

It’s not generally wise to jump to conclusions, but nonetheless the smoke-and-fire rule can be useful: a little smoke, maybe there’s no fire. A heap of smoke, the place is probably burning down.


Understandably for someone who grew up and spent a good part of his life in the Town of Halifax, my father in his later years would get quite sentimental about his contemporaries still living in town. Nothing cemented their renown quite like the connection to home. The mere mention of old Halifax buddies was usually enough to send my father into oratorical flights of fancy.

Breaking point

If there was any lingering doubt that James Thornton’s tenure as Mecklenburg County school superintendent has hit the end of the road, Monday’s School Board meeting ought to settle the matter.

A just lament

It’s not often I find myself in complete agreement with a letter from one of our readers, but Lawrence Everett has made a thoughtful contribution to today’s paper that should at least encourage a fresh look at the harsher aspects of our criminal justice system.

New script, please

So how was your day?

In retrospect it probably wasn’t a genius move to head for the movie theater on the Saturday night before Election Day and chuck out $8.50 to see “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

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.

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