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Halifax County trustees target math scores, keep student transcript fees

Study group to look at proposals to outsource custodial functions

South Boston enacts inclement weather policy, honors Crowder

Finance panel to look at budget, proposals for Halifax Elementary


Sports

Comets run away from Dan River

Halifax County, now 15-5, pestered Dan River with relentless hustle en route to a 54-42 win.

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Opinion

Tom McLaughlin

Jumpin’ Jack flash

Ever had that sinking feeling in the gut when you feel like you have to call out a friend?

Binary choices

Let’s dispel with this notion that this column writes itself.

Naked politics

From the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Department: This week, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. offered his endorsement for the White House to one Donald J. Trump, who, if elected, will add Commander-in-Chief to a résumé that already includes strip joint landlord.

All starry eyed

It’s the same every year around this time — the return of our Pop Quiz of the Future®, offering peerless predictions on events that could transpire in 2016 but probably won’t. In a world of infinitesimal possibilities, sometimes you just have to let ’er rip.

It’s only hot air

The year 2015 was strange; 2016 threatens to be downright insane. Let’s take a peak into the asylum.

A fitting capstone

The definition of a serious problem is one that happens to you.

Equivalence errors

Last month, reader Josh Lambert of South Hill submitted a letter to our Viewpoint column that wins the Best-of-Year award as far as I’m concerned. Lambert’s plea for less hysteria and greater compassion in considering the plight of Syria refugees fleeing ISIS was well-reasoned and courageous amid the fearmongering that raged in the aftermath of the Paris attacks — and continues apace.

Roots of a crisis

We get tons of e-mails at our office and sometimes wish we didn’t, but I was quite struck by the title of a news release that came over the transom this week from Virginia Commonwealth University Public Affairs: “Heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses kill at least two Virginians every day, VCU reports.”

A political blizzard

From the Department of Wishful Thinking, weekend approaching edition, a roundup of the news that’s as light as the new fallen snow:

The color of justice

Each year brings the retirements of prominent figures, but the fond farewells and hearty congratulations that greet such announcements can’t obscure a basic fact about life: everyone is replaceable.

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