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South Boston police lieutenant charged with embezzlement

South Boston Police Lieutenant Tiffaney Bratton has been charged with felony embezzlement in connection with alleged theft from the police station's evidence room and inventory.

MCPS covid guidance clarified

Determining when individuals are exposed, and when they should be sent home

Mixed bag for Mecklenburg County students on SOL results

Dropoff less severe than Virginia as a whole


Cunningham takes tournament, district POY honors

He and teammate Jack Morgan make first team, Long, Newton on second team





Tom McLaughlin

This week

At times like these, a good maxim to keep in mind — not perfect, but pretty good — is that people who know typically don’t talk, and people who talk generally don’t know.

Look who’s back

Let’s look at what the top endorser of Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin was up to at the beginning of the year ....

Round and round

The never-ceasing news cycle spins out controversies faster than Waffle House can stack pancakes on a plate. Bite into one, two more pop up in its place. Yum.

Popular wisdom

An introduction

Sharp minds vs. deaf ears

The Mecklenburg County School Board is set to vote on a school masking policy when trustees meet next Monday. As if on cue, two Duke University researchers penned an editorial Tuesday in The New York Times that addresses the effectiveness of mask wearing in schools.

Ready to quit his day job

Not content with being a replacement-level state legislator after almost three decades in the General Assembly, Frank Ruff is now branching out into the public health field. It’s not going well.

The beat goes on

Every once in a while, someone will jump onto our website at and post a comment that cuts to the chase with the topics reported on the site. Such as this comment, from one of our regular readers in response to the general reaction to the Crumbling Schools Tour visit last week at Halifax County High School:

Who to believe?

Sun reader Tony Moore of South Hill has written a very polite Viewpoint letter below in response to my column last week, so let’s respond in kind.

On the world stage

Hmm ... let’s see what isn’t completely horrible in the headlines. How about the 2021 Summer Olympics?

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