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Election do-over raises hackles

South Boston reverses move to November voting; Wyatt-Younger wins bid for vice mayor

South Boston sets aside cigarette tax decision for 90 days

Four more metal detectors deployed at HCHS, HCMS


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Tom McLaughlin

Feet planted firmly on the ground

There’s nothing new about politicians striving to be all things to all people, but claiming to be their neighbor, too?

Bloom and bust

I’ve neglected to comment in this space on the State of the County forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce three weeks ago, but our front-page article on the event drew a quick reaction from several readers. One especially sharp-eyed businessman in town took exception to the comment by Mike Sexton, executive director of the IDA, that Halifax County has “figured it all out” when it comes to economic development. Come again?

Highway robbery

If a candidate for statewide office promised to extract revenue from southern Virginia to build roads for northern Virginia, would you vote for said candidate? No?

Blown away

My wife and I were talking with our son’s English teacher at the middle school open house Monday when the rain started to fall, crashing to the ground at angles you might imagine a downed aircraft taking. As the storm raged and heaved, spitting out wind and hail, it struck me how protected we were inside the building. Say what you will about HCMS, but it’s a sturdy place; I tried to recall from my time there as a high school student if the building had doubled as a fall-out shelter. Our eight-year-old daughter, who had tagged along for the visit, sat placidly at one of the big kids’ desks reading a book. Aside from the storm outside, there was only one oddity: a whooshing sound emanating from the ventilation shaft over our heads. Otherwise we could have been inside an impenetrable bunker.

State studies need state funding

Industry-funded uranium mining studies are wide-open to charges of influence

Show time

Recognizing as most do that the glass of life sits either half-empty or half-full, I think people would agree the dial of late has swung fairly decisively in the direction of “empty.” The economy is in the dumps, the job picture is even worse, and the national mood is bleaker than most Americans who never lived through the Great Depression are accustomed to. It remains to be seen if We the People have it within us to face the challenges ahead with intelligence, aplomb, fortitude and a sense of purpose and shared sacrifice.

The book on Bob

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Bob McDonnell as he made a campaign swing through Southside, and I came away reminded that the man is as smooth, felicitous and formidable as candidates come.

Making the pitch

After the shouting

Summer shorts

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