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Halifax County school board calendar committee expands to 18

The Halifax County School Board’s calendar committee — responsible for setting the daily schedule from the first day of school to the last — is getting larger.

Banister River clean-up float slated Sept. 22

‘Make sure the dollars are there,’ supes urged

Chamber director voices support for raising school construction budget

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Comets finish strong behind Franklin in district match


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Tom McLaughlin

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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

Pants on fire

There was an interesting story out of Charlottesville this week about a lobbying outfit that got busted for sending forged letters to Fifth District Rep. Tom Perriello. The Charlottesville Daily-Progress reported that Bonner & Associates, a corporate-friendly lobby shop, sent letters to Perriello opposing cap-and-trade legislation that were signed by leaders of the local NAACP and Creciendo Juntos, a Hispanic non-profit network. Only it turns out these groups oppose no such thing, and the letters were signed by fictitious persons on stationery with the organizations’ letterheads. Since the story broke, other instances of fraudulent letters surfacing at Congressional offices have been reported. Props to Perriello for being the first to ferret out this fraud.

Off their meds

The first, last and perhaps the only thing you need to know about the great American Health Care debate is that most people who weigh in on the subject don’t have any idea what they’re talking about. Just today I have read opposition pieces that alternatively argue that (1) Congress doesn’t understand what’s in the bills it votes on, and (2) our evil elected officials have hidden time bombs into legislation that will doom health care in America as we know it.

Hot air of summer

You don’t have to look far for examples of how silly our political discourse has become — just turn your attention to Sen. Frank Ruff and Del. Tommy Wright, respectively. Our state senator and neighboring delegate from Lunenburg County lent their names to a blast of hot air aimed at Gov. Tim Kaine, and, no, it had nothing to do with the balloons at Clarksville’s Lakefest celebration this weekend.

Block busted

I knew I was in for an interesting night at the movies when the guy in line ahead of me seemed determined to push the envelope on modern-day parenting while paying for his tickets and popcorn. He and his wife and two toddler children had come to see “Ice Age 4,” and our protagonist, a youngish man, was dismayed to learn the movie wasn’t filmed in 3-D. “What do you mean, I don’t get glasses?” he barked at the girl behind the cash register. Turning to his wife, he announced: “I don’t want to see it. I’m serious.”

Bite of the Apple

In the immortal words of NASCAR legend Ricky Bobby, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

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