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Firefighters air grievances at South Hill meeting

Nearly a year after members of the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department ousted longtime fire chief Rosser Wells, members of the department say he and town officials are harassing them…


Mecklenburg supes get draft budget plan for $240.5 million, but no tax hike


Comets slip past Bassett

Pick up 1-0 victory in a pitcher’s duel





Tom McLaughlin

Southside’s new jewel

Let’s pick up an item from last week’s front page ...

Measures of justice

I don’t have anything special to add to the conversation in the aftermath of Tuesday’s guilty verdict for the racist Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd, except to express the same emotions that so many others have articulated more gracefully than I’ll ever manage — relief, gratitude, joy leavened with sadness, and a small measure of hope.

Overdue break from the past

Honest question, hoping that readers will weigh in with honest answers: Which do you think is worse, legalized gambling or legalized marijuana?

New directions

Let’s see in how many directions this thing can fly off the handle:

Close to home

A link to an article that ran this week in The Washington Post came over my email and I couldn’t bear to click. It was titled, “He said he was going to watch cartoons. Instead, he opened his dad’s gun safe.”

Just around the corner

Ever hop on a flight or get invited to a party and find yourself rubbing shoulders with a famous person in the news? Yeah, me neither.

Fact, fiction and consequence

Someone remind me a year from now to go back and check whether Del. Tommy Wright’s latest column about how Democrats have trashed Virginia’s criminal justice system proves to be overwrought nonsense or is borne out by future events.

Looking up

Don’t look now, but the news on multiple fronts is only getting better.

Worthy legacies

Ever soft soften but never afraid to speak his mind, the late W.P. Hudgins Sr. of Clarksville exerted a powerful influence as Mecklenburg’s first Black county supervisor that continues to be felt today.

All together now

A couple of weeks ago I penned a column in this space on the waning influence of Southside and Southwest Virginia at the General Assembly — literally so, the two regions are almost certain to lose seats in the coming reappointment of Virginia’s election districts— and with that, I promised a follow-up column on what our area legislators could do about it

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