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Rising Dan River shuts down U.S. 501 through Riverdale

Halifax County ‘dodged a bullet’ with storm

Light flooding, downed trees and power outages reported as Southside copes with heavy rainfall

Halifax County supes mull funding for fire departments, trail, road work

Tonight’s session will begin at 6:30 in the second floor meeting room of the Bethune Complex.


Bruised Comets seek turnaround

Halifax County High School varsity football can still enjoy a positive season, but the Comets will need a turnaround effort at Martinsville Friday.




Lakefest Idol auditions slated Friday / June 06, 2012
Auditions for the first-ever “Lakefest Idol” competition are set for this Friday, June 8 at the Clarksville Fine Arts Center. For those who want to compete, there is still time to register.

Come out Friday and cheer on the contestants who are singing for the title of Lakefest Idol. The winner will get to sing the first song at the Virginia Lake Festival Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Clarksville Fine Art Center in Clarksville. The admission fee is $5. Proceeds benefit the Clarksville Community Players and the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

About the competition:

It’s open to individual singers and/or singing groups. Entry fee of $20 per individual dinger and $25 per group act — the Chamber provides the entry forms. Payment is due with each application and no later than at audition.

Auditions held June 8. Callbacks June 15 at 7 p.m.

The three judges are responsible for hearing each act, making cuts, and deciding the top acts. Judges are Vernon Carter, Georgene Glasscock, Zorona Maples

The final competition will be held Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Audience members will have voting privileges for their favorite act. The audience as a whole decides the winner. Judges will break any ties if needed.

Performers are required to sing one song for no longer than 3-1⁄2 minutes. Each act will need to bring their own song to sing once it has been approved. Awards will be presented for third place, second place, runner up, and winner.

The winner of the event will receive the title of 2012 Lakefest Idol, first place trophy, and a spot at Lakefest Opening Ceremonies to perform for all who attend.

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