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SOL test scores: Mixed bag

Halifax makes the grade half of the time with passing rates, but dropoffs outnumber gains

Judge nixes lawsuit by motorsports instructor

Case dismissed after Wilborn contested firing

Jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent in July

Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to…

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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Prizery alum makes it to Broadway

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Tyler McKenzie
Tyler McKenzie, one of the young professionals who joined the Summer Theatre repertory company in its first season, will make his Broadway debut Monday in “Mamma Mia!”

Philadanco plays the Prizery

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Philadanco brought played the Prizery Wednesday night, making up for a planned February performance that had been cancelled due to snow. The dance troupe put on performances on Tuesday for fifth grade students. (David Conner II photo)

Philadanco brings energy, fame to Prizery stage Wednesday

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Philadanco appears at The Prizery arts center on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Critics nationwide rave: “fierce and sensuous by turns” (New York magazine); “high-speed wonders” (Los Angeles Times). For 40 years, Philadanco’s dancers have been shaping the world of dance. A free, light reception follows the show. Tickets are $15-$29. Deep discounts are available for groups of 12 or more; ask for Bob Mares. For tickets, call (434) 572-8339 or visit http://www.prizery.com.
The Prizery arts center is thrilled to welcome the renowned Philadanco dancers this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., followed by a free light reception.

Lawson Creek Grass plays the Prizery

South Boston News
Lawson Creek Grass played its final show with the current lineup Saturday night at the Prizery in South Boston. The band, consisting of Joe Dawson, Butch Dawson, Danny Fitts, Greg Long, Bud Cole, Keith Prevette and Charlotte Prevette, bid farewell to the Prevettes, who will be leaving the band. Lawson Creek Grass formed four years ago and has produced two CDs. (David Conner II photo)

Richmond Symphony performs at the Prizery

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The Richmond Symphony returned to the Prizery Thursday night for its annual Spring visit. Erin R. Freeman returned as conductor. Thursday's performance was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and sponsorship from Dr. Richard Allen Tri County Gastroenterology, Simmons and Associates Realty and Barbara and Walter Bass. One of the nation’s leading regional orchestras, each year it gives more than 100 performances to 125,000 listeners. Founded in 1957, the Symphony just named a few months ago its fifth music director, Steven Smith. (David Conner II photo)

Lawson Creek plays Saturday at Prizery

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Lawson Creek Grass plays its last concert will all current members this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at The Prizery arts center. The Alton-based band has enjoyed a strong four years, with myriad gigs and two CDs to its credit. For tickets, call 572-8339 during business hours, stop by the box office or buy online, for a small surcharge, at http://www.prizery.com.
It’ll be a bittersweet, unforgettable evening – and a fantastic show – Saturday when Lawson Creek Grass of Alton performs its last concert with all members together. The Prizery arts center plays host at 7:30 p.m.

Richmond Symphony returns to Prizery

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The Richmond Symphony with Erin R. Freeman conducting will play a versatile program at The Prizery arts center on Thursday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (434) 572-8339, stop by during business hours or visit http://www.prizery.com (for a small surcharge).
In what’s become practically a rite of spring, the Richmond Symphony with Erin R. Freeman conducting will play at The Prizery on Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Quilting Ladies exhibit continues

South Boston News
Currently on exhibit in the Cage Gallery at the Prizery is “Quilting Ladies,” sponsored by Parsons-Bruce Art Association. The show, designed and organized by Ralph Wileman, is the association’s contribution to “Minds Wide Open,” Virginia’s 2010 celebration of Women in the Arts. The exhibit is a salute to the North Halifax Quilting Ladies and focuses on the history and purpose of the group and information on the art of quilting. Pictured is quilting lady Sue Tucker, one of the youngest members of the team. Residing in the Stovall community, she was born in Pittsylvania County to a large family of seven girls and three boys. Along with quilting, she counts gardening and puzzles as her hobbies. She teaches Sunday School and considers the Quilting Ladies to be like “church family.” The exhibit will remain on display through May 31 and is open during Prizery business hours and during events.

Quilting exhibit continues at The Prizery

South Boston News
QUILTING LADIES EXHIBIT CONTINUES - Currently on exhibit in the Cage Gallery at the Prizery is “Quilting Ladies,” sponsored by Parsons-Bruce Art Association. The show, designed and organized by Ralph Wileman, is the association’s contribution to “Minds Wide Open,” Virginia’s 2010 celebration of Women in the Arts. The exhibit is a salute to the North Halifax Quilting Ladies and focuses on the history and purpose of the group and information on the art of quilting. Pictured is quilting lady Jettie Waller. The matriarch of the group, Jettie resides in the North Staunton community and is ninety-two years of age. The mother of four reports that quilting is a joy and helps her continue to feel productive. Once, after having broken her right hand, she learned to use her left and continued quilting. The exhibit will remain on display through May 31 and is open during Prizery business hours and during events.

Symphony, bluegrass, dance at The Prizery in May

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The ever-popular Richmond Symphony with Erin Freeman conducting plays Thursday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. at The Prizery in South Boston.
The Prizery arts center in Downtown South Boston has three great shows remaining in its regular performance season:

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