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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!”

Carr is Poetry Out Loud champ; three headed to state finals

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Daneisha Carr, fourth from left, of Halifax County High School was the winner of the Poetry Out Loud regional competition held Thursday at The Prizery. She and two others, Julia Simon of Halifax High and Janessa Reid of Tunstall High School, will advance to the state finals March 11 in Richmond. Pictured are the participants, sponsors and teachers, from left, Elizabeth Cantile of the Virginia Commission for the Arts; Tunstall teacher Kristen Williams; Erica Muse of Halifax; winner Carr; Bryson Hairston of Tunstall, third-place Simon; Halifax teacher Becky Donner; second-place Reid, Halifax teacher Mary Eanes and state coordinator Jeanie Rule of Theatre IV. Campbell County High School cancelled its participation due to weather.
Daneisha Carr of Halifax County High School won the Poetry Out Loud regional competition held Thursday at The Prizery. She and two others, Janessa Reid of Tunstall High School, who won second place, and Julia Simon of Halifax High, who took third place, and will advance to the state finals in March in Richmond. The Virginia winner will then proceed to the final, national competition in April in Washington, D.C.

HCMS sixth graders bring alive historic crossing

South Boston News
A few “Greene's Crossing of the Dan” cast members work together in an improvisational game to hone their acting skills for the play. The free public performance will be Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at The Prizery. This event is part of the 229th Crossing of the Dan Commemoration held at The Prizery that weekend.

Prizery dance troupe performance delayed

Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven at the Prizery

South Boston News
Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven played the Prizery Thursday evening. Opening for the gospel group was Clover native Tracy Staten Joyner. (David Conner II photo)

Lively gospel comes to Prizery

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Larnell Starkey and the Spirtual Seven play lively gospel this Thursday night at The Prizery. Sample the music of the "gospel Temptations" at http://www.darrecord.org. Opening vocalist is Tracy Staten Joyner, who grew up in Clover. A free light reception follows the show. Call 572-8339 or visit http://www.prizery.com for tickets.
Tracy Staten Joyner, Clover native, opens

Prizery picks up art trophy

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The Prizery picked up the first-ever Rising Star Award from Virginians for the Arts for the impact it is making on its wider community. Making the presentation in Richmond last week was Virginians for the Arts Foundation President Peter Fields, second from left. Pictured are Prizery Executive Director Chris Jones, Finance Director Bob Mares, Board Chairman John Fulton and employee Eva Cassada. More than 80 arts groups around the state applied for two awards. Parsons-Bruce Art Association garnered an honorable mention for its effective work. View a video made by Virginians for the Arts to showcase The Prizery at http://www.prizery.com.
The Prizery arts center was officially awarded the first-ever Rising Star Award in front of about 300 of its peer organizations at the annual Art Works for Virginia conference last week in Richmond. The Virginians for the Arts honor was given to the organization showing the most promise in making a significant impact on its community. Among the honorable mentions was Parsons-Bruce Art Association.

Harold and the Purple Crayon colors the Prizery

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The national tour of Harold and the Purple Crayon presented two performances Monday for Halifax County school children. The clever, artfully staged production comes to The Prizery tonight at 7 p.m. (note the earlier time) as part of a national tour by the Enchantment Theatre. Perfect for both the young and the young at heart, the play is co-sponsored by Fry Jordan and Wilson Insurance, Sheri & Jeff Fox with daughter Maggie, and Halifax County Little Theatre. The Prizery receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors or college students and $15 for youth. For tickets, call (434) 572-8339, visit http://www.prizery.com or get them at the door. (David Conner II photo)

Vander Ark plays the Prizery

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Verve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark played a solo acoustic shows Friday night at the Prizery in South Boston. Openingh for Vander Ark was Halifax's David Martin, who was joined during his opening set, by Randy Savage and Justin Butterworth. (David Conner II photo)

Harold and the Purple Crayon comes to life on Prizery stage

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The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon comes to The Prizery in Downtown South Boston on Monday at 7 p.m. (note earlier show time). The play is co-sponsored by Fry Jordan and Wilson Insurance, Sheri & Jeff Fox with daughter Maggie, and Halifax County Little Theatre. The Prizery receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors or college students and $15 for youth. For tickets, call (434) 572-8339 or visit http://www.prizery.com.

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