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Miss Virginia shines at Miss America Pageant

Courtney Garrett, whose grandfather lives in Halifax County, is first runner-up

Spirits of the past

In the 1920s and 1930s, if you lived in Franklin County, most likely you were in involved in the county’s biggest industry — making illegal whiskey or moonshine.

Mecklenburg County, Boydton looking for funds to upgrade plant

Help sought with $4 million cost


12 runners, 208 miles, 36 hours, no sleep

Recently, a group of twelve local runners took on the challenge of participating in the Blue Ridge Relay. A grueling, two hundred plus mile relay spanning two days, mountainous terrain,…




Stafford art exhbition at the Prizery in October

Parsons-Bruce Art Association is sponsoring an exhibit during the month of October at The Prizery featuring the pottery and sculpture of Mat Stafford.

Vander Ark plays the Prizery

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

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

‘Freshmen’ rocker comes to Prizery


The Verve Pipe frontman, guitarist (and songwriter of the hit “The Freshmen”) Brian Vander Ark, top, brings thoughtful, catchy alternative rock to The Prizery on Friday night, Jan. 22. David Martin, above, of Halifax County opens. Underwriters are Glerin Business Resources and the Law Office of Tracy L. Quackenbush; co-sponsors are Cyndi Overby and Isabella Martin. For tickets, call 572-8339 or visit
Frontman for The Verve Pipe and author of their calling-card chart-topper, “The Freshmen,” Brian Vander Ark brings alternative rock to The Prizery on Jan. 22.

Winter pottery classes set at Prizery for adults, kids

Elyse Ward will teach another round of pottery classes for children and adults at The Prizery arts center running February through March. Due to the limited number of pottery wheels, enrollment is limited to six in each of two classes. To register, call 572-8339.
The Prizery arts center, in South Boston, starts a new round of pottery classes for children and adults running February through March with instructor Elyse Ward.

Carlbrook students stage ‘Our Town’

Getting Down To Business — Carlbrook School students Lilly Hawes, left, and Lauren McLeod practice for their upcoming production of Our Town.  The one-time only showing, with all proceeds going to The Prizery, will be Saturday, Jan. 9 at 3 PM in the venues Chastain Theatre.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Prizery’s website at or contact the box office at 572 – 8339. 
Resolutions are on the tip of everyone’s tongue during the first few weeks of any New Year. They are often as unique as the individuals who resolve to follow through on them, but this year let us all commit to one goal — living life for each moment. This objective — to truly live life — is a central theme in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, a famous American play being performed by several Carlbrook School student’s this weekend on The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre stage. The one show only production will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. with all ticket sale proceeds going to benefit The Prizery.

Totally 80s NYE party on tap

The South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman's Club wants you to welcome in 2010 by taking yourself back to the 1980s! Tickets are now on sale for the Totally 80s New Year's Eve Party at the Prizery or online at Seated - Sara McBride and Audra Webb. Standing - Deitra Hart, Kelly Ballance, and Carrie Pate.

Sandi Patty plays to sold out Prizery

Christian artist Sandi Patty presented her Christmas show Tuesday night at The Prizery. Patty played to a sold out show and was accompanied by a choir made up of local singers. (David Conner II photo)

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P-B makes donation to Prizery

Carol Foster, An Affair of the Arts Chairperson (front, right) and Frances Harrell, Art Procurement Chairperson (second from left) present Chris Jones, Executive Director of The Prizery, a check for $17,000. All funds raised at the biennial art show were given to The Prizery to assist with its operational expenses. This seventh art show, sponsored by Parsons-Bruce Art Association, opened on October 3 for a fortnight of cultural events. In addition to special activities, including an arts conference, special programs, student tours, floral interpretations, book discussion, pottery lecture and demonstration, $40,000 of artwork was sold. Parsons-Bruce Board members are (from left) Pat Burgess, Barbara Speece, Peggy Crews, Sylvia Bohanon and Wendy Fuller. Not pictured are board members Meredith Bowman, Boo Evans, Nancy McCormick, Jayne Pennington and Edith Stutts.

Matt Herskowitz Trio plays The Prizery

The Matt Herskowitz Trio played at The Prizery Saturday night. Herskowitz has played on Barry Manilow's Christmas album and most recently played at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. (David Conner II photo)

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