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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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Arc of Southern Virginia meeting Tuesday

SoVaNow.com / October 01, 2012
The community is invited to the Oct. 2 meeting of the Arc of Southern Virginia at 6:30 p.m. in the Leggett Auditorium at Halifax Regional Hospital.

Youth ages 14 through 21, adults, their families, teachers and providers are encouraged to attend this meeting.

The topic is “An Introduction to the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services” presented by Beth Bomar, M.S., DARS Rehabilitation Counselor, The Workforce Center, South Boston and DARS Counselor and Job Club Advisor Halifax County High School.

Vocational Rehabilitation is a state-federal program within the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services assisting consumers with disabilities to prepare for, secure, retrain or regain employment. Eligibility includes but is not limited to a physical, mental, or emotional disability. Depending on consumers’ strengths, concerns and interests, vocational rehabilitation counselors work with them to reach employment goals with counseling and guidance, physical and mental restoration services, vocational evaluation/career exploration, job training and placement assistance, expertise in the area of brain injury, deaf and hard of hearing, self employment enterprises, serious mental illness, substance abuse services, supported employment and accessing through the Department of Social Services, Social Security Administration and others.

Serving Halifax, Mecklenburg and Charlotte Counties, The Arc of Southern Virginia advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, working to foster full inclusion and active participation in the community for the enrichment of the lives of these individuals and their families by providing community education, support, information and referral with a strong emphasis on youth and adult self-advocacy.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 in the Leggett Auditorium at Halifax Regional Hospital. The meetings are free and advance registration is not required.

No time for supper? If desired, participants may bring a bag supper or purchase a carry out supper form the hospital’s Bellwood Café.

For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 434.222.8931.

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