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Halifax police search for child porn offender who walked out of trial

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 42-year-old child porn offender who walked out of court during the lunch break in his Tuesday jury trial and failed to…



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QUESTION: How much does dual enrollment cost the Halifax County school division?

At first blush, the answer would seem to be very little. The two providers of dual enrollment courses at HCHS, Danville Community College and Southside Virginia Community College, last year billed the Halifax County Public Schools for total tuition costs of $872,392.75. But the community college system also provided a rebate of $854,944.90. That left a net bill of $17,447.85, or about 2 percent of the total tuition, said Finance Director Bill Covington.

Dual identity

ADVANCED PROGRAM OF STUDIES — Students in a dual enrollment advanced anatomy class held at the STEM Center work together while dissecting a cat. (Danny Lamberth photo)
Seven years ago, Geoffrey Orth served on a panel studying college-level academic programs at Prince Edward High School. Apart from having a son rise through the system and gain acceptance to the Naval Academy, Orth brought an impeccable credential to the job: a college professor, he directs the honors program at Longwood University in Farmville. After a year of study, the committee made its recommendation — Prince Edward should aggressively adopt an Advanced Placement curriculum. At the time, Prince Edward High School featured one option, the Southside Virginia Community College dual enrollment program, which allowed college-bound students to earn high school and community college credits in the same class.

School budget: out like a lamb

Halifax County school trustees may have set a record for the shortest meeting ever on Tuesday night as they gathered at the Mary Bethune Complex to solicit public comment on the school system's proposed budget for the 2009-2010 coming year.

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