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Halifax punts Banister boat landing project bid opening

Lakefest impresses ... again

For 39 years, people have flocked to Clarksville for Lakefest

Sandy Fork Hunt Club continues tradition

Top, members of the Sandy Fork Hunt Club preparing breakfast for the balloon pilots and others Saturday morning during Lakefest. Above, members of the original Sand Fork Hunt Club pose…


Legion ends season with five wins





Four injured as fire strikes South Hill apartment complex

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Firefighters work Thursday night to bring a blaze at Fox Run Apartments in South Hill under control.
Four persons were injured by flames and billowing smoke as a fire inflicted significant damage to eight apartment units Thursday night at Fox Run Apartments in South Hill.

Not just any log cabin: Prime example of upward mobility during Reconstruction and beyond

South Boston News
This advertisement for Parker Sydnor’s services ran in a local publication. His great-granddaughter isn’t sure when or where. The one-and-a-half-story log building where he lived may look like any old shack – but it’s on the National Register of Historic Places, cited for its significance to African-American history in the era of Reconstruction. In the aftermath of the Civil War, the structure is representative of the economic progress of the roughly four million newly freed slaves, nearly all of whom were illiterate. The property, once a part of the sprawling Prestwould Plantation near Clarksville, was purchased by Lovice “Vicey” Skipwith, a woman and a formerly enslaved worker, in 1888. It’s best known as the home of the tombstone carver. (Photo courtesy Angelita Reyes)
Among others, tombstone carver Parker Sydnor lived in the dwelling. He worked between Scottsburg and Clarksville before his death in 1950. An effort is under way to preserve the cabin and the history behind it.

Weapons training center dropped after hearing; opponents cite noise, safety concerns

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Scores of opponents pack the meeting room to argue against a weapons training center planned for 95 acres on Mortons Ferry Road in Nathalie.
With a thumbs-down from the Halifax County Planning Commission, the couple behind the National Weapons & Tactical Training Center say they will pursue a location elsewhere, and not in Halifax County. About 500 people had signed a petition against the project by Wednesday.

CEDA making plans for new kinds of fun on the water

Dragon boat race slated for next fall

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