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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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Bring down hookup fees, HCSA urged

High cost of new connections has slowed housing, developers contend

Delegates cool to ABC sell-off

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s bid to privatize Virginia’s liquor store business appears to be on the rocks in Southside.

Bonuses on the way for Halifax County school employees

Halifax County school employees will have to wait a little longer for federally-funded bonuses after the School Board on Monday night delayed final action on Superintendent of Schools Paul Stapleton’s recommendation to spend the $1.57 million stimulus money, recently awarded to Halifax County, to boost compensation of school employees.

Trustees reject VASS efficiency study

Halifax County School Board chool trustees on Monday night defeated a motion made by ED5 trustee Roger Long to negotiate a contract with members of VASS (Virginia Association of School Superintendents) to carry out a school review or efficiency study for the local school system. Long’s motion failed on a 5-3 vote.

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