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Halifax Mayor Kristy Johnson presented a framed resolution recognizing Banister Hill Baptist Church for its contribution to the Town with its new fellowship hall. Here she thanks trustees Larry Lacks, Jimmy Wood and Cecil Dance, trustees of the church. (SOMcL photo) / April 12, 2018

Halifax Town Council on Tuesday evening presented a resolution recognizing Banister Hill Baptist Church for its contributions to the beautification and preservation of the Town of Halifax Courthouse Historic District through its newly constructed fellowship hall addition.

Mayor Kristy Johnson presented the framed resolution to trustees of the church, Larry Lacks, Cecil L. Dance and Jimmy Wood, after noting that the original church was built on a half-acre lot at the intersection of North Main Street and Cowford Road back in May 1879. The resolution notes that the new addition is recognized as an architectural enhancement to the historic Town of Halifax.

Church members and guests will celebrate the completion of the fellowship hall expansion with a ribbon cutting Sunday, April 22.

In other business, Council members heard a report by events coordinator Olivia Epps on next week’s activities. Halifax will begin its Earth Day-Halicrafts Festival weekend celebration on Thursday, April 19 with a community paper shredding opportunity at the Halifax Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m.

On Friday, April 20, the long-delayed official opening of the Banister Lake Boat Landing will take place at 2 p.m. at 1025 L.P. Bailey Highway. The boat landing along the Banister, a state scenic river, offers opportunities for boaters and anglers to enjoy recreation and exploration.

On Saturday, the town will host its annual Earth Day celebration which will be combined with its annual Halicraft Art Festival, earlier delayed by snowy weather. The day’s activities will stretch from the Farmer’s Market along the sidewalks throughout town.

Also, Town Council approved holding a public hearing on the amended FY2017-18 budget on Wednesday, April 25 at a specially called meeting starting at 6 p.m. Halifax had an 18.69 percent change to its $1,025,540 FY2017-2018 budget after the town received $191,641 in grant funds from VDOT and Game and Inland Fisheries to pay for expenses at the Dan River Gateway Project and the Banister Lake Boat Landing Project.

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