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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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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / July 29, 2013



Scottsburg Fire Department volunteers said they were gratified by the turnout and support for their annual fundraiser, the July 4th celebration that was pushed back to this Saturday due to wet weather.

“We had a big crowd for the parade, thousands lined the streets. Then the crowd thinned somewhat when showers hit us around 5 p.m., but we covered the electrical equipment and people pushed their chairs back under the tents and we just went on. We didn’t skip a beat,” said event coordinator Ricky Gordon, president of the Scottsburg department.

By the time the fireworks went off, the skies had lightened and the crowd was back in full force, he said.

Food sales were so good that members had to send out for more chicken and hamburgers by evening.

Raffle cash prize winners were announced — Clint Womack was the top winner of $300 cash (some of which he gave back to the department), Jess Allred won $200 and Joey Thompson won $100.

Two guitars were also raffled off. One was donated by Bunky House, who was not present for the event.

After the festival ended Saturday night, there was no rest for fire department volunteers as the Scottsburg FVD was called out to a 2:45 a.m. house fire. Details were unavailable, but Gordon said Fire Chief Jay Reese and other department members were on the scene until 6 a.m. yesterday morning

(Reese had gotten only an hour’s sleep in the past 24 hours, Gordon said).

Scottsburg firefighters were assisted by personnel and equipment from both the South Boston and Halifax Fire Departments.

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