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County, towns recognize Thackston contributions

SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2013
Halifax County supervisors and town council members in South Boston and Halifax presented a framed commendation on Monday afternoon to Frances Anne Thackston, widow of the late South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston.

Mrs. Thackston, surrounded by the couple’s three sons, Jonathan, Michael, Mark, their wives and children, graciously accepted the gift after Supervisors Chairman Tom West read the resolution, which cites the many military and civic activities that the mayor undertook over his many years of service to the community and to the military.

Mrs. Thackston also received a framed resolution from the Virginia General Assembly, presented by Delegate James Edmunds, who said of the Mayor, “he was a good man and true friend of mine.”

Following the presentations to the Thackston family, members of the governing bodies heard Emergency Services Deputy Coordinator Chad Loftis describe the work involved in setting up a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program, which provides basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills for emergency workers who can then convey the information to persons on the scene of major disasters until more trained emergency personnel arrive.

Loftis said members learn what they can and cannot do during the weekly one-hour sessions which last for nine weeks. He explained that the county will be divided into 12 districts, corresponding to areas covered by the 12 local fire departments.

Each district will have to have at least three members with no limit on the maximum number of participants.

He stressed that he believes the program can be initiated without any expense to the county since the fire training center behind the Middle School is equipped with the needed equipment and FEMA would supply the needed books.

ED-3 Supervisor William Fitzgerald moved for approval of the new program which passed on a unanimous vote by the supervisors.

Council members and supervisors were then advised that Halifax County may have the opportunity to expand its local Enterprise Zone which offers certain incentives to new businesses.

County Administrator Jim Halasz said he will be meeting with South Boston Town Manager Ted Daniel and Matt Leonard of the Industrial Development Authority in the near future to work on a plan that will be brought back to the governing bodies at a later meeting for their consideration.

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