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Miss Virginia shines at Miss America Pageant

Courtney Garrett, whose grandfather lives in Halifax County, is first runner-up

Spirits of the past

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12 runners, 208 miles, 36 hours, no sleep

Recently, a group of twelve local runners took on the challenge of participating in the Blue Ridge Relay. A grueling, two hundred plus mile relay spanning two days, mountainous terrain,…

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Earth Day in Halifax, made to order

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Jack and Sarah Reece were fascinated by the crawfish in the Tub of Bugs display. Behind them, Ralph Wileman studies a puzzle depicting the Dan River Basin area. (SOMcL photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 28, 2014
The weather was made to order for Halifax’s Earth Day festival, which drew a large crowd Saturday in celebration of the environment.

Children planted seeds, studied bugs, blew bubbles and played an assortment of unique games that emphasized mankind’s relationship with the planet — all part of a well-organized festival that filled up the Market Place building and parking lot.

The Market Place building (the former Farmers Foods store) was a hub of activity, with games and activities that drew a crowd people inside even with the crystal-clear spring weather outside.

A tub of bugs was especially popular, with kids and adults fascinated by the insects and a crawfish in a small pond crawling around. At other booths, young festival goers made jewelry, got their faces painted, planted seeds, colored pictures, worked puzzles, observed animals and played in a sandbox.

Outside in the parking lot, the Bare Bones food truck from Clarksville served up delicious eats, and bands played throughout the day — but best of all, from the standpoint of many of the children, was the blowing of giant-sized bubbles.

With the sun shining bright on a pleasant day, it was an ideal setting for Earth Day 2014 in Halifa

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