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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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Gov. McDonnell issues statement praising late mayor

SoVaNow.com / February 18, 2013
RICHMOND — Governor Robert McDonnell issued the following statement this morning on the passing of retired Major General Carroll Thackston, former Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard.

“With the passing of Major General Carroll Thackston, Virginia has lost a true patriot and a dedicated public servant. Major General Thackston dedicated his life to helping protect and serve others, from his six years of active duty in the United State Army, to his 35 years in the Virginia National Guard during which he was appointed to the top position by Governor George Allen, and then his public service as a town councilman and mayor of South Boston after his retirement. Major General Thackston also focused on helping others in his civilian life, having a long career as a human resources manager for Daystrom Furniture.

“Our administration was fortunate to have been able to benefit from his counsel and wisdom during our transition to the governor’s office. Major General Thackston offered his expertise to guide in the selection of the current Adjutant General, and helped ensure that the transition of Virginia’s National Guard command was seamless as a member of my transition team. I know he was also a valuable resource for Major General Long and we appreciated his continued dedication to the Virginia National Guard.

“Virginia is blessed to have so many strong and dedicated public servants among its citizens, but some, such as Major General Thackston, truly stand out. He demonstrated to us all that a career in public service and a dedication to one’s fellow man can make a lasting difference in the lives of all Virginians.”

Carroll Thackston, South Boston mayor, dies

The mayor had been dealing with illness over the past several weeks that required hospitalization. He was unable to preside at the February meeting of South Boston Town Council, a function filled by Vice-Mayor Ed Owens.

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