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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

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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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In Halifax, kids lead way

SoVaNow.com / December 05, 2013
The Town of Halifax is all aglow in preparation for the annual Children’s Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

With the Children’s Christmas Parade, Halifax will welcome “floats” of all kinds — decorated wagons, some pulled by children, others with the little ones riding on top — as music of the season wafts through downtown. The parade will wrap up at the parking lot of the former Farmers Foods, where the official Town of Halifax Christmas Tree will be illuminated.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas Is For Giving.” The entry fee for the parade is one gently worn coat. Donations of canned non-perishable goods will be given to the “Hope Can Help” food pantry, which in turn will distribute the items to local families in need.

On Saturday, the Halifax Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon to help Christmas shoppers find unique home-grown and home-produced gift items. Vendors will be on hand with fresh meats, produce, baked goods, gift baskets, sugar body scrubs, goat milk lotions and soaps, homemade candies, fresh sourdough breads and other goodies. Works by local artists and crafters also will be offered for sale.

On Sunday, town merchants will host their annual Christmas Open House shopping event, with special bargains during the hours of 1-5 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides by Shangri-La Retreat will be offered throughout the afternon, and youngsters can participate in a scavenger hunt. Afterwards, the Halifax County Cancer Association will hold its annual Luminary Service at the Courthouse beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

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