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Halifax County Chamber bestows top honors online

The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce met online Thursday to name the Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year and Young Professional of the Year.

Davis named winner of 2020 Principal’s Award at HCHS

Outgoing HCHS graduate Brandon Davis is the winner of the 2020 Principal’s Award

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Deaundra “Dee Dee” Jeffress and Thomas Lee were honored as Female and Male Athletes of the Year at Halifax County High School Thursday morning.

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Job losses begin as coronavirus strikes economy

SoVaNow.com / March 25, 2020
With the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis still coming into focus, officials with the Virginia Employment Commission are bracing for a wave of job losses and filing of unemployment claims.

“We do not have a breakdown of the numbers by location or job sector yet, but there has been a dramatic increase in the number of new claims in the past week,” said William Walton, director at the Virginia Employment Commission in Richmond, on Friday.

Two industries in the region — Goodyear Tire in Danville and Jones Apparel in South Hill — have furloughed workers during the health crisis, although layoffs at the South Hill distribution center are related more to worker safety than to any loss of orders. The Danville Goodyear plant, which produces medium truck and aircraft tires, caters to a business sector that has been slammed by the worldwide pandemic.

The Goodyear plant in Danville employs some 2,000 workers who have now been idled. Layoffs at the Jones Apparel distribution center in South Hill have affected considerably fewer workers — about 100, most of them employed in a seasonal capacity.

A third local plant, Virginia Quilting in La Crosse, has closed for the week of March 23-27 to minimize the potential spread of the virus among its workers.

In South Boston, the Virginia Career Works Center at Houghton Business Park has yet to see a surge in jobless claims, but local VEC manager Mike Dolianitis suggested it’s only a matter of time.

“The only way we hear is from folks coming in and filing for unemployment,” said Dolianitis, who said the first round of layoffs is most likely to affect temp workers and employees in service industries such as restaurants and hotels. “If the situation doesn’t improve, I don’t look for those claims to decrease.”

The Virginia Works Center in South Boston and the satellite office in South Hill are now closed to the public out of concern for the safety of employees and visitors to the site. Dolianitis said the Houghton Park office in South Boston was one of the last in the state to close, with the decision made Thursday. The other center that was still open through Thursday is in Southwest Virginia. “The rural areas were the last bastions,” said Dolianitis.

Residents will still be able to access VEC and Works Center services by phone or online.

With all VEC claims office closed to the public, people can file for benefits by going to http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed or call the toll free number at 1-800-897-5630. Department officials say it is easier to file a claims form online than by using the phone.

There are also regular briefings and updates regarding unemployment claims on the VEC website, which Walton, the agency’s director, encouraged people to use.

In response to the current crisis, Gov. Ralph Northam has waived the one-week waiting period for claims as well as the requirement that people must be actively seeking work.



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