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Local board members meet jointly tonight / April 15, 2013
Halifax County and town officials will honor late South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston by presenting a framed resolution of appreciation to his wife and sons at a joint meeting tonight of Halifax County’s governing boards.

Thackston, who died on Feb. 17, was first appointed to South Boston Town Council in 1999 to fill an open seat. He was elected to Council in 2000 and became South Boston’s mayor after being elected to that position in 2004.

The resolution also notes Thackston’s service as an Army Major General and former Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard. It will be presented on behalf of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, South Boston Town Council and Halifax Town Council.

Following the presentation to the Thackston family members, local officials will hear a report from Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a concept that was developed and implemented first by the Los Angeles in 1985. The idea is to provide basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills for dispatchers, who can then convey the information to persons on the scene of emergencies until trained responders can arrive to perform more intensive services.

Saunders is working with businesses and non-governmental organizations to assist with the purchase of start-up equipment needed to support the program locally.

After the discussion on CERT, local governing officials may bring up any unfinished business as they deem necessary.

Following the joint session with the towns, Halifax County supervisors will consider giving approval to the CERT program. Board members will then consider some changes to both the revenue and expenditures listed in their proposed county budget.

Supervisors are not expected to take action on the changes, but rather consider them for action at the board’s upcoming regular monthly meeting on May 6.

Resolution of Commendation Honoring Mayor Carroll Thackston (Major General USA (Ret.)
WHEREAS, Mayor Carroll Thackston was a dynamic business leader beginning his professional career in Halifax County as a human relations manager for Daystrom and then employed as manager of the Virginia Employment Commission, and
WHEREAS, Mayor Thackston was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of South Boston serving as an elder providing his unique brand of care to people in his community, and
WHEREAS, Mayor Thackston an energetic civic leader serving on the boards of a number of civic organizations including the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, the local Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Southfax Sertoma Club, and YMCA and
WHEREAS, Mayor Thackston was a strong advocate for education promoting the creation of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and serving on the Board of the Halifax Education Foundation and the (former) South Boston School Board, and
WHEREAS, Mayor Thackston as a visionary supporter of the arts helping to establish The Prizery and the South Boston/Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts, and
WHEREAS, Mayor Thackston was a well respected military leader serving his Country, State, and district through his exemplary career in the United States Army and Virginia National Guard—retiring holding the rank of Major General, and
WHEREAS, Mayor Thackston was an inspiring governmental leader serving on the South Boston Town Council and elected Mayor in 2004 during which time on the Town Council, he used his vast leadership experience to unite local governing bodies in their efforts to form a consolidated water/sewer service authority and regional landfill; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Thackston was the much loved patriarch in his family, and was considered by many to be valued mentor and advisor, now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, the South Boston Town Council and the Halifax Town Council (The Joint Governing Bodies) hereby extend to the family of Mayor Carroll Thackston their condolences and appreciation for Mayor Thackston’s dedicated, caring service to local citizens; and in permanent tribute, the text of this resolution will be spread on the minutes of the three local governing bodies.

Halifax County Board of Supervisors
Thomas E. West, Chairman
South Boston Town Council
Edward Owens, Interim Mayor
Halifax Town Council
Gilbert F. Moore, Mayor

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