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National Night Out Tuesday / August 04, 2014
National Night Out kicks off in Halifax County Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium with a parade of law enforcement officers, fire and rescue personnel, military members and the Halifax County High Schooll JROTC in the lead.

Katie Wallace will sing the National Anthem, followed by the invocation from Pastor Norman Talley and a welcome extended to all by Kendra Monique Crews, who received a National Night Out Scholarship last year.

Students with the Essence of Movement Dance Studio will perform, followed by State Police making sponsor presentations. There also will be a special presentation by the Tools for Schools Program, which provides school supplies — notebooks, binders, pencils and other items — for use by county students. The items, donated by the South Boston Police Department, Carter Bank & Trust, the County 911 Center, and the Halifax and Virgilina Volunteer Fire Departments, will be presented to the Halifax County School Board.

Afterwards comes the cutting of the special NNO cake.

Group dances and sack races will follow, along with dog demonstrations and the tug-of-war contest, pitting police participants against emergency services personnel.

There will be two stages this year with DJ Shakespeare on the home side and the Love Peace & Chicken Grease Band and Hamilton Richardson performing on the visitor side of the stadium.

Raffle prizes will be given out at 8:10 p.m. including the giveaway of a car seat, booster seat, two bicycles, two tricycles, book bags and school supplies.

Four different vendors will be selling food at the event, including Breedlove’s Seafood, A&E Catering, Mentor Role Model Program (selling pizza and drinks) and Kool Treatz, which will offer snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy. McDonalds will be giving out gift bags and drinks, and Youth In Motion will have special activities for the kids.

Marlo the Magician will be there, as will the Bounce House. All Safe Records Management Solutions will be shredding documents for free.

Participants may park at the high school and transportation to and from the bus parking lot there to the stadium will be provided by Bobby Conner of the Heritage Festival group.

South Boston Police Chief Jim Binner asks that those who cannot attend please lend their support by turning on their front porch lights.

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