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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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Rain, snow cause few troubles ... and bust drought

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Most of the county was covered in a bed of snow Friday morning after heavy and flakes fell through the night. The snow quickly melted in areas exposed to the sun, but this field was in pristine condition at sunrise Friday. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / January 21, 2013
Heavy rainfall and snow in the past week caused light flooding in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties and closed a number of roads, but further east the downpour came as welcome relief as Buggs Island Lake returned to normal levels.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted last week to reopen boat ramps on Kerr Reservoir (Buggs Island Lake) that had been closed in late 2012 due to low water conditions. The drought that caused the lake to fall was “dramatically overcome” by several days of precipitation, the Corps stated in a press release, with the lake level rising 5.5 feet in the span of a week.

The Corps estimated that the Roanoke River watershed that feeds into Kerr Lake received upwards of 5 inches of rain during the span.

Lake levels are expected to peak near 303-303.5 feet this week based on current inflow forecasts, so flood operations have been initiated which should bring lake levels back down near 300 feet by Friday. The 300 foot level is the bottom of Kerr Reservoir’s flood pool.

VDOT reported minor flooding of roads in Halifax and Pittsylvania last week as a result of the rain and snow. Thursday’s heavy, moist snowfall created hazardous conditions on area roadways, although roads were generally clear by Friday afternoon as warmer temperatures set in across the region.





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