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The search for 61 year old James Oliver Brown will resume Saturday, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark.
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The Halifax County High School boys’ basketball team improved to 4-2 on the season with a 63-42 win over Tunstall Tuesday.
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SAVE THE BARNS
SoVaNow.com / October 03, 2013A new partnership between Preservation Virginia and Japan Tobacco International may hold the key to preserving Southside’s old tobacco barns, many of which are fast falling into total disarray.
Barbara Bass, president of the Halifax County Historical Society, said yesterday “the Society is excited to be one of those partners for the Tobacco Barns Project. The Society’s mission is to help preserve history and encourage residents to preserve historic structures. Tobacco barns symbolize a part of our heritage and are slowly disappearing.
“This grant should help with saving some of them. Locals who may wish to participate should watch for news as to when workshops will be held during October and November. It is hoped that many will consider applying for funds to help in the preservation.”
Grants funds in the amount of $100,000 will go toward the repair and stabilization of tobacco barns in three counties — Halifax, Pittsylvania and Caswell County, N.C.
Bass said she believes Halifax County will receive one-third of the total amount, or about $33,000, to use for the preservation of local barns.
Eligible barns must be tobacco-curing or “pack” barns, or barns that are proven to have served in some capacity during the processing of tobacco. They must be at least 50 years old or have historical and or architectural significance.
Funds will be awarded to barns that retain enough structural integrity to ensure that work can be undertaken and completed in a quality manner. Grants will be made only for exterior improvements such as roofs, foundations or logs or other siding repair or replacement.
Barns also need to be located within sight distance of roads or highways.
Preservation Virginia began the barns project back in 2012, hoping to raise the awareness of the unique and irreplaceable rural heritage of the tobacco growing region. A survey carried out at that time found more than 1,000 tobacco barns in Pittsylvania County alone, most of which needed repair work.
Grant workshops for property owners interested in applying for the funding will be held in October and November with applications due by January 15, 2014.
The project will also include a middle school poster contest and an oral history project with interviews of elderly tobacco farmers.
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