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Local Visitor Center garners honor from state association

The South Boston/Halifax County Visitor Center has received the “Visitor Center of the Year” award given annually by the Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (VACVB).

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Chase City beefs up ordinance for derelict buildings

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SBS to race under the lights

The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.





Scottsburg festival back on Saturday / July 25, 2013
After wet weather sank its original holiday plans, the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department wll try again this Saturday when the town hosts its rescheduled 4th of July celebration.

The July 27 event — featuring a morning parade through town, music and food throughout the afternoon, and the fireworks show at night — is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Scottsburg firefighters. Festivities begin Saturday morning at 10 o’clock with the patriotic-themed parade.

The weather forecast is promising: temperatures in the mid-80s with a 30 percent chance of rain during the day Saturday.

It’s a far cry from conditions on July 3, when heavy rains during the week prompted the fire department to postpone the annual Fourth of July celebration. “We still had up to three inches of water in the parking field on July 5,” noted Scottsburg VFD President Ricky Gordon.

With the July 27 makeup date, Scottsburg isn’t bumping up against other events. “With (Clarksville’s) Lakefest and races at South Boston Speedway, we didn’t want to compete against their events,” said Gordon.

“We had considered not having the parade for the makeup day, but so many people contacted us that we decided to do a complete day’s schedule with not only the parade, but a full afternoon and evening with live music starting at 12 noon and going until the fireworks at 9:45,” said Gordon.

“There have been some changes to the entertainment schedule, with Saved By Grace coming on stage at 2 p.m. From 7 to 9:45 the band will be Improbable Cause,” he said.

Also added to the schedule: helicopter rides offering an aerial view of Scottsburg. Dave with Cinn-Sational Cinnamon buns will be on site, and the festival will include the traditional quarter scale tractor pull.

Proceeds will help the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Corp. offset the costs of replacing a 31-year brush truck and firefighting gear. “Typically, we get state and federal funding that covers insurance and light bills, and the rest is up to us,” said Gordon.

The SVFD Corp. would like to remind everyone that parking and admission is free and that alcoholic beverages and coolers are prohibited.

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