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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

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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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South Boston council considers choice for interim vice mayor

SoVaNow.com / March 25, 2013
South Boston Town Council will consider the appointment of an interim vice mayor when members meet tonight for a monthly work session beginning at 5:45 p.m. in Council Chambers on Yancey Street.

The Current Issues Committee is expected to take up the appointment of an interim vice mayor, who would serve until the November 2013 general election. The position opened when Ed Owens, former Vice Mayor, was appointed by Council to serve as Interim Mayor following the death of Carroll Thackston. Owens also is serving in an interim capacity until November.

Also, the Current Issues Committee will receive the annual report of the South Boston Fire Department and review the findings of the Board of Viewers on the closing of Prospect Avenue and Grove Street, which Council earlier requested.

In addition to getting the monthly financial report, members of the Finance Committee will consider the issuance of general obligation bond to finance a $2.4 million renovation of the Washington Coleman Early Learning and Community Center. A public hearing is set on the matter for Council’s regular April 8 meeting.

Finance panel members will also consider staff recommendations for the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. The draft $9.5 million town budget calls for no new tax or fee increases, no salary increases for town staff and a sharp decline in overall spending due to a dropoff of several capital improvement projects which will not be included in the upcoming budget. The new fiscal year starts July 1.





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