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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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South Boston police department awarded $55,604 grant

SoVaNow.com / December 19, 2013
The South Boston Police Department has received a $55,604 grant to purchase mobile radios. According to Capt. B.K. Lovelace, the radios will update technology at the dispatch center and in patrol vehicles, to make it possible for dispatchers and other officers to see the unit number of any officer talking on the radio system.

The grant also will help to pay for communications equipment at a location within the town limits which would correct a communications issue with officers unable to communicate with each other or dispatch when they enter the hospital building.

The money is part of $115 million that the Virgnia Attorney General’s office received in criminal asset forfeiture funds from the 2012 Abbott Labs fraud settlement. The Virginia office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was the lead investigator in the case, which produced a $1.5 billion settlement, the second largest Medicaid fraud settlement in U.S. history.

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