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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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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 to consider budget requests

SoVaNow.com / April 14, 2014
South Boston Town Council will discuss requests for funding in the upcoming town budget when members gather tonight in Council chambers on Yancey Street at 7 p.m.

A hour earlier, at 6 p.m., the Finance Committee will hear from department heads about their spending needs for the coming year.

An early draft of the budget, developed by town staff, calls for spending of $9,171,495, which is three percent less than the amount allocated in the current year budget. The new budget year begins July 1.

The draft budget calls for no increases in tax rates, licenses or fees. It includes $187,102 to cover the town’s support of the Halifax Education Foundation and a lease program for the Public Works Department.

The proposed budget defers all police vehicle replacements and leaves one position in the police department unfilled.

It also calls for a reduction in contracted maintenance services by the Public Works Department and postpones the purchase of a leaf collection machine. It also defers any pay for performance salary increases.

In other business, Council is expected to approve a proclamation designating this week April 13-19 as National Library Week.

Members will also be presented with the Virginia Main Street Milestone Awards which were announced earlier this month.

Certifications for the Washington Coleman Housing Project are also expected to be dealt with during the evening’s meeting.

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