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Kickoff set Saturday for Barn Quilt Trail

The Halifax County Barn Quilt Trail will kick off its celebration Saturday, at 9 a.m. at the Halifax Farmers Market. There will be an information table at the market where…

Mecklenburg County eyes two percent increase in real estate tax rate

Top-line 42 cent rate would go unchanged, but rising values would net fresh revenue

Mecklenburg County hosts state education leaders


Big weekend of racing comes to SBS, VIR

Philip Morris returns to South Boston Speedway Saturday, while the Andretti family will have a presence at VIR





Tornado drill Tuesday / March 19, 2018
A statewide tornado drill will be conducted Tuesday, at 9:45 a.m.

If widespread severe weather threatens the Commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be on Wednesday, at 9:45 a.m.

South Boston Emergency Services will conduct a siren test as part of this event. Citizens should hear a long continuous siren blast during this exercise. This test should only last for approximately 3-5 minutes to test their emergency plans for tornadoes.

Learn how to make sure you and your family are prepared for tornados by visiting

Show your support by registering for the tornado drill. In recent years, 1 million Virginians have signed up for the drill.

All National Weather Service Offices serving Virginia will issue a test Tornado warning message at that time. The purpose of this drill is to provide schools, businesses and residents of the Commonwealth with the opportunity to prepare for a possible tornado. The Emergency Alert System (WAS) will also be activated as if the drill were an actual tornado warning, but the messages will be clearly marked with “This is a test tornado warning...”

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