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‘We finally got it done’

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Halifax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Hubert Pannell did the honors in cutting the ribbon for the renovated Halifax County courthouse. A number of county supervisors took part in the celebration along with judges, members of law enforcement, and local residents. / October 14, 2021

Members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors joined courthouse staff and local citizens Wednesday for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the renovated Halifax County courthouse. The dedication was held where the newly built rear portion of the facility links to the historic courthouse.

“It’s been a long time coming and we finally got it done. We hope this courthouse serves Halifax County well,” said Board Chairman Hubert Pannell.

“I just want to thank the county and everyone involved in this long process. Nothing that is worthwhile comes easy,” said Circuit Judge William “Bill” Watson, one of the speakers for the dedication event. “I’ve had the privilege to practice law and sit in courthouses all over the state and this is certain one of the nicest facilities anywhere.

“Everyone in the county should be extremely proud of it. We that work inside the courthouse are greatly appreciative,” said Watson.

Halifax Town Mayor Dexter Gilliam said the courthouse “has turned out beautifully, it turned out better than I thought it would be, and Judge [Kimberley S.] White has done a wonderful job with taking care of the interior design. The exterior is very dignified and worthy of being a courthouse. I think we have one of the nicest facilities in Virginia, this is something we can be proud of what we have that will be here for many, many decades.”

White, chief judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit which includes Halifax, presented a surprise gift at the program — a painting of the courthouse, by artist Penny Wang. White introduced her as “the better half” of the pairing with Tristan Dunford, who works in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

“I hope everyone will look at the beautiful painting of the courthouse,” said White.

Wang is a professor of language and literature at the University of Northern Iowa. The courthouse painting style is impressionism.

“I wanted the painting to be vibrant and uplifting for the employees and visitors because court is not always a happy place, but to focus on the future,” said Wang.

Taking part in the dedication event were White and Watson, retired Circuit Judge Charles McCormick and wife Nancy, county supervisor Garland Ricketts and wife Hazel, and supervisors Hubert Pannell, William Bryant Claiborne, Ricky Short, Dean Throckmorton, and board tie breaker Larry Roller. Also taking part were Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, Clerk of Court Cathy Cosby, Halifax County NAACP chapter President Barbara Coleman- Brown, and retired county clerk Bobby Conner and wife Lucy.

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While the court house needed some repairs, it did not need this! I would have forced the judges hand. Basically a judges said I want a better court house and this happened! All the elected officials went along, they are servants of the people, they need to be reminded of that.


So, you again, allpolitical2, so negative about everything…..the reading I have done about the courthouse is the county did not have much choice…..the State of Virginia made the county upgrade the security for the judges, court lawyers, witnesses, and even the criminals while in court. And those court offices around the courthouse that were about to fall in…….something had to be done. If something were not done, you might be driving to another county to answer your charges. Again sir, set from behind the sheet and reveal who you are, just so we can see the most negative person in our Great County!


Well you can't say this was done in a timely or financially efficient manner. This took what 4 years or better to get built. Seems like the project was mismanaged from day 1, and guess who pays for that, county taxpayers. Need more proof of how much money gets pissed away on municipal projects? Since construction began, Sheetz, 2 McDonald's, and Wendy's have all been practically torn down and rebuilt. O'Reilly's, Viejo, and MBC have all been designed and constructed since they broke ground on the courthouse and that's off the top of my head. All those projects combined were done in a shorter timespan and likely for a smaller price tag than the courthouse.


Price doubled and your are proud of getting it done????

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