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West, Claiborne get votes of confidence
SoVaNow.com / January 09, 2014
Supervisors on Monday night unanimously re-elected Tom West of ED-2 to serve as Board of Supervisors chairman for another year. They likewise unanimously re-elected ED-8 supervisor Bryant Claiborne to continue as board vice chairman in 2014.
The supervisors also presented framed resolutions to two officials who recently retired after serving for many years in their respective positions. Retiring Clerk of Circuit Court Bobby Conner was honored for his 25 years of service, and outgoing Industrial Development Authority Marketing Director Patsy Vaughan was honored for her 32-year tenure, including four separate stints as the IDA’s interim director.
Also at the supervisors’ meeting, Halifax County Improvement Council Chairman Arlene Dailey and council member Dianne Blakely presented a plaque to Ray Craig and Virginia Craig of Good Shepherd Ministries, who have been key contributors to the county’s recycling program. They were also recognized for providing meals to the needy.
Board members also approved a resolution supporting the proposed Beaches to Bluegrass Trail, a statewide, shared-use trail that will connect the Cumberland Gap to the Chesapeake Bay through southern and southwestern Virginia.
Tourism Director Linda Shepperd explained to supervisors that the trail includes bicycle routes, pedestrian walkways and horseback trails over its 400-mile length. The trail is a joint project of the Virginia Department of Recreation and the Transportation Department.
Board members also agreed to vacate two undeveloped rights-of-way in the Rolling Hills Subdivision. The action will allow the owners of the property, Halifax Properties LLC, to combine all the lots into one parcel. The vacated properties include a 50 foot right-of-way on Holland Drive, which is 318 feet long, and another 443 feet of a 50 foot wide right-of-way of Bethlyn Road. All of the lots are owned by Halifax Properties, LLC.
Supervisors also appointed Bill Shortt as county recreation director following the retirement of long time director Brad Ballou. Shortt, whose salary was set at $44,500, has assisted Ballou with recreational programs for a number of years.
The Board also re-appointed John Wayne Irby to another two-year term on the Recreation Committee and selected Edward Cawthorn to finish out the term of Morris Bryant on the Transportation Safety Commission. Bryant had sought a replacement to fill his term, which expires at the end of 2015.
Also, YMCA Executive Director Marcus Hargrave addressed supervisors during the public comment period, thanking them for their support of the Y and updating them on some of the programs that the Y offers.
Hargrave noted that Halifax County is one of a mere handful of counties in Virginia that has witnessed no school-age drowning deaths over the past ten years. He noted the Y provides more than 900 financially-supported swim lessons to all Pre K and 9th grade students in Halifax County, at no cost to the families. He also praised the Y’s After School program, noting that all participants made honor roll at their respective school.
The Halifax County-South Boston YMCA, he said, serves more than 4,000 people in the community and brings together young and old, men and women, people of all faiths, backgrounds and incomes.
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