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Winning essayist is South Boston council guest

SoVaNow.com / February 13, 2017
South Boston Town Council will welcome a special guest, Skyla Rain, when members meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Council chambers on Yancey Street.

The Halifax County Middle School seventh-grade student might have some insights to offer Town Mayor Ed Owens.

Rain is this year’s winner of the Virginia Municipal League’s annual “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. She won a $150 cash prize for her winning entry and was presented a plaque by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Each fall the VML sponsors the contest, with student contestants from each of the state’s eight regions for K-12 public school divisions. South Boston and Halifax County are in Region 8, along with Pittsylvania, Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Campbell, Appomattox, Amherst, Buckingham, Prince Edward and Nottoway counties.

The VML essay contest provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the important role of elected officials in their own city or town.

Also tonight, Council is expected to consider a resolution calling for a federal “marketplace fairness” law to require online retailers to pay the same sales taxes as bricks-and-mortar retail operations.

Council also will be asked to endorse a grant application by the South Boston Industrial Development Authority for funds to support the John Randolph Hotel Project.

Council is also expected to consider updating its employee compensation scale.



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