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Halifax makes the grade half of the time with passing rates, but dropoffs outnumber gains

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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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Workforce director tapped for jobs council

SoVaNow.com / February 28, 2013
Dr. Nettie Simon-Owens, director of Workforce Services at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, has been appointed to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Rural Jobs Council.

The Rural Jobs Council will make recommendations to address the challenges to economic growth in rural Virginia, and develop a statewide rural infrastructure plan to include transportation, education, and community development.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on the Rural Jobs Council,” said Simon-Owens. “I am grateful for the opportunity to participate on this Council and will contribute as fully as I can to help fulfill the goals we have been charged with.”

The Rural Jobs Council is chaired by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and is made up of legislators and leaders in business, manufacturing, education, agriculture, and healthcare.

“Virginia’s rural communities are the heart and soul of our Commonwealth and we must do everything we can to bring jobs and opportunity to these regions,” said Gov. McDonnell in a prepared statement.

“I am confident this group will develop thoughtful recommendations and a solid infrastructure plan for rural Virginia.”

For more information about the Rural Jobs Council visit http://www.governor.virginia.gov/ruraljobscouncil/index.cfm

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