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SOL test scores: Mixed bag

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

Judge nixes lawsuit by motorsports instructor

Case dismissed after Wilborn contested firing

Jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent in July

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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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

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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Henderson woman dies in motorcyle accident

$400,000 sought for Microsoft/Route 92 project water tank

Mecklenburg County has applied for $400,000 more from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for a water storage tank to provide redundant water storage to the under-construction Microsoft facility in Boydton.

Chase City adopts higher water rates

In preparation for switching from municipal wells to water piped from the lake by Roanoke River Service Authority, Chase City Council on Monday adopted higher water rates.

Special luminaria ceremony planned at Clarksville Relay

A special Luminaria ceremony to be held during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clarksville will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived. Luminaria will be lit on Friday May 6 at 9 p.m. to represent these individuals.

Mecklenburg County develops plans for Civil War 150th anniversary

Did you know that Mecklenburg County has a local Civil War Sesquicentennial (CW 150) Committee that is planning special projects to help mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War?

Three-year gardening project at Occoneechee completed with help of local enthusiasts

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Top: circular flowerbeds adorn the first tier of the terrace gardens. Inset, above: an interpretive marker on the original Occoneechee Plantation. Left: a group of volunteers and park employees stroll along the newly placed brick walk. (Julia Dressler photo)

Planting trees to commemorate cancer survivors

South Boston News
American Cancer Society staff and volunteers celebrated 12 million U.S. survivors with a tree planting ceremony April 2 at the entrance to the Occoneechee State Park office. Local survivors and Relay for Life team members attended the ceremony and a reception on the office patio with refreshments, prizes, and music by Carol Henderson. Clockwise from top, Bluestone Middle School student and cancer survivor Stephen Lenhart mulches a tree, as do survivors Clyde Ireland and Hattie Davis. Relay for Life volunteer Theresa Hite hands out tee shirts marking the occasion while volunteers and guests chat on the patio. Volunteer Madolyn Hayne opens the ceremony, which called attention to the serenity of the park and the strength the new trees symbolize. (Alta LeCompte photos)

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