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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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Mecklenburg > Mecklenburg Government

Mecklenburg supes tee off on school board

Backlash on trustees’ decision to extend Thornton’s contract

Mecklenburg County supervisors criticize trustees on school facilities request

Mecklenburg County Supervisors dedicated much of their monthly meeting to a discussion of school facilities, which was prompted by a request from school superintendent James Thornton for $115,000 to purchase and install a new chiller in South Hill Elementary School and boilers in both Bluestone High School and Park View Middle School.

Tourism, marketing efforts dominate Mecklenburg supervisors’ discussions

Tourism and marketing Mecklenburg County were the main order of business during the June meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Mecklenburg supervisors enact budget, new real estate tax

Rate goes up 2¢ to offset falling property values; one speaker shows up to register opposition

Mecklenburg school board, supervisors hash out capital priorities

The joint education committee — comprised of members of the Mecklenburg County board of supervisors and school board — after much back and forth has developed a list of priorities needed to “provide a comfortable atmosphere for our students,” in the words of Superintendent of Schools James Thornton.

Mecklenburg County supes ponder new tax rate, flat revenue

2 cent real estate hike would offset declining tax base

Some good news with road funding

The Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors learned there is more money available for local road improvements than anticipated during a brief meeting with Virginia Department of Transportation’s South Hill Residency Engineers, Billy Smith and Tommy Johnson.

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