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South Boston Council votes in favor of cigarette tax

South Boston Town Council moved decisively to impose a 10 cent-per-pack tax on cigarette purchases in town by voting 4-1 in favor of the levy Monday night.

Eight of nine Halifax County schools accredited

Trustees set goals at retreat, hail progress in state ratings


Era of segregated schools is over, but achieving racial parity in education continues to be an unmet challenge


Park View look solid against Prince Edward in scrimmage





Betty Pierce Clay / January 11, 2018

Betty Pierce Clay, 77, of Eden, N.C., formerly of Nathalie, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. She was born in Pittsylvania County on May 16, 1940, a daughter of the late Nathaniel Wooding Pierce and Ida Motley Pierce. She was married to the late James Henry Clay and was a member of First Baptist Church of Republican Grove.

Ms. Clay is survived by one grandson, Christopher Dale Clay and wife Joyce of Eden, N.C., and one great-grandson, Jayden Christopher Clay of Eden, N.C.

She was preceded in death by one son, Tony Dale Clay; brothers, Willie Pierce, Donald Edward Pierce, Winford Merritt Pierce, James Leon Pierce, Thomas Edison Pierce, Roscoe Pierce and Ace Pierce and sisters, Margaret Pierce Pierce, Judy Pierce Francis and Edna Pierson Mason.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Republican Grove with Rev. Jerry Stanfield officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service.

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Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home.

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