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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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Bonzell Hairston

SoVaNow.com / April 25, 2013
Bonzell Hairston, 58, of New Bethel Road, Alton, died Monday, April 22, 2013 at his home. He was born in Danville on Dec. 27, 1954, son of the late Minnie Lee Hairston Lipscomb and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

He is survived by five sisters, Barbara Doomes and husband Lindsey, Julie Tucker and husband Ivan, all of Alton, Caroline Pointer and husband Gregory of South Boston, Shirleene Lawson and husband John of Durham, N.C., Juanita Thorpe of Alton; three brothers, Ben Hairston of Roxboro, N.C., Tommie Hairston of South Boston, Jerry Hairston and wife Charlene of Roxboro, N.C., other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Hairston and one brother, Moses Hairston.

A funeral will be held Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Harvey Bigelow officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 1149 N. Bethel Road, Alton.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

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