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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

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


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Catherine Barksdale Dixon / January 04, 2018

Catherine Barksdale Dixon died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at the age of 80. Born in Pittsylvania County on Aug. 21, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Narvel Barksdale and the late Susie Net Walker Barksdale and was married to the late Claborne Barksdale “C.B.” Dixon.

Catherine loved her Shepherd Street friends, gardening, her flowers, shopping with her children and family gatherings. She was a member of Second Baptist Church and loved her church family.

Survivors include her daughters, Cindy McConnel and husband Lee of Chester, Kathy Talley and husband Walter of Buffalo Junction, Vickie Carroll and husband Mike of Goochland; son, Randy Dixon and wife Rene of South Boston; grandchildren, Christie McConnel, C.J. McConnel, Craig McConnel, Heather Cox and husband Josh, Ryan Dixon, Ricky Boyd and wife Samantha, Michael Carroll and wife Emma, Kevin Carroll; great grandchildren, Caroline Boyd, Olivia McConnel, Paisley McConnell and Celeste McConnel; and sister, Alease Waller.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sister, Alice Spence; brothers, Charles Randolph Barksdale and William Lee Barksdale and grandchild, Nathan Lee Talley.

A funeral will be held Friday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Brooks Lyon Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services.

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