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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





Donald James Hurda / January 08, 2018

Donald James Hurda of Halifax died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 5, 1940 and was 78 years of age. He was the son of the late James Hurda and the late Rosalia Sprosty Hurda. He was married to the late Shirley Irene Lowe Hurda.

He was a member of Halifax Baptist Church, retired from the United States Navy and later from farming.

Mr. Hurda is survived by a son, Donald Calvin Hurda of Richmond, Ind., a daughter, Sherri Hurda Gizara and husband, Mark of Chesapeake, four grandchildren, Amanda and Faith Gizara, Alexa and Nicole Hurda, eleven brothers, a sister and a foster daughter, Mary Jane Patterson of Alma, Mich.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Halifax Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Collins officiating.

For memorials please consider Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558 or Halifax Baptist Church, 9200 Chatham Road, Vernon Hill, VA 24597.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Powell Cremation Services.

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