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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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Esther Walker Saunders

SoVaNow.com / February 13, 2013
Esther Walker Saunders, 84, of South Hill, entered eternal rest Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at W.S. Hundley Extended Care.

Mrs. Saunders was born in Chase on Jan. 18, 1929 to the late Clifford Neal and Ruth Surratt and was raised by her stepfather Earl Walker. She attended historic Thyne Institute, graduating in 1947. She moved to East Orange, N.J. and worshipped at Peaceful Zion Baptist Church, after returning to Virginia she reunited with Silone Baptist Church.

Cherishing her memories are her husband, James, daughter, Sylvia Ann of South Hill, two sons, David-Scott of Jersey City, N.J., and James Jr. (Donna) of Easton, Pa., three sisters, Amy W. Butler of Richmond, Ida Walker of Baltimore, Md., and Mary W. Wright of Fort Washington, Md., six nieces, Anna Frances, Darlene, Janice, Gail, Audrey and Yvette; two nephews, Allen and Milton and a vast number of other loving relatives and caring friends.

A funeral was held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Silone Baptist Church, with Rev. Melvin J. Palmer delivering the eulogy. Burial followed in Thyne Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family received friends Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Giles-Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.harrisfhc.com

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