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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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Flossie Hankins Hughes

SoVaNow.com / May 20, 2013

Flossie Hankins Hughes, 79, of 3213 Thompson Store Road, Vernon Hill, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Halifax Regional Hospital. She was born in Pittsylvania County on Sept. 7, 1933, a daughter of the late Adam Roosevelt Hankins and Freddie Hughes Hankins and was a member of New Vernon Baptist Church.

She is survived by five daughters, Freddie Fallen and husband, Arthur Lee and Dorothy Ferrell and husband James, all of Vernon Hill, Linda Palmer and husband Lawrence and Wanda Hankins and companion Darius Anderson, all of Danville, Martha Hankins of the home; one son, Adam Hankins and companion Ethel Glass of Halifax; 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Helen Royal of South Boston and Betty Richardson of Vernon Hill; one aunt, Mary Hughes of New York; a devoted friend, Minnie Stephens; three devoted friends she considered sons-in-law, James Jennings, Lawrence Majors, Donnie Canada; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Wylie and Sallie Ferrell and two brothers, Henry Hankins and George Hankins.

A funeral will be held Monday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at New Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. John Elliott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

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