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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





Jeanette P. Newton / December 21, 2017

Jeanette P. Newton, 95, of Scottsburg, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. She was born in Halifax County on April 20, 1922, a daughter of the late Charlie Hagood Powell and Anne S. Powell. She was married to the late James William Newton and was a member of Scottsburg Baptist Church.

Ms. Newton is survived by two daughters, Doris Hupp of South Boston and Florence Conner and husband Tony of Halifax; two sons, Tommy E. Newton and wife Holly of Scottsburg and Dean Newton and wife Jeannie of Scottsburg; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and seven sisters.

A funeral was held Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug Gibson officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to service.

Memorials may be directed to Dan River Baptist Church Building Fund, 1228 Dan River Church Road, Halifax, VA 24558.

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Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home and Powell Cremation Services.

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