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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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John Thomas Hastings Sr.

SoVaNow.com / April 25, 2013
John Thomas Hastings Sr., 78, of South Boston, formerly of Scottsburg, died Monday, April 22, 2013 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born in Halifax County on Oct. 30, 1934, a son of the late Oscar Samuel Hastings and Patty Smith Hastings and was a farmer and truck driver.

He is survived by two daughters, Shelly Hastings Whitlow and husband Ricky of Halifax and Kimberly Ann Hastings of Scottsburg; two sons, John Thomas (Tommy) Hastings Jr. and wife Brenda of Clover and Warren Joseph (Joey) Hastings and wife Donna of Scottsburg; his former wife, Shirley Womack Hastings of Scottsburg; grandchildren, John Thomas Hastings, III, Jennifer Crenshaw and husband Michael, Ricky Whitlow and wife Samantha, Ashley Gravitt and Shane, Matt Hastings, Lindsey and Mike Prochaska and great-grandchildren, Peyton and Madisyn Crenshaw, Erika Whitlow and Grace Whitlow.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Dana Cook assisted by Ricky Whitlow Jr. officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Powell Funeral Home and at other times at 10113 James D. Hagood Highway, Clover.

Online condolences may be directed to http://www.powellfunerals.com.

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home.

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