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Transition center draws complaints of neighbors

Public input on the new “transition center” at 1332 Moore Street for locals struggling with homelessness and unemployment dominated debate at the Monday night meeting of South Boston Town Council.

Halifax lawyers inspired by their work for Legal Aid

You might think that the lives of Carol and Alan Gravitt were set on parallel courses from the start.

Halifax County trustees ease rules on student cell phone use

The Halifax County School Board agreed Monday night to revise the cell phone policy at Halifax County High School to make the rules more consistent and hopefully easier to enforce.


Comets play well, for the most part, beat Buckingham 34-14





Louise Powell Hawkins / July 03, 2017

Louise Powell Hawkins of Lynchburg, and formerly of Halifax County, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Lynchburg General Hospital. She was born Oct. 25, 1923 in Halifax County and was 93 years old. She was the daughter of the late Charles Henry Powell and the late Annie Smith Powell and was married to the late Bennie B. Hawkins.

She was a member of the Dan River Baptist Church, was a volunteer with Good Samaritan, and worked for the Virginia Telephone and Telegraph Company.

Mrs. Hawkins is survived by a sister, Jeanette Powell Newton of South Boston and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by seven sisters, Mae McKinney, Elizabeth Powell, Fannie Childrey, Lorene Hatcher, Gracie Burke, and Pauline Nelson and three brothers, Lester Powell, Hagood Powell, and Edward Powell

A funeral will be held Tuesday, July 4, at 11 a.m. at the Dan River Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Gibson presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Dan River Baptist Church.

For memorials please consider the Dan River Baptist Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home.

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