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Rising Dan River shuts down U.S. 501 through Riverdale

Halifax County ‘dodged a bullet’ with storm

Light flooding, downed trees and power outages reported as Southside copes with heavy rainfall

Halifax County supes mull funding for fire departments, trail, road work

Tonight’s session will begin at 6:30 in the second floor meeting room of the Bethune Complex.


Bruised Comets seek turnaround

Halifax County High School varsity football can still enjoy a positive season, but the Comets will need a turnaround effort at Martinsville Friday.





Shirley Spraggins Benfield / September 11, 2013

Shirley Spraggins Benfield, age 75 of Spottsylvania, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

She is survived by her sons, Wade (Beverly) of Spottsylvania, and Jerry (Sharon) of Sandy Level; one daughter Nancy Lee of Siler City, N.C. Also surviving are four brothers, Roger Spraggins, Herbert Spraggins and Clyde Spraggins, all of Baskerville and Ed Spraggins of Hanover; one sister, Stella Newsom of Chase City; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Baptist Church.

The family received friends Tuesday.

Online condolences may be sent to

Farrar Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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