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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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Shirley Spraggins Benfield

SoVaNow.com / 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 http://www.farrarfuneralhome.net.

Farrar Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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