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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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Part of the problem

SoVaNow.com / December 12, 2013


Dear Viewpoint:

Raising the minimum wage only creates more unemployment. Those businesses that have minimum wage jobs only have a certain amount of money to pay employees and still have enough profit to stay in business. When the government commands the minimum wage to go up it forces businesses to reduce the amount of people they employ. The forced increase in wages doesn’t increase the amount of income to pay for it. This is only a feel-good measure for Democrats and the employees that remain.

“Washington D.C. is the perfect example — it has absolutely medieval standards of wealth distribution, devastating rates of unemployment, but fabulously wealthy government employees. When Walmart announced plans to open stores there, the socialist City Council voted to force them to pay $12.50 an hour in wages and benefits, which would have driven them out of town.” “Luckily, the mayor was bright enough to veto the measure ….” (Source: Independent Journal Review, http://www.ijreview.com)

Your editorial “Better Pay For A Better Economy” is a lie. You are part of the problem, not of the solution.

Dan Shaw

Halifax

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