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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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Comets fail basic execution test

SoVaNow.com / December 05, 2012
The Halifax County High School boys’ varsity basketball team struggled with basic execution and lost on the road to Heritage, 60-51, on Monday night.

The Comets dropped to 1-2 on the season.

Heritage put together a strong third quarter run, but the key factor in the loss proved to be Comet turnovers.

Coach Larry Epperly said the Comets had 20 turnovers and got hurt on the boards, with just 15 rebounds. Eight Comet turnovers led to 16 Heritage points on fast breaks.

The main issue at this point for the Comets is to correct the turnover issue. The Comets had a home game Wednesday with Martinsville, followed by a trip to Bassett Friday.

Heritage finished with 16 points from Malik Tyree, while the Comets got 13 points from Keyshawn Johnson and eight from Dakota Delaware.

Heritage established the game-changing momentum with a strong offensive surge in the third period, with Quinten Trent enjoying success from three-point land.

Heritage also had an edge from the foul line.

The Comets are trying to establish some early momentum before Christmas. HCHS will have its Holiday Classic Christmas tournament to work on overall improvement, before the start of what’s expected to be a difficult Western Valley district slate in January.

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