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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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Jayvees fall to Bulldogs comeback

SoVaNow.com / January 16, 2014
Three players scored in double figures for the Halifax County High School jayvee boys’ basketball team, but the Comets suffered a tough 56-53 loss at Martinsville Tuesday.

Kelonte Gutrich had 14 for HCHS, while Jarvis Owens and Zion Bailey had 12 apiece. Martinsville, however, countered with three double figure scorers and the Bulldogs pulled out the win.

Martinsville also outscored the Comets, 23-14, during a furious fourth quarter rally.

Owens had six points in the final period and Bailey had four, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs rallied to the win.

HCHS had led 17-11 at the end of the first period, and the Comets had a 30-17 edge at the half.

But Halifax only scored nine points in the third period. Martinsville outscored the Comets, 16-9, in the third period.

The Bulldogs clawed through the Comet defense for a 39-23 edge after halftime.

HCHS dropped to 9-3.

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