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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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Semifinal pairings set in Industrial tournament

SoVaNow.com / January 17, 2013
Presto will meet Dollar General Unarco and AW II will challenge United Steps/Felton in semifinal action Sunday in the Business and Industrial league tournament.

Meanwhile, top-seeded SVHEC won its first game in the non-conference tourney portion, defeating no. 9 seed AW I. SVHEC will meet the 40-plus Warriors in the championship game, set for Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. The Warriors downed HRHS/Volunteers in Sunday’s action.

40-plus Warriors 55, HRHS Volunteers 50

Three players led the scoring for the Warriors, as Calvin Chaney had 16, Waverly Harris 11 and Matt McCargo 14. The Warriors had seven three-pointers and connected on 12-of-21 free throws. The Warriors led by one at halftime and clawed their way to the win in the second half.

Justin Long (15 points) and Demetrius Burrell (14) paced HRHS/Volunteers. SVHEC 84, AW I 44

SVHEC breezed to the win, leading 44-14 at the half. Deshon Dabbs led the winners with 30 points and Demetre Faulker added 25. Robert Jackson also had 14.

The winners drained eight threes and went four-for-eight from the line. Darrell Smith paced AW I with 16 points.

INDY LEAGUE TOURNEY: Presto/Halifax County downed Kajeah/Pathways, 61-40.

The winners got 19 from Sterling Williams, 15 from Lymon Gregory and 14 from Eric Pounds in the win. Presto/HC had strong free throw shooting, connecting on 11-of-13. The winners had strong overall consistency, scoring 30 points in the first period and 31 in the second.

Kajeah/Pathways had no one in double figures, although Gary Yancey, Torrence Dunkley and Jermaine Thaxton had nine points apiece.

Dollar General/Unarco 53, Goodyear 37

Tyrone Barksdale had 25 points to lead the winners, while Jerail Howerton had 11. Jesse Lampkins had 11 and Eric Ferguson had ei;ght for the losing Goodyear squad.

AW II 56, ABB 32

AW II advanced, rolling to a 31-18 first half edge. James Allen had 18 points and Anthony Moore added 11. Damien Martin added eight.

Jermaine Richardson and Michael Jackson had nine apiece for the losing ABB squad.

United Steps/Felton 51, Aquatics/Pacific 26.

The winners got good, balanced scoring. Aaron Hill had 12 and Shumane Terry nine. Cordaro Boyd and Kevin Coles had eight apiece. Thomas Barksdale had eight and Blaine Key seven for the Aquatics/Pacific squad.

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