06-15-2023 E-Edition

Elgie Brunson Crews

Elgie Brunson Crews of South Boston passed away Monday, June 5, 2023. She was born in Fayetteville, N.C., April 5, 1934 and was 89 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Thad Brunson and the late Thara Lambert Brunson Melvin. She was married to the late Jessie Edward Crews. She attended True Life Baptist Church. Elgie loved […]

Michael Albright Lipford

Michael Albright Lipford of South Boston passed away at his home Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the age of 66. He was born in Halifax County April 18, 1957 to the late James Henry Lipford and the late Mary Alice Murray. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Farris Lipford. Michael was a graduate of Halifax County High School where […]

Step pay raises a must-do, says Halifax County School Board

Left out of the budget, raises are a priority to retain staff, trustees tell administrators

After toiling for years to develop competitive pay scales for teachers and other school employees, members of the Halifax County School Board expressed dismay that the school budget does not provide step pay raises in the coming year — undoing a promise the board made to staff, said trustees. “What sacrifices are we going to make to get to that […]

Sentara: Same services at new hospital, on a tigher footprint

‘Not going to be a glorified emergency department’

Sentara Health on Monday unveiled a list of key services that will be provided with construction of a new $70 million acute care hospital to replace the current Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital (SHRH) facility. The new hospital will have inpatient medical/surgical beds, cardiac catheterization suite, emergency department, intensive care unit, imaging services, surgical suite, procedural room, laboratory, pathology, pharmacy, rehabilitation, […]


Poplar Creek Homes marks grand opening

Poplar Creek Homes, a 32-unit apartment complex spread across 16 duplex homes, got the grand opening treatment Tuesday as local dignitaries joined members of Southside Outreach Group Inc. to cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying the property is now open. The first residents are expected to move into finished apartments in about two weeks, said Southside Outreach President Earl Howerton, even […]

South Boston, Cluster Springs principals named, directors join HCPS central office

Two Halifax County elementary schools  have new principals, a third school has an opening for the same position, and the Halifax County Public Schools administrative central office will welcome fresh faces following action by the School Board on Monday. In a series of personnel appointments, the School Board named new directors of transportation, operations and maintenance and human resources to […]

Halifax County trustees approve $23.8M structural steel package; HCHS groundbreaking set

The Halifax County School Board will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, June 29 as construction of a new Halifax County High School draws closer. On Monday, trustees approved a second major contract in the lead-up to the project. By a 6-2 tally, the School Board agreed to a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $23,789,026 for the structural steel, concrete, […]

South Boston Council approves 2023-24 budget

In a unanimous vote, the South Boston Town Council adopted the 2023-24 town budget at Monday night’s monthly meeting. The balanced budget, which totals $17,303,980, contains no tax or fee increases while also providing a 3 percent pay raise to town employees. The 3 percent increase includes raises for Town Council members and the mayor. The budget raises Council pay […]

Hope I don’t put you to sleep

Yes, I am a napper. I will admit it. A half-hour snooze in mid-afternoon works wonders. My wife used to complain until she saw how much my mood improved. Now she suggests, “Why don’t you take a nap?” I napped before I retired too. On my last job I inherited a sofa somehow. It was wonderful! I would close the […]