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Wilson Memorial Ruritans get old school property

The Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club was given the former Wilson Memorial Elementary School property Monday night by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. The club plans to transform the former school into a community center. Included in the donation was all but two acres of the school property, which will be used by the county for the creation of another convenience center. Jean Goodman, president of the Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club and Board of Supervisors chairman William Fitzgerald are joined by members of the club at Monday night's meeting. / April 07, 2009
The Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club was the big winner on Monday night as County Supervisors moved to donate the former Wilson Memorial School, along with some 15.5 acres of land to the Club. Their approval of the donation followed Club President Jean Goodman’s comments in which she said the Club “hopes to do a lot for our young people,” as well as including activities for the entire community.

In donating the property, Supervisors reserved a two-acre tract of the property with a 50-foot side easement on which a recycling and collection center will be developed in the next several months.

The Board also approved the donation of a used 24 by 60-foot doublewide trailer to the True Light Baptist Church. Pastor Gregory Thomas accepted the donation and thanked Supervisors, saying the trailer, which needs significant repairs, will be used now for Sunday school classes and may later serve as a residence for visiting ministers. He told Board members that a member of his congregation will move the trailer from the property within the next 45 days.

Following public comment on Robert B. Cheatham’s request for a conditional use permit in ED#4 to operate an internet gaming cafe in the Centerville area, the Board unanimously approved the request, attaching 12 conditions to it. Cheatham told the Board that he will be the manager and will be on site to see that the business is well run. His landlord Grady Spencer said he believes Mr. Cheatham is an honest person and the business will be good for the community.

Following yet another public hearing Supervisors approved a conditional use permit to allow for a telecommunications tower in ED#5 for nTelos. The new tower will be located on the east side of Plywood Trail, some 1,500 feet south of James D. Hagood Highway.

The Board also approved proposed amendments for the M-1 and M-2 zones which will allow for greater consistency in zoning regulations.

The Board also set public hearings for its May meeting for two conditional use permit applications, the first from Christopher Easley to allow for a paint and body shop on the south side of Douglas Trail and the second for a used furniture and antique store on the east side of Route 57 requested by Jerry Throckmorton and Brenda Couch. Both requests come in ED#3.

In other business the Board reappointed Jason Parker, Bruce Pearce, Tabitha Burton and Frank Perkins, Jr. to the Recreation Committee.

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