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Wayward bear causes accident

Bob Cage, renowned artist, athlete and tobacconist, dies

Robert F. "Bob" Cage, a Halifax native, was known for his achievements in an array of fields that he pursued with customary passion.

Latest effort to oust Thornton fails

The superintendent lost the support of a longtime backer, board chairman Robert Puryear

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Comets prove cynics wrong

There might have been some cynics wondering about the direction of the Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball team before last winter.

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Housing initiative spurs job hopes

South Boston News
Virginia Tobacco Commission’s research-and-development staff has recommended nearly full funding — $2.44 million — of a plan to design and manufacture energy-efficient homes for the needy or for disaster relief.

Mecklenburg County trustees reject teacher merit pay plan

Saying “thanks, but no thanks,” the Mecklenburg County School Board turned down an invitation to participate in a teacher pay-for-performance initiative launched earlier this spring by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Mecklenburg County school budget comes with a future warning

Next year, division won’t be able to rely on federal stimulus

Corwin named new Mecklenburg County registrar

South Boston News
Jason Michael Corwin, a 26-year-old lifelong resident of Mecklenburg County, showed his excitement as he discussed his new job as the voter registrar for Mecklenburg County. Corwin will replace Bert Carter, who is retiring at the end of his term on June 30.

Raleigh Road extension opens ahead of schedule

South Boston News
Thanks to a cooperative effort to speed up construction, the Raleigh Road extension in South Hill is now open. The road project was completed two months ahead of schedule, in time to facilitate traffic in and out of Parker Park, which will be especially busy this summer with the hosting of the Dixie Youth Softball World Series in late July. South Hill Town Manager Kim Callis (far right) thanked officials with VDOT and Key Construction, the lead contractor, for completing the project in time for Picnic in the Park on July 2 and the Dixie Youth World Series. The road is 0.4 mile long and runs from the ball field complex to Highway 1. It will serve as ta thruway with stop signs on Plank Road, a gate and speed control. It is not a dedicated road from Raleigh Road to Opie Road or Halifax Street; also, keep in mind that it is a park road and will be closed at certain times. Pictured are Michael Saunders -VDOT Area Construction Engineer, Tommy Johnson - South Hill Residency Maintenance Program Manager, David Garrett - VDOT Construction and Earl Rowley - VDOT Project Inspector. Also pictured are Randy Middleton and Bill Nunn of Key Construction, South Hill Public Works Superintendent Robert Owens, Public Works Director Bill Wilson and Town Manger Kim Callis. (Lisa Clary photo)

Got bees?

South Boston News
After finding a cluster of about 20,000 bees on a planter in South Hill near the corner of Mecklenburg and Atlantic Street near the stoplight Monday afternoon, the Town of South Hill contacted Yerby’s Honey Farm. William, Betty and Norman Yerby have local honey on the farm and W. I. also has numerous hives on the farm. They also offer bee removal service and they came out to collect the bees by using a customized shop vacuum that allows him to suck up the bees after they are sprayed with water to make the wings heavy so they can’t fly away as fast. After collecting the bees, they will be rehived by Yerby and a new queen will be tagged for that process.

Mecklenburg County supervisors propose $69.7 mil budget

Mecklenburg supervisors on Monday agreed to advertise a budget for the new fiscal year that includes a 2 cent property tax increase, funding for new school construction and one new position in the Sheriff’s Office to assist with courtroom security.

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