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Meat center a step closer with grant

Halifax County has been awarded a $12,500 planning grant to fund a professional, third-party feasibility study of a USDA inspected meat processing facility to serve Southside Virginia.

SVHEC hosts meeting of Rural Jobs Council

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center hosted the final meeting of the Workforce and K-12 Education Subcommittee of Governor Bob McDonnell’s Rural Jobs Council Monday in South Boston.

Jobs outlook showing more improvement

More people were finding jobs in Halifax County in March as the jobs outlook continued to brighten, with the unemployment rate decreasing six-tenths of a percent from 9.3 percent in February to 8.7 percent in March, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Wednesday.

Business, industry prospects increase in Halifax County

Activity for prospects is increasing in the county, according to Halifax County Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Matt Leonard.

Slagle’s Equipment closes

Slagle’s Emergency Equipment and Apparatus located at 1100 Bill Tuck Highway in Riverdale closed at the end of business Wednesday.

Benchmark reports increased earnings

Benchmark Bankshares, Inc., the Kenbridge-based holding company for Benchmark Community Bank, announced earnings of $1,539,273, or $0.59 per share, for the first quarter of 2013.  This compares to net income of $1,520,287, or $0.59 per share, for the same period one year ago.  Return on average equity for the quarter was 12.82 percent and return on average assets was 1.40 percent, compared to 13.73 percent and 1.46 percent, respectively, reported for the first quarter of 2012.

Halifax County jobless rate drops in February

The jobs outlook in Halifax County brightened slightly in February, decreasing six-tenths of a percent from the 9.9 percent rate in January to 9.3 percent in February, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Friday.

Building the foundation for a new business seminar set

The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Longwood Small Business Development Center and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center invite the public to attend a free question and answer seminar on the Seven Steps to Starting a New Business from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 25. 

Mentor Role Model Program names new executive director

The Mentor Role Model Program has hired Angela Townes-Yancey as the new executive director of the program.

As work begins, crews careful to preserve historic significance

If the walls of the former New Brick Warehouse could talk, they would echo the chants of the auctioneers and the rich heritage of tobacco farming in Halifax County.

SVHEC plans open house April 21

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center invites the community to Open House 2013 on Sunday, April 21, from 2-5 p.m. The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s main building and the SVHEC-Innovation Center will be open for tours, live demonstrations and information sessions.