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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.

Family Dollar coming to Virgilina

Family Dollar is coming to Virgilina, and it’s not going to be long now.

Halifax county winery joins top rankings

The Virginia Wineries Association recently announced Molliver Vineyards & Winery’s Vidal Blanc has been approved by the Commonwealth Quality Alliance (CQA) program to join the rankings of Virginia’s top quality wines.

Jobless figures tick up in Halifax County

The jobs outlook in Halifax County grew much bleaker at the start of the year in January, increasing 1.2 percent from the 8.7 percent rate in October and November and December to 9.9 percent, according to the latest Virginia Employment Commission data released Friday.

Huber Engineered Woods tapped as top business

Huber Engineered Woods of Crystal Hill was honored Tuesday as Business of the Year at the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards banquet.

Chamber goes game show at banquet

In what could have been an ordinary annual meeting and banquet, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce had members — and their smartphones — in overdrive Tuesday night.