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This fall we join with many other churches in prompting our folks to reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ.  We are in the process of inviting people inside and outside the church, and doing all we can to move them out of their comfort zone so that Jesus’ call to reach out becomes an actuality.

Figures show few are able to find work

The jobless rate in Halifax County continued to grow bleaker in July as even fewer people were able to find jobs and the unemployment rate continued to soar in double digits. 

Inaugural completion ceremony held

It was an afternoon filled with pride as the first eight students of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Work Ready Foundations program accepted their stackable industry credentials and certificates of completion and participation. 

Everlasting impression: Patient, nurse reunited

It was a “date” two years in the making. Two years may have passed, but her memory hadn’t failed her. Bernice Newcomb, 80, constantly spoke of her “bald- headed man.”

CONCERT CALENDAR: Blues Festival set Friday


Spare Times Grill, South Boston … Tenured Soul Aug. 30; Dane Ferguson Aug. 31. 

 Halifax Co. High School Auditorium … South Boston/Halifax County Blues Festival Aug. 30 featuring Theodis Ealey “The Stand Up In It Man”, along with special guests the Hot Damn Band and Juanita Cross. Tickets $20, available at Breedlove’s Fresh Fish stand and Executive Cuts Barber Shop, both in South Boston, and from Jonas Walker by calling 434-446-5535.

 Coopers Landing, Clarksville … Live Music Under the Stars on the patio 7 p.m.-11 p.m. – Mercutio Aug. 30.

 Time Warner Cable Pavilion, Raleigh … Allman Brothers Band Aug. 30.

 Carolina Theatre, Durham  … Leon Russell Aug. 29; Dickey Betts and Great Southern Aug. 30.

 Innsbrook Pavilion, Glen Allen … Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Aug. 28.

 Ntelos Pavilion, Charlottesville … The Beach Boys Aug. 28.

 Ntelos Pavilion, Portsmouth … Ke$ha Aug. 28; Hank Williams Jr. Aug. 31.

 Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach … Shinedown Aug. 31.



 Constitution Square, Downtown South Boston … South Boston Harvest Festival 2013 Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 Halifax County Fair, Hwy. 360, South Boston … Oct. 1-5. Grandstand entertainment will include On The Border, an Eagles tribute band, followed by country music star Jason Michael Carroll Oct. 2, The Magnificents, a classic Motown, beach and soul band, Oct. 3; Halifax County’s own Turkey Scratch Outlaw Americana Band Oct. 4; Halifax Co. 4-H Talent Show Oct. 5, 10 a.m.; bluegrass bands throughout the day Oct. 5 including Bluegrass Goodtime Band at noon, Homegrown Bluegrass Band at 2 p.m., Lawson Creek Band at 4 p.m., and The Grascals at 8 p.m.

 Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sutherlin … Country and oldies with The Brown Brothers Sept. 7, 8 p.m. Admission $10. For info call 434-251-0994.

 Coopers Landing, Clarksville … Live Music Under the Stars on the patio 7 p.m.-11 p.m. –Drew & Mike of Pure Acoustics Sept. 6.

 Booth Amphitheater, Cary, N.C. … Hank Williams Jr. Aug. 30; Willie Nelson & Family Sept. 14; Alabama Shakes Sept. 20; Maze featuring Frankie Beverly Sept. 28.

 Carolina Theatre, Durham  … Cheap Trick Sept. 17; Joe Satriani Sept. 24; Ani DiFranco Sept. 27; Lily Tomlin Oct. 10; Sandra Bernhard Oct. 11; Celtic Thunder Oct. 30; Red Clay Ramblers Nov. 15; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Nov. 16; Edwin McCain Nov. 30; Drew Carey Jan. 11.

 Carolina Theatre, Greensboro … Kathy Mattea Sept. 21; Buddy Guy Oct. 11; Mint Condition Nov. 1.

 Crossroads Live at Hooper Park, Crewe … Delbert McClinton Sept. 14.

 Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham … Blue Man Group Sept. 6-8; Alabama Sept. 28 (Sold Out!); Jack Johnson Oct. 3; Neko Case Oct. 26; India.Arie Oct. 29; John Fogerty Nov. 3; Ron White Nov. 22; Michael McDonald Dec. 1; Natalie Cole Dec. 10.

 Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach … Allman Brothers Band/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Sept. 4; Maroon 5 Sept. 8; Rascal Flatts/The Band Perry Sept. 26.

 Greensboro Coliseum … Taylor Swift Sept. 12; Rock Allegiance Tour Sept. 23; Rod Stewart/Steve Winwood Oct. 17; The Eagles Nov. 16; Florida Georgia Line Nov. 23; Bonnie Raitt Nov. 27; Justin Moore/Randy Houser Jan. 23 (on sale Sept. 27).

 Greensboro Coliseum’s White Oak Amphitheater … Flip Flop Beach Music Festival with Swingin’ Medallions, The Tams, Eric & the Chill Tones, & The Craig Woollard Band Sept. 7.

 Innsbrook Pavilion, Glen Allen … Darius Rucker Sept. 5; Montgomery Gentry Sept. 19; Beach Boys Sept. 25.

 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville … Taylor Swift Sept. 14.

 Landmark Theatre, Richmond … David Sedaris Oct. 19; Joe Bonamassa Nov. 9.

 The National, Richmond … Hanson Sept. 4; Son Volt Sept. 25; Alice Cooper Oct. 22.

 Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte … Joe Bonamassa Nov. 12.

 PNC Arena, Raleigh … Taylor Swift Sept. 13; nine inch nails Oct. 21; Michael Buble Oct. 25; Drake Nov. 3; Justin Timberlake Nov. 13; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Nov. 19.

 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh … Shinedown/Papa Roach Sept. 1; Steely Dan Sept. 18; IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Sept. 27 and 28.

 Roanoke Civic Center … Joe Bonamassa Nov. 8.

 Roanoke Performing Arts Center … Willie Nelson & Family Sept. 13.

 Salem Civic Center … Michael McDonald Oct. 11; Merle Haggard Oct. 27; Florida Georgia Line Nov. 22.

 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte … Muse Sept. 3; Michael Buble Oct. 26; Selena Gomez Oct. 27; Drake Nov. 2.

 Time Warner Cable Pavilion, Raleigh … Iron Maiden Sept. 3; John Mayer Sept. 5; Maroon 5 Sept. 10; Jason Aldean Sept. 13; Rascal Flatts/The Band Perry Sept. 27.

 Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte … Steely Dan Sept. 17; Queens of the Stone Age Sept. 19.

 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte … John Mayer Sept. 4; Kid Rock/ZZ Top/Uncle Kracker Sept. 10.

 Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem … Blackberry Smoke Sept. 7; Sister Hazel Sept. 27; Donna the Buffalo Dec. 14.


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Construction continues on Virgilina Family Dollar

Construction continues in Virgilina on the Family Dollar that is coming soon. The 8,000 square foot building will contain 4,300 square foot of retail space and 26 parking spaces.  

South Boston native has hand in viral video poking fun of Facebook

Have you ever been annoyed by Facebook friends’ seemingly unending barrage of posts in which they brag about everything from their gourmet dinners with the sunset views to how much they love their spouses and pets?  


Jesus has a way of getting people to look beyond the situation to see a greater perspective.  His birth in Bethlehem makes the entire Roman Empire take notice.  And his words and actions always challenge people to think higher and wider.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative encourages students to set high goals

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative emphasizes the importance of reading, math and science classes, and all other school subjects by participating in a number of educational programs that reach all age groups.  

CONCERT CALENDAR: Poker Run set Saturday


American Legion Post 8, South Boston … Poker Run benefit for Gavin Smith Aug. 24 with food concessions, car club display, race cars and drivers, raffle and music by Yellow Snow Show (Adam and Ronnie Snow), Phil Puryear & the Wilson Memorial Jamboree and Kyle Martin & the Halifax Hillbillies. For info, contact Pete Talley 470-4017 or Randy Tingen 579-2297.