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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.

Pirates head for hospital to perform

Ahoy there. The Pirates are coming to Halifax Regional Hospital. Want a sneak preview?  If so, join Halifax Regional’s Healing Arts Team for its “Third Thursday in the Lobby” on Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. to meet the cast of Halifax County Little Theatre’s soon to open production of “How I Became a Pirate.”

High school horticulture plant sale starts Tuesday

Halifax County High School horticulture department’s spring cool season plant sale starts Tuesday. Customers are welcome during school hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Exotic New Zealand trip no ordinary vacation

Amy Powell does not consider herself a world traveler, but the South Boston resident and her husband, Jerry, found themselves halfway around the world recently after embarking on a 23-day tour of New Zealand.

Wheels and deals

When someone came to town in a fancy car, or was in charge of something really important, we used to call them a big wheel.  Today that term has shortened (in some circles) to wheel.

School celebrates storytellers

Stories came to life Thursday at Cluster Springs Elementary when the school held its second annual daylong storytelling festival featuring six storytellers.

‘Blessing of the Bikes’ to raise funds for fire victims

Ed’s Inc. of South Boston will hold a “Blessing of the Bikes” benefit Saturday, April 20, and Saturday, April 27, to raise money for Gary and Janet Stevens, the family who lost their home and all their possessions in a March 5 fire.

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.

Band gives new face to old music

With their classic attire, close soaring harmonies and over-the-top energy, Blue Grass Five is putting a new face on old time bluegrass, country and gospel music.  Recreating, refining and retro-fitting the genre-defining string music of the century, their spice comes from their infectious enthusiasm, spontaneous humor, high-lonesome harmonies, fiery picking and great songs.

Young duo shares lead in ‘Pirate’

In a move somewhat unusual in community theatre, Halifax County Little Theatre’s upcoming production of “How I Became a Pirate” will feature two actors in the lead role.  Jake Carr and Easton Berry have been pegged to bring the lead role of Jeremy Jacob to life, with Berry being the understudy.