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Tough crowd asks tough questions on coal ash

EPA officials assured a standing room only crowd at the Washington-Coleman Community Center in South Boston on Thursday that drinking water from the Dan River was safe, while a Duke Energy representative told them customers would not be liable for cleanup costs associated with the spill.

Tax hike floated to boost county revenue

A 2-cent hike in the county real estate rate may loom in the future for county taxpayers.

EPA to brief area on coal ash spill

The United States Environmental Protection Agency will hold a community briefing Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss the Eden, N.C., coal ash spill that occurred Feb. 2 polluting the Dan River with tons of toxic coal ash sludge.

Town of South Boston council elections May 6

South Boston Town Council elections are May 6, with three seats up for re-election.

Sunday hunting measures progress

RICHMOND — Two bills seeking to allow Sunday hunting of deer and wild animals on private Virginia property and state waters are progressing through the General Assembly.

Gateway Project construction set to begin

Construction is about to begin in Halifax on the Banister River Gateway Project that will include bridge streetlights, gateway sign, wayside with parking and interpretive signage, a river overlook, river access and future trailhead to the Tobacco Heritage Trail located adjacent to the recently constructed bridge on Scenic Byway 360.

Groups line up to ask for more funds from budget

Halifax County Administrator Jim Halasz and Finance Director Stephanie Jackson are in the process of developing a 2014-15 budget draft, and Monday afternoon they sought guidance from the Halifax County Board of Supervisors Finance Committee during the first meeting in the annual budget process.

Board passes resolution against Sunday hunting

“The horse is out of the barn with this. We can adopt a resolution, but,” said ED-4 Supervisor Doug Bowman Monday evening as the Halifax County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 to pass a resolution opposing Sunday hunting.

Agenda targets Sunday hunting

When Halifax County Board of Supervisors meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax, saying no to Sunday hunting is expected to top the board’s agenda.

Property owners not in mood to compromise

Downtown South Boston property and business owners, not happy with the possibility of their properties being rezoned from manufacturing to business, in large part were still unhappy after hearing a summary of options presented them during Monday’s town council work session.