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Night Out: Keep porch lights on to show unity

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 6, and the local event will be held at the Tuck Dillard Stadium at the Halifax County Middle School kicking off with a parade at 5:30 p.m. The event will continue until 8:30 p.m. 

Law enforcement authorities are asking those who cannot attend National Night Out to follow the tradition of turning on their front porch light in support of community policing.

According to organizers of this year’s event, National Night Out is a yearlong community building campaign designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

According to Kim Carson, chairperson of the National Night Out Committee, this year McDannald Construction Company and The National Night Out Committee have donated funds to purchase school supplies for the “Tools for Schools Program.”

Sheriff Fred S. Clark asks businesses, local civic organizations, religious organizations and individuals wanting to donate book bags with school supplies to contact Carson, Halifax Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department or Town of Halifax Police Department.

According to Halifax Police Chief Kevin Lands, this year the guest speaker will be the Honorable Joel C. Cunningham, presiding judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. 

“We will have three different vendors selling food,” Lands said adding, Breedlove’s Seafood will be selling fish and shrimp plates with fries, A& E Catering will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, steak wraps and loaded potatoes, and The Mentor Role Model Program will be selling pizzas and drinks.

This years’ events for National Night Out include the annual tug-of-war police vs. fire/EMS, Magic by Marlo, South Boston/Halifax Parks and Recreation corn hole game, McDonald’s will be giving out cookies, drinks and other items for kids, cake walk game, face painting, chalk art, bounce house, Exquisite Events by Shawn Torian, United Way giving out balloons, South Boston Fire Department smokehouse, Essence of Movement Dance Studio, and We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy will be performing along with group dances. 

The RISE program sponsored by local law enforcement and VASAP will be available. 

“We will also be giving away bicycles, tricycles, car seats, booster seats and book bags filled with schools supplies,” Lands said. 

Event organizers are still looking for local businesses and civic organizations to assist in sponsoring the event. The cutoff date for registration for a booth is Friday.  

The group’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium. 

Anyone interested in volunteering to help during National Night Out is asked to contact Kim Carson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Sheriff Fred Clark at 434-476-3339 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Captain B.K. Lovelace at 434-575-4270 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .