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Night out against crime set Tuesday at middle school

The public is encouraged to turn out for the annual National Night Out event Tuesday night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium at Halifax County Middle School.

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.

The festivities kick off with a parade of law enforcement, fire and rescue vehicles at 5:30 p.m. followed by a performance with dancers from the We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy.

The crowd will be welcomed, and Pastor Norman Talley will deliver the invocation followed by Kristen Wellons singing the “National Anthem.”

Featured speaker for National Night Out will be Halifax County Circuit Court Judge Joel Cunningham, presiding judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. 

Essence of Movement Dance Studio will perform next with presentations to gold sponsors following the dance performances.

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

The “Tools for Schools” presentations will be made prior to the cake cutting ceremony Tuesday evening.

At 7 p.m. group dances will be performed followed by the tug-of-war between law enforcement and fire and EMS personnel at 7:15 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. the cake walks will get underway, and at 8 p.m. event organizers are slated to give away bicycles, tricycles, car seats, a booster seat, a laptop computer and book bags filled with schools supplies.

In addition to these activities, this year’s events for National Night Out will include Magic by Marlo, South Boston/Halifax Parks and Recreation corn hole game, and McDonald’s will be giving out cookies, drinks and other items for youngsters, face painting, chalk art, Bounce House Exquisite Events by Shawn Torian, United Way giving out balloons and South Boston Fire Department’s smokehouse.

The RISE program sponsored by local law enforcement and VASAP also will be participating in National Night Out. 

Plenty of food will be available at the event with three different vendors signed up to sell food. 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, organizers said.

South Boston Police Chief Jim Binner asks those who cannot attend to turn on their front porch light in a show of support for the National Night Out effort.   

For more information about National Night Out, 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 Capt. B.K. Lovelace at 434-575-4270 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .