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Middle School robotics instructor Regan Priest awarded $5,000 grant

Halifax County Middle School robotics teacher Regan Priest may soon be looking for more room to put his “toys” after being awarded a $4,900 grant from the CenturyLink Foundation for innovative technology projects.

Youth showcase animals at annual show and sale

Halifax County High School student Rebecca McCormick showed the Grand Champion Market Steer at Saturday’s 56th Annual Halifax County Livestock Show and Sale. 

Police searching for missing Danville man

South Boston Police are searching for a Danville man believed to be missing under suspicious circumstances, according to South Boston Police Detective R.E. Redd.

‘A support system is out there’

For the past two years April Epps of Halifax has been sharing her story and has walked in suicide awareness walks in Richmond in the memory of those who have taken their own lives. 

Library employee wins statewide award

By Ashley Hodge Staff writer   Carol Ann Beadles, Support Services Administrator for the Halifax County South Boston Public Library System was named an “Outstanding Employee” at the most recent meeting of the Virginia Public Library Directors Association.  Library Director Jay Stephens and Chairman Bee Espy recognized Beadles with the award at the Halifax County South Boston Public Library System Library Board of Trustees’ monthly meeting Tuesday evening.  Every year the Virginia Public Library Directors Association accepts nominations for various statewide awards for public libraries and public library employees.  These awards are usually given out at the association’s annual spring meeting.   Stephens nominated Beadles for the award.   “She did an outstanding job keeping the library system running smoothly after the previous director and branch manager resigned, and she has been a great help to me since I arrived,” Stephens said.   Board member Judy Ward, who gave Beadles flowers as a token of her appreciation said, “We value you so much for the library and I think that award is very deserving.”  “Thank you all so much. I was shocked to receive this award. I couldn’t believe it,” said Beadles.  In other business Tuesday evening, the library board approved a tentative FY2015 operating budget so the director can “start planning for next year.”   The budget included level funding from the localities and an increase in state aid from last year.  Last year the library system received $101,783 from the state and this year Stephens said he is expecting that to rise to around $113,766 or greater.  Overall, the director is expecting the library system to “receive or take-in” roughly $424,066 and the total expenditures is budged as $424,066.  Board members also discussed recommendations for next year such as promoting the book club more, creating a display for related books that someone may enjoy if they enjoy a popular book and creating a display of staff picked books.  The board also approved changes to their strategic plan Tuesday evening. Stephens recommended taking out “restore Friday hours” because the hours have been restored and to change the wording from course offerings to programs to “add more flexibility.”  Stephens also gave an update from the Virginia Public Library Association meeting. He told the board that a lobbyist is suggesting as a way to get more funding, libraries consider creating new programs to market to the legislative committee to receive more funds.  The library director also gave a statistical report and his director’s report.    Branch Manager Chris Thompson also gave his report. He told board members he has increased the number of computer classes and the class sizes. The next computer class is scheduled for May 20 at the South Boston Public Library.  Thompson also said he plans to teach a social media class sometime in the summer.  The next library board meeting will be June 10 at 4:30 at the South Boston Public Library. (Ashley Hodge/Gazette-Virginian)Carol Ann Beadles, Support Services Administrator for the Halifax County South Boston Public Library System was named an “Outstanding Employee” at the most recent meeting of the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. 

Former workers stunned at McDonald’s firings

Several employees from the Centerville, Riverdale and Clarksville McDonald’s were left in shock after being terminated without notice from their jobs beginning Monday.

Deputy and dog duo stay side by side no matter what

After two years of tracking and searching for runaway suspects and missing people, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Handler Deputy C. A. Bates V said he and his search and rescue dog Sid have formed a pretty strong bond and work very well together.

Board rubber stamps increase for school lunches

Three proposals, a cost increase in school lunch, using a food service management company and changes to the food service plan at Cluster Springs Early Learning Center were discussed at the Halifax County School Board meeting Monday night, but the increase in cost was the only one approved.

In ‘pay now or pay later’ move, contribution rate increased

Halifax County School Board signed a resolution to authorize an increase of the employer contribution rate to the Virginia Retirement System to a certified rate of 10.98 percent at the Halifax County School Board meeting Monday evening.

School lunch prices rising again? Board to take up issue

Next school year parents may be digging a little deeper into their pockets to pay for their child’s school lunch.