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Even with raises, some school workers to have pay slashed

The good news is all county school employees will be getting a 2 percent pay raise in the coming school year.

$1.4 million in retirement funds reallocated in schools

Halifax County School Board members find themselves embroiled in a lawsuit over termination of the Local Optional Retirement Plan, a program that had allowed recent retirees to earn 20 percent of their salary at the time of retirement in return for filling in for work at the schools on a part-time or temporary basis. 

Finance committee ponders staff reductions in schools

With no place else to turn for funding, Halifax County School administrators have set their sights on reducing potential staff in order to cut $640,000 from the proposed budget.

Purchase of hotel advances

South Boston Industrial Development Authority is proceeding with its plans to purchase the John Randolph Hotel building, passing a resolution Thursday to formally accept a $100,000 Industrial Revitalization Fund Grant for use toward purchase of the historic property.

Baby wipe fabric catches fire in tractor-trailer

Damage was extensive, and firefighters from eight area fire departments spent six hours using thousands of gallons of water to extinguish a tractor-trailer fire late Wednesday night.

Blaze destroys home

A family of four was left homeless Tuesday night when a fire broke out in their brick ranch on Loftis Road in South Boston.

‘A real family atmosphere’ created at school

When one door closed, another one opened for Shela Stevens who works in the county school system.

New IDA committee putting focus on properties’ best use

Members of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority Properties and Prospects Committee met recently to discuss the committee’s roles and responsibilities as well as review an inventory of properties and their potential best uses.

Schools to get $360,000 more than current year from county

Halifax County School Board will receive $360,000 above current year funding, according to figures in the proposed 2014 budget presented for the first time to county supervisors Monday night.

Stray, homeless animals a a growing problem in Halifax

Cheryl Watts of the Halifax County Humane Society told Halifax County Board of Supervisors the animal help organization cannot “rescue our way to a solution” Monday night during the board’s regular monthly meeting in Halifax.