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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. 

Council set to approve budget at June meeting

Halifax Town Council set approval and appropriation of the proposed $1.4 million 2014-15 fiscal year budget for its June 10 meeting during its regular meeting following a committees meeting and work session in Halifax Town Hall on Tuesday night.

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.

United Way director clarifies funding request

An initial public hearing on a proposed $10,012,443 budget for 2014-15 held Monday by South Boston Town Council drew one speaker, not exactly against the entire budget but for clarification of a previous funding request.

SoBo man faces assault charge

A 54-year-old South Boston man faces a felony charge of assault with intent to maim, according to South Boston Police Department records.

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. 

Landmark day in Noland Village

A crowd flocked to the 25th annual Noland Day Celebration Saturday in Providence featuring antique tractor and machinery displays, antique and classic cars, quarter scale tractors, hit and miss engines of all types, arts and crafts, artisans, woodworkers, children’s activities, a live farm animal display and stew cooked on site along with freshly grilled bologna burgers and hot dogs. 

Dozens of cadets awarded

More than 89 cadets were awarded 22 JROTC awards presented during the Halifax County High School JROTC awards ceremony Thursday.