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Hopeful looks to move Halifax school system forward

Roy Mitchell Jr. of South Boston on Friday announced his bid for the school board seat in Election District 7.

Duo climbing goal to construct orphanage on Prayer Mountain

Halifax native Fielding Cage and wife Carla are building an orphanage in the Philippines to reach children through spiritual ways of God’s word and natural ways of education, leadership and music.

Sexting charge lodged against South Boston teen

An 18-year-old South Boston teenager was charged Friday with sending a sexually explicit electronic communication to a person under the age of 15.

FEMA’s second denial of assistance won't stop Halifax recovery

Halifax County residents affected by the severe weather and tornadoes in April are not eligible for any federal disaster assistance, according to Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator W. Kirby Saunders.

FEMA again denies appeals for tornado damage assistance

From Staff Reports

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied all three appeals for federal assistance to help individuals recover from 34 tornadoes that struck Virginia in April.

Roger Long will seek reelection to Halifax Co. School Board

By Tiffany Hudson
Staff Writer

Competitive most of his life and eager to resolve issues, Roger Long announced this week he will run for reelection to a second term for the ED-5 seat on the Halifax County School Board in the upcoming November election.

Barry Bank announces for Halifax Co. ED-5 supes seat

South Boston businessman Barry Bank announced this week he will seek election to represent ED-5 constituents on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.

Bank is seeking the position currently held by K. Ronald Snead whose term expires in December. Snead earlier announced he would not seek reelection to another term on the board.

Bank, who is a retired investment consultant, said he is seeking the supervisor post because he wants to give something back to his community and now will have the time to do it.

“I came to Halifax County 40 years ago and worked in Chase City for an apparel manufacturer. I watched as the economy of Southside Virginia deteriorated to its present state,” Bank said.

“AT&T, the apparel, textile and tobacco industries that formed the economic foundation of Southside Virginia began to rapidly disappear, and efforts to replace them have failed,” he added.

“For the last 25 plus years, the citizens of Halifax County have been promised that by spending large amounts of money, industry could be attracted that will replace lost jobs,” Bank said. “Industrial parks have been built, agencies to attract industry have been formed and funded with tobacco money, and plans have been formulated to attract industry and jobs.

“What has been accomplished is to spend resources which could have been better utilized,” Bank added.

Instead, he said in spite of all efforts, the demographic profile of the county has shown a continuing decline in population from 37,345 in 2000 to 36,241 in 2010 to a projected 33,836 in 2020, while the state is showing increases in all these time frames.

Bank said he believes a change in direction is necessary, and he is ready to “think outside of the box.

“A determination of weaknesses and strengths must be made, and the county moved into a direction to take advantage of those strengths,” he added.

That is why Bank said he wants a seat on the board of supervisors.

“I believe that available resources are not being utilized properly and to the best advantage to solve the economic and social problems facing Halifax County now and in the future. The continuing decline in population, lack of industrial interest in Halifax, lack of opportunities for young people after high school, low education rate of the population versus the requirements of the job market require new and more effective solutions rather than the same old tired ones.

“Halifax County must determine its strengths and play to its strengths rather than attempting to play catch-up,” he added.

Bank is a graduate of E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg and a business administration graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington.

He attended and graduated from New York University Graduate Business School with a master’s degree in accounting.

Retired from the reserves, Bank was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from Washington and Lee.

He has worked in accounting and as an account or financial controller for several corporations including Van Heusen Corporation in New York, Beaunit Fibers Corporation in Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, N.C., and National Spinning Corp. in Washington, D.C.

He served as vice-president of manufacturing for Jonbil, Inc. in Chase City before opening and operating the Office Shop in South Boston.

He has worked as a financial consultant for the last six years and is a certified public accountant.

A South Boston resident for 40 years, Bank is married to Joan Bank and has two children, David Bank and Heather Green and one grandchild, Lauren Singer.

147th anniversary of the Battle of Staunton River Bridge to be commemorated this weekend

In June of 1864, Union cavalry under the command of General James H. Wilson and August V. Kautz were making a raid through Southside Virginia, leaving a trail of destruction behind them.

Wynn murder charges certified to Halifax County Circuit Court

Charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder against Connie Gayle Ferguson Wynn and a juvenile in connection with the death of Eric Wynn have been certified to Halifax County Circuit Court, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White.

Snead not to see reelection to Halifax Co. School Board

By Tiffany Hudson
Staff Writer

Family, career and education will be the main focus for Halifax County School Board member Devin Snead after his term expires in December.