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Halifax County school calendar changed — again

Halifax County school students will finish the first semester before winter break, and they will get back their Columbus Day holiday, but there is one catch.

Group home prospect alarms South Boston residents

A pair of South Boston residents appeared before South Boston Town Council Monday to express their concerns over a group home possibly locating on Hodges Street.

Cicadas plague Halifax County residents

“There’s really nothing you can do about them,” said Jason Fisher, Extension agent, forestry and natural resources with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, referring to the periodical cicadas that currently are swarming in parts of Halifax County.

County real estate taxes in the mail

Halifax County 2011 real estate tax bills were mailed out this week, according to Halifax County Treasurer Linda S. Foster.

Retirements, position eliminations, tweaked bus routes balance school budget

Halifax County School Board members eliminated 17 full-time and one part-time school system positions for a savings of $600,000 in an effort to balance the $57 million 2011-12 school budget.

FEMA decision upsets Halifax County officials

County officials are dismayed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision not to provide federal assistance to Halifax County and other parts of Virginia ravaged by April’s deadly storms.

Sweepstakes centers denied in South Boston

South Boston residents will have to go elsewhere if they want to participate in Internet sweepstakes after town council denied a pair of special use permit applications to operate amusement centers in the town, following a public hearing on Monday.

It’s show time for annual flying spectacle

“Show Time 2011” annual fly-in will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at William M. Tuck Airport in South Boston.

Lab results nearly complete in ’10 murder investigation

The lead investigator in the Tina Smith murder case confirmed Friday most of the lab results are back, but he cautioned the case is still a work in progress.

Oil prices take nosedive, but little relief found at the pump

Although the price of crude oil has dropped below $100 a barrel, gas prices remain at an all-time high —just in time for graduations and summer vacations.