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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.

Halifax County School Board to talk budget cuts Monday

School board members are expected to vote Monday night on where to cut to balance their 2011-12 budget after the county board of supervisors voted to slash the schools’ expected level of local funding by $600,000 last month.

FEMA denies help for Halifax County tornado victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Virginia’s request for federal disaster assistance for those affected by April tornadoes, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Saturday.

Man sentenced for assault on officers in Halifax court

A 29-year-old Henderson, N.C., resident was convicted and sentenced recently in Halifax County Circuit Court for seven offenses related to an incident with law enforcement occurring Nov. 5.

Officer funding cut still hot topic in Town of Halifax

Funding for the fifth police officer in the Town of Halifax Police Department became a hot topic during Halifax Town Council’s monthly work session Wednesday night at Halifax Town Hall.