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Suspect faces 76 more sex charges

Michael Thomas Epps, 38, of West Oak Hill Drive, Halifax has been charged with 76 additional felony sex counts in three indictments handed down by Halifax County Circuit Court, according to Halifax County Sheriff’s Office records.

South Boston planners defer Internet sweepstakes decision

South Boston planners, with Brian Cheever absent, deferred a decision on two special use permit applications for amusement centers following a pair of public hearings at its Wednesday meeting.

Five Halifax County men face drug charges

Five Halifax County residents have been served indictments on drug charges, according to Virginia State Police Special Agent Mark Campbell, coordinator of the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force.

Abduction case goes to grand jury

Although she was present in a nearby witness room, 12-year-old Brittany Smith did not testify in Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Tuesday at a preliminary hearing when charges were certified against the man accused of abducting her and taking her to California.

Dog killed in Tuesday afternoon blaze

An early afternoon fire Tuesday destroyed a home in the Cluster Springs community, according to Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Chris Hudson.

Betty Bane: Halifax mourns loss of a ‘great lady’

Sarah Elizabeth “Betty” Umphlette Bane died Tuesday in Halifax. She was a longtime columnist for The Gazette-Virginian, former member of Halifax Town Council, active community, church and civic leader and the widow of former Sheriff Woody Bane Sr.

Former GV columnist dead at 76

Former South Boston resident and Gazette-Virginian columnist Charles Dow “Charlie” Neece of Forest died Monday at the age of 76.

No injuries when car slams into Goodwill

“Luckily no one was injured,” said Goodwill Store Manager Amanda Crosby Tuesday afternoon after a car crashed through the store window and came to a stop near the women’s shoe department inside the building.

Mistal resigns from service authority

Fred Mistal resigned from the board of the Halifax County Service Authority (HCSA) effective Jan. 21, according to HCSA Chairman Doug Bowman.

NOVEC adds local pair to South Boston energy team

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, a partner in a proposed 49.9 megawatt electric generation biomass plant to be built off Plywood Road in South Boston, has announced the addition of two area residents to its project team.