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Tax takes holiday

Downtown South Boston merchants held their annual sidewalk sale this past weekend during the state’s fifth annual tax-free back-to-school shopping period Friday through Sunday.

Halifax philanthropist dies at 39 after two-year battle with cancer

From her humble beginnings in the Elkhorn community of Halifax County, Karen Cardwell-Abebefe knew what it was like to do without many material things.

County pays $25,000 to Link Farms

Halifax County Supervisors last week approved paying Link Farms a $25,000 settlement to avert a trial in two ongoing court actions pending in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Motorcycle race turns deadly at VIR

A North Carolina man died of injuries he received in a chain-reaction crash that occurred in Turn 14 during a motorcycle race at Virginia International Raceway in Alton on Saturday.

Robert C. Gette, 38, of Charlotte, N.C., died at the scene becoming the fourth fatality at VIR since the track reopened in March 2000 after being closed for 25 years.

It is at least the fifth fatality since the track originally opened in 1957, according to published reports.

A state police report indicated the fatal crash occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon on the racetrack when a Yamaha 250 lost control and overturned onto the track. When a Suzuki sv650 came up behind and swerved to avoid the crashed motorcycle, the Suzuki lost control and overturned.

As Gette, the driver of the Suzuki, was getting onto his feet, he was struck by a Moriwaki 250, the state police report stated. The Moriwaki, operated by a 12-year-old male from Sutton, W. Va., was unable to avoid the downed motorcycle and its rider.

James Bonner of Coopersburg, Penn., operator of the Yamaha, was transported by ambulance to Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to state police reports.

The 12-year-old male was flown to Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina for treatment of serious injuries, authorities said.

All racers were wearing helmets and full race gear. Motorcycles participating in the race typically reach speeds between 60 mph and 80 mph, the state police report stated.

No charges will be filed.

Senior Trooper T.C. Comer responded to and investigated the crash at VIR on Saturday.

Wrecks Injure Two

The drivers of two vehicles were injured in separate single-vehicle accidents Tuesday afternoon, according to state police.

Top Officials Laud Funds For Sewer Upgrades

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen A. Merrigan and 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello joined USDA and local officials Thursday to commend the Halifax County Service Authority (HCSA) in securing $15 million in federal funds to upgrade the Maple Avenue wastewater treatment plant in South Boston.

Woodworking Students Carve Way To Another Competition

Lightning has struck twice for the WoodLINKS, USA program at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). In only its second year, Halifax County High School students in the dual enrollment program at the SVHEC have again been selected to participate in a highly competitive woodworking competition.

Halifax County Couple Walks 500 Miles, Gets Engaged

For local Halifax County residents Lee Sandstead and Rebecca Raab, this was their summer.  They just walked 500 miles in 28 days—and got engaged.

Former Tobacco Purchaser Pleads Guilty

A former purchaser with Dimon faces a maximum of five years and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty for his role in a conspiracy to pay bribes to officials of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, according to Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the criminal division and Shawn Henry, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Deputies Investigate Weekend Break-In

Halifax County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a break-in over the weekend at a South Boston residence, according to Sheriff Stanley Noblin.