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VIR opens new kind of track

The next step in the racing evolution of Virginia International Raceway (VIR) took place Thursday with the opening of a new 1/20-mile oval track at the venerable road racing facility in Alton.

Fewer schools in state meet AYP standards

Fewer schools in Virginia met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards in the federal No Child Left Behind program during 2009-2010, according to information released Thursday by the Virginia Department of Education.

Deadline to apply for cooling assistance nears

The deadline to apply for 2010 cooling assistance is Monday, Aug. 16. The 120 local departments of social services throughout Virginia will accept applications postmarked or received through Monday, Aug. 16, as part of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program.

Three county schools get failing grade

Halifax County Public School division along with three county schools failed to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) in the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) program, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Joe Griles told school board members Monday night during their regular monthly meeting.

School workers’ insurance hike offset

Halifax County School Board members voted to allocate $440,000 in carryover funding to help school employees pay for their health insurance increase during the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday night.

South Boston supports new visitor’s center

South Boston Town Council came out of closed session Monday evening and approved a resolution supporting a joint application for funds to assist purchase and development of a new visitor’s center.

Boy Scouts National Jamboree Celebrates 100th Anniversary

We don’t just give out merit badges and Eagle Awards to you guys - you have to earn them,” said Peter Sessions, the son of former FBI Director William Sessions, during a Hometown News Conference at the recent Boy Scout Jamboree.

Halifax-South Boston library director resigns

“It’s the hardest decision I’ve ever made, I just love it here,” said Rhonda H. Griffin commenting on her resignation as library director of the Halifax-South Boston Regional Library.

SoBo man leads police on chase across county

A 38-year-old South Boston man faces two felony charges including eluding and assaulting a police officer and six misdemeanor charges stemming from a Friday afternoon chase that led authorities from Dan River Church Road to the News Ferry community.

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.