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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.

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.