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Softball Players Endure Funnel Cloud At Game

More than one million persons across Virginia took part in the state’s annual Tornado Preparedness Day on Tuesday, but the Comets varsity and jayvee softball teams were not prepared to face what Coach Melanie Saunders described as “a funnel cloud” that interrupted the teams’ games at Albemarle Middle School on Saturday.

Gazette Staff Takes Top Honors At VPA

Gazette-Virginian staff members Charles Wilborn, Joe Chandler, Paula I. Bryant and Doug Ford claimed 10 awards in the annual Virginia Press Association Contest Saturday night in Roanoke.

‘Get This Clock For Your Mama’

“Go #31—Get this clock for your Mama,” Dr. Roger Browne said this week, encouraging his son-in-law, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton, to bring home the grandfather trophy clock designed and built by students in the Product Design & Development Program at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston.

Fundraiser Kicks Off To Buy Steinway Piano For Prizery

Benchmark Community Bank Thursday night announced a community fundraising effort to purchase a Steinway piano for The Prizery, South Boston’s award-winning performing arts center.

School Board Gets An Earful

The Halifax County School Board heard comments from all sides Wednesday night during its public hearing on the proposed school budget for 2010-2011.
One prevailing sentiment among most of the 26 citizens who spoke Wednesday night was that they do not envy the task set before the board in formulating a budget.

Damages Heavy In Logging Truck Wreck

This car collided with a logging truck Thursday around 1:15 p.m. on Highway 501 at its intersection with Black Walnut Church Road in the Cluster Springs community.

Search Continues For Missing County Woman

Virginia State Police Search and Recovery divers continued their search for a missing county woman Thursday in local waterways, including the Hyco River in Halifax County, according to Special Agent Troy LaRue.

Car Crashes Into House On Wednesday Morning

A 20-year-old South Boston man was charged with felony hit and run after the car he was driving crashed into the front of a house in South Boston, according to town police.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Felonies

A 30-year-old Charlotte Courthouse woman, Goldie Lynn Bailey, pleaded guilty Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court to four felonies, two for obtaining money by false pretenses and two for conspiring to obtain money by false pretenses.

State Budget Passes With Big Cuts

After much deliberation, the General Assembly has passed a two-year $82 billion budget that cuts spending on education, health care and public safety to bridge a $4 billion shortfall.