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Questions for the school board

To the editor:

I have two reasons for writing this letter to the editor. 

My first reason is the bus situation for the 2013-2014 school term. The policy you voted to approve is unfair to the majority of the parents in the Halifax County public school system. We do not live in a perfect world where all parents can be at the same bus stop each day to get their children off the buses. 

What will happen to those parents who are divorced and the children have two households? They should be able to get off at mom’s if she has them that week, or they should be able to get off at dad’s if he has them that week. 

What about those who work different shifts? Some of us who work for factories do not have the luxury of leaving work at the same time each day; overtime is often a necessity. On these days children may have to go to a grandparent or babysitter. What will happen then? Not all grandparents or babysitters drive, and these children need to be dropped off at their location; they should not have to report to the home of the parent to pick up the child only to take them to a second address. 

The school system motto should definitely be changed; the school board is definitely not about “children first.”

My second reason for writing this letter is the fact that the 12-month secretaries at the Cluster Springs Early Learning Center and the South Boston Early Learning Center were reduced to 10 months and 15 days. 

These employees should be 12 months as they have been for their entire tenure. They have one coordinator who serves both centers, and she cannot be in two places at one time. Whose idea was this, and why was it approved? This needs to be changed immediately. 

It is not fair that these were two of a few employees who received demotions and reductions in pay and not raises. Everyone should be treated equal, and these two and several other employees have been treated wrong.

I would personally like to urge the voters in Election District 6 to vote “Rita Best” for school board. We need a change. We need a voice who will stand up for their people.


Dotti Womack

South Boston


Class of 78 to hold 35th reunion Sept. 7

To the editor:

The Halifax County Senior High School Class of 1978 will hold its 35th reunion on Sept. 7 at the Halifax Country Club.  

Class members are asked to submit contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail it to Class of 1978 P.O. Box  1064, Halifax, VA 24558 for our Alumni Directory.  You may call 434-470-1102 or 434-251-0961 for additional  information.

Don’t miss the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and reminisce about the good times. 

Awaiting September, 

Linda Owen and Class of 1978-Reunion Committee


Justice not served

To the editor:

There has been much discussion and comments on the Trayvon Martin vs. George Zimmerman verdict. 

Considering all the circumstances Mr. Zimmerman should at least be convicted of manslaughter. Trayvon Martin, a child was on his way home walking not doing anything wrong, and he is confronted by George Zimmerman, a grown armed man. Mr. Zimmerman was told not to get out of the car. He did and followed, chasing Trayvon. 

George Zimmerman initiated the confrontation. As I had studied in law there is a “been for” rule. Had it not been for the action of George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin would be alive today. 

We have plenty of laws, but many times we do not get justice. 

In this case justice was not served by the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

John Woody

South Boston


Deserves time in prison

To the editor:

From the tenor of his statement and your story one would assume we’re supposed to feel sympathy for former Sheriff Stanley Noblin because he lived beyond his means, ran up a big credit card debt and covered it by stealing over $100,000 from the sheriff’s office accounts, especially the drug task force asset forfeiture money.

Most of the task force money taken was the product of the work done by Major Richard Pulliam and those who served under him. 

Noblin showed precious little mercy for former Sheriff Jeff Oakes, whom he had prosecuted for erasing a computer program, and Pulliam, whom Noblin hounded out of his police career and the state of Virginia. 

A lawman, who does that and grossly betrays the public trust, deserves to serve time in prison.

Yours truly,

John E. Greenbacker Jr. 

South Boston