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PAULA I. BRYANT: This 'n that

Anyone who has traveled along Highway 58 near the Industrial Park area may have wondered what is going in that 20-acre field surrounded by orange fencing. Well, it seems our little neck of the woods has been selected as an open-air storage area for a gas pipeline expansion coming through the county.

Located next to the Wilco-Bojangles Travel Plaza west of South Boston, the large field will provide a perfect location to house large segments of steel pipe that will be used in the construction of a 100-mile extension from Pittsylvania to Brunswick County.

It’s all part of transnational energy giant Williams’ Southside Virginia project that will lay pipe east from the major north-south route from Chatham to Brunswick feeding Dominion’s $1.3 billion gas-fired power plant at the end of the line.

The company’s contract with Dominion calls for the pipeline to be operational by September 2015.

In the meantime, local residents can expect to see plenty of extra-long tractor-trailers hauling steel pipe through our area as Williams expands its gas line infrastructure across five counties hopefully giving Halifax, Charlotte, Pittsylvania, Mecklenburg and Brunswick a boost in recruiting industries that might be looking at locating in our region.


National Day of Prayer tomorrow

The public is encouraged to attend tomorrow’s local National Day of Prayer (NDP) celebration beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Halifax County High School auditorium.

The event will feature as special guest country music songwriter T. Graham Brown who will provide spiritual entertainment through song and testimony that is hoped to attract a large audience.

This year’s event at the high school will mark the 10th anniversary of the local National Day of Prayer celebration.

 Hundreds of locals are expected to gather to observe this year’s theme, “One Voice United in Prayer,” taken from Romans 15:6, “So that with one mind and one voice, you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

A group with the National Day of Prayer plans to kick off the special prayer day praying on the steps at the Halifax County Courthouse at noon and at 1 p.m. outside the South Boston Town Manager’s Office.  

The public is invited to come and pray with the National Day of Prayer committee members at these times. 

Next, public prayer will take place at the flagpole at Halifax County High School at 6:30 p.m. 

Prayer will continue as the main emphasis throughout the night event with individual prayers being offered for the government, military, church, media, business, education and family.

The event is free to all.



Don’t ever let it be said there’s nothing to do in Halifax County. This time of year there’s always something going on.

This weekend county residents are invited to attend the three-day Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival at the Halifax County Fairgrounds or indulge yourself at Derby Days on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. at Bright Meadows Farm in Nathalie.

And don’t forget to catch one of the “Beehive” showings at The Prizery this week.

Then next weekend on Saturday, May 10, you’re invited to travel to the Providence community to enjoy the 25th annual Noland Day Country Fair that’s always a hit.

By the third Saturday in May it will be time to travel back to the Halifax County Fairgrounds for the annual livestock show and sale.



Congratulations to former Gazette intern Leigh Ann Bush who will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ferrum College on May 10.

After interning here last summer, Leigh Ann completed her graduation requirements, got herself a job working in graphic design at the Lynchburg News & Advance and now lives in Lynchburg. 

We’re so proud of you Leigh Ann and wish you continued success.