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Celebrating the 4th

Folks looking for fun places to go this Independence Day need look no further.


Everything will be in place Thursday as the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Corp. holds its annual Independence Day celebration. 

Scottsburg will be bursting at the seams as close to 10,000 people are expected to turn out to enjoy a fun-filled day of family entertainment. 

Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Deprtment President Ricky Gordon says this year they are expecting a larger crowd than in the past couple of years since July 4th falls on a Thursday this year. 

With most people getting just Thursday off as a holiday rather than a three-day weekend, Ricky expects for many people out of town travel will not be an option this year. 

So the good folks in Scottsburg have worked to try to get something for everyone to enjoy this year kicking off with the parade which will be followed by a quarter scale tractor pull, bouncing castle for the kids, live music from noon until time for the fireworks, arts and crafts vendors, Cinn-Sational Cinnamon Rolls and plenty of great food.

The grand Independence Day event will climax with an annual fireworks display.

And you can’t beat the price either. Admission is free to the event as well as free parking. 

However, since it is a family event, alcoholic beverages and coolers are not allowed. 

“We want to make this an event in which you can bring your whole family and celebrate the birthday of our great nation,” Ricky says. 

All proceeds from the event go to the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Corp. 

And if you happen to be on the other end of the county, the good folks in the Elmo community also are hosting their own July 4th celebration of sorts.

The second annual Fourth of July parade will be held in the community of Elmo on Thursday, and this year’s event is in memory of longtime Elmo resident Ned Stebbins, who passed away a few months ago.  

Ned’s “Ole Sam” tractor will be one of the highlights of the parade.  Ole Sam will be accompanied by various floats and tractors from the community.  

The parade will pass by the old Elmo Grocery Store at approximately 2 p.m., where spectators are welcome to gather and view the procession.


Halifax County lost another faithful and dedicated employee last Wednesday with the passing of veteran county Building Inspector Dwight Waller Sr.

He was 65.


Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his family members and many close friends.