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  1. Halifax County supervisors hike real estate levy, consider rise in personal property taxRead the original story

    Apr 9, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Setting aside internal divisions that have gotten their year off to a rough start, members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors convened Monday night for what proved to be a low-key monthly meeting. Avoiding the acrimony that has marred other sessions this year, supervisors found common ground on a number of pressing issues facing the county - including a real estate tax increase for the Courthouse project, a public hearing to consider a second tax hike to help fund volunteer fire departments, and approval of a proposed drug court to oversee low-level offenders.

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  2. 'This was never a one man show'Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 9, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Facing a 47-count federal indictment and a $1.1 million cash judgment for alleged wrongdoing at Cherokee Tobacco, former company president Kathy Farley took to Facebook this week to respond to the charges: "I trusted too many people including and mostly those who I worked for." Farley posted the response - which pointedly notes the involvement of others at the company in reporting federal excise tax liabilities on the sale of cigarettes, the crux of the government's criminal complaint - after federal prosecutors revealed the charges in a terse press release issued Tuesday morning.

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  3. Deputy put on leave, faces charges for invading privacyRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Kathy Farley of Halifax, former president of Cherokee Tobacco and Firebird Manufacturing, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Avoiding the acrimony that has marred other sessions this year, Halifax County supervisors found common ground Monday night - with members approving a real estate tax increase for the Courthouse Tony Preston, a lieutenant with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of computer invasion of privacy and one misdemeanor count of obtaining a criminal history under false pretenses.

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  4. $250,000 to stop a hack attackRead the original story

    Apr 6, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Kathy Farley of Halifax, former president of Cherokee Tobacco and Firebird Manufacturing, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Avoiding the acrimony that has marred other sessions this year, Halifax County supervisors found common ground Monday night - with members approving a real estate tax increase for the Courthouse Mecklenburg County is facing a $250,000 bill to purchase new voting machines if the State Board of Elections accepts the recommendations of an independent audit report that has deemed the current models vulnerable to tampering.

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  5. Candidates turning up for Mecklenburg school board racesRead the original story

    Apr 6, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Kathy Farley of Halifax, former president of Cherokee Tobacco and Firebird Manufacturing, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Avoiding the acrimony that has marred other sessions this year, Halifax County supervisors found common ground Monday night - with members approving a real estate tax increase for the Courthouse Wanda Bailey and Randy Baisey have qualified to run for the Mecklenburg County School Board in the Nov. 3 general election. Bailey is an outspoken critic of what she sees as some of the school division's more questionable spending choices.

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  6. Ex-Cherokee president Kathy Farley indicted by fedsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    The penalty comes on top of a plea agreement between Duke and federal prosecutors that would settle criminal charges against utility for the February 2014 coal ash spill at Duke's The former president of Cherokee Tobacco and Firebird Manufacturing, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on tax and contraband cigarette charges. Kathryn Crabtree Farley, 46, of Halifax, was charged in an indictment returned under seal on Thursday, April 2, and unsealed yesterday afternoon after the defendant's initial court appearance.

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  7. Halifax supervisors set aside differences, take up tax hikesRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    The penalty comes on top of a plea agreement between Duke and federal prosecutors that would settle criminal charges against utility for the February 2014 coal ash spill at Duke's Setting aside internal divisions that have gotten their year off to a rough start, members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors convened Monday night for what proved to be a low-key monthly meeting.

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  8. Duke to pay $2.5 million for damages to localities on Dan from ash spillRead the original story

    Apr 6, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Duke Energy and Virginia's environmental agency have agreed to a $2.5 million settlement to pay for damages in Virginia from the Dan River coal ash spill, with Halifax and Pittsylvania counties and the City of Danville set to receive lion's share of the benefits from the pact. The Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that the settlement - part of a consent order that Duke Energy Carolinas has accepted - represents one of the largest penalties ever proposed by the state agency.

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  9. Impasse unresolved, Halifax County supervisors must take up taxes, budgetRead the original story

    Apr 6, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will convene tonight for the fourth time in 2015, with no indication that members are poised to resolve a 4-4 deadlock that has hamstrung action on county business. Tonight's meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex, includes a must-pass item that needs to be decided before May when the first half of the real estate tax bills go out - the setting of tax rates for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

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  10. Civil War drama to be filmed in Halifax CountyRead the original story

    Apr 5, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    The feature film Josephine will be filming in Halifax County this spring, helmed by Academy of Country Music award-winner Rory Feek. Josephine is a Civil War drama about a woman who enlists in the Confederate army as a man in order to find her missing husband.

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  11. South Boston police make arrestsRead the original story

    Mar 30, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    South Boston Police Officer J. J. George on Saturday arrested Kevin Lashon Stevens of Halifax and charged him with a March 28 domestic assault and battery of a family or household member. Stevens, 32, was being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

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  12. Firefighters appeal for more moneyRead the original story

    Mar 30, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Suppose your house is on fire and you call your local volunteer fire department, but get no response. A scary thought.

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  13. Bank draws flak for 'tale of two cities'Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    A meet-and-greet that serves as a forum for local officials to discuss their goals and plans left some real estate agents flummoxed by a recent speaker: Halifax County supervisor Barry Bank. Bank, who represents ED-5 on the Board of Supervisors, was among the guests at the monthly meeting in Clarksville of the Southern Piedmont Land & Lakes Association of Realtors , comprised of real estate agents in Halifax and western Mecklenburg counties.

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  14. Give that Fish in Halifax a NameRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    The public is invited to attend the dedication of a reading bench, honoring the late Hank Bruining on Friday, at 3 p.m. at the SVHEC Innovation Center, outside the Welding The Town of Halifax is currently working on plans for the official opening ceremony of the King's Bridge Landing Banister River Access. But there is a problem - the parking area has been designed to look like a fish, but the fish doesn't have a name.

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  15. Alton woman is third highway fatality this year in HalifaxRead the original story

    Mar 26, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    An Alton woman, Frances I. Byrd, 49, died Friday in a single vehicle crash on Route 659, the third fatal wreck of 2015 in Halifax County. The 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that Byrd was operating ran off the right side of the road, collided with an embankment and struck a tree on the driver's side.

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  16. Deputies probe rash of larcenies, vehicle vandalism at PVHS fieldRead the original story

    Mar 25, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Mecklenburg County deputies are investigating a string of larcenies, including thefts in the parking lot at Park View High School as soccer players from Park View and Halifax County High School competed in an after-school match on March 18. The culprits got away with nearly $700 in cash, as well as credit cards and personal information after vandalizing several vehicles in the PVHS parking lot. The victims included students from Park View and at least three residents of Halifax County who were watching the game between the Dragon soccer team and the Halifax Comets.

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  17. Halifax County budget hearing WednesdayRead the original story

    Mar 23, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Halifax County supervisors will host a public hearing on the proposed FY2016 budget Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax. The proposed budget totals $90.1 million, an increase of $1,816,822 or two percent higher than the budget of the current year.

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  18. Traveling HCHS soccer fans get rude receptionRead the original story

    Mar 23, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Halifax County High School soccer fans were among those victimized when someone vandalized several vehicles and stole the cash inside as the Comet soccer team was playing Park View High School in South Hill Wednesday. Suffering losses were Park View students and at least three residents of Halifax County who had traveled to South Hill for the Park View-Halifax soccer match.

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  19. Halifax County's jobless rate rises, but so does number of jobsRead the original story

    Mar 23, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Halifax County's official unemployment rate rose in January despite an increase in the overall number of jobs locally. The jobless rate climbed by half a point, from 6.8 percent in December to 7.3 percent in January.

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  20. Lumsden is new Partnership chairRead the original story

    Mar 23, 2015 | SoVaNow.com

    Chris Lumsden, president of Sentara Halifax Regional Health System and board member for the Halifax County Industrial Authority, has a new title to add to his resume. Lumsden was recently elected chairman of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership , which plays a key role in Virginia's business recruitment and expansion efforts.

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