gener8tor, SOVA Innovation Hub and Microsoft recently announced an effort to launch gener8tor Upskilling, a free training program to help Southern Virginia residents get critical digital skills for in-demand jobs. The program will kick off its first, virtual class on Oct. 19.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week that Rebuild VA, the $70 million economic recovery fund launched in August, is expanding its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply.

Just as Napa Valley in California is associated with wine, owners of what is now Golden Piedmont Labs hope their brand will come to mind when people think of Southside Virginia and northern, central North Carolina.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is seeking to fill 10 remaining member slots for its Dan River Year AmeriCorps program, which fosters a year of community service consisting of mentoring students in STEM-related areas and coaching literacy skills.

Halifax County Tourism invites all food lovers in Halifax County to join them in celebrating Restaurant Week Sunday through Sept. 12. Locally owned restaurants are offering specials to customers as part of the celebration.

Danville Utilities — a city-owned utility operation that serves some residents of Halifax County — reminds utility customers that disconnections for delinquent residential and commercial accounts will resume on Tuesday.

Help is on the way for small businesses in Halifax County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible business owners now have the option of applying for the Halifax County Small Business Recovery Assistance Fund.

Less county residents found jobs in June than in May, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Saber, a Cleveland-based company, is purchasing Sentara Woodview along with other Virginia nursing homes and facilities in Sentara Healthcare’s Life Care division.

Halifax County Tourism has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) DMO WanderLove Recovery Grant Program, a new grant made available to Virginia’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) across the Commonwealth that have been heavily impacted by the novel coronavirus …

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses hard. More than 50 of Halifax County businesses have received assistance during this challenging time, through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

While one building in South Boston is being retrofitted for the operation of an industrial hemp processing facility, a former industrial facility is being remediated to bring it back up to code and place it back on the market.

Beetoobi IT Solutions, a managed IT service provider in Halifax County, and Meadows Computer Repair, a six-time winner of The Gazette-Virginian Best of the Best for computer sales and repair, are combining into one business.

The Clover Power Plant could be closing by 2025, according to Virginia Electric and Power Company’s 2020 Integrated Resource Plan submitted to the State Corporation Commission.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative was awarded first place in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Spotlight on Excellence Awards program that recognizes leading communication practices for 800-plus electric cooperatives across the nation.

A total of over $4.6 million in grants has been awarded to projects in Region 3 to help the post-COVID-19 economic recovery in the region.

Benchmark Bankshares, Inc., the Kenbridge-based holding company for Benchmark Community Bank, recently announced the declaration of a semi-annual dividend of $0.33 per share to holders of common stock of the company.  

State Sen. Frank Ruff and Delegate James Edmunds announced last week that Comcast will begin a network expansion project this year to extend broadband service to more than 775 addresses in Brookneal.

A radio ad sparked an interest in welding and now Harrison Parker makes sparks fly all across the country as a certified welder, enjoying an in-demand career with great wages.