Benchmark Community Bank has again been named one of the nation’s Top 200 Community Banks. Eligibility for the Top 200 list is based on a three-year average of the bank’s return on average equity as compared with the approximately 5,500 publicly traded community banks located in the United …

The Wendy’s restaurant in South Boston is closing at the end of business on Sunday for renovations expected to take approximately one month.

Raymond Cocke, district conservationist with the USDA — Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Halifax County, is retiring after 39 years of service as a professional natural resource conservationist.

The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority  provided  dinner at Berry Hill for this semester’s 2019 Halifax County High School leadership class, community cohorts and guest speakers. This would not be possible without the community’s support. Several students, cohorts and guest spea…

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) has been named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Virginia for the second consecutive year. The list consists of 100 companies, and MEC ranked #15 in the “Midsize Employer” category.

Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance has named David Ashwell, LUTCF a Gold Agent during its annual sales conference at Hilton’s The Main Hotel, in Norfolk.

This April, Farm Credit of the Virginias, a customer-owned financial cooperative with a legacy of supporting rural communities and agriculture, delivered record-breaking patronage dividends to customer-owners totaling $40 million.

The Virginia Green program recently presented the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to 19 Virginia tourism operations for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism at the sixth annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration.

Riverdale business owner April Hodges beamed while holding a replica of a check for a $25,000 business grant presented to her from her neighbor across the street, Sheetz, as one of five recipients of Sheetz’ Time Back Initiative.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated McDonald’s in Centerville took place Saturday, with South Boston Mayor Ed Owens wielding the scissors. Others present at the ribbon cutting include Centerville McDonald’s franchise owner Mike Freeman, South Boston Town Manager Tom Raab, …

The Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Council will hold a council meeting beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the large first floor conference room of the Halifax County IDA located at 1100 Confroy Drive, South Boston.

South Boston Mayor Ed Owens cut the ribbon to officially open the new state-of-the-art therapy gym at Berry Hill Health and Rehab Center located at 621 Berry Hill Road, South Boston during a celebration held Thursday. Looking on are Berry Hill owners Sarah and Mark Stevens, (holding the ribb…

The Southern Piedmont Technology Council (SPTC) held the Innovative Stars Awards Banquet on Wednesday at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). The SPTC announced winners of the Innovative Stars Awards, including two with county ties, and featured keynote speaker Courtney D…

The town of South Boston and its SoBo Start-Up business incentive program got a dose of positive publicity last month when Destination Downtown South Boston Executive Director Tamyra Vest detailed the program at the 2019 Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Gazette-Virginian staffers captured 10 awards bringing home four first place, three second place and three third place awards at the annual Virginia Press Association Conference Saturday night at The Main in Norfolk.

Making its way from a pilot program in 2014 to being added as a commercial product in the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers looking for their next cash crop have kept a watchful eye on the possibility of growing hemp.

Halifax County SCS Broadband has been awarded a $231,108 grant that was part of more than $4.9 million in grants given through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) for 11 projects within 12 counties throughout Virginia.

Brian Jackson, Ph.D., has joined the staff of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) as the new director of workforce training programs. Jackson will oversee the SVHEC’s hands-on, credential based training programs, and he brings more than two decades of experience in workforc…

Halifax County businesses continue to march forward in bringing economic development to the area, and the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce celebrated those efforts during its annual meeting and awards celebration, held Thursday at The Prizery.

Halifax County entrepreneur Sharon Wilborn, along with her husband, Jimmy, are the proud owners of Sunnyview, a historic 5,000-square foot, 14-room home in the Cluster Springs community, which she plans to use for a bed and breakfast and catered events such as weddings and family reunions.

Three representatives of the Berkley Group offered words of advice to Halifax County Industrial Development Authority board members and search committee members who are looking for that perfect fit in a new IDA executive director.

Economic development successes and opportunities will be on display Wednesday when GO Virginia Region 3 hosts its “all-hands” meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at The Prizery.

The Spa at Berry Hill, a European quality spa that offers massages, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. The spa offers waxing services and lash and brow tinting, and it also offers special event and wedding day and makeup services. Partic…

Following a nationwide trend, the Halifax County unemployment rate jumped almost a full percentage point in January from December from 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent.

The search is underway for a new executive director of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority after directors voted unanimously Friday morning to approve an agreement for non-professional services and a scope of services work order with the Berkeley Group for executive search se…

GO TEC (Great Opportunities in Technology and Engineering Careers), a workforce development approach in Southern and Southwestern Virginia, was awarded the largest grant to date from the GO Virginia Competitive Funding pool. The investment by GO Virginia is matched 1-to-1 by support from ove…

South Boston Vice Mayor Tina Wyatt-Younger cuts the ribbon signifying the merger of the Mentor Role Model Program and Tri-County Community Action Agency on Wednesday alongside Tri-County’s CEO Petrina Carter, Chamber President Mitzi McCormick, South Boston Town Manager Tom Raab and other TCC…

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has ordered a reduction in the rates of Dominion Energy Virginia and Appalachian Power Company on April 1. The reduction and forthcoming rate credits continues a directive of the commission issued in January 2018 that ensures customers receive the benef…

Downtown South Boston now has a new addition to its growing Business District. Entrepreneur Roxanne Porter has changed the face of the historic district by bringing her community wellness center for children, First Step Youth Services, LLC, to the area.

After having one conditional use permit for a proposed solar facility on Stagecoach Road in Nathalie denied, Hexagon Energy recently applied for a conditional use permit for another solar facility, this one on Rodgers Chapel Road in Mount Laurel.

Tamyra Vest, executive director of Destination Downtown South Boston and graduate of Virginia Tech, will be representing South Boston and Virginia as a speaker at the Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Washington, from March 25-27.

2018 was a challenging year for agriculture in Halifax County, and soybean producers were some of the most affected ones, according to Agriculture Extension Agent Rebekah Slabach.

Partners of Go Virginia Region 3, Southern Virginia’s business-led economic development initiative, will gather at The Prizery in South Boston from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, for its semi-annual All-Hands Meeting.

Ryan Garrett, an Edward Jones financial advisor in the community, has accepted an invitation to increase his current limited partnership holdings, while financial advisory Chelsey Garrett has accepted an invitation to become a limited partner in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company …

A Dollar General store for the Turbeville community is one step closer to reality following Tuesday’s meeting of the Halifax County Planning Commission, when commissioners unanimously recommended the county board of supervisors approve a conditional use application to allow the store.