10 YEARS AGO | 2012
- The Virginia Coalition is asking for a second $5,000 donation from South Boston Town Council in its efforts to extend the moratorium on uranium mining and milling in Virginia. Town Manager Ted Daniel notified council of a second formal request for $5,000 in support of the Virginia Coalition Uranium project during Monday’s monthly work session. He recommended council draft a resolution in support of the donation and schedule a public hearing to receive citizens’ comments on the recommendation. Town staff recommended council carry over $5,000 in contingency funds from the FY2011-2012 budget to make the donation, with a public hearing on that amendment scheduled for the Aug. 13 meeting of town council. South Boston Town Council voted unanimously in May to donate $5,000 to The Virginia Coalition in its ongoing battle to prevent the ban on uranium mining in Virginia from being lifted.
- Watch out Halifax County! Feral hogs are on the loose, and they’re posing a threat to local livestock, cropland and forestland, according to Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Jason Fisher. “Wild feral hogs are the next big item on the horizon to wreak havoc on farmland as they are very destructive. There are currently active populations just over the N.C. border and in Halifax County,” Fisher said. This new area nuisance has prompted the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to host a seminar entitled “Feral Hogs in Virginia: What We Know and Why We Care” on Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Wildlife Biologist Dan Lovelace said the wild hogs have made their way to Halifax County in two ways.
- Citing frustration over a lack of commitment on the part of players, Halifax County High School Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Matthew McCargo has resigned from his post. “You have to be out there doing something with the girls year-round,” said McCargo. “I’m making the time, making the sacrifice, but I’m just not getting the commitment from the girls showing they want to work hard.” McCargo, who has coached the Comets varsity girls basketball team since the 2008-2009 season, confirmed Thursday afternoon he has turned in a letter of resignation to Halifax County High School Athletic Director Allen Lawter. “I’m not mad with anybody,” McCargo pointed out. “I love the girls program, and I hope they find somebody who will motivate them and get the girls out.”