Virgilina Memorial Service

More than 500 persons braved threatening weather to attend the annual Virgilina Memorial Service at the town’s cemetery. The event, about 100 years old, serves as a homecoming and the time for family reunion for Virgilina area residents. The Rev. Ernest M. Center gave the memorial message and Mayor O. Fraser Murray rendered the welcome to townspeople and visitors. The service, held annual on the fourth Sunday in May, is jointly sponsored by the Florence Avenue Baptist Church and the Union United Church of Christ. The Virgilina Woman’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary and Virgilina Fire Department all assist with the annual event.

10 YEARS AGO | 2013 

  • Crime rates remained steady in the county with Virginia State Police showing an increase in arrests last year, according to Virginia’s official comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2012. Halifax County Sheriff’s Office last year responded to 909 incidents — the same as 2011 — six kidnapping/abductions, three forcible rapes, 17 other forcible sex offenses, three robberies, 24 aggravated assaults, 175 simple assaults/intimidations and three arsons, according to the detailed document, titled “Crime in Virginia.” It provides precise rates and occurrences of crimes committed in towns, cities and counties across the commonwealth. The report breaks down criminal offenses by the reporting agency as well as arrests by jurisdiction.
  • Whether it’s academics or athletics, Halifax County High School senior Meg Bane has always wanted to equal or surpass the success of her older sister, Kate. She was successful in that quest Wednesday night. Bane received Halifax County High School’s top award, the Principal’s Award, during the high school’s annual Senior Awards Night program. In addition, she received the Frances Mitchell Best All-Around Female Athlete Award. Her sister, who is now a student at the University of Virginia, received both awards last year.
  • Halifax County High School senior second baseman Meg Bane has been selected to play in the annual Virginia High School League Coaches Association All-Star Softball Game. The all-star game will be played in Hampton in July. Bane’s selection to play in the all-star game was announced Wednesday night during the annual Halifax County High School Senior Awards Night program. “It’s very exciting,” Bane said of the opportunity to play with and against some of the best high school softball players in the state.