Courthouse

Halifax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Hubert Pannell (front row, third from left) cuts the ribbon Wednesday signifying the complete renovation of the historic Halifax County Courthouse. Joining Pannell on the front row are supervisor vice chairman Garland Ricketts, supervisor Dean Throckmorton, chief judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit Kimberley S. White, Circuit Judge William “Bill” Watson, county administrator Scott Simpson, Halifax County Circuit Court Clerk Cathy Cosby, supervisor tiebreaker Larry Roller and supervisor Ricky Short.

County officials, judges, attorneys, courthouse clerks and police signified the complete renovation of the historic Halifax County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon in a ribbing cutting ceremony.

The courthouse has been open since April while landscapers completed the final touches.

After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, Halifax County Board of Supervisors chairman Hubert Pannell said, “thank you all for a marvelous job. It’s been a long time coming, and we finally got it done. We hope this courthouse serves Halifax County well.”

Also during the dedication ceremony, Circuit Judge William “Bill” Watson told those attending, “I’ve had the privilege to practice law and sit in courthouses all over the state and this is certainly one of the nicest facilities anywhere.

“Everyone in the county should be extremely proud of it,” he added.

Halifax Town Mayor Dexter Gilliam followed his comments saying, “The courthouse turned out beautifully.”

He also said, “I think we have one of the nicest facilities in Virginia. This is something we can be proud of that will be here for many, many decades.”

Courthouse

Penny Wang, a professor of language and literature at the University of Northern Iowa, and Tristen Dunford, assistant commonwealth’s attorney, present a painting of the Halifax County Courthouse during a courthouse ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning. The painting will be displayed in the courthouse.

Before wrapping up the short ceremony, chief judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit Kimberley S. White, presented a painting of the courthouse that was completed by Penny Wang, a professor of language and literature at the University of Northern Iowa.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com