Brian Brown

Brian Brown, executive director for the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, introduces himself to Halifax Town Council members during their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The town of Halifax is seeking grant funding for two police vehicles and four vehicles for the sanitation department.

Halifax Town Council authorized town manager Carl Espy to move forward with an application for a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Grant and Direct Loan Program for replacement of the vehicles when they met Tuesday night.

Espy told council they had two quotes for SUVs for police and four quotes for replacement of 4X4 pickup trucks for the sanitation department that had been submitted to rural development to see if they qualify.

He also said up to $50,000 in grants are available.

In addition to the authorization of the loan, council also heard the monthly police report from Stuart Comer, Halifax police chief.

Comer reported five felony arrests, 18 misdemeanor arrests, two protective orders served, 487 calls for service answered, 37 traffic summons issued, two traffic accidents investigated, and 33 warnings were issued during October.

Council also heard from Brian Brown, executive director of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, who introduced himself.

He told council Halifax County already has the tools to succeed with places like the National Tire Research Center and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

The new executive director also said it was the collaboration here that helped him decide to come to this county.

Council member Bill Confroy told Brown, “Glad you’re on board,” and he offered to meet with him since he used to be the former executive director for the county IDA.

Mayor Dexter Gilliam said, “We look forward to working with you.”

Council also heard from Mike Trent, chairman of the business development committee, Bill Covington, chairman of the finance committee, and Confroy, chairman of the current affairs committee.

Trent shared information about “Here’s Halifax” and the next steps toward planning a strategic plan in the absence of Sandra Tanner, VTC marketing tourism development specialist.

He said he had received a summary of information from Tanner stemming from a “Here’s Halifax” event in Halifax where citizens were invited to share what they would like to see in the town and a meeting that was held with key stakeholders at the STEM center.

Trent, along with Gail Bosiger who also serves on the business development committee, also were tasked with reviewing that information and reporting back to council some ideas that could be plausible for the town to achieve.

The business development chairman, along with assistant town manager Denise Barksdale, also shared information about upcoming events at the Halifax Farmers Market and in the town such as the Christmas Open House set for Sunday, the children’s gift giving bazaar at the market and Small Business Saturday.

He also teamed up with Marsha Hite of the Halifax Village Association to share information about some of the town’s recent and upcoming activities such as the fall lamppost decorating contest, trick or treat trail costume contest and the children’s Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony.

Hite reported roughly 1,300 individuals attended the trick or treat event at the World of Sports, and she said Jean Bainbridge, who decorates Carl the Dinosaur at the Halifax Public Library, won the lamppost decorating contest.

This year the Children’s Christmas Parade “Santa Paws” to be held on Dec. 1 also will include pets or a child’s favorite plush pet.

All ages are welcome to participate, but only those 12 and under will be eligible for prizes. All pets must be on a leash, whether in a wagon or walking.

Individuals also must clean up after their pet.

Unload and line up will start at 5:30 at Halifax Farmers Market, and the parade starts at 6 p.m.

Entry fee is a donation of dog or cat food, gift cards or cash that will be divided and distributed among Halifax County rescue groups.

For more information or parade application, call Blosser at 434-579-5415 or Hite at 434-470-1211.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at