Prices at the pump have jumped dramatically over the last week and more pain is possible for motorists in the future.

After serving three years on the board of directors of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, John C. Lee Jr., president and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, will not seek reelection.

Tyler Nutter of NAPA Clarksville Auto Supply Inc. donated a 2011 Chevrolet HHR to the Halifax County High School automotive technology program. Anyone interested in donating a car to the program may contact Rebecca Saunders at 434-575-2013 or

Work is progressing — and on schedule — at the new 35,500-square-foot Food Lion store in the Centerville Shopping Center, according to James Matthews, superintendent and general contractor with Ashland Construction Co. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Halifax County motorists are unwrapping a present of cheaper gas prices — the lowest in more than a year — with more people expected to hit the road for the holiday season.

Farm Credit of the Virginias, a regional lending cooperative that serves Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland, announced that South Boston business service specialist Cathy Crews retired in November after 22 years with the association.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced that the Virginia Tourism Corporation awarded more than $300,000 for 64 local and regional tourism marketing programs across the state to help increase off-season visitation to tourism businesses and destinations.

Averett University introduces its alumna and seven-year trustee Dr. Annie Wimbish, a native of Halifax County, as chair of the Averett Board of Trustees – the first woman of color to serve in the role.

Small Business Saturday began in 2010 with a campaign launched by American Express. In 2011, state governments and former President Barack Obama threw their support behind the shopping holiday, making it an officially recognized annual consumer tradition.

Sentara Healthcare, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s largest integrated health system and second largest private employer, has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for Veterans in 2022.

Saturday is Small Business Saturday and participating small businesses are providing customers with a chance to win $200.

As the holiday season commences and community leaders revivify the clarion call to “shop local,” residents who prefer a touch of class and a sense of history may rejoice in the availability of The Antique Collective, a group shop that opened earlier this year located at 334 S. Main St. in Halifax.

Drivers fueling up ahead of Thanksgiving will benefit from falling pump prices, as the national average for a gallon of gasoline dropped 11 cents in the past week to $3.66.

Thomas R. Elliott, president and CEO of Elliott Electric in South Boston and Danville, recently announced the addition of Lyle Moore to the Elliott management team.

Springfield Distillery in Halifax took home second-place in a blind taste test in their first appearance at the fourth annual Virginia Bourbon Invitational.

Sentara Healthcare recently announced an additional $5 million in funding to support nearly 100 partner organizations throughout Virginia and North Carolina through its Fall 2022 Sentara Cares grant cycle.

Dexter Gilliam Jr. has been reelected to a third term on the board of directors for the Virginia Association of Community Banks. His election took place during the association’s recent 45th annual convention.

The town of South Boston partnered with Danville Community College on Tuesday to participate in a community-wide job and resource fair at the Danville Community Market.