Help Protect/Improve Water Quality in the Banister River & Winn Creek

Help Protect and Improve Water Quality in the Banister River & Winn Creek


The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is working with Banister River and Winn Creek watershed stakeholders to develop a water cleanup plan.  The Banister River and Winn Creek do not meet Virginia's recreational water quality standard because of E.coli bacteria.  Help us determine what actions and resources are needed to meet water quality goals by participating in the Residential & Agriculural Working Group.  The Residential & Agricultural Working Group Meeting will take place on August 13, 2014 from 6:00pm - 8:00 pm at the Mary Bethune Administration Building Board Room at 1030 Cowford Road in Halifax, VA  24558. 

Potential strategies include:  Reduce pasture runoff & livestock stream access, repair or replace failing septic systems, minimize pet waste pollution.

For more information, contact Paula Nash at 434-582-6216 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wild Blue River Festival - September 13th

A day long celebration of the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway and outdoor recreation!

The Town of Halifax will be hosting it's final event of the 2014 season.  On Saturday, September 13th, we will be celebrating the Wild Blue River Festival.


The event will kick off at 8 am with an Adventure Race sponsored by 524 Fitness.  At 10 am we will have an official preview of the kayak/canoe launch currently under construction at the Banister River Bridge (Rt 360).  At 11 am Main Street, from the Courthouse to the Farmers Market, will host vendors, food, beer, kids activities, wildlife presentations, and even a 26 foot rock climbing wall.  River Traders will have canoes and kayaks available at the Banister Lake for anyone who wants to paddle around.  In the evening, the festival will transition over to the Farmers Market where live music will take center stage.

Many activities are being planned for this festival which we hope will become a major event for the Town, the County and the SoVA region.  With the recent launch of the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway, and the construcction of the Banister River Gateway (canoe launch), Halifax is poised to see growth in tourism to our town centered around outdoor recreation.  A festival focused on outdoor tourism and recreation creates a unique event for our region, and will bring in people interested in boating and fishing, as well as those just looking to have a good time in our town and onto our waterways.

To host an event like this, we need your help.  Not only are sponsors needed to allow us to bring in exciting and uniwque activities, but also to hlep us to spread the word and market the event.  A sponsorship application highlighting the activities we are trying to have as well as the various sponsorship levels is available.  If you have any questions about becoming a sponsor, please call Rebecca Ramey at 434-476-2337 or email at

Vendors on the Courthouse Lawn:  11am - 4pm

Artists, Crafters, Outfitters, Local Businesses, non-profits, government agencies

Food, Music, Beer, Rock Climbing Wall, Wildlife Talks/Demonstrations, Gyotaku Fish Printing, paddling on the Banister Lake, kid's activities and more!

Download your vendor application at, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Rebecca Ramey at 434-476-2337.

Volunteers are also needed, so please let me know if you can help!  Thank you for your support!

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Halifax Volunteer Fire Dept. - Volunteers Needed Now!

The Halifax Volunteer Fire Department is in need of new members to serve the community.  In service since 1948, HVFD is 100% volunteer and serves the Town of Halifax and surrounding areas.  Members will receive free training and will need to meet attendance requirements set forth by the Department.  Members can join as young as 16 with parental permission.  Contact us today for more information at 434-476-6001 or 434-222-4612.  Help your neighbors in need! Volunteer now!!


Halifax Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 513, 375 North Main Street Halifax, VA  24558

Phone:  434-476-6001 or 434-222-4612

Fax:  434-476-6001

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Support LemonAid Stand July 19th

Get your lemonade and support LemonAid!  On Saturday, July 19th at the Town of Halifax Farmers Market, LemonAid will be selling lemonade for $1 per cup.  All funds raised go to support the Hematology & Oncology Clinic at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.  Lemonade will be ready by 8am and sell until noon.

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The Town of Halifax, Virginia requests sealed bids for construction of The Halifax Community Clock Plaza, Phase One, located at 209 Main Street in Halifax, Virginia in the parking area of the old grocery building. The Base Bid of this contract consists of providing the base for and installing the new Clock (already purchased by the Halifax Village Association and stored on-site) and new sidewalk, seatwalls and planting. Improvements include demolition of existing asphalt, new asphalt and sidewalk, three seatwalls with lighting, clock base and electrical, donor pavers, planting and relocation of one waterline.

Sealed bids will be opened at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 5th in the Town office building located at Halifax Town Office, 70 South Main Street, Halifax, VA 24558.

There will be a project orientation meeting on Tuesday, July 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the Town Office building, located at 70 South Main Street, Halifax. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the scope of the project and an optional walk-through and discussion of project area. However, staff is available to answer questions prior to and after the meeting.

To receive access to digital plans and specifications, please contact: Ashleigh Marshall at Hill Studio, Tel: 540-342-5263.

For additional questions or to discuss aspects of requirements of the project, please contact Ashleigh Marshall, Hill Studio, Tel: 540-342-5263 or Carl Espy, Tel: 434-476-2343.


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