Wild Blue River Festival on September 19th

Wild Blue River Festival Saturday, September 19th


This article was printed in the Gazette Virginian on 9.1.15. 


"This year it's all about getting on the water."  That's the answer you'll hear from events coordinator Rebecca Ramey if asked about this year's Wild Blue River Festival on September 19th.  The event will be held from 8 am to 12 pm at the new King's Bridge Landing in the Town of Halifax (1041 Bethel Rd), and will feature races and a scenic float down the Banister River.

"We want people to enjoy the new boat landing and to experience the beauty that is the Banister River.  I know there are many people in our county who would like to paddle the Banister, but are unsure they could get their boats on and off the water, or do not have the means to be able to shuttle their boats back to town."  

So, this year the festival will have volunteers ready to help paddlers participate in the races and scenic paddle.  Volunteers will also be on hand to help boaters get on the water at King's Bridge Landing, and at Terry's Bridge to help paddlers exit the water and carry their boats up the hill.  Finally, Staunton River State Park and Tri River Outfitters will shuttle paddlers and their boats back to town. 

The race categories will be:  Men's Recreational Kayak, Women's Recreational Kayak, Men's Solo Canoe, Women's Solo Canoe, Tandem Kayak, and Tandem Canoe.  The Kayak racers will launch at 9 am, followed by canoes at 9:30.  The scenic paddle, a family friendly event, will run from 10 am-12 pm at the Landing.

People can come to the landing to climb the 26' climbing wall, enter the Halifax Village Association Kayak Raffle, try their hand at Gyotaku fish printing, enjoy children's activities, and visit with vendors.  Visitors will also enjoy stopping in town to visit local businesses, eat at restaurants open for lunch and dinner, and the shop at the Halifax Farmer's Market.

Anyone interested in participating in the Wild Blue River Festival can find more information at, or can contact Rebecca Ramey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 470-4230.


Town of Halifax Real Estate Tax Mailing

l Public Service Announcement:

The Town of Halifax would like to notify residents, businesses and property owners that 2015 tax bills for real estate are being mailed on August 28th, and, personal property and machine & tool tax notices will be mailed separately with an accompanying announcement which will outline the December 5, 2015 due date both on personal property and machine & tool taxes along with a reminder to taxpayers of the real estate payment for the same deadline.

Halifax is pleased to continue offering the payment option for Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills using Paymentus Corporation, a third party automated payment service that accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Electronic Check. This payment plan can only be accessed online or by Phone using Paymentus. This system will not be set up for payments in person at the Halifax Town Hall, although cash and check payments will continue to be accepted in person. You may make your payment anytime, any day, 24/7. Paymentus Corporation will charge a convenience fee for each transaction (the fee covers payment handling and processing charges). Customers should be ready with the following information:

For Real Estate, the 5-digit Parcel ID number (located on your billing statement),

For Personal Property, the 4-digit Tax ID number (located on your billing statement),

•Your Credit Card number or your Checking Account and Routing Number

To pay your bill by phone dial: 1-877-489-1674 to call a secure automated telephone payment system, powered by Paymentus Corporation.

To pay your bill online go to the Town of Halifax website, click on the “Pay Online Taxes” bar at the top and go to a secure third party website at Paymentus Corporation.

Please be reminded that the deadline for payment of total real estate tax due is Saturday December 5, 2015. If a receipt is desired, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. Payments made after the due date are subject to 10% Penalty and 10% Interest Per Annum. In addition to applicable penalties and interest, after the second notice has been mailed, late payments on personal property will be for 100 percent of tax due without regard to any former entitlement to state PPTRA relief. Also any real estate or personal property taxes not paid after the 2nd notice will have a $15.00 administration fee added to the bill due. If ownership of property has been transferred during the current tax year, the bill should be forwarded to the responsible party. For information about the tax assessment of property, please contact the County Commissioner of Revenue’s Office at 434-476-3314.

If you have any questions about phone or online payments, please call Halifax Town Hall at 434-476-2343.







A special election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, to fill the unexpired term of Mayor (through 12-31-2017) for the Town of Halifax, Virginia. Candidates for the office of Mayor are not required to submit petitions. Each candidate is required to submit a form declaring his or her candidacy. The form can be obtained from the office of the Halifax County Registrar, Mary Bethune Government Complex, 1030 Cowford Road, Halifax, VA 24558 or the Halifax Town Hall, 70 South Main Street, Halifax, VA 24558. The completed form must be received in the office of the Halifax County Registrar no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015.




Advertisement for Bids - Banister Lake Boat Ramp Improvements in Halifax, Virginia

Separate sealed Bids from qualified contractors will be received by the Town of Halifax (Owner) at the Halifax Town Office at 70 South Main Street, Halifax, VA  24558 until July 30, 2015 at 2:00p.m., then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.

Major portions of the work will include but are not limited to:

  • Demolition & Reconstruction of the existing concrete power boat ramp ad courtesy pier
  • Construction of a new hand launch facility
  • Rehabilitation of the existing gravel parking area
  • Installation of site lighting and signage
  • ADA Accessibility Improvements
  • An Add Alternate will also be bid for the installation of a Town of Halifax Gateway Sign, including lighting installation, along US 501 S adjacent to the subject property.

This project is funded in part by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Public Boating Access Grants to Localities Program.  The award of contract shall be made in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act, Va. Code Section 2.2-4300, et seq.

Evidence of proper registration with the Virginia State Registration Board of Contractors, pursuant to Chapter 7 of Title 54 of the Code of Virginia, must be submitted with each bid.  Bidders shall be prepared to provide evidence of successful completion of projects of similar size and scope.

A Bid Bond payable to the Owner must accompany each bid in the amount of 5% of the total amount of the bid.  A certified check may be submitted in lieu of a bid bond.

A performance bond and payment bond, each in the amount of 100% of the Contract Price, with a corporate surety approved by the Owner, will be required for the faithful performance of the contract.

Bids shall remain open for 60 days after the actual date of the opening thereof.  Withdrawal of any Bid due to error shall be in accordance with Section 11.54, Procedure (1), Code of Virginia, 1982.

The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities and informalities in Bids received, to reject any and all Bids, and to award a contract in the best interests of the Town of Halifax.

For further information and to request a Bid package, please contact Jimmy Epps, P.E., at B&B Consultants, Inc. - 706 Hamilton Blvd., South Boston, Virginia - (434) 572-3251.

By:  Carl Espy, IV - Halifax Town Manager

Fairy Garden Contest at Museum

     On Saturday, August 29 starting at 10 a.m., the Southside Master Gardener Association will hold a Fairy Garden Contest. A miniature container garden may be submitted by an individual of any age, a group such as a Sunday School Class or a Garden Club or a family, a Grandmother and Grandchild for example. The gardens must be brought to the South Boston – Halifax County Museum on the morning of August 29 between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Registration forms and rules are available at the Museum or the Halifax Extension Office.

            Fairy Garden interest may have been inspired by the Bonsai dish gardens displayed in the Japanese Pavilion at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893. However, gardening for Fairies is a much older art and was based on fear that not all Fairies were friendly. It was best to offer a small place for a Fairy to rest in a miniature landscape that might encourage a malicious Fairy to do no harm or a friendly Fairy to visit more often. Today Fairy Gardens bring to mind small containers with miniature plants, tiny pieces of hardscape like seats and arbors and of course some Fairies, Gnomes or similar magical characters.

            The beauty of Fairy Gardens is that because of their small size it is a wonderful way to involve children in gardening. Kids just love to help pick out the plants and small items for the garden. Being involved in the building of the garden and the maintenance can teach all respect for growing things and a love of playing in the dirt.

            For the contest, the entrant must be able to hand carry the container that will be displayed on tables provided. The Fairy Garden must contain at least 2 live plants and NO artificial plants or live animals. Entries will be judged by a panel of independent judges based on overall design and creativity and imaginative use of plant material and components. The judges’ decision is final.

            Visitors may vote for one entry for the People’s Choice category between 11 a.m and noon. Judges will determine the first and second place winners. Winners will be announced at 12:45 p.m.

            Please join in the festivities of these gardens in miniature. Entry forms and rules may be picked up at the Museum during regular hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the Halifax Extension Office Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit or call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 option 0.



This miniature western landscape, created by Master Gardener Carol Nelson, evokes the feel of the desert with the cacti, stones and cattle skull.  Bring your Container Fairy Garden to the South Boston - Halifax County Museum between 10 and 10:45 a.m. on August 29 for your chance to win the contest.