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An auction this morning to settle the estate of the late George Ragsdale, one of the initial partners in the Carolina Crossroads development, demonstrated there is little hope for immediate development until the economy turns but optimism that it will turn.
With several of the county's biggest landowners one to two years behind in taxes and some already going through bankruptcy proceedings, Halifax County commissioners agreed by a 5-1 vote to enact the quarter cent sales tax approved by voters in a February referendum.