10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• The Board of Supervisor’s finance committee met Wednesday to address potential spending cuts in an effort to close a $910,000 budget shortfall facing the county. The committee agreed to recommend a $50,000 cut to the Department of Social Services, a $29,250 cut to the Industrial Development Authority and a $25,000 cut to the sheriff’s office.
• All roads lead to Halifax on Saturday as the Halifax County Improvement Council, the town of Halifax and the Convergence Art Guild present the “Halifax Earth Day Extraveganza.” The first annual event will be held at the Halifax Famers Market, 200 South Main Street, in historic downtown Halifax from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and it has been designed to inspire, educate and to adjust the way we live to be a more responsible community.
• It’s not simply a case of how many hits you get but when you get them, and the axiom came into play Tuesday in the varsity softball game between the Comets varsity softball team and Franklin County. Halifax County collected eight hits and Halifax hurler Stephanie Clark allowed only five hits in seven innings, but the Eagles got four of their hits in the fourth inning to plate three runs and edge the Comets 3-2.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
•Halifax Town Council squirmed in dismay Tuesday night, but in the end, it confirmed its earlier decision: county residents taken in during the 1999 boundary adjustment cannot vote in the May 2 elections. It was a decision no one liked. Advised by the State Board of Elections on Monday afternoon that the town could not postpone the May 2 election, and without U.S. Justice Department approval of its proposed new ward and extended boundaries of the current wards, council was without options.
•A Union officer’s sword carried during the Civil War was donated to the Staunton River Battlefield State Park by descendants of Mrs. John McPhail of Mulberry Hill, in Charlotte County. Union troops were gathered at the 18th century home, preparing to attack and burn the Staunton River Bridge, and had taken Mrs. McPhail’s son’s pony. Seeing the lad’s distress, an officer gave the boy his swore in compensation.
•A solo homer by Todd Meadows in the bottom of the fifth inning fueled a two-run rally that lifted Halifax County to a 14-6 come from behind win over Dinwiddie in yesterday’s opening game of the Halifax County spring invitational baseball tournament. The win came in what was the first of two games for the Comets yesterday.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• Nearly 270 delegates jammed their way into the Halifax County Senior High School cafeteria Saturday afternoon for the 5th District Democratic Convention. At the conclusion of the convention, the major part of the delegates had chosen to support President Carter in his presidential election bid.
• Robert A. Leggett Jr., vice president of finance and control for the Leggett Department Stores, has been elected president of the stores. The announcement was made by the board of directors for the group, which operates 63 stores in Virginia and neighboring states. Leggett, a native of Wadesboro, North Carolina has been with the Leggett organization since 151 when he was employed in South Boston in a management capacity.
• Charlie Moorefield of Scottsburg has been re-elected to a new three-year term as a Virginia State Director of Dixie Youth Baseball and the state Dixie Youth tournament for 1980 will be played at Blackstone. These were two of the major items of business to be handled at the annual state meeting of the Virginia Dixie Youth organization Saturday night in Crewe. Moorefield, longtime state director in Virginia, was only nominee and was elected by acclamation.