Ribbon cutting

South Boston Mayor Bob Smith (center) had a little variation on the usual ribbon cutting when he sawed a 2-by-4 ceremoniously opening the third annual Dan River Builders Association Home Show in April 1983 at the fairgrounds. Association members helped in the festivities including (left to right) Roger Duncan, A.B. Jones, Smith, Mikey Rowe and Jerry Little.

10 YEARS AGO | 2013 

  • Halifax County High School student Ellen Crowder was one of the big winners at the 55th Annual Halifax County Junior Livestock Show and Sale held Monday at Halifax County Fairgrounds. A total of 28 youth participated in this year’s show and sale, which concluded with the auction sale later in the day on Monday. Crowder showed the grand champion market steer at the show, and she also received first-place recognition in senior cattle showmanship. Jessica Conner showed the reserve champion market steer at the event. Casey Garland and Courtney O’Shea also were double winners, with Garland taking home blue ribbons for showing the grand replacement heifer and the reserve replacement heifer. O’Shea showed the grand champion market goat and grand champion doe goat, Sabrina Covington showed the reserve champion market goat, and Sara Beth Reese showed the reserve champion doe goat.
  • In an effort to keep Halifax County High School students safe during prom night, the South Boston Police Department, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program and Halifax Police Department visited the high school Thursday warning students about what can happen when a person gets behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or texting while driving. The simulated driving exercises were part of the RISE program, an acronym for Responsibility Improving Safety Education. Prom is Saturday night, and police are joining forces to make students aware of the dangers of drunk and distracted driving before they hit the road enroute to their big night, according to South Boston Police Capt. B.K. Lovelace. 
  • Halifax County High School’s Ryan Yates managed to tag GW hurler Blake Bivens for three hits in Monday night’s Western Valley District baseball game at Halifax County High School. Unfortunately for the Comets, it wasn’t enough. Bivens fanned 14 Halifax County High School batters and despite yielding eight hits, he and his GW teammates did enough to shut out the Comets 2-0 and take the early lead in the Western Valley District regular-season championship chase. It was Bivens’ curveball that was his money pitch.