10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• The town of South Boston emerged from closed meeting Monday night following its monthly work session to approve the conveyance of 26 lots to the town. Prior owner Jenny Wilkins donated the lots to the town at no cost, according to town manager Ted Daniel. The lots are located in the vicinity of Fairmont Apartments and are appraised at $52,000, the town manager said. Owning the lots would allow the town to work in conjunction with Southside Outreach Group to provide affordable housing in that area, if grant money could be obtained, Daniel said.
• Courtney Garland won the Grant and Reserved Steer class at the 52nd Annual Halifax County Junior Livestock Show and Sale held Monday at the Halifax County Fairgrounds. Other winners include Will Reese, third place, and Kent Reese, fourth place. Showmanship winners also were Courtney Garland, first and second; Will Reese, third place; and Kent Reese, fourth place.
• The Halifax County Middle School baseball team swept a doubleheader at home Monday against Russell Middle School to remain unbeaten (9-0) for a reason. Halifax rallied from a 3-0 deficit after one inning to defeat Russell 14-4 in game one before completing the sweep with a 16-2 win in game two.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• Despite a population growth of only about 200 persons, the cost of operating Halifax County’s government has doubled in the past eight years. Some call them the Sleeper years, named for erstwhile county administrator Dan Sleeper who recently returned to his former administration post in Pittsylvania County, which he left eight years ago. While funds for education and health accounted for most of the budget expenditures, other agencies were doing more than nibbling at the bate.
• The fate of the Clarkton Bridge is in the hands of the Boards of Supervisors from Halifax and Charlotte counties. The 100-year-old structure was closed in 1998 after a VDOT inspection indicated that the footings of the bridge had been undermined. Estimated costs for repair of that specific problem were approximately $200,000. Before VDOT closed the bridge, it served approximately 70 vehicles each day. It had a three-ton weight limit for vehicular traffic. VDOT had earlier stated if the Clarkton Bridge were closed a gain, it would remain closed.
• Few people in this area had heard of Gikbert King before the start of the 1999 racing season at South Boston Speedway. But, the South Carolinian changed that very quickly. King, in this first season of racing at South Boston Speedway and his first season paired with crew chief Sammy Houston, quickly established himself as a contender. The Chesterfield, South Carolina driver scored four second place finishes, 12 top five finishes, won seven poles and narrowly missed winning the tracks NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division title.
40 Years Ago | 1980
• Paul R. Pool of South Boston at age 20 is the youngest of the eight candidates vying for four seats on the South Boston City Council in the May 6 general election. Though some may feel that Pool is too young or that he is really not serious about running for the council seat, he says those person are wrong. “I am serious about running,” he said. “I plan on being around the city, and I am interested in the city. I take our city government seriously.”
• Harvey Spencer and Kathryn Pulliam were named as the king and queen of the 1980 junior-senior prom held Friday night at Halifax County Senior High School. Other members of the prom court who were named runner-up in the voting are Curtis Heath, Scott Parsons, first runner-up; Jeanette Villines and Corlis Lee. The king and queen competition was part of a fundraising activity for the junior class in which each contestant tried to raise funds with each penny raised counting as a vote. Over $1,000 was raised by the participants to go towards the junior class treasury.
• Friday’s Western District softball game between host Halifax County and E.C. Glass was one of stark contrast on the field, off the field, on the bleachers and even spreading onto the tarmac but the biggest contrast of the day was the one on the scorebooks: Blue Comets 25, Hilltoppers 4. The Comets ran up their biggest run total of the year in winning their 7th game in 8 outings. The victory, a real spirit lifter to say the very least, keeps the Blues in contention for the Western District championship and all but wipes out the memory of a disastrous 3-2 loss to the Toppers’ cross-town buddies, the Heritage Pioneers.