It was standing room only as parents and supporters of Halifax Dixie Youth jammed the tiny Halifax town offices for the April 1990 council meeting. Millie Spencer (standing) presents a petition with over 1,500 signatures in support of the organization.

20 Years Ago | 1999

Hampton Roads-based Sentara Health Management has formed a partnership with Community Health, a provider-owned managed care company made up of 15 hospitals including Halifax Regional, to administer the managed care insurance company’s operations. As of April 1, the administration of all existing Community Health program were transferred to Sentara Health Management, and Community Health moved to Optima Health Insurance Company’s license. 

• Tobacco farmers in Virginia and 13 other states must get through the coming growing season without any of the $5.15 billion promised them by cigarette companies, industry and government, lawyers said Tuesday. The first payments, which some had expected in time for planting season, will not be made until December because of cash flow problems, industry attorney Phil Carlton and state Attorney General Mike Easley said. 

• Are the days of the short track numbered? With the NASCAR Winston Cup Series’ next two races, the first at the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway and the second at the .526 mile Martinsville Speedway coming up, the question is being raised as to whether or not NASCAR should abandon the short tracks in favor of the larger speedways in larger market areas. South Boston’s Ward Burton, who drives the Caterpillar Pontiac owned by Bill Davis, cut his racing teeth on the short tracks and is an astute observer of the marketing side of the sport.  

40 Years Ago | 1979

• The Halifax County School Board has been asked to sell the abandoned Rosa Elementary School so that a church group may bid on the property as a site for a new church. The request came from the board of supervisors on Friday following its annual road hearing in which more than 40 requests for improvements to secondary roads were heard. The board also agreed to purchase five new police cruisers for the sheriff’s department; accept a $41,500 settlement from an insurance company for a wrecked garbage truck; and it opposed a new site for state police at auction for a new church. 

• Halifax banker William E. Confroy has been endorsed for the Lynchburg District seat on the State Highway and Transportation Commission. The unanimous recommendation was made by the board of supervisors on Friday. The seat on the 10-man commission will become vacant in June when the second term of Lynchburg publisher Thomas R. Glass expires. Commission members are restricted to two four-year terms. Confroy, 28, is vice president and manager of Fidelity American Bank – Halifax. 

• The Blue Comets opened their 1979 Western District baseball schedule Friday afternoon before a standing room only crowed handing archrival George Washington of Danville an un-resounding 2-1 defeat. Played before the entire student body, the two teams seemed matched up from A to Z and in the end, the only difference between the two clubs was a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to Kenny Long, pushing in Zack Weddle and pushing GW out of town, dejected.  

60 Years Ago | 1959

• The controversial annexation report was brought into the open Monday night when council decided to throw the issue into the laps of people. A report that would triple the size of South Boston was released from Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern, the Roanoke firm who made the engineering survey. Council voted to choose 15 citizens at large to study the matter and take the issue back to the people. This group would discuss the matter with the council, study the report and convey the ingredients to the citizens. 

• There was one big “if” in the bargain, but if all goes well, Halifax County can expect a million dollar payroll industry to be headed this way within the next eight months. So stated chamber of commerce officials yesterday and in a release scheduled for today. The chamber must raise half, or $350,000 of the $700,000 needed for construction of a plant and site by April 30 in order to meet requirements set up by the industry. 

• In the ad department: Crowell Tire Service was selling Good Year Tire as low as $1.25 a week. Prices ranged from $11.95 to $16.25 depending on size. Radio & Vernon’s TV Service advertised a Hotpoint “Silver Lining” freezer for $299.95. Leggett’s weekly special included 97 cents ladies handbags, cotton piece goods for 59 cents and bath towels for 77 cents. They also had ladies dresses for $1, men’s trousers ranging from 2.99 to 5.99 and boys pants for $2.