10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• The National Tire Center may soon be on its way to VIR, according to Halifax County Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Mike Sexton. Sexton said late Tuesday afternoon the IDA is working on an Economic Development Administration grant for a tire project at VIR, and the Tobacco Commission is providing $5 million from its Research and Development fund. According to Sexton, the study for the project indicates there will be 183 jobs created in the area as a result of the center’s location at VIR.
• Halifax County Supervisors averted a trail in an ongoing court case when they approved a resolution Monday night authorizing a settlement that ends the 12-year Link Farms lawsuit. Following a marathon closed session, supervisors emerged to adopt the resolution but declined to release terms of the settlement until it is signed by both parties and the presiding judge.
• Justin Womack and Michael Watts had solo home runs and Halifax County finished with seven hits overall, but it wasn’t enough in a 15-5 loss to North Carolina. Womack had a home run and Nick Lewis, Will Harris, Tyler Stephens, Andrew McCann and Michael Watts a hit apiece for Halifax County, which scored a run in the second off Womack’s homer.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• Further slowdowns in the pace of construction in South Boston and Halifax County continued through the first six months of 2000 based on the number and the value of building permits from January through June. Compared to 1999, total permit value plunged 44.1% in the town of South Boston and 40.2% in Halifax County. Absent from construction picture is industrial expansion. Not a single permit for new construction nor expansion to existing industrial properties was issued by the county’s building inspection department during the first half of 2000.
• The last two major vacancies in the Halifax County school system have been filled. Lisa M. Long, who has served as the coordinator of the school system’s Potentially Talented & Gifted program for the past nine years, has been named as the new principal at South of Dan Elementary School. Debbie Griles, a seventh-grade Language Arts teacher at Halifax County Middle School, has been named as an assistant principal at Halifax County High School.
• Halifax County High School golf coach David Graham wasn’t at all disappointed in his team’s fourth place finish in the season opening Halifax County Invitational Golf Tournament. In fact, everything considered, he was pretty pleased. “It was about what I expected,” Graham said. “We had four kids including a freshman and sophomore who were playing their first real match. And, for us, this was only our third day of the season. We couldn’t start practicing until Tuesday. I was hoping we could finish in the top three, and we had a chance to do that,” he added.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• Next February will mark the 200th anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan at South Boston by General Nathaniel Greene, an event through to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The Halifax County Historical Society will provide the nucleus for an observance next year commemorating the crossing, but it is asking for help from the general public. Grayson Powell, who is chairman of the society’s planning committee, said yesterday the first meeting to begin making those plans will be held tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.
• The Governmental Division Chairmen have been named by Campaign Chairman, Turner Carter, for the 1980 Halifax United Way fund drive. Edward F. Morgan will head the Halifax Division and Robert J. Murrin will head the South Boston Division. Halifax Government raised $1,117.50 in 1979 and South Boston Government raised $1,312.60.
• Two time NASCAR national late model sportsman champion, Butch Lindley of Greenville, South Carolina won his 19th and 20th late model sportsman races of the year here Saturday at the South Boston Speedway when he scored easy wins in the two 75 lap features that comprised the Cornwell Quality Tools Twin 75’s. Lindley, the winner of the eight NASCAR national championship late model sportsman races in 14 such events the he has entered, had to fight Sam Ard of Asheboro, North Carolina tooth and nail for the first 46 laps of the race before he was able to take command and beat Jack Ingram to the line by almost a quarter of a lap.