20 Years Ago | 1999
• Customers of the town of Scottsburg’s water system will have to put off any plans to water the lawn or wash the car, as mandatory water restrictions are being imposed effective immediately. “Residents should discontinue watering lawns, flowers, washing cars or any other activities that require unnecessary water usage,” said Scottsburg Mayor Ricky Gordon.
• An estimated 150 persons gathered to hear remarks by local and regional officials and tour the new Halifax County Adult Detention Center/Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority before prisoners move in. “If you can be proud of a jail, this is it,” said Halifax County Sheriff Jeff Oakes during an opening ceremony.
• Debi Duckett won first place in the recent Green County Strongwoman Competition. And, it was her first ever competition. To win the title, Duckett, for starters, pulled a 7,800-pound pickup truck five feet and one inch and flipped a six-foot tall tire weighing 425 pounds. She also fared well in the Rock Carry, an event where she had to pick up four different rocks weighing between 50 and 120 pounds, carrying them 25 feet and set them down.
40 Years Ago | 1979
• One building inspector has been fired and a second placed on probation following an investigation by state officials into the conduct of the Halifax County Building Inspector’s office. In a letter distributed to members of the board of supervisors, Larry Wuensch, county administrator, said alleged offenses involved falsifying inspection records and laxity in administering the building code. An investigation into the building inspector’s office was called by W. W. “Ted” Bennett, commonwealth’s attorney, in early June after officials of the State Board for Contractors cited several instances of health or safety flaws in the construction of new homes in the county.
• A pilot project to determine if the public wants natural gas service may be provided here, the president of the Lynchburg Gas Company hinted in a letter last week. Frank D. Rock revealed his company had done “some preliminary survey work in South Boston, and it is possible that a main could be constructed in a small area to test the response of the public to the desirability of switching to natural gas.” He said the company would first have to obtain a franchise from the city. The company has a certificate from the State Corporation Commission to furnish gas to the city and county.
• Rom Ramsey, for the past decade using his gridiron skill and experience for the betterment of football at Halifax County Senior High School, is calling it quits. When the scoreboard clock at the north end of Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium reads 0:00 on the night of Nov. 9, Ramsey will turn, shake hands with long-time friend Fred Palmore and step down as head varsity coach.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• A half dozen beauties, including blondes, brunettes and redheads are competing for the “Miss South Boston” beauty queen title and the right to represent the city at the Richmond Tobacco Festival on Oct. 17-21. Judging of the six will take place at the C. H. Friend Elementary School auditorium Friday night, Aug. 28. A Queen’s Coronation Ball will follow Saturday night at the Legion Home. The sextet includes Bobbie Harrell, Becky Spears, Patricia Gosney, Brenda Cavanaugh, Isabel Fourqurean and Nancy Cocke.
• W. W. Shepard, Halifax banker and civic leader, this week was named chairman of the budget and admissions committee of the Halifax County Community Chest for 1959-60. Others selected to serve on this committee include the Rev. M. Chick Wilkerson, South Boston, Mrs. Harry Mellor, Halifax, Henry Heartwell, Turbeville; and J. A. Houghton, J. B. Pugh and Mrs. Louise G. Stanfield, all of South Boston.
• In the ad department, Newberry’s held a back-to-school sale offering girl’s fall dresses for $2.99 and $3.99, Orlon coat sweaters for $2.99, sateen jackets for $3.99, denim dungarees for $1.69 and school shoes for $2.17. Leggett’s also had a back to school sale with all wool coats for $16.97, cotton boy slacks for $2.67 and $2.97, all weather coats for $7.97 and plaid skirts for $1.99.