20 Years Ago | 1999
• Goody’s Family Clothing, one of the fastest growing retailers in the southeast, and Acme Markets of Virginia, a Bluefield-based family owned grocery store chain, will be opening in Hupps Mill Plaza Shopping Center this fall. That announcement was made yesterday by Southeastern Associates, Inc., a company of the Daniel Group, Inc., of Danville, the shopping center developer. The addition of the two stores will mean total occupancy for the 180,000-square foot shopping center whose existing stores include tenant anchor Belk as well as other national and regional tenants such as Sears, CVS Pharmacy, Radio Shack, Sherwin Williams, Shoe Show, Advance Auto and a number of other retailers including a restaurant.
• Crystal Day and her band called Daybreak have returned to South Boston after performing at Universal Studios in the World Championship of Performing Arts on Aug. 21. Of the 1,300 performances by young and uprising entertainers from over 30 countries, just 18 were selected to perform at Universal Studios for the Fox Television Network. The show will be aired in October in the U. S. and throughout the international television network. The 12-year-old entertainer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mason C. Day Jr. and is accompanied by guitarists Tim Moore of Chase City and Ray Martin of South Boston.
• Casey Slagle of South Boston found the going tough in the bogg in action from the C Class in last Saturday’s event at Pine Lane Mudd Bogg. Slagle came out with an eighth place finish. Tyler Spencer of Halifax got mired in the bogg when making a run and placed fifth in the Junior Four Wheeler class.
40 Years Ago | 1979
• Three new faculty members at Halifax Academy were announced by Headmaster Carl Rietman. They are Terry McNeil, science and biology; Miss Susan Kraetz, fourth grade; and Mrs. Hollis Watkins, librarian.
• Talk of the Town: The checkered flag barely beat the sun Saturday night … err, Sunday morning at the South Boston Speedway. Any combination of problems, including rain, delayed the Twin 100’s held there Saturday night, and it was just before 2 a.m. before the final race was over. Amazingly, well over half of the 5,500 fans stayed on to see the finale. Crazy bunch of people.
• Cruising undefeated in yesterday afternoon’s Halifax Country Club tennis finale were Marilyn and Sherri Burkholder, winners over Kathy Overstreet and Betty White. Taking first place in last night’s finale of the Halifax Country Club Member-Guest Tennis Tourney were Joe Barkley and partner Jack Dunavant, winners over Ted Bennett and Quintus Wade.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• City and state police are still searching for yeggs who battered open a safe at the Smith Automotive Company on Edmunds Street last Friday night and made off with $577.51 in cash and checks. At least one set of good prints, taken from a rear window where entry was gained, turned out to be those of Lawrence Smith, who with his father, Dewey Smith, owns the auto parts firm. The big safe located in the office was battered open by heavy bars and tools owned by the firm. About $80 of the total taken from the safe was in checks, payment being stopped on one soon after the break-in was discovered early Saturday morning. The balance was in cash.
• The Rev. Franklin Cale, pastor of First Baptist Church, has been elected to the board of managers of Community Hospital. His election came at a board meeting Monday night, and he will serve the unexpired term of the late J. Fletcher Stephens of Turbeville. The term runs until March 1961.
• In the ad department: Faulkner and Lawson Drug Company was advertising ball point pens for 25 cents, lunch box with thermos for $2.98 and zipper book bag for 69 cents. Hedderly Printing Co. was advertising school bags for $2.50, desk lamps for $3.95, reading glasses and magnifyers for 89 cents and Webster’s new collegiate dictionary for $5. Kane Furniture was advertising innerspring mattresses for $16.66, crib and mattress combination for $19.99 and a full-length sofa bed for $29.97.