No-smoking policy

The Halifax County Board of Supervisors unanimously reversed their controversial courthouse no-smoking policy in a special session in August 1990. Here pro-tobacco forces witness the action.

20 Years Ago | 1999

• Annin & Co. officials say a two-week work hiatus on a 100,000 square-foot expansion project in the Halifax County Industrial Park should not be interrupted as any sign of trouble. That slowdown, said Carter Beard, vice president of manufacturing, is allowing Annin to further plan its South Boston operations, which have grown from approximately 35 employees to just over 120 in six months.

• Facing teacher shortages, state education officials are looking at alternative licensing programs to increase the number of classroom instructors. Educators from around the state met at the state Department of Education Wednesday to hear from counterparts in New Jersey and Texas, which since the mid-1980s have allowed people to become teachers even though they did not complete traditional training programs.

• When the Dinwiddie All-Stars dumped the Halifax Dixie Youth all-stars into the losers’ bracket last week, few believed the team would emerge Wednesday night with the championship and a berth in the Dixie Youth World Series. On the way to the championship bracket, Halifax whipped Grayson County 10-1, Salem 8-3 and in a return matchup, Halifax destroyed Dinwiddie 12-2. When the smoke cleared, there were three teams left in play, Dinwiddie, Halifax and Vinton. And Halifax did it, whipping Vinton 6-2 and edging Dinwiddie 4-3 for the title.

40 Years Ago | 1979

• A Halifax County native, William G. Sykes, has been elected president of the Maryland State Board of Education. He becomes the first black man to ever be elected to the position. Sykes, the Baltimore resident was named to a one-year term by the nine-member board at its July 25 meeting. He succeeds Richard Schifter, who retired.

• The South Boston tobacco market opens tomorrow on an optimistic note despite grumblings heard from southern growers who have expressed disappointment in opening week sales. Sales will begin at Star Warehouse No. 1 tomorrow at 9 a.m. followed by sales at the Independent, New Brick, Growers, Dixie and Victor Warehouses.

• Sonny Hutchins of Richmond won the opening 75 lap race in the Fidelity American Bank Twin 75’s race Saturday night here at the South Boston Speedway and came within a half a fender of winning the second race as well. But it was not to be a clean sweep for the Richmonder as Bob Pressley of Asheville, North Carolina, beat Morgan Shepherd by a bumper and Hutchins by a half a fender to win the nightcap of the twin bill.

60 Years Ago | 1959

• The Diamond Jubilee Anniversary celebration entered its eighth day today and has two more to go before ringing down the curtain on the biggest display of civic achievements since the old National Tobacco Festival days. Today is Ladies Day and will feature a congregating of the Jubilee Belles at Bellevue Plantation near here for a “Boston Tea Party” and a judging of old-fashioned costumes at the Pageant grounds tonight at 7 o’clock.

• If the county does not provide the new city of South Boston with health and welfare services — and there are some indications that it will not — the city will not fare much the worse for it, town manager Aubrey Houghton said today. It is expected that the board of supervisors will furnish the new city of the second class with only the serves that the state law requires: that of circuit court, clerk of court, jail and sheriff, and the commonwealth’s attorney.

• In the ad department, Leggett’s Department Store advertised short shirts for $2, coordinate chambray 59 cents a yard, sport shirts two for $3, ladies dress for $3 and wash cloths 10 for 69 cents. The Colonial Store had hams for 29 cents a pound, vegetole three for 39 cents, miracle whip for $45 cents, celery two stalks for 15 cents and cheese 49 cents a pound.