Christmas performace

Sarah Stevens is shown performing a song of the Christmas season in December 1988 during the annual Christmas At Berry Hill program at the Berry Hill Nursing Home. Several area church groups and individuals took part in the program that was well attended. A portion of the crowd that gathered in the dining hall of the nursing home can be seen in the photo.

10 YEARS AGO | 2010 

  • Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget amendments could spell funding reductions for the Halifax County Sheriff ’s Office and Halifax County Public Schools. “If the governor’s budget is passed as read, we could lose two deputies,” said Sheriff Stanley Noblin Thursday. “And take home pay for our already underpaid deputies would be decreased by 5%,” the sheriff added. Under the governor’s proposal, all state employees would contribute 5% of their salaries to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), the state pension organization. McDonnell is promising a 3% pay raise for state employees and is asking localities to raise the pay of their employees by 3%, thus creating only a 2% net decrease in employees’ take home pay. 
  • Holiday spending has risen about 6% over 2010 nationwide, with clothing and jewelry purchases leading the way, according to published reports. Several area merchants for the most part agreed with that conclusion when contacted this week. Excluding autos, retail sales increased 5.5% to $584 billion from Nov. 5 through Dec. 24 year-on-year, its best performance in five years, MasterCard Advisors’ Spending Pulse said earlier this week. Several area merchants said recent holiday sales were up overall, and most added consumers appeared “cautiously optimistic” as they shopped. 
  • The Comets varsity girls’ basketball team is making a habit of winning the Halifax County High School Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament, taking its third straight title Wednesday night with a 67-43 win over Person High School. Both teams had double-digit wins to reach the championship game, with Halifax beating Gretna 60-24 and Person defeating Park View 45-22 in the semifinal round Tuesday. Three Comets finished in double figures in the championship game, Jamilia Smith leading the way with 23 points, followed by Melyse Brown with 15 and Destiny Betts with 14 points. 

20 YEARS AGO | 2000

  • Dominion Virginia Power customers can expect a rate increase beginning Jan. 1. The monthly bill of a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity will increase by $2.74 monthly, from $80.68 to $80.42, according to a company spokesman. The increase reflects a 3.4% increase. Although the increase is effective Jan. 1 on an interim basis, the State Corporation Commission is not expected to rule on the proposed increase until spring, following a March hearing. “Just as consumers have seen a sharp increase recently in the price of natural gas or fuel oil, so has Dominion Power,” said Edgar M. Roach, chief executive officer. “Our company expects to pay increasingly higher prices for fuels to use at our electric generating facilities.” 
  • South Boston’s new police headquarters on Hamilton Boulevard beside the YMCA were being moved into this week following renovations and modifications to what once was a urology clinic. Police officers and town employees continued yesterday to move equipment, furnishings, lockers and files from the old headquarters at 459 Ferry Street to the new 10,000 square foot facility that will serve the force of 41 men and women. Town council agreed to purchase the property for $313,000 in October and estimated that another $50,000 would be spent for renovations before it could be opened in the spring of 2001. 
  • When the checkered flag fell on the first feature race at Virginia International Raceway in August 1957, a dashing young Texan in bib overalls named Carroll Shelby had driven a 450S Maserati to victory. On June 8-10, 2001, Shelby will make his first return visit to the track in nearly 44 years after his inaugural win. The event is the second annual Homecoming featuring the Gold Cup Historic Races for cars dated prior to 1974, and Concours d’ Elegance (for vintage race cars). In face, however, VIR isn’t old at all. This is VIR’s second year of operation as a brand new facility located on the exact site of the old track, and with all-new buildings and pavement that faithfully follow the traces and intent of the original.  

40 Years Ago | 1980 

  • A winter storm which virtually paralyzed portions of North Carolina to the south did little damage here, though highway department crews worked throughout the night Saturday keeping primary roadways open. State police listed only three accidents as a result of the icy road conditions – a departure from the earlier storm which saw upwards to 40 accidents as a result of the an unexpected ice storm. 
  • All Halifax County and South Boston public schools have been re-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools through the Association’s Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Receiving accreditation were Clays Mill, Clover, Cluster Springs, Halifax, Meadville, Scottsburg, Sinai, South of Dan, Sydnor Jennings, Turbeville, Virgilina, Volens and Wilson Memorial Elementary in Halifax County and C. H. Friend and Washington Coleman Elementary Schools in South Boston, along with Halifax County Junior High School and Halifax County Senior High School. The accreditation of schools and systems is based on an evaluation of each school to determine if it meets not only the needs of the students and community, but also the standards of quality of the commission. 
  • The Comets won’t be playing for their fourth Virginia-Carolina Christmas Classic championship when that snow-interrupted tournament is completed at Roxboro, North Carolina, tonight. Instead, they will be playing Bluestone for third place in their ninth annual event. Both Halifax County and Bluestone lost their openers on Friday, the Comets bowing to Northern Durham, 78-69, in a game that wouldn’t win prizes for finesse or prettiness, and the Barons dropping a 64-49 decision to Person Senior. 

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