20 Years Ago | 1999
• Laid-off Tultex workers huddled against the cold in Community Action Agency’s parking lot well before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning waiting to share in over $43,000 collected for Operation Care. By 9 a.m., some already clutched vouchers as they stopped to talk with old friends. Others were still waiting in line to collect the $110 distributed to each worker.
• This coming spring, Star Scientific Inc. plans to launch the first low-nitrosamine cigarette, using an activated charcoal filter and made from U. S. grown flue-cured and burley tobacco that has been cured using the patented StarCure process.
• Participating in the One Valley Bank Holiday Classic for the Halifax County High School Blue Comets were Carleton Roach, Josh Milam, Sterling Williams, Dashawn Baird, Jameen Jackson, William Jennings, Danny Whitlock, Theodore Bradley, Fred Price, Terez Garland, Tyrone Dunkley, Dante Ballou, Arthur Reynolds, Cardell Mosley and William Haugh.
45 Years Ago | 1974
• Collective bargaining for public employees, a bugaboo that has risen several times to haunt the sleep of Virginia legislators, will again send shivers through the souls of conservative and moderate senators and delegates when the General Assembly convenes at Richmond next month. The bill, which passed the House of Delegates last year only to die in committee in the Senate, would guarantee the right to collective bargaining for all public employees from school teachers to policemen with the governing bodies.
• The home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Burnette of 1609 Talley Street in South Boston was named winner of the annual Christmas decorating contest by the South Boston Garden Club. The first prize was $20. Mr. and Mrs. Phil Conner of 1801 Wilkerson Street won second prize and $15, and the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Pulliam of 1504 Willingham Drive won third place and $10.
• Chuck Hudson of South Boston killed his first deer, a two-spike buck Saturday, Dec. 14, while hunting with the Fur, Fish and Feather Club.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• During Santa Claus’ appearance at the annual Christmas party of Halifax Mills employees at Halifax County High School last Sunday, Santa paused to hear what a group of youngsters had on their minds including Dunkie Guthrie, Bob Bowie and Anita Bowie.
• Santa made his annual visit at the J. P. Stevens Co., Inc. Christmas party at C. H. Friend Elementary School on Saturday, where he met a group of happy youngsters including Patricia Patterson, Mary Ellen Rickman, Debbie Rickman, Sarah Comer and Elaine Comer.
• In the ad department: The following businesses purchased Christmas greeting ads that were published in The Halifax Gazette Christmas edition including Franklin Welding and Equipment Co., Boston Drug Co., Ingram Furniture Co., D & T Motors, Star Laundry, Boston Motor Co., Leggett’s Department Store, Curley’s Upholstering Shop, Lacy Motor Co., Ernie’s Drive In, Town & Country Beauty Shop, Jack’s Place, Bill’s Seat Cover Shop, Sizemore Appliance Co. Citizens Bank, A. R. Via & Bro., Vernon’s Radio & Television, South Boston Bank & Trust, A & P, Rose’s Stores, Smith Sales & Service, Wilborn’s Hardware, Virginia Electric and Power Company, Charles Street Servicenter, Bottle Gas Company of South Boston, Faulkner & Lawson Drug Company, C & G Tractor Co., Inc., Gillilands and Dickerson’s Pool Room.