20 Years Ago | 1999
• The storm clouds of uncertainty darkened this week when cigarette manufacturers announced they plan to reduce purchases of flue-cured tobacco next season. The reduction could result in a 30 percent cut in quota, a 66 percent cut over the past three years, which could spell ruin for tobacco farmers throughout the flue-cured producing states. This and other factors in the downward spiral of tobacco farming in the U. S. has many farmers lashing out in the form of a class-action lawsuit against the signatories of the Master Settlement Agreement.
• Flue-cured tobacco growers are staring at a triple-witching nix for the 2000 growing season with lowered buying intentions from U. S. cigarette manufacturers, over 250 million pounds of unsold leaf in the co-op program and a shrinking export market. U. S. cigarette makers announced this week that they intend to purchase 286 million pounds (farm sales weight) in 2000, down 12.5 percent from the 1999 purchase intentions of 327 million pounds. That amounts to 41 million fewer pounds.
• The seniors on this season’s Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team were Tyrone Dunkley, Fred Price, Jameen Jackson, William Haugh, Cardell Mosley, William Jennings, Josh Milam and team manager Earl Clark Jr.
45 Years Ago | 1974
• Buggs Island Lake will plunge to its lowest level in almost 20 years by Dec. 6, 1974 when it reaches an elevation of 285 to 286 feet above sea level. That information was released earlier this week by officials at John H. Kerr Reservoir. Exposed shorelines, dotted with tree stumps and rocks, give evidence to the low water situation that has caused consternation among property owners surrounding the 800 mile shoreline lake but even more so among owners of boats and floating docks.
• City Council Monday night agreed to purchase a new accounting machine, approved an amendment to the city charter and allocated $1,000 to convert the old fire department apparatus room for police department storage. City Manager J. Aubrey Houghton said the new machine, the NCR 399, would cost about $27,000. The state, if they approve the application, would share one-third of the cost, he added.
• It was a successful debut for Coach John Crittenden as Comet JV coach, but he has some nervous moments, before his lads won a double overtime encounter with the Person County JV Rockets in Roxboro, North Carolina, Tuesday night, 47-45. Person led 25-15 at halftime, and then came the Comets, as they roared from behind to knot the score at the end of regulation play 43 all.
60 Years Ago | 1959
•The “hard sell” campaign to convince South Boston and Halifax County voters on the idea that the big $525,000 construction program on the Courthouse square is a good deal began in earnest last night. It is expected to increase in intensity until the referendum comes up on Dec. 15. Frankly, that’s the way the “salesmen” planned it last night. Meeting the press representatives in the courthouse were some eight or nine members of the Halifax County Bar Association, the group that was the first to get behind a package construction program including a new jail, major renovations and enlargements of the courthouse and connecting county offices. Also on hand were Chairman George R. Alden and Huell W. Matthews of the board of supervisors as well as supervisor-elect E. Y. Wimbish and Frank E. Booker.
• Gene Brewer, president of U. S. Plywood, visited the city and the site of his company’s newest plant made a tour of the site when press and radio greeted him and was feted at a social function before leaving the city on Saturday. Recent additions to the skeleton crew of company personnel here have been Wallace Stephenson, plant accountant, who will move his family this weekend, Charlie Gersback of Redding, California, plant engineer who will remain here until the plant is finished and operations start, and John Clarkson of the New York office, assistant controller who here on a short personnel training mission. Plant manager Richard Bailey has been on the scene for some time, and field representative, Henry Barbour, here since U. S. Plywood first began surveying the site as a possible location.
• In the ad department: Wilborn’s Hardware was advertising boys and girls bicycle specials including a 16” for $22.95, 20” for $29.95, 24” for $31.95 and 26” for $32.95. Colonial Stores advertised a 10 oz. jar of Maxwell House coffee for $1.39, a 10 lb. bag of flour for 69 cents, 4 rolls of Blue Ribbon toilet tissue for 29 cents and 5 lbs. of bacon for $1.29. A. R. Via & Bro. was advertising Bulova watches for men and women, your choice only $35.75. Halifax Department Store was advertising a Wells Fargo train and village set for $19.99, a sturdy 10” wheel tricycle for $8.88 and a 20-inch bike with training wheels for $29.99.