20 YEARS AGO | 1999
• A fundraiser to assist former employees of Tultex Corporation is underway to help raise $50,000 and food for the 400 local residents displaced by the closing of the textile company. A panel of Halifax County officials met with members of the Ebenezer Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday evening to help facilitate community support. Known as Operation Care, members of Ebenezer have formed a steering committee to spearhead the effort in collecting donations of money, nonperishable foods and dry goods for distribution on Dec. 22.
• Retired Vietnam veteran Richard Hall designed and then sold a special Halifax County War Memorial postmark throughout the fall. All proceeds benefit the Halifax County War Commission’s effort to place a memorial in War Memorial Park. “We can never give enough for those who gave all,” said Hall.
• Halifax County High School’s wrestlers got off to a good start against Person High Wednesday night in Roxboro, North Carolina. But the Comets didn’t get the wins they needed in three crucial matches down the stretch and lost their season opening dual match 41-30.
45 YEARS AGO | 1974
• An electric cooperative’s plan to build a nuclear power station and construct some 11 hydroelectric dams on the Staunton River has drawn immediate criticism from the chairman of the Governor’s Council on the Environment. Gerald P. McCarthy said in Richmond Friday that his initial reaction was that if the dams are needed for cheaper power, “that is a poor excuse to go ripping up the river.” McCarthy made the statement as his council began steps to advise Virginia’s environmental agencies to study the cooperative’s plan for environmental impact.
• Former Halifax County Administrator Walter Brady was presented with a certificate of appreciation by South Boston City Manager J. Aubrey Houghton on behalf of the Southside Planning District Commission Thursday night at the Halifax Country Club at the commission’s regional roundtable meeting.
• Four members of Halifax County Junior High School band received recognition Saturday and were placed on the All Regional Band in the junior high division including Charles Michael, clarinet; Sallie Adams, baritone; Katherine Fuller, trombone; and Micah Hunt, alto saxophone. Auditions for the band were held last weekend at Tunstall High School.
60 YEARS AGO | 1959
• Miss Virginia Gravitt, 19, a stenographer in the landscape division of the State Highway Department’s central office, gets a buss from Highway Commissioner Samuel D. May after she was named Miss Highway of 1960 last Friday night. She was chosen over 11 other department contestants at a dance sponsored by the department’s Employees of Benefit Association. Virginia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Gravitt of Virgilina.
• The county’s rural voters turned on the $425,000 bond issue in Tuesday’s referendum with a blitzkrieg of their own, and when the dust had settled they had routed the plan to build a new jail and spacious new county offices, and renovate the aging courthouse. The section of the ballot dealing with the offices and the courthouse, spelt out at a cost of $245,000, was defeated 1,043 to 712.
• In the ad department: Boston Department Store was advertising Buster Brown warm 2 piece pajamas for $2.98 and long sleeve cotton knits open shoulder pullovers for $1.39. Francis-Watkins Furniture Co. was advertising twin or full size Englander mattresses for $49.95. Leggett’s Department Store was advertising Buster Brown children’s shoes for $3.99, men’s jackets for $2.88, men’s ivy caps for 50 cents, Christmas candies for 29 cent a pound and boy’s sport shirts for $1. Faulkner & Lawson Drug Co. was advertising Montag stationary for 79 cents and stuffed animals, small and large, for 98 cents.