Stamp club

These students were members of Virgilina Elementary School Stamp Club meeting after school every other week in December 1996. The club’s sponsors are Robert Joyce, the school librarian, and Aleta E. Fears, principal. The students receive many interesting materials from Carl Hudson, postmaster at Virgilina. Students, posing here in front of a poster sent by Hudson to show the new stamps about endangered species, are (front row from left) D. J. Friar, Kimberly Tuck, David Glasscock, Addison Harville and Heather Thompson; (back row from left) Katie Talley, Brandi Friar, Joshua Purser, Jeremy Smith and Presley Wayne Thompson. Not pictured are Joshua Logan and Derek Honeycutt.

20 Years Ago | 1999

County farmers can learn more about a proposed $18 billion class-action lawsuit against the signatories of the Master Settlement Agreement Monday night at Halifax County High School. Washington, D. C., attorney Alexander J. Pires Jr. will conduct the informational meeting. At least one local farmer, Larry Spell, signed papers to join the class-action suit last month. Spell raises approximately 20 acres of tobacco in the Elmo area.

• The Halifax County School Board will consider a recommendation from school system officials Monday night to hire an architectural firm to draw up plans and cost estimates for renovations and additions to three county elementary schools. That move is the next step in the school system’s $9.6 million capital improvements plan, which calls for $3.4 million in renovations to Sydnor Jennings Elementary School, $3.9 million in renovations to Scottsburg Elementary School and $2.3 million in renovations to Clays Mill Elementary School.

• The South Boston Men’s Bowling Association presented awards to outstanding bowlers for the 1998-99 year at the association banquet last weekend including David Anderson, president of the South Boston Men’s Bowling Association who presented the awards; Tony Conner who bowled a perfect 300 game and won high average with a 200 average; Donald Hatcher who won fourth high average with a 192 mark; Jackie Francisco who had fifth high average with a 191.46 mark; Matthew D. Lee who won high scratch series with 717; Theodis Faulkner Jr. who received the past president award; James Wood, secretary-treasurer; Chris Shaw who won second high average with a 197; and Terry Watson who won third high average with a 194.

45 Years Ago | 1974

• The Southside Electric Cooperative dangled a $2.6 billion carrot before area landowners last Thursday night leaving a proposed scenic river designation of an 11-mile stretch of Staunton River with an acute case of malnutrition. The carrot was in the form of a giant hydroelectric project on the river, one that could include a series of 11 dams and flood some 33,000 acres of land along the Staunton, some of it in Halifax County. The meeting was called by the Virginia Commission on Outdoor Recreation, and about 130 landowners, scenic river backers and governmental officials attended the Brookneal meeting.

• Julian C. Sizemore, a deputy clerk and deputy commissioner of the revenue for the past 20 years, has been named clerk of the circuit court of Halifax County, succeeding his brother, H. Mason Sizemore, who will retire effective Dec. 31. The appointment, made Thursday by Circuit Court Judge Meredith Dortch, is for the one year remaining on Mason Sizemore’s eight-year term. It expires Dec. 31, 1975.

• Four limits were bagged recently while duck hunting on Buggs Island Lake by John Williams, Mark Wenzel, Dr. H. J. Tucker, A. L. Burkholder and Dr. Warren Hagood.

60 Years Ago | 1959

• If last night’s disappointing turnout at a mass meeting called to air the $425,000 bond issue for a new jail, new offices and additions to the courthouse is any indication, it will be a light vote when voters go to the polls to decide the issue on Tuesday. Only some 60 to 65 persons, most of them members of the county bar, or supervisors and other county officials turned out to hear speakers urge passage of the bond issue.

• Halifax County’s two General Assembly members hedged on Governor Almond’s recommendation for a 3% sales tax when queried by reporters this morning. State Senator Dr. J. D. Hagood of Clover and Delegate Howard P. Anderson of Halifax both replied that they had no immediate comment on the governor’s proposal. Both said they had not seen Almond’s full proposal to General Assembly members, which was placed in the mails yesterday, and that they would withhold comment until they had fully studied the measure.

• In the ad department: Hodges Jewel Box was advertising a 61 piece glassware and decorated deluxe set of Melmac dinnerware for $39.95. Boston Department Store was advertising men’s Healthknit underwear T-shirts priced at 3 for $1.95, briefs priced at 3 for $2.65 and undershirts priced at 3 for $2.29. Halifax Department Store was advertising Fieldcrest “Crusader” electric blankets “budget priced” at $21.99. Chandler-Walker Furniture Company was advertising a 9 x 12 oval cotton braided rug for $39.95. 

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