South Boston Mayor William A. Kent signs a proclamation in 1987 declaring Jan. 18-24 as Jaycee Week. Looking on is South Boston Jaycee President Jay Camp and Chapter Director Ryan Garrett. The Untied State Jaycees are presently celebrating their 67th anniversary while the South Boston Jaycees has been a part of their community for 46 years.

10 YEARS AGO | 2012

  • Smiles for Southside Virginian children may even be brighter in the future, after the tobacco commission approved $400,000 in funds Tuesday for a proposed Halifax Regional Dental Clinic in South Boston. Virginia 15th District State Senator and Tobacco Commission Vice-Chairman Frank Ruff said the Southside Economic Development Committee approved the funds for use in equipping the clinic, and the full commission gave a green light to the funding later that afternoon. “We had not dealt with it in December or the fall meeting, simply because we wanted to try to move all health-related issues to the Special Projects Committee, so the same people would be evaluating the programs,” said Ruff. “This was the only one on the table and because of the deadlines that were necessary, we went ahead and approved this one to the full commission despite that original decision.” 
  • With the gloom of budget shortfalls looming over the Halifax County School Board again this year, other realities are beginning to sink in.  Will the children of Halifax County who travel on those yellow buses be stranded on the side of the road, or will aging buses last? Superintendent Paul Stapleton told school board members Monday night there is no need to get any hopes up for purchasing new school buses this year, or even used ones for that matter. However, according to Director of Transportation Dave Guill, the need is there.  “We have approximately in route over 125 buses not including the spares. The buses average age over 10 years, and the spares, some are over 20 years, and we have some buses in route with over 200,000 miles,” said Guill. 
  • The Comets’ wrestling team won three of four matches wrestled and recorded its first home win of the season Tuesday against Randolph-Henry High School 46-23. Halifax County took three of four matches wrestled, with the Comets or Statesmen awarded forfeit wins in the remaining weight classes. Ethan Collie, wrestling in the 120-pound weight class, pinned his opponent, and Harrison Turnbull won in the 132-pound weight class. James Anderson, wrestling in the 160-pound weight class, pinned his opponent, and Josh Reeves, in the 170-pound weight class, lost a decision to his Randolph-Henry opponent. Comets’ coach Brady Taylor was pleased to get the win, but he had hoped for more matches the second time around against Randolph-Henry.  

20 YEARS AGO | 2002

  • Of the 4,000 jobs Burlington Industries is slashing from its estimated 13,000 work force in the United States and Mexico, 1,300 will come from the communities of Halifax and Clarksville where the state’s highest unemployment levels already exist. Burlington announced yesterday that it will close or sell off five plants, including Halifax where approximately 650 persons are employees and Clarksville, which lists 750 employees. Annual payroll at the Halifax plant is estimated at $15 million and an additional $17 million in Clarksville. 
  • Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode formally announced yesterday that South Boston will receive a $1.84 million EPA grant to assist with its Sanitary Sewer Overflow Abatement project. Funding was provided under the State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) program administered by t he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and requires a 45% match from non-federal funds. The town has been notified that House Resolution 2620/S1216, the bill in which the funding was included, has been passed by the Senate and signed by the President. The EPA has contacted South Boston and scheduled an initial meeting with town officials on Jan. 31. 
  • Halifax County’s offense was practically nonexistent in the first eight minutes of Tuesday’s game against Carlisle School. Fortunately, Anthony Owen and Sterling Williams managed to jump-start the Comets just in time. The Comets, thanks to Owen and Williams and some late help from Brian King, outscored Carlisle School 22-2 in the second quarter to erase a 17-point deficit and take a three-point 31-28 lead at intermission. With that accomplished, the Comets went on to pull out a 60-53 win over the Chiefs and earn their eighth victory of the year.  

40 YEARS AGO | 1982

  • The coldest weather in years struck Halifax County and South Boston over the weekend, with temperatures plummeting close to the zero mark, and with brisk winds it felt even colder. After flirting with the zero mark Saturday night, the mercury did not reach 10 during the day Sunday and was expected to dip below zero last night. Nor was the temperature expected to reach above the freezing mark today. The wind made the wind-chill factor fall below zero during much of the period. The weather put an extra burden on home heating and automobiles, in addition to causing those who had to go outside to bundle up more than usual. 
  •  Carolina Power & Light Co.’s Mayo Lake is now 15% filled, but remains seven months behind schedule. “The lake has risen five feet since Christmas,” said Roy Johnson, construction site manger for CP&L’s Mayo generating facility. The maximum depth of the lake is now 45 feet, compared to 35 feet last Sept. 10. At full pool, the maximum depth will be 85 feet or 434 feet above sea level. The lake will eventually cover 2,800 acres, most of it in Holloway Township. “The state has not started work yet on the two public access areas (each consisting of boat launching ramp and parking area),” said Johnson. 
  • Halifax County Senior High School underwent its biggest test so far this year here Friday night, and passed with flying colors. And the largest crowd yet – more than 2,000 – was on hand to witness it. In a game that lacked a lot of finesse, but which was chock full of excitement and which featured a sensational performance by senior guard Anthony Humphrey, the Comets whipped their fiercest rival, George Washington of Danville, 85-79. It was the ninth straight victory for the unbeaten Comets, now 2-0 in Western District play.