Maj. Gen. John G. Castles, Adjutant General of Virginia, presents a plaque to Mayor William A. Kent that commends the city for its long and strong support of the National Guard here on Jan. 7, 1987. With them are Col. Carroll Thackston, formerly of South Boston, Chief of Staff of the Virginia National Guard, and Del. Frank M. Slayton of South Boston. The presentation was made in connection with the recent opening of the new National Guard Armory on Cavalier Boulevard.

10 YEARS AGO | 2011

  • The Gazette shared the news that three new faces were in charge in Halifax County. E-911 Chairman Steve Phillips announced that Wendy Jones-Bowen would be the new Halifax County E-911 director. Kenneth C. Martin of Crystal Hill had recently been named the residency maintenance manager for the Halifax Residency of the Virginia Department of Transportation. Halifax Residency includes the counties of Halifax and Pittsylvania. Finally, Dr. Laura Gateley joined the Virginia Department of Health to serve as the acting director for the Southside and Pittsylvania/ Danville area. The district includes Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties.
  • Two deputies with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office – deputy Stanley Britton Jr. and deputy Quentin Clark – were promoted to the rank of first sergeant in the Virginia Army National Guard. Britton was named First Sergeant for Alpha Battery, located in Sandston, while Clark was named First Sergeant for HHB, located in Hampton. The two units were part of the 1/111 Field Artillery Battalion, which is the last field artillery battalion in Virginia. Deputies Britton and Clark both had been deployed multiple times and at the time, both were serving their county and community in an active duty capacity.
  • The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team, The Comets, won their Western Valley District Opener 48-46 over William Fleming High School in Roanoke. Freddie Edmonds hit a short jump shot with 3.5 seconds left to lift the Comets to the narrow win in the District Opener. The win put the Comets (4-6 overall, 1-0 district) at the top of the Western Valley District standings with Patrick Henry High School, which scored its second district win with a victory over Franklin County High School the night of the District Opener. Halifax County and Patrick Henry were scheduled to face each other at Halifax County High School Tuesday night following Friday night’s District Opener in what would be the Comets’ first home district game of the season. 

20 YEARS AGO | 2001

  • Citing a need for further study, the Halifax County School Board delayed until the following month a decision regarding partnering with the Halifax-South Boston Dixie Softball Association in a $40,000 project to construct two lighted softball diamonds at Halifax County Middle School. Questions arose at the meeting concerning where an estimated $20,000 that the school system would have to contribute to the project would come from, potential effects the projects would have on field space used by physical education classes at Halifax County Middle School, and field use priorities. The vote to table the matter until the board’s Feb. 12 meeting was 7-1 with Jason Parker, a coach in the county girls softball program, casting the dissenting vote.
  • South Boston Town Council voted unanimously after a public hearing to rezone a section of Ned Evans Park for a subdivision proposed by the Habitat for Humanity. The Rev. Dr. Russell Lee of the Tri-Rivers Habitat for Humanity spoke in favor of the petition to rezone approximately 5.5. acres south of Berry Hill Road and west of Wickham Road from R-1 low density residential to R-2 medium residential. That would allow for the smaller-sized lots proposed for Habitat’s 3.1-acre subdivision, with lots ranging in size from 13,000 to 30,370 square feet.
  • The Halifax County Middle School boys’ basketball team remained undefeated in conference play after a 53-34 win over E.W. Wyatt Middle School. In a physical game between two excellent teams, the Lions (5-0) and (8-1) overall, outmatched their opponents in toughness and in ball handling to go two games up in their conference standings. “We did what we had to do,” said coach Mike Hailey, after facing Wyatt’s triangle-and-two defense and making the adjustments that allowed Halifax to take control in the second quarter.
  • 40 YEARS AGO | 1981

  • Forty Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) workers in the city and county faced job layoffs because of congressional financing cuts which had left the state with less than half of its anticipated funding. Thirty-three of those workers were employed by Halifax County under CETA contracts. Halifax County Administrator Larry Wuensch explained that it was not the first time that budget cuts had been threatened, and went on to say that CETA employees were involved in all phases of the county government structure, including the Southfax Sheltered Workshop, mental health and other service-oriented departments. In South Boston, assistant city manager Robert J. Murrin said the city employed six CETA workers in the water and sewer or public works department.
  • An out-of-court $30,000 settlement was reached in Richmond in a $4.5 million law suit brought against Halifax County and state officials by brothers of a Halifax jail inmate who hanged himself to death in May of 1979. The surprising eleventh hour settlement was agreed to in a pre-trial conference between attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and county attorneys Ted Bennett and Henry Massie. The settlement averted what was expected to be a weeklong trial in Richmond District Federal Court. Bennett said that damages were divided three ways. Dr. N.H. Wooding, who treated the late David Tucker in the jail on the night he died would bear one half or $15,000 of the cost. Former Sheriff James L. Miller would pay $7,500 and the county would pay $7,500.
  • The Halifax County Senior High School Comet girls suffered a 73-55 loss to the George Washington High School Eagles. The girls’ basketball team was down by four baskets before they knew what hit them, in the first 38 seconds of the game, and it never got much better as the Eagles cruised to an easy victory. It was the second straight lopsided loss for the Comet girls in Western District play, and their fifth consecutive defeat overall in a so-far winless season. 

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