10 YEARS AGO | 2012
- With more information to absorb than time permits before next week’s General Assembly session gets under way, local legislators are asking colleagues to delay action this year on lifting the state ban on uranium that has been in place for the past three decades. Drafted by Del. James E. Edmunds II of Halifax and signed by Sen. Frank Ruff Jr. of Clarksville, Danny W. Marshall of Danville, Donald W. Merricks of Chatham and Thomas C. Wright of Lunenburg, a letter was penned Dec. 28 and sent out to legislators this week. In the letter, Edmunds refers to the recently unveiled National Academy of Sciences Report on uranium mining that followed similar reports by Chmura Economics, the Danville Regional Foundation, Virginia Beach and others that have drawn extensive newspaper coverage describing them as “long and detailed” with parts that are “dense and complex.” He added, “What they are not is boring. Uranium mining will be the single most important and most visible public policy issue of the session.” The local delegate said it will only take one spill, one reading above “acceptable” levels or one newspaper article documenting elevated radon levels or toxic chemicals in the water for the public stigma to be “devastating.”
- Riley Word was the first baby born at Halifax Regional Hospital in 2012, and was pictured in the Gazette with her mother, Shelly Word, and newborn nursery nurse, Wanda Bolton, RN. Delivered in Halifax Regional’s Family Birthing Center by Dr. Duc K. Trieu at 9:11 a.m. on Jan. 1, Word weighed eight pounds and 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Her grandparents are Belinda and Gordon Word. Halifax Regional’s first baby of 2012 received numerous gifts including a diaper bag, healthcare kit, a blanket and turtle toy and a wide variety of baby care items.
- Playing collegiate softball had always been a dream of former Halifax County High School catcher Betty Rose, and her hard work and a never-say-die attitude has paid off at Virginia Tech. Rose, a junior catcher for the Hokies, had a breakout season last year at Virginia Tech. She was named ACC Player of the Week for her performance at the Diamond Devil Invitational at Tempe, Arizona early in the year. Rose went 9-14 (.643) during the tournament, with four homeruns and nine RBI in five games. She finished the year with a team-leading 12 home runs, was first in slugging percentage (.606) and second in hits (50) and fielding percentage (.983).
20 YEARS AGO | 2002
- South Boston and Halifax County seemed to have borne the brunt of an early winter snow storm which buried the area under a blanket of snow Thursday, prompting the closing of area schools, businesses and industries. Primary and secondary roads in Halifax County were in “moderate” condition as of late yesterday morning, according to Joe Barkley, VDOT resident engineer. VDOT uses five classifications of road conditions with “clear” being the best and “closed” the worst. Moderate is in the middle between “minor and “severe.” Barkley termed progress so far as “real good.”
- A dispute over spaces in a Halifax parking lot is boiling over to police dispatch problems for the town of Halifax. Some town officials are calling the sheriff’s action “reprisals” and say that he has no part in deciding the use of the parking lot. Town officials are expected to have the matter placed on the board of supervisors’ agenda next week and councilmen voted yesterday to meet with South Boston officials to see if they would accept town 911 calls and also to see if Sprint could code town calls for 911 to the South Boston Dispatch Center. Halifax Town Council met in emergency session yesterday to respond to a December letter from Halifax County Sheriff Jeff Oakes advising the town that it would need to make arrangements by Dec. 31, 2001 with another law enforcement agency for dispatch services involving license information and other criminal background checks.
- Halifax County High School wrestling coach grappled for words after his team’s dismal performance Wednesday night against the Person High Rockets. The Comets took an overwhelming whipping from the Rockets, losing 64-18. Wednesday’s loss left the Comets 0-5 for the season in dual matches and 0-1 against Western Valley District opponents. “We’ve got a long way to go,” Taylor said.
40 YEARS AGO | 1982
- Halifax County officials braced themselves for a possible flood alert last night as heavy rains and thunderstorms were predicted for this morning throughout southwestern and Southside Virginia. The U.S. Weather Services issued a flash flood watch for Patrick, Franklin, Amherst and Bedford counties shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday and predicted heavy rains in all adjoining counties. Heavy fog caused by a low-pressure system centered over Virginia caused a heavy fog for much of the day yesterday.
- He’s a strong, upstanding citizen of the community; quiet, but when he speaks, everyone listens. A. E. “Pete” Cole, Game Warden for 32 years, retired the first of the year. Cole began his position as Game Warden for the Virginia Commission of the Game and Inland Fisheries on Nov. 15, 1949, after being urged by the people in his community to take the job. Mr. Wilborn, the warden before Pete, had retired in May and the people kept after him to take the job. “I didn’t really want it because I was satisfied with what I was doing,” Pete said. At the time he was working for the American Tobacco Company in Kenbridge, a job he had held for three years.
- Two outstanding Halifax County Senior High School athletes who played vital roles in the success of the Comets football team last fall are honored today for those roles. They are Ernie Harris and Pete deWaal, who are The Gazette-Virginian Athlete of The Month nominees for the month of December. It is rare for two athletes to share the honor, but in this case, it appeared appropriate to the newspaper’s editors for them to do so. Harris, a defensive tackle, capped his prep career by being named the best defensive player in the Western District, no small honor, and a bit later he was a first team selection on the all-Northwest Regional squad. DeWaal, an offensive guard, made first team all-Western District and second team all-Northwest Region.