10 YEARS AGO | 2011
- Halifax County Supervisors and local taxpayers received welcomed news Monday evening during the board’s first meeting of the new year when County Administrator George Nester said the original estimated $256,800 cost of “Line of Duty” insurance for some 400 firefighting and emergency service volunteers in the county was in error. “I am pleased to report that we have received an update from the Virginia Retirement System indicating a downward trend, and they have clarified the rate is only 25% of the $642 per individual,” Nester said. Originally, the county had thought it would be responsible for paying over a quarter of a million dollars in premiums for the more than 400 volunteers who work with local fire and emergency medical services departments in the county. Under the state plan, local governments will be charged a premium based on the number of paid public safety personnel and volunteers eligible for the benefits beginning in July 2011. This will be the first time that Halifax County has been required to assume the cost of the line of duty coverage, which ensures benefits for the survivors of emergency personnel who lose their life in the line of duty.
- The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) approved a resolution Tuesday morning that seeks a $2.8 million grant from the tobacco commission that meets next week in Richmond. During its special called meeting, IDA members submitted an economic development grant program application for $2.8 million to establish a Center for Coatings Application and Education at Riverstone. According to the resolution, “the facility will conduct applied research and development of coatings technology in the wood, metal and plastics sectors.” The grant will be used for the up-fitting of the “high bay” facility at Riverstone Center, the installation of necessary robotics and the procurement and purchase of specialized coating equipment in order to establish the center, the resolution states. Halifax County Board of Supervisors approved a similar grant application to the Virginia Tobacco Commission for $2.7 million during its meeting Monday evening that supports the IDA’s application to establish the Coatings Center project at Riverstone.
- Jeffress, who made his first Major League pitching appearance in September and appeared in 10 late-season games for the Brewers, was traded to the Kansas City Royals on Dec. 18. The trade was part of a major multi-player deal in which the Brewers acquired 2009 Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke from the Royals. “I didn’t know my name was involved until the last moment,” Jeffress pointed out. “They (Brewers officials) called me and said they were checking on my medical records. When they told me that, I kind of figured I’d be traded.” Jeffress had a year remaining on his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He said Kansas City manager Ned Yost and the team’s general manager called to speak with him. All Jeffress knows is that he is on the Royals’ 40-man roster.
20 YEARS AGO | 2001
- Might the old Tultex manufacturing plant on Mineral Street be transformed into an apartment complex? Its owner is considering that and other possible uses for the multilevel, 88,000-square-foot brick structure whose usefulness ended just over a year ago when the Martinsville-based textile plant folded in bankruptcy. In its heyday, Tultex provided paychecks up to 1,200 workers. Last summer, the equipment, fixtures and furnishings were sold at auction and the building and land became the property of Roanoke businessman Calvin Powers. Powers also purchased other properties, which Tultex owned.
- The South Boston-Halifax County Dixie Girls Softball League will pitch a $40,000 project to construct two softball fields at Halifax County Middle School and erect lights on both fields to the Halifax County School Board Monday night. That matter and the consideration of the 2001-2002 school calendar are the top matters on the agenda for Monday night’s Halifax County School Board meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room on the second floor of the Mary M. Bethune Office Complex in Halifax. School superintendent Dennis Witt said league officials have submitted a project proposal to school system officials that calls for the school system and the league to split the costs.
- Korey Townsend is beginning to find himself. The Halifax County junior guard has not been lost or anything like that. But it has taken time for Townsend to find his place, his role, in the scheme of Halifax County basketball. Townsend has developed into a role player for the Halifax County High School Blue Comets, a player that coach Garrett Dillard can look to as a spark, a catalyst, for the team. The 5-11 Townsend came off of the bench to score 11 points against Northern Durham and 13 points against Person High in the BB&T Bank Holiday Classic.
40 YEARS AGO | 1981
- The stretch of Route 501 from Riverdale to North Carolina will be included in a study for possible future four-laning, the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation has decided. The announcement reverses an earlier decision by Highway Commissioner Harold G. King that the road did not have a sufficient traffic count to be included in a Route 501 north study underway. O. K. Marby, director of planning for the department, wrote the Chamber of Commerce President Ted Bennett on Dec. 22 that he had asked engineers to “extend the limits of the anticipated planning study of Route 501 between Route 58 and the North Carolina line.”
- Mrs. Frances Harrrell of South Boston gave birth to Halifax County’s first baby of the New Year, a seven pound 13 ounce boy, at 2:09 a.m. Jan. 1 at the South Boston-Halifax Community Hospital named Richard Oliver Harrell IV. The proud parents will be receiving prizes from several local merchants for having the first baby of the year.
- The Comets, an impressive scoring machine while winning their first three games of the season but a disappointment in losing twice in the Virginia-Carolina Christmas Classic, return to battle tomorrow night and Coach John Crittenden is raring to go. And he thinks his team is, too. “Tuesday is a new season, and I’m looking forward to it,” said Crittenden, who will take his boys on the road for their Western District opener, a test at always-tough E.C. Glass. “It’s always tough in Lynchburg, but I feel like we’ll come back and be all right,” he said.