Guest speaker

State Senator Louise Lucas was the guest speaker at the special celebration in memory of Martin Luther King’s birthday at Ebenezer CME Church. The celebration was sponsored by the South Boston-Halifax County Business and Professional Men’s Club. An overflowing crowd is shown attending the memorial service.

10 Years Ago | 2010

The Dan River at South Boston is expected to crest near 27.4 feet this morning, well above the 19 ft. flood stage here, according to the National Weather Service. Runoff from heavy rain Sunday night into Monday morning will continue to cause flooding along the lower Roanoke and Dan Rivers, NWS officials said yesterday. 

• Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kimberly S. White was among 26 lawyers inducted into the Virginia Law Foundation 2010 Class of Fellows at a dinner meeting held Thursday in Williamsburg during the Virginia Bar Association’s annual meeting. Guest speaker for the occasion was Dennis Gartman, financial analyst ant author of the “Gartman Letter.” 

• A rebuilding Martinsville girls basketball team proved no match for the Comets varsity girls basketball team, which rolled to a 60-19 win Monday at Comets gym. Comets coach Matthew McCargo went to his bench early and often against the outmanned Bulldogs, with the Comets bolting to a 20-9 advantage after one quarter and 29-13 lead at half-time.  

20 Years Ago | 2000

• Worst snowstorm of the century…or worst of a lifetime. Whatever the case, the blizzard of 2000 continues to make news and conversation, and may even be bringing out the best in some residents who are helping others dig out from under a foot or more of snow that brought normal commerce and travel to a grinding halt in South Boston earlier this week. During the height of the snowstorm Tuesday, two patients of South Boston Dialysis were transported by Halifax County Sheriff’s Deputies to the clinic. 

• The recent rash of snow storms has wreaked havoc with the county’s school schedules. But, the tough bout of winter weather may also be a blessing in disguise. The down side is that the missed days from school have already eaten up the makeup days that had been specified in the school system’s 1999-2000 school calendar and then some. Everything from a teacher workday in March to Memorial Day to Easter Monday, has now gone by the wayside. 

• Anything can and usually does happen when Halifax County faces GW on the hardwood. Nobody should anticipate anything other than that tonight when the two neighboring rivals square off at 7:30 p.m. at Halifax County High School. Forget that Western District leader GW stands 11-4 overall and is ranked in the Associated Press Top Ten this week. Forget that the Comets are 5-7, winless in the Western District, and occupy the cellar in the district standings. None of that is relevant.  

40 Years Ago | 1980

• South Boston Delegate Frank M. Slayton will introduce a bill today that would increase the starting salaries of deputy sheriffs in Virginia by 21.5 %. Starting pay for deputies is now $8,474. Slayton’s bill calls for the starting salary to advance to $10,300. The pay scale of senior deputies would also increase under the proposed legislation. 

• Arson investigators have failed to determine the cause and origin of  fire early Saturday morning that killed 24-year-old Charles Wayne Irby of South Boston and destroyed his mobile home and auto in the Love Shop Trailer Park. County fire marshal James Solomon, assistant county fire marshal Stuart Henderson, investigators from Halifax County Sheriff’s Department and officials from the South Boston Volunteer Fire Department spent several hours on the scene Saturday and again yesterday afternoon looking for clues as to what triggered the blaze but came away without any concrete information. 

• Ed Davenport, one of the few bright spots on an otherwise very dismal season last fall on the HCSHS gridiron was named to the group AAA East-West All Star game July 17 at Richmond’s News Leader. No word was forthcoming from local school officials. Davenport was voted the Most Valuable Lineman in the Western District as well as earning first team, All-WD honors. He went on from there to earn Associated Press Northeast Regional first team and then All-Start honors. 

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