20 Years Ago | 2000
• Joe Satterfield was re-elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors and James Edmunds II was elected vice-chairman during the board’s reorganization meeting Monday night. The two supervisors will serve a two-year term. Satterfield, one of the three nominees for the chairman’s post, took four of the six votes cast.
• Talk of the Town: If the school system makes a move to shut down Virgilina Elementary, the head count of the Virgilina Vigilantes is sure to quadruple overnight. School officials have timidly made “suggestions” for a dozen of years or more that the facility ought to be closed because of the small number of students enrolled there. They have chickened out every time. But this year they (school people) have every reason to look elsewhere if some schools are to be closed.
• A combination of brains and brawn. That’s a good description of Crystal Hill resident Brian Jones. Jones is a scholar-athlete at Western Maryland College where he is pursuing a degree in physics and a championship in wrestling. The 20-year-old Halifax County native was a success in the classroom while at Halifax County High School garnering a 3.3 grade point average and scoring 1,190 on his SATs.
45 Years Ago | 1975
• The first baby of the New Year arrived at Community Hospital on Jan. 2 at 8:05 a.m. Jennifer Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Garland Guthrie II of South Boston. The baby weighed 6lbs and 5 ounces. As first baby of the year, Jennifer Ann will be the recipient of gifts from six local merchants.
• With the final bang of the gavel last week, Police Court Judge Robert T. Vaughan ended an 18-year career as justice for the South Boston court. Beginning this week, cases which were previously handled by Vaughan will fall under the jurisdiction of Judge William T. Waller in General District Court.
• Halifax County remained undefeated and ran their record to 8-0 Friday night when they overcame Pulaski to win a tight hard fought game 43-41. James Smith jumper with 2:22 left in the game gave the Blues a 42-40 lead and sank the Courgars. Larry Scott had a free throw with one second to put it out of reach.
60 Years Ago | 1960
• The federal government is ready to spend approximately a quarter of a million dollars on a land reclamation project in the Difficult Creek watershed if county landowners cooperate fully in the project, it was revealed here today. The money will go for construction on a half dozen earth dams on tributaries of Difficult Creek, all located north of Route 360 and in an area stretching from Clover to Lennig.
• Acting Postmaster William R. Holt cleared next to the last obstacle in his way of being named local Postmaster Monday when President Eisenhower sent his name to the U.S. Senate as his appointment to the post. Confirmation by the Senate is seen as a formality.
• In the ad department, Newberry’s had a jumbo housewares sale featuring utility tables on wheels for $2.99, brass smoking stands for $2.99, bath towels 2 for $1 and bed spreads for $2.77. The Colonial Store had chicken 35 cents a lb, bacon 37 cents a lb a 5 lb bag of sugar for 39 cents and a 10 lb bag of flour for 69 cents.