Maurine Ligon, treasurer for the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxillary makes a donation of $12,075 to Johnny Francis, president of the department and other members of the department, Thomas Boulden, Tommy Conner and Johnnie Hatcher.

20 Years Ago | 1999

Thousands of people ushered in the year 2000 in grand style Saturday night from South Boston’s Constitution Square. “It was great. We were all very pleased by the turnout,” said Chris Jones, president of the Community Arts Center Foundation. Several thousand people gathered in the square and exclaimed in wonder and delight at the profusion of fireworks that lit up the night sky. 

• Supervisors will welcome four new members and elect a chairman and vice-chairman during their board meeting tonight. The organizational meeting, which will include board committee and commission assignments, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax. Supervisors elected to the board in November and taking their seats for the first time tonight include David Martin, Election District 4; James Edmunds, ED-5; Lottie Nunn, ED-7; and C. W. “Corky” Rorrer, ED-8. 

• The One Valley Bank Holiday Classic basketball tournament title has again eluded the Halifax County Blue Comets and coach Garrett Dillard. The Comets, for the second straight year, suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss in the championship game, this time at the hands of the Person High School Rockets. The Rockets upset the Comets 56 to 55 Thursday night to win the sixth annual version of the local holiday hoops tournament and claim their first One Valley Bank tournament title.  

45 Years Ago | 1975

• The Board of Supervisors Monday morning and South Boston City Council Monday night are due to say yes or no to a low bid of some $11,500,000 for a senior high school and vocational training school complex. The governing bodies have until Jan. 19 to accept or reject the low bid of a construction firm, the Altavista English Construction Company. 

• At a special meeting called by the Halifax County Bar Association at the courthouse Tuesday morning to discuss the use of drugs by young people in the area, Dr. Lacy Venable, principal at HCHS, confirmed that marijuana use by students probably exceeds 50 % of the student population in the high school. “The problem is growing,” said Dr. Venable. “There is more of a problem with it this year than the previous six years I have been here.”

• The Blue Comets will get their 7-0 record tested Friday night when they journey to Pulaski to meet the Pulaski team, which for a long time was unbeaten and have just lost one game to E. C. Glass. Pulaski will be sky high for the game playing on their home floor and fresh from winning their own Christmas tournament.  

60 Years Ago | 1960

• A Cluster Springs delegation of about 15 that appeared before the school board Monday to protest moving of the school site from its present location was told by the board to settle its differences with Black Walnut District School Trustee Armistead Traynham first and then come up with an agreement with him on a site for the new school. Traynham will work with the group, school superintendent Dr. R. L. Lacy said today in surveying the seven and a half acre site along with other sites.

• An effort will be made today to establish the first Lutheran church in this vicinity in history here Sunday. A Lutheran mission workshop service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Powell Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Kenneth Crumpton Jr., pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Danville, will conduct the service. A spotcheck of persons of the Lutheran faith living here has turned up 16 adults and 13 children. 

• In the ad department, Leggett’s Department Store had a “White Sale” featuring 130-count snowy-white muslin sheets for $1.79 and 180-county super smooth percale sheets for $2.39. The A&P store was offering new savings for the new year with bacon 39 cents a pound, ham 43 cents a pound, butter 69 cents and cheese 55 cents.

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