Presto Products

Presto Products held its annual reception dinner for 10-year employees. Some honored for their 10 years of service to Presto Products include (front row, from left) Revern Moss, Angela Brandon, Delois Harris and Carolyn Crews; (second row, from left) Richard Gayles, Dorothy Faulkner and Melvin Conner; (third row, from left) Nannie Oliver, Linda Ford and Joyce Dawson.

10 Years Ago | 2010

A total of 29 hourly positions were eliminated Thursday and Friday affecting ABB employees on all three shifts and reaching across all of the product lines at the South Boston plant, local plant officials confirmed Friday morning. According to Tom Minnich, ABB senior vice-president and general manager, the affected employees were told late on Thursday and early Friday that their jobs would be eliminated. 

• Four candidates are seeking to fill the vacant ED-5 seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, confirmed deputy clerk Debby Forlines Friday. Robert C. Wazeka Jr. of Bayonne Avenue, South Boston, K. Ronald Snead of Green Level Road, Scottsburg, David H. White of Washington Avenue, South Boston and Barry A. Bank of Talley Street, South Boston filed applications by Friday’s 2 p.m. deadline and are vying for the post vacated by James Edmunds II. 

• Deshon Dabbs sat out the first half of Friday’s game against Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount. But, when he hit the floor in the second half, good things happened for Halifax County High School. Dabbs scored 19 points in the second half, including hitting four straight free throws in the final 35 seconds to help lift the Comets to a 70-66 win in overtime.  

20 Years Ago | 2000

• Unemployed textile workers in Southside Virginia took their pleas for help to legislators over the weekend, and they were heard. The Textile Workers Relief Act will be introduced in the General Assembly by Southside legislators this week. Del. W. W. “Ted” Bennett added his signature to the bill on Friday, joining Southside legislators in pushing the bill to increase benefits and provide health care relief to textile workers. 

• The big, orange Virginia Department of Transportation trucks were on the roads again Sunday morning, as snow covered the area and closed schools today for the third time in less than a week. Approximately one to three inches of snow fell on Halifax County throughout the day, with the highest concentrations falling in the southern end of the county, making road travel hazardous. 

• Halifax County High School basketball coach Garrett Dillard has said over the past few weeks that his team will eventually dig itself out of the big hole that it has fallen into. The Comets took a huge step in that direction here Saturday afternoon with a 72-61 win over Dinwiddie. Saturday’s victor snapped the Comets’ five game losing streak and pushed them to a 6-7 overall mark.  

40 Years Ago | 1980

• School Superintendent Udy C. Wood said yesterday that it would require more than $2 million in additional funds to operate public schools next year, and that more than half, about $1,250,000 would have to come from local tax sources. Later County Administrator Larry Wuensch translated Wood’s statement in tax dollars, and said it would take a 68 % increase in property taxes in Halifax County to satisfy such an increase.  

• Complaints by former Sheriff James L. Miller that there were election law violations in his narrow loss to Sheriff W. K. Bane in November have reached the Department of Justice, a U.S. District Attorney confirmed yesterday. Montgomery E. Tucker said in Roanoke yesterday that Miller’s and about six other complaints were forwarded to Washington, and he did not know what disposition the Justice Department would make of them. The “consistent theme” of the complaints was that there was false of misleading information on sample ballots used by Bane, Tucker said.  

• First appearances can be deceiving and those fans that turned out to see the Comet girls varsity cagers play the GW Silver Eagle gals in the second game of last night’s tripleheader at Blue Heaven got a good lesson to that effect. Halifax County turned around what at first appeared to be a runaway for the Eagles and managed to score a key 43-41 Western District victory over their Danville rivals in a game that went right down to the wire. 

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