10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• The Halifax County Service Authority announced Tuesday it has received approval for a $15 million loan and grant application project at its Maple Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program. In presenting the formal letter of conditions, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Arthur Powers described the award as “the biggest single grant for water and sewer I’ve handed in my 20 plus years of working with the USDA.”
• A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at Mt. Olive Baptist Church for the first African American judge to preside in Halifax County. Irvin Douglas Sugg Sr. died Friday at his home in Hampton. He was 93. His wife and family members were with him at the time of the passing late last week, said a statement issued by the family. The judge’s son, Irvin Jr., said Monday his father was a man who touched many lives. “We have received an outpouring of concern and love for him. It’s overwhelming,” he said. The general district court judge retired from the bench on Feb. 28, 1998 serving in the 10th Judicial District for 13 years.
• The Southside Slammers won the 16U Gold Division in the Softball Nation Queen of the Hill Softball Tournament held July 3-5 in Richmond. The Southside Slammers played 10 games over the course of the three days. A total of 28 teams competed in the 16U category. The Southside Slammers were comprised of Taylor Mosley, Dalyn Hall, Kate Bane, Sydney Puryear, VeVe Brandon, Jennifer Lacks, Meg Bane, Lyndsey Wilkins, Lauren Mairstin, Ashton Ewers, Kendall Lloyd and coaches Tammy Hall, Barbara Lacks and Woody Bane.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• The library consolidation committee met Tuesday night to discuss options for a possible combined South Boston/Halifax County library operation. Late last month, South Boston Town Council entered into a contract with the Danville urologic clinic to purchase the vacant Urology Clinic Building on Hamilton Blvd. Under the contract, the town had 90 days in which to finalize a plan to use the two-story building for consolidated purposes. Ross Garrett, chairman of the Halifax County-South Boston Regional Library Board of Trustees, emphasized that the bottom line remained the same, regardless of the outcome of the library issue. “As long as we serve the public — that’s our goal. We will work with what the governing bodies decide,” Garrett said.
• Rain or shine, the 20th annual Virginia Cantaloupe Festival will get underway next Wednesday afternoon at the Halifax County Fairgrounds. The move to the fairgrounds is just one of the many changes that has been made to the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored festival in recent years. This year there will be two stages set up. One will be on the fairground’s midway and will feature the Caribbean sounds of The Key West Band.
• A second chance proved worthy for the Halifax County All-Star Debs after winning the district championship Wednesday evening at Gretna High School with a 15-0 victory over Charlotte County. In a sequel of the double-elimination district tournament, Halifax recovered from a 4-2 defeat in a previous game Tuesday with Charlotte County and took the championship in a shut out.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• Sixty one percent of all 1979 Halifax County traffic accidents were due in part to alcohol or excessive speed, according to a report released this week by the Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council. The report listed a total of 658 traffic accidents within the roadways of the county. Two percent of the crashes resulted in a fatality. The average of the State of Virginia was 1%.
• In proceedings that surprised no one in particular, Fenton Atkins was appointed to the vacant seat on the Virgilina Town Council at their meeting Thursday night. Atkins, a retired deputy sheriff, finished seventh in the council election in May for the six seats. However, a tie between Fraser Murray and Stover Long for mayor necessitated a tie, which Murray won. Long was the sole candidate for mayor, but Murray received enough write-in support to tie. Murray was a council candidate, and could not serve on council after having been elected mayor.
• South Boston’s 16 year olds came back on Saturday night, winning the third game in a series of three games played against the Southside 16 year olds. This win, along with their win Friday night, sends South Boston to Richmond to compete in the statewide Babe Ruth competition. Al Lawder put South Boston on the scoreboard in the first inning, chalking up a run as he was driven in on a single. Greg Weddle came in next as Mike Francisco popped a single.