Chris Lumsden (left), assistant administrator for Halifax-South Boston Community Hospital, and project coordinator Floyd Brankley (right), discuss plans for a new 60-space parking area in July 1987 to be constructed in front of the hospital, parallel to Wilborn Avenue. The new area will be designated for employees, freeing existing parking spaces closer to the hospital for patients and visitors. The project, which will include the installation of lights and extensive landscaping, is scheduled for completion by early September.


10 YEARS AGO | 2010

w Crews were busy getting Riverstone Technology Park for future development, according to Mike Sexton, executive director of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority. The IDA at its June meeting accepted a low bid of $751,538.70 from Haymes Brothers, Inc. of Chatham for a lot development contract to clear and grub lots 2, 3 and 4, lot development for lots 1,7 and 8 and to redevelop existing storm water pond located on lot 8.

w The Acquatic plant, formerly Lasco Bathware, in South Boston announced plans to eliminate second shift, resulting in 40 people losing their jobs. The majority of the workers who were laid off were employed through a temporary agency. Carol Wade, human resources representative at the plant, said the layoffs were “due to the continued softness in the residential construction market.”

w The Halifax County Dixie Junior Boys team claimed the state crown and were slated to play in the Dixie Junior Boys World Series. Team member Ben Majors’ two-run base hit in the bottom of the fifth inning produced the runs needed to beat Grayson County 16-6 for the win. The Halifax County team went on to represent Virginia in the Dixie Junior Boys World Series on July 31 in Dothan, Alabama.


20 YEARS AGO | 2000

w The 20th Virginia Cantaloupe Festival was a success, with the rain holding off for the festivities. It was the sophomore run for the Lope Fest at its new location at the Halifax County Fairgrounds and changes implemented the previous year helped make for both a better atmosphere and easier negotiation of food from the previous year. The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the festival each year to help finance its activities.

w The Continuing Education Center in South Boston received funding from the Virginia Community Block Grants for 2000, Governor James Gilmore’s office announced the previous day. The center received a grant of $649,130 for additional development. R.O. Harrell III, vice-chairman of the Halifax Educational Foundation, said the grant would allow the center to “buy more equipment and expand the space we’re using in the building itself.” The town of South Boston had applied for a Community Block Grant to revitalize the tobacco warehouse district but was unsuccessful in its bid.

w The South Boston Dixie Majors all star baseball team beat Wythe County twice to win the third state title in four years. The team bounced back to score a dramatic sweep of a double-header from Wythe County on the final night of the tournament to win the Virginia Dixie Majors Baseball Tournament in Fluvanna. The win earned the South Boston Dixie Majors the rights to compete in the World Series.


40 years ago | 1980

w Travel expenses for visitors to South Boston and Halifax County last year accounted for more than $5.4 million, including travel generated payrolls, according to the Virginia State Travel Service. Expenditures by all travelers to the city and county were $4,267,000. That accounted for 171 jobs generated locally with a payroll of $905,000. State tax receipts from those travel dollars were $205,000, while local taxes generated were $56,000.

w The Halifax County Public Schools Superintendent Udy Wood announced that four schools would have new principals for the upcoming school year. Bobby R. Hall former principal of Scottsburg Elementary, was moved to the same position at Clays Mill Elementary School. E. Bradley Ingram, former principal at Clover Elementary School, was moved to Scottsburg Elementary. Mary S. Wilkerson, former assistant principal of South of Dan Elementary School, was named as the new principal at Clover Elementary. Henry G. Richardson, former assistant principal of Sinai Elementary School, was named principal of Wilson Memorial Elementary School. 

w The South Boston Speedway announced that Morgan Shepherd of Conover, Norht Carolina would head the field for the running of the weekend’s Lowes 200 NASCAR national championship late model sportsman race. Shepherd at that time was the NASCAR national late model sportsman leader. Bosco Lowe of Fairview, North Carolina, second in the national standings just behind Shepherd, also was selected to head the field.

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