10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• The 30th Annual Virginia Cantaloupe Festival drew a large crowd of more than 3,000 to the Halifax County Fairgrounds on a scorching hot Friday evening. The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce event served up plenty of food, music and fun enjoyed by festival goers of all ages. Chamber President Nancy Pool said organizers were “very pleased with the crowd” at that year’s event. Pool added, “Despite the heat we had a good turnout.”
• Fire department volunteers across the county spent a busy Sunday afternoon responding to field and hay fires reported throughout the county. Turbeville, Cluster Springs and Virgilina fire departments were dispatched to a fire on the southern end of the county on Route 58, while Triangle and Clover fire department volunteers were called to another fire that broke out on the corner of Neal’s Corner Road.
• After an opening game loss, the South Boston Pre Majors all-stars built enough momentum to make it to the Dixie Pre-Majors State Tournament championship game, but their solid run to the title came just short with a 6-3 loss to Amelia on Wednesday. Each team had nine hits in the championship game, with William Worley hitting a solo home run, and Jacob New and Derek Conner each hitting two singles in three plate appearances.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• The first-ever Roanoke Summit took place at Halifax County High School, drawing a group of approximately 150 to 200 people. The summit came on the heels of recent news that the North Carolina Research Triangle was looking to Kerr Lake as a possible long-range water source. Representation at the meeting was basin-wide, from Roanoke, Bedford, Danville and Lake Gaston in Virginia to Raleigh and Beaufort County in North Carolina. Sponsored by Virginia Delegate W.W. “Ted” Bennett Jr., North Carolina Representative James W. Crawford Jr. of Oxford, North Carolina and the Roanoke River Basin Association (RRBA), the event was a first step “in a process towards improving the three C’s of the Roanoke River Basin — communication, cooperation and coordination,” according to Tom Brawner, executive director of the RRBA.
• The South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club has captured first place honors in the state for its preservation and revitalization work at The Prizery. The prize was awarded to the club during the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs’ convention in Norfolk. The local club competed against 97 other entries, including general and junior clubs, for the Community Improvement Program award, sponsored by Shell Oil.
• The Virginia champion South Boston Dixie Majors all star team was hoping to bring Virginia its first World Series win when it played in the Dixie Majors World Series in Euliss, Texas later that week. At that time, South Boston’s Dixie Majors all star teams had won the Virginia title three of the last four years, and the trip to play in the Dixie Majors World Series was the second consecutive trip for South Boston.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• A Calvary resident shared his plans to spearhead a Community Watch program to fight crime in his Halifax County community, with the blessing of Halifax County Sheriff Woody Bane. “It’s simply a policy of neighbor helping neighbor,” E.B. Harbour said as he explained the Community Watch program. “It’s a pet project of North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, and it reportedly has successfully reduced crime rates significantly where it has been put into practice,” Harbour told newsmen. Community watch is simply a volunteer group which keeps a wary eye on all property in a given locality.
• The Southside Emergency Social Services Council, which includes the Halifax County Rescue Squad, was awarded part of a $306,000 grant that they planned to share with three other EMS councils in Virginia. While the exact use of the funds had not yet been determined, Larry Smith of the Rescue Squad said that communications would be the top priority.
• Tommy Ellis of Richmond won the Lowes 200 NASCAR national championship events held Saturday night at the South Boston Speedway by two car lengths. He made up a lap deficit he incurred just before the halfway mark in the race and passed Morgan Shepherd with 18 laps to go to win the race. Ray Hendricks finished in second place, three seconds back from Ellis.