20 Years Ago | 1999
• Demolition of a building that last housed McDonald’s resturant at the corner of Wilborn and Webster in South Boston, moved ahead this week to make way for the construction of Auto Zone, an after-market automotive parts store. Building permits value the cost of the new facility at $388,000 and the general contractor is JD & W of Virginia Beach.
• Supervisors tried to keep a lid on the hog issue caldron Tuesday night, but it boiled over like witch’s brew. The Board steered an even course during the session, first granting Southside Concerned Citizens permission to rally at the courthouse Monday prior to their march to Mary Bethune and the planning commission’s 7 p.m. hearing on hog setbacks. Then, at the request of Tucker Watkins, the board granted South Central Agriculturists For the Environment permission to hold a barbecue on the Mary Bethune grounds, also prior to the planning commission meeting.
• The most critical stage of the season is looming ahead for Bubba Urban Jr. Urban, from Glen Allen, holds a 30 point lead over David Blankenship entering Saturday night’s Pepsi/Virginia’s 13 WSET TV Triple 75’s NASCAR Winston Racing Series Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway. The object for Urban is to make sure he stays out of trouble and comes away with solid finishes in each of the three races.
40 Years Ago | 1979
• An application asking nearly $845,000 in federal funds to renovate and enlarge the William M. Tuck Airport was filed earlier this month. It was announced yesterday. The complete renovation project would cost an estimated $1,056,000, some $844,800 to come from the Federal Aviation Administration, $105,600 from the state and $105,600 to be divided on a two-thirds, one-third basis between the county and the city.
• The old Lord Halifax Hotel has long since been erased from the view of Halifax County and South Boston residents, but not from the memory of Mrs. Katherine Strange of South Boston who holds a key to and from the past. Mrs. Strange is the heiress to a solid brass door key that her father Roger Owen used some 40 years ago to open the front door to the hotel.
• Barring rain, last night’s “game 11” in the District One, 14-15 Babe Ruth League Tournament at Friend Field between South Hill and Lunenburg decided who the South Boston all-stars will meet tonight at 6 p.m. for the championship. South Boston — a 16-1 victor over Appomatox and a 6-5 winner over Tri-Cities — bought and paid for its ticket to tonight’s championship game with a brilliant 4-0 decision over South Hill on Monday. In a nutshell, it was all Robbie Schoonover. He picked Monday for his finest overall game of his career.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• County voters went to the polls in unprecedented numbers Tuesday to give landslide votes of confidence in Clerk H. Mason Sizemore and Sheriff C.T. Coates in the Democratic Primary. Sizemore turned in a surprising 4,044 to 1,435 win over Banister District Supervisor N. Page Lofits, thus garnering 74% of the 5,479 votes cast.
• Miss Betty Burkes Keith is currently leading the top 14 contestants in the “Miss Diamond Jubilee” contest. Others in order of their position are Gail McCrary, Bettie Bell Newton, Lucy Armistead, Doris Victry Weaver, Julia W. Whitlow, Rachel Ann Thompson, Dianne Smiley, Dorothy Ann Sizemore, Mary Elizabeth Clark, Kay Wilkins, Lillian Bagwell, Brenda Cavanaugh and Hazel Blackstock.
• In the ad department: Kane Furniture’s mid-summer clearance sell offered a 9-piece bedroom suite for $97, an Electric Range stove for $119, a chaise lounge for $8.88, folding chairs two for $8.88, a 7-piece 60-inch chrome dinette set for $38.88, a 7-piece living room suite for $97 and a 7-piece hide away group for $133. Wilborn’s Hardware offered a lawn mower for $49.95.