Basketball Camp

Basketball Camp was held in July 1992 for these boys ages 12 through 14 at Halifax County Senior High School. Those winning the three on three for the 12-year-olds are Mikal Townsend, Derrick Cameron and J. J. Hardy. For the 13-14 age group are Tony White, Timmy Petty and Kevin Watkins. In individual honors Travis Foy is first in free throws and Derrick Cameron in spot shooting for the 12-year-olds, and Lavar Jennings (free throws) and Demetrius White (spot shooting) place first for the older boys.

20 Years Ago | 1999

Anyway you slice ‘em, Halifax County cantaloupes are delicious, and they will be a featured treat at the 19th Annual Virginia Cantaloupe Festival this Wednesday. For nearly two decades this annual event, organized by the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, has celebrated Halifax County cantaloupe growers and provided a day full of fun, sun and luscious local melons. For the past 18 years, the popular festival has taken place in the center of Turbeville cantaloupe growing country on the farm of John Wade, but this year the festivities will be held at the Halifax County Fairgrounds in South Boston.

• Bion Technologies, a company developing a system to reduce odor from hog and other livestock operations, will make a presentation of its system Tuesday at the Mary Bethune Office Complex. This will not be a formal meeting of the board of supervisors or planning commission, but an opportunity to obtain information on alternative waste management systems. The proposed CAFO ordinance requires applicants submit detailed information on proven odor control technologies. The Bion system flushes manure from barns with water infused with high levels of bacteria, and the bacteria binds with the smelly compounds, shutting off the odor.

• Brent Myers may be short in stature, but he was a big figure for the South Boston Dixie Majors all stars. A single by Myers in the bottom of the fifth inning plated the winning run in South Boston’s 3-2 win over Patrick Henry Thursday night in the championship game of the Dixie Majors State Tournament. South Boston beat Patrick Henry 7-6 Tuesday night and edged Christiansburg 4-3 Wednesday night to get another shot at Patrick Henry in the state title game. 

40 Years Ago | 1979

• “Thank God we’re still here,” said Lee Hackney of the Wolftrap community yesterday. Hackney, along with several of his neighbors, were spared as a tornado accompanied by a heavy thunderstorm, touched down in the small rural community of Wolftrap between 5 and 6 p.m. bringing varying amounts of destruction along with it. Hackney, his son Ronnie Hackney, Raymond and Steve Pruitt, Corky Stybils and David Moody were sitting in a shed adjacent to Hackney’s home when the storm began, and they ran to the back end of the shed and laid down on the floor. His house sustained more than $2,000 in damage, and a large part of a 34-acre segment of Hackney’s 56 acres of tobacco was blown over.

 A public amusement center is being planned at the site of the old Red Barn Auto Sales on Route 58 west, County Planner Jerry Lovelace said. Edward and Hilda McGrady made a request for a public amusement permit Monday night at a meeting of the Halifax County Planning Commission.  The McGradys plan to install pool tables, pinball machines and games for smaller children, and they will be open Monday through Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m.

• The gals at Green’s Folly Country Club are getting all primed for what promises to be the biggest ever Green’s Folly Ladies Invitational. There promises to be over 100 ladies out there on Aug. 2 and 3 shooting for the prizes. 

60 Years Ago | 1959

• County voters went to the polls in unprecedented numbers Tuesday to give landslide votes of confidence to 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 Loftis, thus garnering 74% of the 5,479 votes cast. Sheriff Coates blitzed challenger Willis W. Moore by a 4 to 1 margin, but Moore pulled a minor surprise in running up a 1,152 vote to Coates’ 4,332.

• Betty Burkes Keith is currently leading the top 14 contestants in the “Miss Diamond Jubilee” contest. Others in order of their positions 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. The winner, based on the number of tickets to the dance and pageant sold, will be treated to a week’s vacation for two at Miami Beach.

•  In the ad department: Newberry’s was featuring a doll lay-away sale with dolls ranging in price from $2.98 to $19.98. Sizemore Appliance Store was advertising extra clean, used refrigerators for $29.95 and up. Carlo’s was featuring ladies’ shoes for sale. When you buy one pair at regular price, you get the second pair for a nickel. Kane Furniture Company was advertising a 7-piece hide-away group for $133. Included was a hide-away bed with mattress, matching arm chair, two attractive step end tables, matching cocktail tables and two table lamps.