20 Years Ago – 1999
• Two veteran writers at The Gazette-Virginian — Beth Robertson and Joe Chandler — were named to new positions effective July 1, the newspaper’s editor and publisher Keith A. Shelton announced. Robertson will be the new managing editor, a post held by Hugh M. Moore for the past 19 years. Moore retired Wednesday after 47 years of newspapering. Chandler will become the newspaper’s full-time sports editor, a duty he shared with Moore prior to Moore’s retirement.
• “Pete,” a 13-month-old black lab that serves as a narcotics canine, is the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department’s newest weapon against crime. Pete is partnered with Sgt. S. T. Moser. Lewis Metal Works built and donated the cage to the sheriff’s department that is used to transport Pete.
• After two weeks of calamity on the flats, Ward Burton is glad to be back on the high-banked side of NASCAR. But he hopes what he finds at Daytona will help him forget what happened last Sunday at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, California, in the first of two Winston Cup outings on road courses. Running with the leaders less than 10 miles from the end, Burton was victimized when Ricky Rudd tried to avoid a sliding Rusty Wallace, caromed off a tire barrier and reentered the track at the same spot Burton had reached.
40 Years Ago – 1979
• All service station owners and gasoline distributors have been urged to attend an emergency meeting of the board of supervisors Tuesday night to develop plans for staggered weekday and weekend sales of gas. The need for the plan arose last Thursday when Gov. John N. Dalton issued an executive order requiring localities to put them into effect. “A statewide emergency exists in that restricted hours of operation of gasoline retailers hinder motorists from obtaining gasoline and cause great hardships,” Gov. Dalton stated in his executive order.
• Farmer Roger Talley spent the night in his two-ton truck near the end of the line of trucks waiting to empty their load of wheat at Keystone Mill, but during Thursday night’s wait, the price had changed on Talley dropping almost 25 cents a bushel. When he arrived Thursday to take his place in the line winding several blocks back from the mill, wheat had been selling at $4.10 a bushel. Friday morning the price was $3.85.
• The 17-18-year-old division of the Babe Ruth All-Stars is comprised of Dale Harris, Nathan Wiles, Zack Weddle, Kenny Day, Donald Gravitt, Todd Dillow, Paul Gravitt, Jackie Trent, Todd Trickey, Terry DeShazo, Dean Throckmorton, Tony Reaves, Scott Parson, Jay Duffie and Coaches Hus Gravitt and Johnnie Talbott.
60 Years Ago – 1959
• Another day of 100 plus temperatures was in prospect today as crops burned and residents sweltered in the prolonged siege of hot and dry weather. The crop situation was termed “critical” today by County Agent C. L. Hall, who said that if rain doesn’t fall soon, damages will run into the untold millions. Yesterday appeared to be the hottest in the 10-day spell as many thermometers registered 105 in the shade.
• Work starts today on the new Rescue Squad Building on Route 501 at the north corporate limits. The brick and cinder block building will be located on a site given to the crew by Community Hospital. Funds for construction of the building were raised during a campaign last winter. Buster Carden will supervise construction, some of which will be done by volunteer labor. Firms are expected to supply some of the materials at cost or near cost.
• In the ad department: Colonial Stores had a pound of hamburger for sale at 49 cents, shank portion of ham for 37 cents a pound and watermelons for 59 cents each. Kane Furniture was advertising specials such as a 50-foot garden hose for $1 and a five-piece dinette family-size wood tone table with four comfortable wrought iron chairs for $19. Hodges Jewel Box was advertising a three-piece luggage set for $14.77 and a Remington sewing machine for $39. Newberry’s was advertising a five-foot wading pool for $2.98.