10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• State Senator Robert Hurt of Chatham emerged from a crowded Republican field yesterday to have the right to challenge incumbent 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello in the November general election. The Associated Press called the election for Hurt at approximately 7:40 p.m. with Hurt leading all six of the other candidates by double digits.
• The raging party for the annual Ducks on the Dan Derby Duck Race took place Monday at the former Tultex Building in South Boston. Volunteers including Jacob Vest, Mark Wilkerson, Gene Hugh, Tamyra Vest, Wayne Fuller, James Terry and Sharron Warren removed old numbers from the ducks and placed new tag numbers on them. The ducks will be dumped into the Dan River Saturday in 2010 at 3 p.m. during the annual event.
• Former Halifax County High School football standout Patrick Terry will be playing for a new team this coming fall. Terry, who had spent the past three seasons playing football at Virginia Tech, will transfer to Winston-Salem State University and play football for the Rams this fall. The former Comets football star is receiving a full scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University and will have two seasons of eligibility at the Division II school.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• If a formula stands put, Halifax County, Pittsylvania County and Danville could receive an estimated $700 million over the next 25 years from the tobacco settlement. A formula hammered out Wednesday night would give Halifax County 17% of the $1.3 billion Virginia is expected to receive over the next quarter centery. Danville would get about 11% while Pittsylvania County would get 25%.
• The South Boston plant of JPS Apparel will celebrate its 60th anniversary on June 11 with a “carnival type” party on its grounds for employees, retires and their immediate families. J. R. Griffin, a native of South Boston, has been with JPS Apparel for 21 years and has served as the plant managers since 1991. “The plant is doing well. We’re the oldest major industry in the county still in full operation,” Giffin said. “We appreciate the approximately 360 people making it happen.”
• Today is the day for the “big show,” the Group AAA State Track and Field Championships. And, Halifax County High School’s Jennifer Claud is hoping to stage her best performances before the multitude of athletes and coaches that will gather at the Arthur Ashe Center. Claud is in an elite position entering today’s state championship meet. This is Claud’s third straight trip to the big show. And, this is the third straight year that she will have qualified for the state meet in both indoor and outdoor track.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• The first graduation exercise to be held at the new Halifax County Senior High School was held yesterday afternoon in the school’s gym with an estimated 4,000 persons attending the event. The 525 members of the senior class, clad in caps and gowns filing into their seating area as parents, relatives and special guests watch from the bleacher areas. The annual Baccalaureate Service was combined with yesterday’s graduation exercises and featured a sermon rendered by the Rev. Dr. Ray Pollard, pastor of the First Baptist Church in South Boston.
• Russell Logan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Logan, was awarded the Principal’s Award at Class Day ceremonies Friday at Halifax County Senior High School. The Principal’s Award, given by Dr. L. M. Venable, principal, denotes the senior whom the principal feels is the “best all-around” member of the class. Academic awards were given to Robin Irby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Irby, and Susan Hudson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Hudson. Irby was the valedictorian, and Hudson was the salutatorian.
• Bob Whorley of Richmond was the high overall champion in the Trison 400 held yesterday at Halifax County Gun Club with a score of 394x400. Whorley was the champion in the 12 and 410 gauge divisions. Bryon Huckaby was the winner of the 20-gauge division with a score of 90x100, while Gerhald Kennedy was the winner of the 28-gauge division with a score of 99x100.