10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• “To try to estimate the years of service and dedication to the children of Halifax County by this group of individuals would be impossible,” said deputy superintendent of schools Larry Clark at the reception for the school system’s 52 retirees Monday afternoon at Halifax County Middle School. “But I would like to express on behalf of the board, the superintendent and the central staff and all of us associated with this school system our sincere appreciation of what you all have done for the children of this school system,” said Clark.
• South Boston Town Council unanimously approved a $9,815,903 budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 on its first reading Monday night. The 2010-2011 budget, which calls for no tax increases or raises in salaries, consolidates several line items in an effort to cut costs. The landfill closure fund would be merged into public works, while two positions in public works, currently vacant, would not be funded in the budget.
• Zachary Francis of South Boston won in the 11-year-old to 14-year-old age division at the recent Virginia Bass State Youth Championship held May 29 on Buggs Island Lake. Francis had a four fish limit of bass that weight 7.10 pounds to take home the title and earn the right to represent Virginia at the TBF and FLW Outdoors Youth National Championship in August on Lake Lanier near Atlanta.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• Yesterday’s auction sale at Tultex “went very well.” But it was a bittersweet climax for the former brick tobacco factory on Mineral Street where, for the past three decades, upward to 1,200 workers produced millions of pieces of fleece wear until its economic collapse last fall. The sale in South Boston was the final of three days of auctions ordered and sanctioned by the federal bankruptcy court and conducted by the Baltimore, Maryland-based auction firm, Michael Fox International.
• A number of Halifax County parents are upset because their children failed to pass one or more of their SOL tests this spring. True enough, failing a SOL test certainly is not good news. But, it’s not the end of the world, either. Contrary to what some parents believe, the child will not automatically fail his or her grade and be retained for another year on the basis of failing an SOL test. And, failing an SOL test doesn’t mean that summer school is mandatory — that is — unless a child fails two or more SOL tests.
• Over 180 golfers will tee off this weekend for the 34th member-guest at Green’s Folly Golf Course. The defending champions, Jimmy Clay and Phil Rinker, are back to defend their title, and there is a lot of barriers to overcome. The defending champions are without question two of the best in the area, but the rest of the barriers are of the same caliber. Just to mention a few, Payne, White, Reese, E. Rinker, Gregory, Mele, Ford and you get the picture.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• W. W. (Ted) Bennett Jr., a Halifax resident and South Boston attorney, was elected president of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning. The chamber’s board of directors elected Bennett and three other officers at a breakfast meeting at Von’s Motel and Restaurant. Bennett succeeds Ron Falls as president. Other officers elected included Kerry Kelly as vice president, Wayne Stevens as secretary and J. Aubrey Houghton, treasurer. Kelly succeeds W.E. Confroy as vice-president.
• It costs more per capita to operate county government and schools in Halifax than in any of four surrounding Virginia counties, figures released last weekend by the auditor of public accounts revealed. The comparison was based on costs of general government and schools for Halifax, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Campbell and Charlotte counties for the fiscal year ended last June 30. During that year Halifax spent $3,672,390 to operate all areas of government except schools.
• Clyde Hall survived a triple bogey on the 12th hole at the Halifax County Club to fire a seven over par 77 to win the overall championship tournament of the club. Don Bagwell shot a 44-41-85 to win first place in the 60 and over division, but it took a five-hole, three-way playoff to determine the winner of the 50-59 division. Elmer Nichols, Lou Skerl and Deck Hankins all finished the day with 79’s, and all three were even par gong into the fourth hole. Skerl double bogeyed the hole to leave the playoff field to Hankins and Nichols.