Emergency Medical Technicians

These men and women are Emergency Medical Technicians who answer first response calls in the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department’s territory in June of 1987. First response calls require area firemen to have additional training as well as equipment, but the EMTs are capable of tipping the balance between life and death for some residents in distress. Pictured are (front row, from left) Billy Rickman, Oak Level chief; Stuart Henderson, EMT; Ray Owen, president of the fire department; (back row, from left) Mary Lou Rickman, Anna Satterfield, Betty Moore, Jay Satterfield and Chris Wilmouth.

10 YEARS AGO | 2010

Residents living in the northern most section of Halifax County soon can dispose of their trash and recyclable materials at a recycling collection site located on Drive In Road, just off Route 40 (Stage Coach Road). Halifax County Supervisors voted Monday night to pay $15,000 to A & J Davis, LLC for a one and a half acre site at the former drive in location where the county will construct its 13th recycling and convenience center. 

• A 94-year-old Alton native was recognized Saturday in Washington, D.C. as recipient of the National Juneteenth Military Honors Award. Elbert T. Link, a World War II veteran and participant in the Alcon Highway Initiative, was named the 2010 recipient of the National Juneteenth Military Honors Award before family, friends and dignitaries. 

• Jimmy Clay and Phil Ranker are once again the Green’s Folly Member-Guest Golf Tournament championships, using a 13-under round of 59 on the final day to overtake first day leaders Bobby Wilborn and Mike Hailey. Clay-Rinker finished with a two-day total of 64-59-123 to win by three strokes over Wilborn and Hailey, who fired a 63-63-126.  

20 YEARS AGO | 2000

• The conversion of a vacant urology clinic to a regional library will be the issue during a South Boston/Halifax County Library Consolidation Study Committee next month. But the issue was not mentioned during a joint town/county meeting Monday night. Council and supervisors did set a July 11 committee meeting date to discuss the library consolidation issue. South Boston Town Council announced Saturday that it had entered into a contract to purchase the approximately 11,000 square-foot building on Hamilton Boulevard. The town has 90 days to finalize plans. 

• In many ways a debate as old as Plato and Aristotle played out at the Southern Baptist Convention last week. And like the ancient philosophers’ differing views, the decision on a woman’s place appears split. Although the SBC’s decision declaring women should no longer serve as pastors provoked words like “tragedy,” three local female clergywomen serving Baptist churches do not think it will affect their churches. “It is another attempt to limit God and to define what God is doing,” said Rev. Katrina Brooks. “I am called to pastor,” she added, now as a “team player” but she is unsure what the future might bring. “ I am kind of leaving that up to God.” 

• Local players helped the Roxboro, North Carolina based Rock City Red Sox to a 6-2 win over the Garner Killer Bees in the Optimist Semi-Pro Baseball Tournament being played at Optimist Park in Roxboro. Shawn Torian came up with one of a pair of singles that helped vault Rock City to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Killer Bees deadlocked the game with a run in the top of the second inning. But Kenneth “Spook” Day and Ace Bohanon came up with singles in the bottom of the second inning that helped plate a run and take a 2-1 lead. A single by Drew Bohanon in the bottom of the fourth inning helped spur a four run rally by Rock City that gave the Red Sox a 6-1 lead.  

40 YEARS AGO | 1980

• The start-up of Carolina Power and Light Company’s second coal-fired power generating plant at Mayo located on Halifax County’s southern border has been delayed for as much as five years, as announced last week. The project delay was among several announced by CP&L’s board of directors last week in Raleigh. They attributed the decision to delay the project to a slower growth rate in customer demand than anticipated when the project was given. 

• Lots of strange things happen on the riverbank at night, including encounters with catfish, owls, shad, chicken livers, mud, people, more catfish and an occasional snake. I have some friends with whom I do a lot of night fishing at “The Point,” which is located where Banister and Dan Rivers come together east of Tuck Airport, forming a peninsula known as the Point. The Point is a hotspot for catching catfish, and it is unusual to get there and not find people already there. 

• Sonny Hutchins of Richmond took advantage of misfortune that befell his teammate, Geoff Bodine, and coasted to an easy three quarters of a lap victory over Tommy Ellis in Saturday night’s Coca Cola 200 lap NASCAR late model sportsman race at South Boston Speedway. The win by Hutchins was his second of the season on the high banked 3/8 mile South Boston oval, and it served to increase his lead in the Virginia state NASCAR late model sportsman point standings. 

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