The Grove Avenue swimming pool opened up for the first time this weekend and with the high temperatures that have hit the area over the past few days, many people turned out to swim and soak up some rays. This photo taken in June 1987 shows a portion of the large crowd that was on hand. City recreation department spokesperson Matthew McCargo said that 121 person registered and paid the admission to enter the pool area yesterday alone prior to the time that a late afternoon thunderstorm hit the area. There had been concern that the pool would not be opened up due to a lack of insurance. However, city officials were able the acquire the needed insurance Friday.

10 YEARS AGO | 2010

• U.S. Air Force Col. (ret.) Ted Daniel was the featured guest speaker during the Memorial Day tribute serving honoring the country’s fallen heroes Monday. Sponsored by the John M. Jordan Camp #581 Sons of Confederate Veterans Historical Honor Society, the 11 a.m. tribute “Honoring our Fallen Heroes” drew veterans, their families and grateful citizens from throughout Halifax County to War Memorial Park. “It’s a question that all Americans should be asking themselves. Does Memorial Day still have relevance in the 21st Century?” Daniel asked the large crowd answering his rhetorical question with a resounding, “you bet it does.” 

• The field of Virginia republicans vying to challenge Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello in November is composed of seven hopefuls including Virginia State Senator Robert Hurt, Albemarle County Supervisor Kenneth Boyd, Michael McPadden, Jim McKelvey, Feda Morton, Ron Ferrin and Laurence Verga. 

• One of the best seasons for the Comet’s varsity softball team came to disappointing end Monday in the first round of the Northwest Regional Tournament, with visiting Loudon Valley scoring three runs in the first inning on the way to a 5-1 win. Loudon Valley added an unearned run in the third inning and another run on a fielder’s choice in the seventh. 


20 YEARS AGO | 2000

• From bluegrass to beach, country to heavy metal, the journey of the seven musicians that make up Mixed Rezults has followed a winding, often colorful, and always interesting, path to its present destination. Several of the group’s members are seasoned musicians and are well-known highly respected names with deeply-planted roots in the area’s music circles. They hail from former bands such as Renegade, Easy Street, Backyard Grass, BTB (Briggs Tharrington Band), Palace Dukes, Bertha & The Highrisers, Solomon Grundy and more. Making up Mixed Rezults are Wayne Duffer on rhythm guitar and vocals, Steve Lowery on lead guitar, Eddie Lowery on bass and vocals, Ronnie Riddle on lead and rhythm guitars, keyboardist Bob Thomasson, drummer Rodd Watkins and singer Vickie Duffer. 

• The unemployment picture for Halifax County improved in April, but the county still has a higher unemployment rate than neighboring counties. Data released by the Virginia Employment Commission shows an April unemployment rate of 7.3 % compared to 8.2 % in March. Virginia’s unemployment rate for April was 2.3 %, slightly down from the March rate of 2.5 %. 

• Halifax County’s Northwest Region semifinal game against Albemarle was one that got away. The Comets vaulted to a 4-0 first inning lead in Wednesday night’s game in Charlottesville only to see the Patriots come from behind to land a 6-4 win and berth in next week’s Group AAA State Baseball Tournament. 

40 YEARS AGO | 1980

•  Patient charges will increase as a result of a combined pay increase and benefits package approved for Community Hospital employees last Thursday night as announced last weekend. The hospital’s executive committees unanimously approved the pay hike, and it sent its higher patient rate schedule to the Virginia Rate Review Commission for approval. In addition the committees approved the hiring of between 12 and 15 new registered nurses immediately, and it authorized the employment of an outside consultant to make a detailed personnel study. 

•  “I’ve been in this business so long, I can remember standing on the bumpers of Model T’s checking the oil,” said Jim Irby, long-time South Boston oil dealer, who last week went into semi-retirement when his company merged with U.S. Oil. Irby’s company, Service Oil Company, has been in South Boston since 1922, when his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Booth formed it. “I can remember hanging around the service stations quite a bit when I was growing up,” he said, adding that he performed odd jobs for his uncle until he finally went to work full time in 1946. 

•  Well, SoBo, you missed it. Yesterday afternoon, while many of you were content to watch reruns on the tube or lay in the hammock counting z’s, there were a couple of crackerjack baseball games going on in the first installment of the South Boston 16-18 Babe Ruth League. The 16 to 18-year-old Ruthers, the last of the trio of Babe’s Boys to get untracked on the local scene – had a tremendous twinbill in store for area diamond buffs. In the opener, Hardees sizzled as Todd Trickey was in control all the way; limiting Rochester to just five hits while fanning nine as the bugerboys enjoyed a 4-0 outing. 

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