20 Years Ago | 1999
• Minor surgery was underway at the old Halifax Roller Mill this week as mill owners ripped away a decaying section that had pulled away from the main structure. Owner Hudson Reese said he planned to close and secure the remaining section. A local landmark, the old gristmill is located near the southern entrance to Halifax on Highway 501.
• Dissatisfied with the current form of representation South Boston native Carter Hicks plans to circulate a petition to establish a ward system for town council members in South Boston. At present, the South Boston Town Council consists of seven members and Mayor Glen Abernathy who are elected at large by popular vote, an arrangement that does not adequately represent the entire population, according to Hicks.
• Ruth Chappell of Halifax was recognized as the winner of the first Mary Canada Handicap Golf Tournament that was held at Halifax Country Club in 1972. Durelle Canada presented awards to the winners of Tuesday’s 27th Annual Mary Canada Handicap Ladies Golf Tournament at Halifax Country Club in June 1999. Canada presented the championship award to Millie Witt and runner-up Kay Burton and seniors winner Elizabeth Owen and runner-up Iris Hall.
40 years Ago |1979
• The officers and members of Faulkner Memorial Lodge No. 91. A. F. & A. M. observed their annual St. John the Baptist Day at Glenwood United Methodist Church Sunday. Dignitaries attending the service were Glenn B. Updike Sr. of Danville; Mrs. C. D. Pennington of the Eastern Star; A. Douglas Smith Jr., past grand master; the Rev. Lansing B. Harmon Jr., church minister and worshipful master of Faulkner Memorial Lodge; J. Walter Ernest of Richmond, guest speaker who delivered the sermon; William W. Jones, lay leader of Glenwood Church; R. Garnett Bledsoe, past grand high priest; Tom Bass, chairman of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors; and their wives.
• Construction of one of two coal-fired units planned for Carolina Power and Light Company’s Mayo power plant near Virgilina may be delayed for three years, it was disclosed last week. The delay is keyed to CP&L’s latest projection that electric power demand over the next decade will be somewhat less than an earlier forecast had indicated.
• The Halifax County Dixie Youth Baseball Major League All Star Team was announced Saturday including Edward Morgan, Jimmy Smith, Ken Shotwell, Tony Conner, Ray Foster, Michael Gosney, Woody Clay, Eddie Poole, Vincent Canada, Wilson Canada, Joe Morgan, Curtis Duffer, Chris Cole, Randy Lloyd, Jeff Irby and Terry Hylton. The coaches were John Wayne Irby and Harrison Conner.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• Mayor Frank W. Sizemore signs a proclamation that sets up chapters of the “Jubilee Belles” to promote the Diamond Jubilee celebration. Jubilee Belles chapter chairmen included Jackie Black, Sandra Dixon, Phyllis Bradshaw, Louise Watkins, Doris Brookes, Betty Hinton, Doris Worth, Mary Ruth Felton, Christine Bradshaw, Mary Chambers Hodnett, Kitty Bowman and Ruth Smith.
• Two Halifax 4-H Club youths won all-expense trips to the National 4-H Club Congress next November after taking first place state honors in their projects at the annual 4-H Short Course at VPI this week. Richard W. Lacks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Lacks of the Bethel community, was an early winner in field crops and will make the Chicago trip. Louis Hudson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benard Hudson of the Java community, took a first in the state award in meat animals and will join Lacks in Chicago.
• In the ad department: Boston Machine and Foundry Co., in South Boston was advertising no down payment on a Case Model 133 Baler on their special lease plan. Colonial Stores was advertising a chuck roast for 45 cents a pound, three pounds of yams for 25 cents and three pounds of onions for 17 cents. Boston Drug Company was advertising a five-pound bag of charcoal briquets for 49 cents and Bain de Soleil for $2. J. Hudson Anderson was advertising his bid for election as the Black Walnut District representative on the county board of supervisors.