1996-20 Years Ago
• The possibility of an increased number of hog-farming operations in the county was disclosed Tuesday night during a meeting of the Halifax County Planning Commission.
An informal meeting took place last week in South Boston between state agricultural officials, county officials and a representative from a large hog-farming company in eastern North Carolina.
“If they (large hog companies) get eight or 10 farms here, then they would move in other operations,” said Assistant County Administrator for Planning and Operations Jerry Lovelace.
• A wide sweep of Halifax County High School by area law enforcement officers yesterday yielded a small amount of marijuana, some pills, pagers and cigarettes, Sheriff D. Jeff Oakes said.
• Gazette-Virginian reporter Joe Chandler has been named 1996 Sportswriter of the Year by Wrestling USA Magazine. The announcement of the national award was made in the May issue of the magazine which hit the newstands yesterday.
1976-40 Years Ago
• Joseph Beale (Joe) Chandler III, a May graduate of Elon College, this week joined the news department of The Gazette-Virginian. Chandler will handle general news, sports and photo assignments for the newspaper, the publishers said.
• The State Health Department has ordered the Halifax County Health Department to tighten its control over free taxi rides to doctors or drug stores for Medicaid clients, a practice that cost some $85,000 in the city and county last year.
• Blue Comet Golf Coach Wayne Lloyd congratulated links standout Phil Rinker on receiving the 1976 MVP Award presented Friday morning at the annual spring awards assembly at Halifax County Senior High School.
1956-60 Years Ago
• Eight Halifax County High School seniors were honored as a group after being selected individually as “Junior Rotarians” for the month during the year by the South Boston Rotary Club at a dinner meeting Tuesday. The Rev. Hugh B. Carter Jr., Rotary president, congratulates Kenneth Crews, Christian Sizemore, L. M. Glass, John W. Myers III, Otis Poole, Louis McKinney, Edward Henderson and Edwin Church.
• A total of 220 candidates for diplomas, 55 of them honor graduates with a grade average of 90 or better, will form the third graduating class at Halifax County High School in exercises that will be climaxed Tuesday night. They will hear Colgate W. Darden, former governor and now president of the University of Virginia, deliver the commencement address on “Public Education and the State.”
• In the ad department: Home Appliance Co. was advertising a new 1956 deluxe model Westinghouse electric dryer for $169.95. Boston Department Store and Halifax Department Store were advertising summer hats for $2.49, Haggar slacks for $4.99 and sleeveless blouses for $1. Colonial Stores was advertising fryers for 39 cents a pound, a 5 pound bag of potatoes for 31 cents and watermelon for $1.49.