20 Years Ago | 1999
• Youngsters in grades K-8 who do not pass specified courses or who do not pass a specified number of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests may be required to attend summer school. That is the upshot of a series of proposed promotion and retention guidelines that the Halifax County School Board is considering.
• Halifax Woman’s Club members were busy making final preparations for the War Memorial Park fundraiser to be held at Redfield Plantation on July 31, 1999. Invitation committee members Sylvia Carey, Jean Maillet and Lucy Steele prepared the list of people to invite to hear English composer/musician Graham Preskett who will entertain in the plantation house. A band will entertain in the carriage house. The Halifax Woman’s Club is raising funds to purchase the land at the corner of Mountain Road and Main Street in Halifax to extend the courthouse green. The land will be given to the county by the club. A memorial honoring all those who were killed in war during service to their country will be placed in the park.
• Spring athletes at Halifax County High School who have made the Western District All Academic Athletic Team include Jennifer Claud, Kim Claud, Kimberly Adams, Tamelia Mitchell, Dorothy McDowell, Mary Catherine Thompson, Nora Lee, Liz Rorrer, Jason Jones, Ardit Bajraktari, Marquita Carden, Ashley White, Lindsey Stolzenthaler, Jessica Greene, Kathryn B. Young, Kim Buttles, Cale Husted, Rebecca Barker, Todd Meadows, Shonda Welch, Scott Hailey, Page Brooks, Jeremy Berneche, Chase Griffin, Ashley Epperson, Ben Howerton, Rob Howitt, Josh Milam, Mike Neff and Jay Jennings.
40 Years Ago | 1979
• The Rev. and Mrs. E. G. Williams were honored on Sunday, June 10, 1979, with a special appreciation service held at the Halifax County Community Center in Meadville. The Rev. Williams was presented a special Community Service Award for his 55 years of service as well as numerous other gifts and awards from various civic organizations. The Williams couple received a new sofa as a complimentary gift from Leggett’s Department Store of South Boston.
• TALK OF THE TOWN: The board of supervisors has taken it on the chin again. We refer to the annual practice among some quarters to hurl venomous verbal assaults at the board for what its attackers believe is an insalubrious attitude toward public education. Sure, we’re poor, those attackers will admit, but we’re not taxing ourselves enough to support a “quality” education. To those we pose a question…What do the counties of Accomack, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bland, Botetourt, Brunswick, Campbell, Caroline, Carroll, Craig, Culpepper, Cumberland, Floyd, Franklin, Gloucester, Grayson, Hanover, Henry, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Lee, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Page, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Pulaski, Rappahanock, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Southampton, Tazewell, Warren, Westmoreland and Wythe have in common?
The answer: They all spend LESS per capita for public education than Halifax County!
• David Ward and Arey Ward of Halifax landed 16 bass weighing 37 pounds, 10 ounces to earn them $975 and first place in the fourth annual Southern Team Tournament in Clarksville over the weekend beating out 71 other two-man teams. The Wards’ duo fish were landed in 6 to 10 feet of water, and they used Black Grape Jelly worms on points in Bluestone Creek.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• Nearly a third of the graduating class at Halifax County High School will attend college next fall if their plans materialize. This was brought out in a survey of graduates’ plans this week by a faculty committee headed by Miss Jane Blackwell. A total of 66 of the 201 graduates intend to go to college, 29 will go into business or nurse training, 12 will enter the armed forces, and the rest gave other plans for next year in the survey.
• First Lt. Jim Cavanaugh succeeded Capt. Leslie Powell as captain of the Halifax County Rescue Squad at the annual elections held at the crew hall Monday night. A charter member of the squad when it was organized in 1948, Cavanaugh has been one of its most tireless workers. His term as well as those of others elected Monday will run for a year.
• In the ad department: Hodges Jewel Box was advertising a “steady date” diamond ring for $12.95. Ernie’s Outdoor Restaurant was advertising fully dressed hamburgers for 25 cents, 2 Jesse Jones hot dogs with drink for 25 cents and thick milk shakes for 18 cents. Studebaker proudly welcomes another distinguished name to its growing family of fine dealers ... Jimmy Shelton Company, Main Street, Halifax as an authorized dealer for the Lark by Studebaker, your new dimension in motoring.