Birthing center

Over 100 of the first babies born at the Halifax-South Boston Community Hospital were on hand to help dedicate the new birthing center that will open soon. Cutting the ribbon were Yvonne Medley, head nurse, Ob-Gyn; Terence Bennit, hospital administrator; Rev. Bob Helstrom, staff chaplin; Bob Thomas, first baby born at the hospital along with his mother Mrs. Bob Thomas; Dr. Lucian Roberts, chairman maternity and newborn center; Floyd Brankley, project coordinator; Chris Lumsden, assistant hospital administrator; Dean Elliott, vice-president of Burton Construction, contractor for the project; and Bill Confroy, president, hospital board of directors. Not pictured: Joel Cunningham, chairman building and grounds committee. Some of the first babies born during the hospital’s first year, from July 1, 1953 and July 1, 1954 look on.

10 YEARS AGO | 2010

The need to beef up security at the Halifax County Courthouse dominated discussion following the board of supervisors’ closed session Monday night. Supervisors voted to fund six positions that would allow three full-time and three part-time deputies to be assigned to each court in an effort to make courthouse operations safer for all concerned. Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin said he has been working to improve security at the courthouse for two years, and the judges in Halifax County courts also have sought more courthouse security. 

• “Suspended… lack of funds.” Bounties on coyotes are being discontinued in Halifax County after the board of supervisors decided Monday night they simply don’t have the funds to pay people to kill the pesky predators. So far this year, supervisors have spent $2,500 for coyote kills – the amount budgeted for the bounties during the 2009-10 fiscal year. 

• Halifax County High School football standout Markee Brooks has been selected to play for the West team in the Virginia High School Coaches Assocation All-Star Football Game. Brooks, a senior, will play in the slot position on offense and will be a kickoff returner for the West team in the game that will be played July 9 at Darling Stadium in Hampton.  

20 YEARS AGO | 2000

• At least five candidates will be on the ballot for four slots on South Boston Town Council in the May 2 election. Three council seats and Mayor Glenn Abernathy’s seat are up for grabs. With only two hours remaining prior to last night’s 7 p.m. filing deadline, Abernathy had filed to run for another term as mayor. Caroll Thackston and H. Radford Trent have filed to seek re-election to their respective seats. However, councilman Dick Pond recently announced he will not seek re-election. T. Chris Elliott and D. Coleman Speece have filed to run in the South Boston race. Two at-large seats are at stake on Halifax Town Council. Wister Allen Stevens will seek the seat being vacated by John Murphy, who earlier announced that he would not seek re-election. And, Harold Ray Younger Jr. filed to seek re-election to the at-large seat he currently holds on council. 

• Archaeological research at the Staunton River Battlefield State Park got a boost as state representatives gathered at visitors center Tuesday morning to receive a $50,000 contribution from Old Dominion Electric Cooperative. Spokesman of the partnership between ODEC, the Longwood College Archaeology Field School and the Department of Conservation and Recreation gathered to acknowledge the contribution that will further the research and development of the archeological site. 

• Good numbers of players and good progress on the playing fields. That’s the general report card as Halifax County High School’s spring sports teams enter their second week of practice. New Halifax County High School varsity baseball coach Kelvin Davis had 22 players to try out for 19 spots on the roster. And, David says that the team, with 10 players returning from last year’s squad is showing good progress. 

40 YEARS AGO | 1980

• Possibly the worst blizzard of the past 40 years struck South Boston and Halifax County Saturday and yesterday forcing the closings of business, industry and schools. Upwards to 15 inches of snow were forecast for the area by press time last night, and school officials decided early to close city and county schools today. By 3 p.m. yesterday between 10 and 11 inches had been measured. 

• Melvin Stevens had a smile on his face and a flower pinned to his shirt as he wound up his last day of work at the South Boston Post Office Friday. After 35 years of service in South Boston, Stevens closed his window for the last time following a transaction with Robert Ivey, a man who will remain part of a special memory for Stevens. Friday afternoon, Ivey was still on Steven’s mind as he recalled his first customer at the post office, the late “Professor” R. H. Dowdy. 

• Two more to go. Two more games are all that is standing between the Hawks and the South Boston Midget League regular season championship. Now at 11-1 after a 39-22 drilling of the last place Paladins, all the Hawks have to do is known off the Knights — 33-25 losers to second ranked Davis, er, Wizards — and hope that the Wildcats upset the magicmen. The latter part of that recipe won’t happen while the former part probably will. Then all the Hawks have to do is subdue the Bulldogs in the March 13 season’s finale and the title is theirs. 

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