10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• Protect education and develop a thorough, comprehensive financial plan of action that will lay out a strategic pathway to fund necessary items to lead Halifax County forward and continue to make it a good place to live, work and raise a family. That was the theme of messages nine speakers delivered Monday night to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors during a 30-minute public hearing on the proposed 2010-11 county and school budgets.
• Halifax County and South Boston are among the jurisdiction awarded a total of $13.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program for 39 energy conservation projects proposed by local governments. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Virginia chief jobs creation officer, announced Tuesday on behalf of Governor Bob McDonnell that these grants will average an additional $8 million in non-federal funds.
• Johanna Spencer hit her third and fourth home runs of the season, Samantha Gibson added another to back a one-hit shutout, and the Comets varsity softball team improved to 3-0 with a 17-0 win at Heritage on Monday. Halifax County finished with 15 hits for the game, with Spencer and Gibson going 3-4 and Stephanie Clark going 2-3 at the plate.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• A real estate tax hike of five cents will be recommended to the full Board of Supervisors by its finance committee for advertisement for public hearing. The real estate increase, if approved, would take the county’s current 31 cents per $100 assessed value to 36 cents. However, supervisors also added language to the proposal that would allow the board to re-evaluate the real estate tax rate if state funding relative to the composite index should change.
• Cindy Taylor’s 3-year-old son Brody Patrick Wright had fallen asleep Saturday just before she and her husband Marty decided to leave The Winston race early and beat the rush traffic. With him in her arms, she remembers hearing a noise and turning slightly to ask her husband Marty, “What’s that?” Before he could even return an answer, “the ground gave out from under us!” The “ground” Cindy was referring to happened to be the 320-foot walkway accessing Lowe’s Motor Speedway at Concorn, North Carolina to a parking area that is separated by U.S. Highway 29. The three were among the 107 injured, some critically, when an 80-foot section of the walkway collapsed.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• Halifax County can point with pride to the accomplishments of the native son Aubrey E. Palmore, who attained outstanding success in his chosen field. A professor of civil engineering at Duke University, the Crystal Hill native was a practicing engineer, an author and teacher. Professor Palmore announced his retirement after 35 years on the Duke Faculty. At his retirement, the Civil Engineerin Department established the “Aubrey E. Palmer Award for Academic Excellence in Civil Engineering.”
• A $399,429 contract to pave an improve a 2.1 miles of State Route 832 was awarded to the Thompson – Arthur Paving Company of Danville was approved this week by the State Highway and Transporation Commission, it was announced today. The 2.1 mile stretch lies between Pole Cat Creek and State Route 915 near White Oak.
• The 1980 NASCAR late model sportsman racing season will get underway here at the South Boston Speedway with the running of the WDVA 150, a 150-lap late model sportsman event, which will feature many of the top names in the late model sportsman racing. A total of 27 entries had been received for the event as of press time yesterday and more are anticipated by race time Sunday. Headlining the entries are the defending South Boston Speedway late model sportsman point champion, Ray Hendrick of Richmond, Sam Ard of Asheboro, North Carolina, Bob Pressley of Asheville, North Carolina, Bosco Lowe of Fairview, North Carolina, who will be here in a Chevy Nova, Morgan Shepherd of Conover, North Carolina and Geoff Bodine of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina.