20 Years Ago | 1999
• You don’t need your own horse to ride the miles of trails winding through the beautiful woodlands of Halifax County. As of last week, Black Walnut Stables is renting horses by the hour. After working for years to make his dream of operating a livery barn (also known as a hack line) a reality, Barnett has opened Black Walnut Stables Inc., located in Alton on Traynham Grove Road, to the public.
• The Triennial School Census Employees gathered Sunday for an organizational meeting at the Halifax County School Board Office. Individuals who will be visiting each home in the county seeking information for the census starting and ending June 30 were Kenneth Crews, North Halifax, Cody; Patrick Sweeney, Clarkton; Gloria Wilson, Crossroads, Cove; Karen Garrett, Clover; Sherri Medley, Meadville; Phyllis Jackson, Halifax, Love Shop; Carol Conner, Scottsburg; Kathy Reagan, Wilson Memorial, Halifax; Judy Chappell, Wilson Memorial, Halifax; Joe Landrum, Oak Level; Debbie Lowe, Turbeville; Arlene Hogan, South of Dan; Betty Lou Perkins, Virgilina; Jerry Medley, Sinai; Susan Hoyle, South Boston, East Side; Glenda Giggetts, South Boston, West Side; Cathy Moore, South Boston North End; and Darva Cheek, Semora, West 58 Area. Working in the office were Amy Throckmorton, Carolyn Childrey and Nelwyn Nelson, while Dr. J. O. Crews will serve as the census coordinator.
• Jeff Gordon outmuscled Bobby Labonte, pulling away at the end for an easy victory Sunday in the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Those two, along with series points leader Mike Skinner, dominated, combining to lead 291 of the 325 laps on the 1.54 mile oval in a race that began after an hour and 40 minute rain delay and finished under the lights with light rain beginning to fall.
40 years Ago | 1979
• As members of the choir and congregation shivered in the March morning’s chilly breeze, W. G. Walton, chairman of the building committee, lifted the first shovel full of dirt in ceremonies celebrating the groundbreaking for construction of a new sanctuary at First Baptist Church in South Boston. Participating in the groundbreaking were C. D. Cassada, chairman of the deacons, Mrs. T. M. Spencer, member of the church since 1906, Ken Anderson, the youngest member, the Rev. Ray Pollard and the church’s oldest member at 95, Mrs. E. F. Walker.
• Howard P. Anderson Jr., 31, will seek the Democratic nod for commonwealth’s attorney in the June 12 primary, the Halifax attorney announced today. Anderson’s announcement came as Commonwealth’s Attorney W. W. “Ted” Bennett Jr. announced his plans to return to private practice after a single term in office. Bennett, who recently entered a partnership with South Boston attorney Frank M. Slayton, said that he had “enjoyed” his tenure in the post, and he “hoped he had rendered a public service.”
• The Washington Redskins pulled into town Friday night in Blue Heaven, knights in shining armour of chariots of Mercedes, Porsches and Cadillacs to the total delight for youngsters from ages 6 to 66, but not even the magic of such world famous sports names as Charlie Taylor, Roy Jefferson, Harold McLinton, Ted Vactor, Frank Grant and George Starke could save the skins from yet another defeat.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• The only injury sustained in a minor school bus wreck last Tuesday involved Delores Terry of Route 1, Vernon Hill who had a loose baby tooth extracted the quick way and seemed in no way dismayed as she smiled toothlessly following the accident. The bus ran off the road into a fence post after a part of the steering mechanism broke. The wreck occurred on Route 676, two miles off Route 832 near White Oak service station.
• Halifax volunteer firemen in an election Tuesday night again named Bill Rowland fire chief. A slate of officers to serve for the coming year was headed by Nolan Guill as president. Others elected included W. M. Lewis, vice president; T. F. DeJarnette III, secretary; Howard Dix, treasurer; Rowland, fire chief; E. T. Smith, first assistant fire chief; E. R. Henderson, second assistant fire chief; Bill Ayers, third assistant fire chief; Pete Lowery, chief engineer; and Bob Nash, assistant engineer.
• In the ad department: Boston Machine and Foundry on Edmunds Street in South Boston invited the public to a world premiere open house direct from Nassau in the Bahamas to see the new world’s pull-power champions – the Case-o-matic Drive Tractors. Kane Furniture located on North Main Street in South Boston was advertising a 42” cabinet sink for $39.95; an automatic wax applier for 99 cents and a three-piece throw pillow set for 99 cents. Wilborn’s Hardware was advertising its famous model gym set for only $29.98. White Hosue Milk Company invited the public for a tour of inspection of their new evaporated milk plant in South Boston on March 18 between 1 and 4 p.m.