10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• After much deliberation, the General Assembly has passed a two-year $82 billion budget that cuts spending on education, health care and public safety to bridge a $4 billion shortfall. “Many previous unimaginable cuts would be necessary to produce a balanced budget,” said Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple of Arlington, who chairs the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus. The final budget makes a $253 million cut in K-12 education over the next two years – but it rejects $400 million in additional cuts originally desired by the House of Delegates.
• School officials are eagerly awaiting the final figures on state funding for the Halifax County School System, according to Bill Covington, Halifax County Public Schools chief financial officer. “The big rush statewide is to get numbers from Richmond,” Covington said Tuesday. “We need to see line-by-line items to see what it will do to us.” The General Assembly passed the $82 billion biennial state budget Sunday, one day after the scheduled adjournment date.
• King College senior point guard and former Comets’ basketball star Craig McCargo completes a unique basketball odyssey this season, one that saw him compete at all five levels of collegiate competition after graduating from Halifax County High School in 2005. McCargo, who scored more than 2,000 points in his high school career and who broke the single-game scoring record during that time, initially committed to Milligan College before getting an offer to play at VMI (Division I). After a significant injury, he want to Southside Virginia Community College before joining Christopher Newport University in 2007. However, he returned to SVCC for the rest of the 2007-2008 season to complete his Junior College eligibility. The former scorer has become an assist man and defender for the Tornado averaging 8.3 points a game and having a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio through Feb. 15
20 YEAR AGO | 2000
• In a fast-moving board of supervisors meeting Monday evening, the board approved appointments to consolidation study committees, addressed landfill and other issues and met with Halifax and South Boston town councils. Responding to a request from Halifax mayor Dennis Osborne, supervisors appointed members to a joint committee to study parking problems in the town. Halifax Town Council members have expressed concern that when General District Court returns to its renovated quarter in the courthouse this summer, already congested parking will be accelerated in the town.
• Wayne E. Stanfield, 56, of Alton, marks the date of May 20 on his calendar as a time of reflection, remembrance and, most of all, emotion. Armed Forces Day will do that to any veteran. Stanfield is the president of the 53-member Tri-Rivers Chapter 840 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. The 20-year Air Force veteran was an air traffic controller in Saigon from May 1969 to June 1970. “The military base at Saigon was also the international airport. During this shooting, raging war, Pan-Am and Air France flew scheduled round-the-world service through Saigon every day. I would be in the tower handling firefighters, bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters while Boeing 747s from Air Force were loading and unloading passengers. It was very surreal.”
• “It was a great year, and I honestly believe our players improved both mentally and physically,” said coach Barry Powell of the Halifax County Middle School baseball team. After winning a consecutive 56 games and four straight years of taking the conference title and tournament championship title, Powell equated this year as a rewarding and gratifying experience. The Lions went undefeated for a third straight season, which Powell, in his fourth season, said was a streak the community could be proud of. “So many parents were involved in bringing this about, and I’m glad to be a part of this streak,” said Powell.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
•W. T. Day of Halifax received 50-year citation for 50 years of continuous membership in the American Legion Post 8 Department of Virginia Commander Charlie Wilson of Martinsville. The presentation was made Thursday night at the post home during the celebration of the post 60th birthday.
•Southside Virginia’s two grower organizations have promised to challenge Labor Department efforts to force growers to pay migrant workers a minimum of $4.51 per hour thisy ear under what the government has determined an “adverse effect” wage rate. That information was handed out to growers in Memphis, Tennessee, last week during a three-day conference held by the U.S. Labor Department.
•Taking a cue from the biting, blustery weather here Friday afternoon at the junior high tennis courts, the Blue Comet netters of Coach John Crittenden blew past visiting Person Senior to the tune of 8-1; getting their “spring” season off on a good note. They’re undefeated, by Nike. In the five singles matches they won, all were in straight sets but one. In the doubles, it was a clean sweep at 3-0.