10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• Dr. William Register Covington Jr., longtime mayor of the town of Halifax, died Tuesday at the age of 87. He served as mayor of Halifax for more than 30 years and practiced dentistry in the town for more than four decades. Covington also served on the board of directors for the Bank of Halifax and Central Fidelity Bank. He was the son of the late William Register Covington Sr. and Virginia Lovelace Covington and was married to the late Ann Moss Covington. He had two children, William Register Covington III and Lindsey Covington Ryan.
• Prior to the Halifax Town Council meeting Tuesday night, the Halifax Women’s Club dedicated 10 benches in downtown Halifax. Woman’s Club President Betty Bane said the club was founded in 1929, and the members have done many things for the town, including raising $282,000 for the Halifax County War Memorial. The Halifax Women’s Club also has restored the Halifax Masonic Lodge, the oldest structure in the town, she said.
• After a momentum-building win at Franklin County last week, the Halifax County High School varsity softball team didn’t want to overlook a struggling GW team Tuesday with a game against district co-leader Patrick Henry today. They didn’t, scoring 11 runs in the first two innings on the way to a 15-0 win, setting up today’s showdown with the Patriots for the district lead.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• It will be June at the earliest before a successor is named to fill the principal’s post at Halifax County High School. That was the word from Halifax County School Superintendent Dennis Witt yesterday on the eve of the initial deadline for applicants. Witt declined to state how many individuals have applied for the principal’s post at Halifax County High School but did say “it’s a small pool. We have not received a large response on the high school principal-ship. And, we’re not sure why,” Witt said.
• Not many church members can trace their roots to the days of the Revolutionary War, but the congregation of Hunting Creek Baptist Church in the Nathalie community is just such a group. The 360-member congregation will celebrate the church’s 225th anniversary during a special service on May 21 at 11 a.m.
• Halifax County’s varsity baseball team is looking to take another big step in the stretch drive for the Western District title here tonight when it faces the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers. The Comets, 13-1 overall and 3-1 in Western District action, will be facing a potentially dangerous opponent in tonight’s 7 p.m. game at Halifax County High School. Halifax County has beaten the Hilltoppers once this season. But since that time, Glass upset GW, putting Glass and GW in a tie for third place entering tonight’s contest.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• Sale Knitting Company, the area’s largest industrial employer, will hire an additional 100 workers between now and August, plant manager Jim Snead announced today. The South Boston plant already employs 940 persons in its sewing operations. A Sale Knitting spokesman said last weekend “our business is good. We’ve stopped taking orders because we’re sold out for the rest of the year and the spring of 1981.”
• Winners in the recent St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Bike-a-thon included Chris Young and Joe Fincher who won most enthusiastic awards, poster winners Tammy Crenshaw and Juanita Hancock and Susan Hudson, most miles ridden in the women’s division, Vince Dyer, first place for having collected the most money, Harry Seigla, second place for collecting the most money and Rhonda Young, third place for collecting the most money.