A school bus driver for the Halifax County School System negotiated her bus through the cones as part of the first School Bus Rodeo held at Halifax County Junior High School in May 1987. Recognized winners were Jim Wagner, transportation supervisor, Warner Lewis, first with a score of 90 and a time of 9.32.99; Samuel Coleman, second with a score of 88 and a time of 6.38.26; and Ron Blackstock, third with a score of 88 and a time of 8.07.27. Lewis will go to a state competition in Charlottesville.

10 YEARS AGO | 2010

A proposed budget cut to the county commonwealth’s attorney’s office will affect the operating efficiency of the office and ultimately leave the rights of the citizens unrepresented, Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kimberley Slayton White said in a letter to the editor. White directed her comments to budget cuts proposed by the supervisors’ finance committee and asked citizens to contact their supervisors urging them to make public safety and law enforcement a priority by fully funding the commonwealth’s attorney’s office budget. 

• The Halifax County Service Authority has received a grant to run water service to the Banister Shores area, which has been affected by contaminated wells, and on Thursday, residents will have the opportunity to ask questions of a Department of Environmental Quality representative. The authority received a grant from DEQ to run a water line from its present terminus on Route 501 north near the VFW building in the town of Halifax, across the Banister Shores Subdivision and surrounding areas. 

• Bob Cage of Halifax has done it again. Cage won the gold medal in the singles division of the men’s tennis tournament in the 85-89 age division during the 32nd annual Virginia Senior Games. The tournament was held May 7 in Richmond. 

20 YEARS AGO | 2000

• The Halifax County School System could get $3 million more a year in additional state school funds if it gets a favorable ruling on a house bill recently enacted by the General Assembly. House Bill 522 provides that when a consolidation occurs in a locality and school divisions and school boards are consolidated, state funds will not be reduced below the amounts that would have been received by each entity. The funding formula would be computed that way for a 15-year period provided that no further consolidation occurs. 

• “Seasons at The Woodview” is beginning to bloom into what will soon be an 11,000 square-foot, 16-bed assisted-living facility for persons in the early to middle stages of Alzhimer’s disease or other related memory disorders. The project, scheduled to open in early 2001 is being built at a cost of $1.4 million. 

• Like a cat with nine lives, the Halifax County High School baseball team, for the second time, turned an almost certain spanking at the hands of GW into a win. The Comets outscored GW by five runs in the final three innings and scored a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Eagles in a key Western District game here Tuesday night. Halifax County trailed 6-0 after two and a half innings and faced a four run deficit after four innings. But, they rallied for four runs in the fifth inning, two of them on a two run homer by Michael Priest, to tie the game.  

40 YEARS AGO | 1980

• Approximately 40 people gathered Monday at the organization meeting of the Southside Society of Animal Welfare to elect officers, establish a board of directors and set priorities and goals for the group. Mrs. Jan DeVaney, one of the early organizers of the group, was elected president of the organization. Wayne Slayton was elected to serve as the vice president with Sherryl Jones elected as secretary and Mosell Beatty elected to serve as treasurer. 

• William R. Watkins, vice-president of U.S. Oil Company in South Boston, was elected as regional vice-president of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce in that group’s annual business session in Williamsburg Monday. Watkins will be responsible for the Southside region for the state chamber. Norwood W. Wilson Jr., a Hopwell real estate and development specialist, was elected chamber president, succeeding Suffolk attorney Edwin C. Ferguson Jr. 

• The rain came as expected Saturday night at the South Boston Speedway and though it may have spoiled things a little, the night wasn’t a complete loss. Fourtnatly the two 10 lap heat races, the 30 lap limited sportsman feature and the first 100 lap late model sportsman race were all run, thus giving the fans that turned out under the threatening skies the better part of the slated action. Geoff Bodine, in his appearance here, won the pole and led all the way to win the Town and Country Motors 150. Then Saturday night, he repeated his earlier feat in winning the 100-lap race. 

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