Livestock Show

Chris Palmer’s (right) ewe was named grand champion during Monday’s Halifax County Junior Livestock Show while Patricia Palmer’s animal was named reserve champion.

10 YEARS AGO | 2012

  • South Boston and Scottsburg voters settled races for two town councils Tuesday, with newcomers Bob Hughes and Tina Wyatt Younger joining South Boston Council incumbent Connie Manning who returned to office. They will join incumbent councilmen Coleman Speece, Ed Owens and Bill Snead, who weren’t up for reelection Tuesday. South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston, unopposed in his bid for reelection, drew 309 votes. There were five write-in votes for mayor.
  • Gospel singer, Hee Haw star, comedienne and Hall of Famer LuLu Roman will be the featured guest at this year’s local National Day of Prayer celebration to be held Thursday at 6:45 p.m. in the Halifax County High School auditorium. In addition to spiritual entertainment through Roman’s song and testimony, the annual event’s main focus will be prayer with individual prayers to be offered for the government, military, church, media, business, education and family.
  • The Halifax County Middle School baseball team pounded out 10 hits, including a home run by Arthur Watts, and Lions pitchers Jake Hughes, Kelonte Gutrich and Tanner Bennett combined to hurl a three-hitter in a 12-1 win over Bluestone in five innings at home Monday. The win gave Halifax County a 6-2 record in the Southside Middle School Conference and an 11-2 record overall.

20 YEARS AGO | 2002

  • Damage assessments will be in full swing today as area residents and business owners take a close-up look at the havoc created by a series of severe thunderstorms that moved through the area last yesterday and last night. Packing high winds and up to baseball-sized hail, the storms left heavy damage in their wake as they raked South Boston, Halifax County and surrounding areas. While there were unconfirmed reports of a possible tornado tagging along with yesterday’s storms, the primary concern of many people was losses from the hail and high winds.
  • It’s not every day that you get to listen to a NASCAR driver read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Caryle, but that’s just what happened yesterday at South of Dan Elementary School. Winston Cup driver Jeff Burton was at the school yesterday to support reading among students. Burton said that he was glad to be able to support a program at a school in his hometown. “I love doing things like I did today,” he said. “We have to spend so much time with corporate events that it’s nice to spend time with people that are so interested in what you have to say,” Burton said after the event.
  • Halifax County kept itself in contention in its quest for the Western Valley District baseball title Wednesday night with a 5-0 win over E.C. Glass. The win allowed the Comets (7-4 overall, 3-2 district) to remain within two games of district leader GW and retain a share of second place in the standings. The Comets will have an opportunity to better its changes this afternoon when they face Cave Springs in Roanoke.

40 YEARS AGO | 1982

  • South Boston voters reelected vice mayor William Kent, returned former councilman Robert Smith to office for another four-year term and decided that youthful Paul Pool would be successful in his second bid for the office in councilmanic elections yesterday. In Halifax, county seat voters reelected the entire slate of incumbents and denied newcomer Leroy Farmer a seat on town council. Only one incumbent went down to defeat. That was in Virgilinia where R. Fenton Atkins fell to the only newcomer on the ballot, William H. Hughes.
  • South Boston residents will have the opportunity on June 7 to have their say-so on the 1982-83 city budget that is balanced at $4,218,626. City Council set the June date as the time for a public hearing on the budget after the governing body approved it on first reading Monday night. While balanced, the budget reflects cuts to several capital improvements and service items that were included in the first draft prepared by City Manager Aubrey Houghton.
  • Greg Weddle’s sixth home run of the year tied the score for the Comets in the bottom of the third, and Halifax County went from there to rout George Washington, 11-5, in a Western District baseball game at Friend Field last night. It was the ninth win in 11 Western District games for the Comets and ran their overall record to 14-3. They have only one regular-season game left, that with Amherst County here tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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