This was the scene at Friend Field in 1987 when the South Boston Babe Ruth Prep League opened with a ceremony and two games. The master of ceremonies for the opening exercises was Jim Albright.

10 YEARS AGO | 2010

There were no surprises and little interest in Tuesday’s municipal elections in the towns of Halifax and South Boston with all candidates running unopposed. “Voter turnout was generally very light in Halifax and South Boston,” said Halifax County General Registrar Judy Meeler. “There was more activity in Virgilina, though.” The only election that generated much interest was in Virgilina where seven candidates were vying for six seats on town council. Incumbent Virgilina Mayor Ralph O. Murray Jr. won reelection with 26 votes of confidence. 

• Responding to a request from Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors consented Monday to allow staff to explore joining the newly created Southern Virginia Economic Development Marking Effort. McDonnell has opened the program to six Southern Virginia localities and has pledged $200,000 from the state in funding, according to a letter he sent the county. 

• The Comets jayvee softball team kept its perfect record intact with a 10-2 win over Tunstall Monday at Comet’s softball field. “We played well against a good team, and both our hitting and pitching were good today,” said Comets’ coach Jill Pritt. “Scoring runs in bunches is always a key in softball, and today we had one inning where we scored eight runs on nine hits.” Tayler Mosley (double) had a perfect 4-4 day at the plate and scored three rungs for Halifax County (12-0), while Meg Bane had two hits an and RBI, and Kelsey White a triple and two RBIs. 


20 YEARS AGO | 2000

• Burying the hatchet by burying trash is the latest cost-effective effort by the town and county. They began combined landfill operations on Monday. “The county saves ‘big bucks’ by taking its trash to the town landfill,” said South Boston town manager Ted Daniel. According to Daniel, the relationship will benefit both parties. “It gives the county time to close the old landfill and set up their new landfill in the most economical way possible.”

• Cliff Dodson loves rocks. The 72-year-old Nathalie stonemason who plans on laying stones “’til I die” is at work this week repairing the front wall at Oak Ridge Cemetery. This section of the wall, near the intersection of North Main and Hamilton Boulevard, has been struck repeatedly by motorists and is in danger of toppling over. At an estimated cost of $3,000, Dodson will replace some stones, repaint the wall and remount bronze plaques at the entrance gate. 

• Halifax County High School’s varsity and jayvee boys soccer teams fell to E.C. Glass here Wednesday night. The Comets varsity was beaten 8-0 by the Hilltoppers in a contest that was halted under a slaughter rule with seven minutes remaining in the contest. Halifax County’s jayvee team also was blanked, losing to the Hilltoppers 5-0.


40 YEARS AGO | 1980

• A group of congressmen led by Rep. W. C. (Dan) Daniel has convinced the labor department to drop plans for increasing wage rates for migrant farm workers in Virginia and elsewhere, as announced Saturday. Southside Virginia tobacco growers, who are becoming increasingly more dependant on an alien work force to harvest their crops, quickly protested a labor department plan announced in March to set a $4.51 an hour wage rate for migrant workers. Under existing labor laws, growers had planned to pay workers about $3.20 an hour. 

• County officials are looking at a broad range of options to avoid imposing a 62% tax rate increase to balance the 1980-81 fiscal year budget, The Gazette-Virginian has learned. Among them is the imposition of retail and professional license tax and another drawdown of the county’s surplus to make up for what is now a $1,137,786 shortfall in the proposed budget. After several months of departmental budget trimming by the board’s finance committee, a budget of a record $16,190,022 has evolved. 

• It was a classic showdown – the biggest athletic event thus far in their young lives – and somehow what transpired was strangely out of place to the Spartan surroundings Friday afternoon behind abandoned university in Halifax. What is was, was softball…softball as its finest as Halifax County hosted Albemarle in the Western District confrontation of the year. The Comets – once beaten – and the Patriots – undefeated – were both battling in out for the district lead. Both wanted it badly. 

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