Neighborhood Watch

These volunteers of the South Boston Chapter of Neighborhood Watch who held a cleanup day one Saturday in May 1996 in South Boston are (from left) Dean Miller, Thad Bishop, Beverly Bishop, Jessica Weingarten, Elizabeth Weingarten, Kevin Weingarten, Jeff Weingarten, Crime Prevention Officer Jack White, South Boston Police Chief Jim Hall and Shelia White. They picked up litter along the streets and avenues of Easley, Webster, Elliott, Penick and Llewellyn.

20 Years Ago | 1999

• VIR Motorsport Country Club’s application for a conditional use permit at the 1,200 acre site and request for ordinance exceptions will be recommended to the board of supervisors by the county planning commission. During the planning commission session, Harvey C. Siegel, president of Blue Chip Racing Resorts, hinted the new facility might even trigger an international event. 

• A Halifax County native has been awarded the prestigious Luce Fellowship to complete her Ph.D. dissertation in art history. Martha Hagood won the competitive scholarship offered through the Henry Luce Foundation. She also is the recipient of a fellowship at Winterthur Library in Delaware for the month of August. She will be involved in a research project there.

• Comets varsity baseball team individual awards went to Jason Jones, co-MVP and batting champ; Matt Shepherd, co-MVP; Michael Priest, coaches award; and Kevin Felnoury, coaches award. 

40 Years Ago | 1979

• More than 400 persons gathered for Virgilina’s traditional memorial services held Sunday May 27, 1979, to hear the Rev. Dr. David Rogers of Roxboro, North Carolina, call for spiritual rearmament. The services and homecoming at the state line community have persisted for more than 100 years.

• Nearly 50 firemen from three county fire departments helped contain a blaze in the debarking section of a building at the Worley Lumber Company on Route 832 Sunday, May 27, 1979. The fire caused an estimated $35,000 damage to about $80,000 worth of equipment, a spokesman for the Halifax Fire Department said. Apparently a hot bolt fell into some oil and ignited the blaze. No one was injured.

• Greg Weddle and Robert Schoonover — two of the finest baseball players ever to wear the Lion blue and orange — were the team leaders for the reigning 1979 Virginia-Carolina Conference champs. Weddle did it with his stick, Schoonover with his overpowering arm.  

60 Years Ago | 1959

• The new $13,000 Oren fire engine was placed in service by the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department promptly after its arrival last Saturday, May 23, 1959. It’s a 500-gallon pumper with both water and high-pressure nozzles. Mounted on a Ford chassis, the engine was manufactured by a Roanoke firm. It has a 500-gallon booster tank and enough hose to reach distances. The firemen said the Brookneal auto firm of Poole and Saunders contributed much to securing the chassis. 

• This is the year of the 13-year locusts, and residents along the Hyco, Mayo and Blue Wing creeks can testify that they have invaded the area by the millions. Motorists driving through the lowlands where the locusts seem to concentrate along streams say that the air is filled with the winged pests and that the noise they set up with their shrill shrieks is almost terrifying. One motorist passing through described the sound as like that coming from a low-flying jet bomber.

• In the ad department: Leggett’s Department Store was advertising beach bags and towels for $1 each. Home Appliance Company was advertising its Hotpoint silver lining 17 cubic foot chest model freezer for $300. Glascock Hardware was advertising Glidden craftsman house paint for $4.79 a gallon. Showing at the movies was “A Naked Man” starring Ava Gardner and Anthony Franciosa, “The Last Blitzkrieg” starring Dick York and Merwin Mathews and “Thunder in the Sun” starring Jeff Chandler and Susan Hayward.