Band and color guard

Members of the Halifax County High School Blue Comet band and color guard participated in the Fiesta-Vol in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in May 1996. Competing in both the concert and parade competition were (first row from left) Travis Stevens, Stephanie Driskill, Rene Lapham, Toby Payne, Jamie Hackney, Domonic Stephens, Josh Cook, Jennifer Moore, Kesha Lacks, Joseph Marable and Martha Stevens, director; (second row from left) Brian Rogers, Jennifer King, Rochelle Chandler, Laura Coleman, Jasmine Battle, Shannon Marshall, Crystal Walker, LaToya Edmonds and Kevin Miller; (third row from left) Sherri Waller, Joseph Bailey, Valaryee Ferrante, Renee Jennings, LaShina Ragland, Brian Canada, Crystal Boyd, Travis Edmonds, Ernessa Davis and Nick Hughes; (fourth row from left) Lori Parker, Jessica Joyce, Kristie Jeffress, Tanisha Jenings, Nakelia Gilliam, Jerry Carter, Joanne Claiborne, Anthony Lanier, Tameka Lee and Cory Johnson; (fifth row from left) Candice Bruce, Uwanda Coleman, Justin Carr, Vincent Newbill, James Landrum, Rodney Tune, Mikal Townsend, Kieh Sekpeh, Greg Garner, Chris Jones and Felicia Ballou; (sixth row from left) Joe Wilkerson, Joe Stephens, Uikki Leatigaga, Kristen Marshall, Janine Ferguson, Anthony Carter, Jamika Roberson, Juan Davis, Chad Holeman, Quinn Tucker and Etang Williams; (seventh row from left) Shavonda Marable and Jacqueline Carr. Not pictured are Kely Fears, Chrystal Jones, Dotty McDowell, Kim Miller and Tiffany Carr.

20 Years Ago | 1999

A Wednesday fire closed Triangle Florist in Halifax on the eve of one of the busiest days of the florist’s season, Mother’s Day. Triangle Florist owner Bill Granger is seeking temporary quarters for the business. Although fire damage was described as minimal by fire officials, smoke damage was heavy. Granger was making alternative plans for his Mother’s Day orders.

• More than a dozen South Boston residents gathered at the South Boston Council Chambers to show their support for the local Neighborhood Watch Program Tuesday night. Virginia State Trooper and Crime Prevention Officer D. J. Cline and South Boston Crime Prevention Officer Ronnie Clark joined South Boston Police Chief Jim Hall to listen to the citizens’ concerns and thoughts about crime prevention and reactivating the Neighborhood Watch Program in and around South Boston.

• For the first time in the school’s history, a Halifax County High School varsity girls soccer team will play in the Western District Tournament. The Comets secured that accomplishment Wednesday night with a 7-0 thumping of Amherst County that broke a five game losing streak.

40 Years Ago |1979

• The board of supervisors will set the date for a public hearing this morning on a record $12.1 million budget. The proposed fiscal plan calls for $11,645,896 in the general fund and $491,693 in the federal revenue sharing fund account, County Administrator Larry Wuensch said. Most county workers will receive a pay hike of 7 percent if the budget is approved. And school teachers also should receive a 7 percent increase in salary, but the school boards must make that line item decision.

• The group of dignitaries that appeared at the Mary Bethune High School fundraising dinner Saturday night were County Administrator Lawrence Wuensch, U. S. Commissioner of Education for the Philadlphia Region Dr. Preston Royster, State Senator Lawrence D. Wilder, South Boston-Haifax County Mary Bethune Alumni Association President Sandra F. Mobley and Congressman Herbert E. Harris. The banquet was held at the Halifax Country Club.

• Contestants in the Mr. Halifax County Senior High School contest, a fundraising project for the booster club, were Nathan Wiles, Steven Bandy, Kenny Word, Jerry Dillard, Tino Jones, Elmer Banks and Sport Guthrie. 

60 Years Ago | 1959

• Mrs. R. K. Gosney of 809 Grove Avenue, South Boston was selected as Halifax County’s Mother of the Year by the Retail Merchants Association and the South Boston Woman’s Club. She has been preparing Communion Service wine for Main Street Methodist Church for nearly a quarter of a century. Her church and family loyalties were cited by the selection committee.

• Rescue squad members perform many acts of mercy and help for those in need, and the animal kingdom is not excluded. A Persian cat nudged his head into a tin can too far and got stuck in the backyard of Mrs. Edna H. Wilmouth’s residence on Traver Street Tuesday, and dogs and other animals set up such a commotion that residents rushed in to see what was going on. How to get the cat out of the tin can without getting scratched badly was solved by rescue squad members Jim Cavanaugh and Roy Brunk, who both wore gloves.

• In the ad department: Newberry’s was advertising Mother’s Day specials including straw summer handbags for $1.98 and gift lingerie slips for $1.98. A.B. Powell of Powell’s Shell Servicenter was giving away 25-foot garden hoses with the purchase of 10 gallons of gas, and car washes were only $1.25. Colonial Stores were offering a special on hams for 37 cents a pound, two heads of lettuce for 25 cents, Winner Quality sliced bacon for 53 cents a pound and Maxwell House Coffee for 59 cents a pound. Showing at the 501 Drive-In were Abbott and Costello in “Meet the Mummy” and “Last of the Badmen” starring George Montgomery.