10 YEARS AGO | 2011
- In an overwhelming victory, Fred Clark unseated Stanley Noblin for Halifax County Sheriff in Tuesday night’s election, garnering 5,764 votes to 3,983 votes for the incumbent. The final stage of the sheriff’s race was overshadowed by a State Police investigation into alleged misuse of government funds by Noblin. Noblin served one term as Halifax County Sheriff, defeating Republican incumbent Jeff Oakes four years ago while running as an Independent. Clark, owner of Liberty Mini Mart, ran as an Independent this year.
- Halifax County voters approved referendums during Tuesday’s elections, voting for a meals and beverage tax and for the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages in the county. Voters cast 5,583 ballots in favor of a food and beverage tax, while 3,935 were opposed, and county residents voted in favor of the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages in the county by a 6,256 to 3,238 margin. “We are extremely pleased that the voters of Halifax County recognized the importance of these issues to the future economic growth and sustainability of Halifax County,” said Halifax County Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Pool Tuesday. Halifax County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors had gone on record supporting the passage of both issues, as well as the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. The county is now authorized to levy a tax on food and beverages sold for human consumption by restaurants in the county, in an amount not to exceed 4% of the amount charged for food and beverages.
- New Halifax County High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Larry Epperly found a pleasant surprise awaiting him Monday afternoon for the start of tryouts for the varsity boys basketball team. Twenty-nine players arrived looking to try out for a spot on the Comets basketball roster, a much larger number than Epperly expected. “We were surprised by the numbers,” said Epperly, who noted that 33 players had come out for the ninth-grade team and 28 players had emerged for tryouts for the junior varsity team earlier in the day. With 29 players on the floor, Epperly said he kept things simple for the players Monday night. “It was mostly basic drills, dribbling, shooting, passing and running the floor,” he explained. “We just wanted to see what everybody could do and try to make fair evaluations.”
20 YEARS AGO | 2001
- A word of caution to Americans. “America has been lured into a false sense of security since the Berlin Wall fell,” warned Ret. Brig. Gen. Thackston. “We need to make sure we don’t lose our sense of resolve.” As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day this weekend, America is engaged in a new type of conflict. This is a war without borders, explained Thackston. “It’s a war unlike any war that this country has ever seen,” said the general. As we look to the future and the current war, we need to remember the heroes of our past. The Halifax County War Memorial is expected to be dedicated in 2002 in War Memorial Park in Halifax. The memorial honors all who lost their lives in war. Halifax County has sent her songs and daughters out in defense of the nation since Pvt. John Ragland, 14th Virginia Regiment fought in the Revolutionary War. Pvt. Ragland now rests in St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery.
- There was no significant change in the final tally released by Halifax County’s Electoral Board yesterday. Clarke Hogan won the 60th House of Delegates seat with a 5393-3811 defeat of Brad H. Wike. Hogan increase his total by 3, from 5390. Wike gained one from 3810. The final total in the ED-2 board of supervisors contest showed incumbent Tom West with 556 votes. Write-in candidate Clyde Lloyd made a strong showing with 323 votes, an increase of 5 from the 318 reported on election night. William I. Fitzgerald defeated Robert S. Gluhareff and Virginia Hightower in the district 3 board of supervisors contest. Fitzgerald ended at 647, up 10 from 637. Glauhareff closed his campaign with 439 votes, up 13 from 426. Hightower closed with 91 votes, four more than her previous 87.
- Laura Gosney reaped top honors Wednesday night as varsity and jayvee players received awards at their annual award banquet. Gosney received the most valuable player award and the honor of being named to the second team of the All-Western Valley District Volleyball Team. In addition, Gosney received awards for the most aces, most kills and most digs. Gosney also was recognized for having the top passing percentage (.8692) and the highest attack percentage (.8038). Alex Truitt was honored for being the season point leader, Felicia Sprattley was honored for being the team leader in assists, and Kristi Tuck was recognized for having the teams highest serving percentage (.886).
40 YEARS AGO | 1981
- The Halifax-South Boston Community Hospital is keeping an eye on the availability of 15 psychiatric beds , with the hope that any future addition might include a mental health unit. Hospital administrator Richard Graham said it all got started when there was a change in command both in the Mental Health unit and the hospital. Graham said he and Dr. Linda McConahey and John Mawhinney have discussed the need for a facility to accommodate mental patients “for a say of from one to 10 days.” “We do a certain amount of that now,” Graham said, “in that we deal with behavioral problems, alcoholism and a few drug abuse cases now.” Graham said there has been determined a need for 15 psychiatric beds in the Health Planning District in which Community Hospital functions, but all the licensed medical beds – 192 of them – are needed as they are.
- Grayson Wagstaff, a senior at Halifax County Senior High School and a member of the Blue Comet Marching Band, has been chosen as a member of the McDonald’s All-American High School Band. Bob Thompson, store manager of the McDonald’s restaurant in South Boston, made the announcement of Wagstaff’s selection Friday night at the conclusion of the halftime show of the Halifax County-George Washington football game. “Grayson is one of only 104 young people in the country selected for the All-American Band,” Thompson said in a statement. “That’s pretty special and we’re very proud of him,” added Thompson.
- “I reckon it just wasn’t in the books for us.” With those sad but revealing words, coach Fred Palmore summed up his reaction to the bitterly disappointing Halifax County Senior High School football defeat at the hands of George Washington here Friday night. For, in a game in which the Comets played well enough to win, they didn’t. In a game featuring a wide-open, offensive first half and a steel-tough defensive second half, the Comets were edged by the Eagles, 14-13.