Fitness Olympics

These students will represent South of Dan Elementary School in the Fitness Olympics at Halifax Senior High School on Nov. 5, 1987, including (from left) Shannon Shotwell, LaKisha Brandon, Trixy Anna Gilchrist, Jamel Jackson, Derek Whitlow and Gary Barley.

10 YEARS AGO | 2010

• It’s a message often repeated and with good reason on Veterans Day — remember and honor those who in some cases made the ultimate sacrifice to allow Americans the freedom they now enjoy. On Thursday, before an audience including students and a large group of veterans, guest speaker Halifax County School Board Chairman Walter Potts Jr. expressed his desire that Veterans Day be remembered year-round, not just on Nov. 11. Citing information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Potts said currently, 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65, and 1.9 million are under the age of 35. A total of 1.8 million veterans are women.

• South Boston native Leigh Fuller Edwards this week announced she will seek the office of Halifax County Commissioner of the Revenue in the 2011 election. A certified residential real estate appraiser, Edwards said she believes her more than 12 years as a certified residential and vacant land appraiser would be an asset to the functioning of the office.

• By all accounts, the Comets’ varsity volleyball tem had another successful season, but its ultimate goal remains, a top-tier finish in the Western Valley District and a trip to the Northwest Region Tournament. Halifax fielded one of its youngest teams ever, but had plenty of leadership with five seniors, five juniors and five sophomores. The Comets finished with a 12-6 record and a 4-4 record (third place) in the district during regular season play, with two losses to North Carolina powerhouse Person High and two each to Patrick Henry and Franklin County.

20 YEAR AGO | 2000

• County residents gave a resounding victory to Republican candidates here Tuesday, but independent 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode led the ticket. Goode captured 8,091 votes, with the Bush/Cheney ticket second at 7,732. U.S. Senate candidate George Allen took the third highest total in balloting here with 7,534 votes. Allen’s opponent, Charles Robb, polled 6,263 in the offical tally released yesterday. Goode easily defeated his opponents here – Democrat John Boyd gathered 4,549 votes and independent Joseph Spence closed with 197 – as well as throughout the district.

• George W. Bush’s lead over Al Gore in crucial Florida shrank to fewer than 400 votes Thursday with allegations of irregularities swirling and ballots from overseas residents still to be counted. Recount results from 63 of the state’s 67 counties gave Republican Bush a lead of 359 votes out of nearly 6 million cast, according to an unofficial tally by The Associated Press. The original “final” margin had been reported at 1,784. The recount, required under state law because of the close result, was to be completed late Thursday, nearly 48 hours after the polls closed. But, election officials said results wouldn’t be certified until at least Nov. 17.

• Nobody would blame Stacy Puryear if he were a little frustrated. The South Boston driver started his rookie season on the USAR Hooters ProCup Series circuit with a pole win and a third place finish in the season’s first race. Weekends such as that, though, have been few and far between. Mechanical gremlins, mishaps, and just plain old bad luck have stifled a handful of good runs for the South Boston driver who now resides in Cerro Gordo, North Carolina. Heading into this weekend’s next-to-last series event at Florida Speed Park in St. Augustine, Florida, Puryear is 13th in points and fifth in the rookie points standings.

40 YEARS AGO | 1980

• Opponents of a plan to convert the abandoned junior high school in Halifax to an elementary school plan to object en masse at a recessed meeting of the board of supervisors tomorrow night. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the board of supervisors meeting room. But E. Irving Anderson, a spokesman for those objecting the proposal, said he felt the meeting should be held in the circuit court room, and even then, Anderson said he foresaw “standing room only.” Plans to convert the old junior high and thus abandon the existing Halifax Elementary School have been advanced for the past two years, but the first formal proposal was made Nov. 3 by school superintendent Udy C. Wood. Wood told the board that engineers had estimated that it would cost $310,555 to renovate the old junior high.

• R&S Sporting Goods, a new retail outlet in the Centerville area offering a wide variety of sports equipment, will hold its grand opening this weekend. The store is located in the building with the new Halifax County Health Club, although it is not associated with the club. This is the second R&S Sportings Goods store to open. The first, located in Roxboro, North Carolina, is beginnings its fourth year. One of the R&S owners, Curtis Smith, will serve as manager of the Centerville store.

• Anthony Senior, a two-year starter at defensive tackle and a three-year varsity veteran, is the lone player from Halifax County Senior High on the first unit of this year’s all-Western District football teams. Two other Comet players, offensive tackle-kicker Greg Weddle, and nose guard Rhoderick McCargo, made the second team. Weddle was chosen as a kicker. Senior and McCargo are seniors, Weddle a junior. The all-Western is dominated by league champion and undefeated George Washington, which placed six men on the first offensive team and landed another five places on the first defensive unit.

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