10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• “I have no regrets,” said Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Residency Maintenance Manager Joseph D. “Joe” Barkley II, reflecting on his 42 years of service to the people of the commonwealth. On Jan. 1, Barkley bids farewell to the state agency that hired him right out of college, the agency that introduced him to Halifax County, the place where he would make a home and raise his family. A native of Lawrenceville and a graduate of Brunswick High School, Barkley entered Virginia Tech in the fall of 1964, graduating in 1968 with a B.S. in civil engineering. “I came to work with VDOT on Sept. 1, 1968,” Barkley said. “At that time I was hired into the Engineer Training Program.” Barkley worked in Christiansburg on the Interstate 81 project that went by Dixie Caverns. From there he went to the VDOT central office in Richmond, completing the training program.
• A public hearing on NOVI Energy, LLC’s energy company’s permit application will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in the main conference room at the Riverstone Center. NOVI Energy, LLC, operating under South Boston Energy LLC, is moving closer to locating a new 49.9 megawatt $150 million wood-fired power generating facility at the former Georgia-Pacific site on Plywood Trail. Halifax County recently received notification from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that South Boston Energy, LLC has submitted an application to construct a wood-fired electricity generating facility at 1225 Plywood Trail.
• A true student-athlete demonstrates a positive attitude sportsmanship, responsibility and a strong work ethic, according to Halifax County Public Schools Superintendent Paul Stapleton, who spoke Tuesday at the HCHS falls sports banquet. A total of 142 student-athletes, or 65% of the total rosters of eight fall sports teams, were named to the Western Valley District All-Academic Team. They, along with their teammates, were recognized for their accomplishments Tuesday, and success on and off the field goes beyond wins and losses, Stapleton said. Members of the Halifax County High School varsity football team named all-Western valley district include Jordan Keck, First Team punter; Trey Roberts, Second Team kick returner; Tywaun Boyd, Second Team linebacker; Quentin Polk, Second Team offensive tackle; and Joshua Spainhour, Second Team offensive guard; Trey Reese, Second Team center; Darrius Bethel, Second Team offensive guard; Terrence Brandon, Second Team running back; Kendell Adams, Second Team kick returner; and Monshae Ferrell, Second Team defensive tackle; Demetri Faulkner, Honorable mention defensive back; Joe Martin and Chris Baisch, Honorable mention defensive ends.
20 YEARS AGO| 2000
• Convert or not to convert? Tobacco industry officials speaking to hundreds of growers yesterday left little doubt that “getting the fumes out” of curing barns should be accomplished by mid-2001. Heating systems within both conventional and bulk curing barns exhaust combustible gases directly into the barn where tobacco is exposed. That occurrence creates tobacco specific nitrosamines (TSNA), a known human carcinogenic. Stabilization chief Arnold Hamm told producers that tobacco companies “have no option,” but to insist that TSNA be eliminated as soon as possible.
• The South Boston Planning Commission approved an application from JDN Realty and Wal-Mart on Wednesday that would allow JDN to finalize sale of the Wal-Mart building and lot to Wal-Mart itself. Wal-Mart would “stand alone” from the other businesses in the shopping center as the result of the proposed sale. Wal-Mart leases from JDN Realty at present, but once the sale was finalized, would be classified under the current zoning ordinance as a “stand alone” or “big box” retail store, and not a shopping center.
• Amy Ward raises the bar of balance and endurance in both athletics and leadership. The 18-year-old senior at Halifax County High School honed those qualities through a full course of activities, which have sharpened her competitiveness and her will to succeed. Throughout the year, she trains to compete in a mixture of events, ranging from aerobics, to swimming, to running, to soccer. “I know when I’ve reached that thin line and then its time to back off,” Ward said of the rigorous schedule that has kept her involved with the high school swim team, cross country and varsity soccer teams. She’s currently traveling with an indoor soccer team and is preparing to compete in upcoming triathlons (swimming, running and cycling). The daughter of Buddy and Judy Ward of Halifax, Amy was a fourth grader when she moved to Halifax County.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• The refusal of the board of supervisors to rule out the renovation and use of the old junior high school in Halifax has triggered a reaction from opponents of the plan that may cause the county treasury to suffer over the next several months. Robert L. Gilliam and E. Irving Anderson, who said they represented more than 200 landowners and the list is growing, have called on taxpayers to “delay” paying their real estate and personal property taxes that are due early next month. “We are asking the people of Halifax County to defer paying their real estate taxes on Dec. 5 until next year as a means of bringing pressure to bear on our local governing body to hold the line on spending,” Gilliam said yesterday. “We want 1,000 citizens to join in on this and help us hold the wild spenders like Udy Wood (Halifax County School Superintendent) in check,” he continued.
• Donald K. Allen of Halifax has been recently elected Vice President for Administration of the Virginia YMCA Board of Directors. The Virginia YMCA, a statewide organization, serves non-urban communities, which do not have a local YMCA. Its program is primarily for teenagers in Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y, a Christian service program in the high schools. In addition, the Virginia YMCA provides leadership training for the youth through such programs as the Model General Assembly, Model Judiciary Program and the Model Executive Government Conference, held annually in Richmond.
• George Washington, the undefeated champion of the Western District, finished the team leader in the statistical race as well. The final official league statistics, complied by the Gazette-Virginian with the assistance of the district’s seven member schools, show GW the offensive leader with 258.8 yards gained per game, and the defensive leader with a yield of only 138.4 yards a contest. The “plus yardage” factor – yards gained over yards allowed – also was far the league’s best – 120 yards a game. Miles Ferrell, the Halifax County sophomore fullback, was tied with four others for eighth place in the scoring race with 30 points. Ronald Foster, another Comet soph, scored 28 points on the season, junior Barry Word had 18 and junior kicker Greg Weddle had 15.