20 years Ago | 1999
• Completion of a construction project that began in the spring of 1998 was celebrated Wednesday evening by the management and staff of CCI Systems and a host of local and state government officials. CCI’s three-story corporate office literally rose up out of the dust and consumed the former facility that had served since 1970 in a similar but limited capacity. Located on the north side of U.S. 360 in Riverdale, CCI Systems, a division of Comfort Systems USA, provides heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and mechanical electrical, electrical controls, air and water balance, engineering and design/build.
• Goody’s Family Clothing senior vice president Stan Latacha and store manager Amy Liles and district manager Debbie Funderburk were joined by store employees in the Nov. 18, 1999 grand opening ceremonies at Hupps Mill Plaza Shopping Center.
• Football awards were presented Tuesday night to several members of the Halifax County High School varsity football team including Coaches’ Award winner Marques Walker, Jonathan Vaughan who received the Offensive Player Award and Josh McBride who received the Leadership Award. Most Valuable Player went to Jarvis Hankins, and Chris Brewer received the Defensive Player Award. The awards were presented at the team’s post-season banquet.
45 years Ago | 1974
• Two nearly identical bus wrecks involving eight buses sent 32 students to the Halifax Community Hospital emergency room about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Preliminary hospital reports indicated none were hurt seriously. The wrecks occurred in the town limits of Halifax and at Centerville.
• Poo Roberts was presented with the Distinguished Service Award of the Halifax United Way on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the HUW’s annual awards ceremonies. Roberts directed the 1974 campaign that raised a record $120,448.12. Campaign co-chairman Carrington Powell received a special appreciation award.
• Al Conner of South Boston caught a 15 pound, 4 ounce striped bass in Buggs Island Lake on Monday, Nov. 11. The fish was over 33 inches long. Also Harry Byrd “Butch” Elliott of Route 2, South Boston caught a 23 pounder at Buggs Island Lake on Nov. 6.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• Cluster Springs Ruritan Club recently raised $452.25 for the Jimmy Stevens Fund by sponsoring a baby popularity contest. The funds were raised to help pay heavy hospital and doctor’s bills for the Cluster Springs youth who was badly burned in a homemade bomb explosion last April. The boy is recovering in a Richmond hospital.
• There was a warming trend in the weather, and no one was the sadder for it as new record lows were established for the time of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 18, with a frigid low of 18 degrees on the tube at the U. S. Weather Bureau substation manned by H. S. Bragg at Bethel. A high of around 60 was predicted for Nov. 19.
• In the ad department: Hodges Jewel Box was advertising an electric concert organ for $59.95, and all Lionel Train equipment was 40 percent off at Wilborn’s Hardware. Faulkner & Lawson Drug Company was selling delicious big 5-pound fruitcakes for $1.99 in airtight metal cake boxes. W. I. Vernon of Alton was selling farm fresh medium eggs for 45 cents a dozen and delivering the eggs to your door. Home Appliance Company was welcoming A. M. Crews to its radio & TV service department.