20 Years Ago | 1999
• The millennium may herald a bleak future for the Halifax County-South Boston Library System, which currently is struggling with funding issues. South Boston’s reversion agreement with the county five years ago, coupled with the libraries’ loss of regional status and all the related state benefits, could present the local library with some very major money problems.
• Certification of the Hospice Support Care of Southside Virginia to assist clients under Medicare and Medicaid is just around the corner. Many people in the area are not aware of the services hospice care can provide for a patient who is terminally ill and for the patient’s family. For the last three years, a team of medical staff and volunteers has operated through the Halifax Regional Hospice support group. The hospice team was the concept of Dr. Charles Parker, the medical director, who brought in Melvin Bradshaw as the chaplan and bereavement coordinator to work with a patient’s attending physician.
• Members of the Halifax County High School varsity Scholastic Bowl academic competition team were Sajel Patel, Todd Eakes, Ben Howerton, Rob Howitt, Brian Hasty, Brandy Wallace, Angela Morris, Amanda Albert, Jessica Greene, Mike Priest and Nora Lee. Jayvee Scholastic Bowl ACE team members were Kyle Hailey, Amber Ford, Michael Lassiter, Josh Moore, Hundley Crews, Kevin Fisher, Laura Robertson, Andrew Leonard, Sean Bohanon, Kevin Reynolds and Nelson Baskervill, all of whom are coached by Beth Talley and Ann Johnson.
45 Years Ago | 1975
• Bobby Wilborn, a former member of the South Boston Fire Department, received a resolution of thanks for city mayor William R. Thomason at the city council meeting Monday night. Wilborn was cited for rushing into a burning building on three different occasions to rescue the occupant.
• South Boston voters overwhelmingly endorsed their Sunday closing law while both city and county voters strongly favored a Constitutional amendment allowing state aid for private colleges in Tuesday’s general election. Running unopposed, Fifth District Rep. W. C. (Dan) Daniel received 3,404 votes. Retention of the city’s blue laws were favored by nearly three out of four voters, some 852 voting to keep the law in effect, while 328 sought to overturn the Sunday closing law. The measure was not on county ballots.
• Ben Granger was named the Pee Wee League’s outstanding offensive player and Dean Mitchell along with Vince McDowell the best defensive player. Named most valuable player was Dwain Puryear.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• Craddock Edmunds, one of the nation’s better known and most gifted lyrical poets despite his passion for anonymity and dislike of the limelight, died unexpectedly at his rustic log cabin home at Halifax shortly after 9 p.m. last night. The 60-year-old poet died only a few minutes after Dr. N. H. Wooding arrived in answer to his complaint of severe chest pains.
• James Harrelson, acting town engineer since May 1958, has been named town manager at Victoria, the shift to be made on Dec. 1. Harrelson will become the first town manager of the town hit hard by the merger of the Virginia Railway with Norfolk and Western Railway, and the ultimate closing of the railroad shops there.
• In the ad department: Chandler-Walker Furniture Company was advertising a beautiful extra large – approximately 30 inches tall – doll made of soft miracle vinyl that will not crack or break for $9.95. Nichols Farm Supply was advertising a grand opening for the store with the checkerboard sign located on Route 304 on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1959 from 1 to 3 p.m. Leggett’s was advertising a money saving weekend special sale featuring ladies suits for $9.95, pajama set for $3.98 and ladies coats for $19.88. Home Appliance Company was selling a Norge washer for $159.95 that comes with a free Northern fully automatic electric blanket.