20 Years Ago | 1999
• Pres Young and local historian and author Carroll Hedspeth took a few moments to look over Young’s new book, “Country Folks: The Way We Were Back Then In Halifax County.” Hedspeth was one of many who stopped by the offices of The Gazette-Virginian newspaper to purchase an autographed copy of Young’s 420-page book.
• A staggering 80% of the tobacco sold during the “clean up” sales day in South Boston went under loan, bringing an end to a difficult season for Halifax County growers. Prices remained steady, with 212,368 pounds bringing in a total of $369,721.05 at an average price of $174,009 per hundredweight.
• Four players on the Halifax County High School varsity girls volleyball team received awards for the season. Amberly Moon received the Achievement Award and led the team in assists. Anna Lewis received the Co-Most Valuable Player Award and led the team in kills, blocks and aces. Wendy Walker received the Co-Most Valuable Player Award and led the team in spikes, digs and passes. And Amanda Gravitt won the Coaches Award. Lewis and Walker were named Second-Team and Honorable Mention selections to the All-Western Valley team. Four players on the Halifax County High School jayvee girls volleyball team received awards for the season including Laura Gosney, who received the Co-Most Valuable Player Award and led the team in kills and blocks, Alex Truitt received the Co-Most Valuable Player Award and led the team in aces and points, Kristi Tuck was Most Improved Player, and Mary Beth Cosby received the team’s Achievement Award and led the team in assists.
45 Years Ago | 1974
• Advertisement for bids for the construction of the proposed new high school and vocational center in Halifax County began. Divisional school superintendent Udy C. Wood said the sealed bids will be opened Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Halifax County School Board office.
• The site of the old Main Street Elementary School, for several years a mass of broken glass and concrete, got a facelift. City manager Aubrey Houghton said contractor Mason Day had completed the first step toward eventual construction of a city playground at the site. The huge concrete blocks and rotten wood that were once part of the elementary school were buried at the site.
• The Comets scored easily in the first half, led 26-0 at that point, then settled back with reserves playing most of the second half and came home with their sixth victory, a 26-14 conquest of Franklin County in Rocky Mount. The Eagles came to life in the second half and made a game of it with blocked kicks and their passing game.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• Reaffirmation of its and the Virginia State Farm Bureau Federation’s stand for a state sales tax was among several resolutions adopted by the Halifax County Farm Bureau at its annual policy session. Six resolutions running a wide gamut on farm prices and policies were adopted and sent on to the state convention of the organization.
• Lynchburg District highway commissioner Tucker C. Watkins Jr. said on return from a highway conference in Lexington that contract for dual lane construction on Route 304 from 58 North and East will be let next spring. Between $700,000 and $800,000 has been earmarked for the work, Watkins said.
• In the ad department: Boston Department Store and Halifax Department Store were advertising weekend specials, including men’s sport shirts and men’s pajamas, regular $3.99 each or two for $7, boys and girls saddle oxfords, regular $2.99 for $1.99, a 10-inch wheel tricycle for $8.88 and a 20-inch bike with training wheels for $29.99. Chandler-Walker Furniture Company advertised a 30-inch tall doll made entirely of “soft miracle vinyl” for $9.95. The doll had bending arms and legs, with washable saran rooted hair.
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