10 YEARS AGO | 2011
- A total of 69 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Halifax County Middle School earlier this month. The Decus chapter of the NJHS has been in existence since 1975, and each year students who have shown achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, service and character are recognized in a pinning ceremony. The National Junior Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for middle level students, according to middle school officials. Chapters exist in more than 60% of the nation’s middle level schools, and since 1929, millions of students have been selected for membership. NJHS is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, which also sponsors the National Honor Society. In order to be eligible for consideration for membership, a student must have attended Halifax County Middle School for at least one semester and must have a cumulative average of 93.500 GPA at the end of the seventh grade year. Students must also demonstrate the qualities of good citizenship, leadership, service and character.
- The graduation rate is on the rise in Halifax County with nearly 89% of students graduating after four years of high school. That rate exceeds the state average of 86.6% in 2011. The Virginia Department of Education released the statewide education and dropout rates for public high school students Tuesday. Virginia’s on-time high school graduation rate rose one point this year to 86.6%, and the state-wide dropout rate fell one point to 7.2, according to data reported by the Virginia Department of Education. Fifty-five percent of the diplomas earned by 2011 graduates were advanced studies diplomas. On time graduation has increased by 4.5 points since 2008, the first year the Virginia Department of Education reported graduation rates.
- Halifax County High School golfer Cody Spencer ran into tough sailing in Tuesday’s second round of the Virginia Group AAA State Golf Tournament at Laurel Hills Golf Course in Lorton. After having been tied for second place after the first day, Spencer was one-over-par after the first 14 holes in Tuesday’s round. He ran into some trouble during the closing holes and finished with an eight-over-par round of 79. Spencer finished the tournament with a two-day total of 154, putting him in a tie for 23rd place in the final standings, 13 strokes behind tournament winner Mark Lawrence Jr. of Mills Godwin High School of Richmond. Dillon Puryear, who also represented Halifax County High School in the state tournament, carded rounds of 88 and 83, giving him a two-day total of 171. That put Puryear in a tie for 59th place in the field of 69 golfers that competed for individual honors.
20 YEARS AGO | 2001
- Billed as bow hunting for deer issue, Halifax County quickly found itself on shifting policy stands Tuesday night as councilman Jack Dunavant pushed for overall hunting rights for property owners with large tracts of land in the town. Since there is no prohibition against bow hunting in the town at present, it is legal unless the town takes action. However, hunting in town with rifles and shotguns is prohibited, a proposal Dunavant advanced as the Tuesday night session continued. Council had tabled the bow hunting issue at its September session in order to seek additional information from state Game Warden Andy Danison. Danison was joined at the session by Jim Bowman, a regional wildlife biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. However, Danison said that by law he is not allowed to offer an opinion on the town’s decision, but that he and Bowman would answer questions. Safety as well as nuisance issues associated with the deer population were addressed.
- A proposed indoor family recreation center may soon locate in the old Sav-A-Lot grocery building on Wilborn Avenue. South Boston planners recommended that request by KHC Associated LLC for a special use permit to operate the center approved after a Wednesday public hearing. The issue now goes before South Boston Town Council for a public hearing at its next meeting on Nov. 5. Otis Rose of KHC Associates told planners the proposed center is modeled somewhat after U-Play Family Fun Center in Danville. Rose, who has three children, expressed the need for a recreation center in the area to “provide indoor ‘wholesome’ family entertainment and recreational activities.” The center would be ideal for childrens’ birthday parties and youth group outings, according to Rose. Among activities planned for the center are childrens’ tunnels and tubes, indoor miniature golf, video and coin-operated amusement games, air hockey, foosball and pool tables, and a laser tag gallery.
- Former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Mike Bliss of Milwaukie, Oregon will replace Brian Tyler in the famed Kroger/Folgers/Pringles/Sunny Delight Gaerte/Beast for Saturday night’s “USAC 200” Spring car race at Big Daddy’s South Boston Speedway. Team owner Dick Hoffman selected Bliss after Tyler confirmed his participation in this weekend’s NASCAR Busch Series event at Memphis, Tennessee. Bliss will be trying to nail down the team’s 51st career USAC feature win, which would tie them for the all-time USAC car owner lead with Steve Stapp. With Bliss, Saturday night’s first ever USAC event at Big Daddy’s South Boston Speedway will feature a pair of well-known stars with Winston Cup Series driver Tony Stewart also slated to be in action.
40 YEARS AGO | 1981
- The South Boston National Guard unit has been selected to fire the traditional 21-gun salute for President Reagan and French President Francois Mitterand at the Yorktown Victory Celebration next weekend, it was learned last weekend. Major Ronnie Guthrie, commander of the First Battalion, 26th Field Artillery, called it a outstanding honor for the South Boston unit and the Virginia National Guard. The last time a unit other than a regular military command fired a salute was at the funeral of President Lyndon Johnson when a Texas National Guard unit provided the 21-gun howitzer barrage. Captain Thomas Wood, commander of South Boston’s C Battery, said that his unit received advance information that it has been selected last August, but it was only last week that he knew the full details of the unit’s mission at Yorktown.
- Effective next month persons receiving Aid to Department Children welfare checks will be required to report their monthly incomes or face the loss of welfare payments, the director of the Department of Social Services said last Friday. The review of client incomes had been done on a semi-annual basis before, Mrs. Mary Towles Faris sated. The intensified income review program is a part of the federal crackdown on waste and fraud in the ADC program, she said. The program in Halifax County and South Boston accounts for $1,531,776 of the welfare budget. Mrs. Faris said that the state would mail ADC recipients monthly forms about the 26th of the month prior to the date they must be returned. They must be completed the first week of each month and returned to the Department of Social Services by the 5th of each month, she said.
- When Halifax County Senior High School compiles its Book of Lists, last Friday night’s grid game is going to have to be the first in the category of Greatest Football Comebacks. For there is no other way to describe the Comets’ 21-17 triumph over Amherst County – it was the most spectacular come-from-behind victory in the school’s long history. Fustrasted and symied for more than three quarters, and apparently destined to suffer a humiliating defeat to the underdog Amherst team, the Comets hitched their belts, tightened their jaws and struck back with three touchdowns in the final period to leave their fans and themselves delirious with joy and the Lancers across the way numb with disappointment. “All I can say is, somebody upstairs must bee looking out for us,” said coach Fred Palmore. And while Palmore doubtless would be reluctant to classify this victory under “miracles,” it came very close to it.