Chamber ride

Volunteers selling Halifax County Chamber of Commerce memberships during their annual membership blitz, were out hitting the streets on a Wednesday in October of 1987 on a borrowed fire truck from Slagle Fire Equipment letting people know the blitz is on. Getting fired up are (from left) Ryan Garrett, Norma Muckenfuss, Anne Khlowson, Deborah Sizemore and Roberta Grafton.

10 YEARS AGO | 2010 

Construction continues on the permanent bridge over the Banister River on Bethel Road with a fixed completion date set for December 2011. Value of the entire Banister River Bridge project is $7.6 million including construction, right of way and design, according to the VDOT area construction engineer. Virginia Department of Transportation Residency Administrator Joe Barkley said DLB Inc. was the low bidder out of eight bids received on the permanent bridge over the Banister River. DLB submitted the low bid of $4,395,003.45

• Plans have been finalized for a new CVS Pharmacy to locate at the corner of Halifax Road (Route 501) and Old Halifax Road (Route 129) in Centerville, according to company officials. “They closed on the property Thursday,” said George Lupton, commercial broker with Thalhmier Commercial Real Estate in Lynchburg. “The sale price was $1.9 million for approximately 1.79 acres.” Lupton said the property CVS purchased includes the former site of American National Bank on the corner, the former site of Heritage House Furniture (previously Heilig-Meyers Furniture and Thornton Furniture) on Halifax Road and the former CPA office of Jim Irby on Halifax County. 

• A steller field of cars and drivers is expected this weekend as South Boston Speedway hosts its annual post-season NASCAR Late Model Stock Car racing extravaganza. Track officials had received 35 entries for Saturday’s NASCAR Late Model 300 Presented By Danville Toyota as of Monday morning and more entries are expected by the time practice begins Friday at 1 p.m. The early entry list contains drivers considered to be among the best of the best in the region’s NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division ranks. Former South Boston Speedway champion and three-time NASCAR National Champion Philip Morris, the winner of the recent Late Model Stock Car race at Martinsville Speedway, is among the top drivers that have filed an early entry. 

20 YEARS AGO | 2000 

• Between quota cuts and contract purchasing, the South Boston Flue-Cured Tobacco Market took a healthy hit in both money and quantity. For the record, the 2000 marketing season – which officially ended Monday – saw 6,797,471 pounds sell for $12,321,403.33, for an average of $181.26. Closing day sales were 335,825 pounds selling for $619,657,79, for a daily average of $181.52. A total of 19,021 pounds went under loan to Stabilization. 

• The joint creation commissions of South Boston and Halifax County were assigned the task of arbitrating the Dixie Youth dispute at Monday’s joint meeting of governing bodies from the towns of South Boston and Halifax and Halifax County. A meeting was scheduled last night to include the joint comissions, Dixie Inc. and the Majors and Pre-Majors board of directors to work toward a solution. The board of directors of the Dixie Majors and the Majors and Pre-Majors recently voted to separate from Dixie, Inc. and form its own organization. Among the reasons cited for the separation were field conditions at Aubrey Houghton Industrial Park and uniform and equipment funding issues. 

• The Halifax County Middle School AutoFest and Crafts Show was a big success, Halifax County Middle School Athletic Director Dewey Compton said yesterday. Approximately $5,000 was raised from the event, he said, with the proceeds being split between the Halifax County Middle School Athletic Department and the Halifax County High School Baseball Booster Club. Seventy-nine cars, trucks and motorcycles were displayed and judged during the event. “We didn’t quite reach our goal of 100 cars but we still had quite a good number,” Compton said.  

40 YEARS AGO | 1980 

• Halifax County has officially been declared an agricultural disaster area because of the prolonged summer drought, the Small Business Administration announced late last week. The Board of Supervisors had asked for the designation in early September, and several weeks later Governor John N. Dalton said he had made the request to the SBA. Farmers who have sustained heavy agriculture loses will now be eligible to obtain low interest loans for operating capital. The Famers Home Administration and the Department of Agriculture have already implemented drought assistance programs. Halifax was one of the 29 counties that were added to the SBA disaster program last week. 

• Gwen Villines was crowned queen Friday night to cap off 1980 Homecoming activities for Halifax County Senior High School. Despite the Comets’ 20-7 loss at the hands of Amherst high School, everything came off well as the weather cooperated and provided a cool, pleasant evening for the game. Miss Villines, a senior, won out over three other contestants for the title of Homecoming Queen. They were Kathy Lawson, Cindy Watts and Amy Hudson. The Homecoming Court consisted of sophomores Lisa Conner and Michelle Owen, and juniors Terri Edmunds and Melanie Redd. Prior to the game, Comet team captains from previous years were recognized. Former captains who were present were Bruce Marhsall, 1966; Harvey Payne, 1968; Wilbur Martin, 1969; Earl “Tank” Royster, 1972; Nookie Green, 1973; and Cecil Talley, 1975.  

• If Stanley Davis maintains the advancement schedule he has set for himself, Halifax County baseball fans are going to have their very own major league player to cheer for in a couple years, three at the most. For Davis, Halifax County Senior High School Class of 1977, is just three rungs from the big time following a banner season in Class a ball this year. “In two more years, if I keep making progress like I have been I will be in the big leagues. If I don’t, I’ll be knocking on the door,” Davis said this week while on an extended visit home. “I have the determination and the desire…I should be there in two years,” he added. The timetable that Davis envisions include Class AA ball next summer at El Paso in the Texas League, followed by a year in Triple-A with Vancouver at the Pacific Coast League, after which there is only one thing left – the bigs. That could come with a season-end call-up in 1982, or in the spring of 1983. There also is the chance that his bosses, the Milwaukee Brewers, will jump him past AA into AAA next year. 

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