10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• Fierce winds, rain and hail raged through the southern part of Halifax County as a storm struck in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, downing trees, snapping power lines and damaging buildings and other structures in its path. Officials at the National Weather Service in Blacksburg confirmed Thursday afternoon the storm that struck Halifax County was an EF2 tornado. An EF2 tornado, according to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, packs winds ranging from 111 to 135 mph.
• The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission gave a green light to several Halifax County agencies yesterday during a meeting in South Hill, and one business also moved forward in its march toward funding. The full tobacco commission approved applications from the Halifax County Development of Tourism and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Halifax County. The Department of Tourism sought funds for building and land acquisition and building up-fit to establish a South Boston/Halifax County Visitor Center at the intersection of U.S. Highways 360 and 58. The IDA of Halifax County requested and received funds to purchase and rehabilitate the former Daystrom Furniture Plant and funds for the design and engineering of a 60,000 square foot industrial shell building in Riverstone Technology Park.
• Jill Trickey finished with five service aces, eight service points and 28 effective sets, while Melyse Brown, Jamilia Smith, Jameshia Smith, Sydney Puryear, Amber Oakes, Meg Bane, Jordan Miler and Trickey combined for 21 kills in the Comet varsity volleyball team’s three-game win Tuesday at William Fleming. Halifax County won 25-9, 25-19 and 25-20 to set up last night’s crucial match at home against Franklin County. A win against the Eagles would result in a tie between the two teams for the second seed in the upcoming Western Valley District Tournament.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• While some of Halifax County’s public schools “came so close” to earning accreditation, none have been able to meet Standards of Learning (SOL) that must be achieved before 2007. “Overall, we were pleased,” Halifax County school superintendent Dennis Witt said yesterday, while addressing the results of the SOL examinations conducted last spring. “We were hoping somebody would come out of the pack (and earn full accreditation),” Witt added while expressing confidence that all 17 of the county’s public schools would achieve the passing grade within two or three years. As with most schools, Halifax County students are struggling with math and social studies. The number of Virginia public schools that earned accreditation based on mandatory state tests has more than tripled but is still less than a quarter of the state’s schools, education officials said Wednesday.
• One down and six to go. The Halifax County Planning Commission approved one communication tower Tuesday night and set public hearings next month for six more. The approved tower will now go before the Halifax County Board of Supervisors for final approval. The approved tower is to be located near High Hill and when built will be a 300-foot-guyed tower. Planners approved the tower with several conditions, the most important one being it will be moved a minimum of 800 feet to the east of the orginial location and will be no closer to Route 58. The High Hill tower is the first of at least six towers that are proposed for the Route 58 corridor between the Mecklenburg and Pittsylvania county lines.
• “A little something new.” That, says Halifax County High School football coach James Hodges will be what fans see tonight when the Comets and Cave Spring square off in a non-district game. Hodges didn’t tip his hand and detail what his game strategy is for tonight’s contest against Cave Spring. But, he was emphatic about one thing, the need to keep the ball out of the hands of the Cave Spring offense. “If we can control the ball, make some long drives, eat up the clock and put points on the board in the process, we’ll be in a much better situation,” said Hodges. Halifax County and Cave Springs have played each other in each of the past four seasons with two teams splitting the wins down the middle. The Comets beat Cave Spring in 1996 and 1998 in home games and lost by decisive margins in 1997 and 1999 on the road.
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• A new county retail and professional business license tax is being considered by the finance committee of the board of supervisors, it was learned yesterday. The disclosure was made by supervisor O.B. John Tate who said he felt “like people should be made aware of it” before it is proposed to the full board of supervisors. Tate said he asked board chairman Thomas H. Bass when the finance committee would proposed the new tax, and Bass told him it was his understanding that it would be on the board’s Nov. 3 agenda, Tate said.
• Farmers are making more money than ever, according to White House Special Assistant for Administration Hugh Carter, who is also President Jimmy Carter’s second cousin. Hugh Carter told a small group of predominantly Black local citizens that “gross agriculture income, net agriculture income, agriculture production and exports have been greater under Jimmy Carter than under any other U.S. President.” He placed current exports at $40 billion, in spite of the grain embargo placed in effect when shipments to the Soviet Union were halted due to its invasion of Afghanistan.
• Halifax County Senior High’s best offensive performance of the year Friday night failed to produce the team’s first victory. Because, unfortunately, the Comets chose the same night for one of the worst defensive jobs of the year, and the end result was a 24-15 loss to the Albemarle Patriots in the game played at Albermarle. In a year in which even 200-yard games have sometimes been hard to come by, the Comets rolled for 300 yards Friday night, a production that included scoring drives of 67 to 72 yards. The 15 points were the most scored by the Blues in a game since the Person Senior opener seven weeks earlier.