The new Highway 501 bridge over the Staunton River at Brookneal, located parallel to and just east of the present bridge, was taking shape rapidly in October 1988. Once the new bridge was completed and open to traffic, the old bridge was demolished.

20 Years Ago | 1999

• In a 3-1 vote on Thursday, Halifax Town Council approved a boundary line adjustment proposal with the county that is close to, but “less than,” the territory in the 1997 town proposal. The new boundary would triple the size of the town, according to Robert Greene, town manager. Town council – with Jack Dunavant opposing – also voted 3-1 to approve the resolution. The town officially “concluded that the Boundary Agreement and the supporting resolutions for the 1997 proposal be updated and that the new proposal, the town’s response, the old agreements and resolutions be as the principles for the update.”

• With more than $4 billion in tobacco settlement money up for grabs, local communities are scrambling to devise a plan to assure they get their share. Monday, a committee formed by the Halifax County Economic Development Council met for the first time to brainstorm and plot a course to develop a proactive, comprehensive plan to secure a fair share of these funds for Halifax County. When the master Settlement Agreement was finalized, Phase I stated that $206 billion would be divided among the 46 states that settled with the tobacco companies.

• Andre Barnes, a ninth grade cross country team member, is in his first year of running on the Comet cross country team. He has been an instant success. In the Danville Invitational, he finished a strong third in his first ever high school meet. In the meet against Person County, he finished first to lead the Comets to victory. Barnes plans to run outdoor track this spring.

45 Years Ago | 1974

• Halifax County School Superintendent Udy Wood has turned down an offer for a similar position in Pittsylvania County and will remain in his present post. A. L. Burkholder, South Boston school board chairman, said, “We’re making some financial adjustments in the superintendent’s salary,” but final approval must come from the full board.

• An emergency operations plan for Halifax County took another positive step forward last week when a “hot line” telephone system linking the area with Boydton and Richmond was installed at the county sheriff’s office.

• Members of the Little Theatre cast who will perform in their upcoming musical extravaganza are Linda Palmer, Sandy Sterrett, Laura Worsham, Mary Worsham, Edith Francisco, Victor Aaron, Chris Bezoff, Gayle Dawson, Rucker Blackmon, Michael Perkins, Tommy Reynolds, Sandy Farrow, Roger Jacqueline, Martha Stevens, Wayne Stevens, Nancy Barden and David Wilburn.

60 Years Ago | 1959

• Capital Plastics may increase the size of its plant here by 50% with resulting production and employment increases, if the company’s European markets hold up. This development came after a visit here early this week of Ed Broderson, executive vice president of the plastics making firm.

• John C. Lawson has been named technical director of Pacific Mills in a move announced today by John L. Morgan, area vice president of Pacific Mills. Lawson was plant superintendent of the top and yarn departments at Pacific, having been named to the post last February. He has been with Pacific for the past seven years, serving in technical service, quality controls and manufacturing positions.

• In the ad department: Hodges Jewel Box, Inc. was advertising an all new 1959 model portable electric sewing machine for only $33. Kane Furniture was advertising a going out of business sale featuring a 7-piece bedroom suite for $95 and an 8-piece solid foam sectional outfit for $95. Leggett’s Department store was advertising its fall savings event featuring long sleeve men’s high quality sports shirts for $1 and ladies shoes for $1.97. Floyd Smith of Smith’s Frigidaire was thanking his many customers for a successful year by offering Frigidaire appliances on sale including a 40-inch range for $229, an automatic washer for $170 and a 10.8-cu. ft. refrigerator for $195.