French fry expert Glen Abernathy, a member of South Boston City Council, took his turn behind the McDonald’s counter to dish up french fries on Friday, Oct. 7, 1988, helping the local restaurant to join in the worldwide observance of Founder’s Day by the chain.

20 Years Ago | 1999

Overcast skies and heavy rains failed to dampen the spirits of hundreds of shoppers Wednesday morning who waited for doors to open to the new Acme Markets in Hupps Mill Plaza Shopping Center. The name “Acme” may be new to most residents but not to Dorcas Johnson Parks who joined in the ribbon cutting with corporate and local officials. Parks, the daughter of Elton and Hilda Johnson of South Boston, grew up in South Boston, graduated from Halifax County Senior High in 1988 and went on to complete her education at Bluefield College not far from Acme Markets’ corporate headquarters in North Tazewell. She went to work for Acme Markets in 1995 and serves as benefits coordinator for the food store chain, which operates 30 stores in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

• Annin and Company of South Boston received top honors in the “Golden Image Awards” for their custom-made flag entry in the international printing competition for flags and banners. The competition was held at the annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 7-10. Annin and Company received the Award of Excellence in the flag and banner category. Over 1,300 samples were featured in the competition, which included the finest commercial screen-printing work produced around the world.

• South Boston’s Ward Burton was celebrating his 38th birthday on Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, and he was hoping that the celebration would begin a day early with a victory in Sunday’s Pop Secret 400 at the North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. “We’re heading to Rockingham hoping to win the race,” said Burton, who scored his first career Winston Cup Series win at the high-banked mile oval in the fall of 1995. “It’s been a few years, but we’ve won this race before, and we think this Caterpillar Pontiac team can find Victory Lane there again. We’re sure going to give it everything we have.”

45 Years Ago | 1974

• The new senior class officers elected Friday, Oct. 18, 1974, for Halifax County Senior High School were Penny Banks, president; Carl Pannell, vice president; Arthur Murray, sergeant at arms; Charlie Davis, treasurer; Susan Fulp, reporter; and Lavinia Jennings, secretary.

• Three seniors will vie for the title of Homecoming Queen for Halifax County Senior High School, but only one will be crowned at the annual homecoming game on Oct. 25. Cynthia Logan, Susan Fulp and Victoria Black were up for election Wednesday at the school. Sophomore attendants Bonita Oakley, Darl Carrington, Geraldine Lovelace and Susan Puryear will accompany the queen at the game.

• Elmer Nichols shot a three-under par 67 and scored a net 62 in the annual Walter McCormick Handicap Tourney Sunday at the Halifax Country Club. About 150 golfers participated in the tourney.

60 Years Ago | 1959

• Winners in the Miss Halifax County Fair contest Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1959, as 51 lovelies competed for the cash prizes and the right to represent the local fair in the State Fair contest next year were Rosalind Rogers and Ruth Glass, top money winners.

• Appointment of Christine S. Smith as a crew leader for the 1959 Census of Agriculture was announced by Field Director John G. Gibson of the Census Bureau’s regional office at Philadelphia. Smith will direct a force of census takers who will canvass all farms in Halifax County. Before assuming her post, she will go to Petersburg where she will receive five days of training by a member of the Census Bureau’s staff. After completing her training, Smith will return to her district where she will spend several weeks recruiting census takers and training them in preparation for the start of the field canvass on Nov. 11.

• In the ad department: Boston Department Store was advertising a new scientific girdle sensation where you lose two sizes in two seconds. It takes off tummy, waist, hips, thighs and diaphragm reducing as it slims. It makes inches vanish while it molds and holds your figure for only $4.99. Kane Furniture was advertising a maple 8-piece bunk bed outfit for $38 and an 8-piece foam section group for $95. J. W. Shelton Auction and Realty was holding an auction for a 43-acre farm with a good 8-room, 2-story frame home on this farm at Paces on Thursday, Nov. 5, 1959 at 2:30 p.m.