20 Years Ago | 1999
• Tobacco farmers and quota holders may receive some additional relief in the near future that could help soften the blow of additional quota cuts. Wednesday, the U. S. Senate approved an agriculture disaster relief bill that includes $328 million to help tobacco farmers and quota owners recover from the recent blows to the tobacco industry.
• A 40-year-old concept became a reality Wednesday when South Boston and Virginia Department of Highways officials cut the ribbon on the Broad Street Extension project. The project, which was begun in April of 1998 when APAC was awarded the contract but originated under the tenure of former South Boston City Manager Aubrey Houghton, extends Broad Street from its existing location at Third Street to Wilborn Avenue. In addition, Wilborn Avenue has been approved from Dogwood Drive to Hamilton Boulevard.
• The world’s biggest cigarette company’s acknowledgement that smoking is dangerous and addictive is spurring renewed calls for federal regulation of tobacco and greater efforts to keep children from taking their first puff. Philip Morris Cos. Inc., which owns the tobacco company that makes best-selling Marlboro and other cigarettes, publicly acknowledged with the debut of its corporate internet site Wednesday that smokers face serious health risks.
• Winners in the “sandbaggin’ Betty” golf tournament to benefit the Halifax County Cancer Association were Phyllis Vernon and Kitty Hawkins, third place; Bill Carter, Brenda Graham, Vicky Allen and Jimmy Allen, second place; and Nookie Green, Rhonda Green, Rita Compton and Bill White, first place.
45 Years Ago | 1974
• Hopes that the State Department of Health would approve a full 64-bed, $5 million expansion plan for the Halifax Community Hospital flickered last weekend, as that state agency pressed harder for merger talks between South Boston’s two hospitals. A three-man delegation from the health agency toured facilities at both hospitals last Thursday, but the delegation’s chief spokesman, Dr. James B. Kenley, left no doubt that Community Hospital’s full application would not get state approval.
• Scottsburg Town Council on Thursday night agreed to hold a public hearing in November on a proposed new town charter. The new charter, the first since 1926 for the rural town, is modeled after the charter for the town of Clover. Clover’s charter was approved two years ago.
• In a game that was both thrilling and chilling at times, the Halifax County Blue Comets evened their Western District record with a 24-18 win over the Pulaski Cougars on Friday night. The loss all but eliminated the Pulaski team from the Western District title; however, it kept the Comets’ chances of winning alive. At Pulaski the Comets completely dominated the first half leading at that point 24-6, but the blues lost the second half 12-0 and still won the game 24-18.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• Pretty Miss Milly McCanless will reign as homecoming queen at Halifax County High School Friday night, Oct. 23. She will be crowned at halftime ceremonies during the HCHS-Bassett High game. Strutting her stuff in front of the band and cheerleaders will be little Betty Houghton, 4-going-on-5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Houghton, team mascot. Miss McCanless was chosen Homecoming Queen by the student body in an election last Friday. She’s a senior and plans to attend Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, next fall.
• Elected today as new officers of the Halifax County Community Hospital Auxiliary were Mrs. W. Allen Fuller, president; Miss Carrie Dickerson, first vice-president; and Mrs. C. H. Russell, second vice-president; Mrs. Frank E. Wallwork, treasurer; Mrs. Madison Hodnett, recording secretary; and Mrs. Charles A. Penick, corresponding secretary. Outgoing president is Mrs. Barbara Rowland.
• In the ad department: Blue Ribbon Creamery launched another spectacular first! Delicious chocolate marshmallow ice cream. Leggett’s Department Store was selling ladies flannelette gowns, 2 for $3 and ladies house shoes for $1.99. Wilborn’s Hardware was selling Dustop air filters for 69 cents, 79 cents, 98 cents and $1.19 depending on size and a toilet seat for $2.99 along with a paint roller and tray for 89 cents. The Halifax County Fair was featuring free grandstand admission to see Jack Kochman Hell Drivers at the Fairgrounds in South Boston.