20 Years Ago | 1999
• Hundreds of Southside tobacco farmers and quota holders exited the Halifax County High School auditorium Wednesday night feeling more optimistic than they had for months. “You know, I think we might actually see some of this money after all,” commented one tobacco farmer from Vernon Hill, following the first of a series of public meetings to be held by the Virginia Tobacco Certification Board Inc. concerning grower and quota holder payments from the National Tobacco Grower Settlement Trust. Virginia tobacco growers and quota holders are scheduled to receive $340 million over the next 12 years to compensate for lost revenue resulting from the MSA.
• Veteran supervisor R. E. “Dickie” Abbott in District 1 and C. W. “Corky” Rorrer Jr., who is seeking the District 8 board seat, face no opposition in Tuesday balloting, but there are challenges in Districts 4, 5 and 7. The only school board challenge is a race for the District 7 seat between political newcomer Glenn C. Ratliff Jr. and Norman Brent Talley. The remaining school board candidates in Districts 1, 4 and 8 are running unopposed.
• Halloween is a time for tricks and treats. Halifax County High School Blue Comets coach James Hodges hopes his team will treat themselves by turning a few trucks tonight on Cave Spring. The Coemts (1-7) hold a 7-3 edge over the Knights (5-3) in their 10 previous meetings entering tonight’s 7:30 p.m. contest in Roanoke. Halifax upended Cave Spring 36-29 here last season.
45 Years Ago | 1974
• The general election November 5 in Halifax County will have all the excitement of a Houston-New Orleans baseball game, but 3,367 voters in the city of South Boston will decide on one controversial questions… the Sunday Closing Law. The city ballot, in part, will read: “Shall the provisions of the Code of Virginia (commonly known as the Sunday Closing Law) be effective in the city of South Boston?”
• Susan Fulp, a senior at Halifax County Senior High School, was crowned homecoming queen Friday night. Cecil Talley recognized the queen by placing a crown on her head, and she was escorted by senior Mike Vaughan. The Blue Comets won the game against Cave Springs 21-14 in the last seconds of the game.
• There was a sigh of relief from Head Coach Coleman Starnes when it was all over Friday night and the Halifax County Senior High Blue Comets had pulled one out, just when it looked like they might lose it. “It’s time we had a little luck,” he said. He seemed very proud of the way the boys came back and happy for the 21-14 win over a young but tough Cave Springs team. It was homecoming 1974 and the stands were full of graduates from other years. The win boosted the Comets to 5-3 on the season.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• Halifax Mills, with water consumption running to about 40,000,000 gallons a year and with an eye to the cost of water in its overall costs of production, will make a decision soon on where to turn for its water supplies. Under discussion are two methods, (1) construction of its own water filter plant where water processing cost will run somewhere between 13c and 18 per thousand galloons, or (2) purchase water from Halifax’s proposed new filtration plant at a cost of 25c per 1,000 gallons.
• The Jimmy Stevens Fund swelled to $1,978 today thanks to a $471 boost from Cluster Springs Elementary School and the Ruritan Club of the community. The badly burned boy, now undergoing further skin graftings at Medical College of Virginia, formerly lived in the community and attended the suburban school. In raising the Jimmy Stevens Fund, the Ruritans crowned little five year old Mary Anne Wilborn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Wilborn of Cluster Springs, as winner of the Baby Popularity Contest.
• In the ad department, Boston Department Store and Halifax Department Store had bed spreads $6, blankets two for $11, sport shirts for $1.99 and skirt waist dresses for $3.99. Gilliand’s had a 3 piece dividend suit for $59.98. Leggett’s Department Store had a Halloween special featuring men’s socks five for $1, drapes two for $9, blankets $3.99 and towels two for $1.