10 YEARS AGO | 2011
- Halifax County Circuit Court Judge Joel C. Cunningham swore in Halifax Town Council’s newest council member, Terrie C. Lantor, Tuesday night during council’s monthly meeting held at Halifax Town Hall. Lantor fills a vacancy created by the resignation of former councilman Tommy Reagan. Also during their brief meeting Tuesday evening, council members unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming Sept. 17- 24 as 2011 Constitution Week. Acting on a Berryman Green Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution request, council passed the resolution which notes Sept. 17 marks the 224 anniversary of the drafting of the constitution of the United States of America by the Constitution Convention.
- Florida native Peter Eales has known since the ninth grade he wanted to be a forester. Last month he joined Halifax Virginia Department of Forestry as its newest forester. Eales began his work in Halifax on Aug. 25. He, his wife, Stephanie, his 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter now reside in South Boston. He first worked in Florida for three years for the Department of Forestry serving as forester for three counties. His congregation was in forest management and fire control before he and his wife decided to move to Ohio to be closer to family. He was working in Ohio when he and his family decided it was time to move again – this time to Halifax County.
- The Halifax County High School golf team added another feather to its cap Wednesday by winning the E.C. Glass High School Invitational Golf Tournament at Colonial Hills Golf Course in Lynchburg. Halifax County High School turned in a team total of 316 and edged host E.C. Glass High School by eight shots. Franklin County High School finished third with a 367 team total and GW of Danville rounded out the four-team field with a team total of 383. Cody Spencer led the Comets with his round of 76. Josh Irby also had a sub-80 round, coming in with a round of 79. Dillon Puryear carded a round of 80 and Tyler Holt’s round of 81 rounded out the four scores that were counted toward the Comets’ team total.
- Also playing for the Comets were Ryan Green and Peter Gasperini. Green turned in a round of 85. Gasperini’s round was wiped out on a disqualification.
20 YEARS AGO | 2001
- Majestic, a symbol of Wall Street, the Manhattan skyline, the nation. The World Trade Center’s symbolism drew a deadly terrorist attack not once, but twice. “Just as Big Ben is a symbol of France, so the twin towers were a symbol of America,” said “Twin Towers” author professor Angus Gillespie yesterday in a telephone interview. The towers close proximity to Wall Street were key. “So by extension they represent American capitalism and consequently the American way of life,” said the Rutgers University professor. Dr. Gillespie’s book, published in 1999, came six years after the first terrorist attack against the trade center, the February 1993 attack. In that action, few were killed compared to this week’s action, and the twin towers remained. Tuesday’s terrorist attack was lethal, burying thousands of World Trade Center workers and creating a canyon of rubble in New York City streets where the nation’s financial majesty has reined on Monday. Professor Gillespie said yesterday that he does not think the twin towers will be rebuilt.
- Even in a community where the world’s largest and oldest flagmaker has a production facility, finding an American flag to purchase is almost impossible. Within hours of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., American flags began to appear and by yesterday, most merchants in the South Boston/Halifax area say their shelves were emptied. Annin & Company officials are comparing the current spike in demand for American flags similar to that experienced when the Persian Gulf War broke out. “We took over 1,000 calls yesterday,” said Randy Baird, vice president of marketing for Annin which is based in Roseland, New Jersey. On a normal day, Baird said that Annin might expect to receive around 200 calls for American flag orders. “We’re making them as quick as we can,” said Baird, noting that the company’s inventory of unsold American flags had been depleted.
- The Halifax County High School cross country girls and boys teams are on a steady pace of improvement after three meets. In their latest competition at home Wednesday, the Blue Comets had strong finishes against GW and E.C. Glass, but were still outdistanced by the more experienced runners of both schools. Andre Barnes took second place for the boys’ meet with a time of 18 minutes and 52 seconds, 13 seconds behind winner John Turner from GW. E.C. Glass swept the boys’ meet with a score of 34 and the girls’ meet with 22 points. GW was second among the boys with 38 points while Halifax County finished with 55 points. Tripp Hunt was ninth with a time of 20:34 and Chris Irby finished tenth with a time of 21:04. Jared Bomar had a 12th-place finished with a time of 21:15, while Jody Nelson rounded out the top five Comets runners in the 22nd spot with a time of 24:34.
40 YEARS AGO | 1981
- White Construction Company of Danville is scheduled to begin work today on an earth-moving project on the Halifax County Senior High School campus that includes shaping a new varsity baseball field. The firm, awarded the contract to do the work last week, has 50 working days to complete the job. The contract calls for a $200 per day penalty for every day over the 50, superintendent Udy C. Wood said. The contract was awarded by the Committee For Control after White submitted the low bid of $42,308 in competition with four other contractors. Other bidders were Lanco Paving, Inc., at $44,900, Rogers Construction Company at $51,560, W.T. Milam and SONS at $52,000 and Mason Day Inc. at $61,430. In an earlier bidding in which only two companies participated, Mason Day Inc., the low bidder at $56,000, agreed to make a $12,000 donation to lower the net cost to $44,000, and was awarded the contract. However, other contractors complained that the job was not sufficiently advertised, and the superintendent’s office asked for, and obtained, the return of the contract.
- A new traffic flow scheme to permit continuous movement of northbound Third Street traffic into Wilborn Avenue was adopted by South Boston City Council Monday night. The new plan is expected to go into effect in three to four weeks, following construction of a concrete island and the painting of new lines on Wilborn Avenue. The island will start in the middle of Third Street and extend one lane into Wilborn Avenue, thus providing a free-moving right turn lane for all northbound traffic. At the present time, traffic in that lane must yield to traffic already northbound in Wilborn Avenue from Logan Street and points south. Under the new configuration, traffic already northbound will be channeled to the left of the center lane of Wilborn Avenue in order to avoid the concrete island.
- Halifax County football coach Fred Palmore presided over a team that gained 398 yards and scored 35 points Friday night, and he could hardly find anything other than good to say about the way the offense performed. And he was especially happy with the excellence with which the offensive line played. “Our offensive line did a find job,” Palmore said. “it may have lacked a little consistency at times, but when you break long runs you can’t say much.” Doing the blocking up front were center Wilson Mosley, guards Pete deWaal and Keith Moorefield and tackles Greg Weddle, Derwin Gray and Billy Confroy. This line sprung Comet running backs for 262 yards and a protected quarterback Joey McAdams to throw for another 136 yards.