10 YEARS AGO | 2010
• Alton-based TMI AutoTech, Inc. (TMI) announced Tuesday it recently acquired all North American manufacturing, distribution, sales and service rights for HoodXpress from Litens Automotive Group in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada and Tendeco Sales Inc. in London, Ohio. TMI AutoTech, Inc. is an established, owner-managed and operated Virginia corporation, located within the business campus at Virginia International Raceway.
• The North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department will kick off its annual marathon Saturday having on display its state-of-the-art helipad. The lighted helipad was made possible through the joint support of Halifax Regional Hospital and Centra Health. According to NHVFD chief Ronnie Waller, by Med-Life helicopters having access to this helipad, the members of the community have the availability of immediate emergency care.
• Former Comets football players continue to shine on the gridiron with their respective collegiate teams thus far this season. Allen Stephens, playing middle linebacker for the Morgan State Bears, finished tied for the team lead with six tackles Saturday in Morgan State’s 14-7 win over Bowie State. Patrick Terry, a receiver at Winston-Salem State University, had two catches for a total of 34 yards, including his first collegiate touchdown reception (20 yards), in a 21-14 win last Saturday against North Carolina A&T State University.
20 YEARS AGO | 2000
• Supervisors approved a request Tuesday night for funds to have a certified appraisal and an environmental assessment of property that supervisor James E. Edmunds II has offered as a park site. Edmunds, who has offered approximately 100 acres bordering Route 360 and Route 716, did not vote on the issue. Jerry Lovelace, assistant county administrator, told supervisors the reports are needed as the county seeks grants and resources from state and federal sources for development of the proposed park. Lovelace estimated $200 for the appraisal and between $1,000 and $5,000 for the assessment.
• Presto! Definitively speaking, the word means ready, at hand. To Halifax County and the surrounding area, Presto means that and much more. Maker of plastic disposer bags, food storage bags, recloseable freezer bags, disposable containers and pallet stretch wrap, Presto is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Halifax County Industrial Park. Alcoa Inc. acquired presto from Reynolds Metals last year. In addition to its packing products, Alcoa is a worldwide leader producer of aluminum, including mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and recycling.
• A little trickery and a handful of mistakes doomed Halifax County Middle School Wednesday in an 18-12 season opening loss to Park View. “I was satisfied with our intensity but the mistake and penalties have got to go,” said new Lions head football coach Wayne Sutphin after the loss in his team’s home opener. “We had far more mistakes than Park View did. You can’t have that in close ball games.”
40 YEARS AGO | 1980
• The bridge over Popular Creek and Summit Drive in South Boston has been cited as one of 1,800 street and highway bridges in Virginia that are too old or weak for current day use. The study of Virginia road bridges was conducted by The Road Information Program (TRIP) of Washington, D.C. with the cooperation of the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation. That bridge as well as 1,799 others “should be rehabilitated or replaced,” TRIP stated.
• Virgilina Town Council has placed its stamp of approval on a tax rate, which will increase the town’s income some $800 per year. The action came at the Virgilina Council meeting last Thursday night. The tax rate of 10 cents per $100 of assessed valuation of real estate and $1 per hundred of personal property was approved after an August public hearing at which no one objected.
• Person Senior High School of Roxboro, North Carolina, exploited the flanks of Halifax County Senior High, threw up a defense that was more formidable than expected, and spoiled the season football opener for the Comets here Friday night. The 25-15 Rocket victory also was head coach Fred Palmore’s debut. He was elevated to the top Comet post this fall after a stint as chief assistant to former coach Ron Ramsey.