20 Years Ago | 1999
• Almost a century ago, Carl Sandberg proclaimed his beloved Chicago “Hog Butcher for the World.” Not anymore. The biggest hog butcher in the world today is Smithfield Foods Inc., of Smithfield. Smithfield earned that title by producing 2.7 billion pounds of fresh pork and another 1.6 billion pounds of bacon, ham, sausage and other processed meat in the fiscal year that ended in May.
• A new boundary line between the county and the town of South Boston incorporating about 330 acres of land owned by AXA Berry Hill, Inc., into the town has been approved by Judge Richard S. Blanton. The agreement became effective midnight on Sept. 1. The AXA land, which lies adjacent to the existing town boundaries, was owner-initiated.
• Halifax County High School’s girls tennis team blanked Person High School 9-0 Tuesday to complete a sweep against the neighboring North Carolina school. The Comets were hardly challenged in the six singles contests as Nora Lee won handily 6-2, 6-1, and number two players Kathryn Brooke Young scored a 6-0, 6-0 win. Mary Catherine Thompson, playing the third singles slow, scored an 8-1 win in an eight game pro set.
40 Years Ago | 1979
• Hurricane David, the most lethal storm of the century, skirted Halifax County Wednesday evening, leaving about two to three inches of rain but otherwise sparing the area of serious damages. The Dan River, swollen by drenching rains, is expected to crest this morning at 324 feet above sea level or about a foot below the roadbed in Riverdale, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Highways said yesterday.
• A very small bandit gained access to Foodrite grocery store in Halifax sometime Wednesday night by removing an exhaust fan on the roof and made off with $577.24, mainly in silver coins. Halifax Police Chief Woody Bane said yesterday the robber slipped through the 11” X 14” hole in the roof and dropped onto the roof covering the delicatessen section of the main street store.
• Grand National driving star David Pearson of Spartanburg, South Carolina, will be coming to South Boston when the South Boston Speedway holds its final race of the 1979 season on Sunday, Sept. 30. South Boston Speedway officials said yesterday that Pearson is definitely going to appear here for that event and will drive a Pontiac Ventura owned by Benny Phillips of Greenville, South Carolina.
60 Years Ago | 1959
• South Boston officialdom said a fond farewell to two of its veteran members last night when it bade Frank W. Sizemore and Thomas S. Earp goodbye at a steak supper at the Fire Training Grounds. Sizemore closed out five years as mayor and 10 years as a member of the council on Aug. 31, and Earp called it quits after serving on council for eight years.
• A local man, Joseph L. Hodges, is among the thousands of civilian and service personnel of the air arm of American military power who are attending the annual convention of the Air Force Association at Miami Beach, Florida, today through Saturday. Hodges, former vice-commander of the Virginia Wing of the Air Force Association and at present a member of the AFA Reserve Policy Council, will preside over three business sessions at the convention.
• In the ad department, Newberry’s held a back to school sale with girls new fall fashion dresses for $2.99 and $3.99, cotton Everglaze slips for $1.17, nylon Dacron cotton slips for $1.99, fall skirts for $2.99 and two-piece cotton coordinates for $1.99. Halifax Recapping Service held a Labor Day sale on Firestone tires with 500s for $11.95 per tire, Tyrex tires for $10.85 each, nylons for $13.95 each, blackwalls for $10.79 each and whitewalls for $13.95 each.