Blast from the Past: Halifax County Fine Art Series

This Halifax County Fine Arts Series board of directors were overseeing four performances during the 1990 Prizery season. The Chestnut Brass Company opens the 1990-1991 season which also includes the Richmond Ballet, “South Pacific,” and the Bob Brown Puppet Productions, “Story of the Nutcracker.” Directors planning for the upcoming season in September 1990 are (front row from left) Ann Johnson, Cynthia Cooper, Jeanne Sizemore, Ann Gordon Hunt and Ellen Tomlinson; (second row from left) Morris Bryant, Jane Edmunds, Suzette Sells, Ned Evans, Mattie Lee and Joyce Tucker. Not pictured are Kathy Greer, Melissa Ruffino, Mike Lopp, Mary Jean MacDonald and Tim Duncan.

20 Years Ago | 1999

• Halifax will increase its water and sewer rates 20% for in-town residents and 45% for out-of-town residents with November billing. The increases mark the first for the town since 1987.

• The Halifax County School Board will outline its proposed $9.6 million capital improvement plan to the board of supervisors on Tuesday night. The proposal, which calls for closing Volens Elementary and Clover Elementary schools and renovating and adding to Sydnor Jennings, Clays Mills and Scottsburg elementaries, was adopted on a close 4-3 vote.

• Halifax County accomplished its goal of containing Person High quarterback Diante Medley in Friday’s 38th renewal of the Comet-Rocket rivalry at Tuck Dillard Stadium. But the Comets weren’t successful in winning the game. Person bolted to a 17-0 lead in the first half and went on to defeat the Comets 38-13 on GCR Online Company Night at Tuck Dillard Stadium.

40 Years Ago | 1979

• What at first started as somewhat of a joke, has now turned into something rewarding for a former Halifax County resident, Patricia Foster Lowery, who now lives in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Sometime ago, she and her 18-year-old brother, Jeff, began disco dancing for fun and exercise. Through many hours of practice, they developed their talents and were later persuaded to enter disco dancing contests. Now after having won four contests and having placed in three others, she has been chosen as the 1979 Disco Queen of Goldsboro.

• What’s it like to grow 140 acres of tobacco? “It’s killing me!”

These are the words of Mac Bailey, a 35-year-old Keysville farmer who has gotten into tobacco in a big way. Few growers even approach the magnitude of producing the 286,000 pounds of tobacco that Bailey has designated this season. Despite his reaction to that question of what it’s like, Bailey seems to discredit the endless hours that he and his wife and three sons are currently burning in order to harvest this season’s crop by Oct. 15, the generally accepted date for autumn frost.

• Halifax County, capitalizing on several early Franklin County miscues, took an early 9-0 first period lead and sailed to a final 24-0 triumph over the visiting Eagles here Friday night in their home opener.

60 Years Ago | 1959

• The congregation of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church of Vernon Hill held groundbreaking ceremonies last Sunday before beginning construction of additional classrooms. Willie H. Greenwood, chairman of the board of deacons, did the honors of breaking ground. Others participating in the ceremonies included E. Y. Dunn, J. B. Greenwood, C. W. Compton, Virginia Lewis, Fred W. Bradley, E. L. Dixon, William I. Greenwood, Maynard Farmer, the Rev. John Grant, Lacy Bane and Laurine Carmichael.

• Clearing of the ground where the new United States Plywood Corporation plant will be located on the east side of the J. P. Stevens and Company, Inc. plant was started Tuesday. Some site changes had to be made because a switch in plans for location of a spur line off Southern Railway. Heavy grading will begin in a few days and construction of the plant itself in mid-October. The Laramore Construction Company of Danville has the grading contract.

• In the ad department: Faulkner and Lawson Drug Co. was advertising its baby department featuring a wide variety of baby products. United States Oil Company was advertising its capable staff including Tucker McLaughlin, vice president; Will Watkins Jr., Ernest Shearin, transport driver; Jerry Ford, son of R. C. Ford; Mrs. Frances Easley, office manager; Mrs. Polly Wall, secretary; Lee Lane, driver, salesman; O. H. Fisher, maintenance chief; James (Shorty) Lewis, driver-salesman; Charles Fisher, maintenance assistance; Crowder Ford, driver-salesman; H. H. (Duke) Hastings, driver-salesman; James Coates, driver-salesman; Marvis Guill, driver-salesman; and T. C. Watkins Jr., president. South Boston Speedway advertised its latest Saturday night featured race winner with several local men joining him. Emanuel Zavackis was congratulated by Easley Meadows, L. W. Osborne, fire chief, Dave Blount and Eddie Allgood, promoter from Lynchburg.