South Boston firemen answer questions about their equipment during a special exhibition of emergency vehicles at Community Hospital. The exhibition was in observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week, and it attracted vehicles and equipment from the rescue squad and fire departments throughout the area.

20 Years Ago | 1999

• High winds resembling mini twisters ripped through the town of Halifax Tuesday night uprooting huge trees and causing thousands of dollars in damage. Although the violent electrical storm that blasted up from the southeastern tip of the county did little widespread structural damage to the town itself, it cut a destructive path through the Maple Avenue and Mountain Road communities in Halifax.

• The 5,400-square foot YMCA expansion took its final financial step recently when Bill Harris, the “Y’s” executive director, signed the $175,000 loan. The loan for the new section was made possible through the Halifax County Community Federal Credit Union in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. McDannald Construction has been awarded the contract to expand the present facility, with construction to begin this month. Scheduled completion is set for January 2000.

• The Halifax County High School girls tennis team posted its fourth win of the season Wednesday with a 9-0 shutout of William Fleming. “William Fleming had some good athletes,” said Comets coach Beth Talley. “Although the scores may not have it, they were improved over the William Fleming teams we’ve seen the past couple of years.” The match was played using a 10 game pro set. Nora Lee, playing the number one singles for the Comets, scored a 10-2 win over Kim Harrington.

40 Years Ago | 1979

• After a week’s delay that allowed Halifax County students some extra time to harvest tobacco, schools opened this morning at 9 a.m. in Halifax County. Public schools were scheduled to open Tuesday, Sept. 4, but were delayed after county farmers made a successful plea to the Halifax County School Board for the delayed opening in order to give farmers an extra week to have students help in the harvest of tobacco crops.

• The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., father of the late civil rights leader, spoke to a crowd of about 300 persons on the observance of the first anniversary of the Meadville Community Center yesterday. The celebration was held at the new Halifax County Senior High School. The Atlanta, Georgia, native quickly captured the attention of the crowd. He spiced his message with bits of “old-fashioned” gospel preaching; covered many topics about the progress of blacks and said, “We don’t have much still, but we’re headed in the right direction.”

• The Halifax County Blue Comet jayvees came from behind inside the final two minutes of the game to defeat the Person County Rockets 14-8 Thursday night in their grid opener. Head coach Donnie Reebals was pleased to get the win but was not satisfied with his team’s overall performance. “We really didn’t deserve to win,” Reebals said after the game. The baby blues showed signs of the typical opening game jitters, sputtering on offense a time or two and giving up four turnovers to the opposing rockets.

60 Years Ago | 1959

• A fair to good crop, a little on the light side, will begin moving to the auction markets here and throughout the Old Belt Monday. Predictions of an opening day average of around $58 per 100 were heard from veteran tobacco men today. Beset by an early season drought, followed by month-long rains that propelled the crop forward, and then another spell of hot, dry weather before the plants matured left most of the crop in the area on the thin side. Growers generally found it a different crop to cure.

• Lack of funds will limit employment of Bible instructors to one regular teacher in the Week-day Religious Education program in county schools this session. The Halifax County Council of Religious Education, supported by many churches in the county as the sponsoring agency of the program, has employed two teachers for the past several years. Mrs. Johnni Anderson of Clover will return to her post as teacher in the northern section of the county.

• In the ad department, Faulkner and Lawson Drug Co. advertised 69-cent children’s lunch kits, heavy-duty plastic trash cans for $4.95, plastic tumblers for 7 cents and kitchen terry towels for 29 cents. Rose’s Store had swiss watches for $5.95, boys overall pants for $1.33, bras 2 for 77 cents and chenille bed spreads for $2.88.