ER pins

Members of the Halifax County Rescue Squad presented pins of appreciation to the staff of the Halifax-South Boston Community Hospital emergency room in September 1990. Participating in the presentation are (from left) Dr. W. M. McConahey being pinned by Leslile Shreve, Sandra Rumbaugh waiting her turn, while Mike Compton gets pinned by Linda Callahan and Joanne Kirby being pinned by Freddy Newby. The week was Emergency Medical Services Week.

20 Years Ago — 1999

A major relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Floyd is underway by Halifax County businesses and organizations. Goodwill Industries in Southside Virginia has organized efforts to have donations sent from its drop points to the Danville supercenter. Empty bread shelves at the Merita Bakeries Thrift Store on Hamilton Boulevard in South Boston also were evidence of the impact flooding in nearby North Carolina was having throughout the region.

• The multi-billion dollar federal lawsuit against tobacco manufacturers could be the “proverbial” straw that breaks the camel’s back” for the Southside. Wednesday, the U. S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers, claiming the industry participated in a cover-up to mislead Americans and the government about health risks of smoking. The government hopes to recoup the cost of treating sick smokers, according to the suit.

• The Greens Folly Country Club team in 1999 was comprised of Tommy Spencer, Mike Gregory, Woody Clay, Bill Carter, Jimmy Clay, Jim Arnold, Kris Mele, Billy Ford, David Graham, Billy Payne, Donald Gravitt and Bill White. The members of the Halifax Country Club team were Bob Thomasson, James Lewis, Greg Meeks, Phil Rinker, mascot Tyler Holt, Don Thompson, Bobby Wilborne, Gary Gupton, Ronnie Moore, Kent Thompson, Teddy Holt, Jay Burnette and Charlie Baskervill. 

40 Years Ago | 1979

• The Dan River, swollen by torrential rains Friday night and Saturday morning poured from its banks yesterday, flooding Riverdale, closing 14 secondary roads and two primary highways. The Army Corps of Engineers said yesterday that the flood would crest this morning between 8 a.m. and noon at an elevation of 329 feet — the third highest flood of the decade.

• Extensive damage was done to several rooms and ceilings in the basement of the Church of God in Centerville Saturday morning when the heavy rain caused sheetrock in the ceilings to give way resulting in massive leaks, torn ceiling paneling and flooded carpeted floors. The damage was discovered by pastor, the Rev. Troy Baggett, early that morning.

• Taking top honors in last night’s awards ceremonies at Halifax Country Club were Dunnie Nichols, Elmer Nichols, Harry Mapp, Doc Adams, Nick DeCarmen, Greg Matthews, Judge Vaughan, Winnie Adams, Cal Rainey and Bobby Long. 

60 Years Ago | 1959

• Two local Boy Scout leaders expect to be on hand when the Boy Scouts of America celebrate their golden anniversary at the national Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colorado, next July 22-28. They are L. P. Waskey III and Bill Sutor, both Explorer Scouts with long Scout leadership experience. The largest tent city in history, housing over 50,000 Boy Scouts, will be erected for the week-long Jamboree.

• Rawley M. Felton Jr., local businessman, has accepted the chairmanship of the Community Chest fund campaign that will open on a countywide front on Oct. 20. The campaign will seek a budget of $39,160 to meet budgets of nine charitable agencies participating in the program.

• In the ad department: Newberry’s was advertising a 3-foot doll that is as big as a 3-year-old child for $17.88, imported skirts for $1.97, capri pants for $1.67 and a cardigan sweater for $2.98. Faulkner and Lawson Drug Store was advertising fountain specials with a smile featuring chef salads and club sandwiches. E. J. Wyatt Chevrolet, Inc. was advertising 1960 Chevrolet trucks with revolutionary torsion-spring suspension that gives astonishing shockproof action.