Christi Chandler, winner of the W. B. Caldwell & Co. achievement award, is congratulated by Honey Davis of the Caldwell Company while Martha Chandler, HCSHS biology teacher and Chet Arnold, plant manager of Presto Products, this month’s industrial sponsor, join in the congratulations.

20 Years Ago | 2000

Halifax County’s and South Boston’s combined rate of growth in 1999 couldn’t measure up to the unprecedented pace of 1998 largely due to the lack of commercial and industrial spending. Total construction, including new starts and alterations and additions to existing properties in 1999, was just over $46.5 million compared to $69.5 million in 1998. 

• Complaints about dogs attacking deer, getting into garbage and tearing up newspapers in the town of Halifax put a dog-leash law back on the council’s agenda Tuesday night. But council members agree that they don’t want a leash law, they simply want dogs’ owners to be responsible for their pets. 

• The Halifax County Middle School girls’ basketball team won their 40th consecutive game Wednesday night in a 54-21 win over the Bluestone Trojanettes. Mixing starters with subs, Coach James Smith was pleased at how the Lady Lions blanked their opponents with an 8-0 first period play. “I’m very pleased with how the team played,” said Smith. 


45 Years Ago | 1975

• The federal government has approved a $782,550 grant for the construction of a secondary sewage treatment plant for the city of South Boston. City Manager J. Aubrey Houghton Jr. said yesterday his office had received a letter from the officer of Congressman W. C. “Dan” Daniel informing him that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Grants Coordination Division had approved the grant. 

• Divisional School Supt. Udy C. Wood said yesterday the office is waiting for the governing bodies of the city and the county “to make the next move” concerning the apparently dead proposal to build an $11.5 million high school and vocational center. Earlier this month, Halifax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to “postpone indefinitely” the construction project which had been planned over the past five years. 

• Coach Wayne Lloyd did one of the finest things any coach could do Saturday night against the Person County Rockets from nearby Roxboro. He started not his second but his third team in order to rest the tired starters who had done a lot of traveling and played a lot of hard games this past week. This did more for the morale of the team and the fans than anything in the world. Friday night in Roanoke, the Comets outlasted the-until then in-the-conference-unbeaten Patrick Henry Patriots and knocked over one more stumbling block as they beat them 56-41. Saturday at home the Comets easily handled arch rival Person County from Roxboro 50-35.


60 Years Ago | 1960

• Business and traffic came to a virtual standstill last Saturday when Halifax County experienced its deepest snowfall of recent years. After it was all done, U.S. weather observer H. S. Bragg of Bethel said that he measured exactly 10 inches of snow and .92 inches of rainfall in a period from 2 a.m. Saturday morning until midnight that day. At 8 a.m. Saturday some four inches of snow and .62 inches of rainfall covered the county.

• An In-service Police Training School will begin here Monday and run through next Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and state police special officers will teach classes nightly from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to around 40 police and sheriff officers from the surrounding area, according to South Boston Police Chief B. H. Convington. 

• In the ad department, Furniture House in South Boston had a Whirlpool washing machine with two cycles, five temperatures and a lint filter for $194.95. The 501 Drive-in showed “Burt Lancaster Ten Tall Men” and “Gunmen From Laredo” as part of a double feature and “The Girl Can’t Help It.” Meanwhile Halifax Theatre featured “Operation Petticoat.” 

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