Plain and Simple for Jan. 3, 2013

I am probably a fool to waste my first column of the year weighing in on the debate over gun laws in this country, but never let it be said that I let good sense slow me down. I do not have a problem with people owning or possessing guns. We always had a rifle in my house when I was growing up and I learned to shoot at an early age. I do not think that anyone seriously believes that we will ever ban guns in the United States; that is a scare tactic of the NRA.

Lady Comets bring title back home

The Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team again has claimed its own Holiday classic, after failing to reach the title game a year ago.

Comets fall short in Holiday Classic title game

The Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball team came up short in its Holiday Classic event, falling to a talented Park View team in the finals.

The Top Ten

Looking back at the top local news events of 2012, the storylines seemed to fall into two basic categories: those with a payoff, and those begging for further patience. Lack of significance was not an issue.

Three arrested in South Boston over weekend

South Boston Police officers arrested three people on Saturday, two with public drunkenness.

Special church services planned

Several area churches have scheduled special Watch Night services for Monday, Dec. 31. Rev. Paul Crews will led the service tonight beginning at 10 p.m. at Hickory Grove Baptist Church.

Frances Irby Roller

Frances Irby Roller of Mt. Laurel died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at her home. Born in the Providence community on March 20, 1922 to the late Clarence and Elizabeth Walker Irby she was 90 at the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Everett Roller and a son, Jerry Roller. She was a member […]

Henry Mitchell Lipscomb

Henry Mitchell Lipscomb of Alton died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at Danville Regional Hospital at the age of 64. Born in Halifax County on April 1, 1948 to the late Odell Lipscomb Sr. and Mattie Richardson Lipscomb, he was married to Thelma Hamlett Lipscomb and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. Mr. Lipscomb is survived by his wife […]

Melcoie Hite Callahan

Melcoie Hite Callahan of 3022 East Hyco Road, South Boston left our presence to be with her Lord on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at her home. She was born in Halifax County on April 11, 1932 and was 81 years old. She was the daughter of the late Bernard Hite and Rosa O’Geary Hite and was married to James Meredith […]

Mabel Estelle Pillow Torrence

Mabel Estelle Pillow Torrence of Rustburg died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at The Woodview Nursing Home in South Boston. Born in Charlotte County on March 5, 1929, she was 83 at the time of her death. She was the daughter of the late Jessie David Pillow and the late Annie Ruth Harper Pillow. She was preceded in death by her […]