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Wendy May Fowler was born on June 9, 2020 on the Wright- Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces. She is the daughter of Hunter and Hannah Fowler. Wendy is the granddaughter of Raymond and Wendy Priest-Singleton and Tom Fowler. She is the great granddaughter to Li…

Now 8 months old, Karter has spent all his kitten life here at the shelter, missing a lot of wonderful experiences. Silly, sweet and irresistible, this young fellow is so gentle in his play, with soft paws and a lovely purr. He is never rough or aggressive. Karter does love a lively game of …

The South Hill Rotary Club filled the field with the Flags for Heroes in front of Discount Furniture in South Hill just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The flags, which are sold as a fundraiser for the club, will fly until just after July 4th in memory or in honor of anyone tha…

The South Hill Rotary Club Reverse Raffle has been rescheduled to August 8th at The Dogwood on Franklin Street in South Hill with a grand prize of $5000 being offered. Tickets are on sale for $100 each and price includes one chance at $5000 and two meals. Also open bar this year, side boards…

National EMS Week is a time for the community to honor the dedication of those who serve on medicine's "front line." The Southside Rescue Squad has been serving this area since June 1,1960 after several individuals saw a need for a rescue agency in the area. The squad has had many members of…

The Upper Room on East Atlantic Street in South Hill will be reopening on June 6 for regular business hours of 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the 1st, 2and, and 3rd Saturdays of the month. The Upper Room Ministries of The South Hill United Methodist Church holds  Community Service Sales on the first…

All the little birdies go tweet, tweet, tweet. Friday fun at Pine View Assisted Living Facility in South Hill included Carolyn Jones, Charlie Guarrent, and Lisa Clary decorating the courtyard fountain with red and blue birds for residents to enjoy while being confined inside due to COVID19. …

Corella is a beautiful young cat brought to the shelter last October with 5 tiny kittens, two of which survived and were adopted. She became withdrawn and depressed after being separated from them and was very lonely for a time. Corella has since warmed up and loves attention. She has unusua…

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Every year, interested Mecklenburg students have the opportunity to participate in the Virginia School Board Association’s Southern Spring Forum Art Contest. Projects are submitted and judged on a county level before they are sent to the state competition. One of this years participants is t…

On February 20, 2020, Brunswick Academy honored high school students who obtained all As for the First Semester.  Mrs. Courtney Roberts Nickels (BA Class of 2004) was guest speaker. Mrs. Nickels gave an inspirational speech to our students and parents. She stated that “the process of learnin…

Smith Creek Developers, Inc. is working on a new housing development on Luck Circle about three miles outside of South Hill called Smith Creek Farms. The companies President, Anita Miller, is a resident of the area and is a friend of the previous owners of the land. When the property became …

Olive Branch Baptist Church, Blackridge, VA, is hosting a special concert on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM.  We are pleased to present the group CHoosE!  CHoosE is the first and only co-ed Christian a cappella group at the University of Virginia.  It stands for Christian “Hoos” Exal…

My eyes wandered around the endless rows of gravestones as my dad carried me in his arms. My teeth chattered as I began to count, “One, two, three…” until shards of icy rain blurred my vision. The weather was miserable as the dark clouds engulfed the horizon, the sun was nowhere in sight at …

Throughout the first semester, a Bluestone High School staff member was recognized each week for their individual contributions to students and the school, with the "Lucky Baron" for the week receiving a generous donation from a local business. Pictured from left to right, the Lucky Barons i…

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Epsilon Zeta Chapter delivered contributions to Operation Christmas Blessing to the Chase City Police Department on Monday, December 9, 2019.  On hand to accept donations for Sergeant William Stembridge, the project organizer, were Ser…

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Jeanette Thomas- House has been writing for many years but has always tucked her stories and poetry away, never sharing them with the public. Though the reason was unclear at the time, she woke up one day feeling an intense need to revisit her works and type them up.  She worked for six mont…

About a year ago, Janay Messick had the idea to paint snowman boards and post them on Facebook for sale. She told her sister, Stephanie, that she wanted to sell seven so she would have extra Christmas money. As big sisters do, Stephanie encouraged her to go for it. Janay was hesitant at firs…

Some of you may remember a story about Sophie Crowder, the 14 year old Freshman who participated in the Go For Launch Full Steam Ahead event held in Durham, NC. Sophie was a member of a group called The Pisces Project that participated in the event, which brought together students to learn t…

The South Hill Christmas Parade will take place on December 8 at 2p.m. ALL entries must be received at the Chamber of Commerce no later than Thursday, December 5. Each entry must be approved by the Parade Committee and must be decorated in a Christmas theme. No candy or Santa’s please. There…

Spooktober Fest kicked off Friday, October 25 with the Miss Spooktober Womanless Beauty Pageant.The event took place at the newly renovated, Dogwood Auditorium on Franklin Street. Each contestant put on a fully committed show for the crowd and they did not disappoint. 

The Ray of Hope Food Pantry held the sixth annual Fall Family Fun Day at the Bracey Community Center. The event was sponsored by Kingswood and Rehoboth United Methodist Church and offered a variety of games, contests, food, and fun for the whole family. There were hayrides available leading …

The annual Ford Drive 4 UR School fundraiser was held at First Christian School on Wednesday, October 9 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event raises money for the school by allowing participants to test vehicles provided by Hardee Ford of South Hill. The school received $20 for each driver who reg…

This past week the citizens of Mecklenburg County and the surrounding areas were treated to the annual arrival of the South Central Fair. The trucks, food vendors, and carnies rolled into Chase City the week of October 8. This year, as all the years before, the rides and amusements were prov…

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Auditions for the C.A.T.S. Community Theatre production of THE WIZARD OF OZ are scheduled for Sunday, January 6 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, January 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Colonial Center, located at 220 S. Mecklenburg Ave. in South Hill. Casting is open to people ages six and up.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, the Perseverance Praise Group (Dundas) will provide an afternoon of music for the South Hill Music Club at South Hill United Methodist Church.  Group leader, Joan Parrish, describes their music as “a mix of traditional hymns, country gospel, praise…

The first ever three-day, family friendly Halloween celebration is coming to South Hill soon. The Shops of South Hill, the Town of South Hill, South Hill Chamber of Commerce, South Hill Market Square, South Hill Farmers Market, Southern Virginia Maker’s Market and South Hill Revitalization C…

On Monday, October 15, and Tuesday, October 16, at 6 p.m., the Colonial Center will hold open auditions for the C.A.T.S. Community Theatre production of Scrooge! – The Musical. Everyone should be prepared to sing a short song selection and read from the script when attending an audition sess…

They were two of the biggest rock bands on the planet in the 1980s and for the capacity crowd that flocked to the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach on Monday night, Def Leppard and Journey provided the soundtrack for a great night of music on their co-headliner summer tour. 

I sat in one of my favorite local spots this morning and pondered my life. While doing so I had an a-ha moment. Personal philosophy, wisdom and a sense of self-awareness can be found in the strangest of places unless, of course, you live in the south. Growing up in the Deep South I had a fro…

Local dancers from Dance It Out dance studio in La Crosse recently performed at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida during the resort’s Dance the Magic parade and dance showcase. A handful of dance groups from various locations, including 22 dancers from Dance It Out, performed three origina…

Park View Middle student, Dylan Newman, won 1st place for the middle school division in the 2018 VSBA (Virginia School Board Association) Art Contest. Her artwork will spend the year touring the State Superintendent's office, the Department of Education, and the Virginia School Board Associa…