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Mecklenburg School Superintendent Paul Nichols presented a virtual “walkthrough” of Mecklenburg's new school complex on Monday before the board of supervisors as the group gathered for their July meeting.  Calling the new facility “an investment in education and economic development,” Nichol…

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Emergency responders from South Hill and surrounding areas responded to a structure fire on Theatre Road in South Hill about an hour ago. At this time, all residents of the home got out. Full injuries and damage reports are not verified at this time; however, a source close to the family sta…

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An estimated 3,000 people turned out for the annual Picnic in the Park event hosted by the Town of South Hill Wednesday. The evening was kicked off at 7 p.m. in Parker Park with live music from the Feature Attraction Band. In spite of the heat, guests got up to dance while the children enjoy…

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Brodnax celebrates native Keldon Johnson's selection as the first round pick of the San Antonio Spurs in the 2019 NBA draft. Pictured, left to right, are Johnson's sister, Krislyn Johnson; father, Chris Johnson, and mother, Rochelle Johnson; Brodnax Mayor Don Dugger; Vice Mayor Mitchell Mose…

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At a work session June 25, the Mecklenburg County School Board voted to allow all of the division’s elementary schools to take part in the federal Community Eligibility Provision that lets schools serve free breakfasts and lunches to all students. Director of Finance Christy Peffer said Chas…

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By a vote of 4-2, the Mecklenburg County School Board has given county residents another opportunity to voice their opinion about what the new combined middle and high school’s mascot should be. The three options on the new survey will be the maverick, the mud cat, and the phoenix. 

Gov. Ralph Northam has reappointed South Hill real estate agent Sharon Johnson to the state’s nine-member real estate board. Johnson said the real estate board is under the Virginia Department of Professional Occupation and Regulation and considers fair housing cases and recovery fund reques…

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An accident at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Route 4 sent three people to the hospital Friday afternoon. According to state police, the accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. when Elijah Adams, 18, of LaCrosse, was crossing the eastbound lanes of 58 in a 1992 Chevrolet and was struck…

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Virginia Homes, the Boydton based modular home manufacturer which closed last month, is reopening under original founder and owner R.T. “Tommy” Arnold.  Production is planned to resume at the factory on July 8.

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Bluestone High School will welcome a new principal as Magie Lenhart Wilkerson takes over at the Skipwith school.  Ms. Wilkerson has served as principal at Halifax County High for the past three years, taking over the spot in June of 2016.  Previously, she had served as assistant principal un…

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After five years of work and planning, the Southern Virginia Makers Market opened its doors Thursday to serve as a community classroom, coffee shop, banquet area, business incubator, and the storefront of the Southern Virginia Food Hub, a network of farmers and producers trying to get their …

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They are heroes from America's “Greatest Generation,” although they probably didn't consider themselves heroes during the days of World War II.  They were young men, many still teenagers.  They were probably anxious to get on with their lives, get married, start families, build careers.  Unf…

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Senator Mark Warner visited the soon-to-open Southern Virginia Makers Market on Friday. Area farmers and Food Hub coordinators discussed the benefits and challenges of getting food from small farms into rural communities and shared about how the hub is helping to make that happen. 

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Mecklenburg County was hit with waves of strong storms Monday night that produced thunder, lightning, and heavy rains. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area that was in effect for much of the evening and into the early morning hours, as the already-wet ground…

VIRGINIA BEACH – Twelve people were killed in a shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building last Friday after a man described as a disgruntled employee opened fire as the end of the work week neared.

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UPDATE: The body recovered in Mecklenburg County on Thursday has been identified as that of Amy Renee Fabian, who had been missing since May 24.

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Authorities are focusing their search for a missing Cumberland County woman on Mecklenburg County after a South Hill woman’s car was stolen at gunpoint from her home Friday morning by someone who reportedly matched the description of a man wanted in connection with the disappearance of Amy R…

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Five people were injured in a shooting that occurred on Alvis Road in Brunswick County early Sunday morning. According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, a 9-1-1 call at 12:59 a.m. alerted deputies to the shooting. Upon responding to the scene, deputies determined that the victims had…

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American Legion Post 79 came together last week to show its appreciation for the community and for the members who have put their efforts towards serving the organization. 

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Park View High School Seniors kicked off graduation week with an awards ceremony Monday morning. Representatives from numerous community organizations came out to present scholarships to various students. 

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The Town of La Crosse has a new police chief. Kendall Foster was sworn in at Monday night’s town council meeting.

The Town of South Hill held a public hearing on its FY2020 budget Monday night, but no citizens offered any comments. The tax rates and fees for the upcoming year will remain the same. Town Manager Kim Callis presented an overview of the proposed budget, which includes $12.3 million in the g…

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South Hill welcomed Janne Kouri on Saturday during his trip from California to Washington, D.C., in a wheelchair. Kouri is the founder of NextStep, an organization dedicated to making rehab and therapy available to those who are paralyzed. Kouri said the goal is to help people live both heal…

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The Mecklenburg County Cancer Association’s annual Lock Up Cancer event brought in over $32,000 to assist cancer patients in the county. Volunteers spent part of the evening of May 8 in a makeshift jail while raising bail money for the organization. Rhonda Elmore, one of the event’s organize…

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Jonathan Cornelius Seward was sentenced last week to a total sentence of 85 years for the March 3, 2018, assault and murder of Lawrence Leon Thomas Jr. and wounding of Timothy Hunt at a home on Kinsley Talley Road.  In a plea agreement reached in February, Seward agreed to plead guilty to re…

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The South Hill Farmers Market kicked off its 2019 season Saturday with a record turnout. Market Director Jacqueline Moyer said over 500 people came out for opening day, and the market nearly sold out of spaces, as some producers purchased more than one space. 

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Survivors, their relatives, and members of the community came out to Centennial Park Saturday to Mecklenburg County’s annual Relay for Life event. Attendees played games, enjoyed Candy Land-themed treats, honored survivors and remembered those who have passed, all while raising money for the…

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After 50 years of building homes in Boydton, Virginia Homes officially ceased production last week. Speaking on Friday, Virginia Homes Building Systems CEO Phil Hickman confirmed that the company has been obtained by what he described as “one of the leading modular manufacturers” on the East…

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Update: Jason Michael Day, 38, was apprehended by a Virginia Department of Corrections tactical team in Nottoway County Tuesday afternoon. The VADOC Fugitive Unit, the Prince Edward County Sheriff's Department, the Nottoway County Sheriff's Department, the Norfolk Southern Railroad Police, t…

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The South Hill Revitalization Committee and numerous other community groups took the idea of spring cleaning to the streets Saturday. Committee Chair Sandra Kinker said approximately 20 teams consisting of almost 200 people had signed up to participate in Operation Cleanup.

Cul Priest Jones’s six-month run from law enforcement came to an end last week following his capture in an area of Roanoke Rapids known as the Lincoln Heights community.

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The American Red Cross is teaming up with Mecklenburg County’s volunteer fire departments to offer citizens free smoke detectors for their homes. Red Cross Disaster Specialist Ginger Weaver brought a van load of smoke alarms to the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department last week to be distrib…

South Hill businessman Russell Ashby Lundy III entered guilty pleas to 51  charges resulting from a car finance scam involving Lundy Motors in South Hill.  Lundy was arrested in December of 2018 following a lengthy investigation by local and state agencies into the financial activities of Lu…

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The Park View Middle School Cougars baseball team trailed 8-6 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Jaiden Phillips hit a two-out shot over a Charlotte County outfielders’ head to clear the bases and give the local team a thrilling 9-8 win in a Southside Middle School Conference tournament…

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The 12th annual Flea Market and Craft Sale put on by Marine Corps League Lake Country Detachment 1085 once again met with success. Detachment Adjutant Lynn Cisar said that last Saturday’s event brought in a steady flow of foot traffic from morning until after 1 p.m.

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The South Hill Volunteer Fire Department has a new piece of equipment intended to keep emergency responders safe at accident scenes. As part of the national “move over” campaign, the department has repurposed a vehicle and outfitted it with cones, signs, lights, and a flashing arrow to give …

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A new television show airing on History was filmed in part at the Baskerville farm of John Boyd Jr. “The American Farm” docu-series tracks the year-long experiences of five families from across the United States, including the Boyds, and Boyd is hopeful that many people will watch the show a…

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Mecklenburg County Public Schools has named special education teacher Michelle Howell the 2019 division-wide Teacher of the Year. Howell teaches third through fifth grade students at La Crosse Elementary School. She considers teaching to be her calling, and she believes that love is a key pa…

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The South Hill Junior Woman’s Club held its annual Little Spring Pageant Saturday, crowning winners in four age groups of girls and one of boys. 

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Brunswick Academy senior Hannah Waller has been named the 2019 Junior Miss South Hill. Waller was one of 11 contestants in the South Hill Junior Woman’s Club’s annual scholarship pageant, which awarded a combined $6,250 to the top finishers and the winner of the Allison C. Walker Memorial Es…

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The line of thunderstorms that passed through Southside late on Sunday night and into early Monday morning claimed the life of a Victoria woman.  According to published reports, Lena Gaulding, 65, of Victoria died after a tree crashed into her home early on Monday morning.  Police said Lena …

The South Hill Town Council has approved a measure to create 18 new parking spaces in the S. Mecklenburg Avenue and W. Danville Street area. Sam Carroll, the managing partner of B&B Consultants, presented an overview to the council on how the additions can be accomplished. 

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American Legion Crew-Epperson-Puryear Post 79 in South Hill recently hosted chapter leaders from across southern Virginia for the Western Region Riders meeting. The group is planning an in-state legacy ride and will be raising money this summer for college scholarships for the children of de…

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By a vote of 6 to 2 with one abstaining vote, members of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors turned thumbs down on Monday to a special exception permit for the Ladybug Solar Project.  A large crowd of citizens from around the Bracey area, mostly opposed to the project, were on hand t…

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Farmers market director Jacqueline Moyer holds a 4-day-old guinea hog piglet named Bunny on her farm in Charlotte County.