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In December of 2021, after weeks of testing, Shannah Freeman of South Hill found herself sitting in front of a doctor listening to the words she never thought she would hear, “You have cancer”. 

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RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) would like to advise recreational boaters and anglers to use extreme caution this upcoming weekend as the National Weather Service has issued flood and wind warnings due to Hurricane Ian throughout the entire Commonwealth of …

SOUTH HILL – The Rt. Rev. Susan Bunton Haynes, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, was the Preacher and Celebrant of the 100th Celebration Saturday afternoon of All Saints' Episcopal Church at 203 Franklin St.

The Lunenburg Nottoway Educational Foundation President, Charles Butts, Jr., KFS Head of School, Lori Bacon, and 2021 KFS Homecoming Queen Caroline Bayne, crowned Miss Hanna Bridgforth Mahaney, daughter of John B. and Patricia Gulmatico Mahaney of Kenbridge during half-time of the KFS footba…

The South Hill Revitalization Committee held a Fall Operation Clean Up Day in South Hill on Saturday. The group worked to pick up trash in areas all over town to improve how the town is viewed as visitors travel through the community. They offer thanks to Olive Branch Baptist Church, Sonshin…

Early voting for Mecklenburg County began on Friday, September 23 and will last until Saturday, November 5.

KEYSVILLE – Board members of Barksdale Cancer Foundation (BCF) have organized a spectacular wine festival that is scheduled for this Saturday, September 24. “Miss Janie’s Sit & Sip” has a new venue this year at the Osborne Street Park in Keysville. BCF members hope the central location w…

The South Hill Rotary Club recently welcomed Jeff Fuller, District Chair for Rotary Interact as guest speaker. Interact stands for international action. It is an independent community-based club made up of students between 12 and 18-year’s old. Their goals are to provide training in leadersh…

As a result of last year’s SOL testing results, all Mecklenburg County Public Schools are now fully accredited. 

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Today around 12:30 p.m. the South Hill Police Department, Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, and Virginia State Police responded to South Hill Elementary School due to a threat of an active shooter. 

Town Manager Kim Callis opened a public hearing at the September Town Council meeting to address the proposed reduction in the water and sewer connection fees adopted as part of the Town’s fiscal year 22/23 budget. The proposed rate change will see the water hookup fee drop from $2000 to $10…

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VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physici…

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On Sunday, September 11, at approximately 1:20 a.m., South Hill Police units were notified by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office that they had two victims at their station in Lawrenceville with gunshot wounds.

(CHASE CITY, Va.) EMPOWER Broadband has taken a giant leap toward fulfilling its promise to bring world-class internet access to Virginians in rural Southside communities. EMPOWER, with assistance from their Owner Engineer Magellan Broadband, has secured the services of National OnDemand, In…

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Mecklenburg County’s teachers have worked hard the past two weeks in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year. After Labor Day, they returned to finalize their classrooms and host student orientations from 5p.m. to 7p.m. all week long.

RICHMOND, VA – At its Wednesday meeting, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board voted to elect Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative General Counsel, James P. Guy II, to serve as its new chairman.

The Mecklenburg County High School varsity golf team finished fourth in its Piedmont District match at Beaver Creek Golf Club last Monday afternoon.

The South Hill Aglow Community Lighthouse's Vision was passionately displayed at the Anti-Human Trafficking Summit held on Monday, August 29th at the R.T. Arnold Library. Our community banned together to hear the Honorable Tanya Gould share her experience as well as her expertise in Human Tr…

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It was a beautiful September evening for the program’s home opener at Mecklenburg County High School’s Phoenix Field and a capacity crowd turned out to witness history at the new stadium on Friday evening

Dance It Out has already made its mark in the short amount of time that it has been a part of the local community. You can easily catch one of their performances at pretty much any local festival or parade around. Owned by Michelle Harris and Alicia Washburn, the studio offers a wide variety…

A Mecklenburg County Grand Jury issued 18 indictments in August. An indictment is not a verdict of guilt but rather a formal accusation initiating a criminal case. 

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The Backyard Brews & Bites held it’s official ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday evening. Guests were treated to sample hotdogs and other treats. Owners Chris Hardee, Holly Painter, Ashley Hardee, and Shaun Hardee opened the business earlier this year and have stayed steady, providing liv…

The SHOPS of South Hill recently delivered almost 30 bags full of school supplies to South Hill Elementary School. They also threw in a “little surprise” for the amazing teachers. “We so greatly enjoy being able to give back to our local community and we hope many students are able to benefi…

The Southside Youth Development Corporation held a Summer Youth Extravaganza on Saturday, August 20 at the Centennial Park in South Hill. Kids enjoyed games, fun activities, live music, and food. Many local organizations donated school supplies and gift cards. The activity also included two …

BRUNSWICK, MECKLENBURG, & HALIFAX, VIRGINIA – Southside Behavioral Health continues its commitment to serve the counties of Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and Halifax by hosting its eighth Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) 40-hour core training class. This important training ensures individuals wi…

Palmer Springs Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Annual Fall BBQ Chicken Dinner on Friday, September 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Drive thru or dine in for BBQ Chicken, Green Beans, Boiled Potatoes, Roll, Dessert and Water for $10 per plate.  Preorders are highly encouraged and may be plac…

Former Park View High School standout Odicci Alexander's dominant pitching and defensive play for James Madison University shot her to softball stardom during the 2021 Women's College World Series. Now, the pitching star is joining the Howard University coaching staff.

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Dallas Keith Weston—otherwise known as ‘Boots’ to the Mecklenburg community—passed away on Wednesday, August 17 at the age of 64 following a decline of health. He had recently been in the hospital after contracting COVID and was placed on a ventilator. He had returned home for a few days onc…

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The South Hill Revitalization is excited to announce the fall "OPERATION CLEAN UP".  They are calling on all Citizens, Businesses, Schools, Civic Groups, and Churches to join us on September 24 in cleaning up our community. The hours are 9 a.m. until noon.

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Retired reporter, retired editor, columnist, and friend of The News Progress and Mecklenburg Sun, Dallas Weston, 64 passed on Wednesday, August 17.Weston had been in the hospital a month prior due to a COVID-19 infection and subsequent complications. He had been released from the hospital af…

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The Mecklenburg County Business Education Partnership will host its annual New Teacher Welcome Banquet on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at the new Mecklenburg County Public Schools’ Middle / High School Complex in Baskerville, VA.  They are seeking businesses to sponsor approximately 79 new …

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Ryan Crowder of La Crosse, Virginia, won the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital July Team Member of the Month award for his STAR (Safety, Teamwork, Accountability and Relationships) service. Crowder has worked at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for one year and is a facility engin…

Brodnax Mayor Don Dugger and special guests helped cut the ribbon on Your Face Photography in Brodnax last Thursday. The business is owned by Shemetra Simmons of Brodnax and located on Main Street. The company specializes in photography and videography for special events such as weddings, ba…

On August 11, 2022 at approximately 4:32 PM Truck 7 was involved in a crash at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 621 involving a GMC pickup while responding to a reported commercial structure fire. Four (4) firefighters were onboard (2) were not injured (1) treated and released on scene…

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After many successful years of leading the Southside Virginia Community College men’s basketball team, Dennis Smith recently announced that he is stepping down as head coach of the Panthers.

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Governor Youngkin, accompanied by Senators Frank Ruff and Jennifer McClellan, Delegates Tommy Wright and Israel O’Quinn, Congressman Bob Good, Secretary of Education Aimee Guidera, Former School Board Chairman Dale Sturdifen, as well as the Mecklenburg School Board Chairman Gavin Honeycutt a…