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The Mecklenburg County Public Libraries reopened on July 1. All branches will be open to the public Monday through Friday until 5 PM. We will also continue to offer curbside pickup at all locations. If you have any questions please call your local branch: Boydton (434-738-8650), Chase City (…

Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, announced on Tuesday, June 30 that bar seating will continue to be prohibited as the state moves into Phase Three on Wednesday, July 1. Northam made it clear that he is taking a “cautious approach and is prepared to implement tighter restrictions if needed”.

Trooper J. J. Kempo of the Virginia State Police is investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred in Lunenburg County at approximately 2:15p.m. on June 27. The crash was located on Route 49, a mile and a half south of Route 622.

Earlier in the year, Northam issued a proclamation declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Virginia to “celebrate the state’s LGBTQ+ communities and their fight for inclusion and equality”.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) has been awarded First Place in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Spotlight on Excellence Awards program that recognizes leading communication practices for 800 plus electric cooperatives across the nation. MEC received the rec…

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Clarksville Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball League will be offering one more chance for you to get your refund. League members will be at Shaver Field on Wednesday, July 1 from 5:30p.m. to 7:00p.m. for anyone who has not yet received their refund. After the final refund session, they will …

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The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reports that Mecklenburg County is up to 240 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is a 16 person increase from the 224 cases that were recorded as of June 9. Two new deaths have been reported and linked to COVID-19; that brings the total to 26 deaths in M…

VCU Health and MCV Physicians are closing VCU Health Internal Medicine at South Hill located at 412 Durant Street, South Hill, VA 23970 effective June 27, 2020. VCU Health and MCV Physicians also are closing their neurology clinic located at 501 Lombardy Street, South Hill, VA 23970 effectiv…

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) will resume a full schedule of classes this fall beginning August 24th. In what the college is terming its “HyFlex” approach to course delivery, class options (depending on needs of each discipline) may include a mix of in-person instruction, expan…

Governor Ralph Northam announced June 18 that new recovery marketing funds are available to destination marketing organizations (DMO) across the Commonwealth that have been heavily impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The WanderLOVE Recovery Grant Program, which is administered by the…

Derek Hazelwood and Zeb Elliott, organizers of the Concerned Parents/Guardians of Students of  Mecklenburg County Va Public Schools Facebook page, met with Paul Nichols on Friday, June 19 to address the issues that parents are having with the reopening plans for the 2020/2021 school year. 

Clarksville hosted its “Unity in the Community” event on Saturday, June 20 from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Several Pastors and Reverends joined the community to pray and speak on the issue of Black Lives Matter. Reverend Cynthia Terry was the first to lead the crowd in prayer.

Virginia’s statewide dental association updated treatment guidelines this week to help continue to ensure the health and safety of patients, dental team members and dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Dental Association worked alongside the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Associa…

Governor Ralph Northam announced June 18 that BRD Extraction, LLC, doing business as Blue Ribbon Extraction, will invest $3.26 million to establish Virginia’s first large-scale industrial hemp processing and cannabidiol (CBD) oil extraction facility in the Town of South Boston. The project w…

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At 10:45 a.m. on Sunday (June 21), a Virginia State Police Trooper responded to a multi-vehicle crash in the 2000 block of Rough Rd. in Mecklenburg County. A 2009 Mercury Mariner and a 2006 Cadillac CTS were traveling on Rough Rd. when the Cadillac crossed the center line and hit the Mercury…

Virginia Tax wants to remind you that starting July 1, 2020, a number of new state and local tax laws go into effect. These laws, which the Virginia General Assembly enacted during the 2019 and 2020 sessions, include changes to taxes on tobacco products, as well as the retail sales and use t…

June 22 – 29, 2020 is National Pollinator Week led by the Pollinator Partnership.  The purpose is to bring focus on the beneficial functions of our pollinators that include the familiar birds, butterflies, moths and bees but also bats and beetles.  Many of these species are in decline.

The Southside Health District will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing on Friday, June 26 at the Brunswick County Conference Center parking lot at 100 Athletic Field Road in Lawrenceville, VA from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until supplies run out.

The Mecklenburg County School Board opened on June 15 with Chairman Gavin Honeycutt voting against the motion that all matters discussed in the closed session prior to the regular meeting pertained to business matters. 

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT), Virginia’s cross-agency, cloud-based, data-sharing and analytics platform, is expanding to help the Commonwealth mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and maintain an adequate sup…

A peaceful Black Lives Matter protest will be held on June 20 at the “Lake Life Live” pavilion in Clarksville across from the State Farm from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Amir Muhammad is the protest organizer, and the event on Facebook states the goal is to, “bring recognition to the Black Lives M…

On Saturday, June 13, Sergeant Baird was stationed at the Lake Gaston Fire Department and observed numerous vehicles enter a private driveway at 7598 Highway 903 in Bracey, VA. Sergeant Baird then heard what sounded like firecrackers or gunshots. He observed vehicles leaving the address. One…

Governor Northam announced on June 16 his intent to mark Juneteenth as a permanent paid state holiday. He will begin marking it by giving state employees a day off this Friday, June 19. 

The Virginia Commonwealth Games at Liberty University, organized by Virginia Amateur Sports, has released the work out information for the All-Star Baseball regional teams. The top 15-17 year old high school players in Virginia will represent four regions of the state in an eight game playof…

The league has decided to give refunds for the spring season on Wednesday, June 17th, from 5:30-7:00PM and Saturday, June 20th, from 10:00-12:00.  If you would like a refund, you MUST come to Shaver Field one of those two days as there will NOT be any further refund opportunities. However, y…

Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $14.66 million for a new Economic Resilience and Recovery Program to respond to the unprecedented economic conditions facing Virginia and address the near and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative was created through a re…

Governor Ralph Northam on June 12 shared a new suite of technology tools to help Virginians take full advantage of the supportive services available through the Commonwealth’s workforce system. The Virginia Career Works Referral Portal is a statewide platform designed to streamline intake pr…

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Monday, June 15, 2020. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. A…

While the coronavirus and social distancing keep us apart and the Halifax Virginia Cooperative Extension Office is still closed to the public, as are all county owned buildings, the Southside Master Gardeners are always ready to help you with gardening and landscape questions.  Stymied garde…

Governor Ralph Northam issued guidance for Virginia public and private higher education institutions on June 12 as they develop plans to safely reopen their campuses and resume in-person instruction. This guidance document was developed by the Office of the Secretary of Education, the State …

Local law enforcement leaders have recently made statements showing support for planned peaceful protesting in the county to remember George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, and fight against police brutality. 

The Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently celebrated 75 years of Sisterhood and Service. The chapter was established May 10, 1945 under the Greek Letter name of Gamma Beta Sigma with eight charter members in the Oxford and Henderson area, with the town…