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Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rebuild VA, the $70 million economic recovery fund launched in August, is expanding its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply. Businesses that received funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (…

The Southside Health District will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing on Friday, September 25 at the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department at 1008 Virginia Ave, Clarksville, from 9 a.m. – noon or as long as supplies last. The event offers a total of 300 free tests.

After the cancellation of both the Wine Festival and Lake fest, Clarksville is looking for some celebration to look forward to. Luckily, the Annual Harvest Festival is just around the corner!

The Lake Country Detachment #1085 Marine Corps League is hosting the 8th Annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit their memorial scholarship fund. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Corps will be doing things a bit differently this year. They will holding a virtual run with uniformed teddy bears represen…

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Beginning Monday, September 14, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close Boxwood Road (Route 631) over Flat Creek in Mecklenburg County for bridge work. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be complete in late September.

UPDATE:The Mecklenburg County Business Education Partnership has decided to extend the deadline for the items for the goody bags AND for donations for us to purchase the new teachers gift cards.  The new deadline to drop off your goodies at Benchmark Bank and to make a contribution for us to…

The Virginia Department of Elections wants Virginia voters to know that they are free to be absentee! The Department today announced “Free to Be Absentee”, their new awareness campaign designed to educate voters about absentee and early voting to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The Boydton Town Council voted in their regular September meeting to approve a new Sewer Use Agreement for town residents and businesses. Waste Water Treatment Chief Operator R.H. Park III presented the agreement, which passed unanimously. One council member asked what brought about the draf…

Paul Nichols appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night to soothe concerns over COVID-19 and technical issues the schools had been facing during this first week of virtual learning. Nichols stated that he has been monitoring the COVID numbers in Mecklenburg County, and as of Sunda…

The hot topic of the September Chase City Town Council meeting was whether Chase City will hold Trunk or Treat this year due to COVID-19 requirements and restrictions. C. W. Carter, Jr., president of the South Central Fair, proposed the town use the fair grounds to, “set up a drive-through…W…

Sometime, whether at a plant sale or plant swap, I got a Hurricane Lily from my dear friend Mildred.  It has a very unusual life cycle so I am surprised every time I see it emerge.  The plant goes by many names including Resurrection Lily and Red Spider Lily but the botanical name Lycoris ra…

Parents, teachers, students and staff all welcomed Mecklenburg County’s first week of the new school year with hesitancy. As this school year is something completely new for Mecklenburg County, the first week met with several issues.

As of Sunday, September 13, the Virginia Department of Health is reporting 634 positive COVID-19 cases in Mecklenburg County, which is a 6.1% increase from last week’s totals. These numbers reflect the collective positive case results since the start of testing earlier this year. The VDH doe…

Dr. Daryl Minus recently joined the leadership team at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services.  

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) is very pleased to invite all Virginians to join the VMHC Education Team on the first live gallery walk. This 30-minute highlight tour of the museum galleries will take place tomorrow morning at 10:00am on the VMHC Education page and YouTub…

The Omicron Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc., announces Omega’s annual International High School Essay Contest. The essay contest is one of the annual mandated programs of the Fraternity’s Achievement Week Observance scheduled for November 15-21, 2020.The essay contest is a contin…

Check off Tim Grosskopf as another Northerner who has seen the light of Southern living. Grosskopf, a Wisconsin native, is the new security supervisor at VCU Health

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has temporarily closed a section of Dry Creek Road (Route 668) in Mecklenburg County, due to a pipe washout from recent storms. Weather permitting, the project will be complete by late September.

In order to serve more of Virginia’s ex-offenders in need of long-term opioid use treatment and recovery, the Virginia Department of Corrections is expanding a reentry treatment program.

The Mecklenburg County Public Schools Facebook page has put out a detailed list of expectations for both students and parents for the 2020-2021 school year. As Paul Nichols put it in his latest web series video, “we will start a school year like no other.”

The MacCallum More Museum and Gardens is the hidden gem of Chase City. MacCallum More sits nestled amidst the natural flora and fauna on Hudgins Street. The gardens were established in 1929 by Lucy M. Hudgins, wife to Edward W. Hudgins—former Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court of Ap…

Flu season is quickly approaching in Virginia and North Carolina. Sentara hospitals usually see an increase in flu cases around mid-September and early October. Sentara healthcare leaders say it is crucial to get the flu shot this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In a week, Mecklenburg County has gone from 516 cases of COVID-19 to 601. There have only been three additional hospitalizations due to new cases, with no new deaths reported. Mecklenburg stands at 33 total deaths from the COVID-19 virus.

Barksdale Cancer Foundation is busy finalizing plans for its third annual Miss Janie’s Sit & Sip wine festival at the Gil-Har House on Patrick Henry Highway. The fundraiser, to benefit cancer patients in Charlotte County, will be held on Saturday, October 3, from noon to 6 p.m.

Governor Ralph Northam announced August 31 that more than $6 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program was approved by the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Services Board of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The…

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) and Virginia’s Growth Alliance(VGA)have joined forces with a number of other collaborative partners to create a Bridge to Recovery program to support the GOVirginia Region 3 service area as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whoever said, “Never underestimate the healing power of a quiet moment in the garden,” knew what she was talking about.  The benefits of gardening – fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation - are well documented.

With most Virginians refraining from traditional vacations this year, Virginia State Police is urging those who are using the Labor Day weekend as a last chance for a getaway to do so safely and responsibly. AAA has reported road trips to be the main mode of vacation travel this summer and w…

In July of 1990, a twenty-five year old musician, father, and farmer took his opportunity to serve his community with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. Offered the position of jail deputy by former Sheriff, Harold Harris, James Snead embraced his career change and poured his heart and…

The annual Lunenburg County Historical Society’s photo contest ends on Friday, September 18! Amateur photographers of any age are encouraged to submit their best shot of some noteworthy historic aspect of the past in Lunenburg County in keeping with the theme, “Reflections of Lunenburg’s Yes…

After entertaining generations of local residents and visitors, South Hill Cinemas has made the difficult decision to close their doors permanently.

Alumni and associates from the four historically black high schools in Mecklenburg County have been meeting monthly to plan, strategize, and to accomplish their mission to secure land in a suitable location to construct a building meant to not only serve as a display of artifacts and accumul…

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) has received the Gerald L. Baliles Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Award from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education to increase high school and college completion.  The award was renamed to honor the legacy of Gerald L. Balile…

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The Clarksville Annual Lake Fest celebration that was originally postponed for September 18-20 has been cancelled. The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce made the decision this morning, Thursday, September 3. This decision was made due to, "the Phase 3 restrictions in hosting large…

With states, including Virginia, reporting critical shortages of poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has designated September 1, 2020 as National Poll Worker Recruitment Day.

James Madison University is excited to welcome the class of 2024 to campus this month. The incoming freshman class represents an accomplished, diverse group of individuals who hail from 36 states, the District of Columbia and 10 countries around the world.

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Much has changed since COVID-19 began impacting our community. Want to know where we stand now with COVID-19? From treatments to vaccines, Dr. Gonzalo Bearman, infectious disease expert at VCU Health, answers your latest questions about COVID-19.

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Mecklenburg has confirmed 529 cases of COVID-19 in the county with 38 hospitalizations and 33 deaths. Additionally, three new outbreaks have been recorded; outbreaks are defined as settings where at least two cases have been confirmed by the lab. Two of the newest outbreaks have been found a…

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VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate tr…