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A Mecklenburg County Grand Jury has indicted 21 individuals in January. An indictment is not a verdict of guilt but rather a formal accusation initiating a criminal case.

Governor Ralph Northam announced January 26 that Virginians living and working in 11 localities will gain access high-speed internet thanks to more than $29.6 million in grants awarded through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI). The funding will support five projects, connectin…

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 655,000 deaths each year. That’s why in 1963 President Johnson declared February American Heart Month, to remind people of the symptoms, risk factors and steps they can take to improve their health, while they a…

Sentara Healthcare is now expanding to Phase 1b vaccine administration for eligible Sentara Medical Group (SMG) patients in addition to continuing Phase 1a vaccinations for our 30,000+ employees and community healthcare workers across the state. 

The Virginia Tobacco Commission is now accepting applications for the Talent Attraction Program (TAP), whose purpose is to “encourage recent graduates to live in the tobacco region and work in targeted, hard-to-fill occupations in the tobacco region by providing up to $12,000 annually in stu…

Virginia has reported 6,172 new positive cases of COVID-19 since Sunday. As of Monday, January 25 there are a record 478,619 total cases that have been reported since March 2020. 6,081 cases of the virus have resulted in death of the patient. There have been 20,764 hospitalizations due to th…

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The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) today announced that the first case of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 has been identified in a sample from an adult resident of Northern Virginia with no reporte…

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 655,000 deaths each year. That’s why in 1963 President Johnson declared February American Heart Month, to remind people of the symptoms, risk factors and steps they can take to improve their health, while they a…

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COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has plans to expand our vaccination efforts in line with Virginia’s vaccine rollout plan but currently the vaccine is not readily available.

Virginia has administered just over a quarter of its distributed COVID-19 vaccine doses, which, going into 2021, was 110,000 fewer doses than the commonwealth expected to receive. And with the projected numbers of both doses distributed and administered lagging behind statewide, Southern Vir…

The Chase City Warehouse and Commercial Historic District was first added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in September of 2020. The Warehouse and Historic District was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on December 11, 2020.

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Deputies responded to a call in the Skipwith area on January 14, 2021. Upon arrival, the Deputies found a male subject, later identified as Armani Jones, lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot would to the abdomen at the residence on Highway 49. The victim was transported to VCU/MCV fo…

American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on Monday, February 1 at the Clarksville Community Center. It is being sponsored by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. The blood drive will run from 1 o’clock to 6 o’clock.  We have had to cancel our last two blood drives and would like to show o…

Beginning Monday, January 18, the Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside health districts will begin conducting closed “point of dispensing” (POD) COVID-19 vaccination clinics specifically for “Phase 1b” priority groups. Phase 1b is the second group eligible to receive the vaccine, and includes…

Mecklenburg County Public Schools shifted to full remote learning on Thursday, December 10th due to significant increases in local COVID-19 cases. Anticipating a post-holiday surge of cases, MCPS took the additional precaution of planning to remain in remote learning mode through the first t…

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) is getting two new instruments to perform more COVID-19 tests in-house. During the last 10 months, VCU Health CMH had to reserve testing to sick, admitted patients and those having urgent surgery, sending all other incoming admissions t…

Chase City’s January council meeting was rather uneventful. The Council approved a first reading to change the time of council meetings from 7:00p.m. to 6:00p.m., as well as the creation of an Economic Development Committee. The Council also approved a first pass at abolishing the requiremen…

As of January 11, the Virginia Department of Health is still reporting 19 outbreaks in the Southside Health District consisting of Mecklenburg, Brunswick, and Halifax counties. Mecklenburg is currently reporting 1,457 positive cases with one additional death bringing the total to 40 in the c…

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The Mecklenburg Board of Supervisors have finally moved forward with a plan for the Confederate Monument located in Courthouse Square in Boydton. After both the Town of Boydton and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans requested possession of the statue. Both organizations were given a 30 day…

All Mecklenburg County Libraries are closed to the public at this time. We will continue to offer curbside pickup at all locations. The WiFi is also available to the public at all locations. You do not need a password or a library card. Simply stop by any of the four branches to access the i…

Bucknell University has released the dean's list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition. Lily Parker, class of 2021, from Boydt…

Jazmyn Jackson of Clarksville (23927) has been named to the Emory & Henry College Fall 2020 Dean's list. To be named to the Dean's list, students must be a full time student and receive a 3.6 GPA for the semester.

In Virginia, as compared to pre-holiday trade, state graded feeder cattle uneven, ranging 9.00 lower to 4.00 higher. Feeder cattle at regular auction sales unestablished. Slaughter cows steady to 7.00 higher. Wheat .33 higher, new crop mostly .30 higher. Corn mostly .61 higher, new crop most…

To better serve the community, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s cashier is moving from the Leggett Center on East Ferrell Street to the first floor of the main hospital’s patient registration area by the gift shop effective Monday, January 11.

THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE HAS ISSUED A SENIOR ALERT ON BEHALF OF ARLINGTON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT ON JANUARY 7TH, 2021 AT 2300 HOURS.

Sentara Healthcare today announced a $10 million investment, called the Sentara Healthier Communities Fund, to improve the health of the communities we serve and make a dramatic difference in the lives of our patients and neighbors.

Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement yesterday after he deployed members of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia State Police to respond to events in Washington, D.C.

Long-term care facilities in Virginia started receiving the COVID-19 vaccination last week. According to the Virginia Department of Health website, “Virginia’s Unified Command, which oversees the Commonwealth's response to COVID-19, has established a Vaccine Unit to coordinate COVID-19 vacci…

Mildred Waye, a care partner in Acute Care, is no stranger to being recognized for her good service. She has earned several awards over the past 40 years and most recently earned the December Team Member of the Month award for STAR Service at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Healt…

No one can deny that 2020 was a rollercoaster of a year. However, in the face of adversity Mecklenburg County stuck together to bring up a community that was suffering affects of the pandemic. Our Year in Review at The News Progress aims to remind you of all the good that shone through the c…

Virginia State Senator Ben Chafin is the first from the General Assembly to pass due to complications with the COVID-19 virus. The Senator passed Friday, January 1 following two weeks of treatment received at Richmond’s VCU Medical Center according to a release put together by his office.

As of December 22, VCU Health is reducing the visiting hours for hospitalized adult non-COVID-19 patients: One visitor per day, 18 years or older, is permitted per patient between noon – 8 p.m. We kindly ask that patients limit their one visitor per day to the same person for the duration of…

Two weeks ago the Microsoft Corporation acquired land from the Mecklenburg and Brunswick County Industrial Development Authorities, the Town of South Hill, and the Clarksville and Chase City Economic Development Authorities.

The Clarksville Chamber was not able to have an awards ceremony this year, but they still wanted to commemorate outstanding locals. Malyka Walton & Jennifer Diamond Garret were awarded with Volunteers of the year for their outstanding work with the Mecklenburg YMCA from arranging scaveng…