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The South Hill Chamber of Commerce held their Grand Reopening on Tuesday, April 6. Members were treated to an exclusive first look at the newly renovated depot and enjoy a boxed lunch from Kahills. Where there were once small individual rooms is now an open and inviting area. The train museu…

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault can be defined as “conduct of a sexual nature which is non-consensual, and is accomplished through threat, coercion, exploitation, deceit, force, physical or mental incapacitation, and/or power of authority” (DCJS, 2019). Research indic…

As Governor Ralph Northam announced earlier this month, all Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Sunday, April 18. This expansion of eligibility comes as Virginia reaches a new milestone in its vaccination program— approximately half of all adults i…

Governor Ralph Northam took action March 31 on several important pieces of legislation, concluding his review of bills passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 special session. Newly-signed laws include measures to ensure schools provide safe, in-person learning opportunities for stude…

At the April 9 South Hill Town Council budget meeting Councilman Shep Moss raised questions about the funding being provided to the Colonial Theater from the Town. The Colonial Theater requested $155,000 from the Town this Fiscal Year and $175,000 for the next. The Budget and Finance Committ…

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Damian Ashworth, charged in the shooting death of Anthony Raekwon “Rae” Roberts that took place in July 2019, has been found guilty of second degree murder. Ashworth—who was 17 at the time of incident—was originally indicted in October 2019 on second degree murder charges. Ashworth has was a…

Front line workers in hospitals are saving lives every day. At VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) the environmental services team is hard at work around the clock cleaning the hospital and preventing the spread of infection; keeping patients, visitors and employees safe.…

The Mecklenburg County Board launched April’s meeting by recognizing the week of April 11 through the 17 as National Public Safety Telecommunication Week. The week is set to honor hardworking telecommunications employees who are instrumental in saving lives and communicating critical informa…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The funding was made possible by USDA’s…

Many local residents have expressed concerns over panhandlers in the area. On most days you will find two or more people sitting in the general area of Wal-Mart holding signs that ask for contributions to homelessness, hunger, etc. The concern comes from those who say that they have witnesse…

Governor Ralph Northam proposed moving up the legalization of simple possession of marijuana to July 1, 2021, nearly three years sooner than previously planned. The Governor also announced he is proposing changes that advance public health protections, set clear expectations for labor protec…

MacCallum More Museum and Gardens is holding a joint book signing for Charles Duckworth (Life and Times…the Sky’s the Limit) and Diana Thorpe (MacCallum More Museum & Gardens: A History) on Saturday, April 24th from 1-3 pm in the MacCallum More Museum.  Garden Week comes to this area on …

On Wednesday, March 24, United States Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that $2,390,400 in federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture for infrastructure improvements in specific areas.

In Virginia last year, distracted driving caused 17,000 accidents, including 120 fatalities and 9,000 injuries. The good news is accidents due to distracted driving have been on a decline over the past three years. Lawmakers have noticed and finally made driving with hand-held devices not la…

Local Southern Soul artist, Big G, made his way back to Mecklenburg County to shoot his first official music video with Kwaman Stevenson of Shotta Gang Films. The music video for “Can I Hold You” can be found on both Youtube and on Shotta Gang Films’ Facebook page. Locations for the video in…

Winter 2021 was dominated in February by Winter Storm Uri ice storms that left over 75,000 Southside Virginians without electricity, some for as much as two weeks. Regional electrical providers Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and Southside Electric Cooperative called in mutual aid from neig…

Having access to high-quality health care close to home is important. Having access to clinical trials is something expected in a metropolitan area. But here in rural South Hill, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) is currently participating in clinical trials, giving pat…

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Governor Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that he has approved the landmark Voting Rights Act of Virginia, providing comprehensive protections against voter suppression, discrimination, or intimidation. He made minor technical amendments to Senate Bill 1395, sponsored by Senator Jennifer Mc…

Within a surprisingly short time and due to the generosity of donors, some of whom saw the story in the newspaper, sufficient funds have been raised to restore the portraits of George and Narcissa Endly. The portraits were delivered to Richmond Conservation Studio on Monday, March 29, where …

The Clarksville Dixie Youth organization has announced a campaign to raise funds for improvements to Shaver Field and the softball field on Woodland Drive in Clarksville. Dan Wilbourne, who serves as the organization’s president, indicates that funds raised by the drive will be used to enhan…

Piedmont Access to Health Services, Inc. (PATHS) has provided over 6,000 COVID-19 vaccinations and PATHS is now receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccines at their medical sites. To get scheduled for a vaccine, please complete this form https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/88GBYTD or call the PATHS …

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed the order on March 24 for Virginia to become the 23rd state to repeal the death penalty in the nation. The bill is slated to take effect beginning July 1, 2021.

Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed several pieces of legislation into law, including measures to combat food insecurity, boost passenger rail in Southwest Virginia, expand access to broadband, and codify increased flexibility for restaurants selling alcohol.

As the Director of Patient Experience at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH), Lillian Gibson, MSHA, is used to announcing the Team Members of the Month for STAR service: Safety, Teamwork, Accountability and Relationships. But when it came to be her turn to receive the awa…

Martha Overton, Acting Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Mecklenburg County today reminded farmers, and ranchers as a participant or applicant for programs or activities operated or sponsored by USDA you have a right to be treated fairly. If you believe you have been discr…

Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed several important pieces of legislation, including measures to modernize public health funding, increase access to early childhood education, boost the sale of electric vehicles, and remove the statue of Harry F. Byrd, Sr. from Capitol Square.

Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Seventy-Seven aimed at reducing Virginia’s reliance on single-use plastics, which pollute waterways, harm fish and wildlife, and take up space in landfills. The order puts the Commonwealth on a path to eliminate most single-use plastics at …

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Purposeful Journey, a non-profit organization aimed at enriching the youth of Chase City, opened doors on Wednesday, March 24. The organization boasts a recording studio and podcast room, PJ’s music hall, PJ’s Cafe, as well as a photo studio and space for kids to use as they need at its loca…

Dominion Energy has scheduled a series of weekend slow rolls on the Clarksville Bypass (Route 58) in Mecklenburg County to facilitate electric wire pulling work. Slow rolls will take place on March 27-28, and April 3-4. Drivers should expect brief delays in 10-minute windows from sunrise to …

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Governor Ralph Northam today announced that as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise in Virginia, certain sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate with additional capacity and indoor and outdoor gathering limits will increase starting Thursday, April 1. He amended Executive Orde…

Purposeful Journey, located at 404 N. Main Street in Chase City, will be having its grand opening Wednesday, March 24 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. Please come join them in celebrating! They will be serving coffee, muffins and breakfast sandwiches in the morning, and pizza, burgers and salads du…

Late December 2020, the Microsoft Corporation acquired lands from the Mecklenburg and Brunswick County Industrial Development Authorities, the Town of South Hill, and the Clarksville and Chase City Economic Development Authorities. Almost 900 acres of land were purchased in the Hillcrest Bus…

The Southside Health District moved forward to Phase 1c of vaccinations on March 16. The district will continue to vaccinate those under the Phase 1a and Phase 1b priorities, but has expanded the pool to include more people at risk as vaccine supply increases.

Last month Superintendent Paul Nichols asked the Mecklenburg County School Board to consider participating in a virtual academy for the region. In the past week the school system learned that a bill in the General Assembly would allow for parents to keep their children from face-to-face lear…

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The Alberta Volunteer Fire Department, the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department, and the Southside Rescue Squad are currently working a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 85 at the 20 mile marker of the Southbound lanes. Both lanes have been shut down at this time.