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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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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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

A Mecklenburg County Grand Jury issued 56 indictments in December. An indictment is not a verdict of guilt but rather a formal accusation initiating a criminal case.

Clarksville did not disappoint this year in the Christmas cheer department. While the Town was forced to change events to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, the citizens of Clarksville took up the challenge to make this year even more magical.

A policy change allows the Mecklenburg County School Board can award verified credits towards a standard or advanced diploma in reading, writing, math, science, and/or history/social sciences. The locally awarded verified credits awarded to students using COVID emergency guidelines will not …

First and foremost, neither of the COVID-19 vaccines “contain” the virus. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines, which contain instructions for how to construct a harmless material located in the makeup of the virus. By constructing this harmless material in our bodies, our …

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Denise Hight, stated today the Mecklenburg County Committee is actively soliciting candidates for County Committee (COC) advisor.  Advisors are needed to be a voice to ensure fair representation for underserved groups in Mecklenburg County. …

The Chase City Council opened Monday’s meeting with a public discussion on a newly discovered alleyway between Sundae’s and The Pawn Shop. As it is understood, there is currently a fence located around the alleyway. As Paul Jackson began work on updating the fence that has been there for 27 …

An anonymous donor knitted 20 baby hats for VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) in honor of Brad and Debbie Gregory of Minneapolis, MN. The donor said, “We don’t exchange gifts anymore because of the distance and I couldn’t stand the thought of babies going out in the col…

The Board of Supervisors was saddened Monday night to have to read a resolution honoring the late Mr. Pete Rudd, Jr. Board Chairman Glenn Barbour expressed that while Rudd’s family could not be in attendance of the meeting, they would be presented with the plaque made in his honor.

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Governor Ralph Northam today announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Executive Order Seventy-Two directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., impl…