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If you’re fishing for a fun and eco-friendly gardening project while at home, try building a small-scale aquaponics system in your backyard. Aquaponics is a form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (raising fish) with hydroponics (gardening without soil). To learn how to build a system,…

Don’t leave money on the table. Six hundred seventy-five billion dollars of federal government funds are distributed to states and communities, based partially off census data.

Unusual times call for unusual approaches and solutions. Campbell County Public School District has come up with a plan to allow seniors to have a special graduation event without bringing crowds of people together.

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The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a flood warning for the Staunton River, affecting Campbell, Pittsylvania, Charlotte, and Halifax Counties, with flooding at Alatvista and Brookneal, among other places.

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Because of the COVID-19 quarantine that has been in place, many local businesses have had to shut down their storefronts temporarily. After two months of restrictions—even with the governor easing some of these requirements—many business owners are finding it necessary to get creative by fin…

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The Town of Altavista has closed English Park because of flooding as the Staunton River has overflowed its banks.

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Customers of the Altavista boutique Pretty Please on Broad Boutique may have noticed—assuming that they have made it out and about around town—that the shop is no longer in its former location on Broad Street. Never fear, though: the shop is not gone; rather it has moved. It has, if you will…

On May 12, 2020, the town of Hurt held a called council meeting to discuss the proposed 2020 – 2021 budget draft. Due to social distancing practices, the meeting was held in the Hurt Elementary School gymnasium instead of the Town Hall building.

Altavista Town Council in its May 12 meeting held public hearings concerning the FY2021 Budget, the Capital Improvement Plan (2021-2025), and the proposed water and sewer rate increases. No members of the public made comments, either in person or submitted prior to the meeting.

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The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a flash flood watch for areas of Virginia and North Carolina, including Pittsylvania and Bedford Counties, among others. This watch remains in effect until Thursday morning.

According to various reports, two members of the Evington Volunteer Fire Department sustained serious injuries in an ATV accident of Saturday evening just before 6:30. Evington VFD Chief W.T. Hall and department member Derrick Johnson sustained injuries when their ATV overturned along Halsey…

Patrick Henry's Red Hill has announced that the grounds of the national memorial will be reopened beginning today, May 15. Take a drive over to Brookneal and the southeastern corner of the county and enjoy a stroll as life begins to reopen in this part of the Commonwealth of Virginia!

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all 50 states and 3 territories to increase food security during the coronavirus national emergency. T…

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The Altavista Police Department is warning area citizens of a new scam being perpetrated involving eBay gift cards. The scammers are targeting especially (but not only) senior citizens.

Abbott Laboratories has developed a new test for antibodies to the coronavirus, and the test has been approved for use in the United States and Europe. Abbott’s Altavista location was not involved in the development of the test. Abbott, according to a recent press release, “will ship 20 mill…

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The Town of Altavista has been selected to receive a grant of $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a Brownfields cleanup program. The news came initially from a press release by the EPA, announcing that six Virginia communities had been selected for the gra…

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Virginia school administrators say they are struggling to provide mental health services during the coronavirus pandemic, even as vulnerable students continue with online studies away from regular counseling and support.

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Virginia State University has announced a new scholarship program specifically for students who major in food and agricultural sciences. The aim of the scholarship program is to help build a highly skilled workforce that aligns with the USDA’s strategic goals of promoting rural prosperity an…

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Altavista Combined School administration and staff pulled out all the stops for a Teacher Appreciation event at the school on Wednesday. In what has been perhaps the most bizarre end of a school year in our lifetimes, teachers have been asked to step up and deliver in all sorts of new ways d…

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During Monday’s press briefing from Richmond, Gov. Ralph Northam said he is extending Executive Order 53 from May 8 to May 15, at which time “nonessential” businesses that were previously shut down or restricted — such as restaurants, hair salons, nail salons, campgrounds, farmer’s markets, …

 The Town of Altavista is a great place to live, work and play. And you can help us keep it that way! Community Development is working hard to make sure that Altavista is a well-kept and attractive place that meets the standards set forth by the town’s codes. By far the vast majority of our …

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Altavista’s Chamber of Commerce has announced the retirement of Office Manager E.H. (Hank) Frazier, Jr. as of April 30, and the local community is already feeling the loss. He has been serving since 1996, and the Chamber believes his “passion for serving the community has played an important…

Every year, May 3 is when the world celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom. It’s a day to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profe…

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) would like to advise recreational boaters to use extreme caution this upcoming weekend as the National Weather Service has issued Flood Warnings in several locations throughout Virginia and water temperatures remain dangerously cold.

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Team Rubicon recently donated 24 protective suits  and 20 protective masks to the Altavista Police Department for use in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. The donation was secured by Officer Cameron Clark, an Altavista Police Officer and also logistics lead for the Team Rubicon, in the s…