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First time claims for unemployment benefits in Central Virginia have dropped for the first time since the week of June 20, according a recent report by Virginia Career Works.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence from his post as chancellor and president of Liberty University on August 7.

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The Center for Voter Information, a nonprofit group that provides information on voting and candidates to voters, sent out half a million vote-by-mail applications to Virginia residents with incorrect information on them.

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck North Carolina and several surrounding states at around 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 9, according to multiple reports.

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There was a wreck at the intersection of Lynch Mill Road and Dearing Ford Road shortly before noon today.

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The town is currently taking applications for permits to participate in Altavista’s urban archery season.

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Update: Police reported that the boy was found and is safe. Original coverage of the incident below.

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During a live 2 p.m. COVID-19 briefing on August 5, Governor Northam announced that Virginia will be the first state to use COVID-Wise, an app for smart phones that will notify users if they have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Altavista’s Masonic Lodge will be moving from its location at Broad and Washington Streets in downtown Altavista to a new location in Lynch Station.

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Altavista is one of the newest stops on the Virginia Breeze Piedmont Express bus route, an intercity bus line connecting Blacksburg to Washington D.C., with several stops along the way. The bus route goes to the New River Valley, Shenandoah Valley, and Northern Virginia. The service is run b…

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The General Store on Main Street closed this Saturday.

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The popular Rivermont pet-grooming salon, Fur Kidz Pet Boutique, is opening a second location at 1064 Village Highway in Rustburg. Owner Amy Cobb originally opened the business with her mother 12 years ago, with a strong focus on keeping pets and their parents happy and comfortable during th…

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Faith Christian Academy at 361 Main Street in Hurt announced its students will go back to school on August 10.

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At its meeting on August 4, the Campbell County Board of Supervisors heard a proposal from B2X, a technology firm, to expand the county’s WiFi capabilities using CARES Act funding.

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A cage covered in a red blanket shakes as the creature inside rustles around. The creature’s handler, Dr. Karra Pierce, sets down its cage and explains that it hasn’t been in the wild for several months, and that once she releases it, it may be a few minutes before it leaves its cage and fli…

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The Altavista Combined School announced last week that Kim Schultz will be the school’s new swimming coach.

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Update: Kyung Pyung Yi has been found and is safe. THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE HAS ISSUED A SENIOR ALERT ON BEHALF OF LOUDOUN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ON AUGUST 3rd, 2020 AT 1720 HOURS.

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Cars line the road for miles in either direction. 50,000 gather from all over the country. A clip of Rick Flair blares on a giant screen in front of a wide, roped-off field. When the DeBernards put on a fireworks show, they mean business.

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Dr. Cameron Webb, a 36-year-old from Charlottesville who is running as the Democratic Party nominee for Virginia's Fifth District seat in the US House of Representatives, says healthcare reform is about more than hospitals.

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It’s out with the old, in with the new for Virginia’s fifth congressional district, as republican candidate Bob Good will be competing with democratic candidate Cameron Webb for the seat. Both are newcomers to national politics.

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According to the Altavista town website, there are still 12 streets available in the town’s Adopt-A-Street program. Christopher Millson-Martula, who has adopted part of Lynch Street along with the Central Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program, said it’s a great way to gi…

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The walking marine won’t be walking anymore.

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Governor Northam announced new restrictions for Hampton Roads bars and restaurants in response to data showing a high positive COVID-19 test rate in the area.

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When Michele Testerman moved to Altavista from Long Island, New York, she didn’t know she would start an antique store. She just needed some furniture.

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Rising ninth grader Madisynne Pillow won fifth place in the National Beta Club Poetry Competition. Gretna Middle School’s Beta Club sponsor Kryshelle Cothran said the school sent several representatives to this year’s contests.

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With the Old Kentucky Fried Chicken building on Main Street being painted and refurbished, rumors are circulating about who bought the building, and what it will be used for. Everything from a real estate office to a coffee shop has been suggested on social media, with many people hoping for…

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The Altavista Police Department recently made several new hires, including officer William Dogan, a former member of the Liberty University Police Department with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Now the department is doing its best to make sure they stay.

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There is a new display at the Avoca Museum and Historical Society in the exhibit about enslaved people. This display, funded almost entirely by the Minnie and Bernard Lane Foundation, is a glass etching of the words of Colonel Charles Lynch used to free the enslaved people who worked on his …

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Rustburg Elementary School will be closed on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 and Tomahawk Elementary School was closed Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29, according to recent Campbell County Schools press releases. Both were caused by COVID-19 cases.

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A group of Amish driving a horse-drawn buggy was struck from behind by a car on Route 40 around 7:15 p.m. Sunday, leaving the driver dead and two passengers critically injured. 

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The Virginia High School League or VHSL announced earlier today that it will postpone all high school sports until December 14.

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According to a recent Campbell County Sheriff's Office press release Thomas Bernard Slayton of Lynchburg has been arrested in connection with an assault that took place near the Airport Shopping Center on Wards Road on July 12.

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The following press release was issued by the Campbell County Sheriff's Office. Photos of the indicted individuals can be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/CampbellCoVASO/photos/a.143183792414633/3188238764575772/ 

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At the town council’s continued meeting on Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m., council voted to approve Chief Merricks’ search for contractors to provide traffic safety enhancement in school zones and a request for a grant from the Virginia DOT to improve street lights and sidewalks in town. The cou…

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Within the next 270 days, the town of Altavista will own the Vista movie theater on Main Street, according to town manager Waverly Coggsdale. Coggsdale said the town has an exlusive contract of sales directly with the property owner, Dr. David West. The purchase will cost the town $265,000.

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With summer camps cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Altavista YMCA is adding special programs and increasing sanitation measures to continue providing summer childcare.

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With the new school year about to begin, Altavista Combined School will reopen with a new administrative team. In addition to newly installed principal Ronald Proffitt, the school has added Geoff Sanders as an assistant principal and Mark McPherson as Athletic Director.