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RUSTBURG — The Campbell County branch of the NAACP presented its 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration Monday (MLK Day Observed) at Rustburg High School. This year’s theme was “Don’t Just Dream It — Live It.” The event featured special speakers, MLK trivia, and rousing musi…

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HURT — Ron Rowland is no longer acting as the Town of Hurt’s chief of police and a security consultant familiar to many in the area has taken on a role similar to that of a police chief, but on an interim basis. That’s the announcement from Hurt town officials following a Jan. 13 called meet…

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CAMPBELL COUNTY — The current flu season is on track to be one of the worst in recent years, with more cases than usual being reported early in the flu season. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health report cases of flu as being widespread as…

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GLADYS — The Campbell County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a fourth solar farm project in Campbell County. it is expected to go on 500 acres spread across a 1,000-acre site off Brookneal Highway in the Gladys community. Officials say it could provide 180 full-time jobs during constru…

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Sponsored by the Altavista Police Department (APD), Shop with a Cop made its annual trip to Walmart on December 21. Fifty-five children were each given $125 to shop, and a law enforcement officer was paired with each child to help keep track of the money and choices made about purchases. APD…

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If there’s one thing Altavista resident Bill Martin loves…it’s being on the water! “I enjoy the water. I’ve been on it since age 15 and owned boats most of my life. Right now, I have three,” he shared last week.

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On December 24, Altavista Police at approximately 4:30 p.m. responded to Wal Mart in Altavista for a shoplifting call. Loss Prevention stated that a male had left the store with a shopping cart of merchandise and had passed all points of entry without paying for the merchandise.

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Dominion Energy has awarded Sonny Merryman the contract for phase one of their electric school bus program. “As Virginia’s exclusive Thomas Built Buses dealer, Sonny Merryman is thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Dominion Energy,” said Floyd Merryman, president and CEO of Sonny Me…

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      On December 10th, 2019 a subject came to town hall and reported that he had been stabbed.  The incident took place in the Park Street area in the Town of Altavista. The victim, a 36-year-old male had suffered a large laceration to the upper arm.  The male was treated at the scene and t…

With almost 50 counties declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in recent weeks, now Altavista Town Council unanimously approved a letter of support for Campbell County’s Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.

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Robert and Sally Pate’s new business, Cyclin' Nutz, opened with a ribbon cutting on December 3. Leadership from First National Bank brought in a festive, large blue ribbon to be cut. Cyclin' Nutz is at 508 Pittsylvania Avenue, between Scoops and Staunton River Outdoors. Robert Pate “has want…

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Number 25 Jonathan Seidel is pictured at the start of the annual Giblet Jog held at English Park on Thanksgiving Day morning. The run/walk featured more than 300 runners. 

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Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to follow up on information and possible leads in the November 25 shooting on/around River Bend Road, Altavista, where a man was shot with his body later found on private property in Pittsylvania County. “We have no further information at this t…

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The old flea market building in Rustburg on Elmwood Lane burned the majority of the building and its contents on Monday afternoon. A call came in around 2:20 p.m. that the building was on fire.

Thanksgiving Day's Giblet Jog was another great effort by local runners. More than 300 people signed up to participate. On the left, #25 Jonathan Seidel of Roanoke proved to be the winner as the group headed off in the start of the race.

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Dillon Rice, an 11-year-old soccer player from Gladys, has already played in Barcelona Spain and currently has an informal invitation to travel to the United Kingdom to play next year! Dedicated to soccer since he was four years old, Dillon has continued to chase his dream in every way he ca…

“We appreciate the relationship that the Town has with VDOT in regard to transportation improvements for our citizens,” said Altavista Town Manager Waverly Coggsdale. A number of projects are well underway, including the bridge over the Staunton River and Norfolk Southern Railway. The bridge…

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In a continuing effort to secure funding for the approximately $40 million of needed improvements for water and wastewater facilities, treatment, distribution and water collection services over the next 25 years, water and sewer rates will increase, 8% and 4% respectively, as identified in t…

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Altavista On Track (AOT) will present the annual Giblet Jog 5K on Thursday, Nov. 28, with the race starting at 8:30 a.m. The holiday run/walk will be held at English Park in Altavista with spectators encouraged to attend to cheer on the runners and walkers. “This is a family-friendly event t…

A Pittsville family outside of Gretna is grateful for the community's support following the fire that destroyed their home. Four people escaped safely but the family dog lost its life. The home belonged to Monique Baboun who was at work. Her children were home with a sitter.

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At their November 11th meeting, the Campbell County School Board considered the planned timeline of next year’s school year. Denton Sisk, Director of Student Support Services, presented the proposed 2020-2021 academic calendar for the board to review. As the proposal stands, the anticipated …

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Supervisor Bob Good formally announce his candidacy for the Fifth District Congressional seat on November 14. Good currently serves as the Sunburst District representative on the Campbell County Board of Supervisors. 

First National Bank, which has its headquarters in Altavista on Broad Street, donated $2100 checks to four area charities this November 13, 2019 in its first distribution from the recently formed First National Bank Community Impact Fund. 

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Downtown Altavista is ablaze with color after dark as Christmas and snowflake decorations light up the streets. The town is decorating street lamps with lights as well as holiday banners. 

Donald Trump, Jr. joined a big-name lineup of guests at Liberty University’s Wednesday Convocation as part of his book publicity tour. Kimberly Guilfoyle (Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and television political analyst), Charlie Kirk (founder of conservative student group Turning Point USA), Liberty…

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Altavista Instruments and Controls (AIC) is now next door to Avoca Museum and Historical Society in the former EMS building. 

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The Town of Altavista will seek Public Input into the development of the FY2021 Budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP).   There will be time on the Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Town Council Work Session agenda for citizens to share their priorities for Town programs and services.  

More than nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in 2015 earned a diploma within four years, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported last week. More than half — 51.5 percent — of the students in the class or 2019 graduated with an advanced diploma.

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Two people were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital Tuesday morning (November 19) after shots rang out on Charlotte Street in Brookneal. According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Major Captain Darren Bolling, about 5 a.m. he responded to the 200 block of Charlotte Street near Brook…