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Patrick Henry’s Red Hill – the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, would like to give back to the community with a Red Cross blood drive in Brookneal, VA. This blood drive is held in honor of two local children, Reese Anctil and Zeke Puig. Both are fighting leukemia.

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As an entertainment venue, according to Virginia Health Department guidelines, 246 The Main Cultural Arts Theatre may open at 30% capacity. And even though Governor Northam may/will enter Virginia into Phase III on July 1, we feel confident at still staging this venue at 30% with precautions…

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Swiftwater rescue services were called in to the Staunton River in Campbell County between Brookneal and Long Island on Thursday afternoon following the reported capsizing of a boat on the rain-swollen river.

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The historic tavern at 20 Batteau Road on Route 29 has been restored and turned into a vintage store – The Vintage Rose, which held its grand opening on Saturday, June 27.

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While Governor Ralph Northam set forth highly restrictive guidelines for schools to reopen in the upcoming academic year, he also left the burden of coming up with a workable plan on Virginia’s school districts. Campbell County Public Schools’ administration has been working through the mora…

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Two rookies have joined the Altavista Police Department and are setting out for Police Academy in Lynchburg beginning July 1. Cory Earhart and Chelsea Pugh are the newest members of the APD.

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In its June work session, the Altavista Town Council voted unanimously to move its 7:00 p.m. meetings (on the second Tuesday of each month) to 6:00 p.m. The change will begin in July with the council’s regular meeting on July 14. The change does not affect the Council’s monthly work sessions…

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A navy blue sedan with a single passenger onboard crashed into a residence on the 12000 block of Rockford School Road around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Damage to the home is minimal and the residents are unharmed.

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Karson Taylor, a third grade student at Altavista Elementary School, has been battling Chronic Nephrotic Syndrome for the last three years. This condition is chronic, lifelong, and requires a kidney transplant every eight years. Seven-year-old Karson is “currently undergoing testing to be pl…

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The old Vista Foods in Bedford closed in February, but now a familiar business has taken its place. Wendell Dawson opened his third Elba Butcher Shoppe in the building on June 6, offering the community a locally owned store to purchase fresh produce and custom-cut meats. Dawson opened his fi…

Virginia State Police Trooper K. Isom is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred Tuesday at 2:45 a.m. on Route 58, one tenth of a mile east of Route 876 in Pittsylvania County.

Officials at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) have issued general guidelines for the upcoming fall semester of classes at the college. These guidelines focus on maintaining a safe and functional environment for students, faculty and staff.

 The Town of Altavista, in conjunction with Altavista On Track, is pleased to announce the hiring of Kirsten H. Aherron, as Altavista’s new Main Street Coordinator. Aherron began the post full-time on Monday, June 8, 2020 after serving in a part/time interim role. Her office will be located …

A group of over 100 people from around the region gathered at Shreve Park in Altavista Friday evening in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The event—not hosted by any one group or officially affiliated with the BLM organization—remained peaceful.

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On a beautiful Friday evening, Faith Christian Academy in Hurt held commencement exercises for the Class of 2020, albeit in a somewhat different style of ceremony. Because of coronavirus-related regulations, the ceremony took place outside in front of the school’s central building.

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Challenger Bob Good defeated incumbent Denver Riggleman for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District on Saturday in Lynchburg in a new form of convention: drive-through.

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The Campbell County Board of Supervisors has recommended making certain disabled veterans’ personal property tax exempt. Calvin Massie, commissioner of the Revenue, gave an impassioned summary of the need to help disabled veterans by setting a tax rate low enough to produce a $0 tax levy. Th…

Patrick Henry's Red Hill fully re-opened to the public beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.

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First-time visitors to Patrick Henry’s Red Hill might understandably be surprised—if they have visited some of the other Virginian Founding Fathers’ mansions such as Monticello or Mount Vernon—at the unassuming and modest size of the estate in Brookneal.

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Faith Christian Academy in Hurt has announced that Stephanie Midkiff has earned the distinction of Salutatorian of the Class of 2020. She lives in Gretna and is the daughter of Laurie and William Midkiff.

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Faith Christian Academy has announced that Aiden Lashway has earned the distinction of Valedictorian of the Class of 2020. He is the son of Joel and Amber Lashway of Rustburg.  He attends the Hope Company Church in Lynchburg.

Fishermen and outdoor lovers, rejoice! After so many events cancelled over the past three months (including the Brookneal Striped Bass Festival), the Eighth Annual Catfish Tournament is taking place this weekend in Brookneal.

As of June 5, Virginia’s restaurants have been able to resume seating customers inside their establishments while operating at 50 percent capacity, with a limit of gatherings of up to 50 people. The governor’s “stay at home” order has now progressed to a “safer at home” principle.

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In spite of all that was lost for the Altavista High School’s Class of 2020 in the year of coronavirus, this year’s graduates gained an outpouring of support and love from not only their teachers, but from the community as well. On Sunday, the Colonel Club, the Altavista Police Department, a…

The National D-Day Memorial will reopen to visitors on Wednesday, June 10 as part of a phased approach to welcoming guests back on site for the summer.

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Rustburg High school has announced Jamael Smith as this year’s class of 2020 valedictorian. With COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in place, the end of Jamael’s senior year is ending differently than he envisioned. As a senior, he says, “I was looking forward to hanging out with my friends at…

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Altavista High School has announced its class of 2020 Salutatorian to be Maggie Belinski. She is the daughter of Diane Belinski and lives in Lynch Station. She has accumulated a 4.3 final GPA. She attended Altavista schools—Altavista Elementary and Altavista Combined School—throughout her sc…

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A peaceful assembly has been planned for this Friday at 6:30 in Shreve Park, Altavista. It will include a candlelight vigil and a peaceful march.

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Altavista High School has announced that Charley Inman has earned the title of Valedictorian of the Class of 2020. She is the daughter of Heidi Inman of Lynch Station and David Inman of Altavista. She accumulated a GPA of 4.6 during her years at AHS.

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What a ride it’s been for the Class of 2020. Their final semester was cut short and activities curtailed by the coronavirus situation, and then they were unable to graduate with their classmates, as has been the tradition year after year for over a century in Altavista.

For the first time in the history of the National D-Day Memorial, guests will not be on site to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day due to restrictions and guidelines associated with Covid-19. This was a difficult but necessary decision. For the safety of our veterans and visitors, the Foun…

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In the spirit of the pre-Revolutionary War group The Sons of Liberty, a new group was born over the weekend, appropriately enough at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill. The Friends of Liberty (Patrick Henry Chapter) debuted under the leadership and impetus of Patrick Henry Jolly, a fifth-great-grandso…

A single-vehicle crash took place on U.S. Route 29 South in Hurt on Wednesday evening. Trooper Draper of the Virginia State Police was investigating the accident. He reported, “A woman was driving a truck pulling a trailer with lawn equipment, went off the road, over-corrected, and overturned.”