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The Courthouse Cafe in Rustburg stands out for its delicious, mainstay food and friendly atmosphere. Like all other restaurants at this time, the café’s dining room is closed because of safety precautions. The spotless restaurant is serving meals to go. Orders can be made at the counter or c…

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The Golden Skillet in Brookneal is open for drive-thru and takeout service. The restaurant, which usually offers a large dining room, has been in business since 1972. It’s still serving its original, golden breaded fried chicken, which is pleasantly crispy. The recipe, of course, is a secret…

Campbell County Schools will utilize the USDA Summer Food Service Program to provide bagged meals during the COVID-19 school closure, district officials announced. Breakfast and lunch will be available to all children up to age 18 regardless of income level.

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The first confirmed case of coronavirus in a Campbell County resident arrived today. On Tuesday, March 31, the Virginia Department of Health updated its figures to include one case in Campbell County.

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This afternoon Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam expanded restrictions on citizens of the state by mandating a stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescin…

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Centra announced its first COVID-19 positive case on Friday afternoon. The patient is being treated in a negative pressure, isolation room at Lynchburg General Hospital, authorities from the hospital stated. The patient is in his early sixties and currently in critical condition.

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Riding the wave of growing panic over the coronavirus, Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered the closure of K-12 schools across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The closures go into effect Monday, March 16 and will last for a minimum of two weeks, at least through March 27. 

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Altavista Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Quality Inn Suites-Altavista, 1558 Main St. Altavista Va.  At approximately 0110 am on March 13, 2020, a black male dressed in a royal blue UCLA hoodie entered the business and robbed the clerk at gunpoint.  The black m…

BROOKNEAL — Brookneal is home to the world-renowned Trinity Appaloosa Farm. In 2014, the farm officially began representing American Sugarbush Harlequin Draft horses. At the time, there were only a few more than 12 horses of this breed, and the breed was in danger of extinction. According to…

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BROOKNEAL — Excitement is building in downtown Brookneal for this month’s grand opening celebration of the Patrick Henry Family Services Brookneal Family Resource Center. Although the center has been in operation at its new home at 302 Rush St. since this past fall, it hasn’t yet had a forma…

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CAMPBELL COUNTY — The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that an arrest had been made in connection with a series of thefts of automotive catalytic converters in Campbell. Troy Daniel Patton, 26, a Campbell County resident, was charged Friday with vandalism, property damage an…

CAMPBELL COUNTY -- A Campbell County man has won a $1 million prize, Virginia Lottery officials announced last week. Michael Robertson, a Rustburg resident and roofing company owner, discovered he had the winning numbers after checking one of two Millionaire Maker Scratcher tickets he purcha…

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SOUTH GLADYS — Suzanne Jennings’ dance and acting career stretches back several decades and includes numerous roles in film, TV and commercials. Many may recognize her from the “hip granny” character she plays on a still airing Foster Fuels commercial. To launch her career, the Gladys native…

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ALTAVISTA — The second of two suspects area authorities were seeking in connection with using fake money this week has been arrested. The Altavista Police Department announced Friday that Tamara Page Anderson, 33, of Altavista had been taken into custody the previous day. APD had reported Th…

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RUSTBURG — Grumbling is often heard over having to pay money to the government in taxes. That’s why it may come as a surprise to many that there are a number of individuals, foundations and businesses that freely and regularly give monetary donations to government entities, such at the Campb…

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ALTAVISTA — Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating Tamara Page Anderson in connection with multiple counterfeiting cases this week. Anderson, 34, sometimes uses the alias Tamara Page Cambre, the Altavista Police Department reported Thursday. Warrants for forging coin or bank n…

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BROOKNEAL -- It has been a quiet winter season; however, it isn’t over yet. Rain, snow and falling temperatures today/tonight could create dangerous driving conditions across the greater Brookneal area Thursday into Friday morning, and motorists should remain vigilant if they must travel.

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BROOKNEAL — A Brookneal area historic site is receiving statewide recognition — plus some financial help to create an impressive new exhibit. Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial, finished No. 1 in a special people’s choice awards-style online voting competition and received a $2,00…

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Brookneal Town Hall, in above foreground, at 215 Main St., will be the location of a 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 public hearing on changing the town ordinance to allow for a later deadline on filing business licenses. The hearing was set at last month’s town council meeting. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

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BROOKNEAL — The Town of Brookneal is considering a change to its code that will make it more business friendly. Town officials are looking at giving businesses an extra month to file their business licenses and have scheduled a public hearing for residents to sound off on the matter.

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CAMPBELL COUNTY — The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation and requesting public assistance in locating the vehicle shown in the above photo, as well as identifying its owner.

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CAMPBELL COUNTY — Authorities have completed their internal investigations into the officer-involved shootings that occurred in 2018 on Sunnymeade Road in Campbell County, as well as on Norwood Road in Lynchburg. A 2017 Triangle Place shooting in Lynchburg was also investigated.

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CAMPBELL COUNTY — Groups in Campbell and Bedford counties are now organizing militia musters. Organizers said the purpose of their county’s muster is to preserve tranquility, peace, and civil order by organizing volunteers in the event that a militia is required to defend the rights and libe…

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BROOKNEAL — Downtown Brookneal’s newest store — Nannys Prims and Games — presented an open house Sunday, its first day of business. It sells what Owner Kimberly Windsor describes as “primitive country decor,” adding “that’s new stuff for your home that looks almost like old stuff from the co…

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BROOKNEAL — Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Brookneal and Altavista police departments used visits last week to Brookneal and Altavista nursing facilities to let residents there know they are still loved and are not forgotten. Through an effort organized by CCSO Commun…

The Campbell County branch of the NAACP presented its 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration Jan. 20 (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 music from the…

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Two years ago the publisher of the Union Star ran a front-page editorial asking for the community’s help and involvement to keep a community newspaper in the town of Brookneal and surrounding counties. We asked for community involvement, feedback and support.

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GLADYS — The Campbell County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a fourth solar farm project in Campbell County last week. It is expected to cover about half of a 1,000-acre total series of parcels off Brookneal Highway and Mollies Creek Road in the Gladys community. Officials say it c…

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CAMPBELL COUNTY — At the Campbell County Board of Supervisors’ first meeting of 2020, the group selected Supervisor Charlie Watts, who represents the Brookneal District, as its chairman. It chose Supervisor John Hardie as vice chairman. Board members also chose the committees they intend to staff.

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RUSTBURG — Now in its 34th year, the planned annual Campbell County community observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday continues to be the biggest MLK Day celebration in the area, according to Reginald Herndon, president of the Campbell County chapter of the NAACP. The event is se…