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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…

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The sign out front of 246 The Main Cultural Arts Theatre on Main Street, Brookneal was hit by vandals on Christmas Eve night with the incident reported to owners Carl and Donnalynn Davis the following morning.

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One of The Union Star’s most popular columnists, Margaret Elder, who wrote Rt. 1 News for many years, passed away on Christmas Day. This is a great blow to her family and many friends and readers.

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In lieu of a company Christmas party this season, Foster Fuels made the decision to donate the party budget to 13 local elementary schools in their market. Employees located near each school represented Foster Fuels as they hand delivered each check.

During the December 10 meeting of Brookneal Town Council, Brookneal Police Officer Clif Mason reported to council that the town received 108 calls for service during the month of November with all but five answered by Brookneal. he shared that there were 11 traffic stops with three shoplifti…

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Everyone was full of praise for how well the December 5 Brookneal Christmas Parade turned out at the December 10 council meeting. Public Works Director Mike Crews mentioned that he heard people say they thought it was one of the best parades the town has ever had!

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Long Island Ruritan Club held a festive tree lighting ceremony Saturday night at the clubhouse. Club members and guests enjoyed a table full of refreshments, speaking by Randolph Coffeey, and Gospel Music by Smokey Wilson.

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Saturday night was a time of great fun and fellowship as Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) held its annual Christmas dinner and awards ceremony.