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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.

Postseason high school football honors were recently announced as William Campbell and Altavista were well represented led by Generals junior defensive end Zekeya Townes who was named Region 1B Defensive Player of the Year.

The Amherst County Museum requests your presence at its “Deck the Halls” open house on December 15 between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. The Museum will be decked out for the holidays courtesy of local churches, businesses and organizations. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make an appearance and t…

Docent Andi Bradsher from North Carolina loves to demonstrate how to operate the table loom out in the old cabin during Red Hill events such as Sunday's Christmas Open House.

Red Hill CEO Hope Marstin poses with this unique Christmas tree at the Visitor’s Center on December 8 during the open house. She says her talented staff decorated the tree. Other decorations around the property were made by the Red Hill Garden Club which always does a first-rate job of creat…

Long’s Farm Supply brought out this well-crafted FFA-Ville float with Mr. Grinch in the Brookneal Christmas Parade.

Ebenezer Baptist Church had a beautiful float full of misfit toys in Thursday's Brookneal Christmas Parade.

Brookneal Lions Memory Tree in the Brookneal Christmas Parade on Thursday looked poignant with its lights reminding us of those who have passed.

William Campbell Marching Generals was the host band for the parade.

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Brookneal Mayor James “Champ” Nowlin has been named as the 2019 Grand Marshall of the annual Brookneal Christmas Parade scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

The long-awaited Christmas season has arrived in the Brookneal and surrounding area. Many holiday events are happening this week with more to come. Be sure to send your events to dferrell@theunionstar.com to be included in the calendar. 

There will be voting going on Thursday night during the Brookneal Christmas Parade for your favorite window (dressed for Christmas). Contestants will be on glorious display in downtown Brookneal on Main Street and E. Rush Street. Drop off your ballot at the parade.