January 2, 2019
*Altavista Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program is a big success again this year and provides gifts for 42 youngsters.
January 9, 2019
*”Bird Man” Keith Vogel loves working with birds and other fowl on his nearby farm.
*Nathalie man Alton Beadles pleads guilty to second degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Wendy Perkins Cash.
*Shooting in Hurt leaves three dead and two injured when Jason Davis turns on his family.
*Long Island native Yolanda Stone starts a new business with Jennifer Tardy called Proving What’s Possible, located in Altavista.
January 16, 2019
*A winter storm dumps sleet and snow on the area.
*Shelly Thornton pleads not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of her father, James Thornton.
*Community mourns the passing of Dennis Nash.
*SEC members to receive $3 million in credits.
January 23, 2019
*Residents for a Better Brookneal are passing a petition calling for the Town of Brookneal to give up its charter.
*North Halifax Ladies Auxiliary raises $40,000 this past year for the fire department.
*Brookneal District Supervisor Charlie Watts shares thoughts on the status of the town.
*Campbell County Sheriff Steve Hutchinson announces he will retire at the end of 2019.
January 30, 2019
*Campbell County NAACP holds annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on his birthday.
*Best of the Best competition starts at The Union Star.
*Local artist Acie D. Hamlette creates a new way to share his art.
*Ralph Samuel Ramsey was denied bond as he faces his day in court for the shooting death of his neighbor, Samuel Dawson.
*Altavista High School grad Juan Thornhill accepts an invitation from the NFL.
February 6, 2019
*Patrick Henry Family Services hires Robert Wheeler as new Director of Marketing.
*Kinship Navigator program will help more people in the area.
*Brookneal Elementary School holds Sweetheart Dance.
*Calvin Ramsey sentenced to 42 years for a shootout with SWAT.
*Red Hill wins 3rd place in Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts contest.
February 13, 2019
*Campbell County Investigator Whit Clark announces he will run for Sheriff in November.
*Phenix Elementary School gets a bomb threat.
*William Campbell High School honors its seniors in winter sports.
*Campbell County Sheriff’s Office holds annual awards.
*Black History is celebrated in Brookneal at 246 The Main.
February 20, 2019
*Former Brookneal Mayor Phyllis Campbell is appointed to serve on town council to fill the seat left vacant by James “Champ” Nowlin when he started his term as Mayor.
*Sgt. Terry Cook from Campbell County Sheriff’s Office announces he will run for Sheriff.
*Brookneal 21st Century Ruritan Club provides an update on the club to Brookneal Town Council.
*Four bomb threats hit the area in eight days in Charlotte County.
February 27, 2019
*William County High School senior Carleigh Singleton is killed in a motor vehicle accident.
*Isiah Garland arrested for string of break-ins.
*A suspicious fire is investigated on Ridge Street in Brookneal.
*Gladys Fire Chief Scott Horseman wins a state award.
*Organizers planning for Relay for Life.
March 6, 2019
*Eddie Gunter, Jr. announces he will run for re-election to the Concord District seat on the Campbell County Board of Supervisors. He is currently chairman.
*Information is shared about inner workings of the Town of Brookneal.
*Community mourns the death of Carleigh Singleton.
*Falling River Airsoft to open in the site of the former Falling River Elementary School.
March 13, 2019
*Sunburst District Supervisor Bob Good says he will not run for re-election to the Campbell County Board of Supervisors.
*Residents for a Better Brookneal hold a meeting to provide information about the group at Good Times.
*William Campbell Beta Club is honored.
*A benefit is held for local child Aycen Cousins who has a rare condition affecting his ability to breath.
March 20, 2019
*Senator Frank Ruff announces he will run for re-election for the 15th Senate District in the June 11 Republican Primary.
*Announcement made that a Town Hall will be held to talk about the possibility of William Campbell closing.
*A rally is held for Emma Compton Layne who will soon be dead two years with no arrest made in her death.
*Valuable merchandise stolen during break-in at concession stand at Brookneal Ballpark.
*Campbell County Board of Supervisors propose a new 4% meals tax in the county.
March 27, 2019
*Drive through rabies clinic held in area.
*Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department makes plans for fundraising marathon.
*Carleigh Shae Singleton Memorial Scholarship Fund held by Staunton River Masonic Lodge #155.
*Meeting held at William Campbell with school board member Dr. Scott Miller leading the talk.
April 3, 2019
*Dale Stedifen announces he will run against Senator Frank Ruff in the June 11 primary.
*Marathon offers fun, food, music and more on Saturday.
*Announcement made that the county will hold a meals tax special election on April 9.
*Taste of Childrey set for April 13.
April 10, 2019
*Campbell County Republican Party passes resolution against Supervisor Charlie Watts.
*Patrick Henry boys home to close Brookneal campus.
*Brookneal Dixie Youth Boys Baseball kicks off new season.
*Delegate James Edmunds announces he will run for re-election to 60th District seat in the House.
*VDOT announces Robert Brown as new residency administrator in Appomattox.
*A helicopter crashes in Clover, pilot injured.
April 17, 2019
*Patrick Henry Family Services to open resource center in Brookneal.
*Annual fishing tournaments are announced in Brookneal.
*Eugene B. Casey Education and Event Center at Red Hill to hold open house.
April 24, 2019
*Hat Creek man killed by sons of his girlfriend. Ashard Adams and Antonio Waller arrested.
*East Coast is slammed by tornadoes.
*Brookneal Baptist Church making progress.
*Campbell County Relay for Life held at Altavista Combined School.
May 1, 2019
*Winners of the striped bass and catfish tournaments are announced.
*Eugene B. Casey Education and Event Center holds a ribbon cutting.
May 8, 2019
*WC players make a visit to Brookneal Elementary School.
*Campbell County to hold wreath laying on May 16.
*Flea Market Flip winners are announced at The Department Store. *Brookneal Dixie Girls Softball holds opening ceremonies.
May 15, 2019
*Patrick Henry Family Services announce meeting at community building to gather input on new resource center.
*Tornadoes touch down in Gladys area on Tap Lane.
*WC Boosters thank businesses for new scoreboard.
*Peggy Saunders talks about Sheriff’s Office support of her son, the now deceased Deputy Jason Saunders.
May 22, 2019
*PHFS holds meeting to gather input.
*William Campbell holds Baccalaureate ceremony.
*Heritage Hall Car Show winners are featured.
*Supervisors hold public hearing on meals tax ordinance.
May 29, 2019
*Town reservoir closed temporarily after gun drawn on water plant operator.
*Altavista council member Tim George arrested on two counts of perjury/ false written statement.
*Fallen officers honored at wreath laying at Sheriff’s Office.
*Senator Ruff talks to The Union Star.
*Supervisors approve $77.2 million budget.
June 5, 2019
*WC graduates 67 at ceremony at Vines Center.
*Dale Moore announces he will run for re-election to Altavista District Supervisor seat on Campbell County Board of Supervisors.
*Red Hill hosts Naturalization Ceremony for 29 new citizens.
*Spring Hill Supervisor Jim Borland announces he will not run for re-election to Campbell County Board of Supervisors.
June 12, 2019
*Vandals tear up middle field at Brookneal Ballpark.
*Jim Hamlette holds unveiling of Little Jimmy.
*Ashard Adams and Antonio Waller have their charges for killing Orlando Robey sent on to the Grand Jury.
*Steven W. Shockley announces he will run for Sunburst District seat in Campbell County Board of Supervisors election in November.
June 19, 2019
*Sen. Frank Ruff wins the Republican nomination at the June 11 primary where he faced off against Dale Sturdifen.
*Campbell County students graduate landscaping program at Southern Landscape Group, Inc.
*Fun Float Day coming up on Saturday.
*Brookneal council member Benny David demands answers on why reservoir has been closed a month. Meeting is set for June 20.
June 26, 2019
*Fun Float Day in Long Island sees a big turnout of floaters from the Long Island Ruritan Club area on the Staunton River to Brookneal.
*Plans for a solar electric farm in Gladys are being considered by Caden Energix LLC.
July 3, 2019
*Brookneal mourns the passing of former councilman Robert “Bob” Jean at age 78.
*Brookneal High School Class of 1950 holds its annual reunion at Hat Creek Golf Course Clubhouse.
*Bo-Zac will perform at the annual July 4 bash at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill.
July 10, 2019
*Lone Star Tick bringing meat allergy into the area.
*Ashard Adams, 31, and Antonio Waller, 27 are indicted for the death of Orlando Robey, their mother’s boyfriend.
*Front door is broken at Kwik Cash in Brookneal.
*Red Hill celebrates July 4 with music and fireworks.
*Concord holds the annual July 4 parade.
July 17, 2019
*Brookneal Chamber Vice President Wayne Tribble comes to town council to let them know about the upcoming Brookneal Fest.
*Brookneal Coach Pitch All Stars play in All Star Tournament.
*Curwood Clark wins a medal from the French Legion of Honor.
*Local youth tour Washington D.C. thanks to Southside Electric Cooperative.
July 24, 2019
*The passing of Margaret “Meg” Tibbs is felt all over the Brookneal area.
*A Brookneal man is robbed on a side street near CVS.
*World War II veteran “Jake” Eldred Lee Milton celebrates his 100th birthday with family and friends.
*Brothers-In-Arms co-founder Patrick Moody loses his fight against cancer.
*Campbell County Supervisors honor retired judge Samuel Johnston.
July 31, 2019
*Brookneal Fest is rescheduled for October 12 to not conflict with the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department Marathon.
*Food Lion provides half a million meals for area people.
*Brookneal Lions makes a donation to Hat Creek Camps.
*Campbell County School Board discusses William Campbell Combined School with Supervisors.
*Patrick Henry Family Services announces it will open a resource center in Brookneal in the fall of 2019.
August 7, 2019
*Brookneal man Josiah Singleton competes on American Ninja Warrior on NBC.
*Campbell County Captain Dwayne Wade announces to run for Sheriff.
*John Lee is elected as vice chairman of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative.
August 14, 2019
*Clarence Jones, Jr. is named Citizen of the Year by Brookneal Lions Club.
*The former office building of Patrick Henry Family Services in Brookneal is sold at auction.
*Campbell County Social Services donates many school supplies to kids.
August 21, 2019
*Main Street Strong set for Friday in Brookneal.
*Red Hill’s Osage Orange tree is once again declared a state and national winner.
*Dr. Cameron Webb announces he will run for Virginia’s Fifth District seat against Rep. Denver Riggleman.
*Brookneal gets a $50,000 USDA grant to help pay for a new sanitation truck.
*Town of Brookneal taking steps to improve reservoir safety.
August 28, 2019
*Clara’s opens in Brookneal offering vintage and new items.
*Main Street Strong gets hit by storm right at the start, but continues on and does well.
*Governor Ralph Northam goes on a “listening tour.”
September 4, 2019
*Rustburg High School has an inadvertent lockdown.
*Department Store Antiques holds an 8th Anniversary event.
*Community devastated by triple murder in Keeling by Matthew Bernard. He killed his mother, sister and nephew.
September 11, 2019
*Brookneal Lions welcome four new members.
*New Dollar General opens in Rustburg.
*Chick Carwile recognized for 50 plus years of service to fire departments.
*Brodnax Police Chief Joe Carey to run for Sheriff in Charlotte County.
September 18, 2019
*Four Forks and a Spoon opens in Nathalie.
*September 11 is remembered at Patrick Henry Memorial Library service.
*The Miracle Worker” opens at 246 The Main Cultural Arts Theatre in Brookneal.
*Brookneal Trading Post opens in Brookneal.
September 25, 2019
*POW/MIA event held in Charlotte Court House.
*Candlight Ministries comes to town to bring food boxes to the needy.
October 2, 2019
*A billboard asking for information about the murder of Cody woman Emma Compton Layne goes up near Four Forks and a Spoon.
*Dollar General in Brookneal is robbed at gunpoint.
*Fake $100 bill found at Food Lion.
*An American flag is donated to Brookneal Community Building by in memory of the late Doug St. John by his wife, Inez St. John-Crews.
*Campbell County Supervisor Bob Good announces he will run for Fifth District.
*Missing teens found safe in Lynchburg.
October 9, 2019
*William Campbell Homecoming Court is announced with Johnny Wood and Brentley Bomar chosen as King and Queen.
*Halifax man Josh B. Mitchell, 73, dies in car crash.
*Friends of the Rustburg Library will offer a $500 scholarship to a senior from Rustburg High School.
November 6, 2019
*CCoVA holds a summit to spotlight drug abuse.
*Drought advisory is lifted thanks to rainfall.
*The Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew Festival at Red Hill is big hit.
November 13, 2019
*Whit Clark wins the office of Sheriff of Campbell County.
*Veterans are honored at annual service at Brookneal Elementary School.
*Campbell County Board of Supervisors makes a strong statement on 2nd Amendment.
*Historic Courthouse Holiday Market in Rustburg is a big hit.
November 20, 2019
*Foster Fuels is honored with awards by area groups.
*Brookneal Lions to sponsor Memory Tree.
November 27, 2019
*One man dies from a gunshot wound while another is stabbed in the shoulder on incident in Brookneal.
*Donald Trump Jr. participates in Liberty U convocation.
*Annual Thanksgiving meal is sponsored by Golden Skillet and Childrey Baptist Church.
*High speed internet arrives in Halifax.
December 4, 2019
*Man is shot in Altavista on Riverbend Road but his body is later found in Pittsylvania County.
*Brookneal Mayor James “Champ” Nowlin to be Grand Marshall of parade.
December 11, 2019
*Hat Creek Camp to host a “Sensory Friendly Santa Experience.”
*Brookneal Christmas Parade results are announced.
*Red Hill holds annual Christmas Open House.
*Christmas Open House held in downtown Brookneal.
December 18, 2019
*Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department holds annual Christmas dinner and awards ceremony. Clarence Jones, Jr. is named a Lifetime Member and Billy Herndon earns his 50 year pin.
*Long Island Ruritan Club holds the annual tree lighting with Smokey Wilson performing.
*Drakes Branch man Donald Toombs is sentenced for drugs.
December 24, 2019
*Campbell County Board of Supervisors took time to have a proper send off to three members of the board who are leaving: Eddie Gunter, Bob Good, and Jim Borland.
*Whit Clark III is sworn in as Campbell County Sheriff.
*Sonny Merryman is awarded a contract from Dominion Energy for phase one of their electric school bus program.
*The Polar Express program at Brookneal Elementary School on December 19 was a huge success with parents and students.