“No one here in Brookneal has or has had COVID-19,” stated Mayor James Champ Nowlin. “That’s a blessing. We’re abiding by what Governor has said. Some restaurants remain open for take-out or drive-through, but not dining in. We’re not to be in places where there are more than ten people. We’re wearing masks and gloves, even when we just go out to the drugstore, supermarket, or post office. We’re listening to the news every night. We’re practicing social distancing. We will continue to do those things. If people feel sick, they should call their own doctors.”

Town Manager Russell B. Thurston filled in The Union Star on daily, operational matters: “The Town of Brookneal will continue all public services as normal with the exception of our front office,” said Thurston. “The town office is staffed each day but is closed to walk-in traffic,” continued Thurston.

“All payments such as water bills can be mailed to P.O. Box 450, Brookneal, VA, 24528. Additionally, there is a secure drop slot on the front door of Town Hall for customers to simply place their names on an envelope with their payment and drop it in. Other options such as on-line payments or payments over the telephone can be found on the town's website at townofbrookneal.com.

“For citizens needing direct assistance--for example, setting up a new water account--our treasurer can be reached by phone, and arrangements can be made to accommodate those needs (434-376-3124).

“Our Town Council--along with former mayor Phyllis Campbell and current mayor James Champ Nowlin--have done a very good job of managing the town's finances. Each year for many years, Town Council has set aside money for a rainy day—not knowing when the rainy day would come, but knowing that sooner or later the rain would indeed come. This means that even though interruptions to the normal revenue stream are occurring, the town's financial position is good, and there are no plans to reduce or discontinue services for our citizens.

For the full story, be sure to pick up a copy of the April 22 print edition of The Union Star. It is available on newsstands throughout the greater Brookneal area. Or call (434) 376-2795 to order a subscription to be delivered directly to your home or business.