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Saturday, Virginia inaugurated our 74th Governor. This began the four year term of Glen Youngkin.  As he passionately pointed out in the lead up to and in his speech following taking the oath of office, this election and this term of office was not about him – the individual – but rather a v…

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Altavista Police Chief Tommy Merricks announced in a video on the Altavista Police Department’s YouTube Channel that the new speed camera in front of Altavista Combined School on Bedford Avenue will begin issuing speeding tickets starting Mon., Jan. 24.

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"Thank you all, for the trust you have placed in me. I do not take this responsibility lightly, and I pledge to you that I will give my utmost to be a Speaker for all of Virginia. Before I elaborate on that, I hope you will please allow me to note some matters of personal significance. 

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The Campbell County School Board held its first meeting of 2022 this past Monday evening. The first order of business was electing the new Chair and Vice Chair for 2022. Motions nominating Dr. Scott Miller as Chairman and Mark Epperson as Vice Chairman were presented and passed. Clerk Michel…

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Right in the middle of a pandemic might seem a surprising time to begin a new business, but Rodney Berger made it work. After living in New York City for 23 years, he decided to come back home to Gretna and start a restaurant. Together with his family, he launched The Artist Way Cafe.

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A Southside Electric Cooperative line technician was injured Mon., Jan. 3, while working on electricity restoration during the recent snowstorm. He was working in Campbell County, near the Gladys community, when the incident happened.

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The Patrick Henry National Memorial at Red Hill in Brookneal has announced that it will be hosting a free breakfast on January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Day. While the meal is free, those planning to attend need to register in advance of the event on the Red Hill website (redhill.org).

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Citing rising numbers of covid cases, hospitalizations, and positive test results in Centra’s service area and across the Commonwealth, the hospital system has announced a new visitation policy, which goes into effect on Thurs., Jan. 6.

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According to the Virginia State Police, the steady drop in temperatures this evening have resulted in previously-cleared and/or wet highways to refreeze. Due these latest treacherous road conditions, motorists are being discouraged from driving through Virginia overnight.

The Altavista Journal and Union Star has again rehired reporter Jeffrey Westbrook. He will be writing for both newspapers.

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Two student groups at Rustburg High School have spearheaded initiatives to help those in need this holiday season, providing them with real-life experience in planning and fulfilling such projects. The Student Council Association (SCA) has conducted fundraisers to buy food for the families s…

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Virginia State Police Trooper L.G. Pingley is investigating a fatal crash in Nelson County. The crash occurred Dec. 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. on Route 29, a few hundred feet south of Route 617/ Rockfish River Road.

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Deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a strong armed robbery in area of Tower Hill Road in Rustburg on December 23 at approximately 4:57 pm. The victim of the robbery was assaulted and a large amount of cash was taken from his wallet. Medics were also d…

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It’s a tale of two girls who pitch, two teams, two schools, and two towns. Appomattox and Rustburg, neighboring communities with adjacent high school districts, both won a VHSL state Championship in softball in 2021. And both have their ace pitchers back for one more season this year before …

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UVA-Bound: Sometimes teammates and sometimes rivals, top-notch pitchers Courtney Layne (left, Appomattox County High School) and Eden Bigham (right, Rustburg High School) will be joining forces at the University of Virginia next year after they graduate from high school. The three have playe…

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RUSTBURG, VA - Governor Ralph Northam’s Office announced Monday that grant awards from the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) program would be distributed to 13 Virginia localities to support Broadband access to underserved regions. Campbell County, one of 84 localities that appli…

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RUSTBURG, VA - Former Campbell County Utilities and Service Authority (CCUSA) Administrator, Frank L. Davis, Jr., has announced his retirement, and the CCUSA Board is actively recruiting for his replacement.

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Area school and law enforcement officials are responding with alertness and caution to alleged threats that have been circulating on the social media platform TikTok about the alleged potential for violence in schools on Friday, December 17. While they report that they have investigated and …

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On 12/14/21, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to the 4300 block of Lambs Church Road to investigate a possible shooting, according to a recent CCSO statement. After the initial investigation, deputies determined that there was a family dispute, and one family member had been…

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After a lengthy closed session, Gretna’s town council discussed whether more of the town’s police cars should be marked at its December 13 meeting.

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Last Wednesday, I watched live coverage of the Congressional hearing in which the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, testified before a (bipartisan!) Senate panel on consumer protection of children online. Panelists cited research indicating that 95% of teens own or have access to smartphones,…

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Avoca Museum & Historical Society invited the community to enjoy their property two weekends in a row this month for Christmas at Avoca.

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For folks from Central Virginia, the drop in temperatures and leaves falling means more than raking leaves and splitting wood. For most, it means donning your blaze orange and heading into the woods for hunting season.