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Two rookies have joined the Altavista Police Department and are setting out for Police Academy in Lynchburg beginning July 1. Cory Earhart and Chelsea Pugh are the newest members of the APD.

The Town of Brookneal has purchased a brand-new sanitation vehicle, reported Town Manager Russell Thurston. It replaces the 10-year-old vehicle that has been in use until now; that older truck will be used for backup.

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Patrick Henry’s Red Hill – the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, would like to give back to the community with a Red Cross blood drive in Brookneal, VA. This blood drive is held in honor of two local children, Reese Anctil and Zeke Puig. Both are fighting leukemia.

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Swiftwater rescue services were called in to the Staunton River between Brookneal and Long Island on Thursday afternoon following the reported capsizing of a boat on the rain-swollen river.

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As an entertainment venue, according to Virginia Health Department guidelines, 246 The Main Cultural Arts Theatre may open at 30% capacity. And even though Governor Northam may/will enter Virginia into Phase III on July 1, we feel confident at still staging this venue at 30% with precautions…

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Perhaps it is Brookneal’s best-kept secret, but there is a small shop on Lusardi Drive that sells military surplus. And it’s not the cheap, made-in-China knock-offs, either. Kenneth Cantrell at the Brookneal Trading Post specializes in U.S. military surplus and merchandise which is made in t…

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While Governor Ralph Northam set forth highly restrictive guidelines for schools to reopen in the upcoming academic year, he also left the burden of coming up with a workable plan on Virginia’s school districts. Campbell County Public Schools’ administration has been working through the mora…

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A business owner does not need a large establishment in order to look out for other small businesses. Brenda Pool owns and operates Department Store Antiques on Main Street in Brookneal, and she has been doing her part to help small businesses in the community.

On June 18, the Brookneal Town Council met for the second time this month; at the regular monthly meeting on June 9 there was not a quorum present. The lack of a quorum came about because of Council Member Mark Wilke’s absence due to the death of his father, who was in his 90s and “lived a f…

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Comcast Rural Expansion to Bring Wide Range of Internet Options from Internet Essentials for Low-Income Households to Gigabit Speeds; Full Suite of Xfinity TV, Mobile, Landline Phone and Home Security Products and Services; and Comcast Business Services

The old Vista Foods in Bedford closed in February, but now a familiar business has taken its place. Wendell Dawson opened his third Elba Butcher Shoppe in the building on June 6, offering the community a locally owned store to purchase fresh produce and custom-cut meats. Dawson opened his fi…

Virginia State Police Trooper K. Isom is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred Tuesday at 2:45 a.m. on Route 58, one tenth of a mile east of Route 876 in Pittsylvania County.

Officials at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) have issued general guidelines for the upcoming fall semester of classes at the college. These guidelines focus on maintaining a safe and functional environment for students, faculty and staff.

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Heading into its 37th year in the community, the Altavista Church Supply store is the only Christian bookstore between Lynchburg and Danville. Majority owner Major Gilbert, Sr. noted, “We supply church supplies, Bibles, study material, Sunday school material, pastoral robes, tambourines, gos…

Good news! We are reopening on Tuesday, June 16. Many of our regular services will resume. We have made a few adjustments with health and safety in mind:

A group of over 100 people from around the region gathered at Shreve Park in Altavista Friday evening in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The event—not hosted by any one group or officially affiliated with the BLM organization—remained peaceful.

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Challenger Bob Good defeated incumbent Denver Riggleman for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District on Saturday in Lynchburg in a new form of convention: drive-through.

The Campbell County Board of Supervisors has recommended making certain disabled veterans’ personal property tax exempt. Calvin Massie, commissioner of the Revenue, gave an impassioned summary of the need to help disabled veterans by setting a tax rate low enough to produce a $0 tax levy. Th…

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Patrick Henry's Red Hill fully re-opened to the public beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.

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First-time visitors to Patrick Henry’s Red Hill might understandably be surprised—if they have visited some of the other Virginian Founding Fathers’ mansions such as Monticello or Mount Vernon—at the unassuming and modest size of the estate in Brookneal.

Fishermen and outdoor lovers, rejoice! After so many events cancelled over the past three months (including the Brookneal Striped Bass Festival), the Eighth Annual Catfish Tournament is taking place this weekend.

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With such a unique school year coming to a close, Brookneal Elementary School set up a one-of-a-kind graduation ceremony for their rising sixth graders. Principal Keith Bennett says the school set aside a day just for the graduating fifth graders to have a social distancing approved graduati…

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Rustburg High school has announced Jamael Smith as this year’s class of 2020 valedictorian. With COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in place, the end of Jamael’s senior year is ending differently than he envisioned. As a senior, he says, “I was looking forward to hanging out with my friends at…

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The National D-Day Memorial will reopen to visitors on Wednesday, June 10 as part of a phased approach to welcoming guests back on site for the summer.

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Valedictorian of William Campbell Combined School Paige David has managed a full schedule with completing Advanced Placement and Governor’s School classes, playing numerous musical instruments, volunteering, and working part-time at the Rustburg Veterinary Clinic. “I was pretty excited when …

For the first time in the history of the National D-Day Memorial, guests will not be on site to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day due to restrictions and guidelines associated with Covid-19. This was a difficult but necessary decision. For the safety of our veterans and visitors, the Foun…

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In the spirit of the pre-Revolutionary War group The Sons of Liberty, a new group was born over the weekend, appropriately enough at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill. The Friends of Liberty (Patrick Henry Chapter) debuted under the leadership and impetus of Patrick Henry Jolly, a fifth-great-grandso…

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The Union Star and The Altavista Journal are pleased to announce the arrival of the 2020 Graduation special section. It features the graduates of William Campbell, Rustburg, and Altavista High Schools and Faith Christian Academy.

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With much enthusiasm on the part of Library staff and great appreciation from the patrons, Campbell County Public Libraries kicked off their no-contact, curbside pickup on May 27. The occasion was one of the major chapters in CCPL’s “Story of Reopening” (and is chapter four). “This service w…

Don’t leave money on the table. Six hundred seventy-five billion dollars of federal government funds are distributed to states and communities, based partially off census data.

As many in the community find themselves working fewer hours due to COVID-19 restrictions, health care workers and first responders have seen an increase in their workload. With this situation in mind, Old Dominion Insurance Services showed their appreciation for health care workers by teami…

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The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a flood warning for the Staunton River, affecting Campbell, Pittsylvania, Charlotte, and Halifax Counties, with flooding at Alatvista and Brookneal, among other places.