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Miss Virginia shines at Miss America Pageant

Courtney Garrett, whose grandfather lives in Halifax County, is first runner-up

Spirits of the past

In the 1920s and 1930s, if you lived in Franklin County, most likely you were in involved in the county’s biggest industry — making illegal whiskey or moonshine.

Mecklenburg County, Boydton looking for funds to upgrade plant

Help sought with $4 million cost

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12 runners, 208 miles, 36 hours, no sleep

Recently, a group of twelve local runners took on the challenge of participating in the Blue Ridge Relay. A grueling, two hundred plus mile relay spanning two days, mountainous terrain,…

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Not some pipe dream

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The work site on U.S. Route 58, across from ABB, where Williams Transco has stored materials for the 100-mile natural gas pipeline from Chatham to Brunswick.
Construction begins on Williams Transco natural gas pipeline, with South Boston as the staging area for hundreds of workers

Thornton: Build now

A flagging economy has a potential upside for Mecklenburg County: the prospect of saving up to $50 million on a costly overhaul of outdated county school facilities.

PETA materials draw criticism after fair visit

South Boston News
Farm Animal Field Day at the Halifax County Fair offered an opportunity for pre-K pupils at Clarksville Elementary to learn more about their domestic animal friends. Maybe too much.

Piecing together a mysterious past

South Boston News
Born in Clarksville in 1870, Erasmus Lafayette Baskervill graduated from the Boydton Institute, read Greek and Latin and rose to the position of archdeacon in the Episcopal Church’s South Carolina diocese. All of his six children went to college, some to the Ivy League. Fans of the Boydton Institute and other now-defunct historically black schools think there are scores of fascinating stories like his to be discovered. (Photo courtesy of Charles Farrar)
For some sites on the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail, the history is all there, well-documented and freshly remembered.

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