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Chase City Police Sgt. Will Stembridge led the NNO Color Walk in Chase City. Willow and Toby Morrison check out a police vehicle with Scooby-Doo at South Hill’s National Night Out observance. (Photos by Susan Kyte and Lisa Clary) / August 04, 2021
Law enforcement officers and Mecklenburg County citizens came together Tuesday night to celebrate National Night Out, a community event that aims to strengthen relationships among local law enforcement officers, first responders, and the people they serve. In Mecklenburg, National Night Out events took place at Chase City’s Main Street Pavilion and at the Exchange Warehouse in the Town of South Hill.

Tuesday’s celebration in Chase City began at 6 p.m. with free hot dogs and watermelon served up by members of the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department. The event featured live entertainment by a local DJ, a chance to play with farm animals provided by Amy Whitten and the Bluestone Middle School FFA, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources mascot, and giveaways and information from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, the Selah Center, Tri-County Community Action, Southside Behavioral Health, Community Anti-Drug Coalition and other groups.

The highlight of Tuesday’s celebration in Chase City was the color walk led by Chase City Police sargeant and National Night Out organizer Sgt. Will Stembridge. The walk is a take on the Color Run, in which participants are doused from head to toe in different colored powder. It is seen as a fun way to celebrate health, happiness and togetherness.

At the Exchange Warehouse community center in South Hill, members of the South Hill Police Department, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department and volunteers greeted a crowd that turned out for the NNO celebration. Kids enjoyed hot dogs and other snacks, checked out police vehicles and met local officers who were on hand to offer information about what they do in the community.

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