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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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North Carolina man drowns on Buggs Island Lake

SoVaNow.com / July 15, 2011
A North Carolina man drowned Wednesday on Buggs Island Lake, near Bowman's Bridge on Rte. 49 near Clarksville.

At approximately 9 p.m., Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Jones responded to a 911 call for a possible drowning near Lawson Drive. Mecklenburg Rescue Squad members and Rangers from the Army Corp of Engineers were at the scene, administering CPR to the victim when Jones arrived.

According to statements from an unidentified witness, the victim, Jessie Smith, 33, of Timberlake, N.C., had been swimming when he started having trouble and began to go under. He was pulled to the shore by witnesses, CPR was started, and a call was made to 911.

Mecklenburg Rescue Squad transported Smith to Halifax Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Danny Fox strongly encourages everyone to be safe, and “when taking advantage of our lakes, please use some type of flotation device to prevent another tragedy from happening.”

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