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South Boston town manager resigns

South Boston Town Manager Timothy Wilson has resigned following a meeting of Town Council Monday night, without giving a reason for his abrupt departure only one year after he was…

Halifax mourns mayor’s passing

Gilbert ‘Dick’ Moore, town advocate and ‘genuinely caring person,’ dies at age 78

Aiding a nation’s recovery

Recent college graduate Elizabeth Leggett will spend upcoming year with Rwanda relief program


South Hill Machine Pitch team takes the field





Mecklenburg > Mecklenburg Education

Mecklenburg County school officials pleased with NCLB reforms

President Obama’s announcement this week that he will offer relief from some provisions of No Child Left Behind was met with cautious optimism by Mecklenburg County School Superintendent James Thornton, who has who has repeatedly criticized NCLB’s emphasis on testing, calling it “drilling and killing.”

Clarksville Players sell out ‘Kitchen’ fundraiser

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Jane Williamson (left), guest chef at the Drama in the Kitchen fundraiser. (Susan Kyte photos)
Friends and supporters of the Clarksville Community Players and the Fine Arts Center packed the VFW Hall in Clarksville on Saturday night for the “Drama in the Kitchen Act II,” a fund-raising event to raise money for renovations to the Fine Arts Center in Clarksville.


The 16th annual Harvest Days Festival is coming to Clarksville this Saturday, with most activities free to the public. Come and celebrate the fall season with Virginia’s only lakeside town! Vendors will line the streets facing storefronts and sidewalks along Virginia Avenue and offer seasonal crafts, specialty items, baked goods, antiques, collectibles and antiquities (items of an era) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Harvest Days Festival will also feature your favorite food vendors.

South Hill Farmer’s Day attracts many

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The beaver mascot of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers wandered and danced the streets during South Hill's Farmers Day on Saturday.

Historical seat

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Mark Wenger studying one of Prestwould’s turned chairs. (Susan Kyte photos)
Architectural historian Mark Randolph Wenger was the keynote speaker at the annual Friends of Prestwould picnic on Sunday at the historic Prestwould Plantation in Clarksville.

‘Blackhawk Down’ lowered into Lake Rawlings

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Lake Rawlings in Brunswick County was the scene last week for the sinking of “Blackhawk Down,” a decommissioned Blackhawk helicopter that has been donated to the popular driving spot for use as a scuba attraction. Under the leadership of Commander Dave Givey, the U.S. Navy carried out the mission with the help of crews that tethered, lifted and then sank the airship frame to the bottom of Lake Rawlings. A crowd of Brunswick County citizens came out to witness this event; guests included the mayor of Lawrenceville and the executive director of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, among other notables. Two Navy Sea Stallions (Sisnosky 53 helicopters) participated in the mission, one for the lift and the other for back-up/documentation. Commander Dave Givey is shown (photo above) with Errol Duplessis, President/CEO of Lake Rawlings, as the Blackhawk is prepped for sinking.

Microsoft builds upon data center investment, creating 10 more jobs for county

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s announcement on Friday that Microsoft Corp. would invest an additional $150 million to expand their generation data center (Gen4) site in Mecklenburg County, comes two months after Microsoft told local community leaders in Boydton that it would move ahead with expansion plans.

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