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Man sentenced to year in prison on drug count

Ten arrested, seven more sought in drug, firearms sweep

A long-term investigation has resulted in the arrest of 10 individuals in the Southside Virginia region on approximately 31 drug and firearm charges.

Victim identified in July 6 death in La Crosse

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has identified Jessica Stroud, 35, of Waynesboro as the victim in a July 6 death in La Crosse that police describe as suspicious.


Halifax routed by Mecklenburg in pre-majors state tournament





Gwendolyn Burton Freeman / May 28, 2019

Gwendolyn Burton Freeman died Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the age of 89. Mrs. Freeman was born on July 10, 1929, in Mecklenburg County, to the late Fletcher Allen Burton and Selma Jones Burton. She was a graduate of Clarksville High School and completed her education and degree at Mary Baldwin College in 1950, studying English and social work. After graduatation, Gwendolyn went into the family business working with her father, Fletcher, in his business endeavors at Planters Tobacco Warehouse, farming lands, and his real estate and accounting professions. She worked side-by-side with her father until his death in 1968.

Gwendolyn would continue to administer these enterprises until her own death. She was a member of Jamieson Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher to the high school class. Her primary joy in life has always been her cherished family.

Mrs. Freeman is survived by daughter Debra Lenhart (Wayne) of Clarksville, her granddaughter Magie L. Wilkerson (Michael) of Halifax, her grandson Aaron Lenhart of New York. She is also survived by her two great grandchildren, Grace Burton Wilkerson and Claire Allen Wilkerson.

A graveside service was held Friday, May 24 at 2 p.m. in Oakhurst Cemetery immediately following visitation from 12:30-2 p.m. at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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