Halifax police search for child porn offender who walked out of trial

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 42-year-old child porn offender who walked out of court during the lunch break in his Tuesday jury trial and failed to return.



Chase City woman, 22, dies in crash

Car veers off road, strikes tree

Duke Reid, former mayor of Chase City, dies at age 80

Alvin Duke Reid, who served for 10 years as Chase City’s mayor and founded Reid’s Bookkeeping and Tax Service in town, died Saturday at the age of 80. A genial presence as mayor and as a Town Council member before that, Reid began his career in town government with a four-year stint on Town Council and became mayor in 1998. […]

Baskerville teacher pleads guilty to sex crimes involving minor

A former Rivermont School teacher accused of sex crimes against a student could serve up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in Mecklenburg County Circuit Court Monday morning. Heidi Bradshaw Sheets admitted to eight of 18 charges she was facing in Mecklenburg County, including four counts of solicitation of a minor through electronic means and four […]

Shine & Wine Festival returns for third year

Three years ago, a small band of Chase City residents were looking for new ways to bring visitors to their town, and to promote local businesses. At the same time, Robert Bondurant, whose family is famous for their moonshine, was readying his new distillery in town, where he planned to produce and sell moonshine based on the family recipe. Down […]

Pullback of federal funding hampers Mecklenburg school budget

The Mecklenburg County school budget has taken a hit of more than $216,000 this year as a result of cutbacks in federal aid, Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols told members of the School Board at their regular monthly meeting Monday. Mecklenburg County’s Title 1 funding was cut by $200,000 over last year, and Washington also pulled back $16,000 in Title […]

Mecklenburg indictments handed down

A Mecklenburg County grand jury on Monday handed down criminal indictments against 12 suspects, including Rodney Wade Merritt of South Hill who was charged with one felony count of strangulation, and one felony count of sodomy. Merritt also was charged with several related misdemeanors, including six counts of assault of a family member, and two counts of injuring a phone […]

‘America’s Outlaw Drink’  featured at the Shine & Wine

The 1930s were hard times for America, beset by the Great Depression and Prohibition, but hard times were nothing new to the people of Franklin County, the westernmost county of Southside Virginia. One way these hardscrabble folks made money was through the production of moonshine, an illegal home-made spirit. According to a report commissioned by President Herbert Hoover in the […]

All quiet down the homestretch

The powers-that-be who’ll determine the future of Mecklenburg County school facilities must be taking lessons from Congress: they’re brushing up against must-pass deadlines with what looks from afar to be nary a care in the world.