With southern Virginia in Hurricane Florence’s sights as the storm bears down on the southeastern U.S., communities brace for impacts that could include tropical depression-force winds, torrential rainfall and widespread flooding.

Mecklenburg County declares storm emergency, preps shelters

The Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Monday declaring a local emergency after being briefed on steps the county is taking to prepare for the onslaught of Hurricane Florence by Emergency Services coordinator Jon Taylor. Taylor took part in a briefing of town officials and first responders Tuesday afternoon and is working with first responders in Chase […]

No school Thursday, Friday

School in Mecklenburg County will be closed on Thursday and Friday in anticipation of any dangers Hurricane Florence may bring.

Mecklenburg supervisors postpone votes on school site, construction budget

Speaking at the end of the regular meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors Monday night, chairman Glenn Barbour said his constituents are getting tired of the Board “kicking the can down the road” instead of agreeing to a site and construction budget for the county’s new consolidated secondary school complex. However, less than two hours earlier, at Barbour’s […]

New officer joins County Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Neil Clayton introduced the newest member of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office to members of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors Monday night. K-9 Officer Morris, a German Shepherd from Poland, is certified in search and rescue, tracking, drug searches, and more. He and Clayton recently completed several weeks of intensive training as the two learned to work together. […]

Chase City wins $1.2 million for Endly Street rehab work

The Town of Chase City was one of 14 localities to receive funding from the Community Development Block Grant program. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that the town will get $1,187,294 for its Endly Street Community Project. Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia receives approximately […]

Wait and wonder

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say September probably isn’t the best month to be shutting down the federal government.

Mecklenburg County backs funding for reuse of hospital site

At the request of Mecklenburg County administrator Wayne Carter, the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to send a letter of support for the VCU-CMH’s request for $50,000 in Tobacco Commission grant funding to study the feasibility of turning the former hospital site on Buena Vista Circle in South Hill into an emergency preparedness training facility. According to the […]

Ground Zero flag comes to South Hill

Patriot Guard Riders visited Centennial Park in South Hill Monday, bringing with them a flag flown over Ground Zero in New York following 9-11 and a marble cross believed to have hung in the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600, including 414 firefighters and […]

Bluestone edges Randolph-Henry 16-14 for first ‘W’

Bluestone (JRD 1-0, 1-2) opened James River District action on Friday night in Charlotte Courthouse and got a 16-14 win over district opponent Randolph-Henry. The Barons were not as sharp as they were in the Park View game — despite losing that one 32-30 on Aug. 31—– but they won and in the end that’s what matters. Barons first-year head […]