Mecklenburg County takes on Clarksville rescue

Mecklenburg Lifesaving and Rescue to disband, replaced by county-funded unit

Strained by lack of revenue and volunteers, Mecklenburg’s oldest emergency services company — the Mecklenburg County Lifesaving and Rescue Squad, based in Clarksville — has agreed to disband, turning over its assets to the county. Longtime MCLRS Director Debbie Osborne said the message the squad wants to convey to residents is “we are not going away.” The squad will continue […]

100th death from virus recorded in Mecklenburg; cases rise

Clarksville Elementary takes virtual day

COVID-19 caseloads in Mecklenburg County have shot up with the spread of the highly infectious omicron variant, and this week the county marked a grim milestone — its 100th virus-related death since the pandemic began in early 2020. On Jan. 18, the Virginia Department of Health reported 21 new cases, bringing the seven-day total of new cases to 265. There […]

To mask or not: Youngkin order places schools in a quandary

Schools are in a quandary over an executive order signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin that allows parents to opt-out of local school mask mandates. On Saturday, shortly after he was sworn in Virginia’s 74th governor, Youngkin signed 11  executive orders, including Executive Order #2, which takes direct aim at the requirements that students wear face coverings while at school, riding […]

WINTRY BLAST

Sunday storm brings ice and snow, but few problems

Sunday’s winter storm coated highways with snow and ice and made driving hazardous but otherwise caused few problems. The snow began falling around 7 a.m. before changing to a mixture of rain and ice around 10 a.m. and lasting through the day. With no significant ice buildup, power lines were spared. Crews with Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and Dominion Energy stood […]

Broadband grant goes forward after challenge rejected

A local internet service provider who challenged a state grant award of $69 million to build a high-speed fiber broadband network in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties has lost his appeal. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will proceed with a $69 million telecommunications grant award to a four-county partnership spearheaded by EMPOWER Broadband — over the objections of […]

Bluestone girls challenge GW-Danville in 53-45 loss

Drop 48-43 contest to district foe Cumberland

The Bluestone  varsity girls basketball team lost two games last week, falling to non-district opponent GW-Danville 55-45 on Thursday, and Cumberland 48-43 Tuesday. Bluestone (3-3, 2-1 James River District) is in sixth place in the JRD standings going into this week’s competition. Bluestone was scheduled to play three games this week but will only get one of them in — […]

01-19-2022 E-Edition

STYMIED

Park View sports held up by COVID delays and cancellations; action set to resume this week

For the second week in a row, Park View basketball teams have seen their schedules upended. The Dragons haven’t been able to play or practice since the Christmas break. The varsity boys were scheduled to play Wednesday hosting Surry in a Tri-Rivers District game. That game has been postponed and an attempt to reschedule will be made. The boys were […]

01-19-2022 E-Edition

Trojan girls go 6-0 in conference play

BMS boys split with league rivals

Bluestone Middle School’s girls basketball team enjoyed two solid wins last week, defeating Wyatt Middle 20-19 and scoring a 34-29 double overtime win over Russell Middle School in Skipwith Tuesday. The wins against the Southside Conference rivals put the girls at 7-1, 6-0 district. In the Russell matchup, Bluestone battled back from a 19-13 third period deficit to tie the […]