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After months of wear from heavy equipment, residents near pipeline construction site want road repaired

CHATHAM — After construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline started in their area last fall, residents living along Mill Creek Road in Chatham say the heavy equipment has left their road damaged.


Virginia man charged with several child sex, drug crimes

GREENE COUNTY, Va. - A Virginia man is in custody and is now facing child sex charges, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office. Authorities have charged David Totten, 37, of Ruckersville with two counts of forcible sodomy, five counts of sexual battery, five counts of contributing to the del


Lady Hawks win Dogwood District Regular Season

The Lady Hawks have done it again: two times in the last three years, they have finished the regular season as district/ conference champions. This time, they would win it with an 11-1 record, the only blemish in the Dogwood District for the LadyHawks being the three-point loss to rivals Altavista.


Gov. Northam signs legislation that will allow Virginia to start processing tax returns

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) -- Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation on Friday that will allow the Virginia Department of Taxation to start processing citizens' individual income tax returns.


Police: 4 charged in fight, shooting at Virginia mall

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say four men have been charged in a shooting inside a downtown Norfolk mall, including one of the two people shot. Norfolk police said in a statement Friday that the shooting happened during a fight between two groups of people inside the MacArthur Center on Th


Community fortunate to have business leader with standards, morals

I have had the pleasure of knowing Fred Blair of Blair Construction in Gretna for fifty years. During the early stages in the development of my own company, Fred offered me of the best professional advice I have ever received, I consider him a personal friend.


Virginia woman arrested after hiding her mother's corpse for 44 days, police say

A Virginia woman was charged with concealing a dead body after hiding her mother's corpse in their home for 44 days, authorities said Friday. Jo-Whitney Outland, 55, of Bristol, Virginia, hid the corpse of Rosemary Outland, her 78-year-old mother, under 54 blankets in their southwest Virginia home,


Hank Norton: He was the good road chosen

(The February 6 edition of Lloyd’s Lowdown was the first of a two-part feature on late Ferrum football coach Hank Norton. Norton won four national championships at Ferrum Junior College before Ferrum moved to Division III, where Norton led the Panthers to four trips to the playoffs before retiring i


2 dead, 4 injured in Va. Beach accident

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) -- Police are investigating an accident that killed two people and injured four. Emergency communications received the call at 12:53 a.m. for an multi-vehicle accident at the intersection of Military Highway and Indian River Road.


Pittsylvania County could have new jail, courthouse in 10 years

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. - A drawing by Mosley Architects shows an aerial view and layout for a potential 87,400 square foot jail and courthouse complex in Chatham. The rendering shows several buildings around the current courthouse and jail being demolished to make room, but county supervisor Elton


Virginia husband sentenced on federal charges for firearms; Wife to be sentenced later

ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) - A St. Paul, Virginia man, who illegally possessed more than a dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today.


Former Gretna hotel owner pleads guilty to embezzlement

Jason Alexander Jessee, 46, a former Gretna hotel owner pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court to two counts of embezzlement. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Haskins said Jessee pleaded guilty to the charges and agreed to pay $21,000 to the town of Gretna within 10 day


Group considering new locations in the Pittsylvania County for addiction group home after permit denied

A local group is looking at other locations to open a new addiction group home for women in Pittsylvania County after a special use permit for their first proposal was denied. Hope Center Ministries applied for a special use permit after the county’s board of supervisors passed an amendment to the z


Campbell County couple wins $4M Virginia Lottery prize

A Campbell County couple won a $4 million prize in the Virginia Lottery. Stanley and Marilyn McIvor, of Concord, won the prize on a Super Cash Frenzy ticket purchased at Carson's Mart at 10060 Village Highway in Concord.


Mistrial declared in Virginia Beach murder trial after jurors' cars burglarized

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a man accused of killing a high school student outside of a Virginia Beach Applebee's in 2016. A judge declared the mistrial after several of the jurors' cars were broken into outside the courthouse. Prosecutors and the defense were


Smith appointed president and CEO of The United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County

The United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County is proud to announce the appointment of Jennifer Smith as President & CEO of the organization effective January 1, 2019. Smith is a familiar face at the United Way, having served as Interim CEO twice, as well as former Chair of the Board of Directors, C


Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office investigating intentionally set fire

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. - The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire that was set intentially to equiptment on the site of the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction right-of-way.


MS-13 member to be sentenced in Raymond Wood murder

BEDFORD, Va. - One of the men charged in the death of Lynchburg teen Raymond Wood will be sentenced Friday. Victor Rodas was found guilty in October of first-degree murder, abduction, and gang participation. He is a member of the MS-13.


Virginia middle schoolers are learning about blackface. Here's what they have to say.

Scandals at the highest levels of Virginia's government are forcing some of the state's younger residents to have difficult conversations about race. After a racist photo was discovered on Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 yearbook page, he and the state's third highest-ranking official admitted they wore b


Woman arrested after driving on wrong side of the road, removing shirt in Halifax

A 28-year-old Halifax woman, Zakiya Johnson of Love Shop Road, faces a charge of being drunk in public after she drove on the wrong side of the road and when approached by police, she proceeded to take her shirt off early Saturday morning.