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Halifax man sentenced to life in prison in wife’s slaying

John Frederick “Jack” Brown will serve the rest of his life in prison in the Jan. 22, 2018 murder of his wife, Jeanette, with the sentence handed down Friday in Mecklenburg County Circuit Court.


Collision slices power to 1,400 on Wednesday morning

Approximately 1,400 Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative customers were without power for more than an hour Wednesday morning after a vehicle ran out of the road and struck a utility pole at roughly 8:40 a.m. in the 6000 block of L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway (Highway 501) in Halifax.


Single drug sale justifies seizure of truck, Virginia Supreme Court rules

The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a Christiansburg man who sought to stop authorities from taking the pickup truck from which he’d sold oxycodone to a police informant.


CHURCH CALENDAR: Friday, Feb. 22

Abiding Branch Christian Ministries: Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship service with Pastor Wallace M. Pierce at 10:30. The outreach ministry will be hosting a Black History program at 3 p.m. on Sunday with the Rev. Marvin Bowman of Bethel Grove in Clover and Second Baptist of Cla


Virginia School Apologizes After Having Students Play Slavery 'Game' for Black History Month

The principal at a Virginia elementary school has apologized after officials had students act as slaves in the Underground Railroad as part of a Black History Month lesson. Madison’s Trust Elementary School Principal David Stewart sent an apology letter to parents earlier this month after drawing cr


‘We opened the door’: Will more follow?

“It’s definitely the little bill that could.” — The sponsor of House Bill 1634, Del. James Edmunds, offered that assessment Wednesday after his measure cleared one final hurdle in the General Assembly en route to Gov. Ralph Northam for approval.


South Boston man arrested on charges of abduction, assault, vandalism

A 26-year-old South Boston man faces multiple charges resulting from a domestic disturbance that occurred Tuesday in the Poplar Creek Street area in South Boston. Kevin Omar Edmunds of Myrtle Street faces charges of kidnapping/abduction, assault and battery of a family member, trespassing and four c


High school baseball, softball practices underway

It certainly isn’t spring according to the calendar. Weather-wise, it doesn’t feel like spring. Still, it’s time for the start of spring sports. Halifax County High School’s softball and baseball coaches and prospective players, working with whatever time they could get outdoors and working out indo


Virginia elementary school draws outrage for ‘runaway slave’ gym lesson

A Virginia elementary school apologized after criticism over a Black History Month lesson that instructed children to pose as runaway slaves. The principal at Madison’s Trust Elementary School acknowledged the mistake after parents complained when teachers modeled a gym exercise after the Undergroun


Virginia Gov. Signs Ban on People Under 21 Buying Tobacco

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying tobacco and nicotine products, a measure enacted in a state known historically for its tobacco production.


Danville police determine that reported abduction, robbery never happened

DANVILLE, Va. - UPDATE. Danville police have determined that a reported robbery and abduction never actually happened. Police were looking for two people in their early teens, based on information the officers had received.


Comet boys beat North Stafford, clinch state tourney berth

The Comet boys basketball team has earned a berth to the Class 5 state tournament with a spectacular 88-82 win over North Stafford at home on Thursday night. HCHS improved to 20-5 on the season, the best season record of the Sterling Williams era. The Comets have reached the regional finals and will


11 MS-13 Members Indicted in Killings of 2 Virginia Teens, Prosecutors Say

Eleven alleged MS-13 gang members, including a leader, were indicted Thursday on charges that could carry the death penalty in the kidnapping and murder of two Virginia teens whose bodies were found in a Fairfax County park, prosecutors say.


Police: Hidden cameras found in Virginia Tech bathrooms

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech Police say they have identified a suspect after two hidden cameras were recovered in on-campus public bathrooms. Police said one of the hidden cameras was disguised as a USB wall charger that was plugged into an outlet, while the other was disguised as a clothing hook


Winchester resident crowned Mrs. Virginia

WINCHESTER, Va. - While many people know about the Miss USA and Miss America pageants, a Winchester resident has earned a different title: Mrs. Virginia. Brieanna King-Kulik was crowned Mrs. Virginia in early February, after holding the title of Mrs. Winchester.


Police: Manager allegedly embezzled money from Virginia cheerleading gym

FRONT ROYAL, Va. - An employee of a Virginia cheerleading gym has been arrested for allegedly embezzling money from the company’s bank account. Front Royal police say Donna Sue Rogers, manager of Virginia Revolution Athletics allegedly transferred an undisclosed amount of money from the business int


Virginia just killed an amendment that would have helped women so much, and this is BS

It’s 2019, and despite the fact that some people continue to insist that women are entirely equal now, gender equality is still not protected by the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the Equal Rights Amendment, which would codify equal rights for all genders, still needs to pass in one more state before i


Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrested on sex crime charges in Florida

(Gray News) – Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, has been arrested on charges of soliciting another to commit prostitution, according to a report from WPTV.


Staten Island man, 72, out of coma after horrific Virginia Beach vacation crash

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The 72-year-old Staten Island man horrifically injured in a car crash hours into his Virginia Beach vacation came out of his coma and is communicating with his family by giving a high-five or a thumbs up.


Virginia man uses a dating app to meet a woman, but ends up shot in the buttocks

PETERSBURG, Va. - Police in Petersburg, Virginia, are investigating an attempted robbery and shooting linked to a dating app. Sources told WTVR that the victim thought he was meeting a woman. However, when he arrived to a dark, narrow Petersburg street Wednesday morning, someone was waiting to rob h