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Man drowns near dam

Unidentified N.C. victim said to jump from dam into Buggs Island Lake

By dconner@thenewsrecord.com | on June 26, 2024

A Norlina, N.C. man drowned Sunday after jumping from John H. Kerr Dam into Buggs Island Lake. Captain Chris Whittemore with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the Liberty Hill public access area at John H. Kerr Dam near Boydton at 3:06 p.m. Sunday for a drowning on the lake side of the dam. According to […]

Plenty of chances to celebrate as area gears up for Fourth of July

By dconner@thenewsrecord.com | on June 26, 2024

From concerts to fireworks to parades, there’s plenty of patriotic fun to mark the birth of our nation over the extended Fourth of July holiday this weekend and next. Here’s a roundup of Independence Day celebrations around the Lake Country area. Saturday, June 29 Kerr Lake Boat Parade Location: Satterwhite Point access, 6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, N.C. The parade […]

Good suggests vote was amiss as bid for re-election falters

McGuire holds 371-vote lead in 5th District GOP primary

By dconner@thenewsrecord.com | on June 26, 2024

With all votes counted Tuesday, Goochland state Sen. John McGuire slightly increased his lead over incumbent congressman Bob Good in the race to determine the Republican candidate in the Nov. 5 general election for the 5th Congressional District. With all 19 counties and the cities of Charlottesville, Danville and Lynchburg completing their official certification process, 371 votes separated the two […]

Town clerk resigns amid South Hill council controversy

By dconner@thenewsrecord.com | on June 26, 2024

Olivia Allison Sun Staff Writer

Longtime South Hill Town Clerk Anna Cratch has resigned her position with the town. According to South Hill Town Manager Keli Reekes, Cratch “resigned on her own accord on June 12.” Cratch was employed at the South Hill town office for 22 years. Her position has not yet been filled. In the wake of her departure, Reekes said that Cratch’s […]

Mecklenburg, most Virginia counties placed on drought watch

By dconner@thenewsrecord.com | on June 26, 2024

Mecklenburg is one of 95 Virginia counties and cities placed under a drought watch by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on Monday. Another 12 counties in northern Virginia were placed under a drought warning. The advisory, issued in coordination with the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force, noted that “[a]ll regions within the Commonwealth are affected. Precipitation deficits in […]

Independence Day parade returns to Clarksville

By dconner@thenewsrecord.com | on June 26, 2024

“Old Glory” will fly proudly over Virginia Avenue in Clarksville during the 15th annual Independence Day Parade Thursday, July 4 at 11 a.m. The parade is sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans. “Everyone loves a parade,” commented Allen Griffin, chairman of the Ruritan parade committee. “We want to host a small-town celebration which creates a tradition for our young people and […]

Mecklenburg school board sets forth process to fill ED-4 seat

By dconner@thenewsrecord.com | on June 26, 2024

At a special called meeting on Monday, the Mecklenburg County School Board announced it will accept resumes and bios from candidates interested in serving out the unfilled term of trustee Gavin Honeycutt of South Hill, who resigned his seat last week. Candidates must reside in Election District 4 in the South Hill area. The appointment will be on an interim […]

New rules for farm use vehicles begin

By dconner@thenewsrecord.com | on June 26, 2024

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police encourage farmers to ensure their eligible farm use vehicles are compliant with the new farm use tag required by Virginia law that becomes effective July 1. The new law requires unregistered farm use vehicles to display a DMV-issued permanent farm use placard on […]

McGuire’s lead increases slightly in House primary; Good casts aspersions on vote

By tom@thenewsrecord.com | on June 23, 2024

With more votes counted Friday, John McGuire increased his lead slightly over incumbent congressman Bob Good in the race to determine the Republican candidate in the Nov. 5 general election for the 5th Congressional District. As of midday Saturday, with more counties completing their official certification process, only 322 votes separated the two candidates. Local election boards have until June […]

Good-McGuire race in 5th District too close to call

By tom@thenewsrecord.com | on June 19, 2024

The June 18 primary to choose the Republican Party nominee in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District turned into a cliffhanger Tuesday night, with incumbent Rep. Bob Good narrowly trailing challenger John McGuire in a race that has drawn national attention. Good, a two-term representative who chairs the far-right Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, was seeking to stave off opposition […]

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