Hometown Hustle highlights two businesses in Halifax Co.
The hit reality series Hometown Hu$tle selected Halifax County as one of its featured communities for season 2! It showcases the stories of two small businesses in South Boston -- Southern Restorations LLC Cabinet & Design Co. and Distinct Impressions -- in a 22-minute episode that is full of laughter and heart-warming moments with these amazing entrepreneurs and their communities.
Blue Ridge Rock Festival leaves Pittsylvania County for Virginia International Raceway
Organizers announced Friday they’re relocating the Blue Ridge Rock Festival from Pittsylvania County to the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Halifax County after facing challenges in 2021, including long lines for parking, camping, permits and vendors.
Virginia secures $20.1M in grants to improve broadband access in 17 areas
RICHMOND, Va. – More than 13,400 households, businesses and anchor institutions will soon have access to high-speed internet thanks to a large grant award. Ralph Northam announced on Thursday that Virginia has been awarded $20.1 million in Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grants to expand internet services in 17 areas, including Franklin County, Montgomery County and Halifax County. These three counties will collectively receive roughly $2 million in grants. “Quality broadband service is key to growing our economy, and learning, competing and succeeding in today’s digital world,” said Northam. “This funding will have an enormous impact on thousands of unserved Virginians and bring us closer to our goal of every community in our Commonwealth having access to high-speed internet.”
Man arrested after accidentally firing gun while inside an urgent care office, South Boston police say
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – South Boston police arrested a man at an urgent care office on Friday morning they said accidentally shot a gun he never should have had. At 10:26 a.m., police responded to a shots fired call at the Velocity Urgent Care on Old Halifax Road. They arrived to find that someone had accidentally shot a gun in the office and there was some minor damage within the building and no one was injured, according to the Police Department. Officers arrested Larry Dornell Henderson, 55, of Iowa, and charged him with the following counts:Knowingly carry a concealed weapon after being convicted of a felony (felony charge)Knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony (felony charge)Recklessly handling a firearm so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of another (misdemeanor charge)Henderson was taken to the Halifax Adult Detention Center under a $3,500 secure bond, according to police.
Halifax County Schools return to in-person learning
HALIFAX COUNTY, VA – Students in Halifax County returned to the classroom for the first time in nearly a year on Monday. Students were originally supposed to return last week; however, weather and power outages caused schools to remain closed until Friday. Monday was the first-time Pre-K through 3rd grade students had been in their classroom since the pandemic first started closing schools last March. I mean, it was parents dropping them off and us checking temperatures and you can see that now on students’ faces that they were somewhat apprehensive,” said Halifax County Schools Superintendent Mark Lineburg. The county hopes to start bringing back older students over the next several weeks while following guidance from the governor’s office.
South Boston man charged after police said they found stolen items on him during arrest
Quinn Tucker is facing several charges after stealing merchandise from Walmart and running away from police, according to the South Boston Police Department. A South Boston man is facing several charges after police said he stole some merchandise from Walmart. On Feb. 22, officers said they responded to a call that Quinn Tucker was seen near the Bojangles on Old Halifax Road. During his arrest, officers said they found merchandise on Tucker that was stolen from Walmart. Tucker was charged with petit larceny, malicious wounding, violating pre-trial conditions and a probation violation, authorities said.
Mecklenburg Electric still reconnecting customers in Southside Virginia
GRETNA, Va. – The storm clouds are long gone from Southside Virginia, but crews are still cleaning up the damage the freezing rain left behind. Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative estimates up to two-thirds of its customers in Halifax and Pittsylvania County were without power at some point after this past weekend’s ice storm. “I’ve been here for more than 30 years, but we’ve seen more damage from this storm than most of us here can remember,” said Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s David Lipscomb. AdLipscomb said the ice made it especially challenging to repair power lines, and he’s grateful Thursday’s ice storm did not cause more complications. “Thursday’s storm had the potential to make us have to start all over again.”Lipscomb believes Mecklenburg Electric will have all of its customers reconnected by the end of the weekend.
Halifax County, Pittsylvania County open warming centers amid winter weather
With winter weather on the way, Halifax County and Pittsylvania County are opening up warming centers to help shelter residents from the harsh weather. Winter storm creates messy travel, power outage threat Thursday]Here’s a list of fire departments being used as warming centers that the Halifax County Police Department shared on its Facebook page:TurbevilleOak LevelMidwayCluster SpringsCloverTriangleHere’s a list of warming centers in Pittsylvania County:
Thousands without power as winter weather hits Southwest, Central Virginia
AEP outages as of 5 p.m.Thousands are without power as Southwest and Central Virginia are experiencing wintry weather. Below are the worst outage areas among the 2,724 Appalachian Power customers in Virginia without power:County/City Customer Outages Pulaski County 1,347 Montgomery County 500 Wythe County 162 Roanoke County 148 Giles County 144 Pittsylvania County 94 Carroll County 28 Smyth County 20 Franklin County 41 Grayson County Fewer than 5Here’s a breakdown of the Dominion Energy customers in our region without power:Charlotte County: 44Halifax County: 169Alleghany County: 36Danville officials say that 1,200 customers on Memorial Drive, Lanier Avenue, Park Avenue, Bishop Road and across the river on Piedmont Drive are without power. Here’s a breakdown of the Mecklenburg Electric customers in our region without power:Halifax County: 608Pittsylvania County: 459Here’s a breakdown of the BARC Electric Cooperative customers in our region without power:AdHighland County: 109Here’s a breakdown of the Southside Electric Cooperative customers in our region without power:
WATCH: State semifinals in the area, Pulaski County and Patrick Henry girls advance
ROANOKE, Va. – It was a busy night in Southwest Virginia with nearly a dozen area teams competing in the VHSL basketball state semifinals. Starting with Class 5 girls action, Patrick Henry dispatched visiting Potomac Falls 61-37 to advance to the program’s first state final. “Very blessed to have the players I have, very lucky to have Savannah Derey here for every game I’ve ever coached,” Hedrick explained. AdIn Pulaski County, the girls basketball Region D champions hosted Loudon Valley, who won the Region C title. In girls Class 2 action, Glenvar had a tall task in trying to topple defending Class 2 Champion Gate City.
More than 31,000 without power across Southwest, Central Virginia
Tree down in DanvilleROANOKE, Va. – Saturday’s winter weather continues to cause thousands to lose power. As of 10:15 p.m. Monday, Appalachian Power is reporting 9,011 customers without power in Virginia. Here’s a county-by-county breakdown:2,895 customers in Halifax County1,541 customers in Charlotte County1,138 customers in Pittsylvania County665 customers in Campbell County420 customers in Appomattox CountyAs of 10:20 p.m. Monday, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is reporting 5,388 customers without power in our region. Here’s a county-by-county breakdown:2,751 members in Halifax County2,441 members in Pittsylvania County196 members in Charlotte CountyAs of 10:20 p.m. Monday, Southside Electric Cooperative is reporting 8,994 customers without power in our region. Here’s a county-by-county breakdown:3,405 members in Charlotte County3,039 members in Campbell County1,469 members in Bedford County866 members in Pittsylvania County215 members in Appomattox CountyAs of 10:24 p.m. Monday, Danville Utilities reports 1,556 customers are without power.
WATCH: Comets and Cougars go to 5 OTs, Radford boys and girls advance to Region Finals
ROANOKE, Va. – Pulaski County came out strong against Halifax County in the Region 4D Semifinal, building a 10 point first half lead. But Halifax County stayed disciplined, remained poised and closed the game strong to force overtime. In Radford both the boys and girls programs advanced to Region 2C Finals. The girls defeated Fort Chiswell 64-32, behind four three pointer from Haley Whitt. AdOther Wednesday night scores included:BOYS:Blacksburg 50, Amherst County 30Halifax County 75, Pulaski County 69, 5OTLiberty Christian 67, Fluvanna 53Floyd County 73, Fort Chiswell 39Radford 66, Glenvar 45Narrows 59, George Wythe-Wytheville 57Parry McCluer 44, Auburn 33GIRLS:Pulaski County 64, Salem 33Glenvar 52, Giles 42Radford 64, Fort Chiswell 32
Henrietta Lacks: How a Roanoke-native coined ‘mother of modern medicine’
“It started a whole new phase in medicine which was investigative; able to create vaccines, able to address cancer, able to study cancer. They used her cells in different areas, even in space, even in the atomic bomb to see the effect of the cells,” Quiroz said. The Lacks family found out nearly 25 years later. Dr. Quiroz says the industry has learned from it and that Lark’s title of “Mother of Modern Medicine” is not just because of her cells. AdSome, like Dr. Reed, believe not enough is being done to address the unjust done to Lacks and her family.
Virginia State Police trooper arrested, indicted on rape charge, other sex crimes
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Va. – A Virginia State Police trooper is in jail after being indicted by a grand jury on charges of multiple sex crimes. On Thursday, authorities arrested Derrick Thompson, of Drakes Branch, on charges of rape, sodomy and object sexual penetration. Police said the indictments handed down by a Charlotte County grand jury stem from a state police investigation into an incident reported to the department in September 2020. He was taken into custody without incident and is being held at the New River Regional Jail without bond, according to State Police. Thompson was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the judicial process, according to State Police.
Pedestrian dies in Halifax County crash
HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. – One person is dead after a crash in Halifax County on Friday morning. It happened just after 6:30 a.m. in the 400 block of South Main Street in Halifax. A 2007 Honda Accord was headed north when 58-year-old David Throckmorton, of Halifax, stepped into the street, according to Virginia State Police. Police said the driver of the Honda was unable to avoid hitting Throckmorton, who died at the scene. The driver of the Honda wasn’t hurt, according to police.