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Chatham police find woman dead in home

One woman is dead and her husband is in a trauma center after the couple was found in their home during a welfare check, according to the Chatham Police Department. Police arrived at the home, located in the 200 block of Catalpa Drive at about 10 p.m. June 29, where they found the deceased body of Judy Boswell. Also located in the home was Kenneth Boswell, Judy's husband. Kenneth Boswell was air-lifted to a trauma center where he remains.
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Shooter of American Freight manager in Danville sentenced

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - The man accused of shooting the manager of an American Freight store in Danville last year has been sentenced. In Danville Circuit Court Friday, Jaivon Scott pleaded guilty to malicious wounding, plus two separate firearms charges. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, but 11 were suspended, leading to seven years.
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Virginia man sentenced to prison in store manager’s shooting

DANVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man was sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting a store clerk in the back of the head one year ago. The Danville Register & Bee reports Jaivon Alonzo Scott was sentenced by a judge on Friday to 18 years — with 11 suspended — for malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon and use of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Wallace takes helm at DCC

Dr. Jerry Wallace began his first day as president of Danville Community College today, July 1. Wallace was chosen from three finalists who participated in on-campus interviews, open forums, and community tours in May after national search. Born and raised in Muskegon, Mich., Wallace obtained his bachelor of science from...

Virginia Triple Crown kicks off with huge field at South Boston Speedway Saturday night

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (WSET) — The largest entry list in years, a new format, a dazzling post-race Fourth of July fireworks display and a free Friday night Fan Fest are all part of South Boston Speedway’s premier showcase NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division event, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort, set for 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Regional planners apply for Danville road improvements

A regional group is applying for state help to pay for some big road improvements in Danville. The Danville-Pittsylvania Metropolitan Planning Organization last week voted to apply for grants from Virginia Smart Scale. According to their website, Virginia Smart Scale is a process that helps Virginia meet its most critical transportation needs using limited tax dollars. “It evaluates potential transportation projects based on key factors like how they improve safety, reduce congestion, increase accessibility, contribute to economic development, promote efficient land use and affect the environment.”

Blairs, Ringgold VFD, with Danville EMS and police, help put on motorcade

The Blairs and Ringgold volunteer fire departments helped put on a motorcade for a fellow firefighter who died during a training exercise. Alicia Monahan, 41, of the Chesterfield County Fire and EMS died Saturday June 26 during a swift water-training course in the Nantahala River in Macon County, North Carolina.

Danville City Council adopts fiscal 2023 budget

Danville City Council has closed the books on another budget season. The panel unanimously approved a $285.6 million dollar spending plan that includes no tax rate increases. That’s nearly two-percent higher than the current budget. New property assessments could mean some will pay a bit more. Those reassessments were...

50 & Fabulous at ODAC for the first time

The Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show has been at many locations across Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states, but for the first time, ODAC put this event on. It was also the organization’s 50th anniversary. Mikayla St. Clair is the junior chair, and she explained why ODAC was chosen...

Danville Police to move into new headquarters in August

DANVILLE, Va. – It’s going to be another month before the Danville Police Department can move into its new state-of-the-art headquarters at the former Dan River Mills building near Caesar’s Virginia Casino. Weather and supply chain issues have pushed the date back a few times this year...

Fallen Virginia firefighter procession to pass through Danville

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) — Fallen Virginia veteran firefighter Alicia Monahan will be honored with a procession stretching from Bryson City, NC to Chesterfield, Va on Thursday. The procession will pass through Danville on its journey honoring the 41-year-old first responder. Monahan died in a training session being conducted on...

Council moves on proposal to remove Long Mill dam

Danville City staffers are recommending the dam near the former Long Mill be removed. It’s a five-foot high, 1,150 foot wide low head dam built back in 1894 by Dan River Mills to power units on both sides of the Dan River. According to the American Society of Civil...

Telling the story of Pittsylvania County, Danville, one day at a time

Chuck Vipperman wants folks to know that the decisions their city council or board of supervisors make have a far greater impact on their lives than the latest vehicle accident or crime. Those stories generate an immediate buzz, but in terms of long term consequences on those not immediately involved,...