With the 2019-2020 flu season underway, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) encourages all Virginians age 6 months and older who haven’t received their annual influenza vaccine to get one now. State health officials gathered Friday to highlight the importance of the vaccine and to receiv…
More Americans are working from home, and that’s especially true in Virginia and in the Washington, D.C., metro area, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
From the first Thanksgiving at Virginia’s Berkeley Hundred plantation in 1619, Virginians have gathered to give thanks and enjoy family, friends and fun during the holiday. Special time together can continue past the last slice of pie with a visit to Virginia State Parks.
After Democrats seized control of the General Assembly on Election Day and proceeded to vote on key leadership positions, Republicans began meeting behind closed doors and mulling over who will steer their party forward.
Due to recent rain and reduced wildfire potential, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has lifted the statewide drought watch advisory issued on Oct. 11 that included all 13 of the Drought Evaluation Regions within the commonwealth.
Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is currently accepting applications for fuel assistance online and at all local departments of social services through Friday, Nov. 8.
Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) is joining with the Virginia State Police (VSP) and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office to encourage youth and teens to make good choices and celebrate responsibly as part of the statewide Halloween Safety …
Fall wildfire season started Tuesday in Virginia and runs through Nov. 30. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) have been ramping up for what could be one of the most severe fire seasons…
In addition to hitting the books this fall, more Virginia college students may hit the polls next month, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.
With school officially back in session in the South Boston area and across the commonwealth, the question of how Virginia supports public education is often asked.
More than 80 local police agencies, as well as the Virginia State Police, will be on heightened alert over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend when, due to the closure of many schools and businesses on Monday, families tend to travel. Law enforcement agencies in neighboring states are increasi…
Automation in the 21st century economy will yield affluence to some Virginia communities while increasing unemployment in others, according to a report from the management consulting firm McKinsey Global Institute .
On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirmed that a Virginia resident has died in the outbreak of severe lung injury associated with e-cigarette use or “vaping.” This death was reported by Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Sept. 26.
This week marks the launch of Virginia’s 18th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI law enforcement and public education campaign in Virginia. The increased enforcement will take place through Labor Day weekend and resume periodically through key moments like Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
A proclamation has been issued designating August as Smokey Bear Awareness Month, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign and reminding Virginians of their role in protecting the commonwealth’s forestland. In Virginia, 95 percent of wildfires are star…
Gefertec, LLC will open their first U.S. manufacturing facility. The project is expected to create eight new jobs and includes $1.9 million in capital investment.
More than 300,000 Virginia adults are enrolled in health coverage and receiving medical services since the commonwealth expanded its Medicaid program, including 2,133 living in Halifax County, according to state data.
Since July, 1, Virginia courts have stopped suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court costs or fines. And anyone whose license was suspended because of unpaid court costs or fines will be able to drive again.
Virginia’s political leaders may now take a closer look at the importance of agriculture in their congressional districts, thanks to the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture.
Several new Virginia highway safety laws take effect Monday. In an effort to increase the safety of those working alongside highways, the General Assembly passed a bill prohibiting drivers from holding a handheld personal communication device while driving a vehicle in a highway work zone. V…
Gov. Ralph Northam recently signed a proclamation summoning the members of the Virginia General Assembly back to Richmond on Tuesday, July 9, for a special session to address the emergency of gun violence in the commonwealth.
More than 115 teens representing 37 high and middle schools from across the commonwealth including Halifax County High School students arrived at James Madison University (JMU) recently for a week of educational and hands-on activities that focus on safe driving practices and the importance …
Virginians who have not yet filed their Virginia individual income taxes are reminded to take action now. Taxpayers must file by midnight on Monday, July 1, to qualify for the Tax Relief Refund. The refund is the result of state legislation passed by the 2019 Virginia General Assembly in res…
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that Virginia House Republicans did not have standing to press an appeal in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill et. al and sided with voters who challenged the Virginia legislative map alleging some of the districts drawn were a rac…
The Virginia WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Tour will be in Danville on Saturday where it will be located at the Danville Children’s Festival at the Carrington Pavilion.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is preparing to send letters to Virginians whose driving privileges are suspended for failure to pay court fines and costs to advise them of any specific requirements for obtaining their driver’s licenses.
Dominion Energy residential customers in Virginia can expect a one-time bill credit in June to return savings from federal corporate income tax reform.
Drivers in Virginia would face penalties for using a phone behind the wheel under legislation that Gov. Ralph Northam has amended and sent to the General Assembly for approval.
RICHMOND — Before the General Assembly adjourned, critical issues like gun control and tax incentives were being debated in the House chamber. One smartly dressed young man proposed raising taxes to create a relief fund for counties with high unemployment.
RICHMOND — The sales tax on tampons, diapers and other personal hygiene products will be reduced by more than half beginning Jan. 1.
Incumbent Frank Ruff announced his bid for re-election for a sixth term in the Virginia Senate on Tuesday, filing as a candidate in the June 11 Republican primary for the 15th Senate District seat.
Five local farmers attended the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond on Tuesday representing Halifax County including Adam Davis, Brian Hall, Scott Hudson, Richard Pool and Ralph Tuck. Agriculture Extension Agent Rebekah Slabach also accompanied the delegation.
RICHMOND — Traffic safety advocates are upset by the surprise defeat of legislation that would have prohibited motorists in Virginia from holding their cellphones while driving.
The commonwealth graduated its 129th generation of Virginia State Troopers recently when the 80 new troopers were presented their diplomas during commencement exercises at the State Police Training Academy located in North Chesterfield County.
Every state in America, and at least nine countries — that is how far the story of Tommie, a dog tied to a pole and set on fire, traveled as people rallied for his survival and donated money for his treatment.
RICHMOND — Virginia has joined a coalition of 15 other states to challenge President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and to block the diversion of congressional funding to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) awarded four conservation awards at a legislative reception held Feb. 7 at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond.
After clearing the House of Delegates last week, a proposed bill to raise the local sales tax in Halifax County to generate revenue for a new high school is headed to the Senate Finance Committee early this week, where it will be decided whether county voters will have the opportunity to est…
RICHMOND — Legislation making its way through the General Assembly would raise the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21, drawing mixed reactions from young adults who would be affected by the new law.
RICHMOND — Democratic leaders called on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign after a second woman stepped forward Friday and accused him of sexual assault.
RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates on Tuesday each passed bills prohibiting motorists from touching their cellphones while driving.
RICHMOND — Following Gov. Ralph Northam’s admission that he darkened his skin for a Michael Jackson contest in 1984, Attorney General Mark Herring acknowledged Wednesday that he once wore blackface to a college party nearly 40 years ago.
Senator Bill Stanley (R-Franklin County) successfully advanced legislation on Tuesday to fund and provide for mechanisms to repair and upgrade many of the commonwealth’s crumbling schools.