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Recent articles by Bill:

Two shootings overnight, one fatal, in Petersburg; police unsure if they are connected

The death marks Petersburg’s 13th homicide of 2021. At this point in 2020, the city had recorded 20 murders. → Read More

(Fore)going the distance: Kids can once again get close to Santa at Southpark this year

Santa Claus is coming to Southpark Mall in 2021, and this time, there will be no six-foot barrier between the jolly old elf and the kids. → Read More

The latest maps: Public hearings set for this week; one Senate plan pairs Morrissey, Chase

Instead of one plan for the House of Delegates and one for the Senate, Virginians will be asked to comment on as many as 21 map designs → Read More

Court affidavit: Shirtless Fort Lee trespasser allegedly led police on hide-and-seek chase

The documents filed in Richmond federal court paint a picture of someone who got past the gate unnoticed, then stole a car → Read More

State awards $1.4 million grant to 'accelerate growth' of Petersburg's new pharma cluster

It's the latest 'GO Virginia' grant awarded to the Petersburg area for industrial development → Read More

‘Worse than expected:’ Petersburg crews continue to fix broken Washington Street water line

A stretch of West Washington Street has been closed since 1 a.m. Saturday when the 10-inch water line burst under it. → Read More

Ida's remnants skirt Tri-City area with a few warnings but no major weather problems

Most of the more severe weather was expected north and west of the area as Ida tracked into the nation's Northeast region → Read More

State police ID driver killed in wrong-way crash Friday on Interstate 295 in Chesterfield

Motorists reported seeing the car start to head north on the the southbound side at around the 12-mile marker → Read More

Hopewell students will return to class Monday. Virtual learning delayed to Tuesday.

School system says decision to bring kids back after Friday's COVID-driven closure prompted by outpouring at hastily arranged COVID testing clinic → Read More

Swift Creek Mill plans first post-pandemic play Sept. 11. Audience, staff will wear masks.

Iconic theatre says show whose opening was cancelled by the outbreak will hit the stage Sept. 11 and run for a month. → Read More

State police release ID of man killed in wreck over the weekend. He was from Petersburg.

He died when the car he was driving ran off the side of the highway into some trees → Read More

Weekend search for missing fisherman in James River turns up nothing. Teams return Monday.

Heavy rainfall Saturday gave way to clear skies Sunday. However, divers were unable to locate the victim. → Read More

Man dies when car hits trees on Interstate 95 just south of Petersburg: State police

The sedan was southbound near Interstate 295 junction when it ran off the side of the highway → Read More

Elderly man presumed drowned after he fell into the James River while fishing with buddy

Authorities say the man in his 70s fell off the boat while fishing with a friend on the river between Dutch Gap and Henricus → Read More

Staunton says dining area cited by Old Towne Square supporters will never become permanent

A city official tells The Progress-Index that lack of alleys, other service areas for trash pickup, EMS access is 'non-starter' for full-time closure → Read More

Hopewell school COVID case count up to 15; options being put in place for at-home learning

The school superintendent is asking for parents' patience, says system is working 'almost around the clock' on mitigating the risks → Read More

Six people hurt, one seriously, in early-morning weekend crash in Petersburg: State Police

They were in an SUV stopped on the shoulder that was hit by a second SUV. Two of the injured were out of the car securing a load. → Read More

First wave of Afghan evacuees arrive at Fort Lee Friday as part of Operation Allies Refuge

Approximately 250 nationals and their families touched down at Dulles Airport in northern Virginia and were bused 150 miles to the Prince George post → Read More

Hopewell Police: Brunswick County man shot to death Thursday in city east-end neighborhood

It's the third homicide of both the month and the year in the city → Read More

Going nuts for growth: Virginia Diner will spend $4.5 million to expand peanut production

The iconic Wakefield operation says it will increase capacity for manufacturing and on-site storage over the next four years → Read More