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Posted on: June 3, 2020

City names Russell Carter as library director

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Bill Sgrinia, director of the City of Danville Parks and Recreation Department, today announced the selection of Russell Carter as director of the Danville Public Library.

Carter, who has served as interim director since October, will assume the position f...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: June 2, 2020

Company ends bike-share services in city

Zagster announced this week that the company would no longer be providing bike-share services, effectively ending Danville’s bike share program, Danville Rides.

“This was a difficult decision but a necessary one,” the company ...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Health district to hold drive-thru virus testing

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The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing on Friday, June 5 at O. T. Bonner Middle School, 300 Apollo Ave. in Danville, and Saturday, June 6 at Chatham Middle School, 11650 U.S. Highway 29 in Chath...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Mayor urges citizens to honor graduating seniors

Mayor Alonzo Jones is encouraging all citizens to honor the graduating seniors in the city as they take part in ceremonies starting on Friday.

Galileo Magnet High School will hold an all-day, drive-thru graduation ceremony on Friday. George Washington High...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

River City TV honored for social video excellence

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River City TV announced today its video production of the “Get-Up Challenge,” which featured members of the Danville Police Department and children from the Danville Public Schools, has been named “Most Viral” in th...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 27, 2020

City assists businesses in conveying safe practices

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As more retail stores and restaurants reopen, the City of Danville has designed a free marketing kit to help businesses communicate that they are opening safely to the public by taking the necessary precautions.

Beginning today, businesses in the city can ...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Library assists Riverview Rotary in book giveaway

Danville Riverview Rotary, Danville Public Schools, DPS Education Foundation, Danville Public Library, Friends of the Library, Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania County, and local volunteers teamed up recently to provide local students with reading ma...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 24, 2020

Crews reopen all streets after flood cleanup

Public Works crews have reopened all streets in the city following cleanup activities yesterday and today. The final streets to be reopened were River Street and Trade Street.

Crews began clearing the debris and mud left by floodwaters on River Street at 5...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 23, 2020

River crests overnight at 27.57 feet

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UPDATE: The Dan River crested overnight at 27.57 feet, which is the third-highest crest in nearly 24 years, slightly eclipsing the crest of 27.22 feet during the flood event in February of this year.

The river remains in the moderate flood stage. At 9:01 a...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Unofficial results reported in City Council election

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City Council incumbents Larry Campbell, Sherman Saunders, Lee Vogler and Madison Whittle won re-election Tuesday, with the fifth seat going to political newcomer Barry Mayo, according to unofficial results

Saunders led the field, with an unofficial tally o...

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Unofficial election results.... Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 19, 2020

City issues schedule for Memorial Day holiday

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The Municipal Building and all other City of Danville offices, which currently are open to the public by appointment only to help prevent exposure to and the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19 virus), will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 18, 2020

City negotiating with Caesars for resort casino

Today, the City of Danville announced that it is in negotiations with Caesars Entertainment to be its preferred casino gaming operator.

“We received several outstanding bids from a variety of companies competing to be Danville’s choice ...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 18, 2020

City Council will meet virtually on Thursday

City Council will meet Thursday, May 21, in a regular business session, followed by a work session. Both sessions will be held using Zoom, a virtual meeting application that will allow Council members to “attend” the meeting from their...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 18, 2020

New protocols in place to safeguard voting at polls

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Danville election officials are asking voters on Tuesday to adhere to new protocols that have been put in place to safeguard voting at the polls amid the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

Elections for the Danville City Council and the Danville School Board will be...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Governor announces Phase One to begin Friday

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Governor Northam announced that Virginia will move into Phase One of the "Forward Virginia" plan on Friday, May 15, with the exception of certain localities in Northern Virginia.

The Northam administration has worked with officials from those loc...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 13, 2020

River District Association launches new program

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Vibrant online networking and marketing have never been more important! The COVID-19 crisis has only highlighted the need for business owners across the nation to move to social media and online sales. To help Danville’s downtown businesses make...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 11, 2020

Harvest Jubilee board cancels concerts, events

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With great disappointment, Danville Harvest Jubilee (DHJ) board announced recently the decision to cancel the 2020 concert and event season.

“Due to the current pandemic and continuing health concerns facing the country, we can’t in goo...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Company to create 200 jobs in Town of Hurt

The Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Authority approved an agreement today that enables Staunton River Plastics, LLC to move forward with plans to locate a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility within the Southern Virginia Multimodal Park in ...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: May 8, 2020

City Council holds second virtual meeting

The second virtual City Council meeting in Danville’s history, with Council members and City staff logging in remotely, was held Thursday evening and lasted more than three hours.

Citizens were able to view the meeting on River City TV, the city&...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Danville Police offer online incident reporting

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In response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Danville Police Department has implemented an online incident-reporting feature for citizens to file certain reports electronically. The feature allows residents the option to file online reports for instanc...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Farmers’ Market to open May 9 with restrictions

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The Danville Farmers’ Market will open to the public on Saturday, May 9, while following all state, federal, and local health and safety recommendations both for patrons and vendors.

“We are proud to be able to offer this service that i...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Coronavirus won’t stop annual cleanup campaign

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The annual Make Danville Shine community cleanup campaign will occur in May as scheduled, but with modifications because of the coronavirus.

The campaign begins Friday, May 1, and will continue through Friday, May 29. During that time, the Public Works Dep...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Governor delays May elections for two weeks

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Elections for the Danville City Council and the Danville School Board will be held on May 19 after Governor Ralph Northam on Friday ordered a two-week postponement for all May elections due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The elections were schedul...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Council urges businesses to practice social distancing

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City Council on Tuesday night adopted a resolution that encourages local businesses to implement social distancing best practices for the health and wellbeing of their customers and employees.

Councilman Gary Miller said the push for the resolution came fr...

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Social distancing resolution... Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 22, 2020

City Council holds first virtual meeting

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The first virtual City Council meeting in Danville’s history, with Council members and City staff logging in remotely, was held Tuesday evening and lasted more than three hours.

Citizens were able to view the meeting on River City TV, the city&am...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 21, 2020

Nutrition startup lands funding for local facility

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Panaceutics Nutrition Inc., a Virginia based provider of personalized nutrition products, on Monday announced that it recently closed the first tranche of a committed funding round of over $5 million. The round was led by DSM Venturing BV, the venture cap...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Curb repair underway on South Boston Road

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Beginning today, the right lane of South Boston Road from Riverpoint Drive to Williamson Road will be closed to allow for curb repair and adjustment of inlet boxes.

Most of the curb repairs will be concentrated around Williamson Road.  The lane cl...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 18, 2020

Fire department hosting food drive

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All seven fire stations in Danville will be collecting donations for God’s Storehouse from the community. Donations requested should be non-perishable and not in glass containers.

God’s Storehouse has remained open throughout the past f...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 17, 2020

City Council to hold next meeting virtually

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City Council will meet Tuesday, April 21, using Zoom, a virtual meeting application that will allow Council members to “attend” the meeting from their home or office.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. There are no public hearing items sc...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Commission to meet under social distancing guidelines

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The Danville Utility Commission will meet Monday, April 20, as scheduled, but will follow social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor of the Municip...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 15, 2020

IDA approves funds to assist small businesses

The Danville Office of Economic Development today announced the creation of new funding tools for small businesses in partnership with the River District Association (RDA) and Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The programs have been estab...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 6, 2020

City issues guidance for solid waste, bulk debris

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The Public Works Department is asking city residents to take steps to reduce the risk of infection from the coronavirus (COVID-19) to sanitation workers. Also, the department has issued guidance to accommodate an increase in bulk debris volume.

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 4, 2020

Danville Transit places fixed-route passenger limit

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To support social distancing goals and recent guidance issued by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, effective Monday, April 6, Danville Transit will limit the number of passengers transported in fixed-route service at one time to n...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 4, 2020

CDC issues new face coverings guidelines

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The CDC has announced new recommendations for wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

City Manager Ken Larking encourages everyone to follow the...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Mayor issues statement after coronavirus report

In wake of the latest report from the Virginia Department of Health, Mayor Alonzo Jones today called on the people of our community to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing when there is a need to go out.

“I strongly enc...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: April 1, 2020

City manager submits budget draft

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City Manager Ken Larking has submitted to City Council a proposed budget that maintains basic services, continues to invest in City Council’s focus areas, and moves toward closing the long-term structural deficit.

No tax rate increases are propos...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Council to meet under social distancing guidelines

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City Council will meet Tuesday, April 7, as scheduled but follow social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers beginning at 7 p.m.

To meet the guidelines, Council Chambers will be modified, and so...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Governor issues statewide stay at home order

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Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until Ju...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Board cancels Festival in the Park, Racin’ & Tastin’

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Due to the current Centers For Disease Control guidance, the Danville Festival in the Park board of directors has decided to cancel this year’s Racin’ and Tastin’ event and Festival in the Park.

“This was a heartbrea...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Community Development using new procedures

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Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the City of Danville’s Community Development Department has established new procedures for obtaining permits, submitting and reviewing building plans, and conducting inspections.

Contractors, tenant...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 23, 2020

City limits public access to city office buildings

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City Manager Ken Larking today announced that beginning on Tuesday, the Municipal Building and all other City offices would be open to the public by appointment only.

The action is being taken to help prevent exposure to and the transmission of the new cor...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 23, 2020

City Treasurer’s office closes to the public

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The Danville City Treasurer’s Office announced today that its office is closed to the public until further notice to ensure the wellness of customers and staff amid the new coronavirus crisis.

Staff will address citizens’ needs by phone...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 22, 2020

Mayor issues statement regarding COVID-19 case

Mayor Alonzo Jones issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement from the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District of its first case of COVID-19 illness in a resident of the district.

Jones said he was saddened, but not surp...

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Local health district news release..... Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 22, 2020

Financial Service Center offices close to public

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The City of Danville announced today that the collection and customer service offices at the Charles H. Harris Financial Service Center would be closed to the public until further notice.

Staff will address customer account needs by email or phone and take...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 20, 2020

City manager orders utility fee, tax relief

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City Manager Ken Larking today announced additional measures in the wake of the economic disruption caused by the new coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • The City will suspend the $50 delinquent account fee for all utility customer classes until further notice. The de...
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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Social Services to limit access to building

The Danville Department of Social Services will limit customer’s access to the building effective Monday, March 23, to ensure the wellness of customers and staff amid the new coronavirus crisis.

Here is the notice issued by John Moody, local dire...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Small businesses can apply for coronavirus loans

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Mayor Alonzo Jones today praised state and federal officials for providing small businesses with financial assistance in the wake of the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that Virginia small businesses cou...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Election officials urge voting absentee due to virus

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Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Danville Electoral Board encourages voters to use absentee voting by mail for the City Council and School Board elections to be held on May 5.

Absentee voting, which begins Friday, is a two-step process. Voters...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 17, 2020

City of Danville named ‘All-America City’ finalist

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The City of Danville is among 22 U.S. cities named today by the National Civic League as a finalist for the 2020 All-America City Award.

The National Civic League each year recognizes communities that demonstrate innovative, inclusive and effective efforts...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 17, 2020

City manager declares local state of emergency

Danville and Pittsylvania County have yet to have a confirmed case of the new coronavirus, but City Manager Ken Larking today declared a local state of emergency to enable the City to have access to additional resources as needed.

The declaration took effe...

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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements
Posted on: March 16, 2020

White House issues new coronavirus guidelines

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President Donald Trump and the coronavirus task force on Monday released sweeping guidelines meant to combat an expected surge of coronavirus cases.

Among new guidelines: Over the next 15 days, Americans should not gather in groups of more than 10 people, ...

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