Massive blaze shuts down popular Edwards Virginia Smokehouse in Surry County


Photo by Evan Jones, Sussex-Surry Dispatch

A massive fire Tuesday (Jan. 18) engulfed Edwards Virginia Smokehouse in Surry County, closing the famed ham producer indefinitely.

No one was injured in the fire, which was reported about 12:30 p.m. at S. Wallace Edwards & Sons’ iconic red smokehouse on Rolfe Highway.

Crews from several area fire departments converged on the building, which burned into the evening.

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Man accused of killing mom, 3 kids in NC arrested in Richmond

A man arrested late Tuesday in Richmond was on the run after killing a mother, two of his daughters and their sister in North Carolina, police said.

Officers found the bodies Tuesday night by forcing their way into the victims’ home after relatives called with concerns about their safety, said Greenville, N.C., police Chief Mark Holtzman.

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Neighbor: Deputy accused of killing brother ‘a wonderful officer’

The Dinwiddie County deputy accused of shooting and killing his brother over the weekend was described by a neighbor Monday as “a wonderful officer” who recently became a father.

Terrell L. Coles, 24, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Brandon D. Coles Jr., 25. He is being held without bond in the Meherrin River Regional Jail.

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Paging Don Draper


I’m a big fan of mid-20th century architecture, and I instantly fell in love when I came across this building in downtown Durham, N.C.

The hotel has a troubled history. Once the height of fashion in Durham, today the mostel is mostly C-grade office space with businesses such as a a tax-preparation service and a storefront church occupying the ground floor. There a parking deck out back, but that’s about it.

A friend who lives in town says the building is going to be rehabbed into a “Mad Men”-inspired boutique hotel.

I’ll be checking in as soon as it opens.

Don’t confuse social media tools with journalism

Twitter and Facebook have opened vast new avenues for journalists from New York to Mumbai, Los Angeles to Syndey, and practically every place in between. But are we blinded by those online tools, mistaking social media savvy as a viable substitute for good old-fashioned journalism?

That question is tackled by David Skok of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. Skok compares today’s rise of social media to the early years of television, when CBS’ Edward R. Murrow set the gold standard for reporting. But although Murrow was using the tools of a nascent medium, he never compromised the journalistic principles he learned as a radio correspondent during World War II.

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