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East Pavilion residents getting protection

FRANKLIN The majority of residents in East Pavilion at Bon Secours Southampton Medical Center have received the first ... Read more | Add your comment

Children, adults change the narrative

Group seeks to unify community in positive ways FRANKLIN On Saturday morning at the Martin Luther King Jr. ... Read more | Add your comment

Fire destroys Clay Street house

Tenant’s four animals perished FRANKLIN A fire that ruined a house in the 600 block of Clay Street ... Read more | Add your comment

Rock Lions triumph in basketball on new home court

Games were first in Ben S. Dillon Life Center By Megan Shultz FRANKLIN The first basketball game in ... Read more | Add your comment

Franklin

Fire destroys Clay Street house

Tenant’s four animals perished FRANKLIN A fire that ruined a house in the 600 block of Clay Street early Saturday morning destroyed not only the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

Breaking News Archive

Southampton man, woman charged with sexual assault

COURTLAND A Capron man and Newsoms woman have each been charged with felonious sexual assault, which allegedly took place against another woman on Dec. 30, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

Isle of Wight County

Windsor solar farm approved — again

WINDSOR Isle of Wight County’s Board of Supervisors once again on Jan. 21 gave its approval for an 85-megawatt solar farm just outside the town ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:15 pm

Letters to the Editor

Dealing with changes requires adaptive skills

To the Editor: I have frequently been surprised that I failed to hear anything about most school shooters being white males. Mainstream media, psychological circles, ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:29 am

Letters to the Editor

Legalization of recreational marijuana is wrong

To the Editor: Virginia is now poised to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. For many years decisions have been made, which in my opinion ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:16 am

BREAKING NEWS

WTHD to move to Phase 1B

The Western Tidewater Health District announced Wednesday that next week it will move into Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Based on the Virginia ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:40 pm

Isle of Wight County

Grice, Rosie to lead IW supervisors

ISLE OF WIGHT Isle of Wight County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Jan. 7 to name Dick Grice of Smithfield as its chairman for 2021 ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:38 pm

Opinion

Grateful for work of foodbank

Food insecurity is a longstanding issue in Western Tidewater, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue. According to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:24 pm

Franklin

Foodbank establishes Western Tidewater branch

FRANKLIN Nearly 22,000 people in Western Tidewater have food insecurity issues, and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore wants to help. To ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:24 pm

Business

A legacy continued

New owner seeks to breathe new life into venerable Franklin business By Tony Clark FRANKLIN When Tonya Temple decided to purchase the former Elvin Vaughan ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:22 am

Opinion

1865 all over again

By Nathan Richardson 1865 all over again Excerpt from a newspaper article published in the Leavenworth (Kan.) Times in 1860: “Armed pro-slavery militias streamed into ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:11 pm

News

Personal property tax forms won’t be mailed this year

COURTLAND Southampton County Commissioner of Revenue Amy B. Carr wants residents to be aware that personal property tax forms won’t be mailed this year. In ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:46 pm

Franklin

Franklin schools to stay virtual nine more weeks

FRANKLIN In response to rising COVID-19 diagnoses in Franklin, the city’s School Board voted unanimously Jan. 14 to keep instruction virtual for all grade levels ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, January 15, 2021 6:25 pm

News

Governor says schools ‘need to be open’

RICHMOND The state Department of Education released new COVID-19 guidelines for PreK-12 schools, changing the emphasis to focus on how to get schools open, rather ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:40 pm

Opinion

Learning lessons from 2020

By Nathan Rice I ran across an old T-shirt of mine that has “I Survived the Mayan Apocalypse” printed on the front, with the date ... Read more

by Contributor, Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:32 pm

Franklin

Franklin prepares to host county court functions

FRANKLIN The city of Franklin is making final preparations to host Southampton County’s court functions while its historic courthouse on Main Street in Courtland undergoes ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:37 pm

News

City, county offices to close for holiday

FRANKLIN In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, all City of Franklin offices will be closed, and re-open on Jan. 19. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:34 pm

Opinion

Celebrating 50 years at PDCCC

By Dan Lufkin For most institutions, 2020 was a challenging, unprecedented year. Our lives were affected in ways we had never seen before. As the ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:32 pm

Franklin

FRHA seeks to buy house in Isle of Wight

FRANKLIN Isle of Wight’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Jan. 7 to authorize the Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority to purchase properties in the county ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:48 pm

Franklin

Franklin prepares to host county court functions

FRANKLIN The city of Franklin is making final preparations to host Southampton County’s court functions while its historic courthouse on Main Street in Courtland undergoes ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 8:44 am

BREAKING NEWS

Windsor to poll citizenry on monument

WINDSOR Windsor plans to poll its citizenry on the idea of moving Isle of Wight County’s Confederate monument to the town’s municipal cemetery — surveys ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:31 pm

Franklin

City utility billing office closed due to COVID-19

FRANKLIN The city of Franklin’s utility billing department is currently closed and will remain so through at least Jan. 19 due to COVID-19 exposure among ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:29 pm

Opinion

Leaders should lead by example

For most of us, these are unprecedented times. We haven’t lived through a pandemic, nor have we been witness to insurrection at the highest level ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:14 pm

News

Southampton students to be phased back in

COURTLAND Barring a spike in reported COVID-19 cases, many Southampton County Public School students will be able to return to classes in a hybrid model ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:10 pm

Business

Southampton County Land Transfers – December 2020

The following land transfers were recorded in Southampton Circuit Court for the month of December: Barbara B. Cutchin to Margaret Cutchin, Franklin City, 2.275 acres, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:16 pm

Franklin

Local experts skeptical of plan to cut vaccine doses

FRANKLIN Local health experts who participated in the Isle of Wight County NAACP’s virtual COVID-19 panel discussion Jan. 4 expressed reservations about a U.S. Food ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, January 8, 2021 6:33 pm

News

‘Use it or lose it’: Governor urges faster COVID-19 vaccine process

RICHMOND Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday urged a more rapid pace in administering COVID-19 vaccines while also saying that effort would depend on its availability.  ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Friday, January 8, 2021 3:14 pm