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SCPS board approves COVID-19 testing programs

The Southampton County School Board voted unanimously Oct. 11 to approve two voluntary COVID-19 testing programs to help ... Read more | Add your comment

Candidate Q&A: Alan Woodrow Edwards

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, with early voting having started Sept. 17, and there are a variety ... Read more | Add your comment

The Genieve Shelter receives grant

The Genieve Shelter kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by receiving a donation from Spectrum at its administrative ... Read more | Add your comment

McCray hired as Camp Community College president

Glenn Dubois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced Oct. 14 that he has hired Dr. Corey L. McCray ... Read more | Add your comment

WINDSOR

Council receives positive audit, tax bill updates

Order is being restored to Windsor’s financial operations, as Windsor Treasurer Cheryl McClanahan recently shared positive updates with the Town Council on the town budget ... Read more | Add your comment

by Titus Mohler.

WINDSOR

ARPA funds increase budget by nearly a third

The Town of Windsor Fiscal Year 2022 budget increased by 31.4% on Oct. 12 after the Town Council voted to amend it due to receipt ... Read more | Add your comment

by Titus Mohler.

Your Turn

Education is local, not national

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), based in Alexandria in northern Virginia, is a federation of state school board associations across the United States. It ... Read more

by Contributor, Friday, October 22, 2021 7:02 am

FRANKLIN

Franklin Community Wall of Excellence plans 5th annual induction ceremony

The Franklin Community Wall of Excellence will be honoring inductees from its 2020 and 2021 classes in early November, making up for some time lost ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:17 am

FRANKLIN

Picot hits historic hole-in-one for Franklin

The 2021 golf season came to a close for Franklin High School on Monday, Sept. 27, at the Region 1B Tournament in Petersburg, but Broncos ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:24 am

Franklin

Northam announces $7.7M in grants for economic growth

Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced an allocation of more than $7.7 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants to advance community economic ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:18 am

FRANKLIN

Franklin City Public Schools unites against bullying

With the leadership and support of the Virginia School Boards Association, Franklin City Public Schools will be actively focusing on ways, throughout October, to identify ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 15, 2021 10:03 am

WESTERN TIDEWATER

Bon Secours names president of its Hampton Roads market

Bon Secours, part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, announced in an Oct. 5 press release that Patricia Davis-Hagens has been named the Hampton Roads market ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 15, 2021 9:55 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Timeline laid out for recruitment

The Southampton County Board of Supervisor voted unanimously Oct. 7 to pass a motion approving a proposed recruitment timeline for a new county administrator and ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:00 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Candidate Q&A: Walter D. ‘Walt’ Brown III

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, with early voting having started Sept. 17, and there are a variety of local candidates running this year, including ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:56 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Candidate Q&A: Lynda Thorpe Updike

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, with early voting having started Sept. 17, and there are a variety of local candidates running this year, including ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:35 am

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY

IWA sports roundup: Volleyball goes to 9-3 this fall

By James J. Lidington Isle of Wight Academy The Isle of Wight Academy volleyball team ran its record to 9-3 after a 1-1 week against ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:47 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Newsoms project nears contract signing

Southampton County Administrator Michael W. Johnson informed the county’s Board of Supervisors during its Sept. 28 meeting that he is hopeful the Newsoms Housing and ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:45 am

Franklin

Jarratt promotes free COVID-19 testing

Franklin City Manager Amanda C. Jarratt reported to the City Council on Sept. 27 that emergency rooms were becoming overrun with COVID-19 testing requests. She ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:39 am

Sports

Team Rock becomes U17 Explosion Hoopfest champions

At the beginning of the summer, Coach Danny Dillon assembled a team of some of the best U17 basketball players in Franklin and Southampton County. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:24 pm

FRANKLIN

Police apprehend suspect in robbery, abduction

Franklin Police Department detectives received assistance from the Murfreesboro Police Department in locating and apprehending the suspect in an alleged robbery and abduction reported to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, October 11, 2021 10:36 pm

WAY TO GO!

Sheriff Wyche supports our youth

“When you take an oath to serve, protect and support, that’s an oath you stand by whether in uniform or not. I had an awesome ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, October 11, 2021 9:54 pm

VIRGINIA

Governor announces $24.7 million grant

Governor Ralph Northam announced a $24.7 million federal GEAR UP grant to increase access to higher education and jobs training for Virginia students. This 7-year ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, October 11, 2021 9:39 pm

WINDSOR

Windsor stands out in cross country

Windsor High School’s cross country program is in only its third year of existence, but its teams are growing in size and success, with the ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Monday, October 11, 2021 9:33 pm

FRANKLIN

Fall festival was a big success

The City of Franklin hosted the 2021 Franklin Fall Festival on Oct. 2, leading to Main Street and Second Avenue being filled with festivalgoers on ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Monday, October 11, 2021 8:51 am

Franklin

Raifords to gather for family reunion Oct. 9

It has been two years since all of the descendants of Phillip and Millie Johnson Raiford have gotten together to celebrate their ancestral roots. Restrictions ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 8, 2021 7:03 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

County treasurer’s office recognized for accreditation

The Southampton County Treasurer’s Office received its accreditation from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia on June 22. The office is led by Treasurer Cynthia J. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 8, 2021 6:38 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Johnson to retire as county admin in June 2022

Longtime Southampton County Administrator Michael W. Johnson will be retiring from the position at the close of the fiscal year on June 30, 2022. He ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:40 pm

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY

New details revealed in suspicious death investigation

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office revealed new details Oct. 6 on the investigation into a suspicious death of a county resident, including finding ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:28 pm

WESTERN TIDEWATER

Harvesting The Vine to feed people now

Harvest The Vine was a well-attended collaborative charity event held Saturday evening, Oct. 2, at The Hubs Vine to benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 5:09 pm

Your Turn

Why policing matters

When we drive a little fast and see blue lights, it is easy to question why we have so many police officers. However, that is ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 7:16 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Boykins approves several ARPA projects

The Boykins Town Council acted on some key unfinished business items during its September meeting, including enacting an animal ordinance, adopting a collections policy and ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 7:04 am