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Windsor Ruritan Club celebrates 90-plus years

The Windsor Ruritan Club, the fourth-oldest Ruritan club in the nation, celebrated its 90th and 91st anniversaries on ... Read more | Add your comment

State Police investigate fatal single-vehicle crash

Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash in Carrsville on Monday morning, Nov. 22, that resulted in ... Read more | Add your comment

STARTUP awards two food-centric businesses

STARTUP Franklin Southampton held its awards night at Main Event in Franklin on Nov. 10 as two young ... Read more | Add your comment

Capron Elementary hosts its first trunk-or-treat

Capron Elementary School hosted its first trunk-or-treat in conjunction with a Title I Virtual Annual General Meeting, and ... Read more | Add your comment


ARPA funds to aid sanitation workers

The Boykins Town Council used American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds to help make work safer for the town’s sanitation workers at its ... Read more | Add your comment

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Police investigate fatal shooting in Franklin

The Franklin Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured Wednesday, Nov. 17. An FPD press release stated that ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


IWA fall blood drive set

The Isle of Wight Academy fall blood drive will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in IWA’s Vaughan Gym, which is located at ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, November 26, 2021 5:59 pm


Alderman leads Blessing of the Animals ceremony

The Rev. Ned Alderman, pastor of High Street United Methodist Church in Courtland, led the Blessing of the Animals ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 13. UMCdiscipleship.org ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, November 26, 2021 5:28 pm


Public input needed for FCPS FY 2022-23 budget

Franklin City Public Schools is entering the 2022-23 fiscal year budget season and is requesting input on the budget from members of the public. “We ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, November 26, 2021 5:18 pm

Your Turn

Shop small with us in Franklin Southampton

Nov. 27 is Small Business Saturday this year. Since 2010, Small Business Saturday has been celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage the nation’s ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 11:53 pm


Operation Santa Paws collection event set

Blackwater Regional Library (BRL) will host an Operation Santa Paws collection event from Nov. 22-Dec. 22. Collection boxes will be available in each BRL location ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 11:49 pm


Indians fall in regional quarterfinals

The Southampton High School varsity football team’s 2021 season came to an end Friday, Nov. 12, but it came to an end in a place ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:25 am


Town accepts funds for utility assistance

The Windsor Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution Nov. 9 accepting American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the state to ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Monday, November 22, 2021 10:54 am

Your Turn

COLUMN: The decline of reading and writing

I vividly recall one of my elementary school teachers talking about Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in Germany around 1440. History has recorded ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Friday, November 19, 2021 5:21 pm


FHS students visit Virginia Tech engineering schools

Franklin High School freshmen through seniors attended the Virginia Tech National   Society of Black Engineers on Saturday, Nov. 6.  A Franklin City Public Schools press ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, November 19, 2021 5:04 pm


Council, police discuss options at gazebo

Windsor Town Manager William Saunders shared at the Town Council’s Nov. 9 meeting what the town has been doing to address concerns brought forward by ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Friday, November 19, 2021 4:30 pm


FCPS establishes employee wellness days

The Franklin City School Board voted unanimously Nov. 4 to follow the superintendent’s recommendation of providing support for faculty and staff by designating employee wellness ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:49 pm


Open letter to electees

To the Editor: This is an open letter to Mr. Youngkin, Ms. Sears and Mr. Miyares. Congratulations! You won. You ran fair, positive and sensible ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 4:40 pm


Sedley Events to host Thanksgiving meal giveaways

Sedley Events has plans to host two separate days of a Thanksgiving meal giveaway to help senior citizens and people in need that are Sedley ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 4:36 pm


Gatten pleads guilty to child porn possession charges

Charles Greer Gatten, of Franklin, pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 15, in Southampton Circuit Court to five charges of possession of child pornography. Gatten, now 67, ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:13 am

Your Turn

Walk through it

By Ariane Williams “I woke up like this” are the words that popped into my mind one morning as I placed my feet on the ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:56 pm


Indians win district titles in cross country

It has been a year to remember to say the least for Southampton High School’s cross country program. The varsity boys team finished the regular ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:33 pm

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Isle of Wight County

Court documents allege prior excessive force by Gutierrez

Ex-Windsor Police Officer Joe Gutierrez is no stranger to excessive-force complaints, according to the latest court documents filed in Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario’s pending ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, November 12, 2021 5:11 pm


Rock Lions soccer team wins Class 1A title

Rock Church School wasted no time making its mark on the North Carolina/Virginia Christian Athletic Association. The Rock Lions soccer team went undefeated in the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, November 11, 2021 11:50 am


Suspect in fatal shooting at Safco remains at large

Law enforcement continues to search for the suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred at the Safco Distribution Center in Isle of Wight County on ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Thursday, November 11, 2021 11:37 am


Police await medical report on suspicious death

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office is still awaiting further details in its investigation into the suspicious death of a county resident who was ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Thursday, November 11, 2021 11:28 am


FCPS shares details on cashflow issue

Franklin City Public Schools administrators shared details at a Nov. 4 division school board meeting about the school system’s recent cashflow issue that answered some ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Thursday, November 11, 2021 11:24 am


Volunteers install 911 signs at Southampton Meadows

The 911 Standard Address Sign helps emergency responders more easily see a location’s address number, and more than 200 homes at Southampton Meadows received these ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:26 pm


New state and local leaders elected

The November 2021 election brought new leaders to the state of Virginia at the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general positions, and the election also ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:05 pm

Our View

Say thanks to a veteran

It’s been a century since the last Virginians who fought in World War I came home. Veterans Day — which will be celebrated Thursday — ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:00 pm


J.P. King Jr. named a top middle school in state

Franklin City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tamara Sterling announced at the Nov. 4 division school board meeting that U.S. News & World Report had named ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 11:04 am