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Part of Route 619 to close in Southampton County as early as May 17

A Virginia Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge superstructure on Route 619 (Burdette Road) over Cattail ... Read more | Add your comment

Western Tidewater gas shortages emerging in wake of cyberattack on pipeline

In the wake of a cybersecurity attack on a major East Coast pipeline, several gas stations in Western ... Read more | Add your comment

confederate soldier statue

Confederate monument removed from county land

Editor’s note: This story was originally published May 8 and updated at 3:50 p.m. May 10 with additional ... Read more | Add your comment

Franklin senior gets into 40 colleges, receives more than $1.6M in scholarships

After applying to more than 40 colleges, Samuel Lyons, a senior at Franklin High School, has been offered ... Read more | Add your comment

BREAKING NEWS

Franklin police seek shooting suspect

FRANKLIN The Franklin Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place early Saturday morning in the vicinity of Dorchester Square Apartments. According to Sgt. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Isle of Wight County

NAACP asks Isle of Wight’s top prosecutor to recuse herself

WINDSOR Isle of Wight’s NAACP chapter is calling upon the county’s commonwealth attorney, Georgette Phillips, to recuse herself from the Virginia State Police investigation of ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

COVID-19

Northam relaxes mask mandate

Take it off.  Gov. Ralph Northam has lifted the state’s universal indoor mask mandate to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Friday, May 14, 2021 6:08 pm

Franklin

Man wanted for alleged obscene sexual display and reckless driving

A Courtland man is wanted in connection with an incident involving an obscene sexual display and reckless driving that allegedly occurred May 14 in Franklin. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 14, 2021 4:17 pm

VIRGINIA

Motorcycle fatalities rising concern in Virginia

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a reminder to motorists to share the road.  Motorcyclists are considered vulnerable road users because of the lack of ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 14, 2021 12:46 pm

WAY TO GO!

Franklin Garden Club cleans up

The Franklin Garden Club is committed to picking up trash in the city. On Earth Day, Mary Hunting, left, and Patti Rabil were down in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 14, 2021 12:03 pm

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Moving forward

To the Editor: There is no denying that we live in a world full of bad things, but what we also have to remember is ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Friday, May 14, 2021 11:39 am

News

Virginia public colleges can mandate vaccines, attorney general says

By Hunter Britt Capital News Service Virginia colleges are beginning to announce mandatory fall COVID-19 vaccine policies following the state attorney general’s opinion that higher ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 14, 2021 11:22 am

Franklin

Colonial Pipeline restarts as fuel shortages loom over region

Though the Colonial Pipeline has restarted, fuel shortages continue at gas stations across Western Tidewater, Virginia and the East Coast.  Colonial Pipeline announced that it ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Friday, May 14, 2021 10:55 am

COVID-19

Despite OK from FDA, Pfizer vaccine for adolescents needs additional approval

Though the Food and Drug Administration has approved the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 12 to 15, additional federal ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Friday, May 14, 2021 6:19 am

Isle of Wight County

UPDATE: Ex-WPD officer allegedly erased phone

WINDSOR Ex-Windsor Police Officer Joe Gutierrez is alleged to have erased all text messages and emails from his town-issued cell phone prior to returning it ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:15 pm

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

In-person graduation approved for Southampton

The Southampton County School Board voted May 10 to approve Southampton High School (SHS) holding an in-person graduation ceremony in June on the football field. ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:15 am

Your Turn

One hundred days into Congress

We’re 100 days, and by the time you read this, a few more, into the 117th Congress. I wanted to give you a report on ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:04 am

Isle of Wight County

Ex-WPD officer allegedly erased phone

WINDSOR Ex-Windsor Police Officer Joe Gutierrez is alleged to have erased all text messages and emails from his town-issued cellphone prior to returning it to ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:04 pm

Our View

See you at the pump

Over the past year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced shortages of necessities such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and cleaning products ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:26 pm

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Schools reduce FY22 budget to meet county recommendation

Southampton County Public Schools Director of Finance Joy Carr spoke during the May 10 school board meeting and shared revisions made to the school system’s ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:46 am

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY

IWA baseball wins pair of close games

By James J. Lidington Isle of Wight Academy ISLE OF WIGHT Christian Biernot’s RBI bunt with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning ... Read more

by Contributor, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:37 pm

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Johnson leads Indian regional honorees

Southampton High School’s varsity football team drew seven selections among the Spring 2021 All-Region 3A honorees, led by junior Javen Johnson, who made the first ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:08 pm

FRANKLIN

Broncos boys tennis wins on the road versus Dragons

Franklin High School’s boys tennis team was victorious April 29 in its first match since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23, 2020, ... Read more

by Frank Davis, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:04 pm

WINDSOR

Sisterhood holds court for Lady Dukes

Windsor High School’s volleyball program was focused on providing an important athletic outlet this spring for girls in grades 8-12, but the program also ended ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:52 pm

WINDSOR

Windsor Town Center agreement revised again

Windsor’s Town Council on April 20 again signed off on a draft memorandum of understanding with Isle of Wight County governing shared use and funding ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:06 pm

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY

Isle of Wight County Schools maintenance, transportation departments to get new home

Isle of Wight County’s School Board has reallocated money within its current budget to fund renovations to the division’s bus yard. The work will include ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:02 pm

Franklin

Franklin approves budget, loan money

FRANKLIN Franklin’s City Council voted unanimously May 10 to adopt its proposed 2021-2022 fiscal year budget. The general fund portion totals $26.2 million, an increase ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Monday, May 10, 2021 7:41 pm

News

Jane P. Bush

FRANKLIN – Jane Perkins Bush, 77, passed away May 6, 2021 in her home. A native of Corapeake, North Carolina, she was a daughter of ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 7, 2021 1:23 pm

Isle of Wight Academy

Chargers improve to 4-0 on diamond

By James J. Lidington Isle of Wight Academy Isle of Wight Academy’s (IWA) baseball team continued its hot hitting with a 12-7 win over host ... Read more

by Contributor, Friday, May 7, 2021 1:19 pm

COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine for 12 and up expected to get approval soon

The state’s vaccine coordinator said health officials are making plans to provide children ages 12 and up with a COVID-19 vaccine as it expects federal ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Friday, May 7, 2021 12:56 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Man charged after Thursday chase

A pursuit by the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office ended in a crash and a slew of charges for a suspect on Thursday. Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 7, 2021 11:46 am