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Patel celebrates 15 years of performing ‘Jiffy Knee’ procedure

Dr. Manish Patel, of Bon Secours Southampton Medical Center, is celebrating 15 years of performing the “Jiffy Knee” ... Read more | Add your comment

Fundraiser benefits the Hudgins family

Jonathan A. Hudgins was a man who made many friends during his lifetime, and the positive impact he ... Read more | Add your comment

Windsor Town Council considers expansion of enterprise zone

Isle of Wight County Economic Development Coordinator Nicole Talton presented the Windsor Town Council with details on the ... Read more | Add your comment

McAuliffe tours Camp amid gubernatorial campaign

Terry McAuliffe visited the Franklin campus of Paul D. Camp Community College on July 15 as part of ... Read more | Add your comment

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY

Delta variant in Isle of Wight?

Is the delta variant to blame for Isle of Wight County’s rise in COVID-19 cases over the past month? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

BREAKING NEWS

Nazario lawsuit trial date set

A federal judge has set a March 28, 2022, trial date for Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario’s lawsuit against one current and one former member ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

WAY TO GO!

Chamber brews up business at Parker’s Peanuts

The Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Brewing Up Business event was hosted the morning of July 9 by Parker’s Peanuts, located in Courtland. A chamber ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, July 23, 2021 12:31 pm

FRANKLIN

Adjustment to school dress code debated, then made

The Franklin City School Board voted 5-1 during its July 15 meeting to accept the superintendent’s recommendation to add jeans without distressed tears, holes and/or ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Friday, July 23, 2021 4:54 am

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

A matter of concern

To the Editor: I have long been clear, “I have the right to make decisions about my body and what is done to it.” When ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Friday, July 23, 2021 4:36 am

FRANKLIN

Reappointment of Franklin school board members

Three members of the Franklin City School Board were reappointed to serve new three-year terms beginning July 1.  A Franklin City Public Schools news release ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 6:19 pm

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Dequan Boone leads Southampton track and field

Southampton High School junior Dequan Boone was regional champion in the boys shot put and discus throw and advanced to compete in the 2021 Virginia ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 6:05 pm

FRANKLIN

Telework not prohibited but not promoted

The Franklin City School Board voted 6-0 not to approve a telework policy for Franklin City Public Schools employees, with the understanding that this action ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 5:43 am

FRANKLIN

City closes on building for Social Services

Franklin’s City Council adopted the resolution and signed the final deed July 12 that allowed the city to close the next day on a building ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 5:37 am

Our View

Make your emergency kit now

This time of year, the hurricane preparedness message always bears repeating. With our area threatened by its first tropical system — Elsa, which will be ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 5:14 pm

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Advocacy needed for Alzheimer’s research

To the Editor: More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 150,000 in Virginia and their 349,000 caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s advocate, ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 5:12 pm

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Delegate is not a friend of law enforcement

To the Editor: I am a retired police officer and 45 year member of the Fraternal Order of Police. I read with great interest the ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 5:09 pm

WESTERN TIDEWATER

Northam announces more than $11M in GO Virginia grants

Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced an allocation of more than $11.1 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants to help advance economic ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:53 am

Isle of Wight County

Blood shortage continues

A thousand blood donations needed daily to prevent further delays in patient care While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:46 am

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY

Smithfield Foods plant to end slaughtering

Effective this August, Smithfield Foods will end slaughtering operations at its hometown meatpacking plant on North Church Street. Smithfield also plans to consolidate its pet ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:39 am

Our View

Teach history fully, but don’t preach

There’s much to dislike on both sides of the increasingly shrill debate over so-called Critical Race Theory, and we’re saddened to see Isle of Wight’s ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, July 19, 2021 7:21 am

WESTERN TIDEWATER

Clapp receives chamber scholarship

The Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce presented the 2021 Donna C. McCullough Chamber Scholarship to Alexis Clapp. In a recent news release, the chamber noted ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, July 19, 2021 7:17 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Summer enrollment more than doubles from 2019

Southampton County Public Schools are seeing significantly increased participation in summer school this year compared to 2019 after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Monday, July 19, 2021 7:06 am

FRANKLIN

FCPS superintendent taking leave of absence

Dr. Tamara Sterling, superintendent of Franklin City Public Schools, has been granted a personal leave of absence effective Friday, July 16, until Tuesday, Aug. 30.  ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, July 16, 2021 7:59 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

Southampton County man sentenced for production of child porn

A Southampton County man was sentenced July 14 to 40 years in prison for producing and possessing images of child sexual abuse. A Department of ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:42 pm

WESTERN TIDEWATER

Foodbank launches 757 Mobile Markets

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore unveiled June 30 the 757 Mobile Markets during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lynnhaven Landing Apartments ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:41 am

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY

School board reviews policies addressing trans students

The Southampton County School Board briefly reviewed existing and updated policies that address transgender students during the board’s meeting July 12 while also addressing some ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:31 am

FRANKLIN

Monument move likely to be completed in August

The contractor for the relocation of the City of Franklin’s Confederate monument expects the move to be completed on a single day in August. The ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:29 am

FRANKLIN

Preliminary hearing date in child porn case set

The preliminary hearing for Charles Greer Gatten, of Franklin, in connection to several charges related to child pornography is set for Aug. 16 at 1 ... Read more

by Titus Mohler, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:01 am

Your Turn

Curiosity in action

By Tonya S. Swindell “Curiosity killed the cat” is an old saying used to warn individuals about the dangers of being too curious. According to ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 3:36 pm

WAY TO GO!

A picture perfect day

On Saturday, June 19, Speaklife Photography and Images Of Grace, held “Picture Perfect” a free photography event for area youth between the ages of 7-14. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 3:32 pm

Your Turn

Exploring college funding choices

By Mark McGahee How can you help cover your child’s future college costs? Saving early (and often) may be key for most families. Here are ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:37 am