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Four for the 4th

Virginia Egg Council suggests this quartet for the occasion By Mary Rapoport Eton Mess is a terrific recipe ... Read more | Add your comment

Welding on wheels

Camp’s new mobile lab brings the classroom to students By Wendy Harrison FRANKLIN A recently acquired mobile welding ... Read more | Add your comment

Reckless boating is a crime

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 26th through the 28th on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water ... Read more | Add your comment

Revised courthouse concept presented

COURTLAND The judges who had objected to Glavé & Holmes’ initial plan for a renovation of the Southampton ... Read more | Add your comment


Two COVID-19 outbreaks now tied to correctional facilities

STEPHEN FALESKI/STAFF WRITER Stephen.Faleski@TheTidewaterNews.com STEPHEN H. COWLES/STAFF WRITER Stephen.Cowles@TheTidewaterNews.com CAPRON The Virginia Department of Health reports there are now two correctional centers in the Western ... Read more | Add your comment

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COVID-19 testing coming to Southampton County

COURTLAND The Western Tidewater Health District, in partnership with the Western Tidewater Medical Reserve Corps and Southampton County, will be offering pop-up community-based testing for ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


Health Dept. reports COVID-19 outbreak in healthcare setting

SUFFOLK The number of COVID-19 outbreaks reported in the Virginia Department of Health’s Western Tidewater Health District rose overnight from 10 to 11. The latest ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:58 pm


Holt rejoining city school board

Ward 3 nominations to be re-solicited FRANKLIN Bob Holt, who had served as the Ward 6 representative on Franklin’s School Board through April 2019, will ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 3:33 pm


Always ‘interesting finds’ among court records

By Rick Francis Hello again, friends, Happy 4th of July! If you are not able to make it to a local celebration such as in ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:39 pm


Police advise hands off fireworks

FRANKLIN When it comes to fireworks, handle with extreme care. Local law enforcement, though, recommends people not handle them at all, especially this coming Saturday, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:32 pm


Communities plan July 4th fun

IVOR After much discussion and planning, a handful of communities in Western Tidewater have created opportunities for people to celebrate Independence Day this Saturday, the ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:30 pm


Confederate monument — historical significance

By C. Earl Blythe The Confederate monument located in Franklin Memorial Park was dedicated on June 3, 1911, and was originally erected at Second Avenue ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:01 pm

Letters to the Editor

Offensive road names must go

To the editor, There simply is no comparison between inconvenience and injustice. At last week’s meeting of the Southampton County Board of Supervisors, I was ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:58 pm


Foundation, food truck feed officers, nurses

COURTLAND On behalf of the Christopher D. Ray Memorial Foundation, and thanks to Tiffany’s Food Truck, lunch was provided on Friday for over 100 officers ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:47 pm

Isle of Wight County

IWCS planning for in-person summer school

WINDSOR With Virginia currently in Phase 2 of the Virginia Department of Education’s “Recover, Redesign, Restart” plan for reopening public schools, Isle of Wight County ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:29 am

Isle of Wight County

IWCS announces new school administrators

WINDSOR Isle of Wight County Schools announces administrative changes in preparation for the upcoming school year as Supt. Dr. Jim Thornton continues to strengthen leadership ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:12 am


Governor launches rent, mortgage relief program

RICHMOND Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program , which will provide $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:56 am


Sara E. Owen

WAKEFIELD – Sara Elizabeth “Betty” Cantrell Owen, 83, of Wakefield, died on June 29, 2020, at Riverside Center in Smithfield. Born at Duke Hospital in ... Read more

by Loretta Lomax, Monday, June 29, 2020 4:20 pm


Portion of Route 609 closed with detours on 58

Road closure of Route 609 begins as early as Tuesday COURTLAND Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will close a portion of Route 609 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, June 29, 2020 6:44 am


Pesticide disposal program announced

FRANKLIN The 2020 Virginia Pesticide Collection Program is announced. This is for the disposal of unwanted and outdated pesticides currently stored by agricultural producers, licensed ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, June 29, 2020 6:36 am

Isle of Wight County

Windsor establishes its own farmers market

WINDSOR Western Tidewater residents have yet another opportunity to shop for fresh produce and other seasonal favorites. Since June 12, a farmers market has been ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Monday, June 29, 2020 6:33 am

Breaking News Archive

Village at Woods Edge reports COVID-19 outbreak

FRANKLIN The Village at Woods Edge, an assisted living and retirement community in Franklin, is the latest long-term care facility in the Virginia Department of ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, June 26, 2020 4:50 pm


Capron business co-owner to serve as a leader for forestry group

Matthew B. Gillette will be southern regional director of ACF WILLIAMSBURG Capron business co-owner, Matthew B. Gillette, ACF, Rock Springs Forestry Inc., will return to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:13 pm

Isle of Wight County

George Floyd protests come to Isle of Wight

ISLE OF WIGHT The death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers on May 25 has continued to spark nationwide protests ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, June 25, 2020 4:49 pm

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Ailing deputy gets support from coworkers, friends

FRANKLIN A Southampton County resident who has developed an illness has gotten support from not only family and friends, but also coworkers in a tasteful ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 4:58 pm

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Main Street establishes low-interest loan fund

By Dan Howe FRANKLIN Downtown Franklin Association’s Board of Directors has announced the establishment of a Revolving Loan Fund. A grant from Virginia Main Street ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 4:53 pm


SOAR Virginia Scholars will soon take flight

FRANKLIN Fifty-two seniors from area high schools are on track to complete the SOAR Virginia Scholarship Program, giving them $2,000 in scholarship funds to pursue ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:02 pm

Breaking News Archive

Gade, Collick win in Republican primary

Democratic voters want McEachin to run again FRANKLIN In Franklin, Southampton County and Isle of Wight County, as well as the rest of Virginia, Daniel ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:30 pm


Camp Community College still offering classes safely

By Wendy Harrison FRANKLIN Camp Community College is open for business, albeit classes may look a little different than in the past. “COVID-19 has certainly ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:55 am


Judges object to latest courthouse plans

COURTLAND Glavé & Holmes, which in February officially replaced Moseley Architects as Southampton County’s firm of choice for the renovation of its courthouse, presented four ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 7:42 pm


High caseload in Courtland tied to nursing home?

VDH data says yes, CDC says no COURTLAND The Virginia Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control appear to be having a ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 7:39 pm