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Robbery attempted at gaming site in Boykins

One suspect shoots clerk BOYKINS Law enforcement is seeking three suspects in an attempted robbery and shooting that ... Read more | Add your comment

Hail and farewell

FRANKLIN Tanyeka Thornton has been named the new principal of S. P. Morton Elementary School and she’s ready ... Read more | Add your comment

Griggs will grow back as sure as grass does

Tornado flattened lawn care shop COURTLAND Even though a tornado practically flattened Griggs Lawn and Tractor LLC last ... Read more | Add your comment

Camp drives student success with annual golf tourney

By Wendy Harrison FRANKLIN Given the camaraderie and funds raised in the past, another Paul D. Camp Community ... Read more | Add your comment


VHD confirms first teen fatality due to COVID-19

RICHMOND Today, the Virginia Department of Health announced that an adolescent resident in the Southside Health District who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. This ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


Franklin positivity nears 20%

FRANKLIN Nearly 20% of Franklin residents being tested for COVID-19 are coming back positive. By comparison, the Western Tidewater Health District as a whole — ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.


School sports won’t begin until December

VHSL committee decides on winter, spring schedules CHARLOTTESVILLE High school students in Virginia can expect to start practicing for basketball, wrestling, any gymnastics, indoor track ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:10 pm


Learn however you can

As you will see on B1, we were able to get many photos of students ready for their first day of school in Western Tidewater. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, September 18, 2020 1:00 pm


Southampton, IW roads report high water

BRANCHVILLE A number of roads are impassable this morning due to high water from heavy rain. In Southampton County, areas of Vicks Millpond Road near ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, September 18, 2020 9:54 am

Letters to the Editor

Senator asked to put people’s needs first

To the Editor: What has happened to the statesmen — men and women — in our government? Last week our government failed to pass a ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Friday, September 18, 2020 6:39 am


Donna McCullough Chamber Scholarship presented to SHS graduate

Abbey Ballance has been active at school, community, church By Teresa Beale FRANKLIN The Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting the educational ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, September 18, 2020 6:27 am

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IW defers monument vote to December

ISLE OF WIGHT The Confederate monument that has stood outside Isle of Wight’s government complex for 115 years won’t be going anywhere until at least ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:22 pm


Western Tidewater under flash flood watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Western Tidewater region, which will remain in effect through Friday evening. Four to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:43 pm


The Tidewater News again honored in VPA sweepstakes

FRANKLIN The Tidewater News has again won major awards in the Virginia Press Association’s annual recognition of excellence in advertising, design, journalism and photography for ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:00 pm


DAR chapter to celebrate Constitution

FRANKLIN Constantia Chapter is the local branch of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for women in the Franklin and Suffolk ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:59 am


Community reaps when you ‘Keep it local’

By Jay Brenchick FRANKLIN Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. (FSEDI) declared the month of September as our localities’ ‘un-official’ Business Appreciation Month. Usually celebrated nationwide ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:03 pm

Isle of Wight County

IW may vote on monument Thursday

ISLE OF WIGHT A discussion of Isle of Wight’s Confederate monument is on the agenda for Thursday, but the county’s Board of Supervisors may or ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 3:50 pm


FRHA lawsuit against city dismissed

FRANKLIN The Franklin Redevelopment and Housing authority has ended its legal battle with the city of Franklin. In April, the FRHA filed a lawsuit against ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:59 pm

Letters to the Editor


To the Editor: Earlier in my life I had the opportunity to live and work in Russia. The time period was not long after the ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:51 pm


Franklin monument will be moved

City votes 6-1 to relocate Confederate statue to cemetery FRANKLIN Franklin’s City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to relocate its Confederate monument to Poplar Springs ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Monday, September 14, 2020 10:24 pm


Dept. of Corrections confirms 2nd outbreak at Deerfield

CAPRON The Virginia Department of Corrections, on Saturday, confirmed a second outbreak of COVID-19 has indeed occurred at the Deerfield Correctional Center near Capron in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, September 12, 2020 1:51 pm

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20 regional jail inmates test positive

SUFFOLK Twenty inmates at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk have tested positive for COVID-19, the jail announced Friday. According to jail superintendent Col. ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, September 11, 2020 4:17 pm


How to contact SS hearing offices

By Lizna Odhwani I want to share an update regarding ways to contact our hearing offices during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Tuesday, March 17, ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 1:26 pm


IW schools closed due to flooding

WINDSOR Isle of Wight County Schools has canceled all in-person classes Wednesday due to flooding at several schools. U.S. Route 258 near Isle of Wight ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:56 am

Letters to the Editor

Those who want monument moved should pay

Mayor and council members: I’m writing in concern of the moving the monument. I would like for it to stay at the park where it’s ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 8:00 am


FCPS optimistic about school year

By Cleo-Symone Scott FRANKLIN Students in Franklin didn’t have to travel far for their first day of school on Sept. 1. For the first time ... Read more

by Contributor, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:38 pm


One person’s death diminishes us all

Whenever one hears of or learns about another person’s suicide, the first question people ask is “Why?” To the person who ended his or her ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:05 pm


Lucas fallout continues

City manager resigns, city attorney fired PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth’s City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday during a special called meeting to accept the resignation of City ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 4:48 pm

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Lucas arraigned

PORTSMOUTH State Sen. L. Louise Lucas appeared in Portsmouth General District Court this morning for her arraignment on two felony charges – conspiracy and “injuring” ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, September 4, 2020 6:29 pm

Isle of Wight County

Public hearing on IW monument draws crowd 

SMITHFIELD Isle of Wight residents for and against removal of the county’s Confederate monument have now had their say, but the county’s Board of Supervisors ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, September 4, 2020 6:17 pm


Michael Darnell Darden

BOYKINS — Mr. Michael Darnell Darden, 59, of Boykins, departed this earthly life on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, while in the comfort of his home. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, September 4, 2020 10:03 am