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Peaceful protests continue

FRANKLIN The number of people in Franklin calling out for justice for the late George Floyd and an ... Read more | Add your comment

I am grateful

By Jeff Turner Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 24th through the 26th on the Blackwater above ... Read more | Add your comment

Broncos of 2020 presented diplomas

FRANKLIN Franklin High School senior Antasia A. Artis holds up her diploma, which she received on Thursday during ... Read more | Add your comment

Market on Main reopens for season

Pandemic precautions are in place for vendors, customers Western Tidewater is gradually easing into resuming everyday activities and ... Read more | Add your comment


Governor announces Phase Two guidelines

Further easing of public health restrictions to begin on Friday RICHMOND Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday signed Executive Order Sixty-Five and presented the second phase ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


Village COVID-19 case isolated, contained

FRANKLIN The case of COVID-19 that was recently discovered in a resident of The Village at Woods Edge has been deemed isolated and contained, according ... Read more | Add your comment

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Businesswoman takes issue with tax collection

IVOR A Southampton County businesswoman is taking exception to how her back taxes were collected by the county treasurer, Cynthia Edwards. Donna Degroat, the proprietor ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 6:31 pm


If only we would tame our tongues

By Rich Manieri I stopped long ago reading comments under news articles and opinion pieces. Not because I don’t believe readers should have the opportunity ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 6:06 pm


Deputies make arrest in child pornography investigation

Suspect listed as an employee of Franklin City Public Schools COURTLAND A Courtland man who works as a Franklin City Public Schools teacher has been ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:22 am


Franklin a model for protestors

The men and women involved in Monday’s protest at the parking lot in front of WalMart were a fine example of how to conduct a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 6:07 pm


In a post-George Floyd America, it’s time to listen

By John L. Micek Ever gotten the wind knocked out of you? Or been unable to breathe for even a few seconds? There’s pain. There’s ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 7:02 am

Breaking News Archive

Peaceful protest calls out for justice

City, county residents come together against racism, violence FRANKLIN “I can’t breathe!” “Justice for all!” “Black lives matter! Yes they do! All lives matter! Yes ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Monday, June 1, 2020 9:06 pm


Courtland nursing home confirms COVID-19 cases

COURTLAND Forty-nine of Southampton County’s 144 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have occurred in areas with a Courtland ZIP code according to data the Virginia Department ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:42 pm


Trump remains obsessed with Obama

By John L. Micek We’ve known for a long time that former President Barack Obama lives rent-free inside Donald Trump’s brain. From trying to tear ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:12 pm

Letters to the Editor

Supporting the Franklin City Class of 2020

To the Editor: Graduation from high school marks a milestone in an individual’s life. While this formal passing into adulthood typically follows nearly the same ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:11 pm


Rec On the Go

Parks and Rec to give away activity backpacks FRANKLIN The Franklin Parks and Recreation Department is usually bustling with various activities Monday through Saturday. But ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:02 pm


Not just teachers or secretaries

Included in today’s School page — please see B1 — is a photo and information about Riverdale Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year (Michelle Winters) ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:49 pm


SNAP recipients soon able to buy groceries online

RICHMOND Gov. Ralph Northam, on May 22, announced that for the first time, more than 740,000 Virginians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:48 pm


Longwood student explains stress of online college

By Amber Williams [Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 10-part series by Amber Williams.] FRANKLIN Cierra White, a Political Science major with minors ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:47 pm


RepairTech earns distinguished honor for philanthropy

By Wendy Harrison FRANKLIN Local industrial contractor RepairTech has been selected to receive the 2020 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy for its generous support ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:42 pm

Breaking News Archive

Details sought in gunfire case

FRANKLIN Franklin City Police are seeking information about gunfire at Dorchester Apartments late Tuesday night. According to department spokesman Sgt. Scott Halverson, at 10:42 the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:38 pm

Letters to the Editor

Drewryville remembers veterans on Memorial Day

To the editor: The church bell of Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Drewryville rang at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day in observance of the National ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:50 am

Letters to the Editor

Pictures of graduates are encouraging

To the Editor: I just wanted to say that the beautiful pictures of our 2020 graduates on our lamp posts around town is quite a ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:48 am

Letters to the Editor

School closure effect will be greater next year

To the Editor: There is no dispute that closing Virginia K-12 schools has created monumental and unimaginable challenges unlike any seen in the history of ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:42 am


Broncos get their moment in the sun

FHS senior portraits decorate downtown FRANKLIN A gesture to recognize Franklin High School’s Class of 2020 is evident to all people who work, live or ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:33 am


FRHA suing city

FRANKLIN The Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s ongoing dispute with the city over whether three apartment complexes collectively owe more than $400,000 in back taxes ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:05 pm


Holland Trace sold

CoHo Investments paid $1.2M FRANKLIN The Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority recently sold one of its low-income housing complexes — apparently as a means of ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:03 pm


Camp gears up for opening of eSports arena

Recruitment of players is underway By Wendy Harrison SUFFOLK Let the summer games begin! Camp Community College is actively recruiting players for it new eSports ... Read more

by Contributor, Friday, May 22, 2020 6:29 am


State Board holds line on community college tuition, fees

RICHMOND The State Board for Community Colleges, by a unanimous vote, elected to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for Fall 2020. The ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 22, 2020 6:25 am


Northam announces awarding of $95M-plus in grants

Funds will be dedicated to state, local criminal justice programs RICHMOND Gov. Ralph Northam announced the award of more than $95 million in federal grant ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 22, 2020 5:57 am


I don’t miss wearing socks, and other quarantine musings

By Galen Butler I miss … … Thursday night choir practice. More than any other aspect of church life, I really miss this weekly ritual ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:24 pm