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Governor to ease restrictions on gatherings, announces new pharmacies for vaccines

Citing improving COVID-19 health metrics, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday he would lift some restrictions on outdoor gatherings ... Read more | Add your comment

Capron Elementary has successful return

CAPRON Feb. 8 was a great day at Capron Elementary School. All students who chose to return to ... Read more | Add your comment

Lavender & Lace fading from downtown

Owner largely blames pandemic for decline FRANKLIN Barbara Nixon is shuttering her clothing and gift boutique, Lavender & ... Read more | Add your comment

Motor vehicle catches fire after crashing into guardrail

COURTLAND At 3:32 p.m. Feb. 23, Southampton County deputies were called to a motor vehicle accident on Meherrin ... Read more | Add your comment


Library to launch new StoryWalk with downtown businesses

FRANKLIN The Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Library branch in Franklin, in partnership with the City of Franklin, Franklin Southampton Economic Development, and 16 downtown businesses, ... Read more | Add your comment

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Attempted murder suspect wanted

FRANKLIN Franklin City Police are seeking the whereabouts of a man suspected of attempted murder. Warrants have been secured for Larry Cleveland Sykes, said Sgt. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


Hadsell trial moved again — to next year

COURTLAND The trial for a Norfolk man accused of killing his stepdaughter nearly six years ago has been moved — yet again — this time ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:26 pm

Isle of Wight County

New administrators in proposed ’22 school budget

SMITHFIELD Isle of Wight County Schools’ proposed $69.7 million budget for the next school year includes new central office positions, among them two coordinators who ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:40 pm


South Quay Road to close for bridge replacement

FRANKLIN South Quay Road will be closed in both directions between Route 58 and Pretlow Road starting as early as March 1 for a bridge ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:51 pm


Council live streaming to return in March

FRANKLIN Franklin officials say an equipment failure, coupled with a delay in receiving replacement parts, is the reason the Feb. 8 and 22 City Council ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 5:14 pm


On your mark … get set … to test!

Virtual learning this past year has obviously not been without its challenges to education. One of those is how it has affected test scores on ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 5:10 pm

Letters to the Editor

A response to supervisor’s letter

To the Editor: In his recent pro-gun column (“An Open Letter to Virginia’s General Assembly,” Feb. 17, 2021), Christopher Cornwell was wrong about several things, ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:38 am


Southampton Memorial Hospital now officially tax-exempt

FRANKLIN Franklin’s City Council voted unanimously Feb. 22 to formally grant tax-exempt status to Southampton Memorial Hospital, now that it’s owned by Bon Secours Mercy ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:08 pm


Virginia will join 22 states in abolishing the death penalty

By Christina Amano Dolan Capital News Service RICHMOND Virginia will become the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty after two bills passed both chambers ... Read more

by Contributor, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:05 pm


City Council live streaming to return in March

FRANKLIN Franklin officials say an equipment failure, coupled with a delay in receiving replacement parts, is the reason the Feb. 8 and 22 City Council ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:36 am


Find out what’s in your (well) water

COURTLAND Homeowners in Western Tidewater who use wells, springs or cisterns are being offered a way to test the quality and health of their water, ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Monday, February 22, 2021 7:06 pm


Southampton County Land Transfers – January 2021

The following land transfers were recorded in the Southampton County Circuit Court for the month of January: Lakeview Loan Services LLC to Grace Elizabeth Smith, ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Monday, February 22, 2021 6:45 pm


Hybrid plan announced for Franklin students

FRANKLIN Starting March 15, most students in Franklin City Schools will begin returning to their classrooms through a phased-in approach. During its meeting on Feb. ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Friday, February 19, 2021 3:21 pm

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Isle of Wight votes to move monument

ISLE OF WIGHT Isle of Wight’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Feb. 18 to relocate the Confederate monument that’s stood outside the county’s government complex ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, February 18, 2021 10:11 pm


Hormel buys Planters from Kraft Heinz

In a $3.35 billion deal, Hormel has bought Kraft Heinz Company’s nuts business, including most products sold under the Planters brand. As part of the ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:35 pm


Franklin man arrested on shooting charges

FRANKLIN A Franklin man has been charged with firing a weapon within the city limits and carrying a concealed weapon. At 12:34 a.m. today, Feb. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, February 18, 2021 10:30 am


‘Race to the test’

Franklin High pushes to improve mid-year SOL scores FRANKLIN Franklin High School saw a notable decline in student performance on mid-year Standards of Learning tests. ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:26 pm


Hospital on frontline of opioid epidemic

By Dr. Sonya L. Lee The surge in COVID-19 is steady on the rise in the United States. Yet as the number of new cases, ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:10 pm

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Vaccine disparities emerge

By Stephen Faleski and Jimmy LaRoue Staff Writers Is the Western Tidewater Health District getting left behind in the race to vaccinate its residents?  While ... Read more

by Multiple Authors, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:00 am


State vaccine site goes live

The state’s new COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration website has gone live, allowing people to sign up online, check their status and get more information about the ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:41 pm

Isle of Wight County

Police: Bad drug deal led to IW murder

CARRSVILLE Casey Dakota Cagle’s Dec. 5 murder in Carrsville was a drug deal turned robbery attempt that went bad, according to the Isle of Wight ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:29 pm


An open letter to Virginia’s General Assembly

My name is Christopher D. Cornwell Sr. As a resident of our great Commonwealth and as a husband, son, parent and fellow elected official, I implore ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 2:39 pm


McEachin hosting vaccine town hall Tuesday

RICHMOND Congressman A. Donald McEachin will host a virtual COVID-19 vaccine town hall on the Zoom videoconferencing platform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. Joining ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:42 pm

Breaking News Archive

Unidentified man’s body recovered, ID’d

The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the body of an unidentified man, which was recovered on Feb. 10, has been identified as Thurman ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 11:09 am


Region making progress vaccine-wise

The mass vaccination over at East End Baptist Church on Feb. 10 appears to have been a success. Many preparations were made ahead in terms ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, February 15, 2021 6:45 pm


State health department to unveil vaccine pre-registration system

Facing mounting criticism over issues with state residents signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Virginia Department of Health plans to unveil a new statewide ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Friday, February 12, 2021 9:12 pm