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Franklin declares itself a ‘Constitutional City’

FRANKLIN On Monday, the city of Franklin became one of the latest Virginia localities to adopt an official ... Read more | Add your comment

Group effort organizing live Nativity

FRANKLIN Area churches, civic groups and organizations are combining efforts with a goal of reaching out ‘beyond the pews’ of ... Read more | Add your comment

Lady Broncos claim first win over Dukes

WINDSOR The Franklin High School boys and girls basketball teams opened the 2019-20 season on Monday in Windsor ... Read more | Add your comment

Franklin scores big over Windsor in basketball

WINDSOR For the boy’s game against Windsor High, the FHS Broncos jumped out slow with a close first ... Read more | Add your comment

News

Ivor holiday parade draws hundreds

‘Everyone seemed to have a good time’ By MERLE MONAHAN/CONTRIBUTING WRITER merlemonah@aol.com IVOR The day was nice, despite a slight chill to the wind and ... Read more | Add your comment

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News

Church to host gift wrap party

COURTLAND Do you need a secret place to wrap Christmas presents away from those inquisitive and prying eyes? If so, Grace Lutheran Church’s Christmas Wrapping ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Opinion

Police do far more than just their work

All too often civilians think of members of law enforcement as automatons that exist only to hand out speeding tickets. On the contrary, they are ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Letters to the Editor

Clay Street park still special to area resident

Dear Editor: With Christmas rapidly approaching, my thoughts turn to one of my favorite memories. The park on Clay Street had a big evergreen tree ... Read more | Add your comment

by Letters to the Editor.

Letters to the Editor

Suffolk loses a legend, an icon

Editor: With the passing of John C. Harrell on Nov. 26, at the young age of 80, this city has lost an individual who, I ... Read more | Add your comment

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Opinion

’Tis the season for phony outrage

By Rich Manieri Thanks in large part to social media, and in equally large part to the mean-spirited discourse of the day, virtually anything can ... Read more | Add your comment

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Opinion

Hospitals play pin the price on the donkey

By Michael Shannon Consumer knowledge is consumer power. That is why hospitals fight tooth-and-toenail against any efforts to post turnkey prices for medical procedures. Hospitals ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

Franklin

Legislators discuss issues over breakfast

FRANKLIN The 2020 census, absentee ballots, education and Second Amendment sanctuaries were among the topics previewed during the Eggs and Issues Pre-Legislative Breakfast, which took ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

News

Synched to the sounds of Christmas

COURTLAND The home of Kenny and Tammara Edwards on 18415 Lakeside Drive at the Darden Mill Estates in Courtland doesn’t just have colorful Christmas lights. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

Isle of Wight County

IOW legislators discuss priorities

SMITHFIELD On Tuesday at Isle of Wight County’s annual Richard J. Holland Pre-Legislative Breakfast, Del. Emily Brewer (R-Suffolk) told attendees she was “ready to assist ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Franklin

Franklin Police collecting toys for children’s hospice

FRANKLIN The Franklin Police Department is partnering with the Franklin-Southampton Area United Way and the Armory Drive McDonald’s to collect toys for Edmarc Hospice for ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Franklin

Architectural firms respond to city RFP

FRANKLIN Four architectural firms have responded to the request for proposals the City of Franklin issued in early October for security-related renovations to the city’s ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Opinion

Help prevent teen suicide

Teen suicide is a sad and growing issue in the United States. A recent press release from another Western Tidewater school system — Suffolk — ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Letters to the Editor

Franklin City Public Schools — Successful!

Editor: The Virginia Department of Education in Richmond accumulates and reports a tremendous amount of data on the 133 school divisions across the state. My ... Read more | Add your comment

by Letters to the Editor.

Opinion

Selective outrage

Last month’s vote by the Southampton County Board of Supervisors to fund Cypress Cove Country Club with a $15,000 appropriation has raised the ire of ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tony Clark.

Opinion

DeVos shines behind impeachment’s glare

By Michael Reagan Impeach! Impeach! Impeach! Removing Donald Trump from office before he can get re-elected is the only thing in Washington that Democrats and ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

BREAKING NEWS

Fire reported at ST Tissue

FRANKLIN A fire started at the fiber recycling plant of ST Tissue at approximately 8:30 this morning, according to mill manager Mickey Lee. He said ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Animal lovers advocate for cats, dogs

COURTLAND During the meeting of the Southampton County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 26, several people called on the panel members to make improvements to ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

News

Regional jail says ‘no’ to ICE detainees

SUFFOLK At its November meeting, the Western Tidewater Regional Jail Authority voted to reject a proposal that would have housed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Franklin

Suspect sought in car break-ins

FRANKLIN The Franklin Police Department needs your help in identifying this person. Cars in the downtown area and the Clay Street corridor were broken into ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Franklin

Trees ‘sprouting’ hats, scarves

Late craftsmen’s work made available FRANKLIN Some trees in the parking lot at Lowe’s in Franklin have started to sprout hats and scarves. This is ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

Opinion

Be not too late with letters

Each year, we publish the letters of children — and sometimes even pets — to Santa Claus. Overall, they are sweet to read, though we ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Letters to the Editor

‘Liberty-lite’

Editor: This is certainly a time of year when we all would do well to utilize the word, “lite,” in our diets though unfortunately it ... Read more | Add your comment

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Opinion

Trump continues to manufacture lies

By John L. Micek You could be forgiven for missing it in the build-up to Thanksgiving and the blizzard of impeachment news, but America’s fact-challenged ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

Opinion

Trump right to stand up for Navy SEAL

By Christine Flowers Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher is a highly decorated combat veteran who made the mistake of posing for a photograph with a ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

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Schools

Indians battle in volleyball

COURTLAND The Southampton High School PBIS team hosted a fundraising event on Nov. 8. The event was a battle of the classes’ volleyball game. Each ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

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Sports

Mustangs win in volleyball

FRANKLIN J.P. King Jr. Middle School awarded team players in a volleyball competition during November, followed by a tournament pitting students against adults. Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

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News

Capital campaign in progress for Mahone’s Tavern

By Linda Simmons COURTLAND As 2019 comes to a close and the Christmas spirit of giving increases, often it is a natural thought and desire ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.