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Public’s help needed with shooting, attempted robbery investigation

Sheriff’s Office provides updated details about vehicle, suspects BOYKINS The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate ... Read more | Add your comment

Cheroenhaka chief guest speaker at Fort Lee

FORT LEE Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown, accompanied by other members of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe, was ... Read more | Add your comment

Native plants, insects sustain wild turkeys

By Kristi Hendricks We spend happy moments talking about the turkey in the run up to Thanksgiving time. ... Read more | Add your comment

Dog-fennel can be very aggressive weed

By Helen Hamilton Dog-fennel Eupatorium capillifolium In late summer, drifts of Dog-fennel line roadsides and woodland edges with ... Read more | Add your comment

BREAKING NEWS

Franklin man arrested on soliciting charges

FRANKLIN A Franklin man is in custody on charges related to soliciting a minor. On Nov. 25, Southampton County Sheriff’s Office detectives executed a search ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Courtland water high in fluoride, lead

COURTLAND The town of Courtland’s drinking water has tested above the federal limit for fluoride and lead. Water samples taken Oct. 21 from each of ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Franklin

City Council talks recent gun incidents

FRANKLIN A series of recent incidents, two of which resulted in homicides, prompted Franklin’s City Council on Nov. 23 to discuss ways of reducing gun ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Saturday, November 28, 2020 12:42 pm

Franklin

Municipal utilities included in cutoff moratorium

FRANKLIN The City of Franklin is carefully watching its electric fund balance now that municipal utilities are prohibited from disconnecting power to residential customers for ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Saturday, November 28, 2020 12:34 pm

Breaking News Archive

IW schools debut COVID-19 dashboard

SMITHFIELD Six students enrolled in Isle of Wight County public schools and three employees have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past four weeks, according ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7:23 pm

Franklin

Local professionals tapped for Top 40 under 40

FRANKLIN Since 1998, Inside Business has searched the Greater Hampton Roads area for professionals who excel in their work. This year, the publication chose Holly ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 5:16 pm

Opinion

Stay safe this Thanksgiving

Stay safe this Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is annually one of the biggest days of the year for home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:47 pm

Breaking News Archive

Franklin man arrested on murder charge

FRANKLIN A Franklin man is in custody on a charge of first-degree murder, which allegedly took place on Sunday night. Sgt. Scott Halverson, spokesman for ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, November 23, 2020 10:46 am

Isle of Wight County

County, Windsor to discuss monument

ISLE OF WIGHT Isle of Wight’s Board of Supervisors still hasn’t made a final decision on whether the county’s Confederate monument will stay or go, ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:03 pm

Opinion

Patriotism more than just pride in country

Note: Sydney Brinkley, a seventh grader at Georgie D. Tyler Middle School, recently won the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest at the ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:20 pm

Franklin

Santa‛s waiting to hear from you

FRANKLIN Hey, boys and girls, Have you been good this year? Santa wants to hear from you! It’s time to send your letter out to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:06 pm

Opinion

Stay connected to Chamber virtually

As reported last week, the Franklin Southampton Chamber of Commerce has had to severely modify its Expo, which take place annually in November. Rather than ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:29 am

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Isle of Wight County

No consensus on contextualizing monument

ISLE OF WIGHT Isle of Wight’s monument task force came no closer to consensus Nov. 12 on a preferred method for contextualizing the county’s Confederate ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:00 am

News

Meherrin Elementary scores with golfers’ donation

NEWSOMS Meherrin Elementary School is the recipient of the Newsoms Golf Association’s generosity this year. On Nov. 13, six NGA members brought a $2,000 check ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:26 am

Franklin

FSEDI leader announces departure

FRANKLIN Jay Brenchick has announced he’s leaving the Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. The president and CEO confirmed via email questions put to him after ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:23 pm

BREAKING NEWS

COVID case requires SCPS close board office

COURTLAND The Southampton County School Board Complex in Courtland closed earlier today, Nov. 17, when an employee working there informed officials that they had tested ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:18 pm

Business

Small Business Saturday: Spread Joy, Shop Small

By Lauren Sloan Business Development Manager FRANKLIN What a year. Full of moments of both uncertainty and human ingenuity. Presumably, most Americans are feeling that ... Read more

by Contributor, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:05 pm

Letters to the Editor

Reader responds to op-ed about Biden, Harris

To the Editor: I have read Dr. [William] Scott’s op-ed with interest. I think overall he was on the correct path in his observations. Not ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:03 pm

News

Hunter falls from tree stand

BOYKINS The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office and Boykins Fire & Rescue responded to the scene of an accident on Monday afternoon where a hunter had ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, November 16, 2020 6:19 pm

Breaking News Archive

Lucas charges dismissed, police chief fired

PORTSMOUTH A judge dismissed all charges against state Sen. L. Louise Lucas on Monday. Portsmouth Police had charged the senator with two felonies — conspiracy ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Monday, November 16, 2020 4:03 pm

News

VHSL responds to Governor’s announcement

CHARLOTTESVILLE Virginia High School League (VHSL) Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun has responded to Gov. Northam’s new statewide measure to contain COVID-19, including ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, November 13, 2020 5:38 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Gatherings capped at 25 starting Nov. 15

RICHMOND Effective Nov. 15, per Gov. Ralph Northam’s latest executive orders, all public and private in-person gatherings will be restricted to no more than 25 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, November 13, 2020 4:08 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Franklin man arrested on child pornography charges

FRANKLIN A Franklin man has been arrested on several charges related to child pornography. Acting on information received from the Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, November 13, 2020 12:38 pm

News

Planning Commission meeting postponed

COURTLAND Due to the weather and the flooding over roads, tonight’s Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled. Beth Lewis, planning director, announced that the public ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:50 pm

Breaking News Archive

UPDATE: Flash flood warning extended to 6 p.m.

FRANKLIN The National Weather Service (NWS) in Wakefield continues to urge residents in Western Tidewater, the Greater Hampton Roads region and Northeastern North Carolina to ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Thursday, November 12, 2020 10:28 am

Letters to the Editor

Time to bring Civics back to schools

To the Editor: It became clear to me a number of years ago that if I failed to learn the life lesson in front of ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:38 pm

Business

Chamber Expo going virtual

By Teresa Beale FRANKLIN The Chamber Expo we host each November is our signature event. Sadly, we can’t gather together this year, but that won’t ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:36 pm