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Emmanuel Church Women to maintain yard sale practice

Various ministries will benefit from proceeds By Vicki Brown FRANKLIN A tradition more than 50 years in the ... Read more | Add your comment

Boykins announces Pumpkin Fest plans

BOYKINS After months of the COVID-19 pandemic canceling every seasonal event, Western Tidewater residents have something to look ... Read more | Add your comment

KFC serves up ‘finger-lickin’ good’ food to FHS

FRANKLIN Kentucky Fried Chicken provided lunch for all Franklin High School teachers and staff on Friday. This was ... Read more | Add your comment

FHS teacher earns Crystal Apple Award

FRANKLIN Congratulations go to Brandon Yanna, who recently received the Crystal Apple Award from Kaye Weaver of Horace ... Read more | Add your comment


COVID-19 surge linked to southside

FRANKLIN The COVID-19 surge Franklin saw in August and early September seems to have been “confined to a five- to 10-block area” of the city, ... Read more | Add your comment

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Gov. Northam, first lady test positive for COVID-19

By Nate Delesline III Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, first lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for COVID-19.
On the evening of Sept. 23, the ... Read more | Add your comment

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Letters to the Editor

The coming election

To the Editor: There comes a time in every man or woman’s life, when given the events of the day, you have to stand up ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Saturday, September 26, 2020 1:25 pm


Police looking for armed robbery suspects

B&E required Second Avenue to be closed for a time FRANKLIN Franklin Police are seeking the whereabouts and identity to two people who robbed a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, September 25, 2020 11:36 am


Check-in service for seniors saves life

Volunteers clean up for Newsoms resident NEWSOMS The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office provides a free call-in service for residents 65 years and older who live ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Thursday, September 24, 2020 4:26 pm


Boykins Auxilary revving up for car show

Fundraiser assists fire department BOYKINS Is it too soon to get your classic or antique car or pickup looking mint for next months’s car show? ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Thursday, September 24, 2020 4:20 pm


Nottoway land added to Virginia Landmarks Register

CAPRON A Southampton County farm that was once part of a colonial-era Nottoway reservation has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register. The 1.8-acre Millie ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, September 24, 2020 4:17 pm

Letters to the Editor

Character counts in this election

To the Editor: Something inside keeps telling me to write this. Character and values should matter. Growing up, family, friends, teachers, and church taught me ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Thursday, September 24, 2020 11:29 am


IWA says COVID-19 case is false positive

ISLE OF WIGHT Isle of Wight Academy Headmaster Mark Munford has retracted his confirmation of a student testing positive for COVID-19. “We currently have zero ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, September 24, 2020 11:05 am

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One confirmed case of COVID-19 at IWA 

ISLE OF WIGHT Isle of Wight Academy recently saw its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus. According to a letter Headmaster Mark Munford sent ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:21 pm


Lack of concern from county, elected officials saddening

As most of you know, in the early hours of Tuesday, Aug. 4, an EF 2 tornado hit the Route 58 corridor in Courtland with ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:33 pm


Virus surging in Southampton County

146-case increase reported Monday to Tuesday COURTLAND Southampton County saw its largest-ever surge in COVID-19 cases overnight Monday to Tuesday, reporting 146 new infections. The ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:26 pm


There’s still time to be counted in Census

COURTLAND So far, little more than half the population in each Western Tidewater locality — Southampton County, Isle of Wight County, Franklin and Suffolk — ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:24 pm


State Police seeking suspect in fatal accident

HAMPTON Virginia State Police are asking Western Tidewater residents to be on the lookout for a Hampton man wanted in connection with a fatal car ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 1:49 pm

Letters to the Editor

Norm Shroyer — a true inspiration

To the Editor: Our local community was saddened last Thursday to learn of the death of 88-year-old Norm Shroyer. He was quiet by nature but ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Monday, September 21, 2020 8:01 pm


State Supreme Court revives IP lawsuit

FRANKLIN In a unanimous Sept. 17 decision, Virginia’s Supreme Court overturned Judge Carl Eason Jr.’s 2018 dismissal of International Paper’s machinery and tools tax lawsuit ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Monday, September 21, 2020 7:55 pm


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


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

by Staff Reports, Friday, September 18, 2020 5:06 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