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Franklin sees surge in COVID-19 cases

City was briefly among nation’s worst in weekly cases per capita FRANKLIN Franklin was the 27th worst coronavirus ... Read more | Add your comment

FHS presents Bronco, Bronkette awards

FRANKLIN Although spring sports and the annual end of the year athletic awards banquet were canceled this year ... Read more | Add your comment

Family comes through two storms — together

COURTLAND Scott Evans can still laugh. Even though storms have forced him and his family from one place ... Read more | Add your comment

Confessions of an amateur sportsman

‘Stabbed by a Nottoway River Catfish’ By Allen Harper I have always enjoyed the simplicity of catfishing. I ... Read more | Add your comment


Family comes through two storms — together

COURTLAND Scott Evans can still laugh. Even though storms have forced him and his family from one place to the next — twice! — he’s ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.


Isaias takes a swipe at Western Tidewater

COURTLAND Tropical Storm Isaias hasn’t just swept through Western Tidewater without notice. Downed power lines and tree branches have been reported in Southampton County. One ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.


Congressman thanks senator for help with bill

By Congressman A. Donald McEachin Although August is typically a recess month for Congress, my staff and I have been and continue to be busy. ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Friday, August 14, 2020 11:12 am

Breaking News Archive

Western Tidewater under flash flood watch

WAKEFIELD The Western Tidewater region will remain under a flash flood watch through midnight tonight. An additional flood advisory has been issued for central Isle ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:12 pm

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Isle of Wight County

Push to cancel IW monument hearing fails

ISLE OF WIGHT Isle of Wight County’s public hearing to decide the fate of its Confederate monument is still on for Sept. 3, despite a ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:07 am

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A calculated risk

Georgia Tech tracks chance of COVID-19 exposure at events COURTLAND If someone were to host a gathering of 25 people in Southampton County — say, ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:00 am


Dip your DQ cone to help CHKD

FRANKLIN The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters will be “topping off” construction of its new mental health hospital this week. Residents throughout Western Tidewater, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:29 pm

Letters to the Editor

Why haven’t leaders been to Courtland?

To the Editor: Our 58 business corridor was all but destroyed when an EF-2 tornado came through. Many businesses were severely damaged or destroyed as ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:03 am


Franklin talks transition to elected school board

FRANKLIN Should Franklin voters wish to transition from an appointed school board to an elected one, the general election in November 2021 is the earliest ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:46 am


Rock Church able to host soccer camps

By Megan Schultz FRANKLIN On the week of July 14-17, Rock Church hosted two soccer camps for children in the community. Super Kids Soccer Camp ... Read more

by Contributor, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:31 pm


State superintendent waives accreditation for 2021-2022 school year

RICHMOND Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane on Aug. 4 exercised emergency authority granted to him by the 2020 General Assembly to waive annual school ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:14 pm


Virginia Supreme Court grants temporary eviction moratorium

Court suspends eviction proceedings through Sept. 7   RICHMOND Gov. Ralph Northam today announced a temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia. The moratorium, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, August 10, 2020 7:30 am


County school board moves meeting venue

COURTLAND The Southampton County School Board has moved its venue for the upcoming meeting on Monday, Aug. 10. The board will have its regular monthly ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, August 7, 2020 2:38 pm

Breaking News Archive

Franklin Schools going virtual this fall

Board will later revisit plan [Note: This version is an update from last week’s report.] FRANKLIN Students and staff in the Franklin City Public School ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:40 pm


Consider the side effects

By Nathan Rice I have to have my blood taken every few months, so I’m familiar with the process. I arrive prepared with my right ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:26 pm

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Courtland produce auction postponed due to storm damage

COURTLAND Courtland’s farmers market took heavy damage from Tropical Storm Isaias, but plans to resume produce auctions Aug. 13. While the building in which auctions ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:09 pm


Change is needed in local school board

[Note: This version corrects errors made in the original online publication.] The Southampton County Public School Board held a special called meeting on July 27, ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:07 pm

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Breaking News Archive

Franklin registrar sees confusion over third-party absentee ballot applications

FRANKLIN Franklin voters who received an unsolicited absentee ballot application from the Center for Voter Information beware — the return envelopes are addressed to the ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:43 pm


Keeping Franklin together in these uncertain times

By Tim Bradshaw In the 13 years I’ve lived here the Statue of the Confederate Soldier on Clay Street has never been brought up as ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:41 pm


Dominion: Outage may continue through Thursday

Nearly 1,000 still without power in Isle of Wight Some Dominion Energy customers who lost power as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias may see ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 4:51 pm


City tax shortfall not that bad

FRANKLIN Tax revenues Franklin deemed vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 haven’t suffered as badly as city officials feared at the start of the ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:25 pm


Isaias, tornado left their mark in Southampton County

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by Mitzi Lusk, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:18 pm


Tornado causes significant damage in Courtland

Injuries were minor COURTLAND One westbound lane of Route 58 will remain closed overnight because of notable damage caused by a tornado that struck around ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:15 pm


No tornado hit Windsor, Virginia

WINDSOR Contrary to any reports, there has been no tornado that struck in Windsor, Virginia, because of Tropical Storm Isaias early Tuesday morning. Windsor Police ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 11:07 am

Breaking News Archive

Tropical storm warning in effect

FRANKLIN From now until further notice, a tropical storm warning is in effect in Western Tidewater where Isaias is concerned, according to the National Weather ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Monday, August 3, 2020 7:01 pm

Breaking News Archive

Accident on 460 results in fatality

ZUNI A single vehicle fatality occurred in the westbound Route 460 (Windsor Boulevard) east of Route 639 (Ecella Road) on Monday. According to Sgt. Michelle ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Monday, August 3, 2020 3:25 pm

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Plans made for Moses Clements VT Scholarship Golf Tournament

By Barry Grizzard EMPORIA Over the last 20-plus years the Greensville/Southampton Hokie Club and Alumni Chapter has supported freshmen entering Virginia Tech with total scholarships ... Read more

by Contributor, Sunday, August 2, 2020 7:37 pm