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St. Paul UCC celebrates burning of mortgage note

HANDSOM St. Paul United Church of Christ held a mortgage burning celebration on Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Carl ... Read more | Add your comment

Historical Society lauds members’ contributions

Anne Bryant, Clyde Parker honored FRANKLIN Anne Bryant and Clyde Parker were recognized as Outstanding Members during the ... Read more | Add your comment

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Carrsville Bulldogs box up holiday happiness

Pictured above: Carrsville Elementary students and faculty gather for a group photo after they helped on Tuesday afternoon ... Read more | Add your comment

Indians win backyard brawl 16-14 over Broncos

FRANKLIN “Tough game, tough win. Big game, big rivalry. It just goes to show you that whenever Franklin ... Read more | Add your comment

Business

Cotton, peanut farmers expecting sizable harvest

By Virginia Farm Bureau FRANKLIN Cotton and peanut growers are expecting a robust harvest this fall, despite an extremely dry end to the summer. Virginia ... Read more | Add your comment

by Contributor.

Franklin

Architects make their pitch for courthouse work

FRANKLIN A trio of architectural firms was invited on Monday to a joint meeting of the Franklin City Council and Southampton County Board of Supervisors ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

News

Jury convicts Sol D. Burke of murder

COURTLAND A little more than seven years after the crime, Sol Damacus Burke, 32, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Eric “E.T.” Smith ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

Franklin

Staff writer lauded for FOIA articles

RICHMOND A series of articles written within the past year about the Southampton County Courthouse has earned staff writer Stephen Faleski recognition by the Virginia ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

News

Proposed Courtland historic district heads to Richmond for final vote

COURTLAND A proposal to create an official historic district within the town of Courtland is on the agenda for the Thursday, Dec. 12, joint meeting ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Opinion

Planning Commission right on rezoning

Last week, the Southampton County Planning Commission voted to recommend the rezoning of 242.87 acres on Rose Valley Road from A-1 Agricultural to CM-2 Conditional ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Letters to the Editor

Candidate grateful for support of campaign

To the Editor: First and foremost I would like to thank God for living in a country where people have the liberty to stand on ... Read more | Add your comment

by Letters to the Editor.

Opinion

The impeachment follies

By Michael Reagan Spoiler alert. The Democrats’ big dream of impeaching President Trump is going nowhere. Act I of the pathetic Trump impeachment hearings they ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Opinion

Impeachment hearings are a lose-lose proposition

By Rich Manieri I’m not sure who to believe anymore. House Intelligence Committee Chairman, and impeachment hearing ringmaster, Adam Schiff (D-Cal.) says he doesn’t know ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

News

Planning recommends zoning amendment

COURTLAND All but three members of the Southampton County Planning Commission on Thursday night voted to recommend a zoning map amendment, and those who did ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

News

Ivor planning ahead for Christmas

Santa letters, parade, tree lighting included BY MERLE MONAHAN/CONTRIBUTING WRITER merlemonah@aol.com IVOR Little boys and girls in the Ivor area now have a place to ... Read more | Add your comment

by Contributor.

News

Ag museum prepares for ‘Polar Express’ Christmas

COURTLAND According to organizer Denise Wlodyka, there will be “tons of stuff” happening when the Polar Express Nostalgic Christmas event returns to the Southampton Ag ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

Franklin

‘Home-grown’ is focus for Community Expo

STAFF REPORT FRANKLIN “Home-grown” is the theme for the 26th annual Community Expo, which takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Opinion

Preservation efforts merit recognition

The Southampton County Historical Society earlier this week picked two of the most qualified people to be honored for their work in preserving the history ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Opinion

My mother’s gift to me was newspapers

By John Railey As my mother lay dying this fall, I read newspapers to her, paving our longest journey together with the thing that had ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

Letters to the Editor

Franklin Democratic Committee congratulates sheriff-elect Josh Wyche

Editor: The Franklin City Democratic Committee wants to extend a heartfelt congratulations to our newly elected sheriff, Josh Wyche Sr. The FCDC supported Capt. Wyche ... Read more | Add your comment

by Letters to the Editor.

Opinion

Republicans still obsessed with whistleblower

By Dick Polman The public impeachment hearings were barely underway when Jim Jordan, the GOP’s attack Chihuahua, began to yap about the whistleblower. Where’s the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

Franklin

Veterans reunite to reminisce

FRANKLIN From left are USMC Master Sgt. Ryan Lowder, retired Virginia Army National Guard Sgt. Demetreious Mathews and Virginia guardsman Sgt. Christopher Fisher. They reunited ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Isle of Wight County

VFW 4411 salutes all veterans

CARRSVILLE Members of VFW Post 4411 and its Auxiliary welcomed guests for the annual Veterans Day ceremony. This began, of course, at 11 a.m. on ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

News

Black Creek Baptist featured for ornament

COURTLAND The Board of Directors of Mahone’s Tavern and Museum Inc. recently announced that Black Creek Baptist Church has been chosen as the subject for ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Franklin High

Lady Bronco netters lose in volleyball playoff

FRANKLIN The Franklin High School Girls Volleyball team went down 3-0 in the Region B semifinals on Monday to the Raiders of Rappahannock County. After ... Read more | Add your comment

by Frank Davis.

Isle of Wight Academy

IWA cross-country runners compete

By James J. Lidington ISLE OF WIGHT Kaelyn Hooker and Jack Powell were the top Isle of Wight Academy finishers in the Virginia Independent Schools ... Read more | Add your comment

by Contributor.

Opinion

Stay safe in cold weather

The weather seems to be turning colder earlier this season. Today, for example, will be not much higher than 40 degrees, and lows in the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Letters to the Editor

Elected supervisor thanks supporters

Editor: To my constituents in the Blackwater-Newsoms precinct I say thank you for your interest and support. I appreciate your coming out to the polls ... Read more | Add your comment

by Letters to the Editor.

Letters to the Editor

Advice for Washington politicians

Editor: Franklin native and Franklin High School graduate Wyatt Durrett, Jr. wrote a recent article in The Richmond Times Dispatch regarding his respect and admiration ... Read more | Add your comment

by Letters to the Editor.

Opinion

Hommage

I’m Betty Foster, originally from Hallsboro, a small, Zuni-type town in southeastern North Carolina. I stand before you from 51 years of life with Clarence; ... Read more | Add your comment

by Contributor.

Opinion

Adopting Christian foster care

By Michael Reagan If you’re a young child trapped in our infamous foster care system, your future is bleak. It’s likely that you’ll bounce around ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

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Franklin

Western Tidewater sees first snowfall of the season

FRANKLIN Tuesday morning’s forecasts had called for rain, so many in Western Tidewater were likely surprised that afternoon to see the first flurries of the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.