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Western Tidewater deals with snowfall

Power companies were busy restoring electricity FRANKLIN The snow that fell on Thursday afternoon and night — 5 ... Read more | Add your comment

Students dive into wonders of 3-D printer

By Alexandria Horton SHS senior COURTLAND Fine Arts teacher Melissa Edwards teaches students the different ways to use ... Read more | Add your comment

Meherrin honors its counselor

NEWSOMS Meherrin Elementary School recently celebrated a special person: LaTonya Ginn. Feb. 3-7 was National School Counseling Week, ... Read more | Add your comment

Coding showcase No. 2

SEDLEY On Wednesday, Nottoway Elementary School presented its second Coding Showcase for the 2019-2020 school year. Students were ... Read more | Add your comment

Franklin

Gun incidents rising again in Franklin

FRANKLIN According to data provided by Franklin Police Chief Steve Patterson, FPD officers responded to 77 reports of shots fired in 2019 — a 35-percent ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Opinion

Things could have been a lot worse

Thursday evening’s snowfall may have inconvenienced some Western Tidewater area residents with power outages, traffic delays and needing to make last-minute child care arrangements when ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Opinion

Nikita Khrushchev’s posthumous victory

By Dr. William Scott During the early part of the Cold War years (’50s and ’60s), Nikita Khrushchev uttered, “If you don’t like us, don’t ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

BREAKING NEWS

Southampton, Isle of Wight Academies closed

COURTLAND In addition to all three Western Tidewater area public school divisions, Southampton Academy and Isle of Wight Academy are also closed today, Feb. 21, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Franklin

Snow has arrived

FRANKLIN Snow, with some rain, began to fall in Western Tidewater mid-afternoon Thursday as forecast by the National Weather Service in Wakefield. The agency had ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

BREAKING NEWS

Franklin schools cancels after-school activities

FRANKLIN Franklin City Public Schools has cancelled all after-school activities today in anticipation of inclement weather this afternoon and evening. Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

BREAKING NEWS

Winter storm warning issued

WAKEFIELD The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a winter storm warning to be in effect for Western Tidewater and the Greater Hampton Roads ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

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BREAKING NEWS

Southampton Academy dismissing early

National Weather Service now predicting two to four inches of snow this evening COURTLAND The following schools have announced schedule changes as a result of ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

BREAKING NEWS

IOW schools cancel after-school activities

WINDSOR All after-school activities for Isle of Wight County Schools have been cancelled for Thursday afternoon due to the forecast for winter weather. This information ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Chance of snow now 70 percent

One to three inches of accumulation forecast for Thursday night WAKEFIELD The National Weather Service’s Wakefield station has issued a winter storm watch for the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Opinion

Defending my church when no one else will

By Christine Flowers The accusations of pedophilia in the Catholic church have never faded from the public eye, and while there are moments when other ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

Opinion

Science discovers benefits of Christianity

By Michael Shannon CNN issued a study a while back that found regularly attending church may increase a Christian’s lifespan, while at the same time ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.

News

Courtland masons honor Community Builder

COURTLAND John Robert Harrup, center, was presented the Community Builders Award in 2019 by the Courtland Masonic Lodge No. 85. The honor is presented to ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Franklin

Chance of snow now up to 60 percent

FRANKLIN The National Weather Service’s Wakefield station has increased its snow forecast for the Franklin area. As of Wednesday morning, the NWS is now predicting ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Faded Cottage features ‘comfort things’

Opening shop has been owner’s dream for years MERLE MONAHAN/CONTRIBUTING WRITER merlemonah@aol.com IVOR An estimated 300 to 350 people stopped by Ivor’s newest business on ... Read more | Add your comment

by Contributor.

News

Legion commander encourages membership

By Tracy Agnew Suffolk News-Herald FRANKLIN The 4th District Commander for the Virginia Department of American Legion is spreading the word about the organization’s newly ... Read more | Add your comment

by Contributor.

News

Planning reviews utility solar ordinance

COURTLAND Per the request last month of the Southampton County Board of Supervisors, the members of the Planning Commission began their review of the 2018 ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

Franklin

Snow predicted for Thursday

WAKEFIELD The National Weather Service’s Wakefield station is forecasting a 40-percent chance of snow in the Franklin area on Thursday as temperatures drop into the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

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Franklin

Spa’s donation helps families deal with pediatric cancer

FRANKLIN Roc Solid Foundation’s mission to help families battling pediatric cancer got welcome support from Kathara Spa in mid-December. That’s when the local business in ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Cowles.

Opinion

Burn with care

Are you familiar with the 4 p.m. burn law in Virginia? If not, now’s the time to know because it went into effect on Saturday, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Franklin

K-9 Ares to get donation of body armor

FRANKLIN Franklin Police Department’s K9 Ares will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Franklin

Some Southampton court functions may move to Franklin

Clerks have been planning alternative venues FRANKLIN In July 2019, Judge Carl E. Eason Jr. of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Virginia issued Southampton County’s ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Franklin

Joint meeting of City Council and FRHA postponed — again

FRANKLIN Twice now, a scheduled joint meeting between Franklin’s City Council and the Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has been postponed. According ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Franklin

Delinquent taxes rising in Franklin

FRANKLIN The total amount of delinquent taxes owed to the City of Franklin nearly doubled last year after having been on the decline since 2010. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

News

Amended assault firearm bill squeaks out of House

By Chip Lauterbach Capital News Service RICHMOND A controversial bill banning assault firearms passed the House this week along party lines, and after several amendments ... Read more | Add your comment

by Contributor.

Isle of Wight County

IW schools propose $68.2M budget for 2020-2021

WINDSOR On Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton presented Isle of Wight County’s school board with a proposed $68.2 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Opinion

A is for Agriculture

As reported earlier this week, a former Windsor Elementary School teacher has been honored for her work in promoting agriculture in her lesson plans. Specifically, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Opinion

Bernie underwhelms Yogi Berra Democrats

By Dick Polman Yogi Berra has a timely warning for the fractured Democratic party. The baseball legend and accidental oracle is reputed to have said, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Guest Columnist.