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Voters welcome Kitchen, Smith to council

Ward 4’s Linwood Johnson, Mayor Frank Rabil to return FRANKLIN In spite of rain and a pandemic, voters ... Read more | Add your comment

Shopping in the corona-free fish market

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 9th through the 11th on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water ... Read more | Add your comment

Create a nest for busy Mason bees

By John Bunch Virginia Master Naturalist When it comes to bees these days, the Honey bees seem to ... Read more | Add your comment

Looking Back: Franklin’s ‘Buggy’ days

By Clyde Parker During the early part of the 20th century, Camp Manufacturing Co., Albemarle Steam Navigation Co., ... Read more | Add your comment

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Camp gears up for opening of eSports arena

Recruitment of players is underway By Wendy Harrison SUFFOLK Let the summer games begin! Camp Community College is actively recruiting players for it new eSports ... Read more | Add your comment

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BREAKING NEWS

Voters welcome Kitchen, Smith to council

Ward 4’s Linwood Johnson, Mayor Frank Rabil to return FRANKLIN In spite of rain and a pandemic, voters still showed up to make their choices ... Read more | Add your comment

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News

State Board holds line on community college tuition, fees


RICHMOND The State Board for Community Colleges, by a unanimous vote, elected to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for Fall 2020. The ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 22, 2020 6:25 am

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Northam announces awarding of $95M-plus in grants

Funds will be dedicated to state, local criminal justice programs RICHMOND Gov. Ralph Northam announced the award of more than $95 million in federal grant ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 22, 2020 5:57 am

Opinion

I don’t miss wearing socks, and other quarantine musings

By Galen Butler I miss … … Thursday night choir practice. More than any other aspect of church life, I really miss this weekly ritual ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:24 pm

Letters to the Editor

Supervisor counters call to remove trash fee

I am writing this letter to the editor to SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT! First, the contract with the Cypress Cove Country Club was not renewed ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:16 pm

News

Memorial services canceled

NEWSOMS Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Newsoms Memorial Day service, originally scheduled for this Sunday, May 24, will not occur. For the same reason, ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:09 am

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Business

Franklin Business Center turns 15

Former Incubator continues to nurture businesses FRANKLIN While the anniversary number of 15 might not carry as much emotional weight as say, 25 or 50, ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:03 am

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Former FPD officer sues city

FRANKLIN A former Franklin police officer is suing the city in federal court over alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act. According to ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:57 am

COVID-19 testing

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Residents get tested for COVID-19

Painless exam takes only a few minutes FRANKLIN It tickles, but just for a few moments. “It” being the test for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:46 am

BREAKING NEWS

Village resident tests positive for COVID-19

FRANKLIN A resident of The Village at Woods Edge, a retirement community in Franklin, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This is according to a statement ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:02 pm

News

Northam forms education work group

Stakeholders to recommend ways to ensure safe reopening of schools RICHMOND Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Monday a diverse set of education stakeholders participating in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, May 18, 2020 7:09 pm

Letters to the Editor

Chancellor reaches out to parents of high school seniors

‘Virginia’s Community Colleges are here to help’ [Editor’s note: The following letter was written by the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges on May 4 to ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Monday, May 18, 2020 7:00 pm

Breaking News Archive

Candidate announces write-in campaign

Wydia Bailey wants to give Ward 2 voters a choice FRANKLIN Many residents of Ward 2 reportedly have wanted a choice when it came to ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:43 pm

Breaking News Archive

Officer at WTRJ tests positive

SUFFOLK The Western Tidewater Regional Jail announced today, May 15, that one of its officers has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer last worked at ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 15, 2020 12:13 pm

Opinion

Using a mask to mask your feelings

By Christine Flowers I have been trying to do my civic duty. I stay more than 6 feet away from most people. I live alone, ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:00 pm

Franklin High

VHSL honors FHS coach with Regional Award of Merit

FRANKLIN On April 30, Coach Mona Sumblin received the Virginia High School League 2019-2020 Regional Award of Merit during the Region 1B Principals & Athletic ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, May 14, 2020 6:36 pm

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Senators introduce legislation to help rural hospitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. Two U.S. Senators, Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have introduced bipartisan bills to ensure rural hospitals such as Southampton Memorial ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, May 14, 2020 6:29 pm

Breaking News Archive

Police request help on cases

FRANKLIN Franklin City Police are asking for public input on some recent cases. Sgt. Scott Halverson, department spokesman, said that on Monday the communications center ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, May 14, 2020 10:58 am

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Camp College honors graduates during 49th commencement

Graduate: ‘Achieving this accomplishment is priceless’
 By Wendy Harrison FRANKLIN Camp Community College recognized a little more than 260 graduates during its virtual commencement that ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:55 pm

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Camp Community College celebrates RN graduates

Virtual pinning ceremony airs on YouTube By Wendy Harrison FRANKLIN Camp Community College Nursing and Allied Health Department recognized the registered nursing Class of 2020 ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:48 pm

Business

Agencies conducting business survey

By Jay Brenchick, Teresa Beale, Dan Howe FRANKLIN Franklin Southampton Economic Development, the Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Franklin Association are collecting ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:38 pm

Opinion

Testing opportunity certainly welcomed

Last week the paper reported that testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) would be made available to the public over the course of two days ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:34 pm

Opinion

Refusing to wear a mask is America at its worst

By Dick Polman There are many things I love about my country. But “rugged individualism,” when taken to its extreme, does not make my list. ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:33 pm

Business

Southampton County Land Transfers – April 2020

The following land transfers were recorded in Southampton County Circuit Court in April: Eliot Skinner to James A. Posavad, Franklin City, Lee Street, $65,000 Money ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:29 pm

Breaking News Archive

COVID claims Melon Fest

35th annual event in Murfreesboro is canceled By CAL BRYANT Editor MURFREESBORO, N.C. The overall impact of the COVID-19 virus has claimed one of northeastern ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 11:04 am

Franklin

New faces to appear on City Council

FRANKLIN Election Day is on Tuesday, May 19 (polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and in Franklin, three people are seeking seats on ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:16 am