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Mountain-mints easy to grow in the home garden

By Helen Hamilton Mountain-mints Pycnanthemum tenuifolium/muticum What’s not to like about a native perennial that is attractive to ... Read more | Add your comment

Southampton back-to-school plans proposed

COURTLAND On Monday evening, the Southampton County School Board along with approximately 50 other county residents heard the ... Read more | Add your comment

K-9 Ares passes on

FRANKLIN The Franklin Police Department has been diminished with the death of a valuable colleague. On Monday, spokesman ... Read more | Add your comment

Four for the 4th

Virginia Egg Council suggests this quartet for the occasion By Mary Rapoport Eton Mess is a terrific recipe ... Read more | Add your comment

BREAKING NEWS

District COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000

FRANKLIN The Western Tidewater Health District has reported 407 new COVID-19 cases in the 38 days since Virginia entered Phase II of Gov. Ralph Northam’s ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

BREAKING NEWS

No outbreak at East Pavilion, VDH confirms

FRANKLIN The Virginia Department of Health currently lists an eighth long-term care facility outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in its Western Tidewater Health District, but ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

Opinion

Partnership enabled local businesses to get grants

The stay-at-home order Gov. Ralph Northam issued in March, while necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout Virginia, has had significant impacts on local ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:38 pm

Franklin

Franklin to begin monument removal process

FRANKLIN Franklin residents who spoke during Monday’s City Council meeting seem evenly divided on their preferred fate for the city’s Confederate monument. But for now, ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:28 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Arson suspected as cause of jailhouse fire

No serious injuries occurred as a result COURTLAND An investigation into a fire that started at the Southampton County Jail on Sunday at approximately 8 ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Monday, July 13, 2020 5:45 pm

Letters to the Editor

Senator tried to exert power where she had none

To the Editor: Assuming we have all the facts, and that is an assumption, it appears Senator Louise Lucas of Portsmouth tried to exert the ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Monday, July 13, 2020 4:48 pm

BREAKING NEWS

No one seriously hurt by jail fire

No one seriously hurt by jail fire STEPHEN H. COWLES/STAFF WRITER Stephen.Cowles@TheTidewaterNews.com COURTLAND There were no serious or life-threatening injuries as the result of a ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:36 pm

News

Bar seating still closed as Virginia enters Phase Three

RICHMOND Though Virginia officially entered Phase Three of Gov. Ralph Northam’s reopening plan on July 1, bar seating will remain prohibited in restaurants across the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:07 pm

Franklin

Confederate statue vandalized

FRANKLIN A person or persons unknown splashed a reddish-colored paint onto a side of the Confederate monument in Memorial Park in Franklin either sometime Wednesday ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:41 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Summer WTLs have arrived

The magazine you’ve been asking for — Western Tidewater Living — has arrived at our office, and copies are available during regular business hours of ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:49 pm

Business

Southampton County Land Transfers – June 2020

The following land transfers were recorded in Southampton County Circuit Court in June: Sandra Toler to Timothy R. Cavanaugh Revocable, Franklin City, Lot 6, Section ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 4:25 pm

Letters to the Editor

‘Isle of White’ County public schools?

To the editor: On June 5, 2020, I mailed a letter from my address in Carrollton, detailing my citizen’s concerns to the Isle of Wight ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 4:20 pm

News

Dominion, Duke Energy cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND Dominion Energy and Duke Energy on Sunday announced the cancelation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:27 am

News

Senator fights recall effort with countersuit

COURTLAND State Sen. L. Louise Lucas is fighting a petition that has been circulating among Southampton and Isle of Wight voters to recall her from ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:23 am

News

COVID-19 testing in Southampton County continues

COURTLAND The Western Tidewater Health District, in partnership with the Western Tidewater Medical Reserve Corps and Southampton County, will again be offering pop-up community-based testing ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:19 am

Opinion

Taste the season — locally

Western Tidewater is fortunate that there is a veritable cornucopia of individuals willing to share the bounty of their seasonal harvests via farmers markets. There ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:34 pm

News

Dominion, Duke Energy cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND Dominion Energy and Duke Energy on Sunday announced the cancelation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, July 6, 2020 6:20 pm

Opinion

Staff remains busy through pandemic

By Congressman A. Donald McEachin It’s July — almost midsummer — and, here in Virginia, we are slowly returning to the new normal. As we ... Read more

by Contributor, Monday, July 6, 2020 6:18 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Two COVID-19 outbreaks now tied to correctional facilities

STEPHEN FALESKI/STAFF WRITER Stephen.Faleski@TheTidewaterNews.com STEPHEN H. COWLES/STAFF WRITER Stephen.Cowles@TheTidewaterNews.com CAPRON The Virginia Department of Health reports there are now two correctional centers in the Western ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, July 3, 2020 3:15 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Health Dept. reports COVID-19 outbreak in healthcare setting

SUFFOLK The number of COVID-19 outbreaks reported in the Virginia Department of Health’s Western Tidewater Health District rose overnight from 10 to 11. The latest ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:58 pm

Franklin

Holt rejoining city school board

Ward 3 nominations to be re-solicited FRANKLIN Bob Holt, who had served as the Ward 6 representative on Franklin’s School Board through April 2019, will ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 3:33 pm

News

Always ‘interesting finds’ among court records

By Rick Francis Hello again, friends, Happy 4th of July! If you are not able to make it to a local celebration such as in ... Read more

by Contributor, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:39 pm

Franklin

Police advise hands off fireworks

FRANKLIN When it comes to fireworks, handle with extreme care. Local law enforcement, though, recommends people not handle them at all, especially this coming Saturday, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:32 pm

News

Communities plan July 4th fun

IVOR After much discussion and planning, a handful of communities in Western Tidewater have created opportunities for people to celebrate Independence Day this Saturday, the ... Read more

by Stephen Cowles, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:30 pm

BREAKING NEWS

COVID-19 testing coming to Southampton County

COURTLAND The Western Tidewater Health District, in partnership with the Western Tidewater Medical Reserve Corps and Southampton County, will be offering pop-up community-based testing for ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:31 pm

Opinion

Confederate monument — historical significance

By C. Earl Blythe The Confederate monument located in Franklin Memorial Park was dedicated on June 3, 1911, and was originally erected at Second Avenue ... Read more

by Guest Columnist, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:01 pm

Letters to the Editor

Offensive road names must go

To the editor, There simply is no comparison between inconvenience and injustice. At last week’s meeting of the Southampton County Board of Supervisors, I was ... Read more

by Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:58 pm