More early Christmas presents

Published 6:17 pm Friday, December 20, 2019

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There are still a few days left before Dec. 25, but already Western Tidewater has been the recipient of two gifts, both this week in the form of great news that promise economic and cultural prosperity.

The first is the formal announcement that Bon Bon Farms LLC has become established at the old Narricot building in Boykins. You might recall that business closed its doors this past summer. James Lee, the new business owner, is cultivating hemp, specifically the plugs that farmers can use to start their own hemp farms. Hemp has multiple legal uses, some dating back to World War II. The company will invest $8.55M and intends to create 162 jobs that will nurture and expand the business. He foresees growth within a few years.

IP Foundation’s commitment to developing a Riverview Park in downtown Franklin has again been proven with its $20,000 donation. Ultimately, the area along the Blackwater River from Second Avenue to the public boat dock on Barrett’s Landing will eventually become a place of recreation, nature trails, concerts and other suitable outdoor activities. You might recall that IP donated land in March 2018, which can be used for that very purpose.

We’re grateful that both companies have more than enough faith to invest in Southampton County and Franklin.