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Local

Farmville celebrates fire department’s 150th anniversary

Wailing sirens broke the silence of a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon in Farmville not as sounds of warning, but as celebratory notes, as fire trucks ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Sunday, April 18, 2021 8:21 pm

News

Monument honoring fire department’s 150th anniversary unveiled

The 150th anniversary celebration of the Farmville Fire Department began with the unveiling of a monument Sunday morning commemorating the event. The monument provided by ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Sunday, April 18, 2021 1:05 pm

Education

Rifle team finishes as Virginia runner up

The Buckingham JROTC Rifle team recently competed in the 2021 4th Brigade JROTC Best of Best Championship Rifle match. The team shot a team best ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, April 16, 2021 4:23 pm

Prince Edward

County expands litter cleanup plans

The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors agreed to transfer $10,000 from the landfill budget Tuesday, April 13, to fund an initiative to tackle the ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, April 16, 2021 6:00 am

Prince Edward

Board questions Crossroads director

After nearly an hour of questions, accusations and explanations Tuesday, April 13, the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors appear no closer to a decision ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:03 pm

Lifestyle Main

Stepping back in time at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield

An encampment of soldiers armed with rifled muskets and a cavalry unit turned back the clock to 1865 last Saturday, April 10, during the Sailor’s ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:21 am

Prince Edward

Worsham Road turn lanes

Work has started to add turn lanes onto Worsham Road off of Farmville Road. According to Scott Frederick of VDOT, the turn lane project should ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:15 am

Columns

OPINION — Virginia has transformed quickly to a progressive state

Even the most ardent opponents of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration must have some amount of respect for the magnitude of change that has been ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:24 am

Farmville

Fire department celebrates 150 years with a parade

Thirty fire trucks and a marching band will roll down Farmville’s Main Street Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:09 am

Local

Town’s proposed budget includes 2.5-cent tax increase

Farmville property owners will likely pay higher taxes next year for the first time in almost 40 years. Town Manager Dr. Scott Davis told the ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, April 9, 2021 12:01 pm

Prince Edward

Sales tax increase for schools discussed

Prince Edward County’s budget picture for 2021-22 came into sharper focus during a Tuesday, April 6, special called meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, April 9, 2021 6:00 am

Prince Edward

Board has questions for Crossroads

Prince Edward County is withholding funds from the Crossroads Community Services Board until they get some answers from Crossroads Executive Director Dr. Susan Baker. Board ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:51 pm

Columns

COLUMN — Ruling seems to give town control of statue

A recent Virginia Supreme Court ruling could free up the Town of Farmville to finally determine the fate of the town’s Confederate statue. The ruling ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:22 am

ROGER'S RAMBLINGS

COLUMN — Detective Entrekin goes above and beyond for veteran

Standing in the Amelia Veteran’s Cemetery Thursday, Farmville Police Detective Sammy Entrekin seemed a bit surprised he was getting so much attention for just doing ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:00 am

Local

Detective makes sure family-less vet receives proper burial

No one seems to know a lot about the life of Robert Garrad Jr., but he received a hero’s welcome in death at the Virginia ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Monday, March 29, 2021 3:11 pm

COVID-19

Centra discusses returning to normal

After a long year of battling the pandemic, Centra officials are beginning to move their hospitals back to more of a normal operating environment. Centra ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, March 18, 2021 8:38 am

Farmville

Town joins state retirement system

Despite the reservations from its Finance Committee chairman, the Farmville Town Council agreed to join the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) during its Wednesday, March 10, ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:00 am

Columns

Column – Pandemic has improved access to public meetings

It’s hard to believe anything positive can come out of a pandemic that has left more than 500,000 dead and disrupted the lives of everyone ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:42 am

Local

Tax increase is on the table for Farmville property owners

Farmville property owners may be paying more taxes for the first time in more than 25 years next year after the town manager indicated adjusting ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:30 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

Editor’s Notebook — We will blossom again this spring

What a glorious spring this should be. After a year of staying home to stay safe, the COVID-19 vaccine has provided light at the end ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, March 12, 2021 6:00 am

VETERANS

University job provides different challenges

Jim Wiecking currently spends his workday helping Longwood University get grant money to do research projects as part of the Research and Grants Office. “We ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, March 11, 2021 6:00 am

Columns

COLUMN – Starlink could help solve county’s broadband problems

The problem of Prince Edward County’s lack of access to high-speed internet may have a solution on display just west of here in Wise County. ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, March 10, 2021 7:05 am

VETERANS

‘I’m a lucky, lucky person’

James Wooten Jr., 76, walks with a limp and has fought diabetes after returning from two years of duty in Vietnam in 1967, but he ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:00 am

VETERANS

Virgil Chick was just doing his duty

Virgil Chick doesn’t think of himself as a military hero. “I don’t have any hero stories for you,” the 76-year-old Chick said near the end ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Sunday, March 7, 2021 6:00 am

VETERANS

From cook to general, Fore does it all

Being a brigadier general in the National Guard would be enough of an accomplishment for most, but for Farmville’s William G. “Buckie” Fore Jr., the ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Saturday, March 6, 2021 6:00 am

LIFESTYLES

PACE participants have a Mardi Gras celebration

Participants in the Farmville PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) traveled virtually to New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, Tuesday, ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:00 am

DEVELOPING NEWS

120 customers waiting for power to be restored

After 11 days of widespread power outages over Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) 18-county area, the coop’s online outage map is showing signs the crisis will ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:23 am

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