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Local

Expect a cooler weekend with some thunderstorms

It may be a weekend of trying to get the yard mowed or cookout in between downpours as thunderstorms are forecast throughout the weekend for ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, August 14, 2020 9:16 am

News

Farmville ICA director defends detention facility’s response

The director of the Farmville Immigration Centers of America (ICA) Detention Center told the Farmville Town Council Wednesday, Aug. 12, the facility has not had ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:19 pm

Local

Parking meters return to service on Main St.

The days of parking free on Main Street in Farmville came to an abrupt end during the Wednesday, Aug. 12 town council meeting. The council ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:42 am

Local

Flash flood watch in effect again today

As far as today’s weather goes, the second verse is the same as the first. Farmville is back under a flash flood watch today, from ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:03 am

Local

Flash flood watch begins at 2 p.m. today

It’s definitely a day to keep an umbrella nearby and an eye to the sky as a flash flood watch has already been posted for ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 8:57 am

Local

Hot, humid Monday expected

The week of weather begins with a hot and muggy  Monday. Highs are expected to reach to 91 with only a 50% chance of precipitation. ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Monday, August 10, 2020 9:38 am

Local

Weekend weather – Hot with a chance of storms

The weekend will bring typical summer weather for the Farmville area with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s and a chance of afternoon ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, August 7, 2020 10:28 am

Local

Thunderboomers expected this afternoon

Enjoy the sunshine this morning because a big set of heavy thunderboomers are expected to interrupt any outdoor activities planned for this afternoon. High temperatures ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:34 am

Local

Good day sunshine

Bright sunshine may be interrupted by a small chance for some pop-up summer thunderstorms this afternoon as the Farmville weather returns to the typical pattern ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 9:38 am

ROGER'S RAMBLINGS

Welcome back students by wearing a mask

For the first time since March, Farmville will return to its status as a two-college town with the reopening of Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:00 am

Longwood

Longwood students return to campus with new rules

Longwood University students will soon return to the Farmville campus to begin classes in what already promises to be a unique experience for everyone involved. ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:00 am

Local

Isaias brings just over an inch of rain

Umbrellas are needed this morning but pack the sunscreen for the afternoon as summer returns after the storm After the remnants of Isaias roll through ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:43 am

Local

Rain from Isaias to soak area beginning tonight

It’s a great day to pull those fancy designer rain boots and big umbrellas out of the closet as Tropical Storm Isaias begins to push ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Monday, August 3, 2020 9:42 am

Columns

Column – Remote learning is the right decision

Area school officials are making the right decision by moving to online classes for the fall. As sad as it is to think there will ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Monday, July 27, 2020 10:06 pm

Education

PECPS superintendent schedules address for Tuesday

Prince Edward County Public Schools (PECPS) Superintendent Dr. Barbara Johnson will hold a Tuesday, July 28, address for school system families at 1 p.m. on ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, July 24, 2020 12:33 pm

ROGER'S RAMBLINGS

COLUMN — There is no debate, seat belts save lives

I’m old, but sometimes the news still amazes me, especially these days. The latest news story to amaze me was a sad statistic from a ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, July 24, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

COLUMN – Public hearing is the right option for statue resolution

The Farmville Town Council, much maligned for its handling of the removal of the Confederate statue, got it right earlier this month when it decided ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 10:26 am

ROGER'S RAMBLINGS

COLUMN — Public meetings should actually include the public

It is time to put the public back into public meetings. The experiment of using conference calls, Facebook Live and whatever other concocted means local ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:32 am

EDITORIALS

EDITORIAL — Broadband has become a necessity

One effect of the pandemic has been to separate communities into the “haves” and the “have nots” in terms of broadband access. Families who used ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:05 pm

ROGER'S RAMBLINGS

Right decision but done terribly wrong

The Farmville Town Council’s decision to take down the Confederate soldier statue was exactly the right decision, but the way it was carried out should ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:00 am

Farmville

Confederate statue removed after Farmville Town Council approval

Farmville’s Confederate soldier statue was taken down from its pedestal on High Street Thursday evening, June 18. The Farmville Town Council voted unanimously at its ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Monday, June 22, 2020 8:59 pm

Local

Pedestal of Confederate statue becomes makeshift memorial

The sun rose on a new day in Farmville the morning of Juneteenth to find the Confederate soldier absent from atop the monument at the ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Monday, June 22, 2020 4:32 pm

Education

Imagine Farmville — Future of higher education

Since shutting down the campus and sending students home shortly after spring break in mid-March, Longwood University has had a campus in the middle of ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, June 19, 2020 6:00 am

Buckingham

Continuing claims fall for first time since March

Continuing unemployment claims fell for the first time in three weeks in Prince Edward County for the week ending June 6, but initial claims went ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:00 am

Local

Initial claims up, continuing claims fall as employment picture still unsettled

Continuing unemployment claims fell for the first time in three months in Prince Edward County for the week ending June 6, but initial claims increased ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, June 12, 2020 12:04 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Internet outage in parts of Farmville

Damage to a Kinex Telecom fiber data line has parts of Farmville without internet and VOiP phone service Thursday. The issue is not expected to ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:23 am

Buckingham

Continued claims continue to creep upward

Despite a national jobs report that showed 2.5 million jobs gained in May, the Central Virginia area seems to be left out of the quick ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 6:00 am

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