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Column – Stanley has turned out to be a terrific hire

Typically, personnel evaluations are done on an annual basis, but after 10 months I have seen enough. Doug Stanley was a great hire as county ... Read more

2 months ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion — Finding America on the Crescent

A  fellow community newspaper editor and Amtrak enthusiast once told me if you want to see what America really looks like, take a ride on ... Read more

2 months ago by Roger Watson.

Column – Get the shot or drink alone

In order to protect their employees and keep their doors open, businesses across the country are beginning to take actions that keep the unvaccinated on ... Read more

3 months ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion – Republicans need to stop rooting against the state

One would think that Virginia winning its second consecutive honor as the top state in the nation for business from CNBC would be something we ... Read more

3 months ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion – Council should rethink plan for Confederate statue

In Charlottesville, statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were taken away on flatbed trucks this month. In Richmond, a dozen Confederate statues have ... Read more

3 months ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion – School Board is holding all the cards

In their game of political poker with the Board of Supervisors, the Prince Edward County School Board is holding four aces. Here’s how it should ... Read more

4 months ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion – Less democracy is never a good choice

Apparently frustrated with the fruits of the democratic process, the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors recently had County Administrator Doug Stanley look into how ... Read more

4 months ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION – There are no black and white answers

Delegate Tommy Wright would like us to believe criminal justice is all black or white. If you commit a crime, you should go to prison ... Read more

5 months ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION – Get vaccinated and bungee jump off High Bridge?

Typically, it does not pay to procrastinate, but when it comes to getting a COVID-19 vaccination, it seems the longer you hold out the sweeter ... Read more

5 months ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION – 868 days and counting in economic slump

It’s been quite some time since Prince Edward County has had an economic development project deemed worthy of an announcement from the governor’s office – ... Read more

6 months ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION — Can SEC power be depended on after a major weather event?

The problem with Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) recent presentation to the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors was that it made it very clear that ... Read more

6 months ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION – Don’t get upset, start fixing the problem

Prince Edward County Supervisor Bobby Jones said it upsets him that professionals who work in Farmville live outside the area. The issue also came up ... Read more

6 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

6 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — Good should work for results, stop playing political games

Fifth District Congressman Bob Good was one of only 12 members of the House (all Republicans) who voted against a resolution Wednesday, March 17, to ... Read more

7 months ago by Staff Report.

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

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN – How did Dillwyn get here?

The Town of Dillwyn is a small town with a big problem. The town, with a population of 556, recently completed a $1.5 million streetscape ... Read more

9 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN – Return to political norms would be welcomed

One of the results of the Donald Trump administration has been to obliterate any norms and traditions of the presidency, culminating in the incitement of ... Read more

9 months ago by Roger Watson.

Column — Reflections on a difficult 2020

Everyone comes out of 2020 with a story. Here at The Farmville Herald, it has been our privilege to help tell some of those stories ... Read more

10 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — Hang on, help is on the way

“Help is on the way,” Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill yelled to the small number of Tampa Bay fans gathered behind the Chiefs’ ... Read more

10 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — Riggleman leaves with dignity intact

U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman gave his farewell speech to Congress this past week, saying many of the things we as a nation need to hear ... Read more

10 months ago by Roger Watson.

We need big ideas to expand broadband

In the past year we have seen lots of grant money flow into local governments earmarked for increasing broadband access. But how do local governments ... Read more

11 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — Election Day should become election month

America will not walk away from this era of the pandemic without significant bruises and scars both physically and emotionally, but there are rare occasions ... Read more

12 months ago by Roger Watson.

Some questions about who was vouching for Stanley answered

A week after Doug Stanley was hired to be Prince Edward County’s new county administrator, the question of how an executive who spent much of ... Read more

12 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — Here are some ways the county can help local businesses

With at least $1.2 million left to allocate in CARES Act money, there are a couple things Prince Edward County can do right away to ... Read more

12 months ago by Roger Watson.

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