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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

DEVELOPING NEWS

Just over 500 customers without power now

The slow work of restoring power to Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) customers continued with more than 900 workers in the field Monday as the coop ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:19 am

DEVELOPING NEWS

Prince Edward outages drop below 1,000

More than 4,000 Southside Electric Cooperative customers (SEC) had their power restored Friday. The company brought in more crews to help repair infrastructure damaged by ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Monday, February 22, 2021 8:43 am

DEVELOPING NEWS

SEC brings in more crews; more than 1,300 still out in PE

Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) said it made significant progress over the past 24 hours restoring power to more than 1,000 homes but still have 15,500 ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:26 am

DEVELOPING NEWS

Power restoration is slowly progressing

Prince Edward County still has more than 1,811 people without power following last weekend’s ice storm. The number is down by 400 from Friday. Dominion ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Saturday, February 20, 2021 9:21 am

Cumberland

2,200 remain without power

Despite Thursday’s ice storm, power outages in Prince Edward County continued to be whittled away by Dominion Energy and Southside Electric Cooperative. Outages in Prince ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, February 19, 2021 10:22 am

EDITORIALS

EDITORIAL — Initiative to improve relations is a good start

A new initiative to improve county-town relations between Prince Edward County and the Town of Farmville began this month. Farmville Town Manager Dr. Scott Davis ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Friday, February 19, 2021 6:00 am

DEVELOPING NEWS

Outages fall below 2,500 before today’s storm

Power outages in Prince Edward County fell below 2,500 between Dominion Energy and Southside Electric Cooperative early Thursday but outages are already beginning to creep ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:09 am

Local

Who asked for more ice?

A very similar ice storm event to the one that caused widespread power outages and made travel treacherous last weekend, will impact the area again ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 3:59 pm

DEVELOPING NEWS

More people have power restored; 3,500 still out

The number of Prince Edward residents without power dropped by more than 1,500 Tuesday but as of Wednesday at 8 a.m. more than 3,500 people ... Read more

by Roger Watson, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 8:37 am

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