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COLUMN — Urge county to recycle with STEPS

In the face of COVID-19 uncertainty, STEPS temporarily shut down recycling operations in March. It was a tough decision but one we had to make ... Read more

1 day ago by Guest Columnist.

Coronavirus is taking a heavy toll

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on our nation and on the 5th District. Christine and I are heartbroken by the incredible loss ... Read more

2 days ago by Alexa Massey.

Eggleston proposes cuts to staff, council pay

As the months go by and the country remains under the grip of a global pandemic, it becomes clear that things have changed. The coronavirus ... Read more

3 days ago by Carl U. Eggleston.

Senator questions Northam’s decisions

We all grew up being told more, bigger, and better is good. Such phrases as “keeping up with the Joneses” was the mantra of the ... Read more

3 days ago by Frank Ruff Jr..

Housing options are few for young professionals

My boyfriend and I have been looking for a new place to rent. I know, our timing is impeccable. Hunting for housing during the pandemic ... Read more

1 week ago by Alexa Massey.

SVCC is continuing its mission through the pandemic

A year ago when I accepted the offer to serve as Southside Virginia Community College’s (SVCC) sixth president, the world was a different place. People ... Read more

1 week ago by Guest Columnist.

We have much to mourn

This is a time for mourning. We began the week as we have traditionally done with Memorial Day, mourning for those that we have lost ... Read more

1 week ago by Frank Ruff Jr..

There is light at the end of the tunnel

Summer is almost here, and the weather is improving. Fortunately, so is the coronavirus situation around most of the commonwealth. As of this writing, the ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Matt Fariss.

Trucking industry is in distress

Dear Editor: My name is Stephanie Orem. I am writing this letter on behalf of Lynda Stockton, a Navy veteran and current truck driver. I ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Letters to the Editor.

Farmville will thrive through this crisis

This hard spring of 2020 in Farmville and for America is one we will never forget. Our proud two-college town has never looked more beautiful ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Guest Columnist.

We must do better for Virginians who are hurting

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed Executive Order 61 in an effort to ease some of the restrictions he put in place due to the ongoing ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Matt Fariss.

My visit to the medical clinic

My recent trip to Centra Medical Group to address some non- COVID-19 symptoms I’ve been experiencing lately ended up being a fascinating experience. First of ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Titus Mohler.

Godspeed Class of 2020

Dear Longwood and Hampden-Sydney Classes of 2020: Farmville has missed you. Your “adopted” hometown is not the same without you—it is eerily quiet without your ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Letters to the Editor.

We need to get off the couch

One of the best ways for us as Americans to combat the health care crisis in our nation is to exercise regularly. As the realities ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Roger Watson.

Clean Economy Act is too expensive

Everything in life should and must be balanced. We can never let pursuit of the perfect destroy the opportunity and ability of others to achieve ... Read more

1 month ago by Frank Ruff Jr..

STEPS moves lives forward

Social distancing is a phrase we have come to know all too well through the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As good citizens, we practice ... Read more

1 month ago by Guest Columnist.

Welcome to the marketplace of ideas

Last week The Farmville Herald received a call and a letter, also on this page today, about why we would publish a letter from a ... Read more

1 month ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — FACES tackles COVID-19 challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives but it hasn’t fundamentally changed who we are — except to challenge us to do better. ... Read more

1 month ago by Ellery Sedgwick.

COLUMN — Looking to the future amid the pandemic

What Farmville will be going through the next several months can be compared to a forest fire. Forest fires are scary acts of nature if ... Read more

1 month ago by Roger Watson.

New masters program needed

Dear Editor: I ask this question as it applies to the removal of Bagby Hall from the Campus of Hampden-Sydney College, “Is Science and Technology ... Read more

1 month ago by Letters to the Editor.

Consumers control our economy

Nothing happens until someone buys something. That was the motto for a national retailer where I once worked. Simply put, you can set the stage ... Read more

1 month ago by Frank Ruff Jr..

COLUMN — Preventing a freefall of our fiscal future

Given all the disruptions which have overpowered the certainties in our lives brought about by the coronavirus, each of us probably starts each day wondering, ... Read more

1 month ago by Guest Columnist.

Dispatcher of the Year

Farmville Emergency Communications Dispatcher Michael Driskill has been chosen as this year’s Telecommunicator of the Year. According to Farmville Emergency Communications Director Jackie Gilbert, Driskill ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Falling down the rabbit hole

If I’m not working, sleeping, cooking or dancing, chances are I’m watching videos on YouTube. The video-sharing platform is home to millions of unique content ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Many protections for LGBT citizens approved

I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend remembering the crucifixion, death, burial of Christ and of course, celebrating Resurrection Sunday.  For those of us used ... Read more

2 months ago by Guest Columnist.

Firearms, elections and coronavirus updates

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed several bills in the past 72 hours, including legislation on voting, energy, firearms and more. The Virginia General Assembly plans ... Read more

2 months ago by Matt Fariss.

A breakdown of the redistricting debate

This week, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed moving town and city elections to the Nov. 3 general election and primaries to June 23. In both cases, ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff Jr..

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