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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

3 days 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

2 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

4 weeks 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

3 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN – County’s choice of Stanley is puzzling

Why? That’s the biggest question after the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors hired Douglas Stanley to be the county’s new administrator last week. Why ... Read more

3 months ago by Roger Watson.

Johns should be honored with statue in Capitol

Barbara Johns’ story of courage and determination that began Monday, April 23, 1951, when the 16-year-old led a walkout of 450 students at Moton High ... Read more

5 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — Barbara Johns should be honored with statue in U.S. Capitol

Barbara Johns’ story of courage and determination that began Monday, April 23, 1951, when the 16-year-old led a walkout of 450 students at Moton High ... Read more

5 months ago by Roger Watson.

Retaining our current businesses should be first goal

A Friday morning conversation in downtown Farmville with Caryn Kayton of Caryn’s Bridals Formals and Tuxedos and Carol Broadwater of Amish Originals brought about an ... Read more

5 months ago by Roger Watson.

Column – County gives PE businesses CARES crumbs

Local businesses seem to have gotten the short end of the stick from Prince Edward County officials when it comes to grant funding from the ... Read more

5 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

5 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

6 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

6 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

6 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

6 months ago by Roger Watson.

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

7 months ago by Roger Watson.

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