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First Baptist Church builds upon storied past

The First Baptist Church of Williamsburg continues making history with the return of its “Let Freedom Ring” challenge. It began in February 2016 as a month-long celebration of the church’s 240th anniversary, centering around the restoration of its Freedom Bell, which fell silent during the 1950s...

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  • Tribe roundup: W&M's comeback effort falls short in loss at Hofstra

    Tribe roundup: W&M's comeback effort falls short in loss at Hofstra

    Justin Pierce compiled 24 points and 14 rebounds for William and Mary, but the Tribe lost 90-84 at Hofstra on Thursday in Hempstead, N.Y. Eli Pemberton had a team-high 26 points, Rokas Gustys added 22 points and 21 rebounds, Justin Wright-Foreman totaled 19 points and seven assists and Jalen Ray...

      • Who should earn Runner of the Year honors?

        Golf and tennis have their players-of-the-year honors. Baseball, football, basketball and ice hockey have most valuable player awards at the end of their pro seasons. So who would be the runner-of-the-year for the 2017 area road racing season, if that honor was added to the numerous awards (108...

          • Jamestown and York chasing VHSL state swim championships

            Jamestown and York chasing VHSL state swim championships

            Jamestown is expected to contend for both girls and boys team titles this weekend at the Virginia High School League state championships. Jamestown’s girls, in Class 4, will enter the state meet as four-time defending champions. But mounting pressure to repeat and new competition in former 3A champion...

              • Williamsburg Christian players hit scoring milestones

                Williamsburg Christian players hit scoring milestones

                The scoring milestones are nice, but for a trio of Williamsburg Christian Academy seniors, another state championship would be even better. Cle’von Greene, along with twins Da’Shawn and Ra’Shawn Cook, were all honored before the Eagles 89-49 rout of Broadwater Academy Monday on Senior Night. It...

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                  • Birding: A Philadelphian looking for owls

                    I was the only Philadelphian on the Minneapolis-bound flight who was not planning on attending the Super Bowl. When I told them I was going to see owls, these Eagles fans were even more confused. I did watch the big game, but I was in a Birder’s Bed & Breakfast in the tiny town of Meadowlands in...

                      • York County Arts Commission seeking grant applicants

                        York County Arts Commission seeking grant applicants

                        The York County Arts Commission is encouraging individuals and organizations to apply for grants in support of art that benefits county residents. The deadline for submissions is March 2. Applicants for project grants must meet certain criteria to be eligible. They must: Produce or support art...

                          • "Metamorphoses" explores human experience

                            "Metamorphoses" explores human experience

                            “Metamorphoses,” the College of William and Mary’s latest theatrical production, combines timeless Roman stories updated for the modern era with a distinctly physical form of storytelling and eight tons of onstage water. The play runs Feb. 22-25 at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. “It’s a contemporary...

                              • Limelight Feb. 14-19

                                Hula Hoop Party: Hula hoop experts and novices can experience dancing, hula hooping and the challenge of an obstacle course. Ages 6 and older. 11 a.m. Monday at the James City County Library. Free, registration required by calling 259-7770. Swing Dance: Enjoy swing dancing regardless of experience...

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                                  • Comey should not teach at W&M

                                    I agree with Charles Misak’s letter on Feb. 14 asking the president of the College of William and Mary, Taylor Reveley, to withdraw his invitation to former FBI Director James Comey to provide lectures on ethics at the college. As Misak mentioned, Comey made a highly questionable decision in giving...

                                      • WJCC World Language classes are important

                                        As a former longtime world language teacher with Williamsburg-James City County Schools, I was dismayed and disheartened by the one-sided and inaccurate report presented to the School Board regarding the supposed expansion of world languages in the upcoming year. This proposal is so important that...

                                          • Large farms a thing from JCC's past

                                            The desire of some in James City County to keep a substantial portion of open farmland is sentimentally attractive — but how realistic and practical is that? Open land is simply the most obvious part of the agriculture/dairy industry. In James City, where does one now buy or get repairs for a large...

                                              • Wittman voted wrong way on gun measure

                                                I applaud Chris Mayfield’s column “Rep. Wittman must answer for votes” in The Virginia Gazette, Feb. 10, and would like to add another example of one of Congressman Wittman’s votes that demonstrates his failure to represent the interest and safety of the constituents in his district. Wittman voted...

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                                                  • Last Word on tourism taxes, Feb. 7

                                                    Last Word on tourism taxes, Feb. 7

                                                    Tax for tourism I think the proposed 1 percent added sales tax for James City, York and Williamsburg is a big crock. It’s a complete, unfair burden to the citizens to have to pay this to fund tourism. Why don’t they keep doing like they’ve been doing? They’ve got taxes on the rooms and meal taxes....

                                                      • Last Word about CW finances, Feb. 3

                                                        Last Word about CW finances, Feb. 3

                                                        Williamsburg budget The Virginia Gazette's recent reporting on the Williamsburg City Council discussions on potential tax increases and the need to add a new position to administer the new Tourism Development Fund is very revealing. If the city ran like a business, as revenues decline, the focus...

                                                          • Last Word on an angel, Jan. 31

                                                            Last Word on an angel, Jan. 31

                                                            Met my angel I had a very important doctor’s appointment the other day and stopped at a store for water on my way. I got back to my car and it wouldn’t start. I cried because I could not get to the appointment. Then my angel called, “Ma’am, Ma’am.” I looked and she offered me a ride. I had to take...

                                                              • Last Word on the shutdown, Jan. 27

                                                                Last Word on the shutdown, Jan. 27

                                                                Williamsburg Inn On Wednesday, Last Word published a comment that said The Williamsburg Inn had been awarded the Forbes Travel Guide Fifth Star. The Inn was awarded the AAA Five Diamond designation in November 2017, one of just 120 hotels in North America to hold this distinction. However, Forbes...

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