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Supervisors decide to forgo real estate tax cut

With the county looking at less sales tax bill revenue than initially expected, James City County supervisors came to a consensus to forgo the proposed 2-cent real estate tax cut at their second budget work session Tuesday. The county’s proposed $253 million fiscal year 2019 budget includes a $204.5...

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  • Prep roundup: Walsingham baseball wins Under the Lights game

    Prep roundup: Walsingham baseball wins Under the Lights game

    Jason Covaney pitched a complete game and Walsingham Academy got a game-ending double play to hold off Southampton Academy 3-2 Friday in the school’s Under the Lights game at the College of William and Mary’s Plumeri Park. Covaney threw 83 pitches and scattered 11 hits but gave up just two earned...

      • Prep roundup: Lions get just two hits in loss to New Kent

        Warhill managed just two hits against New Kent pitcher Grace Ellis in an 11-1, 6-inning loss Tuesday in Bay Rivers District softball play. Ellis struck out eight batters and gave up a run in the fourth inning. Taylor Nicholson brought in the only Warhill run after grounding to shortstop, with an...

          • 'Maniac' ultramarathoners make it look easy — almost

            After the sixth running of the Singletrack Maniac 50K last Saturday at Freedom Park, Williamsburg’s only ultramarathon, the only person to have completed every race is Chris Robertson, 45, of Williamsburg, and he had his fastest time ever for the technical, hilly trail race (5:25:15), and his highest...

              • Four from Walsingham to compete at college level

                Four from Walsingham to compete at college level

                Four Walsingham Academy athletes have made commitments to continue taking part in their sports at the college level. Carson Cooper, who became involved in sailing when he was 12, will sail at Christopher Newport. Delaney Riggs, who has played soccer at Walsingham and with the Virginia Legacy club...

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                  • Bike Month returns with Pedal the Parkway, other events

                    Bike Month returns with Pedal the Parkway, other events

                    With spring finally upon us and May flowers soon to come, BikeWalk Williamsburg is preparing to commemorate May is Bike Month with a variety of cycling events. “It’s a great way to kick off the biking season. It’s a great way to socialize while you’re also getting some exercise,” said Ryan Bedell,...

                      • Art on the Square turns 55 Sunday

                        Art on the Square turns 55 Sunday

                        Art on the Square celebrates its 55th birthday in Merchants Square Sunday, as the Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg event highlights an array of returning and new artists while raising money for local artists. “We just get so much of the community to come to this event, and that’s what makes...

                          • YMCA event encourages safe, healthy kids

                            YMCA event encourages safe, healthy kids

                            Community organizations will come together Saturday for Safe Kids and Healthy Kids Day, an event filled with indoor and outdoor activities at the YMCA that aim to make learning more fun for children and their parents. “It is going to be really fun,” said Lisa Rogers Thomas, deputy director of Child...

                              • Limelight, April 25-29

                                Limelight, April 25-29

                                Native Plant Sale: The John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society holds its annual plant sale, focusing on native plants that help local birds and insects thrive. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Williamsburg Community Building. Free admission. Walk MS Williamsburg: Walk with friends...

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                                  • Your chance to add to the local history book

                                    As president of the Williamsburg Historic Records Association, I invite readers to consider donating family, organization or business records to us for possible acceptance into the Special Collections Research Center at Swem Library. WHRA is devoted to documenting the history of Williamsburg after...

                                      • Guess who's not coming to dinner?

                                        Press critic Donald Trump is the first president to skip the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner since Ronald Reagan in 1981. President Reagan had a good excuse: He had been shot. The celebrity-laden dinner of more than 2,500 journalists and guests that you can watch on television...

                                          • Lessons learned by following in Marco Polo's footsteps

                                            Francis O’Donnell of Richmond is an artist, author, poet filmmaker and explorer. He recently taught a course on Marco Polo and the Silk Road at the Christopher Wren Association’s Lifelong Learning seminar at the College of William and Mary. “His was one of the most fascinating stories I have ever...

                                              • This is what it means to be an American

                                                What makes us Americans is the ability for half the country to engage in serious discord with the other half, yet remain united under one government; other countries would have dissolved their government dozens of times. What makes us Americans is when we see the pendulum of government swing too...

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                                                  • Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

                                                    Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

                                                    Sales tax increase I don’t appreciate the sneaky way this tax hike is being motored through to support tourism and another-named slush fund. Please list the names and phone numbers of who we can call in Richmond for York, James City and Williamsburg to let our voices be heard. Thank you. Editor’s...

                                                      • Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

                                                        Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

                                                        Sales tax increase Instead of a 1 percent sales tax increase to feed the tourism oligarchs, how about an increase to promote affordable housing for the people who do the work that runs the tourism industry in the area? Seems like the Chamber of Commerce, JCC Supervisors and the Williamsburg City...

                                                          • Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

                                                            Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

                                                            Florida shootings A question for Congress: Why is the possession of assault weapons more important than school children's lives? Don't those children have a right, under the Constitution, to live full lives, in liberty and in the pursuit of happiness? I’m in high school and I’m scared to go to...

                                                              • Last Word, Feb. 17

                                                                Last Word, Feb. 17

                                                                Shooting in Florida To all those who write in demanding rights to carry in schools, churches and other public places: do you also demand similar rights for convicted criminals, the mentally ill and those with restraining orders? Should they be allowed to build up arsenals of assault weapons? Anyone...

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