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Colonial Williamsburg canine mascots to be retired

Colonial Williamsburg will say goodbye to its official mascots, the Briards Liberty and Justice, later this year. “Liberty and Justice are ambassadors for the foundation and certified therapy dogs. Their work consists primarily of greeting and interacting with Colonial Williamsburg guests,” Colonial...

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  • Williamsburg Christian Academy's new athletic director looks to personalize athletics for students

    Williamsburg Christian Academy's new athletic director looks to personalize athletics for students

    When opportunity knocked, Pam Gibbons was there at the door. After three years as the running club coach at Williamsburg Christian Academy in James City County, Gibbons, a speech therapist, has taken on a new role: athletic director. “I came to this job because God opened the door,” Gibbons wrote...

      • Panthers wiped out in fight against Falcons, 56-6

        Panthers wiped out in fight against Falcons, 56-6

        On Thursday, short-handed Bruton suffered a 56-6 loss to York at Bailey Field. The Falcons started fast and never let up. The Panthers’ squad stood at 22 players, but only about 18 of them suited up against York’s 43-man roster. Panthers coach Tim Smith said the team looked forward to their next...

          • Patriot's triathlon set to bring road delays

            Patriot's triathlon set to bring road delays

            A series of triathlons will bring traffic and road delays as athletes take to the roads in James City County. The Patriot’s triathlons will close parts of James City County roads in the mornings of Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., according to a James City County news release....

              • Bob Molinaro's Weekly Briefing: Mother Nature, Kaepernick, Serena, Monday Night Football

                During its coverage of Hurricane Florence, The Weather Channel has talked a lot about the scary Cone of Uncertainty. Whatever the weather, don’t we all live every day in a cone of uncertainty? Not that I’m certain of that. Quick hit: It’s obvious, isn’t it? Mother Nature has a problem with college...

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                  • CultureFix to hold first fund-raising event

                    CultureFix to hold first fund-raising event

                    CultureFix is asking for help in its mission to put on various events in the Williamsburg area. The nonprofit organization will hold its first fundraising event at the Virginia Beer Company Wednesday. “They do a lot to bring entertainment into Williamsburg,” said Kendra Law, who volunteers for...

                      • WCAC's latest includes member's show, 'Camera to Brush' exercise

                        WCAC's latest includes member's show, "Camera to Brush" exercise

                        The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s latest offerings are on display, including its fourth members co-op show of the year and the return of the “Camera to Brush and Beyond” exhibition. Both attractions show through Oct. 12. The “Camera to Brush” concept tasked painters with selecting another...

                          • Haunted river cruise comes to Jamestown Island

                            Haunted river cruise comes to Jamestown Island

                            The Haunted River Cruise of Jamestown Island offers a look at the spooky side of America’s oldest permanent English settlement. Jamestown Discovery Boat Tours and The Original Ghost Tour recently launched the Haunted River Cruise of Jamestown Island. Cruise passengers will be regaled with stories...

                              • Junior Woman's Club, Alewerks bring back Brews that Benefit

                                Junior Woman's Club, Alewerks bring back Brews that Benefit

                                Brews that Benefit returns Sept. 30 for its third year of beer-filled bellies and family-friendly fun. But for co-chairwoman Erica Hammett, it’s differenct than other beer events that fill the area’s calendar. “We really hope that people think about where their money is going,” said Hammett, also...

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                                  • Net Neutrality needs Wittman's support

                                    Has Rep. Rob Wittman been a leader for us on the issue of net neutrality? Is he just following? Has he placed our interests ahead of corporate interests? On Dec. 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate net neutrality. During that same week, Wittman voted not to force...

                                      • W&M should conform with royal charter

                                        The announcement this week of the reappointment of the College of William and Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates to a second seven-year term is the first such action in the 325- year-history of the institution and was not necessary. A college official explained that the provision was proper because...

                                          • Development plans run counter to our best interest

                                            In a true democracy, citizens vote directly on a wide variety of issues and the majority vote decides the outcome. But the United States has never been a true democracy; rather, it is a representative democracy. Our elected officials are supposed to represent our interests, but it is frequently...

                                              • It's time for a change in the police blotter

                                                I strongly agree with William Bryant of Williamsburg’s Letter to the Editor on July 10, that the police blotter report in The Virginia Gazette should be discontinued — or at the very least, edited to remove the names of the accused. Many years ago when the blotter report began, I thought it was...

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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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