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WRL considering new library amid growing usage and aging facilities

City and county residents looking for a new, modern library may have their wishes granted in the coming years. Williamsburg Regional Library has issued a $30,000 contract to RRMM Lukmire Architects to survey possible locations for a new library that would be jointly funded by the City of Williamsburg...

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  • Successful fall sports seasons start in the summer

    Successful fall sports seasons start in the summer

    As the sun hangs low every weekday morning, high school student-athletes put in the work to be ready for the fall sports season. For Jamestown and Warhill high school cross country runners, that means running together by 7 a.m. to beat the heat. “If a kid has some talent and they show up Aug. 1,...

      • York High alums shine at Independence Day 8K

        Last year a York High grad dominated the competition in the Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run, with Jack Little, 23, of York High School class of 2012 winning by 1 ½ minutes with a time of 27:36. This year, two recent York High grads dominated the race, as Dawson Connell, 22, of Yorktown (class...

          • Weekend race features debut cause and course

            Both a race course and a charitable beneficiary had very successful debuts last Saturday morning at the inaugural WISC Gymnastics Flipping 5K run/walk, along with a one-mile color fun run/walk, held from the Billsburg Brewery/James City County Marina. Most new Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix events...

              • WCA summer basketball camp focuses on skills

                WCA summer basketball camp focuses on skills

                Williamsburg Christian Academy’s basketball program has enjoyed success over several seasons, including a state championship for the boys varsity team in 2017, and this week the school is hosting its 25th annual Flying Eagle Basketball Camp for local youths. “I focus on basic fundamentals,” said...

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                  • Kid-centric "Mary Poppins" soars into WRL

                    Kid-centric "Mary Poppins" soars into WRL

                    StageLights Theatre hopes to take flight with its latest production, “Mary Poppins Jr.,” with performances beginning Thursday at the Williamsburg Regional Library. The nonprofit children’s theater camp celebrated 25 years in 2017 with a production of “The Lion King.” It was a hit, selling out its...

                      • Revolutionaries in Residence provoke dialogue, change at CW

                        Revolutionaries in Residence provoke dialogue, change at CW

                        The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation launched a new initiative — the Revolutionaries in Residence program — to harness the revolutionary spirit and bring unique people to spark conversation and change at the living museum in the 21st century. “It’s basically an experiment to have a variety of experts...

                          • Virginia Symphony Orchestra announces single ticket sales for upcoming season

                            Virginia Symphony Orchestra announces single ticket sales for upcoming season

                            With season subscriptions to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season already underway, the organization announced Tuesday it will begin selling tickets for individual concerts July 30. The VSO’s 98th season features five concert series, including the return of Williamsburg Classics, spanning...

                              • 'Seussical' musical brings Dr. Seuss to life

                                'Seussical' musical brings Dr. Seuss to life

                                For close to a century, Dr. Seuss has inspired children and adults to live and love through his whimsical writing and vivid illustrations. His near limitless imagination also inspired a Broadway musical — “Seussical” — which Centerstage Academy is bringing to the James-York Playhouse Friday through...

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                                  •  A question of judicial philosophy rests with nominee

                                    The Justices of the United States Supreme Court are frequently described as being members of either the “conservative” wing or the “liberal” wing, but what do those descriptors really mean? First, the designations are not rigid. A conservative may, for a given case, concur with the liberals, while...

                                      • We're working to reduce reliance on plastic

                                        Welcome to the revolution, Starbucks! We are pleased to see Starbucks and others have followed our lead in seeking to eliminate the use of plastic straws. In the U.S. alone, 500 million plastic straws are used daily, destined to fill our landfills, pollute our waterways and endanger the world’s...

                                          • Can a debt collector take my social security benefits?

                                            Dear Savvy Senior, Can my Social Security benefits be garnished if I have some outstanding debts? I just turned 62 and would like to start collecting my retirement benefits, but want to find this out before I apply. Worried Retiree Dear Worried, Whether your Social Security benefits are garnishable...

                                              • We're now a place like any other in America

                                                What makes a place, a place like any other? What makes most towns and cities virtually indistinguishable from each other? Business and restaurant chains, cracker box housing developments, strip malls, people and traffic congestion, over-development, cell towers, and mile after mile of industrial...

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                                                  • After a week of walkbacks, Trump returns to doubting Russian election interference

                                                    After a week of walkbacks, Trump returns to doubting Russian election interference

                                                    Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Sunday was back to referring to "a big hoax." Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the...

                                                      • Gunman dead after shooting 14 people, killing 1 in Toronto: police

                                                        Gunman dead after shooting 14 people, killing 1 in Toronto: police

                                                        A man shot 14 people, killing one of them, in a lively Toronto neighborhood before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police late Sunday, police said. Police Chief Mark Saunders said the shooting in the city's Greektown neighborhood was not random and he did not rule out terrorism as a motive....

                                                          • In all-caps tweet, Trump warns Iranian President Rouhani not to threaten U.S.

                                                            In all-caps tweet, Trump warns Iranian President Rouhani not to threaten U.S.

                                                            President Donald Trump has warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States. Trump tweeted late Sunday about the dangers to Iran of making hostile threats after Rouhani said Sunday "American must understand well that peace with Iran is...

                                                              • A look at the 17 people killed in the Missouri boat accident

                                                                A look at the 17 people killed in the Missouri boat accident

                                                                The 17 people killed when a tourist boat capsized in a Missouri lake included nine members of one family, a couple celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary and a grandmother who family members say saved her granddaughter's life. A memorial service was scheduled for Sunday afternoon for those...

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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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