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Allergy season on the way with warmup expected for Williamsburg region

Williamsburg’s spring allergy abatement will soon come to an end, and that will mean more sneezing, watery eyes and people becoming close friends with their favorite over-the-counter remedy. Spring allergies got an early start across the Williamsburg region with a warmer-than-normal February, according...

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  • Colonial Road Runners win national championship plaque

    For the second consecutive year, the Colonial Road Runners women’s 70-and-over team came back from the USATF Masters 8K National Championships with a national championship plaque. CRR individual runners swept the top three positions in the women’s 70-74 age group in the race, held this past weekend...

      • Prep roundup: Favorites hard to pick in Bay Rivers baseball

        Jamestown stole many of the area high school baseball headlines last spring. The Eagles just missed the 4A state semis with a 2-1 loss to Hanover in a classic 13-inning game. But the main pitcher who carried them, 4A state co-player of the year Ryan Devine, currently pitching at St. Joseph’s, graduated....

          • Jamestown coach shows the way at Swamp run 5K

            Jamestown High School’s head men’s track and cross country coach Mark Tompkins set a fine example for his runners last Saturday at the 17th annual Jamestown High School Swamp Run 5K, a race that started on the school’s soccer field, entered the crushed-gravel Greensprings Trail for the majority...

              • Prep roundup

                Prep roundup

                Walsingham Academy’s girls lacrosse team opened its season with a 16-7 win Thursday at Fuqua School in Farmville, with Arizona State commit Cammie Mann leading the way with seven goals and four assists. Bridgette Smith had four goals and an assist, Oliva Hinojosa had three goals and Isabelle LeJeune,...


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                  • WCAC show highlights women, member artists

                    WCAC show highlights women, member artists

                    A pair of new exhibits at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center attempt to showcase a variety of different ideas from community artists. The gallery’s latest endeavor runs through April 27. The first WCAC member’s co-op of 2018 debuted with a reception Monday evening. The site hosted three such...

                      • Williamsburg Art Gallery plans wildlife scultpure exhibit

                        Williamsburg Art Gallery plans wildlife scultpure exhibit

                        The natural world serves as the star in the Williamsburg Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibit, showcasing the wildlife sculptures of a father and son team. The exhibit debuts with a public reception at the gallery Tuesday. Gallery co-owner Clyde Berryman praised William and David Turner’s quality craftsmanship...

                          • VSO Williamsburg Classics finale highlights Mozart, Walton

                            VSO Williamsburg Classics finale highlights Mozart, Walton

                            A Hampton Roads native returns home as the featured soloist in the season finale of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-18 Williamsburg Classics Series. The concert, which celebrates the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and William Walton, resonates at CrossWalk Church Friday. Originally from...

                              • W&M students envision "An Evening of Dance"

                                W&M students envision "An Evening of Dance"

                                A group of students at the College of William and Mary aim to explore concepts such as spirituality, evolution and the wonder of the natural world using a means of expressing oneself unlike any other: Dance. “An Evening of Dance,” a series of vignettes choreographed by students, returns Thursday...


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                                  • Are political demonstrations now OK at school

                                    The walkout at Williamsburg-James City Schools was organized by a group called EMPOWER, started by the Woman’s March organizers. According to CNN, “All of the marches share one mission: to put pressure on Congress to pass gun reform and make schools safer.” In other words, they have a political...

                                      • March celebrates those with disABILITIES

                                        The Arc of Greater Williamsburg has proudly served adults with disabilities in our community since 1976. We often say that, “The Arc is there when the school bus stops coming.” This refers to the fact that at age 22, special education ends in our public schools. The Arc is there to provide a variety...

                                          • Corporate greed ruined Big Steel in U.S.

                                            I get so tired of reading the the pre-packaged drivel from the far right concerning anything union. An extremely biased individual wrote to the Last Word, stating “ruination of our steel industry was largely due to the greed of steel workers and their unions.” The writer goes on to blovate that...

                                              • City council opposes oil drilling of Virginia's shores

                                                Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Acting Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Dr. Walter Cruickshank The intention of this letter is to communicate the City of Williamsburg’s strong opposition to the inclusion...

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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...