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Fire officials: York County townhouse fire put out, no injuries

York County and Newport News fire crews put out a townhouse fire Thursday evening in the York Crossing Townhouse complex, according to York County fire chief Stephen Kopczynski.  Shortly before 8:15 p.m., personnel from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety, along with mutual aid assistance...

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  • Classical guitarist to perform at Williamsburg Library

    Classical guitarist to perform at Williamsburg Library

    The fluttering strings of a Grammy-winning classical guitarist and composer will illuminate the Williamsburg Regional Library's theatre Thursday night. Grammy winner Andrew York is journeying from his Los Angeles home for a concert comprised mostly of his own compositions. He will also be tuning...

      • VSO's thoughtful, reverential 'Requiem'

        The Virginia Symphony's programming of Verdi's monumental "Requiem" was a much anticipated event. Certainly one of the most often played such works, the "Requiem" is a blend of opera and things liturgical. A musical setting of the Roman Catholic funeral mass, the "Requiem" is the operatic Verdi...

          • Top 10 things to do this weekend

            10 Bird Walk: Co-sponsored by the Williamsburg Bird Club and New Quarter Park, the two-hour walk is guided, although aviary aficionados can peel off if they'd like. 7 a.m. Saturday, New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Drive. Free. 9 Winter High Tea Series: Guest will be with nature photographer Ken...

              • Workshop brings bikers out of hibernation

                Those of us who might be guilty of neglecting our bikes will soon have a chance at redemption. Williamsburg Area Bicyclists and James City County Parks and Recreation are uniting for Bikes out of Hibernation, which promises the opportunity to dust off the chains after a long winter for riders of...


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                  • Some reflections on life, abortion

                    Considering the uncertain world in which we live, I normally grant letters to the editor wide latitude. A recent one, however, deserves a response. Dr. Moyer makes several interesting medicolegal points regarding abortion. I would like to offer a few personal reflections. To start, I am not a lawyer...

                      • Thank you for the gifts of a generous life

                        Upon his passing on March 20, 2017, let us take a moment to reflect on the life and accomplishments of David Rockefeller. He and his family have selflessly given so much to our nation. Anyone who has ever strolled down Duke of Gloucester Street, visited the restored buildings of Colonial Williamsburg...

                          • Town Hall topics were all important

                            We read with interest the article March 11 by Troy Jefferson concerning the Town Hall meeting with Del. Mike Mullin and Sen. Monty Mason. We attended that Town Hall meeting. One thing we were surprised at being absent from Jefferson's article was the audience reaction to an audience member question...

                              • City, college can live together peaceably

                                Is it possible for a prominent, historic Virginia town and a nationally honored university campus to coexist amicably? This local resident and alumnus understands both sides of a campus issue, like the surrounding crosswalks and bicycle riders. But help is needed. Our original campus brick walls,...

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                                  • Last Word on the Days Inn dorm, March 18

                                    Last Word on the Days Inn dorm, March 18

                                    Days Inn dorm In regard to the Days Inn controversy: Why not make use of the old Dillard complex, by the baseball and soccer stadiums? The two dorms there could be torn down or refurbished, and the smaller buildings currently used for administrative staffs could be done away with, making room for...

                                  • Last word on empty retail space, March 15

                                    Last word on empty retail space, March 15

                                    Retail space There is one new closure in New Town. The Mole Hole has re-located to Richmond Road at the old Daily Donut location. The rent and lack of traffic in New Town seems to be the culprit. I see Middleburg Bank is also leaving New Town and closing their Williamsburg location. The amount...

                                  • Last Word on fire departments, March 11

                                    Last Word on fire departments, March 11

                                    Power lines If you really want to put power lines over the river, take a few minutes to drive up Route 5 about two miles past Charles City Courthouse, to the Turner Lewis Jr. Park. There are two electric towers over the water there. Take a look at it because that's what you'll get, except that...

                                  • Last Word on lead pipes, March 8

                                    Last Word on lead pipes, March 8

                                    Lead pipes Why would we not, as a country, expect that there would be lead in our drinking water — or, you know, in the schools, etc. —when these pipes were laid 60-70 years ago and we used lead pipes? And if we haven't replaced any of this or a lot of it, it just shouldn't be a surprise to me...