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New face for old Colonial Williamsburg landmark

For more than 85 years, the pioneering reconstruction of the 18th-century Raleigh Tavern has ranked as one of Colonial Williamsburg’s most recognizable landmarks. So important did philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his key Historic Area advisers consider the historic Revolutionary War meeting...

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  • Prep roundup

    Track and cross country standout Thorin Jean was honored Monday at Jamestown’s fall sports banquet as the Virginia state winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman award and a $1,000 scholarship. Jamestown’s Alexa Halko also took the U.S. Paralympic Female Track Athlete of the Year and was recognized...

      • Warhill 8K rewrites the record books

        Warhill 8K rewrites the record books

        It was all about the Grand Prix points at last Saturday’s Warhill 8K Run. That the race was even held was because of its Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix status, and two thirds of the entrants were regulars on the 2017 CRR Grand Prix circuit. Many were still vying for important points that would...

          • Richmond regains Capital Cup with win over W&M

            Richmond's Cortrelle Simpson ran a slant pattern and caught the ball near midfield. Simpson shook off one William and Mary tackler and escaped another with a stiff-arm on the way to a 74-yard touchdown reception. Spiders tailback Xavier Goodall ran over the right side, cut left and sprinted past...

              • Grafton girls upend Jamestown in Class 4 volleyball state semifinal

                Grafton girls upend Jamestown in Class 4 volleyball state semifinal

                The Grafton High girls volleyball team waited until the spotlight shone brightest to claim its first win against rival Jamestown this season. The Clippers took a 3-2 victory (25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 24-26, 15-8) against the Eagles in their VHSL Class 4 state semifinal Tuesday night. Grafton had been...


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              • Jamestown student wins William and Mary Model U.N. award

                Jamestown student wins William and Mary Model U.N. award

                More than 2,000 students participated in the latest College of William and Mary High School Model United Nations competition, which returned for its 31st year Friday through Sunday. A Jamestown High School senior, Susanna Maize, took home the event’s Best Delegate award. “I’ve been traveling for...

                  • Terracotta Army invades Richmond's VMFA

                    Terracotta Army invades Richmond's VMFA

                    For more than two millennia, 8,000 stone figures of the Terracotta Army guarded the burial site of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The Virginia Museum of Fine Art's latest special exhibit assembles 10 such figures and an array of other artifacts, transporting Virginians across the globe and...

                      • Limelight, Nov. 22-26

                        Limelight, Nov. 22-26

                        Yorktown Story Slam: Presenters share personal stories, then the floor is open to audience members. Storytellers and listeners welcome. 7 p.m. Monday at the Watermen’s Museum, 309 Water St. Free. Family Friendly ‘Christmas Carol’ Marathon: Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with movies such...

                          • "Girls" brings Wild West to Virginia

                            If ever an opera deserves to be called a spaghetti western, Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West” does. In the best of operatic intentions, where realism doesn’t necessarily need to be, well, really real for enjoyment to take place, Puccini firmly set this wild west saga in California and the Gold...


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                              • Ellie lived a rich, full life until she couldn't any longer

                                I think my siblings and I all imagine the scene: Ellie making her way to the car that morning slowly, unsteadily, joking with a neighbor about her destination: “Going to see the vampires!” before adding, “Unless you want to take me?” That was it, the moment when she put the acknowledgment of her...

                                  • A great dinner for an even better cause

                                    Kingsmill Resort & Spa, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg, recently hosted a sold-out dinner for 400 guests who enjoyed fresh Maine lobster as part of a three-course event, joining in a world-wide effort to eradicate maternal neonatal tetanus. Primary table sponsors included...

                                      • Does Virginia have its own ancient pyramid?

                                        While watching a television program about the Beal Treasure on the American Hero Channel recently, I noticed during the last 10 minutes of the program, as images of mountains in Virginia were being shown, that one particular image was of a perfectly inverted ‘V’ or pyramid shape. I could not discern...

                                          • Lions grateful for strong community support

                                            The Williamsburg Lions Club would like to give a special thanks to the many local businesses that generously donated items for the recent auction held by the Lions Charity Foundation of 24 D. Contributing businesses included: Aberdeen Barn, Ace Peninsula Hardware, Bikes Unlimited, Blue Talon Bistro,...

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                                              • Last Word on downtown parking, Nov. 15

                                                Last Word on downtown parking, Nov. 15

                                                Downtown parking Now that the Kimball is closed for movies and the variety of live events it held over decades, the city needn't worry about downtown parking. There won't be the same interest in coming to town any longer. So save the money from the parking study. People will find their entertainment...

                                                  • Last Word is looking for answers, Nov. 8

                                                    Last Word is looking for answers, Nov. 8

                                                    Looking for … Looking for recommendations for tile work. We need to have shower floor regrouted, also a small bathroom and parts of our laundry room. Thanks in advance for your responses. For those looking for a podiatrist for seniors: I use Dr. Sara Bouraee, 757-220-331, in McLaws Circle. What’s...

                                                      • Last Word on parking, Nov. 4

                                                        Last Word on parking, Nov. 4

                                                        Downtown parking I am a long-time resident and occasionally shop and browse in town. I always use free street parking and hate parking garages and having to pay to park. Other than Colonial Williamsburg shops, the others can be found elsewhere. There is no more theater. I remember Roses 5 & 10...

                                                          • Last Word on texting while driving, Nov. 1

                                                            Last Word on texting while driving, Nov. 1

                                                            Texting while driving Since 2013, the state of Virginia has had on the books a primary law banning texting while driving. This ban was put in to effect to combat the increased number of accidents involving distracted drivers. Statistically, 80 percent of all accidents in Virginia were linked to...