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Police: Woman charged with felony child abuse in infant death

WILLIAMSBURG — A city woman turned herself into the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail and is charged with felony child abuse after she allegedly abused an infant who later died, according to Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley. An investigating officer with the Williamsburg Police Department...

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  • Prep roundup: Jamestown golf finishes in fourth place at state championships

    Jamestown’s golf team finished in fourth place at the Group 4A state championships, held Tuesday and Wednesday in Abingdon. Bobby Dudeck led the team with scores of 76 and 75 in the tournament. Jack DeVore finished in second with rounds of 80 and 77. Jamestown finished in fourth with a team score...

      • Drew's big night leads Smithfield to 34-7 win over Warhill

        Drew's big night leads Smithfield to 34-7 win over Warhill

        Smithfield High senior Willie Drew could’ve been forgiven had he been distracted a bit in the Bay Rivers District game Friday against Warhill. Not only was it homecoming for the Packers, but Drew publicly announced his commitment to play at James Madison University 15 minutes before kickoff. Instead,...

      • Lafayette shines, routs York 45-6

        Lafayette shines, routs York 45-6

        Lafayette High extended its Bay Rivers District-record winning streak to 47 games Thursday with a 45-6 win over York at Bailey Field. Other than possibly establishing a more dubious school record, for penalties and penalty yardage, the Rams were dominant in every phase in winning their fifth...

      • Prep roundup

        Jamestown shut out Bruton 24-0 on Friday during homecoming, improving its record to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the Bay Rivers District. The Panthers fell to 1-5 overall and are 0-5 in the Bay Rivers, having lost five straight after winning their opening game. The Eagles defense shut out an opponent...


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          • Humane society fundraiser combines barks, beer

            Humane society fundraiser combines barks, beer

            In the wake of the recent hurricanes and wildfires bombarding the nation, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on how we might be able to help improve the lives of our animal friends, who are equally impacted by such events. A fundraiser at the Virginia Beer Company Tuesday night sought to raise...

              • Sounding: Piano windtet is breath of fresh air

                Most certainly, the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg’s second program of the season was highly refreshing and different. Not the usual string quartet or piano quintet or variations thereof, Ensemble 4.1 was welcomed breath of fresh air, made more evident by the fact that four of the five members...

                  • Opera in Williamsburg hypes latest performance with gallery reception

                    Opera in Williamsburg hypes latest performance with gallery reception

                    As Opera in Williamsburg prepares to bring “The Barber of Seville” to life at the Kimball Theatre, it’s once again collaborating with the Williamsburg Art Gallery for a preview reception. It’s an opportunity for the community to meet the opera’s creative team and experience a taste of the performers’...

                      • Sounding: VSO delights with Respighi’s “Botticelli Triptych”

                        In one of the last hurrah performance moments in the soon-to-be-closed and renovated Phi Beta Kappa Hall, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra started turning out the lights in what still is the finest “performing arts” facility in town, with a colorful and diverse program Thursday. With JoAnn Falletta...


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                          • Kelly's dedication will work well for school board

                            Jim Kelly has served our community for more than 25 years. He served as a member of the HOA board, helping our community become organized. He helped to start many wonderful programs for our residents in those earlier years, such as the pool and swimming programs in Powhatan secondary. Jim has multiple...

                              • Cordasco capable, ready for General Assembly seat

                                The American condition has come to a state where, too often, the best, most capable among us do not present themselves for elective office, and American voters willfully elect some of the worst who do. We can do better. Heather Cordasco seeks the 93rd District seat in the state House of Delegates....

                                  • Freedom of speech without all the shouting

                                    Freedom of speech used to seem so reasonable. Not easy, but reasonable. Freedom of speech meant everyone got their say. You didn’t have to agree with it — you didn’t even have to listen. But people got to speak. During the past 20 or so years, we’ve moved from participating in conversation and...

                                      • On public forums, guns and women's rights

                                        So many issues on my mind. I must get them down on paper. I take issue with the letter from David Higginbotham that Cordasco and Pogge are right to skip debating their opponents thru the League of Women voters. His adjective-laden diatribe only proves that neither of the women are capable of speaking...

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                                          • Last Word on outstanding work, Oct. 7

                                            Last Word on outstanding work, Oct. 7

                                            Way to go! Congratulations to Stonehouse Elementary School for being among seven Virginia schools recognized as a “2017 National Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Secretary of Education. What an honor to them and all involved with the school and surrounding community. Their hard work and dedication...

                                              • Last Word local campaigns, Oct. 4

                                                Last Word local campaigns, Oct. 4

                                                Candidate forums Delegate Pogge: You have represented us well. However, now we find you unwilling to participate in the League of Women Voters debate. Why? Are you so comfortable in your position that you feel you can become detached from your voters? Please remember Eric Cantor's major defeat...

                                                  • Last Word on taking a knee, Sept. 27

                                                    Last Word on taking a knee, Sept. 27

                                                    Taking a knee With the president facing world changing problems here and overseas, he chose to issue a childish rant against professional athletes who exercise their First Amendment Rights by kneeling during the National Anthem. I was taught by my parents to kneel at bedtime when saying my prayers....

                                                      • Last word on empty storefronts, Sept. 23

                                                        Last word on empty storefronts, Sept. 23

                                                        Empty storefronts In response to “Empty storefronts:” The caller should be reminded that once the building is built, the city and county don’t care whether it’s occupied, just as long as the taxes are paid on it. So empty buildings equal income, not poor planning. To the person that’s counted the...