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VDOT contractor continues work on Brookwood Drive, Route 199 intersection

The right turn lane from Brookwood Drive onto Route 199 east will be closed Thursday as part of the work by Virginia Department of Transportation contractors to improve the intersection. VDOT said. More lane closures will take place next week, beginning March 26, according to VDOT: From 9:30 a.m....

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  • 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,...

              • Local runners place well at One City Marathon

                Runners from the Williamsburg area, graduates of William and Mary and the race winners from the recent Colonial Half Marathon had an outsized impact on the fourth annual Newport News One City Marathon and Maritime 8K, held March 4 on courses that finished at the Victory Arch in downtown Newport...


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                  • 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...

                          • After dark, March 21-25

                            Thursday Triangle: Robert Hodge, 7-10 p.m. Friday Aromas: Chris Titchner, 7-9 p.m. Revolution Golf and Grille: Sammy Lee, 7-10 p.m. Cogan’s: Indigo Boys, 8-11 p.m. Saturday Aromas: Tom Holden, 7-9 p.m. Triangle: The Jukes, 7-10 p.m. Comedy Club: Matt Berman, 8-9:30 p.m. Cogan’s: Michael Clark Band,...

                              • Motorcycle group plans scholarship fundraising concert

                                Motorcycle group plans scholarship fundraising concert

                                A Christian motorcycle group aims to help high school students pursue their dreams with a scholarship fundraising concert at the Kimball Theatre March 24. The event features performances by jazz musician Sam Rucker and the gospel artists of Total Commitment and the Chosen Few. Since the group’s...


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                                  • Tourism, region's lifeblood, needs support

                                    In the March 3 edition of The Virginia Gazette, Editor Peggy Bellows expressed her opposition to Senate Bill 942, the Historic Triangle Tourism Revitalization Act. As the sponsor of this legislation, I obviously disagree with the arguments made by Bellows. I was especially disappointed that her...

                                      • An alternative to crafting federal gun laws

                                        I was involved for more than 40 years in the elevator industry, writing public safety requirements in concert with American Society of Mechanical Engineers without any federal laws. This work was done by knowledgeable industry individuals and law-enforcement officials to address public safety requirements...

                                          • Walking the Camino never really ends

                                            Sandra Lenthall of Williamsburg will soon be on her way to San Francisco to participate in the gathering of American Pilgrims of the Camino. The story of the Camino is a thousand years old. After centuries of lying dormant, it has come alive and many Williamsburg residents are now part of it. The...

                                              • Consider Madison's intent with Second Amendment

                                                The Second Amendment, which concerns gun ownership, is as political now as it was during the Constitutional ratification process in 1789. The Bill of Rights was proffered by James Madison to induce those colonies (states) that had not yet ratified the Constitution. Madison wrote his fourth proposed...

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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...