Amanda Williams

Writer

Amanda is the education reporter at the Virginia Gazette. She was previously the evening breaking news reporter at the Daily Press. She is a 2016 graduate of William & Mary and spends most of her time hanging out with her dog, Chaco.

Recent Articles

  • Chopsticks Pho offers a soup for all seasons

    Chopsticks Pho offers a soup for all seasons

    Son Nguyen opened his Vietnamese restaurant by John Tyler Highway last spring, quickly soaring to a 4.5-star rating on Yelp — which it's held into 2017. Chopsticks Pho and Grill boasts the popular broth soup, Pho, as well as Vietnamese sandwiches and noodle and rice dishes. Son Nguyen's 21-year-old...

  • Schools prepare for new accreditation rules

    Schools prepare for new accreditation rules

    For years Virginia school quality has been judged by student success on standardized tests and graduation rates. That could change next year. The Virginia Board of Education's proposed rewrite of its Standards for Accreditation, judging how well schools are helping students, includes non-academic...

  • Juan Spence is home after 64-day hospital stay

    Juan Spence is home after 64-day hospital stay

    Juan moved from ICU to the hospital floor June 16 and was standing within the week. Toward the end of June he could shuffle forward with a walker. By July 19 he walked with little assistance.

  • Police: York County barricade situation ended 'as well as it could'

    Police: York County barricade situation ended 'as well as it could'

    Shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, police say Michael Taylor walked into a 2nd Street auto shop and started shooting. Taylor, a 40-year-old Hampton resident, came to Ebby’s Auto Painting and Collision near Merrimac Trail to settle a dispute with a man who worked there, said York-Poquoson Sheriff J.D....

  • Man saves nephew from swimming pool at Chickahominy Riverfront Park

    Man saves nephew from swimming pool at Chickahominy Riverfront Park

    A 5-year-old was pulled out of the swimming pool at Chickahominy Riverfront Park Saturday and airlifted to a hospital.  The child's uncle saw the boy at the bottom of the pool shortly before 1:30 p.m., then jumped in and pulled him out, said James City County Battalion Chief Al Catlett. Lifeguards...

  • Jamestown Settlement's Pocahontas exhibit defies expectations

    Jamestown Settlement's Pocahontas exhibit defies expectations

    When Holly Johnson pictures Pocahontas, she sees Disney’s animated version from the 1995 film — long black hair, small tan dress and a red tattoo wrapped around her upper arm. But as the 13-year-old from North Carolina grew up, she realized that wasn’t a realistic portrayal. While exploring Jamestown...

  • Pathways going strong, study says

    Pathways going strong, study says

    While 100 Warhill High School freshmen spent the last year learning physics and humanities in a new non-traditional format, they themselves were being studied. For the inaugural year of Warhill's Pathways Project, an eight-person team of researchers from the College of William and Mary, which helped...

  • Heritage Humane Society uses coupons in kitten adoption campaign

    Heritage Humane Society uses coupons in kitten adoption campaign

    It’s not often that a coupon campaign aimed at clearing out inventory is a positive promotion, but that’s exactly what Heritage Humane Society is trying to do. Kimberly Laska, the shelter’s executive director, said the shelter’s cages have been full for weeks — it’s kitten season. “We’re just inundated,...

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