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

  • Creating more space where there is none

    Creating more space where there is none

    Too many students and not enough space. That's why James Blair Middle School will open next fall, and why redistricting talks started earlier this month. That's why the hallways in Berkeley Middle School feel so crowded — because they are. "You don't have that breathing room when a school is overcrowded,"...

  • Judge dismisses civil suit against WJCC School Board

    Judge dismisses civil suit against WJCC School Board

    A Williamsburg-James City County General District Court judge dismissed the $25,000 suit filed against the W-JCC School Board because of a name — or lack thereof. John and Sandra Magda filed the suit Jan. 3 in their names, stating the board owed them “legal fees, damages resulting from bullying,”...

  • Fire damages home of former JCC volunteer fire department president

    Fire damages home of former JCC volunteer fire department president

    Early Saturday morning, James City County volunteer firefighters responded to a Richmond Road house fire.  About 3 a.m., Edith Stewart smelled smoke, found a fire blazing in her utility room and called 911, according to a James City County news release.  By the time crews arrived, the fire had...

  • Dozens gather locally to protest science funding cuts

    Dozens gather locally to protest science funding cuts

    The pause in Saturday’s rainfall came at a good time for the two-dozen marchers who descended upon Merchant’s Square that afternoon.  For many adults, the March for Science was a protest of President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to scientific study by departments within the government. For the...

  • What it takes to change W-JCC schools

    What it takes to change W-JCC schools

    Editor's Note: An earlier version of this snapshot misstated the capacity of all elementary schools together, it has been updated below. Opinions abound and emotions run hot when school redistricting comes up in conversation. With James Blair Middle School opening in 2018, the Williamsburg-James...

  • Williamsburg Community Foundation gives thousands in spring grants

    Williamsburg Community Foundation gives thousands in spring grants

    Nine nonprofits walked away from Williamsburg Community Foundation’s grant luncheon Wednesday with fatter pockets. It was the foundation’s first grant-giving event of the year, handing out $31,500 over lunch at the Ford’s Colony Country Club. Grants are given twice each year to organizations or...

  • Scholarship opportunity for aspiring singers

    Teens who love to belt out the newest Ed Sheeran or Selena Gomez tune might want to apply for a scholarship from the Williamsburg Women's Chorus. The Phyllis M. Varner Memorial scholarships are open to any women entering grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 who live in James City County, Williamsburg and those...

  • School Board awards capital project contracts Tuesday

    School Board awards capital project contracts Tuesday

    With redistricting talks off the agenda, Williamsburg-James City County School Board’s Tuesday night meeting came in under an hour and a half. Following a lengthy discussion at last week’s meeting, chairwoman Kyra Cook (Williamsburg) said the one-week gap between April meetings wasn’t enough for...

66°