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After brain surgery, student-athlete inspires Warhill Class of 2018

Juan Spence should not have been at his high school graduation. After a car accident the summer before senior year, the Warhill track star should not have even been alive. Surgeons gave him a 5 percent chance of survival. Five percent was enough. After four brain surgeries and 64 days in the hospital;...

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  • Jamestown baseball standout E.A. Woolwine named first team all-state

    Jamestown baseball standout E.A. Woolwine named first team all-state

    Jamestown’s E.A. Woolwine was named first team all-state among Class 4 baseball players. Woolwine, who helped lead the Eagles to the state championship game before Salem beat them on a walkoff hit, was the lone Williamsburg-area player to be named either first or second team. Bay Rivers District...

      • Jamestown places two on All-Class 4 girls soccer first team

        Jamestown places two on All-Class 4 girls soccer first team

        Two players from Jamestown’s state quarterfinal girls soccer team have been named as first team all-state selections. The Eagles’ Brianna Behm, a South Carolina commit, and Summer Haag, were first team selections for Class 4, as was Madelyn Bauman of Smithfield, which beat the Eagles for the Region...

          • Baseball UPDATE: How players from Hampton Roads are faring in the majors and minors

            (Statistics are through Thursday in most cases): Player, Level, Team, Org., Pos., Avg., G, AB, R, H, HR, RBI, OPS; *Jake Cave, MLB, Minnesota, Twins, OF/DH, .211, 7, 19, 4, 4, 2, 5, .789; PJ Higgins, advanced A, Myrtle Beach (S.C.), Cubs, C, .275, 49, 171, 19, 47, 2, 24, .751; Ryan Hissey, AA,...

              • Julian Boatner returns home to W&M as an assistant coach

                Julian Boatner returns home to W&M as an assistant coach

                His coaches tried talking him out of it, however tongue-in-cheek. But Julian Boatner was stubborn, and as a result, he’s ahead of schedule in his career path. Boatner, who made 161 3-pointers for William and Mary from 2011-14, is now three weeks on the job as the Tribe’s newest assistant basketball...

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                  • Tandem bike enthusiasts ride into town

                    Tandem bike enthusiasts ride into town

                    You might notice an influx of tandem bicyclists throughout Williamsburg, as the Eastern Tandem Rally returned to the area Friday for the first time in 25 years. The volunteer group, which celebrates the two-seat style of bicycles, rides across various routes through Sunday. Reed Nester, who organized...

                      • Latest WCAC show celebrates community talent

                        Latest WCAC show celebrates community talent

                        The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center welcomed the return of its annual juried members’ show with a reception Thursday evening. The exhibit, which runs through July 20, highlights 71 unique pieces created by local artists across two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. “Everything blended...

                          • Dad was my teacher, mentor, exemplar

                            Dad looked as though he were way, way up in the sky, but he wasn't. He stood on a 6-foot ladder as he painted the living room ceiling. He worked intently, shirtless, wearing only his white athletic shirt above the waist of his slacks. It was a memorable sight, for Dad was seldom seen in his undershirt....

                              • You don’t say: Things my father taught me

                                My mother was a single parent, strong-willed and intelligent, trying to make her way alone in a new country as a young woman with a child in tow — yours truly. Since I was too young, and the other person in this story came later, there is no clear picture of what happened or why, but I found myself...

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                                  • Midtown Row needs timeless design

                                    I am glad to see the Architectural Review Board has decided to reject the bright “golden arches” color that was proposed for Midtown Row. Many people have been concerned about this project for a number of reasons, but I must applaud the board for not allowing a jarring color to be applied to such...

                                      • Sales tax increase still doesn't sit right

                                        The Virginia Constitution says, “That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people, that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them.” P.T. Barnum reportedly famously said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” What woke Tommy Norment up in...

                                          • We must continue push toward renewable fuels

                                            Recently, President Trump directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take steps to keep coal-fired and nuclear power plants open that had been scheduled to retire. These steps would include exempting power plants from obeying many environmental laws, as well as investing billions of dollars to keep...

                                              • Where is the outrage over FBI report?

                                                I feel compelled to offer a few observations. I find it curious the James Comey lovers are suddenly very silent. Is perhaps their staunch support for this person in doubt in recent days and weeks? I’m sure there will be some who vociferously respond, but the silence is deafening these days. It...

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