State won't study 'fiscal stress' of local governments

RICHMOND – A bill ordering a study of the "fiscal stress" of local governments was halted in the House Rules Committee this week. More than 53 percent of counties and cities in Virginia have reported above-average or high fiscal stress, according to a report by the Commission on Local Government....

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  • 5 takes from Jamestown-Smithfield region final

    5 takes from Jamestown-Smithfield region final

    Jamestown defeated Smithfield for the fourth time this season on Friday to win the Group 4A East boys basketball championship. Five takes from the Eagles’ win that earned them the top East seed in next week’s state tournament in Salem: ‘Kind of like the Warriors’ Jamestown’s twin backcourt duo...

  • Local products performing well for Tribe at CAA swim championships

    The William and Mary men's swimming team advanced 21 swimmers Friday morning to the finals of the Colonial Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships in Christiansburg including 16 in the championship heats. The Tribe continued to lead the team race early Friday with 500.5 points, which...

      • Powers shines in hometown swansong

        Powers shines in hometown swansong

        It isn’t often the Kaplan Arena public address announcer has to sound out “from Williamsburg” when reading the pregame starting lineups. Hosftra senior point guard Deron Powers, who had 19 points with five assists and five rebounds, received that treatment Thursday in the Pride's 96-82 win at William...

          • Warhill and Bruton players earn all-conference nods; Schulz named co-player of year

            Warhill and Bruton players earn all-conference nods; Schulz named co-player of year

            Warhill, which will start 3A tournament play Wednesday at VCU’s Siegel Center, put seven players on the All-Conference 25 girls basketball team including co-player of the year Olivia Schulz and coach of the year Bingo Brungot. Schulz shared the honor with Sondra Fan of Poquoson. First-team Warhill...


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              • Trump needs time to fix the nation

                I am so fed up with uninformed, unthinking people writing into the Last Word about President Trump and alleged chaos and lack of progress. He has done more in a little over a month to return the country to sanity than anybody in living memory. These people forget that it is the Congress that makes...

                  • U.S. needs a full circle of welcome

                    It is time we pondered this, as we contemplate a wall. Why do we have a Statue of Liberty facing eastward to white Europe, but nothing facing South or West ? We can change our minds and build a welcoming statue to our Latin brethren. Sam Royall Williamsburg

                      • Listen to women concerning abortion rights

                        Belated thanks for the excellent, well-written commentary on the need for Planned Parenthood written by Taylor Medley in the Jan. 28 Gazette. In the same issue, I read the article regarding a local church's trip to Washington for an anti-abortion rally. I have three questions: Did you see the difference...

                          • Keep a watchful eye on the oysters

                            When the protected status of oyster sanctuaries is threatened by hostile legislation, the health of our entire Chesapeake Bay is threatened. I therefore urge the people of Virginia to remain vigilant towards oyster- and Bay-related issues. As an individual who has spent a large amount of time with...

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