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Going away for the holidays? Local police will check on your home

Leaving town for the holidays — or any other time of the year — and have concerns about the safety of your home? Williamsburg area police will check on it. James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said officers who perform the checks will drive to the home, walk around the property...

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  • Wintry weather doesn't dampen Sleighbell 5k

    Wintry weather doesn't dampen Sleighbell 5k

    Every year for the Sentara Sleighbell 5K Run, Geri Elder and her crew at Colonial Sports Screenprinting designs a long-sleeve race T-shirt with lots of cutesy snowflakes and various winter scenes, sleds and sleighs on the snow. Those winter scenes look great on the T-shirts, but when it comes to...

      • Prep Roundup: Bruton defeats Jamestown boys basketball

        Prep Roundup: Bruton defeats Jamestown boys basketball

        In boys basketball, senior forward DeAndre Richards had 28 points and 19 rebounds as Bruton outlasted Jamestown 92-84 Wednesday in Bay Rivers District competition. Senior forward Juwan Brown had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the host Eagles. More boys basketball Lafayette 81, York 42 — Lafayette...

          • Virginia coach, teacher remains upbeat despite cancer

            Virginia coach, teacher remains upbeat despite cancer

            Edgar Randall has coached basketball the past 36 winters. He’s coached on the collegiate level with Division II West Virginia State University’s men and women, at Williamsburg Christian Academy and Bruton High and, most recently, on the middle school boys and girls level. Good health always was...

          • Prep roundup: William and Mary hosts state championship football

            William and Mary’s Zable Stadium hosted two VHSL state championship football games Sunday, one day later than scheduled after a Friday evening storm dumped close to an inch of snow on Williamsburg. In Class 4, senior De’Angelo Ramsey ran for 262 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown, as the Salem...

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              • "Christmas Dreams" celebrates season through dance

                "Christmas Dreams" celebrates season through dance

                A young girl accidentally breaks the snowglobe her mother received from Santa as a child. She suddenly finds herself trapped in a snowy world where she must begin a journey to find Santa and obtain a replacement. The Institute for Dance relays this story through motion with "Christmas Dreams,"...

                  • VSO concert offered respite of peace, happiness

                    The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus approached its holiday concert Dec. 8 in the Ferguson Center, with a desire to offer something for everyone. As Robert Shoup, the director of the VSO Chorus and this Pops program suggested in the press, the diverse fare was designed to help bring people...

                      • 'Nutcracker' reunites local ballet, symphony

                        'Nutcracker' reunites local ballet, symphony

                        Every year, “The Nutcracker” inspires dazzling displays of dance, music and storytelling. The Virginia Regional Ballet and Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will reunite Saturday and Sunday for another rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. “It’s a fairy tale within...

                          • Women's Chorus sings-in Christmas season

                            Nothing quite represents the joy of the Christmas season than singing and the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus did its job in helping spread cheer in its “Song in the Air” winter program Saturday in the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Under the capable baton of Rebecca Davy and ably supported by talented...

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                              • Fate of a peaceful man in a cruel country

                                “I hope I will be the last victim of China’s long record of treating words as crimes.” In 2009, Liu Xiaobo was about to be sentenced for incitement to subvert state power, according to the July issue of The Economist. Liu had been outspoken concerning an event at Tiananmen Square. The world noticed...

                                  • Better pay needed for this hard work

                                    I have observed that working in an old folks home requires a lot of patience, and the person must be kind and helpful. Some people are suited for the job and some are not. I think it is necessary to make the starting pay at $15 an hour to obtain the best qualified employees. I think management...

                                      • Slow down on adding on to the high schools

                                        Williamsburg-James City County Schools are again talking about needing another new high school or adding trailers to the three high schools for additional capacity. It seems like the administration and School Board did not learn any lessons from the Blair Middle School process, and that some basic...

                                          • Curmudgeon report: Small print and popping pills are hard to swallow

                                            Have you noticed how print has shrunk? It is becoming more and more difficult to read almost everything, and the trend is expanding. With the apparent exception of The Virginia Gazette, newspapers have reduced the size of their print. Magazines have done the same. And labels on products keep getting...

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