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Toano church's Fall Festival raises money for local charities

Rainy weather couldn’t stop Hickory Neck Episcopal Church’s 18th annual Fall Festival Oct. 20. Area residents and members of the church’s 450-person congregation said they couldn’t miss the event rain or shine. “I come every year,” said Toano resident Peggy Krapf. “it’s just a wonderful local event...

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  • Community voices more diversity is needed for successful future at William and Mary

    Community voices more diversity is needed for successful future at William and Mary

    Since taking office, College of William and Mary president Katherine Rowe has been seeking community input as to what the future of the university should be. Rowe continued her efforts Thursday night at an open discussion that focused on how the Collcge should prepare students for after graduation....

  • W-JCC School Board to vote on end of the year spending plan

    The Williamsburg-James City County School Board will vote on the district’s 2018 end-of-year spending plan at its meeting Oct. 16. According to the plan, W-JCC will end the year with a surplus of $2,735,392.54, or 2.06 percent of the division’s total operating budget. The district will be returning...

  • JCC EDA approves land-monitoring license with hunting rights for property in Grove

    JCC EDA approves land-monitoring license with hunting rights for property in Grove

    The James City Economic Development Authority voted Thursday to approve a land monitoring license for three EDA-owned properties at James River Commerce Center. In exchange for keeping an eye on things, Ron Spivey, a county resident and the licensee, will be able to bow hunt on the properties,...

  • Gas prices across Virginia reach four-year high

    Gas prices across Virginia reach four-year high

    Gas price averages in Virginia have reached their highest point since 2014, according to the latest news release from AAA Tidewater. Average prices across the state were $2.67 per gallon Friday, six cents more than last month and 38 cents higher than this time last year. Prices across the country...

  • Junior Woman's Club seeks Art on the Square applicants

    Junior Woman's Club seeks Art on the Square applicants

    Williamsburg’s longest running art show, Art on the Square, returns to Merchants Square for its 56th year April 28, 2019. The search for artists is underway, with the Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg now accepting applications on its website. The annual juried show features more than 150 artists...

  • Outdoor flea market coming to Lightfoot

    Outdoor flea market coming to Lightfoot

    Lightfoot now has a new pop-up flea market to add to its economic profile. The outdoor market will be located at 6623 Richmond Road and will operate on weekends with space for 15 to 20 vendors. The market is expected to being operations in a few weeks in an existing parking lot of office, warehouse...

  • Protect your ghouls and ghosts with these Halloween safety tips

    Protect your ghouls and ghosts with these Halloween safety tips

    Halloween is not all tricks and treats; it’s a night for children to play it safe and stick to the streets. As young boys and girls in costume hit the road seeking candy this All Hallows’ Eve, parents and their little witches and wizards should stay watchful of potential danger, according to James...

  • Williamsburg Magic Club conjures pre-Halloween performance

    Williamsburg Magic Club conjures pre-Halloween performance

    With Halloween fast approaching, the surreal and supernatural captivate our imaginations even more than usual. The Williamsburg Magic Club hopes to add to the seasonal fun with a family-friendly performance at the James City County Library on Oct. 24. “It’s a fun show every year, very lighthearted....

  • W-JCC Schools to host public hearing on 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan

    W-JCC Schools to host public hearing on 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan

    Williamsburg-James City County Schools will hold a public hearing on an early version of the 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan, which suggests building a new elementary school and expanding all three high schools. This CIP was presented to the W-JCC School Board at its work session Oct. 2. The...

  • Williamsburg Regional Library launches 'Year of Making'

    Williamsburg Regional Library launches 'Year of Making'

    Williamsburg Regional Library encourages learning and growth through myriad services beyond books, including plays, children’s activities and lectures on wide-ranging topics. The library is further expanding the scope its programming with “A Year of Making,” which launched Sunday. The initiative...

  • W&M president tells the League of Women Voters she sees bright civic future in today's college students

    W&M president tells the League of Women Voters she sees bright civic future in today's college students

    The College of William and Mary’s President Katherine A. Rowe discussed student civic engagement and was named the first honorary member of the Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters at its fall membership meeting Wednesday night. W&M is celebrating 100 years of women at the college. Rowe said...

  • Free flu shots available in Williamsburg area

    Free flu shots available in Williamsburg area

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu season can begin as early as October. Be prepared before it peaks in December and January by getting a flu shot this year. The Williamsburg WIC Clinic on 4095 Iron Bound Road will give free flu shots from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24. These are available...

  • Parking violation fines to increase following Williamsburg City Council approval

    Parking violation fines to increase following Williamsburg City Council approval

    Williamsburg City Council approved an adjustment to the city’s parking violation fee schedule at its Oct. 11 meeting in an effort to curb long-term parking in lots intended for short stays in the city’s downtown. The fee increase is part of the first phase of a larger downtown parking overhaul,...

  • Home damaged by wind in James City as Michael passes through

    Home damaged by wind in James City as Michael passes through

    At least one home was damaged Thursday night by Tropical Storm Michael in James City County. There were no reported injuries. Siding from Gil Campos’ house in the Village at Candle Station was ripped off by the winds, his fence destroyed and windows shattered. His front porch roof now hangs with...

  • Updated: Tornado warning lifted, Michael continues eastward

    Updated: Tornado warning lifted, Michael continues eastward

    Update 7:52 p.m. Thursday: The National Weather Service has lifted a tornado warning on James City and York counties. The warning remains in effect for New Kent County until 8:15 p.m. Seventy-two Dominion Energy Virginia customers in Greater Williamsburg are without power, according to the Dominion...

  • EDA revisits ideas at how to bring more housing downtown and make it more vibrant

    EDA revisits ideas at how to bring more housing downtown and make it more vibrant

    The city’s Economic Development Authority talked about ways to fine tune its ideas Wednesday on how best to increase housing density in the city’s downtown, and how to spend money from the city to make downtown more vibrant. The discussion followed Monday’s City Council work session, where EDA...

  • Busch Gardens gets permission for expansion in Italy section

    Busch Gardens gets permission for expansion in Italy section

    Busch Gardens received permission to encroach on a resource protection buffer area in order to build an expansion to the Italy section of the park Wednesday. Because of the scale of the proposed expansion, encroachment is considered unavoidable. The project is anticipated to permanently encroach...

  • One injured, 11 displaced after Jolly Pond Road assisted living facility gutted by fire

    One injured, 11 displaced after Jolly Pond Road assisted living facility gutted by fire

    One person was injured and 11 displaced after a fire gutted a Jolly Pond Road assisted living facility Wednesday morning. At about 5:13 a.m. Wednesday, fire crews were called to a structure fire at an assisted living facility in the 2200 block of Jolly Pond Road, according to a James City County...

  • City boards begin approval process for new Merchants Square plaza

    City boards begin approval process for new Merchants Square plaza

    A new plaza complete with a fountain, outdoor seating and a video wall, could be coming to Merchants Square next year, but would replace a busy downtown parking lot. Williamsburg’s Architectural Review Board unanimously approved design concepts for the proposed Goodwin Square plaza at its meeting...

  • Last Word on trees, Oct. 10

    CW trees Congratulations to Colonial Williamsburg for achieving the rank of Level 1 Arboretum. Wonderfully deserved! I hope tree lovers will come enjoy, and perhaps the city will take notice that there is such a category and choose to save the beautiful trees at the shopping center on Richmond...

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  • WCAC juried show returns for second year

    WCAC juried show returns for second year

    The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center launched its second annual juried show with a reception Thursday evening, celebrating the latest offerings from talented area artists. The exhibition runs through Nov. 16. “We got a really nice selection of entries, “ said Karen Schwartz, program co-chair...

      • W&M Youth Film Institute fosters future filmmakers

        The College of William and Mary’s Youth Film Institute returns for its seventh year Oct. 27-28, offering middle and high school students the opportunity to learn about the art of filmmaking through hands-on experiences. The program tasks students with collaborating in small groups to create short...

          • Williamsburg Players unleash 'Hair'

            Williamsburg Players unleash "Hair"

            The Williamsburg Players’ latest production, “Hair,” tells a tale of the peace, love, drugs and draft protests quintessential to its 1960s setting. But as director Dana Margulies Cauthen works to fine tune the musical in time for its run at the James-York Playhouse Nov. 2-17, she said it’s also...

              • Limelight, Oct. 17-21

                Limelight, Oct. 17-21

                Homecoming concert: The William and Mary Choir sings Benjamin Britten's “Rejoice in the Lamb” and more. 8 p.m. Saturday at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road. Free. Williamsburg Music Club concert: Pianist Adam Scott Clifford performs Haydn's “Keyboard Sonata in D Major,”...

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                  • Fast response may have saved lives

                    Last Thursday evening when Tropical Storm Michael caused a power outage, our whole-house generator came on to our relief. However, Friday as we went to bed, our carbon monoxide detector started blaring. We called the Kingsmill police who contacted the JCC Fire Department. Within minutes, the Kingsmill...

                      • Mission accomplished: Honor flight makes final trip

                        On Saturday Oct. 20 — today — the 20th and final mission of the local chapter of the Honor Flight Network will depart from Colonial Heritage taking World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans to see their memorials in Washington D.C. Our local Honor Flight chapter supports all of southern Virginia...

                          • Full identification? Often, it's up to you

                            The original purpose of the Social Security number was to enable the Social Security Board to maintain accurate records of the earnings of individuals who worked in jobs covered under Social Security. Even though its use has expanded, the only legal requirements to give your SSN are for government...

                              • The remarkable life and disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

                                Prince Turki Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who was the head of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate for 23 years, the equivalent of the CIA, and later was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to London and Washington, visited the College of William and Mary in 2014. He spoke at an open forum and reflected...

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