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  • Last Word, Dec. 2

    Last Word, Dec. 2

    Christmas tree The date for the lighting of the Christmas tree at CW has traditionally been on Christmas Eve, but apparently this year that has changed. What is the date for the lighting this season, and does anyone know the reason for the change? Editor’s note: According to Colonial Williamsburg’s...

  • Court records: Drunk driver indicted in traffic death

    A Charles City County woman has been indicted on multiple felony charges in connection with the death of a James City County woman in June, according to Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court records. Amanda Marie Countermann-Jobb, 30, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated...

  • Amber Ox celebrates opening with ribbon-cutting ceremony

    Amber Ox celebrates opening with ribbon-cutting ceremony

    City officials and Amber Ox Public House staff came together to celebrate one of the newest additions to Williamsburg’s culinary scene with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon. As the city’s first craft brewpub, Amber Ox offers a fresh dining experience for residents and is also an important...

  • Business leaders present ways to improve Virginia economy at Economic Summit

    Business leaders present ways to improve Virginia economy at Economic Summit

    Increasing the number of project-ready building sites and allocating funding for blue-collar job training were just a few of the ideas presented to state business leaders Friday. Those business leaders gathered at the Williamsburg Lodge for the 8th annual Virginia Economic Summit. This year’s theme...

  • Grand Illumination returns to Williamsburg

    Grand Illumination returns to Williamsburg

    Williamsburg shines its brightest during Grand Illumination, when crowds brave the cold and come together to admire the simple joys of community alongside dazzling fireworks and Colonial ambience. The event returns to Colonial Williamsburg Sunday alongside a weekend’s worth of other attractions....

  • Giving Tuesday spurs local donations

    Giving Tuesday spurs local donations

    ‘Tis the season of giving, although the feeling can get lost in the shopping sprees of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday serves as a catalyst aimed at shifting the focus back to helping others and giving back to the community. Locally, Heritage Humane Society, Literacy for Life, the...

  • Mapping the opinions on WJCC school redistricting options

    Mapping the opinions on WJCC school redistricting options

    Mapping opinions on middle and high school redistricting options for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools will likely be more challenging than what it took for Scott Leopold and Cooperative Strategies to create them. About 80 people came out Thursday to Warhill High School in what was...

  • Williamsburg Health Foundation president announces retirement

    Williamsburg Health Foundation president announces retirement

    After serving as president and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation for the better part of a decade, Jeanne Zeidler has announced her plans to retire. “I am deeply honored to have been in this role for over seven years,” Zeidler in a news release. “The Health Foundation does so much for so...

  • Faith leaders urge Medicaid expansion

    Faith leaders urge Medicaid expansion

    Leaders of different faiths gathered at Williamsburg Baptist Church Friday morning, focusing on their shared ideals in a plea to promote Virginia Medicaid expansion. The press conference was one of 11 held across the commonwealth through a partnership between Virginia Organizing and the Virginia...

  • A Colonial Christmas explores historical holiday traditions

    A Colonial Christmas explores historical holiday traditions

    Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will host programs that explore 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions over the next month. Throughout December, visitors to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown can learn about traditions through...

  • Public to have opportunity to view, weigh in on school redistricting proposals

    Public to have opportunity to view, weigh in on school redistricting proposals

    The public will have an opportunity this evening to view and provide feedback on redistricting proposals for both middle and high schools in Williamsburg-James City County public schools. The redistricting community dialogue will take place from 5-8:30 p.m. at Warhill High School. Middle school...

  • Judge: King William supervisor can renew gun permit, despite reports he brought gun to board meeting

    Judge: King William supervisor can renew gun permit, despite reports he brought gun to board meeting

    King William supervisor Dave Hansen can receive a renewed concealed carry permit, a circuit court judge ruled Wednesday. The decision comes after his application was denied because School Board members reported finding a gun at a board meeting in February 2016 they believed was his. Hansen’s application...

  • Police: Man charged with arson

    Police: Man charged with arson

    A man has been charged with arson after police say he set a fire for a third time at a residence along the 200 block of Thomas Nelson Lane, Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said in a news release. Dennis Wade Tooley, 45, is charged with arson after city police and fire crews responded...

  • JCC TV announces December programming

    JCC TV announces December programming

    Locals will have options when it comes to what to watch on JCC TV next month. The county announced its December programming for JCC TV in a news release. New shows for the month include Top Cop Awards 2017, Celebrating 100 Years of NASA Langley: A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future and Wicked Good...

  • Williamsburg doctor says board investigation not reason for retirement

    Williamsburg doctor says board investigation not reason for retirement

    A Williamsburg doctor is retiring at the end of the year, a decision he said he did not make in light of a Virginia Board of Medicine investigation. Dr. John M. Pitman Jr., M.D., of 326 Monticello Ave., voluntarily surrendered his license following an investigation into patients who had been inappropriately...

  • Last Word on a wish list, Nov. 29

    Last Word on a wish list, Nov. 29

    Santa list I was thinking I should give my grandson a DVD of the wonderful play, “1776.” Then I thought it would be better to give it to his school. But then, that school is in another state, so what if people see a Santa list from their neighborhood schools and everyone who wishes can give a Christmas...

  • WJCC school board gets first look at redistricting options for middle, high schools

    WJCC school board gets first look at redistricting options for middle, high schools

    The Williamsburg-James City County school board got its first look Tuesday at redistricting options for middle and high schools, though the board is split against including high school redistricting in the discussion. While the school board is committed to redistricting on the middle school level...

  • County discusses legislative agenda, new administrator

    County discusses legislative agenda, new administrator

    The county board of supervisors spoke with state legislators on Tuesday afternoon to set legislative priorities. Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg; Sen. Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg; Del. Michael Mullin, D-Newport News; and Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, all represent portions of James City County...

  • Peninsula nonprofits join in big on Giving Tuesday

    Peninsula nonprofits join in big on Giving Tuesday

    Dozens of Peninsula nonprofits participated in the nationwide day of charity called Giving Tuesday this week. The global day of giving on Nov. 28 began in 2012 and connects people of all demographics and communities to encourage giving, according to the Giving Tuesday website. Purposely tailing...

  • Mobile library expands WRL's reach

    Mobile library expands WRL's reach

    The local library has long served as a central hub for information and entertainment, with its myriad of books, films and other resources opening up a world of possibilities. But for members of the community who can’t travel or live too far away, a trip to the library becomes a daunting task. The...

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  • VSO plans holiday concerts

    VSO plans holiday concerts

    The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the energy and warmth of the holidays with a pair of concerts, one grandiose and one more intimate. “Holiday Pops” heads to the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News Friday, and “Holiday Brass” rings Dec. 15 at St. Bede Catholic Church. “They’re...

      • Limelight, Dec. 6-10

        Jingle Bark in the Park: Bring your dog to see Santa Claus, receive special treats and join in the hat/outfit contest. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies provided. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at York River State Park. $4 parking per vehicle. Christmas with the Williamsburg Choral Guild: The guild...

          • WSO upbeat Christmas program kicks off holidays

            When it comes to welcoming the Christmas season in Williamsburg, with its fireworks, bonfires, beautiful door decorations and all the other fine things found in town, none seem to shout it out more than the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, now a regular part of our annual festivities....

              • After dark, Dec. 6-10

                  Friday Aromas: Diamond and V, 7-9 p.m. Revolution Golf and Grille: Clayton Pretty, 7-10 p.m. Yorktown Pub: Erin Firman, 9:30-11:59 p.m. Saturday Aromas: Tom Holden, 7-9 p.m. Revolution Golf and Grille: 53rd’s, 7-10 p.m. Triangle: Brian Carmona Band, 8-11 p.m. Comedy Club: Mike Stankieicz, 8-9:30...

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                  • Operation Share was a successful for all

                    On Nov. 18, the Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff’s Office held the 18th annual Operation Share at James City County Fire Station No. 1. We first held this event 17 years ago so members of our sheriff’s office and our local police departments could share a meal and friendship with some of...

                      • A day of sport, a lifetime of memories

                        On Dec. 2, Jamestown High School hosted the first Kyle Elliott Memorial Wrestling Tournament, raising money and awareness for mental health concerns. By all accounts, the tournament was well attended and well run, and Warhill High School emerged victorious. As Kyle’s mother, I want to thank everyone...

                          • The story of hemp in Virginia is an old one

                            Jack Jacobs' article in Saturday's Gazette should have taken a look at the history of growing Hemp in Virginia. In Virginia history classes 1619 is called the Red Letter Year because of four events which changed the direction of the colony. The first was local governance; the second was the arrival...

                              • United Way has a vision, and a plan

                                Poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope is a thing with feathers.” Hope makes us light like birds. It allows us to see beyond heavy, intractable problems and into the uplifting realm of what’s possible. I am all hope and feathers when I think about the work of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula...

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