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  • James City residents weigh in on budget at community meeting

    James City residents weigh in on budget at community meeting

    Taxes and the marina were on the minds of residents at a community meeting regarding James City’s proposed budget Thursday. The $253 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 includes a $204.5 million general fund, which is the primary operating fund for the county. The fiscal year 2019 general...

  • Official: 7 rescued from York River

    Official: 7 rescued from York River

    Seven people were rescued from the York River off Croaker Landing Thursday, including two people who fell into the water after their canoe capsized, according to James City County Fire Department battalion chief Al Catlett. Just before 12 p.m., James City County Fire Department, James City-Bruton...

  • NWS: Warning issued for critical fire conditions in Gloucester, Mathews, James City counties Thursday

    NWS: Warning issued for critical fire conditions in Gloucester, Mathews, James City counties Thursday

    Areas of the upper and middle Peninsula are under a National Weather Service “Red Flag Warning” because of critical fire weather conditions. The warning, in effect through 8 p.m. Thursday, covers Gloucester, Mathews and James City County, and stretches to the north and western areas of the state....

  • Planning Commission to consider expanding auto detailing service on Richmond Road

    Planning Commission to consider expanding auto detailing service on Richmond Road

    The Williamsburg Planning Commission will consider approving a special-use permit for Magic Touch Auto Detailing at a public hearing Wednesday. The auto shop at 1457 Richmond Road is looking to expand into the retail space next door to offer new services and bring more local business to the heavily...

  • Grade-level W-JCC Teachers of the Year Announced

    Grade-level W-JCC Teachers of the Year Announced

    The 2018 Williamsburg-James City County grade-level Teachers of the Year were announced Tuesday morning with a surprise visit from school administrators to teachers’ classrooms. Suzanne Sylvester was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Jessica Napier was named Middle School Teacher of...

  • 40 years of keeping James City beautiful

    40 years of keeping James City beautiful

    For the 40th time, local residents will patrol the county’s roadways and fill bags with the refuse they find as part of the annual spring cleanup Saturday. The county’s 40th annual Countywide Spring Cleanup brings hundreds of volunteers together to complete one mission: Make James City County a...

  • Community meeting set to discuss proposed Norge apartments

    Community meeting set to discuss proposed Norge apartments

    A group looking to build an apartment complex in Norge wants to provide additional information and gather feedback on the project with a community meeting April 19. The application for the up-to-126-unit apartment complex, which would be located near Route 60’s intersection with Oakland Drive,...

  • Last Word is seeking information, April 11

    Last Word is seeking information, April 11

    Affordable housing Local governments have determined that affordable housing does not generate enough real estate taxes to make it profitable for the government. Local governments and business people ignore that the people who need affordable housing are the people that keep the retail and hospitality...

  • W-JCC School Board work session April 10

    The Williamsburg James City County School Board discussed the City Council’s decision to fund another school resource officer for the upcoming school year at their April 10, work session. Originally, James Blair Middle School and Berkeley Middle School were going to share a school resource officer...

  • NWS: Slightly warmer, sunny on Virginia Peninsula Wednesday

    NWS: Slightly warmer, sunny on Virginia Peninsula Wednesday

    We'll have slightly warmer temperatures and sunny skies on the Virginia Peninsula Wednesday. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a high temperature near 60 degrees and an overnight low about 45. Winds will be out of the northwest, 3 to 6 mph, shifting to out of the south and increasing...

  • James City's proposed budget gets quiet review

    James City's proposed budget gets quiet review

    The county’s proposed $253 million budget for fiscal year 2019 received a quiet review at a public hearing Tuesday. The county’s proposed budget includes a $204.5 million general fund, which is an $8.2 million increase over the fiscal year 2018 budget’s general fund. The general fund is the county’s...

  • Volunteers needed for New Quarter Park butterfly habitat

    Volunteers needed for New Quarter Park butterfly habitat

    York County is looking for a few good volunteers to help kick off a butterfly habitat at New Quarter Park Saturday. Volunteers will transform a 2-acre area of the park by planting wildflowers and removing invasive plants. Volunteers will also build a trail through the habitat, New Quarter Park...

  • Business notes: Apr. 11

    Business notes: Apr. 11

    As part of the new businesses being brought into the city as the Midtown Row commercial project draws closer to its completion date, organic grocery store Earth Fare will hold a job fair May 19 to 22 in preparation for its grand opening this summer. The specialty grocery store will bring natural...

  • Pinwheel 'gardens' bloom in support of child abuse prevention month

    Pinwheel 'gardens' bloom in support of child abuse prevention month

    Wondering what’s sprouting silver and blue around the greater Williamsburg area? They’re pinwheels that have been planted in the ground in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which runs through April. Pinwheel gardens are growing throughout Williamsburg and James City County — outside...

  • William and Mary Digest for April 11

    William and Mary Digest for April 11

    College Libraries partner with Williamsburg Regional Library to expand research In celebration of National Library Week, William and Mary libraries and Williamsburg Regional Library announced a unique partnership that will benefit local residents and the William and Mary community by expanding...

  • City police chief details his vision for community policing at business roundtable

    City police chief details his vision for community policing at business roundtable

    Williamsburg Chief of Police Sean Dunn presented an overview of his career milestones and his best practices for effective policing at the Economic Development Authority’s monthly business roundtable luncheon. The chief, who joined the Williamsburg Police Department last June, stressed the importance...

  • Child trafficking expert speaks at William and Mary

    Child trafficking expert speaks at William and Mary

    Inside children are playing with cards and laughing. Some stop by after school and others have been sitting around longer. From baking and crafts to receiving therapy and legal help, the building is a safe haven for victims of child sex trafficking. This is Thailand’s first child advocacy center,...

  • Williamsburg Police make arrest in hotel shooting

    Williamsburg Police make arrest in hotel shooting

    A James City County man was arrested in connection to a shooting at a Second Street hotel Monday night. George Antonio Jimmison, 38, was arrested at his home around 8:25 a.m. Tuesday with the help of James City County Police, according to Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley in a news...

  • Northam amends sales tax bill to exclude groceries

    Northam amends sales tax bill to exclude groceries

    Gov. Ralph Northam amended Senate Bill 942 so groceries wouldn’t be subject to a 1 percent sales tax increase intended to generated funds for tourism marketing. In addition to removing the sales tax increase on groceries, the amendment would also preserve the $2 transient occupancy tax, according...

  • Williamsburg residents sound off on city's budget at open forum

    Williamsburg residents sound off on city's budget at open forum

    At Monday’s City Council work session, Williamsburg residents made their thoughts known on the upcoming year’s proposed city budget and city staff explained the most significant changest the plan could bring about. Among the biggest topics up for discussion were the requested revisions to the proposed...

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  • Prep roundup: Lions get just two hits in loss to New Kent

    Warhill managed just two hits against New Kent pitcher Grace Ellis in an 11-1, 6-inning loss Tuesday in Bay Rivers District softball play. Ellis struck out eight batters and allowed just a lone Lions run in the fourth inning. Taylor Nicholson brought in the only Warhill run after grounding to shortstop,...

      • Four from Walsingham to compete at college level

        Four from Walsingham to compete at college level

        Four Walsingham Academy athletes have made commitments to continue taking part in their sports at the college level. Carson Cooper, who became involved in sailing when he was 12, will sail at Christopher Newport. Delaney Riggs, who has played soccer at Walsingham and with the Virginia Legacy club...

          • Local golf clubs to field junior golf teams for summer

            Local golf clubs to field junior golf teams for summer

            Looking to grow golf among younger players, three Williamsburg area golf clubs will field teams in the PGA Junior League program this summer, one for the first time. Open registration is ongoing for kids ages 13 and younger at Ford’s Colony Golf Club and at Two Rivers Country Club, which is offering...

              • Prep roundup: Jamestown gets walkoff softball win over Warhill

                Tara Rowden hit a walk-off triple in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run for Jamestown in a 2-1 win over Warhill Friday in Bay Rivers District softball action. Madalyn Morton pitched all nine innings for the Eagles, giving up three hits and an earned run while striking out five....

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                  • Williamsburg Taste Festival combines food, fun

                    Williamsburg Taste Festival combines food, fun

                    Thousands turned out for fall food and fun during Williamsburg’s Harvest Celebration in 2015 and 2016, but the event will return as the Williamsburg Taste Festival to spruce up the city’s spring event lineup. The festival runs Thursday through Sunday across Williamsburg and Yorktown. Bob Harris,...

                      • DOG Street 5K encourages healthy kids and beyond

                        DOG Street 5K encourages healthy kids and beyond

                        The Run the DOG Street 5K returns to Colonial Williamsburg Saturday for a ninth year of encouraging healthy living and as part of a larger effort to improve lives. With participants including students who are members of Student Health Initiative Program running clubs from Williamsburg-James City...

                          • W&M concert explores world music, refugee experiences

                            W&M concert explores world music, refugee experiences

                            In a complex and divided world, one Williamsburg concert aims to bring people together through the intrinsic power of music. With Saturday’s “Refugees Welcome” event, the College of William and Mary’s Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and several guest artists celebrate diverse music and diverse people...

                              • 'Bernstein at 100' was worth the wait

                                While this year’s Virginia Arts Festival has been offering entertainment for months, April begins a constant flow of events, the opening of which kicked off Friday on a mighty musical note with its “Bernstein at 100.” The program at the Ferguson Center featured the Virginia Symphony Orchestra,...

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                                  • Celebrate Earth Day at the supermarket

                                    With the 50th observance of Earth Day on Sunday, each of us can contribute by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals. Yes, that. Last fall, Oxford University's prestigious Food Climate Research Network and Germany's Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded that solving...

                                      • Don't mock Melania Trump's accent

                                        I am shocked and distressed at Jimmy Kimmel’s recent critique of First Lady Melania Trump’s accent while she was reading to children. I have been an educator or administrator at all levels of education my entire life, working overseas, in the D.C. area and New York City, and I have encountered...

                                          • Longhill Road needs some attention

                                            Life threatening conditions exist at the bottom of some of the hills on Longhill Road and have been getting worse for some time. These dangerous areas are at the bottom of hills where cars can exceed the 45 mph speed limit. Soil adjacent to the blacktop has eroded away leaving substantially deep...

                                              • The future revisits the past through sports

                                                Lake Placid, N.Y., was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, as well as the site of the 1972 FISU, World University Winter Games. Recently, Lake Placid was selected as the host of the 2023 FISU Winter Games by the International University Sport Federation. Williamsburg can learn a lot...

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