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Rain or shine, Funhouse Fest plays on

Over the weekend, thousands flocked to an enormous tent and lawn in Williamsburg to eat, drink, listen to music and stay dry — if possible. The third annual Funhouse Fest presented by the Virginia Arts Festival was held Friday and Saturday on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg....

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  • William and Mary Digest for June 20

    William and Mary Digest for June 20

    On Father’s Day, honoring a legacy and a unique presidential bond Taylor Reveley III and Taylor Reveley IV share not just a name, but a distinction unique in the history of American higher education. Not only do they anchor a three-generation family of college presidents, but for the past five...

  • Heat, humidity saturates Williamsburg region

    Heat, humidity saturates Williamsburg region

    Stifling heat and humidity has enveloped the Williamsburg region, and a chance for thunderstorms later Tuesday afternoon will only cool things off slightly. The heat index in Williamsburg has reached 103 degrees at 1:30 p.m.That factors in a temperature of 95 degrees with 46 percent humidity. The...

  • Governor to swear in W&M's first woman president

    Governor to swear in W&M's first woman president

    William & Mary's first female president is scheduled to be sworn in during a ceremony on July 2. The school said in a statement Friday that Katherine A. Rowe will be sworn in by Gov. Ralph Northam. The brief ceremony will begin at noon in the Great Hall of the Wren. Rowe will become William & Mary's...

  • Lafayette Class of 2018 told to be fearless, determined

    Lafayette Class of 2018 told to be fearless, determined

    Student speakers extolled the virtues of fearlessness and determination during the commencement ceremony for Lafayette High School’s Class of 2018 Saturday. Looking out at her fellow graduates from the stage set up in William and Mary’s Kaplan Arena, Madison Meredith encouraged her peers to face...

  • Jamestown 2018 grads told to embrace their imperfections

    Jamestown 2018 grads told to embrace their imperfections

    As Jamestown High School graduates prepared to enter the adult world, classmates sent them off with messages of embracing their imperfections and friendship during the school’s commencement ceremony in the Kaplan Arena on the campus of William and Mary on Saturday. Salutatorian Elizabeth Schell...

  • After brain surgery, student-athlete inspires Warhill Class of 2018

    After brain surgery, student-athlete inspires Warhill Class of 2018

    Juan Spence should not have been at his high school graduation. After a car accident the summer before senior year, the Warhill track star should not have even been alive. Surgeons gave him a 5 percent chance of survival. Five percent was enough. After four brain surgeries and 64 days in the hospital;...

  • York investigating homicide of 83-year-old

    York investigating homicide of 83-year-old

    An 83-year-old man died in a domestic-related homicide York County Friday night. Deputies responded at 8:31 p.m. in the 100 block of Chowan Turn in the Running Man subdivision. The victim was identified as John Kistler, according to a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. Alexander Costen,...

  • Last Word on Exceptional Games, June 16

    Last Word on Exceptional Games, June 16

    Area’s greenery As a frequent visitor from New England to Williamsburg, one of the charms that we love is the greenness and the natural beauty. It seems like every time we’ve come back over the past 15 years, which is in the spring and the fall, there are more things torn down. The highway even...

  • Business notes: June 16

    Business notes: June 16

    On June 8, the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors dedicated two benches and a bike rack to the Virginia Capital Trail stop #2 on Greensprings Road in James City County. Lisa Noon, president and CEO of the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors, says the organization has been looking for...

  • Local farmers recover from unexpected spring weather

    Local farmers recover from unexpected spring weather

    One of the fields at KelRae Farms in Toano is barren. Trenches are dug through the dirt. There’s no green except for weeds. Baking under the sun, the field’s top layer is dry and crusty, but just underneath the soil is moist and dark — still holding traces of the rain that washed crops off the...

  • County to host scam avoidance workshop

    County to host scam avoidance workshop

    James City Social Services Department hopes to provide people a toolkit to avoid the dangers of scams with a workshop on the subject Wednesday. The free workshop is open to anyone looking to keep themselves safe from scam-induced financial mistakes, James City Social Services Director Rebecca Vinroot...

  • Survey provides snapshot of local homeless population

    Survey provides snapshot of local homeless population

    The Greater Virginia Peninsula Homelessness Consortium counted fewer homeless people in the area this year in a 24-hour period than it did last year, according to its annual homeless people count report. The nonprofit, which is a coalition of regional organizations committed to addressing homelessness,...

  • Bruton Class of 2018 told to believe in themselves and each other

    Bruton Class of 2018 told to believe in themselves and each other

    On Friday morning hundreds of faculty, family and friends flooded into the north wing of Kaplan Arena to watch nearly 200 graduating seniors finish their last few minutes of high school. Bruton High School’s Class of 2018 graduated to the sound of cowbells, air horns and cheers from the crowd watching...

  • Midtown Row shopping center site plan to go before Planning Commission

    Midtown Row shopping center site plan to go before Planning Commission

    Midtown Row has taken steps toward becoming a reality during the past several months, but it could take a big leap forward if its final site plan is approved by the Williamsburg Planning Commission at a meeting Wednesday. Plans for the mixed-use retail and residential center date back to January...

  • City Council approves rezoning request from townhouse developer

    City Council approves rezoning request from townhouse developer

    At a meeting on June 14, City Council approved a rezoning request from Holly Hills, LLC, creating a path for the real estate developer to construct and sell 38 new townhouses at 200 Brookwood Drive. Hatcher Cale and his development company Holly Hills, LLC plan to build the homes on 6.8 acres of...

  • Salvation Army accepting Back to School assistance applications

    Salvation Army accepting Back to School assistance applications

    The Salvation Army will accept applications for Back to School assistance from June 25-29. Applications may be submitted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day and from 5-7 p.m. June 25. Back to School assistance — often called Apple Tree Back to School Assistance — helps families in need with children...

  • Patriotic naturalization ceremony on Flag Day at Colonial Williamsburg’s Capitol

    Patriotic naturalization ceremony on Flag Day at Colonial Williamsburg’s Capitol

    This Flag Day, 99 new citizens were naturalized during a ceremony at the Colonial Williamsburg Capitol. It was a hot, sunny day, but the courtyard in front of the Capitol was crowded. The citizenship candidates came from 41 countries across the globe. Henry Coke Morgan Jr., Senior United States...

  • CW representative lays out Merchants Square plans at Williamsburg EDA meeting

    CW representative lays out Merchants Square plans at Williamsburg EDA meeting

    The Williamsburg Economic Development Authority’s Board of Directors received an update on residential and commercial real estate plans for Merchants Square and the Goodwin Building at its Wednesday meeting. Jeffrey Duncan, vice president of real estate for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,...

  • Last Word on the library, June 13

    Tourism council Folks in the area are concerned about who will the person to be selected as to be executive director of the tourism board. The winner is the chamber. The choice will be one of their own. It will better position this group to be the go-to guys in the local tourism industry, the saviors...

  • Man killed in crash after losing control of pickup truck in York County

    Man killed in crash after losing control of pickup truck in York County

    A Newport News man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night after losing control of his pickup truck on Route 17 in York County, the Virginia State Police said. Police said that Justin Neal Clark, 26, was driving his 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup eastbound on Victory Boulevard, near...

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  • W&M track and field athletes shine in postseason meets

    W&M track and field athletes shine in postseason meets

    Although they didn’t win any conference team titles this year, the William and Mary men’s and women’s track teams excelled in winning individual honors, as announced by the Colonial Athletic Association this week, following a vote of the league’s coaches. Senior Leia Mistowski, perhaps the most...

      • Jamestown baseball standout E.A. Woolwine named first team all-state

        Jamestown baseball standout E.A. Woolwine named first team all-state

        Jamestown’s E.A. Woolwine was named first team all-state among Class 4 baseball players. Woolwine, who helped lead the Eagles to the state championship game before Salem beat them on a walkoff hit, was the lone Williamsburg-area player to be named either first or second team. Bay Rivers District...

          • Jamestown places two on All-Class 4 girls soccer first team

            Jamestown places two on All-Class 4 girls soccer first team

            Two players from Jamestown’s state quarterfinal girls soccer team have been named as first team all-state selections. The Eagles’ Brianna Behm, a South Carolina commit, and Summer Haag, were first team selections for Class 4, as was Madelyn Bauman of Smithfield, which beat the Eagles for the Region...

              • Baseball UPDATE: How players from Hampton Roads are faring in the majors and minors

                (Statistics are through Thursday in most cases): Player, Level, Team, Org., Pos., Avg., G, AB, R, H, HR, RBI, OPS; *Jake Cave, MLB, Minnesota, Twins, OF/DH, .211, 7, 19, 4, 4, 2, 5, .789; PJ Higgins, advanced A, Myrtle Beach (S.C.), Cubs, C, .275, 49, 171, 19, 47, 2, 24, .751; Ryan Hissey, AA,...

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                  • Arc of Greater Williamsburg celebrates new ways to help clients

                    Arc of Greater Williamsburg celebrates new ways to help clients

                    The Arc of Greater Williamsburg celebrated major milestones at an event outside the nonprofit organization’s Strawberry Plains office Monday, as grant funding allowed the purchase of two new vans while the transportation coordinator celebrated 25 years on the job. The custom, handicap-accessible...

                      • Skate Jam shreds into county skate park

                        Skate Jam shreds into county skate park

                        For those seeking a more athletic alternative to this weekend’s Funhouse Fest, Skate Jam might scratch that itch at the James City County Skate Park Friday night. Sarah O’Reilly, recreation program coordinator for the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the event brings together the...

                          • After dark, June 20-24

                            Thursday Triangle: Joe Duggan and Friends, 6-9 p.m. Friday Virginia Beer Co.: The Jason Cale Band, 6-9 p.m. Triangle: Lovecats, 7-10 p.m. Cogan’s: Po’ Boys, 8-11 p.m. Saturday Aromas: Mykal, 7-9 p.m. Comedy Club: Dusty Slay, 8-9:30 p.m. Cogan’s: Michael Clark Band, 8-11 p.m. Sunday Cogan’s: Audio...

                              • Limelight, June 20-24

                                Limelight, June 20-24

                                Baroque Flute and Harpsichord Recital: Williamsburg native and flutist Aidan Feldman performs inside Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. 8 p.m. Tuesday at 201. W. Duke of Gloucester St. Free. Mysterious Moonlight Canoe Tour: Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Taskinas Creek at night. One experienced...

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                                  • Breaking down the daily demands on teachers

                                    In reply to the person who wrote, “If you take teacher’s annual pay and divide it by the days actually worked, you will find they’re paid comparable to the private sector.” I taught elementary school for more than 35 years. My typical days, Monday-Friday, began between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. (required...

                                      • Washington's disdain for truth is frightening

                                        What is happening to truth? “We have to break up families,” Trump claimed, because of “bad laws that the Democrats gave us,” reported CNN. Trump knows in reality there is no such requirement, and with his party in the majority, even if there was, they could quickly change the law or the president...

                                          • U.S. needs to remember its own origins

                                            As Americans, we have truly lost our way. The values we once held dear have been kicked to the curb. We now allow a group of xenophobic, narrow-minded aristocrats to run the nation. The concept of separating children from their parents is so reviling to me that I can scarcely comprehend it. We...

                                              • Democracy requires you full engagement

                                                Democracy works only when the people speak. The Greek origin of the word is “demos” – people – and “kratia” – power. In the Virginia primary elections on June 12, voter turnout was abysmal. By some early estimates, fewer than 10% of registered voters took advantage of the opportunity to voice their...

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