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Emergency shelter needs community support

On Nov. 12, Community of Faith Mission will begin its sixth season of providing emergency shelter to homeless men, women and children in Greater Williamsburg. Last year, we sheltered 110 people, resulting in 2,600 shelter stays during the coldest months of the year. This would have been impossible...

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  • Last Word on guns, Oct. 11

    Last Word on guns, Oct. 11

    Gun control If it isn't the right time, as Republicans are saying about discussing some limits on guns in the U.S., then when is the right time? We discuss changes in laws after a drunk driver kills someone. We discuss sprinklers in buildings after a fatal fire. So why not discuss protecting innocent...

      • Last Word on outstanding work, Oct. 7

        Last Word on outstanding work, Oct. 7

        Way to go! Congratulations to Stonehouse Elementary School for being among seven Virginia schools recognized as a “2017 National Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Secretary of Education. What an honor to them and all involved with the school and surrounding community. Their hard work and dedication...

          • Last Word local campaigns, Oct. 4

            Last Word local campaigns, Oct. 4

            Candidate forums Delegate Pogge: You have represented us well. However, now we find you unwilling to participate in the League of Women Voters debate. Why? Are you so comfortable in your position that you feel you can become detached from your voters? Please remember Eric Cantor's major defeat...

              • Last Word on taking a knee, Sept. 27

                Last Word on taking a knee, Sept. 27

                Taking a knee With the president facing world changing problems here and overseas, he chose to issue a childish rant against professional athletes who exercise their First Amendment Rights by kneeling during the National Anthem. I was taught by my parents to kneel at bedtime when saying my prayers....

                  • Last word on empty storefronts, Sept. 23

                    Last word on empty storefronts, Sept. 23

                    Empty storefronts In response to “Empty storefronts:” The caller should be reminded that once the building is built, the city and county don’t care whether it’s occupied, just as long as the taxes are paid on it. So empty buildings equal income, not poor planning. To the person that’s counted the...

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                      • Debt, endowment draw down threaten Colonial Williamsburg's long-term financial health

                        Debt, endowment draw down threaten Colonial Williamsburg's long-term financial health

                        Editor’s note: This article is the second in a series exploring Colonial Williamsburg finances. Up next: Where Colonial Williamsburg gets its money. In eight years, Colonial Williamsburg will either be planning a celebration or preparing for its funeral. President and CEO Mitchell Reiss is taking...

                          • Revolution museum's fundraising campaign reached $16.8 million

                            Revolution museum's fundraising campaign reached $16.8 million

                            A private fundraising campaign for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown netted $16.8 million in gifts and grants through the end of July, according to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. The museum’s Campaign for Support set a goal of $15 million, but by the time the campaign finished July...

                              • Affordable apartments proposed along Richmond Road

                                Affordable apartments proposed along Richmond Road

                                The county Development Review Committee will hear a request for affordable apartments on Richmond Road at its Wednesday evening meeting. The proposed development, at 7581 Richmond Road, would include five three-story apartment buildings with a total of 126 units and a clubhouse. AES Consulting...

                                  • James City hires law firm to pursue deliquent taxpayers

                                    The James City County Treasurer’s Office is working with the Virginia law firm, Taxing Authority Consulting Services P.C., to pursue delinquent real estate taxes, according to a county news release. All taxpayers owing real estate taxes delinquent more than 90 days will receive a mailed notice...

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