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Don't overlook obvious superintendent candidates

This week, in a meeting with the consultants and in emails to members of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board, Citizens for Education has asked the School Board to consider the following suggestions as we search for a Superintendent of Schools: (1) Please do not consider only "superstars"...

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    Last Word on saying 'thank you,' Nov. 23

    Thank you At Thanksgiving, let us be thankful for those on-duty police officers, fire personnel, EMTs, ER and hospital staff that make our holiday safe and secure. A very special thanks to the fire department in Toano. I called them about my smoke detectors and asked if they could install two new...

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        Last Word on empty shelves, Nov. 19

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        Last Word on more rivalries, Nov. 16

        Old rivalries William and Mary and the University of Richmond have the "South's longest rivalry" and are tied with Wisconsin and Minnesota as the fourth longest in Division I football. This year's game on Nov. 19 will be the 127th in the series that began in 1898. (In some years the teams played...

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        Last Word on old rivalries, Nov. 12

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        Last Word on an old rivalry, Nov. 9

        Old rivalry A couple of weeks ago, a football game was played between the University of Virginia and University of North Carolina and that game was touted as the oldest rivalry in the South. For years, many of us were led to believe that the University of Richmond and William and Mary football...

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      • WJCC School Board chairman asks Sandra Young to step down

        WJCC School Board chairman asks Sandra Young to step down

        Williamsburg-James City County School Board Chairman Jim Kelly has asked board member Sandra Young to step down, two weeks after her husband was arrested and charged with federal child pornography charges. Investigators found more than 22,000 images of child pornography on 40 electronic devices...

          • Consultants hold public forums for input on next superintendent

            Consultants hold public forums for input on next superintendent

            The two consultants leading the search for Williamsburg-James City County's next superintendent spent part of this week holding meetings and forums as part of the community input phase of the search. Wayne Harris and Kevin Castner, consultants hired in November to run the search, have until early...

              • Police blotter — Dec. 3

                Police blotter — Dec. 3

                James City County Alvin Lewis Brooks, 50, Nov. 22, public intoxication. John Stanley Dawson IV, 21, Nov. 22, breaking and entering with intent to commit felony. William Ray Phillips IV, 18, Nov. 22, breaking and entering with intent to commit felony. Brevin Tyler Young, 18, Nov. 22, driving with...

                  • VDOT seeking public input to improve Longhill Road

                    VDOT is seeking public input for its proposal to widen Longhill Road to four lanes between Route 199 and Old Towne Road in James City County. The proposal also includes a raised median, a roundabout and a shared-use path. The improvements to the road would cost $19.8 million and would be financed...

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