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Peggy Bellows

Writer

Peggy Bellows has worked in news organizations for more than 35 years, in what sometimes seems like more than 35 different jobs. She has been editor of The Virginia Gazette since June 2015.

Recent Articles

  • New buildings affirm faith in the future

    It has been most of two weeks now, but we’re back — in convenient, new office space at High Street in Williamsburg. Of course, we were never really gone, just decamped to temporary office space for a few months while the new digs were put together. From February through August, we were over on...

  • This 'enemy of the people' works in your interest

    The Virginia Gazette has been in publication since 1736. It has inspired debate over government practices since the days of King George II of Great Britain. One king, a revolution and 45 presidents of the United States later, The Virginia Gazette still stands for the ideals of reasoned debate among...

  • Sales tax bill should have been discussed with voters

    When you’re making your closing — and let’s face it, only — pitch to the citizenry about a nearly done deal to raise their taxes to pay for tourism advertising as Sen. Tommy Norment did here Wednesday, you need to bring in the big guns. And is there any bigger gun than invoking the Rev. W.A.R....

  • Let the good times — and tax money — roll

    The next time you see Brenda Pogge, say thank you. She’s the only person representing the Historic Triangle in Richmond who had the courage to question Sen. Thomas K. Norment’s SB942, a bill that increased the sales tax in Williamsburg as well as James City and York counties. The bill has passed...

  • The sales tax bill you never saw coming

    I want to write a column that supports the idea of raising the sales tax in James City and York counties and Williamsburg as a way to pay for tourism marketing. I want to applaud the plan to ensure a consistent flow of money to pay for those efforts. I want to commend the localities for working...

  • Top stories in 2017 unfold further in 2018

    A cold winter’s morning offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on events in 2017, especially those that we’ll still be talking about in 2018 — and beyond. And there is plenty to talk about. » Colonial Williamsburg’s restructuring clearly is a top story for the year. Mitchell Reiss, the board and...

  • School board is being transparent in redistricting efforts

    The Williamsburg-James City County School Board is in the midst of doing a smart, good thing. For years, we’ve known about the need to redistrict the middle schools to get students into the new James Blair Middle School when it opens in September. There have also been many meetings and conversations...

  • Autograph book makes it way home

    Two months ago, I wrote a column about an autograph book I found while cleaning out some old file drawers here at the office. It was filled with sentiments from friends and family members and dated to the late 1800s. I couldn’t tell where it came from, or what connection it might once have had...

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