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Road closures in James City County Saturday night

John Tyler Highway is now open between Centerville Road and Jamestown High School after it was closed in order for Dominion Energy crews to restore power to the area, according to James City County’s Facebook page. Cranston’s Mill Pond near Chickahominy Road is likewise open after it was closed...

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  • Sleighbell 5K was a family affair

    “A Tale of Two Cities” is the classic novel by Charles Dickens that opens with the famous line, “It was the best of times ...” Last Saturday’s 10th annual Sentara Sleighbell 5K was “A Tale of Two Families,” also with the best of times: personal best records by race winners Sorenna Jean and Logan...

      • Christmas Town Dash juggled some Grand Prix standings

        Three heavy-hitters went into Sunday’s ninth annual Christmas Town Dash 8K Run at Busch Gardens as favorites: Roger Hopper, 27, of Norfolk; Victor Flemming, 39, of Carrollton and Andrew Osborne, 24, of Yorktown. Three-time defending Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix champion Roger Hopper is a perennial...

          • W&M: New sports logos cost nearly $20,000 so far

            W&M: New sports logos cost nearly $20,000 so far

            After announcing in July “bold new” logos, the College of William and Mary has spent nearly $20,000 to update or replace everything from name tags to stencils. In July, Tribe Athletics announced it would bring the athletics department logo more in line with the college’s branding as a historic...

            • It's down to the wire in CRR women's competition

              While Roger Hopper has long since clinched his fourth consecutive Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix title for the men, the women’s overall Grand Prix title is still up for grabs, between Jamestown High junior Sorenna Jean, 16, of Williamsburg, and defending champion and Tabb High cross country coach...


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                • VMFA gifted painting valued at $40 million by anonymous donor

                  VMFA gifted painting valued at $40 million by anonymous donor

                  Before a small crowd of donors, museum members and officials, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts showcased the museum’s latest acquisitions on Dec. 12. The centerpiece was the unveiling of Asher B. Durand’s Progress (The Advance of Civilization), which had been donated to the museum by an anonymous...

                    • How are hiring decisions made?

                      Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a hiring manager looking at resumes for the job that you want? Here are some basic questions you need to understand and prepare. Generally, the questions in the mind of hiring managers include: » How is this candidate going to contribute to the revenue,...

                        • Vangieri's infectious musicality in step with the season

                          Vangieri's infectious musicality in step with the season

                          Louis Vangieri possesses a subtle duality that acts like a siren song for fans who have faithfully followed his professional music career for years at Peninsula-area coffeehouses, restaurants and other intimate venues. The Williamsburg resident’s warm smile and humble demeanor is welcoming. But...

                            • Limelight, Dec. 12-18

                              Limelight, Dec. 12-18

                              Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia: The first women at Jamestown faced many challenges. Learn about them in this signature exhibit. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road. Free with museum admission. Ken Conger wildlife photography: This acclaimed photographer...


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                                • Years later and continents away, words help make a family whole

                                  Recently, my editor received an email from Matthew Angelus, an attorney in Montreal, asking her to put him in touch with me. Angelus, wrote: “I recently read The Virginia Gazette opinion piece dated April 10, 2018 by Frank Shatz, entitled, ‘School assignment brings back Holocaust memories.’ The...

                                    • What is wrong with America: Is my story still alive?

                                      I am 71 years old. My American story is similar to many of my generation. I am the product of immigrants — Scots-Irish, German and English — who came to America seeking a better life and a chance to write their own stories and chart their own course of limitless opportunity. This was the American...

                                        • 'Listen to your gut' — it's a measure of your well being

                                          Usually the common phrase “my gut reaction” is considered an expression about one’s intuitive feeling in a particular situation. But this same idiom may be applicable to an emerging medical field: the role the gut’s microorganisms play in health and disease. Over the last decade scientists have...

                                            • Shopping small, local business is good business

                                              Twenty years ago, the number of large out of state — or country — corporations in James City County was small compared to local business. Since then, we have seen a rapid increase in their number, which has had a negative effect on the local economy. Most notably, the destruction of local businesses...

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                                                • Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

                                                  Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

                                                  Sales tax increase I don’t appreciate the sneaky way this tax hike is being motored through to support tourism and another-named slush fund. Please list the names and phone numbers of who we can call in Richmond for York, James City and Williamsburg to let our voices be heard. Thank you. Editor’s...

                                                    • Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

                                                      Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

                                                      Sales tax increase Instead of a 1 percent sales tax increase to feed the tourism oligarchs, how about an increase to promote affordable housing for the people who do the work that runs the tourism industry in the area? Seems like the Chamber of Commerce, JCC Supervisors and the Williamsburg City...

                                                        • Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

                                                          Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

                                                          Florida shootings A question for Congress: Why is the possession of assault weapons more important than school children's lives? Don't those children have a right, under the Constitution, to live full lives, in liberty and in the pursuit of happiness? I’m in high school and I’m scared to go to...

                                                            • Last Word, Feb. 17

                                                              Last Word, Feb. 17

                                                              Shooting in Florida To all those who write in demanding rights to carry in schools, churches and other public places: do you also demand similar rights for convicted criminals, the mentally ill and those with restraining orders? Should they be allowed to build up arsenals of assault weapons? Anyone...