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Court docs: Mentally ill man told fire marshals he built pipe bombs

James City County Fire Marshals have charged and arrested a Toano man after they investigated two explosive devices found in the trunk of a car in the Mirror Lakes subdivision of Toano. Adam Thomas Helms, 30, has been charged with manufacturing an explosive device and possession of a firearm after...

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  • Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que named state's best BBQ joint

    Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que named state's best BBQ joint

    Williamsburg institution Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que has been named Virginia’s top BBQ spot in Southern Living Magazine’s list of the south’s best BBQ joints in every state for 2019. The article lists 15 barbecue restaurants from Washington, D.C. a to Texas. Author Hannah Hayes notes that the winners...

      • Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center holds first Textile Extravaganza Shows

        Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center holds first Textile Extravaganza Shows

        The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center is presenting its first exhibition exclusively dedicated to the fiber arts: the “Textile Extravaganza Show.” Jean Kouhestani, a spokeswoman for the Art Center, said textile arts are defined as anything made with thread. She said the caliber of the work in...

          • The Muscarelle explores legacy of Nazi Germany's art theft

            The Muscarelle explores legacy of Nazi Germany's art theft

            During the party’s reign, Nazi Germany committed massive art theft across Europe. While more than 70 years ago, the effects of those crimes are still felt today. “Muscarelle Explorations: Art Repatriation” will address the cultural impact art theft by the Nazi's has had through a series of lectures...

              • Dogs have tail wagging time at Fido Fest

                Dogs have tail wagging time at Fido Fest

                The pudgiest pugs, friendliest golden retrievers and poofiest pomeranians came out to James City County Parks and Recreations’ second annual Fido Fest Saturday afternoon. Joy Johnson, special events coordinator for the county, said she started Fido Fest to fill a hole that had been created with...

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                  • 'Death by gun' needs to stop

                    I will not be in town today, Saturday, March 23, and so will not be able to participate in the End Gun Violence March this afternoon on DOG Street. Of course, the march is to end gun violence in our schools and towns, as stated in a recent article in The Virginia Gazette. I am a proud member of...

                      • Ceremony will honor veterans' service

                        To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice, the Williamsburg Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America (#957) will conduct a ceremony on National Vietnam War Veterans Day at 11 a.m. March 29 to commemorate and recognize all Vietnam War Veterans from the area....

                          • This is the world of our own making

                            Ambassador Thomas Shannon, a 1980 graduate of the College of William and Mary who majored in government and philosophy, was back on campus last week to give a talk titled, “A World of Your Making: How to think about the 21st Century and our role in it.” The event was sponsored by the Global Research...

                              • City should reconsider how to supports CW

                                As Williamsburg City Council considers the request of Colonial Williamsburg for $1.5 million in next year’s budget, it may be time to reconsider the city’s annual contribution to the foundation. This reconsideration should not be that the city stop its allocation to Colonial Williamsburg, which...

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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...

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