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Williamsburg-area residents try to stay cool amid heatwave

It’s going to be a hot one this weekend as the worst heat wave in seven years hits the Williamsburg area. The National Weather Service put Williamsburg, James City and York counties under an excessive heat warning from 11 a.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Sunday. Heat index values are expected to hit between...

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  • Beer For the Girls

    Beer For the Girls

    Get ready for beer, music and fun next Saturday at Beer For the Girls, an event raising money to support Here For the Girls. Here For the Girls provides in-person and virtual support to women with breast cancer. While most of their clients are from Williamsburg, Victoria Riley, business development...

      • Live Music After Dark in the Historic Triangle

        Thursday Aromas: Open Mic, 7-9 p.m. Berret’s Taphouse: Jeff Lewis, 7-10 p.m. Sweet Tea and Barley: Good Shot Judy, 7 p.m. Friday Berret’s Taphouse: Audio Portrait Duo, 7-10 p.m. Cogan’s: Dog Street Boys, 8-11 p.m. Charly’s Airport Restaurant: Clayton Perry, 5-9 p.m. Sweet Tea and Barley: Timeline...

          • Ten different ways to have fun this week

            Ten different ways to have fun this week

            10 Harpsichord and Continuo Organ Recital: The concert will be performed by JanEl Will, organist at Bruton Parish Church. 8 p.m. Saturday, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, 201 W. Duke of Gloucester St. Free. 9 David Gussman: Gussman will perform French musette music with a little Italian, Celtic...

              • Have a swimming time at Family Splash at the Pools

                Have a swimming time at Family Splash at the Pools

                Summer is the perfect time to visit the pool, and what better way to do that than at James City County Parks and Recreation’s Splash at the Pools. Josh Bew, park coordinator for JCC, said in addition to free use of the pool there would be games with prizes, such as pool noodle tug of war. “It’s...


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                  • Heroes also serve in POW camps

                    I am compelled, as a retired soldier, a Vietnam Veteran and a proud American, to respond to the two Last Word comments erroneously claiming that Medals of Honor are not earned in a POW camp. The first writing, ".... he of all people, a soldier, should know that medals are earned on the battlefield...

                      • The Curmudgeon Report: I'd write it down, if I could

                        What can you possibly dislike about an ink pen? The marking tool of the masses is a simple little object you pick up, hold in your hand and then use. There are a huge variety of writing instruments; some ancient and others are state of the art. And that is to be expected. Starting with the quill,...

                          • Intersection leaves long trail of pain

                            It’s the 19th anniversary of the horrific wreck at Route 5 and Centerville roads when a reckless driver caused a four-vehicle crash and our toddler daughter was nearly killed. Time moves on. For some, lives have changed significantly since then, as our daughter is now severely disabled with a traumatic...

                              • We must pay better attention to our part-time legislature

                                The 1970s pop management guide, “The Peter Principle,” outlined an organization maneuver known so charmingly as the Lateral Arabesque, wherein an annoying and marginalized entity is shifted to another department that sounds serious but has no power. Here in Virginia, the Senate Majority Leader...

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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...