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  • Walsingham's Carter, Stanko to play college baseball

    Walsingham's Carter, Stanko to play college baseball

    In front of a small crowd of family, friends, coaches and staff in the Walsingham Academy Upper School's library, two student athletes made commitments to their futures. Christian Carter and Zach Stanko, two members of the Walsingham Trojans baseball team, were both offered full scholarships to...

      • Indoor, winter golf tourney raises money for local charities

        Indoor, winter golf tourney raises money for local charities

        Dozens of people gathered, many with drinks in hand, to watch teams of golfers compete over nine virtual holes in the second Charity Winter Golf Tournament. Bob Tubbs, who has organized the event both years, and spends much of his free time raising money for charity, says there is a lot that makes...

          • Runners sprint into the new year

            Runners sprint into the new year

            The new year got off to a running start Tuesday, with the 13th annual Hair of the Dog 5K. Slightly soggy conditions did nothing to slow the runners down or dampen their spirits as they put the right foot forward to cross the finish line in 2019. Runners — 548 in all — from the area and as far away...

              • 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...

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                  • Winter Blues Jazz Fest Sunday stage moved indoors due to expected cold weather

                    Winter Blues Jazz Fest Sunday stage moved indoors due to expected cold weather

                    Winter Blues? That’s what Williamsburg’s fifth annual Winter Blues Jazz Fest is feeling because of the weather. The festival’s organizers at Culture Fix announced in a Thursday Facebook post the Sunday Jazz Wind Down would be moved indoors to the Colony Room at the Williamsburg Lodge. The event...

                      • Get your appetite ready Williamsburg Restaurant Week

                        Get your appetite ready Williamsburg Restaurant Week

                        Make sure not to fill up on the bread basket if you’re out to dinner, because Williamsburg Restaurant Week is back with new, tantalizing specials from Jan. 21-31. Debi Schaefer, executive director of the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association, said 35 restaurants have signed up to participate...

                          • Art on the River extends application deadline

                            Art on the River extends application deadline

                            The deadline for artist applications for Art at the River has been extended to Jan. 28. The show accepts original works in painting, clay, glass, fiber, metal, basketry, leather, wood, graphics, photography, musical instruments and mixed media. The juried art show has had more than 100 area artists...

                              • How to help your birds survive the next winter storm

                                How to help your birds survive the next winter storm

                                Most of the year, bird feeding is for your enjoyment, and for the birds it is just icing on Nature’s cake of insects and native plants. But for a few days each year, the readiness of your feeder array will mean life of death for some of your flock, especially ground-feeding sparrows and cold-intolerant...

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                                  • King, Lee, Jackson all deserve our respect

                                    Friday, Jan. 18, was celebrated as Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia; it is buttressed by Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21. It is well that we remember and honor these men: MLK as the face of the civil rights movement in the 1960s; Lee and Jackson as emerging leaders in the Civil War in...

                                      • Oakland Pointe will make traffic far worse

                                        I moved to the Oakland community earlier this year. Having worked in Fairfax County for 30 years, I chose the Norge/Toano area because of the rural environment with the advantage of being close to the amenities of Williamsburg. I was not aware of the proposal to rezone two parcels of agricultural...

                                          • There is more than one crisis at the Southern border

                                            According to an entry in my grandfather’s journal (late summer, 1944), he did not go to work at the Cramer Coal Mine for several days because “the bosses were on strike.” Labor actions were not unknown during World War II, but they were always resolved quickly and fairly quietly. “There was a war...

                                              • Virginia needs to heed JCC vote, pass ERA

                                                In reading The Virginia Gazette's recent article, "County voices support for Equal Rights Amendment," I was eager to learn the details. Thank you to James City County Supervisors John McGlennon, Ruth Larson and Jim Icenhour for your positive votes. I cannot understand why anyone would be negative...

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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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