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James City County continues to hash out details of new recycling program

The James City Board of Supervisors received an update from county staff on efforts to figure out the best way forward for the county’s newly approved curbside recycling contract Tuesday. County officials are looking at an opt-out program that charges a fee of $7 per household. Households will...

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  • Northam OK's James City charter change to regulate inoperative vehicles

    Northam OK's James City charter change to regulate inoperative vehicles

    Gov. Ralph Northam recently signed a bill to change James City County’s charter to allow the locality greater power to regulate inoperative vehicles. Senate Bill 1408 amends the county’s charter to allow it to forbid residents from storing inoperable vehicles within view on properties that are...

  • Last Word on unleashed dogs, March 20

    Last Word on unleashed dogs, March 20

    Unleashed dogs Once again, today at the Little Creek Reservoir in Toano walking trail, I encountered an unleashed dog. Friends of mine who are afraid of dogs refuse to go there because of this problem. I have a beloved dog, but I know how to follow posted rules. Thanks to some of you, you have...

  • York supervisors OK proposed Lightfoot Wawa

    York supervisors OK proposed Lightfoot Wawa

    The York Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday the special-use permit needed to allow the construction of a Wawa in Lightfoot. Doswell Ventures, the applicant for the permit, is now in position to replace the Exxon gas station at 6446 Richmond Road near the intersection of Lightfoot...

  • James City EDA approves Billsburg request to hold private event at marina

    James City EDA approves Billsburg request to hold private event at marina

    The Economic Development Authority approved a request by Billsburg Brewery to hold a private event at James City County Marina at its meeting Tuesday. Billsburg wants to hold a private camping event for a running club. The use of certain areas of the property, including the proposed location of...

  • Settlers Market Menchie's Frozen Yogurt closed due to delinquent taxes, to re-open under new ownership

    Settlers Market Menchie's Frozen Yogurt closed due to delinquent taxes, to re-open under new ownership

    After months of irregular hours, a sudden closure and notice being posted at its front door, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Casey Boulevard is expected to re-open early next month under new ownership. On Feb. 25, an orange notice was posted at the front door of the frozen yogurt shop on behalf of the...

  • Affordable rental development coming to Powhatan Terrace

    Affordable rental development coming to Powhatan Terrace

    After some twists and turns, the stage is set for Powhatan Terrace to add to the county’s stock of affordable rental housing. The James City Board of Supervisors recently agreed to accept an amended proffer condition tied to the construction of the development. Previously, the condition in question...

  • Colonial Williamsburg investigates gardens of Martha Washington's first father-in-law

    Colonial Williamsburg investigates gardens of Martha Washington's first father-in-law

    Colonial Williamsburg has cleared out the cows so its archaeologists can take a crack at Custis Square. The foundation hopes that underneath the grass its livestock has grazed on, it will find artifacts related to the volatile planter and one-time father-in-law to Martha Washington, John Custis...

  • Actress Glenn Close will speak at W&M Commencement

    Actress Glenn Close will speak at W&M Commencement

    Award-winning actress and College of William and Mary alumna Glenn Close will speak at the university’s 2019 Commencement ceremony in May. Close, a 1974 graduate of the college, also received an honorary degree in 1989. A theater and anthropology major, she went on to win three Tony Awards, three...

  • CW, other groups request $2.8 million in city funding for coming fiscal year

    CW, other groups request $2.8 million in city funding for coming fiscal year

    Four organizations representing local nonprofits, arts groups and major players in the city’s economy requested a combined $2.8 million in funding from City Council during a Monday work session. At the meeting, City Council heard outside agency funding proposals from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,...

  • William and Mary Digest March 20

    William and Mary Digest March 20

    Partnership will help homeless students on the path to college Project HOPE-VA will partner with the Virginia Community College System and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to help homeless students succeed in higher education after graduation. They will draw from the Great Expectations...

  • Williamsburg Battlefield Association to host field clean-up day

    Williamsburg Battlefield Association to host field clean-up day

    History buffs and others interested in preserving local historical sites are invited to join the Williamsburg Battlefield Association in cleaning up a portion of the 1862 Williamsburg Civil War battlefield next month. The clean-up day will be April 6 and is part of Park Day, the American Battlefield...

  • 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...

  • Last Word on Tony Shaver, March 16

    Last Word on Tony Shaver, March 16

    Thanks, Coach Shaver Thank you Tony Shaver for 16 years of great basketball at the College of William and Mary. During those 16 years, we've seen some really exciting games. As far as we are concerned, he is a class act. It's too bad the current administration stresses winning rather than academics....

  • Frozen custard, coffee and tea shop opens in Midtown Row

    Frozen custard, coffee and tea shop opens in Midtown Row

    Looking for a new place to get a sweet treat or coffee? The Meadows Original Frozen Custard and London Company Coffee and Tea opened in the former Langley Federal Credit Union building on Richmond Road March 9. The Meadows and London Company share the 2,100-square-foot storefront at the far end...

  • Virginia student-athletes receive further concussion protection

    Virginia student-athletes receive further concussion protection

    RICHMOND -- A new state law will require Virginia schools to regularly update their policies on educating coaches, student-athletes and parents about concussions and on when student-athletes can return to play after suffering such an injury. Under the law, which takes effect July 1, the Virginia...

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  • Williamsburg swimmers enjoy strong season, across the board

    The swimming season may have come to a close, but that doesn’t mean that a lot of Williamsburg swimmers didn’t end the year with a splash. At the 2019 Short Course Senior Championships in Stafford, Virginia earlier this month, swimmers from 757swim managed to take home both state titles in the...

      • Rowing club offers Williamsburg student athletes opportunity and serenity

        Rowing club offers Williamsburg student athletes opportunity and serenity

        Every afternoon, if you look out on the water near Chickahominy Riverfront Park, you might catch a glimpse of one of the young rowers of the Williamsburg Boat Club practicing their sport. According to Tom Rooks, executive director and head coach of the Williamsburg Boat Club, since the club was...

          • W&M severs ties with Coach Tony Shaver after 16 years

            W&M severs ties with Coach Tony Shaver after 16 years

            The College of William and Mary announced Wednesday men’s basketball head coach Tony Shaver won’t be back next season. The team’s season ended Sunday after a loss in the Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals, according to a Tribe Athletics news release. Athletics director Samantha Huge made...

              • Warhill hopes for consistent play, Jamestown looks to come back strong, silence doubters

                Warhill hopes for consistent play, Jamestown looks to come back strong, silence doubters

                Last week, we offered a preview of Bruton and Lafayette High School’s baseball teams and their hopes for the upcoming season. Now join us as we complete our spring baseball preview with Warhill and Jamestown, two teams with new coaches and big goals for the year. Warhill Last year’s record: 8-7...

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                  • [title of show]: A musical about writing a musical

                    [title of show]: A musical about writing a musical

                    “[title of show]" is a musical about two guys writing a musical about trying to write a musical — is that meta enough for you? This show, written by Jeff Bowen off of a book by Hunter Bell, is being put on independently by a group of students from the College of William and Mary. The musical documents...

                      • Redefine normal in the Williamsburg Players' production of 'You Can't Take It With You'

                        Redefine normal in the Williamsburg Players' production of "You Can't Take It With You"

                        Want to attend dinner filled with family drama, humor and chaos, all for the sake of young love? Then be sure to check out the Williamsburg Players’ production of “You Can’t Take It With You.” Jessi DePette, Williamsburg Players spokeswoman, said the story is a little bit like Romeo and Juliet....

                          • 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...

                              • Top 10 for March 27-April 2

                                Top 10 for March 27-April 2

                                10 Indoor Flea Market: Visit vendors selling antiques, artwork, Furniture, Collectibles, jewelry, crafts and numerous other tables with yard sale treasures. 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Historic Triangle Messmer Community Service Center, 312 Waller Mill Road. 9 Hands on the Past! At the Ed Shed: Enjoy...

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                                  • We must follow New Zealand on guns

                                    Last week, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the following statement at a press conference in the capital city of Wellington. "On March 15 our history changed forever. Now our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and...

                                      • Bayh lived a life of purpose, service

                                        Former Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana died earlier this month at the age of 91. To list his achievements, the New York Times had to run a full-page obituary. Among them, he was the architect of two constitutional amendments: the 25th Amendment which set out the rules for the temporary replacement of...

                                          • CW funding should not go to marketing

                                            I must agree with the views expressed by Clyde Haulman in last Saturday's Gazette. In light of the "Tommy tax," the money contributed by the city to Colonial Williamsburg should not be used for marketing, as the tax generates enough money that the board that oversees it has been talking about spending...

                                              • Spring renews our focus on health

                                                Spring brings renewed enthusiasm for all sorts of endeavors; it’s also a superb second chance to actualize those New Year's resolutions favoring more exercise and healthy eating. The shift toward healthy foods is omnipresent. Fast-food chains such as Chipotle, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy's...

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