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Williamsburg locals, tourists brave the heat for weekend plans

Temperatures in the Williamsburg area reached to near 100 degrees with a heat index of around 114 degrees Saturday as residents and locals carried on with weekend plans. The excessive heat warning for Williamsburg, James City and York counties will extend to 11 p.m. on Sunday, according to the ...

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  • W-JCC schools names Sean Walker as assistant superintendent

    W-JCC schools names Sean Walker as assistant superintendent

    During its July 9 meeting, the School Board approved the appointment of Sean Walker as Williamsburg-James City County Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership for the Elementary level. Walker has 27 years of service in Virginia public schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal...

  • James City County considering land purchase to improve and expand Brickyard Landing

    James City County considering land purchase to improve and expand Brickyard Landing

    James City County is eyeing the purchase of 119 acres of land along the upper Chickahominy River near Brickyard Landing. The land would allow for increased access to the boat ramp and could be a foundation for other new recreational amenities. The property, located at 1006 Brickyard Road, surrounds...

  • CBD oil's popularity is on the rise at Williamsburg pharmacies

    CBD oil's popularity is on the rise at Williamsburg pharmacies

    Whether it's at Williamsburg Drug Company, Olde Towne Pharmacy or The Prescription Shoppe, local pharmacists have taken notice of the nationwide fascination with CBD oil and stock the popular alternative remedy. Henry Ranger, who owns the Prescription Shoppe in James City County's Courthouse Commons...

  • Last Word on water lines, July 10

    Last Word on water lines, July 10

    Wasted money Just got yet another Dominion Power ad for commercial water line connection insurance. I'm many miles from public water. Surely, some of my electric bills go toward providing this absolutely idiotic advertising. Change of seasons It’s July 3 and we wanted to attend the Summer Breeze...

  • James City supervisors approve code amendment to prohibit loose dog packs

    James City supervisors approve code amendment to prohibit loose dog packs

    Owners of dogs found to be running at large in packs will be subject to a $100 fine per offense after a recently approved amendment to the James City County code was approved. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the amendment, which comes in response to complaints from residents...

  • EQ Cafeteria opens on Richmond Road

    EQ Cafeteria opens on Richmond Road

    Co-owners and husband and wife duo Everette and LaQuetta Younger aim to combine cafeteria-style service with home-cooked soul food at EQ Cafeteria, which opened on Richmond Road last Wednesday. Although the restaurant just opened at the former site of Corey’s Country Kitchen, EQ got its start as...

  • Here's what the 'STEM trend' looks like at a liberal arts university like William & Mary

    Here's what the 'STEM trend' looks like at a liberal arts university like William & Mary

    With centuries of history, the College of William and Mary is well known for producing scholars, government officials and even a few revolutionaries. Now, that liberal arts legacy is shifting to accommodate national trends toward science- and technology-related fields. Each summer, the Board of...

  • One year after helicopter crash answers remain scarce

    One year after helicopter crash answers remain scarce

    Monday marked one year since a helicopter crashed into a 10-unit condominium complex in the Bristol Commons neighborhood of Williamsburg. The fiery crash claimed the lives of 91-year-old resident Jean Lonchak Danylko and 85-year-old pilot Henry “Hank” Schwarz of Fairfax County. In the intervening...

  • Advocate details need for improved high-speed rail service at EDA luncheon

    Advocate details need for improved high-speed rail service at EDA luncheon

    Danny Plaugher, executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, spoke to members of the city’s business community about the importance of fast and reliable train service during the Economic Development Authority’s roundtable luncheon Tuesday. Virginians for High Speed Rail was founded in...

  • American Red Cross seeks blood donations as summer supply dwindles

    American Red Cross seeks blood donations as summer supply dwindles

    The American Red Cross is calling for blood donors after last week’s Fourth of July holiday left the organization with 450 fewer blood drives, which has led a supply of under three days instead of the recommended five. With 12 opportunities to donate blood this month in Williamsburg and James City...

  • Hundreds of Williamsburg soccer fans watch World Cup win

    Hundreds of Williamsburg soccer fans watch World Cup win

    Children decked out in red tutus, knee-high patriotic socks and American flag tank tops kicked around a soccer ball Sunday in front of the projectors screening the World Cup final. Hundreds from the Williamsburg community watched the U.S. women’s national team win the World Cup championship title...

  • Williamsburg police search for man in sex trafficking case

    Williamsburg police search for man in sex trafficking case

    Police in Williamsburg are asking for the public’s help locating a man wanted in a sex trafficking case. Evan Anthony Cole, 29, is accused of abducting and forcing two victims into prostitution. Williamsburg Police were called to the 300 block of York Street for a suspicious incident. Upon arrival,...

  • Last Word on Independence Day, July 6

    Last Word on Independence Day, July 6

    Fourth of July Congratulations and a big thank you to the Kiwanis Club! It was so much fun at the Ice Cream Social — thank you for bringing it back! The new band was super and very welcome.. This event was greatly missed as part of the 4th of July festivities. Many volunteers were needed to pull...

  • Mandela Washington Fellows make stop in Williamsburg, learn from local leaders

    Mandela Washington Fellows make stop in Williamsburg, learn from local leaders

    A group of 25 young Africans with passions for journalism, human rights, law, gender equality, peace and nonprofit work stayed in Williamsburg the past two weeks for an exchange of ideas on civic leadership. They are part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The program...

  • Police department searches of social media, cellphone data increasingly common

    Police department searches of social media, cellphone data increasingly common

    You use your cellphone for almost everything: to pay bills, as a workout tracker that maps where you jog, to remind you where you parked your car and it helps you keep in touch with friends and family through apps such as Facebook and Instagram. All of that data is fair game for the police to use...

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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,...

                          • 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...

                              • 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...

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