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Court docs: James City man charged with sexually assaulting teenage girl

A James City County man stands accused of sexually assaulting a teenager outside of a restaurant in New Town. Jesus Edgar Torres, 24, was charged with sexual battery and assault and battery, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. On Nov. 9,...

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  • General Assembly bill would add oversight to HRSD's water treatment project

    General Assembly bill would add oversight to HRSD's water treatment project

    The Potomac Aquifer has seen better days. Stretching across eastern Virginia and beyond, the aquifer is the primary groundwater source for the Peninsula. Years of human consumption has caught up with it, and exceeds the depleted aquifer’s natural ability to replenish with rainwater. Faced with...

  • Soup for a selfless cause

    Soup for a selfless cause

    This Friday is the fifth annual Warm Up Williamsburg, a soup tasting event that raises money for Community of Faith Mission and its Emergency Winter Shelter program. Annabelle Socha, director of fundraising for Community of Faith Mission, said the Emergency Winter Shelter program provides shelter...

  • Mason proposes legislation to change JCC's charter to regulate junk cars

    Mason proposes legislation to change JCC's charter to regulate junk cars

    James City County would have the power to further regulate junk cars on private property, should a bill introduced by Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg become law. Senate Bill 1408 would amend the county’s charter to authorize it to prohibit residents from storing inoperable vehicles in view on...

  • NWS: Arctic front expected to descend on Williamsburg Sunday

    NWS: Arctic front expected to descend on Williamsburg Sunday

    No snow, no ice, just bitter cold as Williamsburg heads into the weekend. The National Weather Service is confident Greater Williamsburg will see strong wind gusts and harsh cold beginning Sunday. The National Weather Service projects temperatures in Williamsburg will fall as low as 19 degrees...

  • County to hold public forum on safety issues at John Tyler Highway intersections

    County to hold public forum on safety issues at John Tyler Highway intersections

    County Supervisor Ruth Larson will lead a discussion about safety issues at John Tyler Highway’s intersections with Greensprings Road and Centerville Road on Jan. 24. Larson will be joined by county staff and Virginia Department of Transportation representatives, who will discuss potential solutions...

  • Last Word on the marina, Jan. 16

    Last Word on the marina, Jan. 16

    James City Marina Clearly, the waterway entry to the James City County Marina has a known hazard to navigation. It appears the county knows it. As a boat owner, I am astounded to read the county has chosen to do nothing. Has JCC truly shunned responsibility for assembling and leading a team for...

  • County EDA approves purchase of wetlands credits for project at Grove property

    County EDA approves purchase of wetlands credits for project at Grove property

    The James City Economic Development Authority voted to buy wetland mitigation credits Tuesday to take some of the environmental sting out of a proposed construction project at James River Commerce Center. The authority voted unanimously to spend $6,080 to purchase credits for .19 acres of wetlands...

  • Tourism Council votes to set aside funds for reserve, tourism development

    Tourism Council votes to set aside funds for reserve, tourism development

    The Tourism Council voted to set aside funding from localities for a tourism development fund and $750,000 for an operations reserve at its meeting Tuesday. Williamsburg, James City and York provide annual funding to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, which oversees the Tourism...

  • State tourism corporation shares highlights coming in 2019

    State tourism corporation shares highlights coming in 2019

    RICHMOND — At its annual What's New Media Lunch, Virginia Tourism Corporation representatives brought together representatives from localities across the state to share what they have coming up in the new year. The 2019 Commemoration will be one of the biggest state-wide tourism efforts this year,...

  • Live-streaming fosters transparency in General Assembly

    Live-streaming fosters transparency in General Assembly

    RICHMOND — As legislators gather in Richmond for the 2019 General Assembly session, citizens in the far corners of the commonwealth might feel distanced from their elected representatives. But any computer or cellphone user with internet access can watch live and recorded video of state lawmakers...

  • W-JCC, York schools prepared to weather the winter

    W-JCC, York schools prepared to weather the winter

    For school children, a snow day can be a dream come true, but for teachers, school officials and parents, they can come close to being a nightmare. While Williamsburg escaped the worst of the most recent snowstorm to hit Virginia, January and February are the most common months for school cancellations...

  • Trump Takes Heat for Serving College Football Champs Fast Food

    Trump Takes Heat for Serving College Football Champs Fast Food

    The NCAA Champion Clemson Tigers football team visited the White House on Monday. President Trump offered a variety "great American food" A.K.A. McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King piled high and served on silver platters.

  • Music scholarship competition set

    Music scholarship competition set

    The Williamsburg Host Lions Club will hold its annual Bland Music Scholarship Competition at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 2019. The competition is open to students through grade 12, and winners will be chosen in both vocal and instrumental categories. The contest will be held at Patriots Colony at Williamsburg....

  • JCC housing task force fine tunes proposed strategies

    JCC housing task force fine tunes proposed strategies

    The county’s Affordable Housing Task Force took another look at its draft of strategy recommendations to address housing needs Tuesday, putting the finishing touches on the document ahead of the formal approval of the strategies next month. After coming to a consensus on the substance of recommendations...

  • Williamsburg named a top tourism spot by New York Times

    Williamsburg named a top tourism spot by New York Times

    What do Panama, Puglia, Italy and the Falkland Islands have in common with Williamsburg? According to the New York Times, they are some of the top spots in the world to visit in 2019. In an article published last week, The New York Times ranked Williamsburg 12th of 52 top locations to visit in...

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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...

          • HRA senior offers a $1,500 golf scholarship

            HRA senior offers a $1,500 golf scholarship

            A local high school senior has created a $1,500 scholarship, and she is looking for a local student athlete to award it to. Anna Hohlrieder is a senior at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News, where she has been on the HRA golf team since her freshman year. All seniors must complete a senior project...

              • 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...

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                  • Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center's 2019 Members' Show debuts at the Stryker Center

                    Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center's 2019 Members' Show debuts at the Stryker Center

                    Last Saturday the afternoon sunshine illuminated the artwork lining the inside of the Stryker Center. On one wall vase of flowers exploded in splatters and wild strokes; another displayed geometric shapes in bright blues, oranges and yellows illuminated against their black background. People roamed...

                      • Cabaret and Cocktails

                        Cabaret and Cocktails

                        The holiday season has been over for a while, and the glitter and holly have been replaced by cold and routine. But some of the glitz and fun of the season will return when the William Symphony Orchestra holds its annual Cabaret and Cocktails on Jan. 26 at the Williamsburg Lodge. “Cabaret and Cocktails...

                          • After Dark

                            Wednesday Cogan’s: The Meltons, 7-9 p.m. Triangle: Ron Fetner, 6-9 p.m. Triangle: Karaoke, 10 p.m. Thursday Aromas: Open Mic, 7-9 p.m. Triangle: Robert Hodge, 7-11 p.m. Triangle: The Shock Broz, 11 p.m. Friday Cogan’s: Midnight Run, 8-11 p.m. Triangle: Hanger 09, 8-11 p.m. Saturday Cogan’s: Micheal...

                              • Top 10 for Jan. 23-29

                                Top 10 for Jan. 23-29

                                Make A Mug: Teens 13-18 are invited to create a marbled mug out of leftover nail polish. 2-3 p.m. Friday, at the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road. Register by calling 295-4050. All supplies provided; free. Introduction to Taiji Fan: Taiji Fan is a fitness activity based on traditional...

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                                  • Congress, president need to resolve impasse

                                    OK, Congress and the president are at an impasse. Government employees who need an income sooner than Congress and the president are going without pay. Maybe both Congress and the president should volunteer to go without pay until the issue is resolved. If they can’t step up to the plate to do...

                                      • VSO's Broadway Pops featured some stellar moments

                                        The Virginia Symphony Orchestra brought a Pops program to the Ferguson Center Friday titled “Broadway to Z…Abba to Les Miz.” Well, it wasn’t exactly that since “Les Miz” was dropped from the list of potential works to be done and of the 16 selections offered, three were from “Phantom of the Opera.”...

                                          • Bogle was a thoughtful man and smart investor

                                            John C. Bogle, who founded the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies and built it into a mutual fund company with $4.9 trillion in assets under its management, died last week. He was 89. I interviewed him several times for the Gazette and, having been neighbors in Lake Placid, New York, where...

                                              • Oakland Pointe proposal should not be approved

                                                I read the submissions on the proposed Oakland Pointe Apartments by both Michael Grimes (“Burnt Ordinary expansion a better solution”) and Lee Alexander (“Oakland Pointe adds to much growth pressure”) in the Jan. 12 edition of The Virginia Gazette, and I agree with each author’s voiced opposition...

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