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'Expect the funexpected' from Tourism Council in 2019

The Tourism Council voted to approve its 2019 marketing campaign and the budget to power it Tuesday. The Tourism Council has mapped out an $8.5 million budget to bring overnight tourists to the Historic Triangle in 2019. A total of $6.6 million would fund the actual marketing effort. The remainder...

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  • Court docs: W&M student charged after lying to police about age, illegal drinking

    Court docs: W&M student charged after lying to police about age, illegal drinking

    A William and Mary student stands accused of lying to a police officer after police say he possessed alcohol and told them he was 21. Alexander Edison Giarracco, 20 of Williamsburg, was charged with falsely identifying to a police officer, underage possession of alcohol and breaking the city’s...

  • Williamsburg area gets a suprising snowfall

    Williamsburg area gets a suprising snowfall

    The third time was the charm. While forecasts called for heavy beatings from hurricanes Florence and Michael, the Williamsburg area missed the worst of those storms. It was the opposite situation Sunday, when a low-key forecast of light snow and rain turned into 4 to 8 inches of snow, which threw...

  • Billsburg Brewery to aid relief efforts for California wildfire victims

    Billsburg Brewery to aid relief efforts for California wildfire victims

    James City County-based Billsburg Brewery soon will brew a new beer for a good cause. According to a news release from the county’s economic development office, Billsburg will begin brewing Resilience Butte County Proud IPA later this month to raise funds for the victims of the wildfire that ravaged...

  • 'Here Comes the Bus' rolls into W-JCC in January

    'Here Comes the Bus' rolls into W-JCC in January

    Get ready to hop on board, because “Here Comes the Bus” will make its next stop in Williamsburg and James City County. W-JCC will release the tracking app, “Here Comes the Bus,” to parents and students on Jan. 1. John Lambusta, director of transportation for W-JCC, said the only way to see if a...

  • City Council considers EDA tree-light funding request

    City Council considers EDA tree-light funding request

    Economic Development Authority Chairman Adam Steely presented a plan to place 14 potted evergreen trees outfitted with string lights along Prince George Street at City Council’s monthly work session Monday. The installation would cost $15,000, he said. If approved, the funds would come out of a...

  • Yorktown Toyland Parade, holiday market usher in Christmas spirit

    Yorktown Toyland Parade, holiday market usher in Christmas spirit

    Santa Claus and the Grinch joined community members to bring the holiday spirit to Yorktown at the annual Toyland Parade. The Yorktown Toyland Parade and the Holiday Market brought people together to watch the Fife and Drums of York Town and a holiday kid’s train travel around the plaza in the...

  • Last Word on school time, Dec. 8

    Last Word on school time, Dec. 8

    School time It came to my attention that a W-JCC elementary school had a silent auction at which a "Fortnite session" with the assistant principal was auctioned off to students. A student won the auction, which allowed him to play during school hours with the assistant principal. Common Sense Media...

  • Missing your Gazette?

    Due to transportation problems, some Virginia Gazette subscribers did not receive their newspaper Saturday. It will be delivered on Sunday. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • State preparing for $14.3 billion Amazon impact by 2030

    State preparing for $14.3 billion Amazon impact by 2030

    WILLIAMSBURG — As Amazon begins its move into Virginia, the state is preparing for what is projected to be a major economic boost over the next decade. A study on Amazon’s economic impact on the state, conducted by economic research firm Chmura Economics & Analytics and released Friday, found that...

  • NWS: Worst of winter storm will miss Williamsburg area

    NWS: Worst of winter storm will miss Williamsburg area

    UPDATE, Sunday, Dec. 9, 6:30 a.m.: The Williamsburg area is still out of the main impact area of winter storm Diego. Expect 1-3 inches of snow early Sunday, changing over to rain in the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Light winds. Chance of precip 100%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected....

  • West Point students walk out of class to support fired teacher

    West Point students walk out of class to support fired teacher

    About 100 middle and high school students in West Point held a walkout in support of a teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronoun. The West Point Public School Board voted unanimously 5-0 Thursday night to support division Superintendent Laura Abel’s recommendation...

  • Jamestown High School locked down after student social media post showed toy weapon

    Jamestown High School locked down after student social media post showed toy weapon

    Jamestown High School was briefly locked down Friday afternoon after a student’s social media post surfaced and showed a potential weapon. Parents of students at the school received a robocall from senior administrative assistant Pamela Miller that detailed the reason for the lockdown. “I’m calling...

  • Jared Antle shows signs of recovery, hospital discharge delayed until 2019

    Jared Antle shows signs of recovery, hospital discharge delayed until 2019

    Lafayette High School graduate Jared Antle has shown signs of progress more than four months after he was seriously injured in a hit and run in Harrisonburg. Antle, a student at James Madison University, suffered a traumatic brain injury in the August crash. One man has been charged and arrested...

  • School Board poised to approve capital spending plan

    School Board poised to approve capital spending plan

    The Williamsburg-James City County School Board is poised to approve Superintendent Olwen Herron’s 2020-2029 Capital Improvement Plan at its Tuesday work session. The biggest item in the plan is building a new elementary school for $38.5 million; buying land, if necessary, would be an additional...

  • Colonial Williamsburg withdraws Goodwin Square plan

    Colonial Williamsburg withdraws Goodwin Square plan

    Colonial Williamsburg will take its proposed Goodwin Square project back to the drawing board. In a news release, the city announced the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has withdrawn its application to build a public plaza on the site of its P3 parking lot, located behind the Blue Talon Bistro...

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  • 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...

      • Christmas Town Dash juggled some Grand Prix standings

        Three heavy-hitters went into Sunday’s ninth annual Christmas Town Dash 8K Run at Busch Gardens as favorites: Roger Hopper, 27, of Norfolk; Victor Flemming, 39, of Carrollton and Andrew Osborne, 24, of Yorktown. Three-time defending Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix champion Roger Hopper is a perennial...

          • W&M: New sports logos cost nearly $20,000 so far

            W&M: New sports logos cost nearly $20,000 so far

            After announcing in July “bold new” logos, the College of William and Mary has spent nearly $20,000 to update or replace everything from name tags to stencils. In July, Tribe Athletics announced it would bring the athletics department logo more in line with the college’s branding as a historic...

            • It's down to the wire in CRR women's competition

              While Roger Hopper has long since clinched his fourth consecutive Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix title for the men, the women’s overall Grand Prix title is still up for grabs, between Jamestown High junior Sorenna Jean, 16, of Williamsburg, and defending champion and Tabb High cross country coach...

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                • Colonial Williamsburg tree lighting ceremony brings tradition and spectacle to holiday

                  Colonial Williamsburg tree lighting ceremony brings tradition and spectacle to holiday

                  Few events are as quintessentially Christmas as a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a ceremony that combines the region’s colonial character with a dazzling display better than the 59th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony held by Colonial Williamsburg and the...

                    • Limelight, Dec. 19-Dec 25

                      Limelight, Dec. 19-Dec 25

                      ‘Flight of the Doves’: A greedy uncle (Ron Moody) chases brother-and-sister heirs from England to their grandmother (Dorothy McGuire) in Ireland. 7 p.m. Thursday at Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St. Free. Holiday Choral Concert: The Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir travels from Richmond...

                        • After dark

                          Thursday Aromas: Open mic, 7-9 p.m. Triangle: Joe Duggan and Friends, 6-9 p.m. Friday Aromas: The LCV Project, 7-9 p.m. Cogan’s: Mike Lucci Band, 8 p.m. Triangle: The Groove Cats, 8-11 p.m. Saturday Aromas: Colin Moskal, 7-9 p.m. Cogan’s: Brandon Bower Band, 8 p.m. Comedy Club: Beatty Barnes and...

                            • VMFA gifted painting valued at $40 million by anonymous donor

                              VMFA gifted painting valued at $40 million by anonymous donor

                              Before a small crowd of donors, museum members and officials, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts showcased the museum’s latest acquisitions on Dec. 12. The centerpiece was the unveiling of Asher B. Durand’s Progress (The Advance of Civilization), which had been donated to the museum by an anonymous...

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                                • Here's the story behind the spy story

                                  By all indications, my recent column about the Colonel Alfred Redl Affair, the espionage tale that rocked the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, “hit the spot.” So many of my readers wanted to know how and when did I learn about Egon Ervin Kish’s exploits, and about how he broke the story as a young reporter....

                                    • Gender equality must be in Constitution

                                      Bert Hilburger’s Letter to the Editor (Gazette, Nov. 24), generated on the Family Foundation website, misses the mark because of inaccuracies. He is not likely aware of the details, but his statement that the 14th Amendment provides gender equality is a half-truth. The courts have interpreted gender...

                                        • VSO's Holiday Brass full of good cheer

                                          The holiday season, to me, brings visions of bright, shiny things, and when it comes to things bright and shiny, nothing quite matches the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s brass, which was the focus of its Holiday Brass fare at St. Bede Catholic Church Friday. Under the direction of Gonzalo Farias,...

                                            • Years later and continents away, words help make a family whole

                                              Recently, my editor received an email from Matthew Angelus, an attorney in Montreal, asking her to put him in touch with me. Angelus, wrote: “I recently read The Virginia Gazette opinion piece dated April 10, 2018 by Frank Shatz, entitled, ‘School assignment brings back Holocaust memories.’ The...

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