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By Stefanie Jackson – What would it take for the Eastern Shore to get a four-year university and all the economic benefits that go with it? That’s the question being asked by local Terry Malarkey and a group of like-minded individuals who have formed the nonprofit, the University of...
By Stefanie Jackson – Next Saturday, April 20, the Eastern Shore will kick off its first-ever comic book convention, better known as a “comic-con,” in Cheriton, home of the “small town, big heart.” But the Eastern Shore Comicon isn’t just about comic books – it’s a celebration of everything pop culture...
By Linda Cicoira -- Her grandmother emptied whiskey bottles and filled them with hot water for a homemade dresser drawer incubator when Jessie Flynn was born in her parents’ bedroom on April 30, 1926. She was “teenie weenie” and blue and needed the help.  Now at almost 93, her life...

Pat Hart, of Wachapreague, has retired again. If she isn’t reading two books a week on her side porch on Main Street, one can find her weeding in the garden or at her nearby antique store. This time the 82-year-old, a dear friend who I love like a mother, has...
Submitted Article and Photo The “Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Tour” will be at two locations on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in April, hosted by Eastern Shore Public Library.  The walk-in traveling exhibit will be in Nassawadox on Friday, April 12 , where it...
Submitted Article The Barrier Islands Center in Machipongo is hosting a temporary exhibit on loan from the Library of Virginia, “True Sons of Freedom.” To commemorate World War I, “True Sons of Freedom” uses photographs of African-American soldiers from Virginia who fought overseas to defend freedoms they were denied at home....

I first heard about sea nettles when my family moved to the Eastern Shore when I was almost 10 years old. I was warned to look out for the jellyfish when swimming or wading in the nearby waters to avoid getting stung. I was reminded of that advisory last week...
By Connie Morrison -- Dalton Elliott's American Idol dream has run its course. After a whirlwind couple of weeks – at least for the audience because the television segments were filmed in advance – the Chincoteague crooner quietly left the show. "They didn’t show my solo in Hollywood or group...
By Angie H. Crutchley  -- Nathaniel Metzger has an appetite for life (and food) like most 17-month-old boys. Watching his brown curls bounce as he gains footing, and distance, to get the fruit plate his dad is feeding him, one wouldn’t suspect the tumultuous beginning of his life. Le’Andra...
By Connie Morrison --  Neil Simon has been called one of the greatest American writers. Beginning April 5 at The Palace Theatre in Cape Charles, local audiences can judge for themselves when GEAR (Global Exchange Arts Roundtable) presents his farcical play, “Rumors.” The comedy is set at a dinner party...