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By Stefanie Jackson Internet service provider Eastern Shore Communications, one of three local ISPs, met with Northampton supervisors Jan. 8 not to discuss the ISP’s latest contributions in increasing broadband access on the Shore, but to protest its perceived lack of opportunity for local expansion. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband...
    UPDATE By Linda Cicoira -- It took an Accomack Circuit Court jury about two hours Friday to convict Evron Terrell Strand, 44, of Nelsonia, of seven felony counts in a murder-for-hire scheme that resulted in the shootingg of a police informant and his girlfriend in October 2017. At about 4 p.m., the...
By Linda Cicoira -- Surrounded by water but not a drop to drink. That was life this week on Tangier Island after the water tower was drained when a new water line burst last Sunday night. “Of all things, I never thought we’d have a problem for lack of water,” Mayor...
By Linda Cicoira -- Two brothers were cited earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Salisbury, Md., for charges related to “grossly” exceeding their daily bag limit of clapper rail birds near Chincoteague. The incidents occurred in September 2018. The defendants were Howard Lee Whealton, 66, of Burton Street in...
By Linda Cicoira -- The driver of a car that crashed Friday on Nelsonia Road died at the scene, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya of the state police. Julia Marie Vermeal, 28, of Adelaide Street in Parksley, was going east, in a 1999 Ford Escort, when she ran off the...
By Linda Cicoira -- Accomack supervisors unanimously agreed Wednesday to urge the General Assembly to vote in favor of Virginia ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  They also approved more than $1 million in carryover funds for the school division, including $210,000 for a contingency fund, a previous contention between...
Story and Photos by Stefanie Jackson – Habitat for Humanity dedicated the new home of Conchata Webb and her son, Jeremiah, in Franktown Sunday. Webb worked 800 hours to help construct the building, more than double the 350 hours of sweat equity Habitat for Humanity requires of its new homeowners. Nancy Gonzalez,...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Accomack-Northampton Transportation District Commission was audited for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2018, and not all of its members were satisfied with the results. The ANTDC operates the Eastern Shore’s public bus system, STAR Transit, and monitors the lease of the railroad. The...
By Linda Cicoira -- A 4.6-magnitude earthquake at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, at a depth of 5.6 km (about 3.5 miles), went unnoticed by most Eastern Shore folks. Others felt and heard the vibration. The United States Geological Survey pinpointed the quake at 219 kilometers, or about 135 miles...
By Linda Cicoira -- On the isolated Eastern Shore of Virginia alone, the federal government shutdown means 122 Coast Guardsmen have been working without pay, about 1,700 employees and contractors associated with NASA are without work, federal approvals for other programs and answers to proposals are unavailable, and funds...