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By Stefanie Jackson – It’s budget season, and Exmore Town Manager Robert Duer is committed to keeping pace with Northampton County in the salary race. Northampton County employees will get a 3 percent raise in fiscal year 2020, and so will Exmore town employees, Duer announced on Monday. But Duer went...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton Director of Finance John Chandler proposed increased county expenditures of more than $2.6 million in fiscal year 2020, including an additional $345,000 for public education. Among Northampton school division’s top funding priorities are a social worker, teacher pay increases averaging 2.5 percent, raises for school...
By Stefanie Jackson – After a lengthy debate Tuesday night, the Northampton planning commission approved a minor special use permit to convert an old farm shed into a new business that will offer its patrons a farm-to-table dining experience and more. “This is textbook adaptive reuse,” said Eyre Baldwin, of...
By Linda Cicoira -- It started with bird droppings of racial trash being distributed across the Eastern Shore of Virginia and linked to the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina last Saturday and progressed to flowering plants calling for peace and love.    “I don’t know of white supremacy groups...
By Linda Cicoira -- Connie Burford, of Bloxom, was one of the movers and shakers who rallied for an elected Accomack County School Board. She announced her candidacy this week for the District 4 seat on that panel in the November General Election. “As a lifelong resident of the Eastern...
By Linda Cicoira -- Scientists are planning to build a marsh on the southern end of Cedar Island in an effort to slow movement caused by sea level rises. They also found a layer of pebbles under Chincoteague Island believed to be 300,000 years old. “Virginia has the second fastest...
By Linda Cicoira -- The fire scene where three people died in Nelsonia on Feb. 1 “had a strong smell of petroleum distillates,” which could include gasoline, naphtha, mineral spirits, kerosene, paraffin wax, and tar, a court document filed recently states. A knife handle and fire debris samples were...
By Linda Cicoira — Two men were freed from Accomack Jail about three years ago after being charged with murdering a 22-year-old Horntown man because a prosecutor believed there wasn’t enough evidence to convict them. Those same suspects were brought back and indicted Monday by an Accomack grand jury for...
By Stefanie Jackson – A Northampton school board member and advocate for reform in the county’s public school system, Nancy Proto, of Cape Charles, announced March 28 that she will not run for re-election in November. Until her term expires, the retired school psychologist will continue promoting “a shift in...
At its April 2 meeting, the Accomack County School Board voted to add Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16, to the previously scheduled spring vacation. All Accomack County public schools will be closed for spring vacation beginning on Monday, April 15, and ending on Monday, April 22.  All classes...