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Danyelle Custis' Set TRUTH group guides young women By Stefanie Jackson – Danyelle Custis knows what it’s like to start over. She’s done it three times. Today, she wants to help others avoid the same pitfalls.  The Eastern Shore native had her first child at 16. While still a teenager, the...
By Carol Vaughn Onancock residents gathered Sunday, Sept. 11, on the lawn of Ker Place for a community unity service to celebrate the renewing of fellowship after the hardship of isolation during the COVID- 19 pandemic, as well as to remember those lost during the pandemic and in the terror...
By Stefanie Jackson – Holland Howard Wilgus Jr., of Belle Haven, enters the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes every day but was still surprised when the Prize Patrol showed up at his house on Thursday with a check for $10,000. “I play every single day and I never expected to win,”...
Story and photos by Stefanie Jackson – Northampton teacher Brad Ford has done the improbable: not only did he revive the middle and high school marching band, but on the first attempt he got a grant of more than $30,000 for musical instruments even though some applicants spend years...
A career Navy officer was installed Aug. 26 as the leader of Surface Combat Systems Center, Wallops Island, the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s largest military base. Cmdr. Jason Flanagan is the new commanding officer of the center, which includes administrative offices on Atlantic Road and several buildings on Wallops Island. There...
By Carol Vaughn — Walt Chandler is building a boat in the well-equipped workshop behind his house outside Onancock. The boatis so large, he will have to remove part of a wall to bring it outside when the hull is complete. It’s not the first boat Chandler has built. The 30-foot...
By Stefanie Jackson – Heather Coburn Marsh recently found her old gymnastics uniform in a closet at Northampton High School. It was a reminder of its new principal’s long history with Northampton County Public Schools, reaching back to her time as an assistant principal, teacher, and student. She was born in...
By Adolphus Ames – “Everything I do relates to the body and movement,” said dancer, artist, and entrepreneur Renata Sheppard. “My performance, research, and creations. Movement is the essence of all communication.” Sheppard’s specialty is dance. “I was trained in ballet, followed that with contemporary dance, and then moved on to...
By Adolphus Ames – Experimental Film Virginia hosted its Reel & Raw film premiere Saturday, July 30, at the Historic Palace Theatre in Cape Charles. Fifteen short films were screened in front of a packed house. The films were produced by an international group of writers, directors, cinematographers, dancers, and...
By Adolphus Ames – “My life is like Forrest Gump’s,” said Cape Charles resident and visual arist Leland Sharp. “I’ve done so much you’ve got to see it to believe it.” Sharp, born in Harlem, N.Y., has lived a remarkable life. He has worked in the music industry, been a photographer,...