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By Stefanie Jackson – Arcadia Middle School is the only school on the Eastern Shore that was selected as a winner in a contest to determine the contents of a time capsule to be stored in the historical archives of the new Eastern Shore Public Library (ESPL) in Parksley. “2021...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Virginia Math Pathways Initiative (VMPI) is a collaboration of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and Virginia’s Community Colleges to determine how K-12 public school math curriculums can be reimagined to better prepare students for success...
By Carol Vaughn — A group advocating for a four-year university on the Eastern Shore of Virginia got a boost earlier this month when Gov. Ralph Northam heard a presentation about a business plan for the proposed university. Six students in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Executive MBA program created the plan as...
By Carol Vaughn — Charles Baines, 49, of Painter, seems like the last person one would expect to suffer a stroke — and yet he did, in January. A stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Baines, a champion kickboxer who also is an officer in the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office,...
By Carol Vaughn — Accomack County Voter Registrar Patricia White is retiring June 30 after working in the voter registration office 33 years. The registrar is the only constitutional officer in Virginia localities who is appointed, not elected. This is to ensure fair and open government, since the person overseeing voting and...
By Carol Vaughn — The owners of the Village General Store in Pungoteague will retire in July, after owning and operating the store nearly 25 years. Billy Huffman, who owns and operates the business with his wife, Evelyn, bought the general store from the previous owner, Gary Parker, in 1996. The building...
By Jim Ritch –  When Matthew Fincen, a heretofore confirmed bachelor from Onancock, walked down the aisle Saturday with bride Brenda Parker, of Melfa, some of the guests cheered from behind glass. The guest of honor, however, his mother, 93-year-old Marilyn Fincen, enjoyed a shaded, front-row seat, well within earshot of...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools celebrated 26 retirees and their years of service at an event May 27 at Sawmill Park in Accomac. Eight teachers and school staff members attended and received commemorative plaques in person. Marlene Harmon, an Arcadia High School teacher who is retiring from...
By Stefanie Jackson – Smart Beginnings Eastern Shore, an organization that advocates for the health and well-being of all children to age 18, hosted the third online session of the 2021 Kids Count forum May 26, emphasizing that when mothers take care of their own health, it makes a...
By Stefanie Jackson – The wife of a U.S. Navy veteran made it her life’s mission to restore a historic cemetery near Cheriton when she learned that the nearly abandoned, overgrown site was the final resting place of five African American Civil War soldiers who had served in the...