Features

By Stefanie Jackson – Smart Beginnings Eastern Shore (SBES), an organization that advocates for the health, well-being, and education of children, hosted the first virtual session of its annual Kids Count forum Feb. 23, coordinated by Barbara O’Hare and titled “It’s Our Nature – Healthy Outdoor Activities for Kids...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Education Foundation (NCEF) donations totaling more than $50,000 supported students and classrooms in Northampton County Public Schools last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is heartwarming to see how the community stepped up to support our schools in 2020,” said Linda Schulz, chair of...
Staff Report — The History Channel's popular "American Pickers" show plans to return to Virginia in April and is looking for leads throughout the state, said spokesperson Sarah Perkins. "American Pickers" is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking,” following the show's hosts, Mike and Frank, as they...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton are two of many rural counties across Virginia and six other states that could receive federal grant money to support their economic development if the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission is finally activated in 2021, about 13 years after its creation. The Farm Bill...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore is part of the Black Belt, a southern U.S. region that curves from Virginia to Mississippi, covering many counties across seven states, which are in economic distress but may soon be able to receive federal assistance. The Southeast Crescent Regional Commission (SCRC) was...
By Stefanie Jackson – Today the NAACP celebrates 112 years since its founding in 1909 by a multiracial coalition headed by civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois. The NAACP was established as “an organization for the black community and their allies from across the political spectrum to fight for human...
By Carol Vaughn — Eastern Shore artist Willie Crockett is the subject of a new documentary film. David Miller, owner of Miller Productions in King William County, created the 58-minute film, “The Art of Willie Crockett and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.” Crockett, a Tangier native who celebrated his 82nd birthday Feb. 3, can...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore has made progress toward offering high-speed internet, aka broadband, to all its residents, but availability isn’t the only issue – quality and affordability are also essential, a recent online forum revealed. “I know all too well the challenges for Virginia’s unconnected, and this...
By Jim Ritch — A wintry mix of snow and 35-mph winds blew over the Eastern Shore Jan. 28. Although the thermometer hovered around freezing, winds made the cold feel like a frosty 19 degrees. According to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va., area accumulations varied from one half-inch to...
By Stefanie Jackson – Eastville Mayor Jim Sturgis is an all-around Eastern Shore original. His family history on the Shore dates back to the 1600s on both his father’s and mother’s side, and he was born in the Nassawadox hospital and raised in Eastville, where he still lives today. Sturgis’...