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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’...
By Carol Vaughn — Lexi Hubb’s goal in making a new podcast series called “The Bivalve Trail” is “to dig deep into history and uncover one of the greatest stories most people have never heard of” — the story of Thomas Downing. Downing, born in 1791, was a free Black man...
By Carol Vaughn — The Foodbank is among local agencies providing critical assistance to Eastern Shore residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Foodbank is striving to maintain in this time of uncertainty. Our priority is to continue to provide services to our communities. While that might look different now due to COVID 19,...
By Stefanie Jackson – Cape Charles set the stage last week for an independent filmmaker who has the Sundance Film Festival in her sights. Her upcoming film “Don’t Tell the Children” is a work of fiction based on real events, presented as a documentary. “We want to be bigger than ‘Tiger...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Virginia Department of Education observed its first annual “EdEquityVA Week” in December with virtual events attended by guests including Gov. Ralph Northam. The events centered on Virginia’s efforts to provide a quality public education to all students, regardless of their race or socio-economic background. Northam attended...
By Stefanie Jackson – When Spectrum celebrated its $20 million investment on the Eastern Shore in November with Gov. Ralph Northam and other state and local representatives, the Charter Communications company pledged to provide broadband internet access to more than 17,500 businesses and homes, including low-income families, by next...
By Stefanie Jackson – Patsy Stith was re-elected mayor of Nassawadox again in November and is about to begin a third two-year term – for the second time. The story begins decades ago when she met her husband, Dr. Drury Stith, while they both were students at Virginia Commonwealth University,...
Story and Photos by Jim Ritch — Every week, even in the cold of December, a harvest of lettuce departs the hydroponic greenhouse of Shore Breeze Farms in Cheriton, destined for local schools, restaurants, farm markets, and grocery stores. This December, the new and innovative operation is celebrating two milestones: a...
By Carol Vaughn — Accomack County Sheriff’s Office personnel did some last-minute Christmas shopping at Walmart in Onley Friday, Dec. 18, for the Donnie Wayne Tyndall Memorial Toy Drive. The items were purchased to fill out the wish lists of youngsters and were in addition to hundreds of toys and other...
By Stefanie Jackson – A longtime Eastern Shore resident, Jacqueline “Jackie” Davis, became the mayor-elect of Cheriton in November after serving just one two-year term on the town council. Cheriton Mayor Larry LeMond had decided not to seek re-election but ran for a seat on the town council, which...