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U.S. Secretary of Commerce gives commonwealth until June to implement 51,00-ton cap on menhaden fishery By Carol Vaughn Virginia’s menhaden fishery could be shut down in June if it does not comply with federal quotas, according to the Secretary of Commerce. Virginia is out of compliance with Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan,...
By Carol Vaughn Angelica Garcia’s song, “Jicama,” is among 54 songs listed in the New York Times Best Songs of 2019. Garcia, who formerly lived on the Eastern Shore, is listed along with artists including the Black Keys, Bruce Hornsby and Blake Shelton, among others. Garcia’s song, “Jicama,” comes in at number...
By Carol Vaughn A march and rally to stop gun violence on the Eastern Shore is set for Sunday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. in Onancock. The “Stop the Violence” walk will start at the former hospice building in Onancock and will end at the Onancock gazebo. A young minister, Elder Quintavion...
By Carol Vaughn An apparent break-in at a Painter business turned out to be the deed of a furry intruder. Jeff Kelley went to his business, Shore Saw & Mower on Route 13, Sunday morning, Dec. 22, to feed his pet bearded dragon and use the computer. When he arrived, he found a chaotic scene...
By Carol Vaughn The Accomack County Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 18 meeting unanimously approved petitioning the 2nd Circuit Court to become part of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District. Accomack County Administrator Michael Mason called the petition “the next step” in advancing a regional sewer project on the Eastern Shore, in a process that...
By Carol Vaughn The State Water Control Board in December approved groundwater withdrawal permits for 45 poultry operations in Accomack County. Each application was evaluated “individually and collectively” by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality “to consider the potential effects of pumping over 50 years on the Eastern Shore aquifer system,”...
Supervisors Gordy and Chesser Depart Accomack Board of Supervisors Laura Belle Gordy, who represented District 7 for more than 30 years, and Grayson Chesser, who served District 3 for 13 years, did not run for re-election in 2019 By Carol Vaughn Their colleagues on the Accomack County Board of Supervisors bid farewell to Supervisors Laura...
Australian aerospace company will begin missions from Wallops Island in 2020, including “rapid call-up missions” for fast satellite deployment By Carol Vaughn Rocket Lab on Thursday, Dec. 12, officially opened the company’s first U.S. launch site on Wallops Island. The company’s first mission from Wallops will be for the U.S. Air Force...
Story and Cookie Photos by Laura Davis The holidays are in full swing here on the Shore. Christmas parades lining our downtown streets, festive lights all about, church services and school performances–we are so fortunate to live in a place that shines so brightly this time of year. Cookie baking is...
By Carol Vaughn Anne Fenton Herdt, 89, of Accomac is celebrating this month — but it’s not about the holidays. Dec. 10 marked the 71st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris — a document she called ‘the Magna...