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Staff Report — The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of six people Monday, 60 miles east of Chincoteague, with the help of a good Samaritan. No injuries were reported, but the 34-foot pleasure craft was determined to be unrecoverable. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia received the initial distress call through VHF...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Cape Charles Town Council voted 4-2 at its July 22 meeting to defer action for 30 days on two motions related to zoning that would potentially allow the local concrete plant, Coastal Precast Systems, to expand. Expecting council members to make a quick decision to...
By Carol Vaughn — The Eastern Shore for the past six weeks has been averaging around one case per day of COVID-19, according to a health department official. The health department is closely monitoring an increase in cases seen over the past four days, said Jon Richardson, chief operating officer of...
By Carol Vaughn — An Eastern Shore family is thankful to have its dog back safe and sound, after a car theft in Onley Monday led to a harrowing couple of days. The Lewis family’s Subaru Outback was stolen from the Walmart parking lot in Onley, with their 8-year-old Lab/dachshund mix,...
By Carol Vaughn — The Accomack County Board of Supervisors voted to hold two public hearings to receive comment about adding county positions to make it possible to staff Greenbackville Volunteer Fire Department 24 hours a day and to add positions for backfill staffing, a training coordinator, and human resources. Greenbackville...
Staff Report — The National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va., has issued a one-page briefing highlighting the potential for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening through 8 p.m. The primary threats are localized damaging wind gusts and large hail. The National Weather Service will provide updated forecasts at https://www.weather.gov/akq/Brief
Staff Report — The Accomack County Electoral Board has appointed Angel Shrieves as the next registrar/director of elections for the remainder of the current unexpired term through 2023. Ms. Shrieves will take her oath of office and begin her term Monday, Aug. 2. The electoral board advertised the position after Patricia White...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton schools Director of Special Programs Keren Plowden has proposed a more inclusive educational program for toddlers, partly in response to an increasing number of referrals the school division is receiving for special education services for 2- and 3-year-olds. Virginia is the only state that requires...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) will receive a $1 million grant from Virginia Housing, the not-for-profit formerly known as the Virginia Housing Development Authority, which recently announced a total of $40 million for Virginia’s 21 planning district commissions. The grants will be awarded through the...
By Stefanie Jackson – The design phase of Northampton’s high school and middle school building project has reached 45% completion, with construction expected to be finished three years from now. Both the Northampton board of supervisors and school board were updated on the project’s status last week by Dane Seagle,...