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By Stefanie Jackson – With Northampton’s new comprehensive plan nearing completion, the Berkley Group consulting firm has presented a draft of the plan’s final three chapters to the county planning commission. Chapter 8, Mobility, includes plans to improve Northampton’s roads, waterways, public transportation, and walking and biking trails. According to public...
By Stefanie Jackson – Virginia’s first lady, Pamela Northam, visited the Eastern Shore on Monday, including a stop at Northampton High School to see how staff, teachers, and students are getting on during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Her main interest at the middle and high school building was the cafeteria,...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam has strongly urged Virginians to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, considering the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate, which climbed from about 5% to 8.3% within the last few weeks. “Virginia, you know the truth: If you don’t wear a mask, and you don’t social distance,...
By Carol Vaughn — The Onancock town council after a public hearing Monday, Nov. 30, approved a resolution and several related motions about a $495,000 grant the town was awarded to help small businesses recover from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. No one from the public spoke at the hearing, which...
Staff Report — COVID-19 cases are now being reported on Tangier, resulting in the temporary shutdown of the island’s school. Accomack County Public Schools Superintendent Chris Holland announced Tuesday that Tangier Combined School will be closed starting Monday, Nov. 30, until Tuesday, Dec. 15, due to a COVID-19 outbreak on Tangier. Students...
By Carol Vaughn — First Lady Pam Northam was on the Eastern Shore Monday. Among her stops were visits to the Foodbank in Tasley and the Accomack County Health Department. At the Foodbank, Northam and staff members filled grocery bags with canned foods and other nonperishable items destined for needy Shore...
Staff Report — Four reported cases of COVID-19 at Occohannock Elementary last week led to its closure. Parents were notified of the first case Nov. 24, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but "... we were informed of the additional three cases after we were already out for the Thanksgiving break," said Superintendent...
Staff Report — The Eastern Shore Health District announced this week that it will offer free COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru testing clinic on Monday, Dec. 7, at the Accomack County Health Department, 23191 Front St., Accomac, VA 23301, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., or until testing supplies...
Staff Report — Occohannock Elementary School will be closed to students until Jan. 4, 2021, according to a notice posted to the school's website. Principal Frank Palmieri announced in a letter sent home to parents Tuesday, Nov. 24, that an Occohannock Elementary School student had tested positive for COVID-19. The school was...
By Carol Vaughn — COVID-19 cases on the Eastern Shore are increasing. “Over the past two weeks we have definitely seen an increase in our number of cases,” said Jon Richardson, chief operating officer at the Eastern Shore Health District, in a Nov. 23 email. Richardson said the health department is...