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Staff Report — Two boaters who were reported overdue after failing to return to Hampton were located safely Friday approximately 80 miles east of Chincoteague. The overdue boaters, Yanni Nikopoulos and Dale Jones, contacted watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Virginia command center to inform them of their safety and are...
By Carol Vaughn — Members of the public got a chance to see inside a new emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors during an open house Tuesday at the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence campus in Onancock. A $1.7 million capital campaign to raise funds to renovate three buildings...
By Stefanie Jackson – Earlier this month, in a rare move for a Northampton County board member or commissioner, the Northampton planning commission’s acting chair, Glen Anders, singled out one citizen and asked him for a written copy of his personal recommendations on a matter of interest to county...
By Stefanie Jackson – Del. Rob. Bloxom announced at the June meeting of the Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition that the state budget had been finalized and included funding for sewer projects in both Accomack and Northampton counties. The Virginia budget for the 2022-2024 biennium, signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools operations and management staff at Tuesday night’s school board meeting presented an overview of the school division’s 2022 safety audit and discussed next steps, such as coordinating with local law enforcement to hold active shooter drills. “We can’t control every part of...
By Nancy Drury-Duncan – Frederick Marvin “Ricky” Barnes Jr., 35, of Exmore, pleaded guilty to the murders of his mother, 75-year-old Brenda Barnes and Dean Reid, 53, and the attempted murder of his sister Christina Green in a plea agreement with the commonwealth. All were gathered on July 3, 2021,...
By Carol Vaughn — Jen Kiggans, a former Navy helicopter pilot and a geriatric nurse practitioner who represents Virginia Beach in the Virginia Senate, will be the Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District in the November election. Kiggans defeated three opponents in the June 21 primary to become...
By Nancy Drury-Duncan – Three men involved in a fight in cell-block E in July 2021 at Accomack County jail were sentenced for unlawful wounding. The victim, Derek Robinson, was described as “no angel” by Northampton County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jack Thornton who prosecuted the cases. The inmates had “a...
Staff Report — A Pennsylvania man was not injured after his aircraft failed to deploy its landing gear prior to landing on the runway at the Accomack County Airport in Melfa Monday afternoon. Harry Leiser, 45, of Rome, Penn., was the sole occupant of the 1966 Cessna T-120 airplane. Virginia State...
By Nancy Drury Duncan — Adam Watkins, 36, of Melfa, was acquitted of rape in a jury trial on Tuesday. Watkins was charged with the 2018 forcible rape of his sister-in-law who was only 14 years old at the time. The girl, who lives in Maryland, was staying with her sister,...