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By Stefanie Jackson – Exmore is expected to receive about $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) that was signed into law March 12, and the town will use the funds for infrastructure, Town Manager Robert Duer said during the May 3 town council meeting. Exmore...
By Stefanie Jackson – The COVID-19 pandemic and virtual and hybrid learning have challenged Accomack teachers and students, with more students recommended this year to repeat grades but fewer educators willing to teach summer school. An average of 20 to 40 students have been recommended for retention at every Accomack...
By Stefanie Jackson – Virginia has had less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in the last two weeks, and the  COVID-19 test positivity rate is now 4.4%, Gov. Ralph Northam said at a May 6 press briefing. COVID-19-related hospitalizations are down to 847 statewide, and there has been...
By Carol Vaughn and David Martin — Last week’s front-page article reported that health outcomes for the Shore’s two counties are among the state’s lowest with life expectancy in Accomack at 76.8 years and in Northampton at 76.4 years, compared to the state’s overall average of 79.5 years. But...
By Carol Vaughn — Health officials’ focus now is on making it more convenient for Virginians to get a COVID-19 vaccination, according to Dr. Danny Avula, Virginia vaccine coordinator. Avula in a press briefing April 30 said almost 6.19 million doses have been given. Slightly over 44.3% of Virginians have received...
By Carol Vaughn — Accomack County volunteer firefighters were kept busy over the last weekend responding to several fires. Two structure fires, one Friday, April 30, on Nocks Landing Road in Atlantic and another Saturday, May 1, on Cattail Road near Bloxom, are under investigation by the Virginia State Police, according...
By Stefanie Jackson – An Accomack County man associated with the Bloods gang who, for roughly the last decade, has avoided convictions on multiple felony charges including first degree murder, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years imprisonment for felony charges related to a routine traffic stop in...
Staff Report — Chincoteague Police Department report a scam was attempted today on a resident of Accomack County using the department's name, phone number, 757-336-3155, and Chief R. K. Fisher’s name. The scam advised of an outstanding Maryland warrant for the resident and requested him or her to obtain gift cards...
By Stefanie Jackson – Congresswoman Elaine Luria hosted an online forum Wednesday in which Coastal Virginia leaders voiced their appreciation and concerns regarding the American Rescue Plan that was signed into law March 12 and will provide funding to states and localities recovering from the economic fallout of the...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton eighth graders returned to school four days a week on Monday, April 26, leaving only three grade levels (ninth, 10th, and 11th) with hybrid students who spend just two days in the classroom every week. “We’re doing what we can to get kids back in...