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By Stefanie Jackson – Another Occohannock Elementary School student has tested positive for COVID-19, Principal Frank Palmieri announced in a letter sent home to parents Tuesday, Nov. 24. The school was notified of the COVID-19 case late Monday, Nov. 23. The student has not attended school since Thursday, Nov. 19. All...
By Carol Vaughn — Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a press conference last Wednesday he had signed the revised biennial state budget sent him by the General Assembly — calling the budget “very progressive.” The budget includes provisions to protect Virginians from evictions and utility shutoffs, Northam said. “This budget gives us...
By Carol Vaughn — Chincoteague town council members voted to give town employees a raise that had been delayed in July due to budgetary concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The council voted unanimously at the Thursday, Nov. 19 meeting to give the raise starting with pay period 10, deferring until...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools amended its COVID-19 mitigation plan Tuesday night due to COVID-19 policy changes at the federal and state levels. Tonya Martin, coordinator of school health services, said the CDC has changed its definition of “close contact” to being within six feet of another...
By Stefanie Jackson –  Since Northampton schools Superintendent Eddie Lawrence announced last month that he expects all K-12 students to be back in the classroom four days a week by Christmas – despite the COVID-19 pandemic – he’s been getting questions about how he makes his decisions. The short answer...
By Stefanie Jackson – A little creative thinking and a lot of cooperation between Accomack’s school district, county officials, and the local broadband authority allowed them to get internet connectivity for underserved children learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beth Onley, finance director for Accomack County Public Schools, said...
By Carol Vaughn — The Accomack County Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved a new program intended to attract businesses to the county. The resolution passed by the board, 8-0, establishes an economic development investment program, including a way to award grants to qualified businesses. Supervisor Harrison Phillips III was absent. Localities according to...
By Carol Vaughn — Accomack County final results for the Nov. 3 election include several winners of town offices determined by write-in vote. The official results came after the electoral board met. In Bloxom, Thomas W. Beasley will be mayor after receiving the most write-in votes. Council members in several towns also were...
By Carol Vaughn — The Chincoteague town council held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the town’s response to Gov. Ralph Northam’s recent executive orders increasing restrictions on gatherings due increasing cases of COVID-19 in Virginia. All council members except Matthew Reed attended. “We’ve got things coming up in the town...
By Connie Morrrison — Funding for a new airport hangar in Melfa is not dead yet. Del. Rob Bloxom introduced the $2 million amendment to the state biennial budget during the General Assembly special session. “This long-fought battle was won with the help of Sen. (Lynwood) Lewis who helped me persuade the...