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By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton County school board voted for the second and final time June 11 in favor of Superintendent Eddie Lawrence continuing in his position for two more years, after the board learned that its May 28 vote on the matter did not conform to state...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton County Board of Supervisors has borrowed about $25 million to date for a major repair and reconstruction project at Northampton High School, but members recently learned it might cost $35 million. Northampton County Administrator Charlie Kolakowski asked supervisors at their June 16 meeting to...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Monday that Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, will be a paid holiday for executive-branch state employees, and he will propose legislation to make Juneteenth a paid state holiday permanently. “Black history is American history,” the governor said of June 19, 1865, the...
By Carol Vaughn — More Eastern Shore voters who want to cast a ballot in the June 23 Republican primary are asking for absentee ballots than in the last similar primary, according to an analysis by the non-profit Virginia Public Access Project. Requests for mail-in ballots stand at 53 in Accomack...
By Carol Vaughn — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday he is extending the term and expanding the mission of the Commission to Examine Racial Inequality in Virginia Law. Northam established the commission a year ago to identify racially discriminatory language in state law that should be eliminated. The nine-member commission found nearly...
By Carol Vaughn — A new requirement to submit data on COVID-19 cases in nursing homes has resulted in publication of weekly numbers by the federal agency charged with oversight of nursing homes. Still, the numbers for Eastern Shore facilities so far don’t appear to match up with Virginia Department of...
By Stefanie Jackson – Cape Charles Beach is open and welcoming visitors after a 10-week closure due to COVID-19, but while Northampton County’s only public beach is free to visitors, the reopening comes at a hefty price for the town. It will cost $56,000 to implement the 17 beach reopening...
By Stefanie Jackson – A crowd of protesters who gathered in Exmore Town Park last Saturday evening stood silently for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time that three Minneapolis police officers allowed a fourth to hold his knee on the neck of George Floyd, who died...
By Stefanie Jackson – For years, ships have anchored outside of Cape Charles, and the U.S. Coast Guard did not have the authority to ensure their safety and security, but last month, its fifth district commander, Rear Adm. Keith Smith, signed a final rule and made it official. “The Coast...
By Stefanie Jackson – Virginia schools will being re-opening in phases, with social distancing guidelines and continued online learning opportunities in place to keep students and school staff safe, Gov. Ralph Northam announced June 9. “To be clear, all Virginia schools will open for students next year, but the...