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By Linda Cicoira -- A convicted murderer, who is serving 98 years in prison, was denied requests in Northampton Circuit Court Wednesday that he hoped would help clear his name and free him from a life behind bars. A handcuffed Marcus Lashaun Dixon, 35, formerly of Washington Avenue in Cape...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam has signed an executive order that sets a goal for Virginia to be powered with 100% clean energy by 2050, according to a Sept. 17 press release. “Since I took office, our administration has been focused on establishing a strong and bold vision...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board has written its wish list for state funding in 2020, and money for competitive teacher salaries, called the Cost of Competing Adjustment (COCA), is the top priority, Superintendent Eddie Lawrence said Sept. 12. “If Accomack’s pushing for it, we need to push...
By Linda Cicoira -- Accomack supervisors continued to seek additional state funds Wednesday to help recruit and retain teachers who might seek higher salaries in Maryland. The board authorized County Administrator Mike Mason to work with Northampton officials in sending a letter to Onancock area native Gov. Ralph Northam to...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County has restarted the process of updating its comprehensive plan with greater emphasis on citizen input – Sept. 9 kickoff meetings were open to the public at five locations, one in each voting district – but one citizen felt shut out when he wasn’t...
By Linda Cicoira -- A young man’s prison sentence for having carnal knowledge with a 13-year-old was reduced by six months Monday in Accomack Circuit Court because the defendant’s family provided $105,000 in restitution for future medical treatment of the victim. Yun “Joshua” Kim, 20, whose address was listed as Vanalden...
By Stefanie Jackson – Another top official in Cape Charles will be leaving his post – Town Manager Larry DiRe, who has served in the position for about a year. “We definitely appreciate everything he’s done so far,” said Mayor Smitty Dize. “We’ll continue to work with you until...
By Stefanie Jackson – A Northampton school board member’s criticism of Superintendent Eddie Lawrence’s annual performance goals resulted in Chairman William Oakley calling for an impromptu closed session Sept. 12, without specifying the reason for his request. “Let me finish, I want to answer this,” Lawrence protested when Chairman William...
By Linda Cicoira -- A former NASA Wallops Flight Facility lab manager/quality assurance officer will not serve time in prison for making false statements or representations about Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, known as TKN, or discharges that are "important because excess nitrogen in a waterway may lead to reduced levels...
By Linda Cicoira -- The Parksley area man, who delivered $1,000 to a hired assassin for an attempted hit of an Eastern Shore Drug Task Force informant in 2017, will serve a year in jail for his involvement in the murder-for-hire conspiracy. Debrandon Pierre Harmon, 30, of Dennis Drive, was sentenced...