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By Carol Vaughn — Accomack County’s voter registrar responded to concerns some voters have voiced about early voting and the electoral board. Voter Registrar Patricia White in a Sept. 29 email said 1,519 people had voted in person and the office had mailed out 2,177 ballots by that date, less than...
By Carol Vaughn — The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce announced its 2020 awards for citizen and business person of the year during the Chincoteague Town Council meeting Monday. Sue Johnson, owner of Blue Crab Treasures on Main Street, was selected as the Leonard "Buddy" Burton Business Person of the Year. Johnson has...
By Carol Vaughn — The Virginia Department of Health on Monday launched a new pandemic metrics dashboard tool, designed to help local government and school officials and others better understand the extent of community transmission of COVID-19. The online dashboard will be updated weekly to show trends for specific localities and...
By Carol Vaughn — Onancock officials turned down an application for a special use permit to use an Ames Street residence as an Air BnB-type, short-term rental lodging. The town council received two letters from neighbors and two people spoke at a public hearing at the Sept. 28 council meeting —...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition’s second annual conference, held online Sept. 25, focused on both finding affordable homes and keeping them, in light of the economic impacts of COVID-19. “Affordable, safe, and accessible housing is the foundation of a great community, and it seems this...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton public schools enrollment has increased to at least 1,325, Superintendent Eddie Lawrence said Sept. 24. Fewer than 1,200 students attended Northampton public schools either online or in person during the first two weeks of school; the school board had budgeted for 1,415 students this year. Parents...
Staff Report — Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have tested positive for COVID-19. The Northams on Wednesday evening were notified that a member of the governor’s official residence staff, who works closely in the Northams' living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, according to...
By Carol Vaughn and Stefanie Jackson — A hearing about a petition to add Accomack County to the Hampton Roads Sanitation District is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. in Accomack County Circuit Court in Accomac. A similar hearing for Northampton County will be held Oct. 2 at 2 p.m....
By Stefanie Jackson – Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (ESVBA) Executive Director Robert Bridgham updated Northampton supervisors Sept. 22 on the public entity’s continued efforts to expand high-speed internet access across the Shore. In 2018, ESVBA borrowed $5 million from a private bank to expand the network of fiber...