Tag: Northampton

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 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 Stefanie Jackson – Northampton school and county officials have already begun the process of financing $25 million in renovations and repairs needed at Northampton High School, even though the exact work to be done has not yet been determined. “It looks like after years of debating whether or not...
By Stefanie Jackson – Sen. Lynwood Lewis, of the Virginia General Assembly, toured Northampton High School on Tuesday for a firsthand look at the challenges presented by the building's declining physical condition as Superintendent Eddie Lawrence described the upgrades and additions that will be needed to meet students' future...
By Bill Sterling Special to the Eastern Shore Post The football season is underway on the Eastern Shore with local schools playing their opening games in the final days of August before the first day of school. That early start to the season is just one of several reasons coaches offer for...
By Stefanie Jackson – Schools in rural, low-income areas are often at a disadvantage when seeking additional state funding, but there may be another way to get it, Northampton school board members have discovered. “We are always complaining, and rightfully so, about the local composite index,” school board member Nancy...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Administrator Charles Kolakowski reported Aug. 27 that the entire Chesapeake Bay could soon become a no-discharge zone under the Clean Water Act, a federal law that aims to reduce pollution in U.S. waters.  That means ships would not be permitted to discharge untreated or treated...
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Story by Stefanie Jackson, Submitted Photos – The YMCA is coming to Northampton County, the result of ongoing efforts in community outreach led by Cape Charles Baptist Church and its pastor, the Rev. Russell Goodrich. “God’s favor is on this,” Goodrich said of the project that, in six months, has...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton school board members failed to find common ground on issues at an Aug. 8 work session that left one member, Nancy Proto, “mystified” and “outraged.” “I pretty much can guarantee you, you don’t like me on this board, you’re going to really hate me off...
By Stefanie Jackson – A Northampton supervisor is “appalled” at an unfunded mandate handed down by the Virginia legislature, which will cost the county more than $50,000 extra in its annual budget – a number that could double in years to come. “This board will have to approve this ongoing...