Tag: Northampton

By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton County Public Schools were unprepared when Gov. Ralph Northam announced last Friday, March 13, that all Virginia public schools must close for at least two weeks, starting Monday, March 16, in response to COVID-19. This week, both school districts have rolled out plans...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition met March 6 at the Historic Onancock School, where participants shared insights on why the Shore lacks affordable housing and what must be done to fix the problem. Ramona Chapman, of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, facilitated. David...
By Stefanie Jackson – A Northampton community prevailed Tuesday night when county supervisors heard their plea and unanimously voted to deny a major special-use permit for an event venue at Huntington Farm, in Cherrystone, a small neighborhood near Cheriton. Eastville attorney Andre Wiggins had asserted the event venue would promote...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton planning commission recommended approval of a special-use permit (SUP) for a wedding and event venue near the small residential community of Cherrystone on Wednesday night, following two hours of discussion, including public comments that were largely in opposition to the proposal. “Within the adjacent...
By Stefanie Jackson – Serving Together is the name of the new Northampton County organization started under the leadership of the Rev. Russell Goodrich, of Cape Charles, with the mission of making connections and bringing hope to life within the community. “Dream big” was Goodrich’s advice for the new group. “We...
By Stefanie Jackson – The public hearing on the annual update of the Northampton County Public Schools comprehensive improvement plan prompted discussion of a wide range of topics, from everyday matters like class schedules to hot-button issues like school discipline. “Each child is important and entitled to the opportunity to...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board voted unanimously Feb. 13 to pilot a restorative discipline program in kindergarten through second grade, but a former school board member questioned whether the decision was informed enough to ensure the program’s success. Restorative discipline is an alternative to traditional school discipline...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton is preparing its budget for fiscal year 2021, and that process includes county supervisors hearing from agencies and boards as each makes a case for level or increased funding. Robie Marsh, who is also the executive director of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, was...
By Stefanie Jackson – It’s budget season in Northampton County, and supervisors are hearing updates from local organizations about the benefits they provide the county and the funds they need to continue their work. Cara Burton is the director of the Eastern Shore Public Library (ESPL), which has four locations,...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton County YMCA was “almost a done deal” as of Feb. 11, when a meeting was held at Cape Charles Baptist Church to update the public on the project. Retired YMCA of South Hampton Roads President and CEO Billy George shared the news Tuesday night...