Tag: Northampton

By Stefanie Jackson – What should happen to Northampton’s Confederate monument that stands on the historic courthouse green in Eastville, the county seat? The Confederate monument faces Eastville’s main street, Courthouse Road, as “a day-to-day reminder of some of the darker days of our history,” Bill Payne, of Cape Charles,...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition recently surveyed local housing developers and real estate professionals, and the results showed “no particular surprises” but highlighted the difficulty of developing housing in Accomack and Northampton counties. The housing coalition’s committee on private sector collaboration discussed the survey results...
By Stefanie Jackson – Across the U.S., recent protests against racism and social injustice have turned violent, leading to an array of destruction including defacing and toppling historic statues and monuments. In light of those events, attention has turned to the Eastern Shore’s two Confederate monuments – one in Parksley,...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board voted July 23 to approve the district’s plan to resume classes in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan gives parents a choice between 100% online learning for their children, or a hybrid option of two days in school and two...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Public Schools will not take a “one size fits all” approach to education when classes resume in the fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Instead, parents will get to choose one of two learning options that will work best for their children. It will...
By Stefanie Jackson – One of Northampton’s hidden gems, a boardwalk overlooking the seaside behind the county landfill, was badly deteriorated but has been repaired thanks to Northampton public works staff and volunteers from Birding Eastern Shore and Eastern Shore Master Naturalists. The birders were drawn to the project because...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution June 23 to appropriate nearly $30.5 million for the general fund in its fiscal year 2021 budget. More than $18.5 million of county revenue, or about 60% of the general fund, will come from real estate and...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board declined to respond to recent accusations that it had acted improperly for fear of engaging in an unending “war of words,” as Superintendent Eddie Lawrence called it. It was the rush to renew the superintendent’s contract without strict adherence to state law...
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...