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This year, a replica of the French ship that brought Marquis de Lafayette to America came to Yorktown and Election Day yielded few surprises for the school board and board of supervisors.
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- L’Hermione, a replica of the 18th-century French ship that carried Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780, made Yorktown its first stop in North America. Visitors could tour the ship or enjoy the outdoor market throughout the ship’s three-day stay, which attracted an estimate of more than 20,000 people to Yorktown. To review our full coverage on the Hermione’s visit to Yorktown, click here.
- Though James City County and City of Williamsburg residents did not have any races on the June primary ballots, York County voters had a few Republican candidates to consider. Ultimately, Kristen Nelson, Chad Green and Walt Zaremba became the Republican nominees for circuit court clerk, District 3 supervisor and District 1 supervisor.
- Riverwalk Landing celebrated its 10th anniversary over the summer.
- Mark Suiter stepped down from his at-large seat on the York County Planning Commission. Robert “Pete” Peterman was appointed to take his place.
- After a four-day trial, the former owners of the Yorktown Refinery lost a case that would have cost county taxpayers around $10 million if the Circuit Court ruled York County incorrectly assessed the value of Western Refining’s machinery and tools.
- York County joined James City County and the City of Williamsburg in launching their new business incubator. Launchpad, which aims to help entrepreneurs learn, network and develop their innovations, opened in a 4,800-square-foot space in James City County.
- A renaming ceremony for the York County Sports Complex was held to honor late County Administrator James “Mac” McReynolds. The McReynolds Athletic Complex will be referred to as The MAC.
- The York-Poquoson-Williamsburg Regional 911 Emergency Communications Center shared the Governor’s Technology Award with the James City County Emergency Communications Center. The award recognized the CAD to CAD system, which allows the two centers to see call data simultaneously and dispatch the unit closest to the emergency.
- The York County Board of Supervisors will have two new faces in 2016. Chad Green and Jeff Wassmer were elected to represent District 3 and District 4, respectively. They join incumbents Walt Zaremba, Sheila Noll and Tom Shepperd – none of whom faced challengers in the November election.
- York County residents will continue to be represented by incumbents Brenda Pogge (District 96) and Monty Mason (District 93) in the House of Delegates. Leadership in the state Senate did not change either, as state Sens. John Miller and Tommy Norment retained their seats.
- Residents re-elected all incumbents to the York County School Board. Though Barbara Haywood, Cindy Kirschke, Mark Medford and Page Minter cruised to victories, Robert George (District 5) endured a recount after the tally showed he edged Sean Myatt by one vote.
- Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs, York-Poquoson Commonwealth’s Attorney Ben Hahn and York-Poquoson Circuit Court Clerk Kristen Nelsen all easily retained their positions, as they were unopposed.
- Baeplex, a health and wellness complex, opened a new campus in Upper York County.
- Brass Cannon Brewing announced it would be relocating to York County from James City County, giving Upper York County its third brewery.