Local inmate mentorship program wins service award

From left to right: David Benedict, John Kuplinski (CCCJB Chairman), Jim Ramage, Tony Griffin, Patty Kipps, John Greenman, Doris Fortney and Rachel Miller-Koob.  (Courtesy VPRJ)

A local volunteer group working to rehabilitate former inmates recently received a certificate of appreciation from the Colonial Community Criminal Justice Board (CCCJB). The CCCJB awarded Williamsburg Walks the Talk with a certificate of appreciation at its quarterly meeting on Aug. 1. The certificate was a token of thanks for their 12 years of service […]

Back-to-school supplies tax free this weekend

Students returned to class at Providence Classical School Monday. (Courtesy Providence Classical School)

Attention shoppers! Virginia is offering a sales tax holiday from Aug. 5-7 on qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items, and certain energy-efficient products. According to a news release from Governor Terry McAuliffe, the three day exemption from state and local sales tax was created to financially assist families during back-to-school shopping and […]

Bruton High bookkeeper charged with embezzlement


A bookkeeper at Bruton High School has been charged with six counts of embezzlement following an investigation by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s office, according to a YPSO news release. The investigation, begun in June, tied Charlene Flood-Liggon, 53, of Newport News to the theft of several thousand dollars from the school between Dec. 14, 2011, and […]

ALDI grand opening draws shoppers by the dozen

By 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, a crowd was already gathered outside ALDI for its grand opening. (Adrienne Berard/WYDaily)

Cathleen Handlin was up long before dawn on Thursday. A retired cultural anthropologist, Handlin, more than most people, appreciates social rituals. So when she heard that an ALDI supermarket was coming to Williamsburg, Handlin made a pact with herself that she would be the franchise’s first customer. “Even though ALDI is a German corporation,” Handlin […]

Busch Gardens to host regular fireworks

(Courtesy Busch Gardens)

If you missed out on Independence Day fireworks, there will be plenty of upcoming opportunities to take in those flashy flares. The night skies above Busch Gardens will give way to brilliant pyrotechnic displays each Saturday for the next several weeks. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is ending its Summer of Thrills with a bang by hosting fireworks shows on Saturday nights […]

Sol Eskenazi joins W&M women’s tennis staff

(Courtesy Tribe Athletics)

William & Mary women’s tennis head coach Tyler Thompson announced the addition of former Penn standout Sol Eskenazi to the Tribe coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Eskenazi was a four-time All-Ivy League First Team selection in singles and played her entire career at the top position in both singles and doubles before graduating from Penn […]

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