James City County proposes pay raises to curtail firefighter turnover

James City County and City of Williamsburg fire departments responded to a fire on the 100 block of Teal Way in Seasons Trace. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

For several years, the James City County fire department has seen a growing trend in firefighter turnover — as much as 15 percent of its force departing in one year.  While some firefighters resign for medical reasons or retirement, fire officials have found the turnover rate follows a pattern of personnel finding better-paying jobs. Officials […]

A ‘highly emotional’ process, WJCC School Board considers redistricting for new middle school

The WJCC School Board discussed ways to redistrict middle school students to the new James Blair Middle School at their meeting Tuesday night. (Sarah Fearing/ WYDaily)

As contractors raise the walls of the new James Blair Middle School, the Williamsburg-James City County School Board is grappling with another issue: Which students will attend James Blair when it opens in September 2018? With past redistricting in mind, School Board members opened the first discussion of many Tuesday night concerning redistricting WJCC schools […]

W&M prof charged with computer harrasment, ‘berating’ officials found competent to stand trial

David Dessler (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A William & Mary government professor has been cleared by mental health professionals to stand trial for allegedly sending harassing emails to college officials and prosecutors. William & Mary Police believe David Dessler, 62, sent “dozens” of emails using “vulgar and obscene language” to government department chair John McGlennon, university counsel Deborah Love, Williamsburg prosecutor […]

Resident hospitalized for burns after Schenk Estates house fire

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A York County resident was hospitalized for burn injuries following a Tuesday afternoon house fire in the Schenk Estates subdivision, fire officials said. Fire crews from York County and James City County responded to the 300 block of Hudson Drive around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the York County Department of […]

‘If we can just save one life, it’s worth it:’ Sheriff’s office gets drug to fight opioid overdoses

70 York-County Sheriff’s Office deputies will soon be equipped with Naloxone, a potentially life-saving drug that is administered after a drug overdose. (file photo)

Over the years, Jan Brown has seen a growing number of young people listed in the obituary section of the newspaper. The paper usually doesn’t give a cause, but her own research often reveals the deaths trace back to drug addictions and overdoses. “Sometimes I don’t even want to look,” said Brown, founder and executive […]

Fire crews clean up following tornado warning, thunderstorms and hail

Fire crews in the Historic Triangle responded to several downed trees Thursday. (Courtesy of James City County)

Fire crews in the Historic Triangle are working to clean up debris after a storm caused trees and power lines to fall Thursday, according to fire officials. James City County fire crews responded to reports of several downed trees Thursday afternoon, most of which fell after the storms cleared, James City County Batallion Chief Al […]

Taylor family farm land-use application moves forward

A house on the Taylor family's property sits in a large farm field on Richmond Road in Toano. (Sarah Fearing/WYDaily)

For nearly three years, the Taylor family has worked to secure alternatives for the future of their 217-acre swath of farmland at near Anderson’s Corner in Toano. Family members from multiple generations have written letters, attended and spoken at county board and commission meetings, and worked with planning staff to find a suitable alternative for […]