JCC granted 10-year ‘stopgap’ to find sustainable water source

JCC is considering the Chickahominy River as a potential water supply source for the county. (CDM Smith/JCC)

James City County has secured a permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that city staff believe will provide the county with a source of drinking water for the next decade. County Administrator Bryan Hill and James City Service Authority General Manager Doug Powell announced the permit at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. […]

Colonial Williamsburg employee behind beloved American Girl doll

(Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)

A beloved children’s toy with ties to Colonial Williamsburg is back in circulation. Felicity, an American Girl doll with an an 18th-century back story inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, was reissued Feb. 16 after a six-year absence. The 18-inch doll was designed by Sandy Bradshaw, Colonial Williamsburg’s senior manager of guest communications. “Felicity’s back,” Bradshaw said. “She looks good.” Felicity, whose […]

W&M police investigating spree of politically charged graffiti


Police at the College of William and Mary are currently investigating six separate incidents of politically charged graffiti found on campus during the past week — and one incident has garnered national media attention.  All six incidents were reported within a two-day span, with the first incident reported at 8:42 a.m. on Feb. 10, and the last reported at […]

New Colonial Williamsburg ad aimed at digital generation

The opening scene of a new Colonial Williamsburg advertisement, which was released on Facebook Wednesday. (Courtesy CW)

Colonial Williamsburg released a new advertisement this week, which encourages viewers to put down their smartphones and enjoy a journey into the past.  The ad, which aired in the Washington, D.C. area Thursday, features a young man seated on a bus, staring at his smartphone. The phone’s clock suddenly starts moving in reverse and the man is […]

Exercise yes, pills no: doctors unveil guidance for lower back pain

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If you have lower back pain, the last thing you should do is take prescription narcotics. That’s the message issued Tuesday by the American College of Physicians. The new guideline, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, says doctors should encourage patients with lower back pain to try exercise and alternative non-drug approaches, including heat, massage, acupuncture, […]

William & Mary students reflect on their alternative breaks in Nicaragua and Haiti

The Branch Out alternative break, which is part of the college’s community engagement initiative, sent more than 20 students abroad over the winter holiday break to work on social justice projects.


Brandon Posner’s holiday trip to Nicaragua was not a luxurious excursion. The College of William & Mary junior did spend plenty of time in the sun, but it wasn’t poolside or while swimming at the beach. Instead, there were long hours of hauling heavy cinder blocks and he had to take showers with a bucket […]

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