Friday, April 19, 2024

ICYMI this week: Civil War history in I-64, Lightfoot Manor closes, McDonald’s renovations and more

With dozens of headlines every day, it’s easy to miss some here and there.

Get caught up here with our weekly list of most-read stories.

A bit of Civil War history survives … in an unlikely place on I-64

It was 1861, the early days of what would come to be called the Civil War. Benjamin Stoddert Ewell was professor of mathematics and president of the College of William & Mary, positions that didn’t mean very much as the institution had closed, just days after Virginia was accepted into the Confederate States of America. READ MORE.

That’s Fort Magruder in the background, flying the 13-star version of the flag of the Confederate States of America. William & Mary archaeologists recently finished a project on a dig at Redoubt 9, a fortification that happened to end up in the median of I64. (WYDaily/Courtesy Library of Congress)
That’s Fort Magruder in the background, flying the 13-star version of the flag of the Confederate States of America. William & Mary archaeologists recently finished a project on a dig at Redoubt 9, a fortification that happened to end up in the median of I64. (WYDaily/Courtesy Library of Congress)

Lightfoot Manor closes after nearly four decades due to owner’s death

A glance through the window of Lightfoot Manor Shoppe reveals an array of leftover merchandise including brass jewelry boxes, baskets, tobacco jars, clocks and home décor made as gifts and for collectors. READ MORE.

Lightfoot Manor Shoppe closed in October. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)
Lightfoot Manor Shoppe closed in October. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)

Growth in James City County is leaving some residents in the dust. Here’s why

In the past decade, residents of James City County have seen a number of new housing developments and businesses come into the area, especially in the upper county near the Stonehouse and Powhatan districts. While the growth may seem good on the surface, there are some downsides to the expansion as well. READ MORE.

White Hall is one of the town home developments that have sprouted up in the upper county in the past decade as the county grows. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)
White Hall is one of the town home developments that have sprouted up in the upper county in the past decade as the county grows. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)

Delayed vote on new regulations creates uncertain future for Williamsburg preschool

Parents are still volunteering in the classroom, supplementing the teachers’ supervision and keeping lessons moving smoothly. But change may be on the way. READ MORE.

The daycare model used by Williamsburg Parent Cooperative Preschool in Williamsburg, with parents assisting teachers, may not be feasible if new regulations are approved by the Virginia State Board of Social Services. (WYDaily/Courtesy Julie Tucker, Williamsburg Parent Cooperative Preschool)
The daycare model used by Williamsburg Parent Cooperative Preschool in Williamsburg, with parents assisting teachers, may not be feasible if new regulations are approved by the Virginia State Board of Social Services. (WYDaily/Courtesy Julie Tucker, Williamsburg Parent Cooperative Preschool)

If this is your Mickey D’s stop, you might have to get your food somewhere else this month

The eatery at 1620 Richmond Road, next to America’s Best Inn and Red Hot & Blue Bar-B-Que, was closed for renovations on Monday, said operations manager Denise Kenney. READ MORE.

The McDonald's at 1620 Richmond Road will be closed for renovations through Dec. 19. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)
The McDonald’s at 1620 Richmond Road will be closed for renovations through Dec. 19. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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