Tuesday, August 9, 2022

ICYMI: Homelessness in Williamsburg, Presidents’ heads, free beer and more

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

Catch up and get in on the conversation with this list of most-read stories this week.

Here’s what homelessness looks like in Williamsburg — and how the numbers don’t match up

Multiple times a day, CSX coal and Amtrak trains rattle over straight, shiny tracks in Williamsburg. READ MORE

A pile of clothes, including a winter hat, are discarded under an overpass in Williamsburg near train tracks. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
A pile of clothes, including a winter hat, are discarded under an overpass in Williamsburg near train tracks. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

Remember those presidents’ heads? This may be your last chance to see them

On a property in Croaker rests the eerie site of 43 crumbling heads of United States leaders, waiting to be seen and wanting to be heard. READ MORE

The 43, 18-foot president statues currently reside at Howard Hankins' property in Croaker. But they might not stay there for long. (WYDaily/Courtesy Flickr)
The 43, 18-foot president statues currently reside at Howard Hankins’ property in Croaker. But they might not stay there for long. (WYDaily/Courtesy Flickr)

Here’s good news: Free beer at Busch Gardens

It’s that time of the year again: Busch Gardens Williamsburg is ramping up for its opening date this spring. READ MORE

(WYDaily/Courtesy Busch Gardens)
(WYDaily/Courtesy Busch Gardens)

Co-founder of longtime Williamsburg nonprofit steps down but leaves a legacy behind her

Mary Beth Gibson is known in the community as a pink force of nature, helping to create a safe place for young women with breast cancer where she didn’t see one. READ MORE

More than a decade ago, Mary Beth Gibson (right) started the organization Here for the Girls along with Rene Bowditch to create a space for women with breast cancer under 50 to find support. (WYDaily/Courtesy Here for the Girls)
More than a decade ago, Mary Beth Gibson (right) started the organization Here for the Girls along with Rene Bowditch to create a space for women with breast cancer under 50 to find support. (WYDaily/Courtesy Here for the Girls)

Why are those walls along I-64 red? And what’s with the door?

Multiple sound barriers have been constructed along parts of Interstate 64. And they’re red. READ MORE

The red sound barriers part of the Segment II project along I-64 (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of VDOT)
The red sound barriers part of the Segment II project along I-64 (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of VDOT)
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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