Sunday, April 14, 2024

ICYMI: Homeless students, Mermaid Books, dancing through COVID-19 and more

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

Get in on the conversation with this list of WYDaily’s most-read stories from the past week.

Uncertain future

The next chapter for Mermaid Books, the independent bookstore tucked away under Kilwins on Prince George Street, is undecided. READ MORE

‘This store is about all kinds of stories’: Uncertainty looms for Mermaid Books; set to close this month

COVID scare

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools shut down the high school after an uptick in coronavirus cases among staff –– five cases since Nov. 4 with four of the cases being reported in the past week. READ MORE

COVID-19 scare: Warhill High School shuts down for two weeks

RELATED STORY: WJCC Schools report first student COVID-19 positive case; one class returns to remote learning

Local podcasts

If you’re on the hunt for new podcasts to listen to, then the Historic Triangle actually has quite a few local podcasters for you to check out. READ MORE

Tuning in and speaking up: These local podcasts are keeping the conversations going

WJCC homeless students

While the issue of homelessness is far from new, there is recent data that shows one school district in the Historic Triangle has approximately three times the statewide average of homeless students: Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. READ MORE

WJCC Schools has three times the state average of homeless students

Dancing through the coronavirus

Institute for Dance Inc., a nonprofit organization in James City County, has been around for years. Its mission? To teach people how to dance and provide scholarships for those who can’t afford to take a dance class. READ MORE

Dancing through COVID-19: This nonprofit in the Historic Triangle continues to teach dance classes in-person

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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