Thursday, December 7, 2023

Year in review: Here are the James City County’s top five stories

James City County had one heck of a year.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, residents mourned the loss of a local businessman and once the virus spread throughout the Historic Triangle, tourist attractions like Busch Gardens were forced to close.

A viral video sparked local protests against police brutality with many demanding justice.

Then an iconic, family-run vineyard went up for sale.

Here are WYDaily’s top five stories of the year:

1. Billsburg Brewery

Staff and fans of Billsburg Brewery are coming together as a community to remember the life of owner Dave Baum, who died on Sunday. He was 46 years old. READ MORE.

Community mourns death of Billsburg Brewery owner (Free read)

2. Black Lives Matter

The sounds of chanting and marching footsteps echoed through the streets of James City County as hundreds came out to protest against police brutality Monday night. READ MORE.

‘I can’t breathe’: Cry of protesters resonate in James City County

3. Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been fighting to reopen during the pandemic and park officials have expressed frustration at Busch Gardens still being unable to operate under Gov. Ralph Northam’s Phase 3. READ MORE.

Busch Gardens launches new survey to learn more about how to reopen

4. Homeless with COVID-19

Is the Virginia Department of Health and the Peninsula Health District tracking positive cases of the coronavirus in the local homeless population? Not really. READ MORE.

Is the health department tracking positive coronavirus cases in the local homeless population? Not really

5. Williamsburg Winery

The Williamsburg Winery, the iconic property near Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, has been listed for sale. READ MORE.

Williamsburg Winery is up for sale. The asking price: $40 million

See the top five most-read stories about James City County below:

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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