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ICYMI: Lottery money, big earners, Hampton economy, former foster kids and more

Money for schools

In fiscal year 2018 — from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018 — the Virginia Lottery reported ticket sales of $2.1 billion.  READ MORE.

Top 10

Here’s a list of the 10 highest paid school employees in Hampton and Newport News. READ MORE.

Plan it

In 2017 the average cost of a wedding amounted to about $33,391 and one way to get every detail right on your special day is to hire a wedding planner. READ MORE.

Christianson helps cut the cake at a client's wedding. (HNNDaily Photo/courtesy of
Christianson helps cut the cake at a client’s wedding. (HNNDaily Photo/courtesy of

Report card

Among the highlights: Hampton welcomed 58 new businesses in addition to national retailers including Kroger, Gabes, Lidl and Aldi. READ MORE.

(HNNDaily Photo/courtesy of the city of Hampton)
(HNNDaily Photo/courtesy of the city of Hampton)

Great Expectations

Some 70 percent of foster youth who access higher education do so through community colleges so by having this program at Thomas Nelson Community College, these youth will get the assistance they need. READ MORE.

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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