Cell Phone Ban Deemed Successful

Mathews County’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David S. Daniel, recently reviewed the first year of a division-wide student cell phone ban at a special board meeting. Implemented in August 2023, the policy banned cell phones during the school day and on buses. Daniel reported positive feedback from teachers and noted increased student interactions during lunch […]

Another Budget Approval

Urbanna Town Council has approved the budget for fiscal year 2024-2025 with no changes to the current tax rates. Real estate taxes will stay at 21 cents per $100 of assessed value, and personal property taxes remain at 37 cents per $100. The $1.6 million budget includes a $1 million loan for a new well […]

Urbanna DMV Shutdown

Urbanna’s DMV Select office closed its doors on June 28 after the Town Council decided not to fund it in the new fiscal year budget. It comes after the office failed to meet revenue expectations and operated at a $42,051 loss for fiscal year 2023-2024. The office, which had been open for about two and […]

Mathews Dredging On Hold Until October

In Mathews County, the dredging at Hole in the Wall, aimed at removing 40,000 cubic feet of sand, remains incomplete, with only 27,000 cubic feet removed so far. The contractor will return in October to finish the job, and the remaining sand will be used to enhance Haven Beach. At the same time, a breakwater […]

Gloucester Rotary Donations

The Gloucester Rotary Club recently presented more than $11,000 in donations to various local organizations during a ceremony at Riverside Rehabilitation Center. The funds were distributed to Gloucester County Public Schools, Gloucester High School Care Closet, Helping the Homeless Ministries, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, the Samaritan Group, the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, […]

Going Solar In Lancaster

Lancaster supervisors have approved the addition of a solar panel project for the new high school. The solar panels will complement an existing geothermal system. Architects have confirmed that the roof is able to support the solar panels. The solar system comes at a $1.8 million estimated cost, but it offers potential savings through the […]

Crab Controversy

Tensions are rising over the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population as Virginia officials have lifted a 15-year winter harvesting ban. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s decision has sparked criticism from Maryland officials, environmental groups, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They argue that winter dredging could endanger the blue crab population and disrupt the bay’s ecosystem. […]

Middlesex Museum Grant

The Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society has been awarded a grant from the River Counties Community Foundation to develop a new educational curriculum. The $10,000 grant will fund the creation of materials focused on Middlesex history for the 2024-2025 school year. This project will cover a range of historical periods. The curriculum will include […]

Urbanna Water Rate Hike Took Effect Monday

Urbanna residents will see a 10% increase in water rates for in-town customers, as of yesterday. The base rate went up on July 1st from $45.22 to $49.74 for 6,000 gallons over two months, with a per-gallon increase from $4.20 to $4.62 for usage above the minimum. Despite the increase however, Urbanna’s water remains the […]

Horns Ace Hardware Expanding

In local business news, Horns Ace Hardware Group has announced the acquisition of the Ace Hardware brand from Gloucester Supply. The new store will be located in Hayes Plaza on George Washington Memorial Parkway and is set to open in December. This will mark the sixth Ace Hardware store under the Horns banner. Graylend Horn, […]