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Local Hotel Industry Bounces Back Following Pandemic

Early indicators seem to suggest that the local hotel industry is on its way to recovery following the covid-19 pandemic. According to Ron Kirkland, executive director for the Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association, hotels in the Williamsburg area had a...

Economic Forecast Shows Improvements Following The Pandemic

NEWPORT NEWS—The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2021 Mid-Year Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, June 17 at Newport News Marriott at City Center. Dr. Vinod Agarwal and Dr. Robert McNab, economists from Old Dominion University’s Strome College...

JCC Parks & Rec Department Celebrates 40 Years With Proposed Expansions To Local Parks

JAMES CITY-The James City County Parks & Recreation Department is commemorating its 40th Anniversary this year. The department first began with a successful summer playground program, and later introduced one of its first parks in the mid-1980s when then-Mid County...

Newport News Breaks Ground On Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

NEWPORT NEWS—The City of Newport News and the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA) recently broke ground on the first phase of construction of the City’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI). The mixed-use development will feature apartments, townhomes, and...

Virginia’s Largest Competitive Aquatic Facility Opening In 2022 In Hampton

HAMPTON—The Hampton Virginia Aquaplex & Splashdown Park is currently under construction across from the Hampton Convention Center and is expected to be open late next summer. The $29.5 million, 67,000 square-foot facility, which is located at the corner of Coliseum...

Busch Gardens Brings Back Summer Nights

JAMES CITY-Busch Gardens is ramping up its programming and events for the summer season with its popular Summer Nights entertainment beginning on June 25. Summer Nights will include live concerts, nightly fireworks, open-air block parties, and a laser show. The Live...

HR SportspleX Opening Soon

NEWPORT NEWS—It takes vision to look at an abandoned bowling center that has been closed for years and see a sparkling new indoor/outdoor sports complex that is ADA (American Disability Act) compliant because the new owner’s son is in...

Waypoint Seafood & Grill Appears To Have Closed Following Departure Of Chef Schadler

JAMES CITY-A day after the owner and chef of Waypoint Seafood & Grill announced he is leaving the fine dining establishment and handing it over to a former partner, it appears the restaurant has closed.   A hand-written sign...

Local Newspapers Included in Tribune Sale to Hedge Fund

NEWPORT NEWS-The Daily Press, The Virginia Gazette, and The Tidewater Review on the Peninsula, along with The Virginian-Pilot on the Southside, have all been sold as part of Alden Global Capital’s acquisition of the Tribune Publishing Company. The sale was...

Village Shops At Kingsmill Demolished To Make Way For New Senior Living Community

YORK-A long-time shopping complex near Busch Gardens has been demolished to make room for a new senior living community. The Village Shops at Kingsmill was knocked down earlier this spring. Construction will soon begin at the site on the new...

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Will Open in Williamsburg in Fall 2021

YORK-An Ollie’s Bargain Outlet store will be moving into the former Kmart building on Waller Mill Road this fall. An employee with the Ollie’s headquarters in Pennsylvania confirmed the news on May 17. “Yes, we are going to open a store...

Many Businesses Follow Governor’s Lead On Easing Mask Mandates

Many businesses recently amended their face mask policies in response to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s announcement on May 14 lifting the mask mandate both indoors and outdoors for individuals who are fully vaccinated against covid-19. Governor Northam ended the face...

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Virginia General Assembly To Convene In August To Discuss American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

A special session of the Virginia General Assembly will convene in August to address judicial vacancies as well as how to allocate more than $4.3 billion in federal relief funding following the covid-19 pandemic. “With more Virginians getting vaccinated every...

Virginia Governor Releases Unemployment Stats For May

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced on June 23 that the commonwealth’s unemployment rate dropped .2-percentage points to 4.5 percent in May, which is 4 percent points below the rate from a year ago. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains...

Submissions Now Being Accepted For Consideration For New Virginia Time Capsule

Governor Ralph Northam is inviting citizens of Virginia to submit items for a new time capsule that will be buried on Monument Avenue in Richmond where a statue of Robert E. Lee is scheduled to be removed soon. The...