2022-08-23 E-Edition

Ring, Ring Goes the Bell

Lawson-Marriott Elementary School first grade teacher Noelle Rogers reads to students during the first day of instruction for the 2022-23 academic year. King and Queen Public Schools began instruction on August 18. The school division’s anticipated enrollment is 881 for K-12 and 49 for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 programs.

Va. Releases

SOL Scores

Results of Standards of Learning (SOL) and other assessments administered to public school students during the spring reflect the continuing impact of school closures on student learning, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported. The results were released on Aug. 18. The VDOE says that while one-year gains were experienced in most subject areas, overall student achievement remained well below […]

Right up to the Line

Boundary Talks Take Belligerent Turn

Last week’s Essex Board of Supervisors work session featured a contentious moment between County Administrator Michael Lombardo and North Election District Supervisor Sidney Johnson. The disagreement occurred while Lombardo was reporting on the difficulties he has experienced attempting to resolve a boundary issue with King and Queen County. Abdul and Angela Islam were previously informed by the local voter registration […]

Va. Bucks Ridership Trends With Intercity Bus Routes

A Greyhound stopping on the side of a rural road was once so common a sight that it continues to be a television trope despite the implosion of intercity bus service in America over the last half century. In 1970 — back when the U.S. population was just 205 million, the motorcoach industry recorded 130 million passengers; today, many cities […]

Quarter Hill Road

Death Under Investigation

Sheriff W. A. “Arnie” Holmes reports that on Friday, August 19, at 1:04 p.m., the Essex County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from 2632 Quarter Hill Rd for a 44-year-old male who was unresponsive and not breathing. Essex EMS and Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched. The first units on scene found the residence filled with smoke and a small […]

Town & County Awarded $1.5 Million in Fed. Funding

The Town of Tappahannock and Essex County have been awarded $1.5 million in federal funding through the Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. The funding will be used for planning in order to conduct a multimodal assessment and develop a master plan that will propose projects and cost estimates for future projects. Planning […]

Trial Date Set: Case Alleges

Sex Crimes Against Juvenile

A February 22, 2023 jury trial has been set for two co-defendant in a case involving alleged sex crimes against a juvenile under the age of 18. Allyn Jackson and Robin Mingee Pina appeared in Essex County Circuit Court on August 17 for a status hearing. Last month, an Essex County Grand Jury indicted Allyn Jackson, of 390 Deep Landing […]

Planning America’s Next Big Birthday Bash

Semiquincentennial. What’s in a name? Well, if it is that one, a mouthful. A semiquincentennial is a 250th anniversary. But hold on, the same is also called a sestercentennial or a quarter millennial. We might just need a Latin scholar to help us figure all of this out. Whatever we decide to call it, we will be celebrating one before […]

K&Q Schools Developing Strategic Plan

King and Queen County Public Schools (KQCPS) has contracted Gaston Shaffer of Williamsburg, VA, to provide Strategic Planning services to support the school division leadership and the School Board. For the past five years, the division’s current comprehensive plan has guided its operations. The current plan is scheduled to expire in 2023. The new strategic plan will provide a blueprint […]