2022-10-04 E-Edition

Dispatcher Helps With Special Delivery

The early morning hours of September 28 were nothing out of the ordinary in the Essex County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center. Then at 7:15 a.m. communications officer Jessica Sydnor, who earlier dispatched personnel to a brush fire, fielded a 911 call that changed her morning. Terry Washington phoned 911 to inform the communications center that his wife, Crystal, was in […]

Early Morning Fire Claims Dunnsville Home

Investigators from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police continue to probe the cause and origin of an early morning structure fire along Grandview Drive in Dunnsville. Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Richardson reported that units were dispatched to the scene at around 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 1. The residence was fully engulfed when the first […]

Essex Native in Hall of Fame

Essex County native Dr. Rodney Gaines earned another gold star to his bodybuilding resumé last weekend with his induction into the AAU Strength Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony occurred Saturday, October 1, during the AAU World Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Feats of Strength Championships at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. Gaines, a 1985 Essex High School […]

Broadband and Zoning Discussed

Essex Town Hall Meeting

The Essex County Board of Supervisors held its annual Town Hall Meeting last week, updating the community regarding upcoming projects, with universal broadband and zoning being the primary issues reviewed. Essex County Administrator Michael Lombardo touched on topics that are “near future” projects. One of those concerns funding the county and the Town of Tappahannock were recently awarded. The two […]

Royalty Amongst the Royal Tigers

Twins Makayla and Malik Holmes were crowned queen and king during halftime festivities at Central High School’s Homecoming football game on Thursday night. The Royal Tigers sent alumni home happy with a 61-6 rout of John Marshall.

Bond Hearings

Dominate Court Session

Judge Herbert M. Hewitt granted three bond requests and denied another during proceedings in Essex County Circuit Court on Sept. 28. In the initial bond hearing, Hewitt rejected a request from defense attorney Peter Trible on behalf of John Richards who faces drug distribution charges. Trible told Hewitt that Richards was arraigned on the charges on Sept. 7. That same […]

Artists’ Guild Contributing to Prince Street Renewal

Artistic renderings of Prince Street before the July 15 fire have become particularly treasured during the ongoing clean-up of the ravaged block. A favorite oil painting of the damaged historic district created during the first TIDELANDS Plein Air conference in 2019 is featured in the newest local fundraiser. Tappahannock Artists Guild, with permission from the artist Debra Howard, has organized […]

Garden Club Honors

Conservation, Preservation & Beautification

Each year the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula (GCMP) presents Local Project and Recognition Awards in the areas of Conservation, Preservation or Beautification. These awards recognize individuals and organizations who set an example by their efforts and leadership in the areas of conservation, preservation, and beautification of a local community or a natural resource in the Middle Peninsula. This […]

Flood Fund Uncertain: Governor Pushes For

Carbon Market Withdrawal

In January, strong winds led to high tides drowning parts of Hampton. Some roads were impassable, with water levels rising to near the top tread of the tires. Almost two years prior, storm water had led to flooding severe enough to sweep parked cars down the roadways. With climate change driving sea levels up and altering rainfall patterns, Hampton is […]