2022-10-11 E-Edition

$80M Development Proposed for Bray’s Fork

An $80 million mixed use development project scheduled for Bray’s Fork is presently in its rezoning request stage and, if approved, will bring various housing and business opportunities here. Shiree Monterio and her mother, Constance Harris Monterio, unveiled the plan at last week’s Essex County Economic Development Authority meeting. Shiree Monterio is the owner and founder of 7 And M […]

Planning Commission

Unloads on Dalton

Members of the Tappahannock Planning Commission expressed their frustrations about their roles in town projects with recently hired community development director and zoning administrator Connie Dalton during their October 3 session. Commissioner Elaine Hilowitz was the first to voice concern when discussion centered around an engineering study of the former Tappahannock Airport. “Why was the planning commission not involved with […]

Marina Gets RAISE Grant Support

The Essex County Economic Development Authority (EDA) has adopted a resolution asking the Tappahannock Town Council and the Essex Board of Supervisors to include the June Parker Marina for evaluation as part of a Rebuilding American Infrastructure Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. The localities were recently awarded $1.5 million that will be used for planning in order to […]

Checks Presented to First Responders

Essex County Deputy Sheriff Rusty Carlton recently presented checks to local first responder agencies as a result of the Pancake Breakfast benefit held in August. Volunteers served as waiters and waitresses for the breakfast. Benefitting agencies included the Tappahannock Police Department, Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department and Essex EMS. The event raised more than $5,200. From left, […]

Meet & Greet

Council Candidates Campaign

Three of four candidates for Town Council and Mayor Roy Gladding appeared at last week’s “Meet and Greet” to discuss issues surrounding the upcoming November 8 election. The event was sponsored by the Essex County Branch of the NAACP and held in the old Beale Sanctuary in Tappahannock. The three candidates at the forum were incumbents Troy Balderson and Kenneth […]

Meet & Greet

Congressional Contenders

With incumbent Rob Wittman (Republican) absent, First District challengers Herb Jones (Democrat) and David Bruce Foster (Independent) were on hand at an October 5 “Meet and Greet” session sponsored by the Essex County Chapter of the NAACP. Jones and Foster are seeking to unseat Wittman as the representative of Virginia’s First Congressional District. Jones served in the U.S. Army (1982-2012). […]

Report: States Not on Track

to Meet 2025 Bay Goals

A new report shows states are not on track to meet the 2025 deadline for reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, prompting officials to reevaluate the plan and timeline for restoration efforts. The 2022 State of the Blueprint Report released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) assesses progress made between 2009 and 2021 in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which account […]

Local Historian Says He Knows the Origin of the Name Hobbs Hole … and It’s Not Who You’ve Been Told

Two things. If you thought a Jacob Hobbs had anything to do with the establishment of Hobbs Hole you would be wrong. That you read it in a history book doesn’t make it right. Let us begin by laying out what has been authored versus what the records show. The earliest record we have of a reference to Hobbs Hole […]

Karen Jonas Band – “First Thursday” Concert

The Karen Jonas Band performed at a special Tappahannock Main Street “First Thursday” concert on October 6 at the Tappahannock River Park. The band was originally scheduled to appear in July but that concert was postponed due to the Prince Street fire. From left, Tim Bray, Karen Jonas, Seth Brown, Seth Morrissey.