2023-04-05 E-Edition

Tappahannock Wawa Grand Opening

The local economy received a boost last week as Wawa Inc. held the grand opening of its newest store, located at 1735 Tappahannock Blvd. A line of people was wrapped around the store well before the 8 a.m. opening on March 30, as the first 100 customers through the door were to receive limited-edition “Wawa Coffee, Hoagies & Kindness” t-shirts. […]

Little League Opening

Essex County Sheriff W.A. “Arnie” Holmes tossed out the ceremonial first pitches Friday evening during Essex Little League Opening Night Ceremonies. Serving as first pitch catchers were Tra’Shon Delano and Meraiah Wilson. More than 300 youngsters ages 3-16 are registered to play on 32 teams sponsored by local businesses. See additional photos page B2.

Artist Painting Essex County History

Essex County’s rich history is returning to life on canvas thanks to local artist Jim Thomas. Initially, Thomas intended to paint what the 200 block of Prince Street in Tappahannock looked like before it was destroyed by a fire last July. “I started that painting and I told myself I would need a picture to go by,” said Thomas. “Then […]

Local Christian Hip Hop Artist Blossoms

Jerrell Golden’s hip hop career began with Beowulf. Golden was attending tenth grade at Essex High School. His poetry club was studying “Beowulf” and his English teacher, Betty Anne Garrett, asked the students to do a presentation on the epic poem. Golden liked poetry, but found the ancient epic incredibly boring. He decided to liven it up and turned it […]

TES Teacher Charged; Had Alcohol At School

A Tappahannock Elementary School educator has been arrested and charged with possession of alcohol on school grounds, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office has reported. Essex Sheriff W.A. “Arnie” Holmes reported that his office received information from Tappahannock Elementary School administration regarding alcohol possession and consumption on school grounds by a staff member. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of […]

‘Friends of Dragon Run’ Gets Funding For Ed Program

Friends of Dragon Run (FODR) recently received a $16,264 grant from Dominion Energy to help establish the Dragon Run Environmental Academy Mentorship (DREAM). FODR was among 35 environmental organizations across Virginia that received a total of $400,000 in grants from Dominion Energy for projects aimed at helping provide “a more sustainable future in the communities that we serve,” according to […]

Moving On Park Funding

The Tappahannock Town Council has taken initial steps towards securing financing that will help outfit Central Park (formerly Gilchrist Field) which is located between Earl Street and Virginia Street. Town officials say the purpose of the financing is for property acquisition for public purposes and for certain parks and recreation facilities, including planning, design, siting, landscaping, and a community parks […]

Supervisors, School Board Talk Budget Spending

A March 27 joint meeting between the Essex County School Board and the county’s Board of Supervisors revealed that the school division is facing a proposed budget shortfall of just over $800,000. The deficit has been created primarily due to a reduce in state funding. The Essex County School Board has yet to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2024. […]

Calls For Full Funding At School Board Public Hearing

On March 27, Essex County Public School Board invited members of the public to voice their opinions on balancing the budget for the school year 2023-2024. Essex County Public Schools is facing a $831,574 budget deficit for the fiscal year 2024. The meeting was held in the library of Essex High School. Teachers and people holding paraprofessional jobs in the […]