Racist Cops?

Salisbury’s Daily Times feels the need to stir the pot of racial animus on Delmarva.  African-Americans are arrested in proportionally higher numbers.  What is new about that?  This is a sad fact.  We should all wish that the crime rate were lower.  However, I don’t believe that victims of crimes are particularly concerned about the race of the criminals.

Is anyone accusing law enforcement officers of NOT arresting white criminals?  Is anyone accusing prosecutors of NOT trying white criminals?  If so, I missed that part of Vanessa Junkin’s and Rachel Pacella’s article.

Instead, such reporting merely serves as an excuse for certain “community leaders” to spout off about non-existent ills within our community.  Mary Ashanti, president of the Wicomico branch of the NAACP, compared the criminal justice system to an ante-bellum plantation:

“The statistics of the over-representation of blacks arrested in Wicomico County, Maryland, represent an ongoing contradiction since the end of chattel slavery," part of her emailed statement reads. "That contradiction being that slavery never ended, it was just legally maneuvered to justify its existence by way of punishment through the courts and as a viable economic entity.

"The gross disparity in the incarceration rates between blacks and caucasians will only widen until every able-bodied young black male has been herded into the concentration camps of the American prison-industrial complex.”

At Tuesday’s Wicomico County Council meeting Ashanti spoke eloquently against racial profiling.  She served herself, and the constituency she claims to represent, well.  But to compare the arresting of criminals to slavery serves no one other than the tiny minority who make their livings from fomenting racial hatred – both black and white.

It is obvious that Gannett’s motivation behind such race baiting was to sell papers.  They admit that this series of articles is an attempt to tie local news in with the unrest in Ferguson, MO.  They would probably like nothing better than a nice, bloody riot to help boost their bottom line.

As for me, I hope that every law enforcement officer in the country is like Accomack Sheriff Tod Godwin:

"We don’t see race, we don’t see gender.  We see probable cause for an arrest."

It’s odd no one mentioned that Sheriff Godwin is African-American.

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Coleman for Virginia Senate

Tomorrow is another election day … at least on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Voters in Virginia’s 6th senatorial district, which includes the ESVA along with sections of Norfolk and Mathews County, will have the opportunity to elect a replacement for Lt. Governor-elect Ralph Northam.  They will choose between Del. Lynwood Lewis (D-100) and Norfolk businessman Wayne Coleman.  The choice is simple.  Coleman exemplifies the values on which the people of Accomac and Northampton counties take pride in – hard work, individualism, devotion to family and community, and fiscal responsibility.

Coleman personifies Eastern Shore values.  Virginia needs more small businessmen (and women) like Coleman in the General Assembly, not more lawyers like Lewis.  Lewis, while living on the Shore, has shown himself to be a poster child for “Richmond values”, voting for tax hikes, more spending, and growth in state government.

Lewis obviously hopes that the historical parochialism of Virginia’s Eastern Shore will be enough to get him to the Senate.  The ESVA has always been the “red headed step-child” of Virginia.  The state government routinely neglects to even include the Shore on official images of the Commonwealth.  Shore residents can hardly be blamed for their inherent parochialism.  However, when Shore voters have chosen folks from across the Bay to represent them in Richmond they have been well-served.  While I may have my own problems with Sen. Tommy Norment (R-3), does anyone (other than Bill Fears) honestly argue that he did not serve the Shore well?  Northam played on the ESVA’s inherent parochialism to defeat Nick Reras and voted more like a senator from Arlington County than the Eastern Shore.

Sending Lewis to the Virginia Senate is akin to “cutting your nose off to spite your face”.  Akin to Shore Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly, Lewis tosses his “Shore values” in a bin* when he crosses the Bay on his way to Richmond.  In Richmond he has represented the Democrat Party, NOT the 100th District or the Eastern Shore.  Coleman will represent, and fight to protect, those Shore values irrespective of where he resides.  Why?  Because they are not just “Eastern Shore values”.  They are Virginia values.  They are American values.

* – Thanks to Maryland Del. Mike McDermott (R-38B) for his now famous analogy from the 2010 election.

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Former Principal Rejected for School Board Seat

ACCOMAC, VA – The Accomack County School Board Selection Commission has rejected the only applicant to a vacant seat on the Accomack County school board.  They will re-advertise the position.

Former Nandua High School principal Larry A. Thomas was the sole applicant for a vacancy on the school board for District 7.  Al McMath, who has held the seat for 16 years is not eligible for re-appointment because his home is no longer in District 7 after the county completed re-districting.  The Selection Commission voted Thomas down by a vote of 3-4.

Thomas, who worked for the Accomack County public schools for 34 years, retired in 2005 in the wake of standardized testing investigation.  Nandua High School subsequently lost its accreditation as a result of the investigation.

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Town Elections in Accomack on Tuesday

ACCOMAC, VA – Residents of incorporated towns in Accomack County are reminded that town elections will be held Tuesday, May 1st.  Elections will be held in Accomac, Belle Haven, Bloxom, Chincoteague, Hallwood, Keller, Melfa, Onancock, Onley, Painter, Parksley, Saxis, Tangier, and Wachapreague.  Candidates for office are:

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Illegal Immigrant Faces Deportation After Accomack Hit-and-Run

ACCOMAC, VA – A 34 year old illegal immigrant faces deportation after he serves a four month sentence for a hit-and-run accident on US 13 north of Accomac.  Geraldo Bravo Soto, of Greenbush, rear ended a car in front of the Perdue plant.  After fleeing the scene, Soto’s car was found in a ditch.

Circuit Judge W. Revell Lewis III sentenced Bravo Soto to three years in prison, suspending all but four months.

"When your sentence is completed, you will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities," he said.

Other undocumented immigrants who faced deportation from the Shore in recent months included several involved in car crashes, one convicted of unlawful wounding and one convicted on a drug charge.

Soto has lived in this country illegally for 17 years and was employed as a painter

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Wallops ATREX Launch Postponed

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – NASA has rescheduled the launch of five suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream to no earlier than the night of Sunday, March 18.

The high probability of unacceptable weather is preventing a launch attempt on March 17.

The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will gather information needed to better understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth.

As part the mission, the five rockets will release a chemical tracer that will form milky, white clouds that allow scientists and the public to "see" the winds in space. These clouds may be visible for up to 20 minutes by residents from South Carolina to southern New Hampshire and Vermont.

A decision on a March 18 launch attempt will be made Saturday evening, March 17.
Updates will be posted at www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home/index.html or are available by calling 757-824-2050.

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Accomack to Hike Taxes to Counter Lower Property Assessments

ACCOMAC, VA – The Accomack County Board of Supervisors have agreed to send a $57 million budget to public hearing, including a real property rate hike of seven cents ($0.07) per hundred dollars of assessed value.  Chincoteague residents would see a nine cent ($0.09) if the FY 2013 budget is passed as proposed.

Supervisors agreed to the rate hike to make up for a drop in property assessments.

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EMS Personnel Attacked in Accomack

HALLWOOD, VA – An EMS crew dispatched to a traffic accident on US 13 near Hallwood was attacked by an accident victim early Sunday morning.  Bradley Colas, 23, of Virginia Beach became irritated with EMS workers who attempted to assist him after he ran off the road and struck a tree.  Colas began fighting with the EMS personnel and stabbed two of them.  Colas then pulled out a gun and began shooting.

The EMS personnel managed to subdue Colas, who was taken to Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.  Colas is being held in custody at the hospital and is under observation.

SOURCEWBOC

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Atlantic Man Arrested in Shooting

ACCOMAC, VA – One man has been arrested and another remains at large after a man was shot early Sunday morning.  Jakori Krishawn Evans, 18, of Atlantic was arrested Sunday and was charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm at an occupied building.  Mark Smith, 35, of Parksley remains at large and is wanted for the same charges.  The incident occurred early Sunday morning near Fisher’s Corner when the unidentified victim was killed in an exchange of gunfire stemming from a fight which took place at a party.

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Accomack Supervisors to Hold Public Hearing on Wattsville Development

ACCOMAC, VA – The Accomack County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing tonight on proposed zoning changes for a Wattsville development and its proposed wastewater treatment plant.  The hearing is set for 7PM at Metompkin Elementary School in Parksley.

The proposed zoning change would redefine the county’s definition of a public utility to include those owned by private companies.  Under Accomack County’s current definition, only utilities owned by the county or towns apply.  Mark Baumgardner, attorney for the developers of the proposed Atlantic Town Center, has argued that the state’s definition of a public utility already includes privately owned utilities that are governed by the State Corporation Commission and that Accomack’s definition contradicts the state law.

At a Planning Commission public hearing on January 11th, over 200 people attended the hearing.  Thirty two (32) spoke in opposition to the development while no one spoke in favor.

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Accomack’s Property Tax Base Declines by 12 Percent

ACCOMAC, VA – The real property tax base of Accomack County has declined by 12 percent after the county’s recent reassessment.  County Assessor Brent Hurdle stated that this decline will cost the county over $2 million per year in lost revenue.  He also noted that over 70 percent of the properties in Accomack County saw some decline in assessed value.

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Accomack to Close Last Greenbox

ACCOMAC, VA – The Accomack County Board of Supervisors voted last week to close the county’s last “greenbox” waste disposal site.  The vote was 7-2 in favor of closing the site.

The “greenbox”, located in Wachapreague , will be dismantled and area residents will have to take their trash to the Painter “convenience center” or to the county’s southern landfill.  The southern landfill is scheduled to close at the end of this year.

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NASA Holding Public Meeting

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – NASA is hosting a public meeting next week to seek community input and discuss future projects at the Wallops Flight Facility.  The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 19th, at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Visitor Center on VA 175 (Chincoteague Road).

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Wallops Has First Launch of 2012

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – A flight test of a NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled for January 11 from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Using surplus rocket motors, the vehicle is being developed to support NASA science missions.

Based on the approved range schedule, the rocket is set for launch between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. EDT. The backup launch days are January 12 and 13. The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops area.

The NASA Visitor Center will open at 6:30 a.m. on launch day for public viewing.
The mission will be web cast beginning at 6:30 a.m. on launch day at: http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast

Mission status on launch day can be followed on Twitter at: http://www.Twitter.com/NASA_Wallops

Launch status also is available on the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.

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Closings / Delays – January 11, 2012

The following schools and businesses will be closed or delayed today due to weather.  This will be updated throughout the morning.

Accomack County Public Schools 2 Hour Delay
Northampton County Public Schools 1 Hour Delay

Closing / Delay list courtesy of WBOC-TV

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Accomack Man, Three Teens Arrested

ACCOMAC, VA – A man and three teenage boys were arrested for the committing five (5) fives over the past year.  James M. Wood, two 17-year-old males and a 15-year-old male were arrested on 33 separate charges including arson and conspiracy to commit a felony. All four are from Accomack County.

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New Ambulance Delivered to Tangier

TANGIER ISLAND, VA – The Tangier Volunteer Fire Company has just taken delivery of a new ambulance to serve the small island community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.  In addition to the 2012 Demers ambulance, the fire company’s pump truck was returned.  It had been sent to Ocean City for repairs.

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Wachapreague Requests Aid for Dredging Access to Harbor

WACHAPREAGUE, VA – The Town of Wachapreague is requesting help from the Accomack County Board of Supervisors in lobbying to have areas offshore of the town dredged.  Shoaling offshore is a safety hazard, preventing local waterman access to the town’s harbor as well as preventing the US Coast Guard station the ability to respond to problems during low tide conditions.

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Area Students Compete in Robotics

WATTSVILLE, VA – High school students from Maryland and Virginia are gearing up for a robotics competition at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Officials say the students will converge at the Eastern Shore facility’s visitor center on Saturday as part of the 2012 FIRST Robotics competition.

Teams will build robots and compete in an assigned game challenge against other teams from the mid-Atlantic region and then, hopefully, move on to compete nationally.

The kick-off is open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. when teams that participated in the 2011 competition display their robots.

Students will then learn the 2012 game challenge at 10 a.m., which will be announced live from the competition’s home in Manchester, N.H.

from the Associated Press

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Accused Pocomoke Woman in Hiding

POCOMOKE CITY, MD – A Pocomoke woman charged with stealing $5,800 from her employer is in hiding.  Carol Ann Chandler, 40, was charged December 16th with stealing cash and checks totaling $5,758.59 from Pocomoke Mini Storage.  She disappeared from home on December 22nd.

Worcester County Chief Deputy Dale Smack states that he believes Chandler is hiding out in Accomack County.

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Accomack Board of Supervisors Get iPads for Christmas

ACCOMAC, VA – The members of Accomack County’s Board of Supervisors received an early Christmas present at their December 21st meeting.  All supervisors received a new iPad and internet access if they required it.

The iPads will serve as replacements for laptops purchased for Supervisors in 2005.  Over half of the laptops are no longer functioning.

While purchasing iPads for Supervisors may seem a luxury in tough economic times, County Administrator Steve Miner states that the iPads will save the county over $9,000 per year just in printing costs.  In addition, Supervisors will have quicker access to their briefing packets.  This will allow them more time to prepare for meetings.

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Onley Fresh Pride Store Closes

ONLEY, VA – Customers and employees of the Four Corners Fresh Pride grocery store received some abrupt news after Christmas.  The store was closing … IMMEDIATELY.

The closure affected almost 20 employees, said Camellia Food Stores Inc. Chief Operating Officer Scott Beavers.

Only "a handful" lost their jobs, he said. All managers and assistant managers were transferred to other store locations.

"Unfortunately there’s only so much room for retail operations on the Shore," said Beavers. "We just decided to cut our losses there."

Camellia operates three other Fresh Pride stores on the Virginia Eastern Shore – in Chincoteague, Parksley, and Exmore.  The company stated that it has no plans to close any other Shore stores.

photo courtesy of the Eastern Shore News

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Accomack County Enacts New Fire Company Funding Policies

ACCOMAC, VA – The Accomack County Board of Supervisors has enacted new policies in how it disperses approximately $1.2 million in annual funding to the county’s 14 volunteer fire companies.  This legislation stems from information brought to the board’s attention earlier this year by Supervisor Robert Crockett.

Under the new guidelines, county funds may only be used for activities directly related to providing firefighting or EMS services.  County dollars cannot be used for fundraising or social events, charitable donations or re-imbursement of in-kind contributions.

The new policies also mandate tighter financial controls on the fire companies.  All county funds must now be deposited in FDIC-insured accounts.  Funds may be invested only in FDIC-insured CD’s, US Treasury bills, notes, or bonds, or in US Government Agency securities.  Fire companies will also have to submit a financial report to the county each year by September 30th.

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Five Bodies Found in Accomack County

GARGATHA, VA – The Accomack County Sheriff’s office is investigating the discovery of five (5) bodies in a mobile home near Gargatha.  Sheriff Todd Godwin stated he believes it was a murder-suicide.

Godwin declined to release the victim’s names, citing an ongoing investigation.  A man interviewed near the scene identified one of the victims as his sister:

Omar Colon Matias identified his sister as a 27-year-old named Evelyn. He also said the dead were Evelyn’s two children, ages 9 and 11, the children’s father, and another woman to whom the mobile home belonged. The mother and children reportedly also lived at the trailer.

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Shore Farmers Concerned About “Pollution Diet”

MELFA, VA and SALISBURY, MD – Farmers, environmental activists, and other interested citizens gathered at two separate locations on the Eastern Shore to discuss the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called “Pollution Diet”, or Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), and its impact on Shore agriculture.  Hundreds showed up at Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa showed up at a discussion organized by Del. Lynwood Lewis (D-100).  A smaller group of about 30 came to a debate put together by the Wicomico Neighborhood Congress.

One common theme between the two meetings was “certainty”.  Farmers, who have been described as the nation’s most regulated small business owners, are not only concerned about the regulations but also about the lack of assurance that the goals will continually shift – with an ever increasing burden placed on agriculture.

“They want to know simply what to do, let me do it and leave me alone,” said Wilmer Stoneman, Associate Director for Government Relations for the Virginia Farm Bureau.

Virginia, Delaware and Maryland all are looking at certification, termed “Ag Certainty,” that would ensure farmers who voluntarily take on restrictive standards are considered in compliance with requirements for a certain period, said Jeff Corbin, Senior Advisor on the Chesapeake Bay for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Seventy miles up US 13 Bill Satterfield, Executive Director of Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI) was echoing the same sentiment.  While being careful to emphasize that he was not speaking for the entire farm community, Satterfield noted the work that the poultry industry industry, and farmers in general, have done in reducing nutrient pollution.  Yet, the bar continues to move.

In Salisbury Alan Girard of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) emphasized that farmers and “the advocacy community” could work together in finding solutions.  However, he added, there must be consequences for continued pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

While many farmers seemed willing, even eager, to work with the government and environmental groups like the CBF, there appeared to be a lack of trust.  Satterfield presented several quotes from the president of the CBF Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) that portrayed farmers as greedy and interested solely in profit.  G. A. Harrison also quoted a mailing sent out several years ago from the CBF that claimed a goal was to rid the Delmarva Peninsula of “factory farms”.

photo courtesy of the Eastern Shore News

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Want To Be “Buried” in Space?

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – A bill introduced by Del. Terry Kilgore (R-1) would subsidize Virginians being “buried” in space if their remains were launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops.  Virginia would offer a state income tax deduction.

Supporters of the program believe that the program would boost visibility for the nascent spaceport on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  “Burial in space”, where a portion of cremated remains are launched and deployed in orbit, has been around since 1997.  Some of the better known “orbital internees” include James Doohan, Star Trek’s original “Scotty”, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, and LSD “guru” Timothy Leary.

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Richmond Wants to Ignore the Shore … Again

Residents of Maryland’s Eastern Shore think that they have it bad when it comes to state government.  Folks from the nine shore counties claim (rightly so) that Annapolis and the legislators from the Baltimore – DC corridor run roughshod over them.  They should count their lucky stars they don’t live in Virginia.

Official drawings of the Commonwealth have been issued, without the Eastern Shore.  Politicians ignore Accomack and Northampton counties except when a close election is at hand or they want to come over for Chincoteague’s Seafood Festival or the Harvest Festival.  Things would be far worse if not for the hard work and dedication of people like former Del. Bob Bloxom and current Del. Lynwood Lewis.  Now, the administration of Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to strip the Eastern Shore of any say regarding its (potentially) greatest economic asset – the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

Under its current structure, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority is required to have one board member from each of the two Virginia Eastern Shore Counties.  A report issued for the administration claims that eliminating the requirement will provide “greater flexibility” in appointing appointing board members who better serve the Authority’s mission.  Really?

In order to make the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority successful, a certain amount of local buy in will be necessary.  One more example of Richmond’s cavalier attitude towards the Virginia Shore doesn’t encourage Eastern Shore residents in supporting the spaceport.

What’s next for the people of Virginia’s Eastern Shore?  Will the Commonwealth eliminate its representation from the board of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Commission?

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Onancock Council Criticized

ONANCOCK, VA – The Onancock Town Council and its Town Manager remained the targets of criticism for closed meetings, a lack of transparency, and cronyism.

Haydon Rochester of King Street said he was appalled about the “political stunt” pulled by some town officials on Oct. 24 when a tie vote of Council to name Officer Eric Williams as police chief, was broken by Paone, resulting in
the resignation of two Council members. Rochester said the action was meant
to embarrass certain council members by settling “old scores.”

He called the chief ’s job a “political appointment” full of “cronyism” that will “haunt” the officer “for the rest of his career.”

One town resident criticized the council for their refusal to fulfill a FOIA request:

Charles Landis of Holly Street handed out copies of a petition he plans to file in Accomack General District Court in the next week. In it, he asks the court to force the town to provide copies of documents he has requested. He also wants the town to rescind “unreasonable charges” for copies of information.

Landis spoke during a public participation session and gave the officials verbal notice of his court action asking that Robinett accept service.

The council was also unable to appoint a new mayor to replace the late Bruce Paone.

source – Eastern Shore Post

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Former Town Clerk Pleads Guilty

ACCOMAC, VA – A former Onancock Town Clerk has pleaded guilty to two (2) counts of embezzlement.  Coleen Reiber, 47, pleaded guilty to stealing over $9,000 from the town’s water and sewer fund.

The embezzlement was discovered when a resident questioned a sewer bill which had been paid in cash, but for which they could produce a receipt.  Reiber is free on bond pending sentence.

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ESVA Broadband Director Resigns

MELFA, VA – Patrick Coady, Executive Director of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority, has resigned citing differences with the current board.  In a letter dated November 2nd, Coady states:

… recent changes in the board membership have led to "a continual cycle of second-guessing by some board members of the goals and direction the board laid out and has operated under for the past three years."

Coady began serving as Executive Director in January, 2009.  Prior to that he was a volunteer with the authority’s technical and business subcommittees.

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Accomack Financial Report Is a Warning to County Officials

ACCOMAC, VA – First quarter financial reports look good for Accomack County – on the surface.  Dig a little deeper and county officials will see a warning.

County Finance Director Mike Mason notes that “major revenues for the first quarter are up 10% against last year; but those figures are misleading.”  Mason said,:

“Most of this increase is due to early mailing of personal property tax bills and should be viewed as a timing difference only. Otherwise, revenues are down 7.7 percent for the first quarter, driven by underperforming sales and use taxes and landfill tipping fees. In order to make budget …  total major revenues must decrease no more than 2.4 percent. There are sufficient savings elsewhere in the budget that will offset … losses of these two revenue streams. However, at this rate they will only last through the second quarter.”

Source – Eastern Shore Post

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Onancock Council Appoints Replacement

ONANCOCK, VA – The Onancock Town Council appointed two replacements to fill the unexpired terms of two members who resigned over the appointment of a new police chief.  The council unanimously voted to appoint Sandra Fox and Kathyanne Runninger to complete the terms of Richard Pearsall and Kris LaMontagne, who resigned November 1st.

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ESVA Election Results

ACCOMAC, VA – The results of yesterday’s elections in Accomack and Northampton counties can be found on the State Board of Elections website.  The winners are listed below:

ACCOMACK COUNTY

Commissioner of Revenue Gary Agar
Commonwealth’s Attorney Leslie Mears Savage
Sheriff Todd Godwin
Treasurer Dana T. Bundick
Supervisor – District 1 Wanda Thornton
Supervisor – District 2 Ron Wolff
Supervisor – District 3 Grayson Chesser
Supervisor – District 4 Kay Lewis
Supervisor – District 5 Jack Gray
Supervisor – District 6 Robert Crockett
Supervisor – District 7 Laura Belle Gordy
Supervisor – District 8 Donald Hart
Supervisor – District 9 Reneta Major

Virginia Sen. Ralph Northam and Del. Lynwood Lewis easily won Accomack County.  For complete results of ALL races, go to the State Board of Elections’ page for Accomack County.

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Delmarva Schools Delayed by Fog

SALISBURY – Schools throughout Delmarva will be delayed 1 – 2 hours due to fog.

Accomack County Schools 2 Hours
Cape Henlopen School District 2 Hours
Caroline County Schools 2 Hours
Delmar School District 2 Hours
Dorchester County Schools 2 Hours
Indian River School District 2 Hours
Laurel School District 2 Hours
Milford School District 1 Hour
Queen Anne’s County Schools 90 Minutes
Seaford School District 2 Hours
Somerset County Schools 2 Hours
Sussex Tech School District 2 Hours
Talbot County Schools 90 Minutes
Wicomico County Schools 2 Hours
Woodbridge School District 2 Hours
Worcester County Schools 2 Hours

For a complete listing of all closings / delays, visit WBOC.com

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Election Day – Don’t Forget to Vote!

Today is election day in Virginia.  Citizens have the opportunity to elect all 140 members of the General Assembly as well as local offices throughout the Commonwealth.  On the Eastern Shore, here are your choices:

Virginia Senate Sen. Ralph Northam (D) Ben Loyola (R)
House of Delegates Lynwood Lewis (D)  
     
ACCOMACK COUNTY    
Commissioner of Revenue Leslie Mears Savage  
Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Agar (D)  
Treasurer Dana T. Bundick Greg Duncan
Sheriff Walter Marks David Rogers
  Todd Godwin  
Soil Conservation District Fred Holland Jim Evans
Supervisor – District 1 Wanda Thornton  
Supervisor – District 2 Ron Wolff  
Supervisor – District 3 Grayson Chesser  
Supervisor – District 4 Kay Lewis Sandy Hart-Mears
Supervisor – District 5 Jack Gray  
Supervisor – District 6 Robert Crockett  
Supervisor – District 7 Laura Belle Gordy Emory Hurst
  Troy Farlow  
Supervisor – District 8 Donald Hart (D)  
Supervisor – District 9 Wesley Edwards Reneta Major (D)
Onley Town Council Don Strautz Jack Pierson
Parksley Town Council Laura Atkins  
     
     
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY    
Commissioner of Revenue Anne Sayers  
Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce Jones  
Sheriff David Doughty  
Treasurer Cynthia Bradford Carol Glowacki (R)
  T. Charles Renner, Jr.  
Soil and Water Conservation W. Rawlings Scott, Jr Robin Rich-Coates
Supervisor – District 4 Rick Hubbard  
Supervisor – District 5 Larry Trala Betsy Mapp
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Turner Family Receives Audubon Award

MELFA, VA – Accomack County sculptor and conservationist William H. Turner, and his family, have received an award from the National Audubon Society for their work in preserving habitat for marsh birds.  Turner and his family maintain a 1,200 acre conservation easement between Nandua and Craddock Creeks.  This area provides habitat for multiple species of marsh birds including black rail and Sedge wren.

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Two Onancock Council Members Resign

ONANCOCK, VA – Two members of Onancock’s Town Council resigned Tuesday after the other council members circumvented the town’s hiring policy and voted to promote an Onancock police officer to Chief.  Kris LaMontagne, chairman of the Personnel Committee, and Richard Pearsall, a member of the Personnel Committee, both tendered letters on Tuesday.  They resigned their offices effective immediately.

The "sudden motion" to hire one of the applicants, coming unexpectedly near the end of the council meeting, "sets a precedent whereby any town policy can be disregarded," LaMontagne said in his resignation letter.

Pearsall, a retired U.S. Navy captain first elected to council in 2010, said three council members and the mayor "violated their sworn oath to ‘faithfully and impartially discharge and perform’ their duties" and subverted the town’s personnel policy by discussing in open session and bringing to a vote who should be the town’s new police chief.

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Sorry, No News Yet from Accomack County

We’re sorry, but we haven’t posted any news from Accomack County yet.  We’ve got plenty of news from the rest of DelMarVa.  Keep checking back.

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