Evidence at murder scene to be allowed at jury trial
A motion to withhold evidence from a jury that was collected from the scene of a murder that occurred near Craddockville in 2016 was denied Thursday in Accomack Circuit Court. The case involves the death of 41-year-old Eric Clifford Rhatigan, of Eastville, whose body was found in a “dirt field” about “145 feet” from Davis Wharf Road, on June 15, 2016. Court records state Rhatigan died from multiple blunt force traumas to the head, neck, and torso. A shoe impression at the site, “indicated that at least one other individual was in the field” with Rhatigan. A cell phone that was found near the body belonged to the victim. There was also a wallet at the scene.
Rainfall totals reduced in NWS afternoon update
The Friday afternoon update from the National Weather Service in Wakefield has lowered predicted rainfall totals for Accomack and Northampton County. Tropical Cyclone 16 officially became Tropical Storm Ophelia this afternoon off the coast of South Carolina. Predicting 4-6 inches this morning, the 4:00 PM update has lowered predicted totals...
Candidate Profile: Connie C. Burford (Accomack Co. School Board – District 1)
Connie C. Burford is a candidate for Accomack Co. School Board – District 1. Her name will appear on the ballot on November 7, 2023. She is running against Jesse W. Speidel for the seat. The first day of in-person early voting at your local registrar’s office for this...
Eastern Shore Emergency Management officials continuing to monitor Ophelia
Tropical Storm Ophelia is continuing its path North and is expected to impact the Eastern Shore of Virginia through Sunday morning. Accomack County, the Town of Chincoteague, and Northampton County Emergency Management officials are advising all residents to prepare for these effects. High winds and significant rainfall from tropical storm...
Accomack County man dies in single-vehicle crash in Snow Hill
An Accomack County died Friday in a single-vehicle crash in Snow Hill, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office reported. The accident happened just before midnight Sept. 22 on Bayside Road in the Public Landing area of Snow Hill. Barry Lee Brooks, 59, of Greenbackville, Virginia, died after his Ford F-150...
Candidate Profile: Roger L. DeGeorges (Accomack Co. Board of Supervisors – District 2)
Roger L. DeGeorges is a candidate for Accomack Co. Board of Supervisors – District 2. His name will appear on the ballot on November 7, 2023. DeGeorges is running against Ron. S. Wolff in this race. The first day of in-person early voting at your local registrar’s office for...
Tropical Storm Warning by NWS
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Chincoteague, Wallops Island, and Melfa. However, the storm surge warning has been cancelled. The latest local forecast indicates that the wind is expected to be below tropical storm force, with peak winds forecasted at 15-25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph. There is a potential for wind speeds of 39 to 57 mph, which could cause limited damage to property. It is advised to plan for hazardous wind conditions and complete preparations to protect property as soon as possible. Seek shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. Potential impacts include damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes, as well as broken tree limbs and roadway sign damage. Some roads may become impassable due to debris, and there will be hazardous driving conditions on bridges and elevated roadways. Scattered power and communications outages are also expected. Regarding storm surge, there is a potential for localized storm surge of 1-3 feet above ground in surge-prone areas. It is advised to take shelter against storm surge flooding higher than 1 foot above ground and complete all flood preparations. Stay away from storm surge prone areas and follow the instructions of local officials. The threat of storm surge flooding has decreased, but impacts are still unfolding. The threat of flooding rain remains nearly steady, with no additional significant rainfall forecasted. However, there is potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding, and protective actions should be considered for areas vulnerable to flooding. Heed any flood watches and warnings to avoid serious injury or loss of life. Potential impacts include evacuations, swollen rivers, swift currents, and overflow of small streams, creeks, and ditches. Some structures may be affected by floodwaters, and driving conditions will be hazardous. Road and bridge closures are expected. The situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes, with a potential for a few tornadoes. It is important to include the potential for tornadoes in emergency plans. If your shelter is vulnerable, be prepared to relocate to safe shelter quickly. Limited impacts are expected, including tornado damage, power disruptions, and communication disruptions. Buildings may experience roof damage, chimneys could topple, and mobile homes may be pushed off foundations or overturned. Trees and vehicles may also be affected. For more information, visit the following websites: http://ready.gov/hurricanes, www.readyvirginia.gov, and weather.gov/akq.
Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Lower Delmarva
DELMARVA - The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for Accomack County, VA, Worcester County, MD, portions of Somerset County, MD, and nearby waters. The Hurricane Center says a low pressure area is expected to bring tropical storm conditions and the potential for serious storm surge to the coast on Saturday.
NWS increases rain fall predictions to 4-6 inches for Eastern Shore
In the latest National Weather Service update, PTC #16 (likely future Tropical Storm Ophelia) will bring heavy rain and windy conditions later this afternoon into early Sunday. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for Accomack and Northampton Counties. A Flood Watch is in effect for Northampton County. The Friday morning...
Delmarva Communities Prepare for Weekend Storm
DELMARVA - Numerous towns and cities across the Delmarva Peninsula have begun preparations as a potentially strong coastal storm barrels northward towards our area. The developing coastal low just today prompted a Tropical Storm Warning for Accomack County, Virginia and Worcester County, Maryland from the National Hurricane Center, with the brunt of it expected to begin Friday night and lasting well into Saturday.
Candidate Profile: Alex E. Vargas (Accomack County School Board – District 9)
Alex E. Vargas is a candidate for Accomack County School Board – District 9. His name will appear on the ballot on November 7, 2023. Vargas is running against Malcolm F. “Pep” White in the District 9 race. The first day of in-person early voting at your...
Accomack Board of Supervisors Repeals Outdoor Entertainment Ordinance
The Accomack County Board of Supervisors repealed an ordinance that placed restrictions on outdoor musical or entertainment festivals. The ordinance was passed in the early 1980s but no one remembered it ever being used. At the July meeting it was brought up by County Administrator Mike Mason who recommended updating it.
Accomack Board hears presentation on relocating Bloxom ambulances to Tasley
The Accomack County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation by the Mr. Glenn Smith on a proposal to relocate two ambulances currently located at Bloxom to the Tasley Vol. Fire Company. The County received letter requests on August 14, 2023 from the Tasley Volunteer Fire Company and Bloxom Volunteer Fire...
Accomack County Schools Transgender Policy correction
Our article on the new transgender policy in the Accomack County School System contained one error. We reported that the new policy replaced one that was passed in 2021. We have been informed that the 2021 policy was never passed by the School Board. It was tabled after discussion and has remained tabled for two years.