Accomack County, VA

Wallops launches sounding rocket Friday

The launch of the Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket carrying the RockOn/RockSat-C/Cubes in Space educational payloads occurred at 5:35 a.m. EDT Friday at the Wallops Flight Facility. Launch was postponed from Thursday due to a payload technical issue, unacceptable weather for launch and poor sea conditions in the payload recovery area.
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Ms. Alyese Justis named VATFACS 2022 Outstanding New Teacher of the Year

Arcadia High School Culinary Arts teacher, Ms. Alyese Justis has been named the Virginia Association for Teachers of Family & Consumer Sciences(VATFACS) 2022 Outstanding New Teacher of the Year. Ms. Justis is a 2009 graduate of Arcadia High School and joined the faculty of Arcadia High School in 2016. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Hotel Restaurant Management.
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There Are Still Good People in the World

I just wanted to say there are some really good people left in the world and we met one of them recently on our ride through Accomack County. We suffered a flat tire near Keller in the rainstorm and a Mr. Marshall Parks, from Parksley, stopped to help us. He...

Accomack School Board Reviews Annual Safety Audit

By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools operations and management staff at Tuesday night’s school board meeting presented an overview of the school division’s 2022 safety audit and discussed next steps, such as coordinating with local law enforcement to hold active shooter drills. “We can’t control...

Accomack Circuit Court Dispositions

Three men involved in a fight in cell-block E in July 2021 at Accomack County jail were sentenced for unlawful wounding. The victim, Derek Robinson, was described as “no angel” by Northampton County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jack Thornton who prosecuted the cases. The inmates had “a civil order,” he said. “They had a system that worked well for them.” Each person had a time to use the telephone. There was a general order that made life behind bars easier, he told the court.

State Budget Funds Local Sewer Projects, Affordable Housing

By Stefanie Jackson – Del. Rob. Bloxom announced at the June meeting of the Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition that the state budget had been finalized and included funding for sewer projects in both Accomack and Northampton counties. The Virginia budget for the 2022-2024 biennium, signed by Gov. Glenn...

Small Plane Crashes in Accomack County

MELFA, Va.- There were some tense moments at an Accomack County airport late Monday afternoon. Virginia State Police said that aa Cessna plane had taken a 10-minute flight from Tangier Island to the airport in Melfa when its landing gear failed to deploy properly and collapsed when the plane touched down on the runway. The hull of the plane and the propeller were damaged as the plane skidded to a stop.

Kiggans nominated by Republicans to face Luria in November

Republican state senator Jen Kiggans was elected by a wide margin in the second congressional district in Tuesday’s primary election. Kiggans is a veteran navy pilot, a nurse practitioner and a Virginia state senator. With 98% of the votes in, Kiggans received 55% of the vote followed by Jarome Bell with 27%, Tommy Altman had 5% of the vote and Andy Baan received 3% of the votes cast.

Voters Choose Kiggans as Republican Nominee for 2nd District Race

By Carol Vaughn — Jen Kiggans, a former Navy helicopter pilot and a geriatric nurse practitioner who represents Virginia Beach in the Virginia Senate, will be the Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District in the November election. Kiggans defeated three opponents in the June 21 primary...

Delegate Bloxom updates on major infrastructure investments from General Assembly session

Hi, this is Rob Bloxom with this week’s report from the Capitol. I am going to concentrate on items that emerged from the budget conferee committee that pertains to the 100th District. I put in an amendment for a Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) study for a gas pipeline for the Eastern Shore which was successful. It is $200,000 to study the viability and explore business contracts to support the construction of a natural gas mainline into Accomack County. The sewer extension was included in Governor Northam’s budget, but we made some adjustments to the award amount and increased the coverage area. The towns of Exmore and Wachapreague received the amount that would be needed to connect to the sewer line of Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). I also requested the funds include Accomac and Parksley. These extensions are designed to connect commercial users in the towns and along the path of the pipe. This infrastructure is crucial for new development. All in all, the state’s investment towards the central sewer will be $11.9 million dollars to supplement the $25 million the HRSD is investing.

Accomack may expand Public Works to address roadside trash problem

At Wednesday’s Accomack County Board of Supervisors meeting, Public Works Director Stewart Hall unveiled a plan that could address one of the ongoing problems in the county, trash along the roads. Hall said that over the last several years there have been many attempts to address the problems including adopt a road efforts, use of prisoners to pick up trash, the purchase of a trash vacuum truck by the county, efforts by civic and environmental groups to pick up the trash and educate the public. These efforts, while commendable, have really not produced the desired results.

Virginia News

Vega, Kiggans Win GOP Nod to Face Reps. Spanberger, Luria in Va. Virginia voters picked two women, a state senator and a Hispanic law enforcement official, on Tuesday as the Republican nominees for what coul…. Youngkin touts achievements during ceremonial budget signing. Updated 16 hrs ago. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin...

No Injuries in Airplane Crash at Melfa Airport

Staff Report — A Pennsylvania man was not injured after his aircraft failed to deploy its landing gear prior to landing on the runway at the Accomack County Airport in Melfa Monday afternoon. Harry Leiser, 45, of Rome, Penn., was the sole occupant of the 1966 Cessna T-120 airplane.

Notice of Jun 21 Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Election

The 2nd Congressional District of Virginia covers all or part of York County, Northampton County, James City County, Accomack County. All U.S. House districts, including the 2nd Congressional District of Virginia, are holding elections in 2022. The general election is scheduled on November 8, 2022. The primary is scheduled for June 21, 2022. The filing deadline was April 7, 2022.

Accomack County Board of Supervisors recognizes Class of 22 Valedictorians

The Accomack County Board of Supervisors recognized four Valedictorian students at their meeting Wednesday night. Each student received a resolution acknowledging his or her achievements that lead to their selection as Valedictorians for their respective schools. Recognized were Samuel Asbury Pruitt Parks, Valedictorian of Tangier Combined School class of 2022, Yadira Sanchez Gomez, Valedictorian of Arcadia High School Class of 2022, Kadean John Rippon, Valedictorian of Nandua High School Class of 2022 and Ally Katlin Pearce, Valedictorian of Chincoteague High School Class of 2022.