| Feb 12, 2015
| 10:33 AM
Typically this blog spotlights local, contemporary writers. But while cleaning out the shelves of the Daily Press library a few months back, I discovered a couple treasures to commemorate Black History Month. These books, written by Hampton Roads...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 5:33 PM
YORKTOWN — The Watermen's Museum in Yorktown is in discussions with five localities in an effort to win a Virginia "scenic and historic river" designation for the York River.
If they're successful — a process that could take more than a year...
| Feb 1, 2015
At an Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors meeting in December, Sheriff Mark Marshall queued up a series of audio files.
The first was from a sheriff's deputy in the northwestern part of the county. The deputy was being assaulted by someone he was...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 7:05 PM
The city of Newport News said Thursday it plans to shut down a minimum-security correctional center on the banks of the James River and move the inmates to the Newport News City Jail within a matter of months.
The decision to close the City Prison...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 4:57 PM
An anonymous donor has given $250,000 to backers of the SS United States, a Newport News-built ocean liner that sailed in the 1950s and is now attempting a comeback as a waterside attraction.
The gift is one of the largest individual contributions...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 2:09 PM
No place was more instrumental in the development and definition of slavery in Virginia than the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown.
Here are some of the landmark events that played out in the colony's first capital during the 1600s:...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 7:02 PM
A local man has started a petition to save the Newport News City Farm, saying it's not a good idea to shut down the long-standing jail for low-risk inmates in the Menchville section of the city.
Keith Jones, 38, says he's planning an all-out effort to...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 4:10 PM
For Mike Pelfrey and his staff at Tidewater Express Inc., this week's winter storm began Sunday.
"We had a whole lot of no-starts over the weekend," Pelfrey said Monday of the growing number of calls to his towing company from tractor-trailer owners...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 4:09 PM
In the long-term, the Chesapeake Bay is getting healthier. In the short-term — not so much.
That's the gist of an analysis by Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) scientists who looked at nutrient and sediment loads in the James River and eight other...
| Jan 25, 2015
JAMES CITY — State approval for a power company's plan to build new electrical towers across one of the nation's most historic waterways awaits a crucial decision from the state's highest court.
But a separate federal approval process — just...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 7:34 AM
Sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 31, 1865 an eerie silence fell over the blasted landscape that divided the Union and Confederate armies at Petersburg.
Thousands of soldiers on both sides stood up and watched as a flag of truce emerged from the front-...