| Jun 27, 2013
| 8:24 AM
Hampton Roads residents will see a 6 percent sales tax on their receipts beginning July 1.
The increase, up from 5 percent, was voted into effect by Virginia legislators in April, as part of a statewide transportation plan.
| Mar 11, 2013
We are in the midst of local government budget season in Virginia, with school divisions and localities presenting proposed 2013-14 spending plans and holding public forums and hearings on them.
If you want to explore the proposed budget, and compare it...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 8:15 PM
Nine shrubs and groundcovers with various shades of yellow and gold foliage -- all meant to brighten the garden -- are featured in this year's Beautiful Gardens lineup for Virginia gardeners.
Since 2009, the plant introduction program has tested and...
| May 7, 2013
| 9:22 AM
Step through the gate at old St. Luke's and the hourglass starts to flow backward.
Behind you, echoing through the fields surrounding busy Route 10, a steady stream of cars and tractor-trailers roars to and from nearby Smithfield. But the sound...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 6:56 AM
Despite a four-month search that attracted 41 applicants from around the country, Smithfield's search for a new police chief ended within town limits.
Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner Steven G. Bowman, a longtime Smithfield resident and former town...
| Mar 21, 2012
From Poquoson to Portsmouth and Newport News to Norfolk, more than 40 regional cleanup projects are planned throughout Hampton Roads next month as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup National Action Days, April 27-28. Project...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 6:30 AM
Virginia’s blue crab season opened strong Monday as watermen returned to Chesapeake Bay docks with bushels full of the normally dormant crustacean.
“This is unprecedented. We’ve never seen it this early,” said Johnny Graham,...
| Mar 25, 2012
| 8:40 PM
Robert P. Taylor III climbed down the ladder of the tractor that he uses to spread fertilizer. He knelt down and grabbed a handful of soil from a field that would soon be lined with cotton seeds.
"People don't understand," the third-generation farmer...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 7:16 AM
ISLE OF WIGHT — Robert P. Taylor III climbed down the ladder of the tractor that he uses to spread fertilizer. He knelt down and grabbed a handful of soil from a field that would soon be lined with cotton seeds.
| Jan 5, 2012
| 8:34 AM
Schools in seven local districts have earned 2012 Board of Education Excellence Awards, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Thursday morning.
The award is part of his Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program for schools that exceed state and...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 7:01 AM
Three of the five biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Hampton Roads will soon be closed, according toU.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.
Released earlier this month on a searchable computerized map, the data identifies large, stationary...
| Sep 16, 2012
| 2:07 PM
Isle of Wight County has created a conservation easement on 2,348 acres of forestland that fronts the Blackwater River, according to a press release from the Virginia Department of Forestry.
This will conserve a large block of forestland, protect a vital...