| Dec 16, 2012
| 5:54 PM
ISLE OF WIGHT – The United States' historically high cotton prices of 2011 are history.
But the country's cotton industry is starting to deal with an international trade problem created by the volatile market: cotton contract forfeitures, said...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 6:12 PM
ISLE OF WIGHT — Dust flies outside Windsor's Commonwealth Gin on a nippy October morning, as Isle of Wight County's cotton harvest begins what's likely to be a global journey that transforms locally grown cotton bolls into T-shirts, jeans and the...
| 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 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...
| Dec 13, 2010
| 12:50 PM
Peninsula-area home sales plunged 41 percent in November, compared to November 2009.
That's because home buyers this time last year were rushing to buy to qualify for federal first-time homebuyer tax credits of up to $8,000 before the offer expired. That...
| Aug 12, 2010
| 7:23 PM
Schools statewide slipped in meeting federal No Child Left Behind Act achievement goals, with 40 percent not making adequate yearly progress, or AYP, this year. Results, based on pass rates on state tests, were released Thursday by the Virginia Department...
| Oct 21, 2010
| 7:28 PM
ISLE OF WIGHT - Teresa McCaskey remembers laughing the moment she heard International Paper Co. was shutting down its paper mill in southern Isle of Wight County.
"I thought it was a bad joke," recalled McCaskey, one of more than 1,100 workers who...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 11:14 AM
Hampton Roads' unemployment rate hit 7.6 percent in January, after falling to 7 percent in December, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
Statewide, the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in January. The U.S. rate was 9.8 percent. Figures...
| Apr 17, 2011
| 1:57 PM
Three people were killed and more than 60 were injured when a tornado cut a mile-wide path across Gloucester County Saturday, said Gloucester Sheriff Steve Gentry.The victims have been identified as Periccis Gerasimos Koutsoumbinas,a 60 year-old-male,...
| Apr 17, 2011
| 6:13 PM
For much of Sunday, parts of the region resembled a war-zone.
The path of a Saturday night tornado ripped an 8.5-mile path of havoc bending trees like tooth picks, leaving homes in crumbles and the sharp smell of freshly chopped pine everywhere, said...
| Apr 17, 2011
| 4:44 PM
WINDSOR – The full-length mirror still stands in the corner of 16-year-old Lauren Kerlin's second-floor bedroom. The antique vanity and four-poster bed, even the framed picture hanging on the far side of the room, hasn't moved.
The only thing...