| Jan 7, 2010
There's something soothing about sweeping.
On my front porch recently, I got into a real rhythm, moving the dollar-store, soft-bristled broom back and forth. Winter breezes kept pushing pine needles onto the porch floor and I kept pushing them back...
| Jan 7, 2010
| 2:04 PM
A York County man is fighting to keep his snake breeding business up and running. Larry Kenton of Washington Township says a proposed nationwide ban on the reptiles would devastate his livelihood. He has been breeding pythons and boa constrictors for more...
| Jan 12, 2010
Turn on the TV for a few minutes, and you're sure to hear an advertisement for a fitness club or health spa. The idea is that traditional retail's strongest season has just ended, so now you have time to think about your fitness resolutions.
| Jan 12, 2010
| 7:41 PM
Peninsula-area existing-home sales were up 18 percent last month, compared to December 2008.
Double-digit increases in sales in recent months helped buoy the housing market, but it wasn't enough to push year-end sales above 2008 figures.
Sales of all...
| Jan 14, 2010
American beech is one of the easiest trees to recognize in winter, according to Helen Hamilton, president of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society.
All you have to do is look for the tree's slender, sharp-pointed, cigar-shaped buds at...
| Jan 21, 2010
When winter keeps you housebound, surround yourself with a few houseplants for an indoor garden. The plants help clean the stuffy, stale air that your heating system pumps out and they give you something pleasant to focus on.
| Jan 25, 2010
| 1:30 PM
A serial bank robber will spend the next 9 behind bars for robbing a dozen banks in two states. 49 year old Joseph Goetz of Windsor Township, York County was sentenced by a Federal Judge to 108 months in prison, plus two years of supervised release. Goetz...
| Feb 3, 2010
| 3:57 PM
When gardening experts say Hampton Roads is in a transition zone, they aren't kidding.
No matter what gardening guide I check, southeastern Virginia is caught in the middle — squeezed between southern and northern climates.
In the 2010 Old Farmer'...
| Feb 9, 2010
| 7:38 PM
Sales of Peninsula-area existing homes in January were down 7 percent from January 2009. That makes last month's sales volume of 181 homes the lowest since at least 1997, when the Real Estate Information Network started tracking the region's figures....
| Feb 11, 2010
| 3:28 AM
Even though he studies biology and lives on campus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Nick Flanders often visits his mother's home in Newport News where he maintains bird feeders filled with sunflower, mixed and thistle seeds and suet.
| Feb 10, 2010
| 9:49 PM
Peninsula-area foreclosure filings increased 35 percent last month from December.
The 306 filings is also up 21 percent from January 2009's 253 filings, according to RealtyTrac, which compiles foreclosure statistics.
Across the nation, foreclosure...
| Feb 12, 2010
| 6:20 PM
It's not what you expect.
If you thought that people who have to rely on free health care probably find it in weary, worn quarters, that the services they get aren't quite top drawer, then step into the Lackey Free Clinic. It's new, and it sparkles...