| 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...
| Feb 13, 2010
| 7:54 AM
Jack L. Ezzell Jr.'s high-tech business operates on an international scale, but his personal mission is to be sure that his local community isn't divided into high-tech haves and have-nots.
Ezzell has used the same zeal and determination that built his...
| Feb 21, 2010
| 3:56 PM
If you've got a sick banjo, Richie Dotson has a cure.
The Newport News resident is one of the area's top stringed instrument technicians, a masterful repairman who's able to take an ailing banjo, mandolin or guitar and make it sing again.
| Feb 5, 2009
February is the time to prune most trees and shrubs but only if they really need pruning - not just because you read somewhere it's the season for cutting things back.
Pruning is primarily done to remove the three Ds - dead, damaged and diseased plant...
| Mar 29, 2009
Gaze into the faces of the kids on the NASA Knights First Robotics team and you'll usually see the kind of expressions you'd expect to find in a bunch of teen-age computer, electronic and engineering whizzes.
Though they're often unnaturally wise, they...