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Briar patch valentine ad 2015Tidewater image smallTidewater Students Win Distinguished Young Women Scholarships ... High School senior girls from the Tidewater area recently represented their hometowns in the Tidewater Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program held in Newport News. Each participant competed in five categories including talent, fitness, self-expression, interview, and scholastics. Those who qualified at the local level will compete in the state program where they can win a variety of additional scholarships. The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program is a national program based out of Mobile, Alabama, which inspires high school senior girls to develop their full individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. This program encourages continued education and provides college scholarships. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Coach image smallPoquoson's Coach Kenneth Bennett is the NFHS 2014 Coach of the Year ... The National Federation of State High School Association has selected Coach Bennett to receive the 2014 Coach of the Year award at the state level in the sport of Baseball. The NFHS is the official national coaches association of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The Association recognized that Coach Bennett's contributions on behalf of high school athletics was deserving of recognition. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Groundhog image smallVirginia Living Museum Celebrates Groundhogs with Events Saturday and Monday ... Great ready for Groundhog Day with groundhog-related activities at the Virginia Living Museum on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet Chesapeake Chuck, the museum's resident whistlepig. Children's activities include crafts, 'groundhog chucking' and an interactive photo op. Showing in the Abbitt Planetarium on Jan. 31 will be "Assignment Earth," a fun program that helps kids understand the confusing interconnections between the Earth, moon and sun. Shows are at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 plus admission. The museum's groundhog, Chesapeake Chuck, will do his official groundhog weather forecasting duties on Groundhog Day, Monday, Feb. 2 at noon. WAVY-TV Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will be on hand to assist Chesapeake Chuck in the annual ceremony. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Bishop fishing ad 440pxFish News - Tide Chart ... Our saltwater fishing options are a bitFI3 29jan15 smalllimited out of Virginia right now. There are still a few reports of catch-andrelease fishing for striped bass inside the bay, particularly near the FI1 29jan15 smalldeepwater area on the eastern side of the bay. Striped bass have been a no-show in the open coastal waters. Some have been encountered outside the 3 NM line by anglers FI2 29jan15 smallsearching for bluefin tuna but they do not seem to be thick out there either. Some monster bluefin tuna are being caught out of Morehead City. One weighing over 1000 pounds was landed last week. What have not shown are those 100-200 pound fish FI4 29jan15 smallthat often can be found wintering north of those giants, somewhere from Virginia to North Carolina. So far, the boats looking for them have not been able to find them.FI5 29jan15 smallBlackfin tuna are being jigged up off of Hatteras. When boats can get out, some yellowfin tuna have been caught out of Oregon Inlet in the area of the Point. Between the weather and the shoaling of Oregon Inlet, it has been tough to get to the tuna grounds. (Read full Fish News Article) (Get the Tide Chart) (Have a Comment?)
Soccer imageJust so you know 29jan15Registration for York County Youth Soccer ... York County's Division of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) will be taking youth soccer registrations for the spring 2015 season from Monday, January 26, to Friday, February 13. York County residents may register their child for $45. If additional family members are enrolled in the program, the registration fee is $40 for each additional child. Youth in grades 1 through 12 may register for Coed or Girls only leagues. Practices are scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 14. Children currently enrolled in kindergarten will participate in a special instructional program. Registration may be made in person, by mail or online. (See Page 12, Jan 29, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Snacks imageScore Big with Game Day Snacks ... The game is on, and your home is filled with friends decked out in those familiar colors, ready to cheer their team to victory. Now there's only one more thing you need to make this game day gathering great - a feast of delicious, easy to enjoy goodies. Whether your team consists of spice fanatics or sweets enthusiasts, Blue Diamond offers a huge variety of delicious snack almonds perfect for every preference or craving. Complete your game day spread with delicious dips - and don't forget the dippers. Add variety and color with sliced up carrots, bell peppers and broccoli to serve alongside tasty Blue Diamond Nut Thins, a perfect, crunchy dipper that's also gluten-free. Get in the game with these recipes and more by visiting (See Page 7, Jan 29, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Local Schools Announce Honor Rolls ... Bruton High School and Grafton High School announces the All A's and All A-B Honor Rolls for the First Marking Period. (See Page 4-5, Jan 29, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Visit imageTabb Middle School Students Visit York Convalescent ... mative learning project, Lisa Spruill's public speaking class at Tabb Middle School (TMS) researched what life was like for a teenager living in the 40s and 50s. Based on their research with TMS librarian Nanci Diggs, students wrote a set of questions that they used to interview the residents at the York Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. After the field trip, the students presented their findings to their classmates. They also discussed their experiences talking with the residents. The students shared with Mrs. Spruill, Ms. Diggs and their classmates that the project was a personally fulfilling experience. (See Page 3, Jan 29, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
York-Poquoson Sheriffs Office ... Arrests for the week January 19, 2015 through January 25, 2015. (See Page 9, Jan 29, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Constitutional Corner: Pastors and Politics ... In 1954, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson found himself being opposed for reelection by certain pastors in his home state of Texas. Johnson got his revenge by having inserted into the IRS Code what became known as The Johnson Amendment. The amendment inserted into Section 501(c)(3) the words that entities who are exempt from federal income tax cannot: "Participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of - or in opposition to - any candidate for public office." To violate this provision puts at risk the organization's tax-exempt status, and groups such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Freedom From Religion Foundation now fiercely look for violations. Since a church's tax-exempt status and thus the ability of its contributors to deduct their donations on their tax return is viewed as so precious, few pastors are willing to say anything that touches political topics. It was not always this way. (See Page 8, Jan 29, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

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