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February 28, 2013 Online Homepage

Citizens Participate in York County Planning Commission Meeting ... The York County Planning Commission held its regular meeting on Wednesday, February 13th. The Commission is reviewing the York County Plan, titled ���Charting the Course to 2035���. The citizen members of the Planning Commission began their several month review process with a presentation from the County Planning Staff and open public comment.(Read the Article)

Department of Energy Office of Science's National Science Bowl ... Grafton Middle School students are participating in a regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science���s National Science Bowl ( next weekend. The Office of Science began this competition to interest today���s youth in pursuing careers in science and math.(Read the Article)

New Free Exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum ... New Free Exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum Celebrates Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Wise animal characters engage young children in celebrating the joys of physical activity and healthy eating as they learn about diabetes prevention from their elders in a traveling exhibit opening Feb. 23 at the Virginia Living Museum.(Read the Article)

Help Wanted at the Yorktown Crier | Poquoson Post ... Ad Salespersons and Writers Wanted Immediately for the Yorktown Crier | Poquoson Post. Call: 757.766.1776 Email: the Article)

Bull Island Yacht Club Players Stage Production ... The Bull Island Yacht Club Players staged a production of a "Who Done It" on Saturday evening February 9, 2013. The play was produced by Ed and Linda Hartman and written by Andrea Hagner.(Read the Article)

Bruton Boys Defeat Lafayette in Region Semis ... Bruton Boys Beat Lafayette in Region Semis to Clinch First State Tourney Berth Since ���07 Great defense and a balanced scoring effort was the formula as Bruton���s boys��� basketball team defeated Lafayette 66-59 in a Region I Division 3 semifinal Thursday night. (Read the Article)

Constitutional Corner, Part 1, by Gary Porter, Constitution Leadership Initiative ... Welcome to Constitutional Corner, A Bi-Monthly Exploration of ���All Things Constitutional.��� My name is Gary Porter. I founded the Constitution Leadership Initiative (CLI) in order to promote a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution amongst the general public.(Read the Article)

Constitutional Corner, Part 2, by Gary Porter, Constitution Leadership Initiative ... Welcome back to Constitutional Corner, a bi���monthly exploration of ���all���things constitutional.��� Last time I told you we���d start off by exploring gun control. Unfortunately, I can���t cover such a complex topic in the 400 words allotted me for each essay so it will probably take several submissions.(Read the Article)

Student Rights Bill Goes to Governor ... The Virginia General Assembly this session passed legislation that protects the free association rights of students on public college campuses. According to proponents, the two bills ensure that religious and political organizations will not be discriminated against because of their beliefs and values. Participating in groups and organizations with missions that match their religious or political beliefs is a longstanding tradition for college students.(Read the Article)

Don, How 'Bout CUTS, Not Higher TAXES ... 3th District Supervisor and Vice Chairman Donald E. Wiggins ( stated at the February 19th Board of Supervisors meeting that he needed the help of York County citizens to understand where to make cuts in county spending. "We���ve got it down to bare bones now. Are we going to cut storm water drainage? Cut sewage?" Apparently Mr. Wiggins is out of his own ideas on how and where to make budget concessions and thereby avert a proposed hike in the real estate tax rate.(Read the Article)

Virginia General Assembly Update ... This week in the Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly the bills to increase taxes and support Obamacare are alive and the bill to protect family farms and private property is dead. Here is the latest from the Virginia Legislative Information System.(Read the Article)

FAME Allstars Finish Second in Competition ... FAME Allstars Junior Xtreme Cheerleading Team from Yorktown just finished 2nd in their Division at the World's Largest Cheerleading Competition in Atlanta. CHEERSPORT Nationals ran Feb. 15-17th at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.(Read the Article)

York - Poquoson Blood Drive Schedule for March ... Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent) and must weigh at least 110 pounds. For additional information, call the Red Cross Chapter House at 898-3090.(Read the Article)

American Congress for Truth (ACT!) ... The American Congress for Truth (ACT!) is an advocacy group established by BrigitteGabriel. Brigitte Gabriel lived in Tidewater and is well known locally. Now, she is known nationally as an author and activist against Islamists. Islamists are a distinct minority among Muslims who seek to destroy America and Western Civilization ��� and Israel. There is a local Peninsula Chapter of ACT! For America.(Read the Article)

Colonel Rob Dillon of Yorktown Takes Command of Military Police Brigade at Fort Hood ... Colonel Rob Dillon of Yorktown took command of the 89th Military Police Brigade at Fort Hood, TX. The 89th MP Brigade was activated in Vietnam in 1966 and has served the U.S. Army with distinction for over 47 years. Dillon leads 2,400 Military Policemen at Forts Hood, Bliss and Campbell. He is also the Director of Emergency Services for Fort Hood serving and protecting over 67,000 Soldiers and their families.(Read the Article)

Norment, Helsel, Watkins Raise Your Taxes, Pogge Stays True ... Republican State Senator Tommy Norment and Delegates Gordon Helsel and Mike Watkins voted to raise your taxes for Gov. Bob McDonnell���s Transportation Plan. Republican Delegate Brenda Pogge was the only York-Poquoson representative in the General Assembly to stay true to principles of lower taxes and less government.(Read the Article)

An "Office of the Repealer" Might Really be a Great Idea ... Two Tennessee state legislators have proposed a new office of state government. Their idea might be a lot of fun, especially in an era where taxes are rising, drones are flying, and disposable incomes are shrinking. Normally, creating another government office and its attendant bureaucracy is an exceptionally bad idea. But, this proposed office has a happy function that might actually serve the people, increase liberty, and promote common sense. An ���Office of the Repealer��� might really be a great idea.(Read the Article)

Robbing Political Parties of Power ... There is an old saw from Texas that ���No man���s life, liberty or property is safe while the Texas Legislature is in session.��� There is more truth than poetry in that saying here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Consider Republican Delegate John Cosgrove���s bill ��� HB 2208. Del. Cosgrove is a Republican Caucus representative to the State Central Committee (SCC), Republican Party of Virginia (RPV). The Republican member of the SCC has a bill that takes away the only power the SCC and RPV have. The only real power the political parties have in the Code of Virginia is the power to nominate candidates for election. The RPV took the power provided by the Code of Virginia and created three ways to select candidates ��� convention, caucus and primary.(Read the Article)

Letter to the Editor: Retirement of Mrs. Marian Shearin ... I don't know if you know this lady, but Mrs. Marian Shearin was my kid's kindergarten teacher many years ago. She has taught so many children in York County. Some of her past students have gone on to be teachers themselves because of her influence in their lives. As a parent, I can truly say that this woman is the kindest and most loving person I have ever met. She will always hold a special place in our hearts.(Read the Article)


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