The year in review
JANUARY: Donk’s Theater in Hudgins and the Sibley’s and James Store Historic District are among the 15 new historic resources approved for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register…Frigid weather keeps the annual Audubon Bird Count numbers low; 50 volunteers have their enthusiasm tested as near freezing temperatures and gusty winds keep sightings at about 18,000 birds of 100 species…Al Moe receives the 2009 Ruritan of the Year award…The Mathews Maritime Foundation leases a portion of property formerly known as Pulley’s Marine as a location for waterfront educational activities, as well as expanding its lease with the county for full use of its current building…The Blue Devil wrestling team places fourth at its annual Mathews Invitational then are 8-0 in dual matches…Gwynn’s Island residents get a look at the county’s draft comprehensive plan that mentions four primary guidelines for the development policies for the island…2010 Relay for Life launches its five-month fundraising effort with a goal of $50,000…Raymond Willis Jr., CEO and founder of Heritage Funding Inc., is guest speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at First Baptist Church…Leland Machen and Mike Sanderson are voted to first team all-district as the MHS Scholastic Bowl team sweeps regular season, places second at the Tidewater District tournament.
FEBRUARY: Mathews resident Mark Gwynn, as part of Virginia Task Force 2, an urban search and rescue team, helps rescue victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti…Winter snowstorms blanket county causing some power outages, dangerous driving conditions, closed classrooms…The Mathews County Board of Supervisors decides to have regular night meetings every other month so that residents that work during the day can attend…Residents pack meeting to see the proposed plan that consultants have developed for Mathews Main Street…Casey Parrish, a MHS volleyball team outside hitter, receives first-team All-State honors…The Mathews Film Society is established in the Halcyon Building on Main Street, offering the community a chance to view and discuss culturally interesting films and to make films about the local area…Facing state budget cuts of more than $1 million, the school board holds a town hall meeting; Mathews schools could lose 35 positions…Best Value Supermarket celebrates its 25th anniversary…Homeschooled Baylor Towne of Onemo wins the Tidewater Regional Spelling Bee; she will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee…Speakers bash Congress, while praising Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross), in a town hall meeting sponsored by the Piankatank Ruritan Club……Garrett Fosdyck is crowned state champion in the 285-lbs. weight class as MHS wrestlers place sixth at the state tournament; in the prior week, the wrestlers dominated the Region A tournament winning eight individual titles…Over 100 residents jam into the historic courthouse to ask the board of supervisors to increase funding to the schools to make up for anticipated state cuts as federal help may come too late for the current budget crisis.
MARCH: The Mathews Lions Club recognizes Ben Thompson for 50 years service…Chesapeake Bank marks three decades in Mathews…Ann Shockley is the new victim/witness director in the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Mathews…The school board adopts a $12.97 million draft budget, representing a decrease of $259,522.87, keeping staff intact with a step increase for employees; asks county supervisors to make up for state cuts…The Mathews Chamber of Commerce revamps its website…Flowers from the Heart celebrates its 10th year in business…Visitor center (MCVIC) renovations are underway…MVFD adopts a new policy regarding donations and other money it receives; an annual audit by an independent CPA is required…The school board approves a request by the Mathews Community Foundation to establish an endowment fund for Mathews Public Schools .
APRIL: Leatrice Vernon Croswell is convicted of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the June 2009 death of 21-year-old Matthew Roberts…The board of supervisors votes to take a proposed real estate tax increase to public hearing and to increase to $35,000 the amount of qualifying income for tax relief for people over age 65…The Sibley’s and Thomas James Store Historic District has been named to the National Register of Historic Places..."Easter by the Bay" events include an "Eggs-tra Special" merchants’ promotion in the village and an Easter egg hunt on the court green both sponsored by the Mathews Merchants Association and the Main Street Committee, the opening of the farmers’ market, and showing of children’s films by the Mathews Film Society…Supervisors and planning commissioners take another look at the draft comprehensive plan…MHS crew kicks off its 23rd season by hosting the Tidewater Crews Regatta at Williams Wharf…Lynne’s Restaurant celebrates 15 years in business…The latest survey of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population shows a 60 percent increase from last year; Mathews catches slowly picking up…MHS students Jonah West and Arayah Hudgins place fourth in Duo Interpretation in the VHSL Forensics Championships…36-year-old Mark Rodda of Mathews dies after a single-vehicle accident on Main Street in Gloucester…The school board approves a proposal to name the MHS concession stand in memory of Richard Perry, a long-time supporter of the school and its athletic programs…The planning commission recommends and the board of supervisors approves amendments to strengthen the junk vehicle zoning ordinance and to bring the county’s subdivision ordinance in line with the new requirements under the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act…Preliminary discussions are held on how to best preserve Poplar Grove Mill, a historically significant tide mill in Mathews…County supervisors vote by a 3-2 margin to adopt a budget that includes no increase in taxes…The school board avoids laying off personnel for 2010-11…Devil boys’ track team wins at West Point Invitational.
MAY: Dennis Gryder of Hudgins receives VIMS grant to experiment with a way to improve oyster fishery…Mathews Rotarians host a Group Study Exchange team from Jamaica…1997 MHS graduate La’Tina Hassell wins Walmart employee community service award…The Coast Guard rescues two Mathews men from a capsized sailboat in the Mobjack Bay…The Mathews Community Foundation awards over $25,000 to local non-profits…Senior Garrett Fosdyck, a two-time state champion heavyweight wrestler for the Blue Devils, signs a letter of intent to attend King College in Bristol, Tenn…700 cyclists ride in Tour de Chesapeake; activities are added to the annual biking event as an effort to bring more people, not just cyclists, into Mathews…Mathews County’s Relay for Life culminates with huge event at MHS; participants gather to celebrate raising over $53,000 for the fight against cancer…64 years after the last classes were held, alumni of the Peninsula School at Bohannon hold a reunion…MHS boys win district track title…The board of supervisors adopts changes to the 2010-2011 budget including an increase in revenues from the state and reinstating some of the money cut from constitutional offices…Tuggie Hutson wins Best in Show at the annual Garden Club of Mathews County flower show.
JUNE: Coasties at U.S. Coast Guard Station Milford Haven help plant a million baby oysters on the Burton Point Sanctuary Reef in the Piankatank River…After winning the Tidewater District title, the MHS girls’ tennis team recaptures the Region A title but then falls to Bland County, 5-2, in the state semifinal…The Lady Devils varsity softball team clinches the Tidewater District tournament, wins Region A crown, falls in state quarterfinals…Megan Morris of Susan, leads the CNU softball team to fourth in nation…After winning the Tidewater District soccer tournament, the MHS varsity team falls in the Region A quarterfinals; four players are named first team All-District, two are selected to second team, eight receive All-Academic honors, and Patrick Sopko receives the Tidewater District MVP trophy…Mathews High School graduates 96 students with grads receiving over $1.6 million is scholarships; Amber Fauber is valedictorian and Michael Sanderson is salutatorian…Friends of the Mathews Memorial Library purchase the former Radio Shack building on Main Street for expansion purposes; new wing to be named after the late Dr. H. Bland Hudgins…Mathews drug bust near Onemo nets an estimated street value of $750,000 in marijuana…The county loses three of its leading citizens in the short space of one week—Charles William "Charlie Bill" Faulkner, long-time funeral home owner and director; Judy Ward, song and play writer, singer, outstanding rescue squad and Camp Rescue organizer; and retired county treasurer and civic leader, Judy Oliver Burroughs…Mathews native Jonathan Dehoux, a standout first baseman on the Apprentice School team is named that school’s 2009-10 Athlete of the Year…The Mathews Chamber of Commerce honors the late Charles William Faulkner as its Businessman of the Year and with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
JULY: 68-year-old Lester Cary of Cardinal, dies following an accident on North River Road in Mathews…County receives $424,000 grant to help stabilize and restore the New Point Comfort Lighthouse; additionally Wilbur and Bill Burroughs establish a $10,000 fund in the name of their ancestor, Elzy Burroughs, for the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the lighthouse…Even though stormy weather cuts the "Honor the Watermen" themed 62nd annual Gwynn’s Island Festival short at 2 p.m., event organizers deem it a success; winning ticket of the 50/50 raffle donates money back to the Gwynn’s Island Civic League…Russell Reed wins the Wesley Ashberry 5K Twilight Walk/Run; funds raised in the amount of $3,096.60 are presented to Denbigh House to help fund rehabilitation programs for people with head injuries...Tamara S. Stephens, nurse practitioner, joins the staff of Riverside Mathews Medical Center…A breathtaking display by the Mathews Fireworks Committee on July 4th caps an evening of fun, games and music by the group "Riptide"…Sixth and seventh graders at THMS participate in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon program, raising $1,287.65 to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases…Invited by school board chair Jen Little, Sen. Mark Warner (D.-Va.) makes a stop at THMS; talks about education and answers questions on a range of topics…Southwind Pizza on Church Street, owned by Ned and Dia Lawless, celebrates its 10th anniversary…Following a January arrest on two felony counts of embezzlement, Paul Reardon, retired Virginia State Trooper and long-time treasurer of the Mathews Volunteer Fire Department, pleads guilty to embezzling more that $200,000 over a two-year period from MVFD which he had served for 30 years and is remanded to jail until sentencing…A project to dredge Put-In Creek and create a turning basin as a way to encourage visitors to come to the county is apparently shelved because of the impact dredging would have on wetlands…Nearly 300 take part in promotional "Babes by the Bay" put on by the Mathews Merchants Association…Dr. Michael Richards, a member of the Mathews County School Board since 2008, announces that he is stepping down from that post, effective Aug. 31…The county’s animal control operations are incorporated into the sheriff’s office…Mobjack Rowers Association captures three gold, seven medals total in the Philadelphia Youth Regatta…37 youth take part in Judy Ward’s Camp Rescue, now in its 22nd year…Supervisors get a preview of the countywide federal health survey that will be conducted in September; a survey team will visit almost 1,300 households to conduct interviews…Manager of the Mathews Art Gallery from its opening, "Patty" Hicks Zierow dies…Six members of Coast Guard Station Milford Haven receive the Achievement Medal for their work in responding to a fatal boating accident on the Rappahannock River on July 5.
AUGUST: For the second straight year, acreage of Mathews waters condemned for shellfish harvesting has shown a sharp decline; however, Put-In Creek has never been considered clean since it was put on the list in 1927…The Mathews Historical Society gets a collection of documents from the J. Martin Diggs estate…The Mathews Big League team finishes fifth in the state baseball tournament…The county reassessment is underway with property values running about 30 percent higher than the last assessments that went into effect in 2005…The Mathews Market Days Committee awards $7,379 in grants to five county organizations, checks will be presented during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Market Days; county supervisor Edwina Casey is named Honorary Mayor…MVFD kicks off its 2010 fund drive with a goal of funding two major purchases—a new building for the Cobbs Creek area, as well as a pumper for the department as a whole…Hosted by the Mathews Rotary, the Mathews Boys & Girls Club holds its seventh annual flounder tournament, raising more than $10,000 for the club; Carol Tomlinson of Mathews wins first place overall…After two years of diligent work, the county’s updated comprehensive plan is ready to go before the public and the county’s board of supervisors, mixed-use development is a key theme in the new plan…Fire destroys a two-story home on Old Garden Creek Road…The Mathews Art Group names Bobbi McElroy, of Hallieford, as manager of The Gallery…1984 MHS graduate Malcolm Blacken is assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Redskins…John and Tina McCloud find a way to restore wetlands naturally and economically using coir logs along the shoreline of their property…The Mathews Maritime Museum is expanding into the second half of the building that housed the school board/extension office on Main Street…The Army Corps of Engineers funds a $100,000 Put-In Creek dredging study…Artist Gib Pulley creates the winning 2010 Mathews Market Days poster.
SEPTEMBER: The Mathews Historical Society archives receives a book most likely owned by Capt. Sally L. Tompkins, C.S.A. (1833-1916)…Ultralight flyover returns, over 90 booths, estimated attendance of 12,000-15,000 and outstanding weather at this year’s Market Days, has chairman Art Dubey calling the festival the "most successful" yet…Coast Guard volunteers from Milford Haven help place 200,000 seed oysters on a nursery reef in the Piankatank River in oyster restoration effort…A cape, donated by the Cooke family, believed to have been worn by Capt. Sally Tompkins, C.S.A., is displayed at Market Days in a case built by Mark Smith, local contractor and county Historical Society member…Joe Syslo steps down as Chamber of Commerce president…After seven vie for vacancy on the school board, Lanell W. Jarvis of Foster is unanimously appointed to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Michael Richards…1984 MHS graduate Lemuel A. Thomas Jr. is promoted to the rank of full colonel in the U.S. Army…The MHS boys and girls cross country teams open the 2010 season by crushing their competition…Due to dry conditions representing an extreme risk of wildfire, board members adopt an emergency ordinance that allows them to impose a ban on open burning…Paul Reardon is sentenced for MVFD embezzlement to 20 years in prison with 15 years suspended…Four 2010 graduates of MHS earn AP scholar designation by the college board in recognition exceptional achievement on the college-level exams…The Red Men’s Lodge is moved during Market Days across the Mathews Town Center parking lot to its new location; the building will be turned into condominiums for ages 55 and older…Over $12,000 is raised in the fourth annual L. Wayne Hudgins Memorial Wharf to Wharf Swim with funds going towards the construction of a new boathouse to be known as the William F. and Catharine K. Owens Center…The county is successful in securing a $150,000 grant to replace outdated E-911 computer equipment…MCVIC appoints Hilton Snowdon of Topping as its new executive director…Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard’s new Submarine Component Facility is named in honor of Sonny Daniels of Moon for "Forty-Nine Years of Commitment and Dedication to the Machine Shops"…The MHS girls’ cross country team wins the Girl’s Bronze Division at the Maymont Cross Country Festival in Richmond…Matt Rowe announces his resignation from the county planning staff to accept a position as assistant zoning administrator and county planner for Amherst.
OCTOBER: A 1905 Mathews County farmhouse on the Mobjack Bay at Susan, childhood home of Borum and Billy Tatterson, is purchased and will get a complete makeover on the DIY Network’s interactive Blog Cabin reality series next year; an online sweepstakes viewer will win the completed house…The Mathews Maritime Foundation volunteers its Gwynn’s Island Boat Shop (used for the repair and resale of donated boats) as a location for Rappahannock Community College’s marine trades classes…Carson Barnes of New Point, former football and assistant baseball coach as well as a history professor and assistant to the dean, is inducted into the Ferrum College Sports Hall of Fame…Dr. Karen Ransone of Cobbs Creek is selected to serve a one-year term as president of the Virginia Board of Medicine…Andrew J. Maggard revives "Our Country" newsletter…A lower-than-projected enrollment this year—along with the possible dip in state funds it could mean—impacts Mathews schools budget; school board looks to other financial sources…The county begins the process for Community Development Block Grant that the Department of Planning and Zoning wants to pursue for the Court House area…County supervisors approve a sewer line extension that will allow Lynne’s Family Restaurant to hook up to the line at the Mathews Parks and Recreation…The Maritime Foundation unveils its heritage trail website…Firefighters collect over $4,700 at Waiters’ Night…Alleyne "Yea Yea" Wright and Michael Cunningham are crowned MHS homecoming queen and king during halftime of the Mathews-King William football game…The MHS boys’ cross country team ends its regular season undefeated; both boys and girls teams win district titles and then finish fourth in state.
NOVEMBER: The Mathews Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police bomb detection unit, and a representative from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are called to the Mathews Post Office to investigate a suspicious package later found to be not dangerous…Conrad M. Hall of Norfolk donates nine acres of Billups Creek property, to be named Mathews Heritage Park, for use as a public nature park and waterfront center; neighboring residents concerned about possible plans…Just over 50 percent of county registered voters turn out at the polls on election day; Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross) holds onto his 1st Congressional District seat…The Mathews County 4-H program and the Mathews Maritime Foundation jointly commit to building six sailboats for the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center…The Lady Devils varsity volleyball team earns Tidewater District regular season and tournament championship crowns for the sixth year in a row, capture the Region A title and compete in the state’s Final Four…The third annual Bobby Stewart Run Walk raises over $7,000 to benefit the Ware Academy Scholarship Fund and the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic…James Helbig of Susan wins $1 million from the Virginia Lottery…MHS sponsored thrift store The Thrifty Spot, opens to provide transition for special needs students from the classroom to the community…County residents meet with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to learn about a study the Corps is conducting on the feasibility of dredging Put-In Creek…Clarence L. Minters of Cardinal is chairman of the 2010 Mathews Ruritan Christmas Blessing Fund…Fire destroys the Hallieford home of Wendell White…A dozen artists take part in Made in Mathews Open Studio Tour…MHS varsity volleyball team posts a 28-2 record, winning the district and regional titles and earning the state’s Sportsmanship Award; falls to Nelson County in the Group A, Division 1 championship game…County supervisors receive a flood of complaints following the mailing of real estate reassessment notices to residents…Mathews County joins the ranks of the city of Arlington, York County and Gloucester in receiving an A+ rating for transparency on its website, www.co.mathews.va.us...MVRS sees demonstrations of computer aided dispatch systems with hopes of having such a system in place by March 2011…Two suspicious early morning fires in Port Haywood destroy an unoccupied house and damage a shed.
DECEMBER: The Thomas James Store, located behind the county visitor center, is featured on the website of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources…A Mathews County retired Army sergeant gives nearly all of his December income to charities…The Virginia Tourism Corporation awards a grant to MCVIC for its "Explore Mathews County for the Love of It" campaign…Lynda Smith releases a new Christmas CD…41 units brave rainy weather to take part in the afternoon "Old-fashioned Christmas Parade" through Mathews Court House…VMRC takes public comment on the establishment of five proposed aquaculture zones in Mathews waters; some watermen leery of proposal…MVRS posthumously votes Judy Ward, EMT-1, Squad Person of the Year…Admiral Donald P. Roane leaves the county planning commission after 14 years of service…Rescue squad EMT takes issue with Social Services response to case of suspected elder abuse….State Sen. Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk) announces reelection bid; Northam’s district includes Mathews County…Mathews Rotary Club donates commercial refrigerator to Hands Across Mathews….Christmas Blessing Fund exceeds $25,000 goal…More than 10 inches of snow blankets Mathews County…Chesapeake Bay Foundation releases annual State of the Bay report, giving a grade of 31 out of a possible 100 points….Sheriff’s office receives funding for new digital voice recording system…Nearly 60 people expected to take part in annual Christmas Bird Count in Mathews…MVRS president disputes rumor about response during snow storm…Community rallies to help Mathews family have happy Christmas following Dec. 6 house fire.
Compiled by Patty Strigle
JANUARY: During a heated meeting, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors make several decisions that spark division among the members, including one that reverses a resolution passed in November 2009 authorizing the county attorney to move ahead with collecting $80,000 in sanctions that 40 county residents were ordered to pay by a court following an unsuccessful petition drive to oust four supervisors from office; board members vote to change the name of Woodville Plantation Park to Woodville Park; Louise Theberge is elected chairman and Christian "Buddy" Rilee vice chair…The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expressions file an amicus brief in Virginia’s Supreme Court supporting an appeal on behalf of the 40 Gloucester residents who were ordered to pay $80,000 in sanctions to remove four then-sitting county supervisors from office…Daniel Lee Vesley, a former county jail inmate, files a federal lawsuit against Gloucester Sheriff Steve Gentry; claims civil rights violated…Gloucester County’s total revenue is estimated to exceed expenditures by $129,489 for the fiscal year 2010, according to Nickie Champion, director of financial services…Dominion Virginia Power donates $50,000 to pay for a new roof at the Gloucester Boys and Girls Club…Rappahannock Community College, Glenns, celebrates its 40th anniversary…Division finance director Joanne Wright paints a gloomy fiscal year 2011 budget picture for the Gloucester School Board, predicting a possible $3.3 million drop in state and federal revenue…Raymond Lee Marshall, 78, and his wife Eleanor Marshall, 77, of Lancaster, die in a traffic accident on Rt. 33, Gloucester…Brandon Grimm, 20, of Hayes, dies in a single-vehicle accident on Hellneck Road, Gloucester…The Gloucester County Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approves an application that will allow a Chick-Fil-A restaurant to open at Fox Mill Center south of the village…Timothy Paul Doss of Hayes, chief deputy of the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office, is named the superintendent of the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda.
FEBRUARY: A daylong snowstorm, and the icy roadways that result, causes much inconvenience throughout Gloucester and Mathews through the middle of the week…Patrick Strigle, a Gazette-Journal paper seller in Mathews, donates two weeks of his earnings to help the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society…The Twisted Botz, a local homeschooled robotics team, win the Northern Virginia VEX Robotics Competition Regional Tournament…For the second straight weekend, Gloucester and Mathews counties are hit with a snowstorm that disrupts travel and causes some electrical power outages…Fire destroys the home of Kenny and Beth Richardson of Clay Bank; a short in a water-distilling machine proves to be the cause…Gloucester forestry technician Nelson Jarvis celebrates 25 years of working for the Virginia Department of Forestry in the Gloucester office…Major Darrell Warren of the Gloucester Sheriff’s Department is promoted to Chief Deputy…Free dental clinic at Gloucester High School serves 501 patients providing $323,827 in free care…Kristie Handy, secretary of the Gloucester High School Ruri-Teen Club, attends the Ruritan National Convention in Virginia Beach and receives the national Ruri-Teen of the Year award…Local, state and national dignitaries fill Gloucester’s Bethel Baptist Church to help in welcoming The Gloucester Institute to the county…A vehicle accident on John Clayton Memorial Highway takes the life of Jason Andrew Mitchell, 38, of North.
MARCH: Gloucester and Mathews get hit again with more snow and ice, with crews scrambling to clear roads and repair downed power lines…Former Gloucester resident Gregory Graham is unharmed after earthquake in Chile… Suzanne Cook , owner of Southern Starters contracting firm in Bena, participates in the season finale of "Extreme Makeover—Home Edition" television show in Georgia…A $300,000 Verizon Foundation grant to the Gloucester Institute for its Emerging Leaders Program will help Virginia’s future business, civic and political leaders acquire and refine the skills they’ll need to meet future challenges…Renovation is underway to the Senior Center Annex in the Gloucester village; it’s a joint endeavor of Main Street Preservation Trust, Gloucester County and Courthouse Construction…Local residents attending Celebrate Families in Gloucester locate more than $24,000 in unclaimed money that the state Department of the Treasury was holding for them…The group of residents who call themselves the "Gloucester 40" present a $1,000 check to The Samaritan Group; the check was awarded to the 40 residents by the Daily Press newspaper in honor of their being selected Hampton Roads Citizens of the Year…The Gloucester Public Schools Educational Foundation agrees to serve as the vehicle for parents willing to make tax deductible donations to help the county school system make up for millions in reduced funding.
APRIL: The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the appeal case on behalf of 40 Gloucester residents who were sanctioned $2,000 each by substitute Circuit Court Judge Westbrook Parker in December 2008…Sunny skies, flowers in full bloom mark this year’s Gloucester Daffodil Festival; Tiffany Foster is crowned Daffodil queen; Cameron Cross of Gloucester, wins the Daffodil Festival 5K race and Heather Hudgins of Mathews, has the best time on the women’s side….Kitty Martin’s arrangement wins the best in show award in the artistic class at the Gloucester Daffodil Show…Ronnie Gilbert, 52, of Hayes, is killed while walking across Rt. 17, from Hayes Plaza to York River Crossing…Gloucester High School counseling director Kim Chandler receives the School Counselor Supervisor of the Year Award during the Virginia School Counselor Association annual conference in Richmond… Hockley, a Ware Neck estate fronting the Ware River, is among 12 new historic sites added to the Virginia Landmarks Register…The Five Rivers Woman’s Club of Gloucester receives the best large club project award during the General Federation of Women’s Club Lee District meeting; the award recognized the club’s "Gloucester Authors: Past and Present" project…With strong support from the community, the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic’s fifth annual Night at the Casino raises more than $70,000…Mark Rodda, 36, of Mathews, dies after a single-vehicle accident on Main Street in Gloucester; Alan Fagley, 47, of Gloucester, dies of injuries he received in an April 12 accident on Rt. 17...Gloucester County Board of Supervisors meet and approve its $97 million operating budget for the coming fiscal year without a tax increase…Garden Tour visitors not deterred by brief showers.
MAY: Tim Shrader, manager of Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster, is also assigned to oversee the new state park in Gloucester until the Middle Peninsula recreation area has its own staff…Subpoenas are issued to 12 individuals—including current and former board members, former county officials and several members of the "Gloucester 40"—requesting volumes of information regarding million-dollar lawsuits against Gloucester’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert D. Hicks…General District Court Judge Jeffrey W. Shaw has a formal swearing-in at the Middlesex County Courthouse performed by his father, retired Circuit Court Judge William H. Shaw III…Sen. Thomas K. Norment (R-James City), Gloucester County’s representative in the Senate of Virginia and a practicing attorney, has taken on as clients four of the Gloucester residents who were issued subpoenas in a group of civil suits against Robert Hicks…Gloucester native Lisa Oliver Monroe writes a travel book, "Williamsburg: With Jamestown and Yorktown, America’s Historic Triangle"…Ben Kiser, superintendent of Gloucester County Public Schools, is named the Region 3 Superintendent of the Year, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents announces…Fairfield Foundation purchases the former J.C. Brown Texaco station, a longtime Main Street landmark in Gloucester…Jonathan Jerome Johnson, 16, of Gloucester, dies after he was struck by a vehicle while skateboarding on Main Street…Gloucester High School varsity baseball players win the Peninsula District Tournament.
JUNE: The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors vote unanimously to move $500,000 out of the county’s general fund into the ailing utility fund…Gloucester County sees a net decrease in real estate property values of $87.7 million after the county’s Board of Equalization adjusts valuations of just over 1,000 parcels…Amber Staniszewski, a soon-to-be-GHS graduate, graduates with honors from Rappahannock Community College with an associate of arts and sciences degree…Incumbent Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross) has little trouble winning the Republican primary election, beating challenger Catherine T. Crabill with nearly 88 percent of the vote across Virginia’s 1st Congressional District…Samona Carey, 41, of Gloucester, dies in a Rt. 17 crash in Hayes…The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association files an amicus brief in the case of 40 Gloucester citizens who were sanctioned $2,000 each for organizing petitions in 2008 to remove four local officials from office…the Gloucester High School baseball team reaches a milestone when the Dukes beat Cox High School in the Eastern Regional Tournament semifinal to earn a state tourney bid; it was a short stay, as they fell, 10-1, to Richmond-area Cosby in the state quarterfinals…Gloucester soldier, Walter Taylor Jr., serving with the U.S. Army, is wounded in Afghanistan…William Wei-Xi Wang Price is named valedictorian of Gloucester High School and Matthew Ward Cross, salutatorian; Gloucester grads receive over $1.6 million in scholarships…Jacob Ethan Tyler DuBose of Hampton, dies in a head-on collision on Hickory Fork Road, Gloucester…Gloucester High school senior baseball players Cameron Cecil and Joey Burney receive All-State First Team honors…Family and friends fill the Kaplan Arena at the College of William and Mary to celebrate the graduation of 396 Gloucester High School students.
JULY: An adult male bald eagle is released back into the wild at Beaverdam Park by the Wildlife Center of Virginia; the bird had been injured on June 9 following an altercation with an osprey on the Severn River…Gloucester County at-large supervisor Louise Theberge is elected chairman of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission board…Attorneys on behalf of former Gloucester County Board of Supervisors member Teresa Altemus and current supervisors Bobby Crewe, Michelle Ressler and Gregory Woodard file a brief in Virginia’s Supreme Court arguing that the high court should uphold the Gloucester Circuit Court’s decision ordering that 40 Gloucester residents be sanctioned $80,000 for circulating petitions to remove the four from office…One of the 12 individuals issued subpoenas in a lawsuit against Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert "Bob" Hicks files a motion to quash duces tecum the order in Richmond Circuit Court…Gloucester resident Margaret Ann Hamilton Tunner (1917-2009) will be memorialized on new state historical highway marker…The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors vote to revisit the concept of funding the county’s school system by category rather than provide a lump sum to fund the school budget…Gloucester School Board members say they are insulted, both personally and as public officials, by remarks from county supervisors regarding the method of school funding…Gloucester High School principal Layton H. "Tony" Beverage is selected to receive the 2010 Outstanding Principal Award from the Curry School of Education Foundation…An attorney on behalf of 40 Gloucester residents files a reply in the Virginia Supreme Court arguing against a brief that stated the 40 should pay fines related to circulating petitions to remove four county supervisors from office…A police pursuit ends in 11th traffic fatality in Gloucester; the victim, Nehemiah Theothilus Edmondson, 20, of Newport News…Rachael Burnette, who had organized the Gloucester County Fair for about 20 years, decides that the 2010 fair will be her last…Gloucester County hires Diane M. Rebertus as its new director of library services…The new skateboard facility at Brown Park off Route 14 hasn’t even been officially dedicated and is already being hindered by litter, despite available trashcans, and other problems…A settlement is reached in a lawsuit Bill Dodson Jr., of Clay Bank, had against Gloucester County regarding unfair assessment…Two men, Matthew Donnell Taylor, 27, of Gloucester, and James Herbert Frazier, 57, of Hayes, die in separate Gloucester accidents.
AUGUST: The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors vote 4-3 not to entertain a request on behalf of the Gloucester School Board to hold off discussing categorical funding until after a joint meeting of both boards in late September…Attendance at the Gloucester County Fair is down, after losing Thursday night’s activities to a torrential downpour and the traditional Sunday date because carnival providers had to leave for another commitment…GHS to get drunk driving simulator car…Gloucester School Board members seek larger voice on county’s capital committee…NACo conference costs Gloucester taxpayers over $4,000…Rappahannock Community College gets $11 million worth of renovations at its Glenns and Warsaw campuses…22 graduate at GHS summer commencement…Another ship that may have been part of the British fleet during the 1781 Battle of Yorktown is found in the York River off Yorktown beach…Gloucester Sheriff Steve Gentry announces the promotion of corrections Sgt. Bobbie Saunders to administrative lieutenant, making her the highest ranking female officer in the sheriff’s office.
SEPTEMBER: Approximately 300 people turn out as the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society celebrates its first anniversary of the opening of its new shelter…Gloucester public schools begin a shorter-than-usual academic session; the school year will include 160 days of instruction for students, 20 fewer days than usual…Gloucester Community Foundation awards $13,000 in grants to eight local charities in support of their efforts to improve the social, educational, medical, environmental, cultural and scientific welfare of Gloucester County residents…A former Gloucester student, Gregory J. Gagnon, is awarded $5 million in damages after a circuit court jury found a GHS assistant administrator, Travis Burns, and James S. Newsome Jr. and Christine Newsome liable for injuries the student sustained during a confrontation at school…Michael A. Early, 20, of Gloucester, is sentenced to 18 months in jail for involuntary vehicular manslaughter…The Fairfield Foundation has been designated a Preserve America Steward by First Lady Michelle Obama; the designation provides national recognition for programs that successfully use volunteers to help care for the country’s historic and cultural heritage…Marvin Crane is honored as grand marshal of the Guinea Jubilee festival; over 10,000 attend the many festivities…Jean Calimer, 51, of Kilmarnock, dies after she is struck by a vehicle while crossing Route 17 just south of Gloucester Court House…Art and Joan Lazarow, former longtime and valuable members of the Gloucester Lions Club, are remembered for their service to the community with the planting of a ginkgo tree and the placing of a memorial stone at Beaverdam Park…Gloucester High School introduces its sixth group of Athletic Hall of Fame inductees during a reception prior to a home football game; honorees include, Doug Northstein, Norma Jean Kerns Edwards, Christi Lewis, Wendall Johnston Jr., Dr. Harold Jones and Jamie Wilson.
OCTOBER: Phillips Energy Inc. at Hayes is now one of the few fueling stations in Virginia that offers three alternative fuels…Deana Nutter and Perry Morris are crowned the GHS 2010 Homecoming Queen and King during the Gloucester High School football game…Richmond Circuit Court Judge Theodore J. Markow grants a motion to quash the subpoena for Gloucester resident Garr Johnson in the lawsuit against Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert "Bob" Hicks…Gloucester is one of three localities in Virginia to receive an "A+" rating on its website, www.gloucesterva.info…Lance Brewer, 13, a Page Middle School student, dies in boating accident on the James River…After months of back and forth and a joint meeting with the school board, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors vote 4-3 to move from lump sum to categorical funding of the school system for fiscal year 2011-2012…Gloucester resident John W. Lawson is selected to serve as chief financial officer for the Virginia Department of Transportation…U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey Berger, a former Gloucester resident, is literally helping to rebuild Iraq, working with Iraqi soldiers to construct barracks needed to house the fledgling army…Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester names Megan K. Moore as its new vice president and administrator.
NOVEMBER: Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross) easily holds on to his 1st Congressional District seat, winning 64 percent of the overall vote…In a break with long-standing tradition, Gloucester High School honor graduates will no longer lead their commencement processional and recessional and receive their diplomas ahead of their classmates…An estimated 3,300 take part in Main Street Trick or Treat…Dr. Richard F. Crowder, a gastroenterologist, retires after serving the local medical community for 34 years…Gloucester County Board of Supervisors vote 7-0 for Gloucester County to cease being the administrative agent for the Middle Peninsula Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Section 8 rental housing program; under the same vote, Gloucester’s housing department will be dissolved, most likely by the end of this year…Laura Davis-Creech of Hayes wins $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery…Archaeologist David Brown, co-director of the Fairfield Foundation in Gloucester, is named the 2010 Professional Archeologist of the Year by the Archeology Society of Virginia…Gloucester residents may have to pay as much as $663 per person each year to help keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy, according to John Carlock, deputy executive director of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
DECEMBER: John Coats, a long-time youth mentor and volunteer, is honored as grand marshal of the Gloucester Citizen’s Christmas and Holiday Parade…Ground is broken at Coleman’s Crossing Development in Hayes, Gloucester’s first mixed-use development; the "new urbanism" style of development will offer 40,000 square feet of commercial space and 85 residential townhomes… The Gloucester Planning Commission endorses concept of temporary signs for Gloucester businesses…Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism volunteer Chris Clifford receives the Humanitarian Award from the National Recreation and Parks Association; a "Day for Jarrett," a partnership project to develop an all-inclusive playground at Beaverdam Park, receives recognition from the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society…The Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Inc., saves over $300,000 by having a 1987-model fire truck refurbished, rather than purchasing a new piece of equipment, which would have cost the volunteer organization approximately $400,000…Two Gloucester High School television production students, Donald Edgerly and Clifton Jackson, and their instructor, Jeffrey Leone, help Rappahannock Community College produce an award-winning video promoting its workforce-development program…Dennis Schreiber of Gloucester, receives a federal patent for his oyster harvesting skiff…Rare December snowstorm blankets the area with over 10 inches of snow; residents fare moderately well in the storm that began early Christmas evening and tapered off in the early morning hours on Monday…While conditions in the Chesapeake Bay have improved in several critical areas over the past year, the overall score in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2010 State of the Bay report is still only 31 out of a possible 100…Main Street landmark, Edgehill Service Station, bought by the Fairfield Foundation in May, is in urgent need of repair; a leaking roof has led to rotting sills and danger of collapsing walls…Lorin Eugene Beach, 65, of Guinea Road, dies at the scene of the accident that occurred 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve on Perrin Creek Road; he is struck by a vehicle while lying in a roadway, according to Trooper Austin Pittman of the Virginia State Police.
Compiled by Nancy Lou Layng.