Walls are going up on the new Page Middle School on T.C. Walker Road. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2015, the new campus replaces the former Page school on Route 17 that was ravaged by a tornado in 2011. Plans for the new middle school dominated much of the Gloucester news in 2013. Above, masons were at work on the $26 million project on New Year’s Eve. Photo by Kim Robins
: The Hall family, owners of Edgehill Shopping Center, announce plans to redesign the entire facility by phases … at-large supervisor Louise Theberge is unanimously elected to chair the Gloucester Board of Supervisors for 2013 and Robert “JJ” Orth, is unanimously elected vice chair … The Gloucester Board of Supervisors votes unanimously to approve a state Department of Conservation and Recreation Land Water Conservation Fund Grant resolution, pledging matching funds of $300,000 to complete a three-phase electrical project at Woodville Park … Supervisors set $1 million budget for renovations to the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center … Four perish in early-morning fire; grandmother Virginia Grogan and her three grandsons, Thomas Grogan, 7; Michael Grogan, 2, and Gabriel Grogan, 6 months. Two adults escape the home, Jessica Grogan, mother of the boys, and Donald Grogan, the grandfather … York district supervisor Carter Borden, 73, announces that he will not be seeking reelection to the board of supervisors in 2014 … Hayes resident Elliott Hogge is elected vice president for 2013 of Ruritan National at the organization’s national convention in Kentucky … Gun dealers see spike in purchases … White Marsh Wawa store places number three among 600 Wawa stores for sales of specialty beverages from Oct. 15-Dec. 4.
FEBRUARY: The new middle school planned for a site on T.C. Walker Road will not include a full-sized gymnasium, it was determined during a lengthy joint meeting between the school board and county supervisors … A plan is approved to develop a series of key projects and strategies for the revitalization of the Route 17 business corridor, including Gloucester’s Main Street … Superintendent of Schools Ben Kiser presents his recommended $64 million 2014 fiscal year budget to the Gloucester County School Board; the proposed budget represents a 10.5 percent increase over the current $57.9 million allocation … A canine sweep of Gloucester secondary schools finds no alcohol or narcotics … Kayne Boyer, a senior at Gloucester High School, is named the 2013 Youth of the Year by Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula … County gives school board Dec. 31 deadline to move to T.C. Walker … Richard Clayton, owner of the pet supply store The Pet Castle in Hayes, believes so wholeheartedly in the Second Amendment that he’s actively encouraging gun owners to visit his store openly armed … Louise Theberge announces that she will seek fifth term on the board of supervisors … The Chick-fil-A restaurant in Gloucester is recognized as the top-ranked store in the chain as based on customer surveys; the store also receives “Rookie of the Year” honors by the company for being rated the top store just completing its first entire calendar year of operations.