2012 in review: A look at Mathews news stories

- Posted on Jan 09, 2013 - 01:37 PM

JANUARY

: New Year’s Day annual Audubon-sponsored count spots 13,200+ birds … New county sheriff Mark Barrick makes personnel changes; John Williams is chief deputy … New county commissioner of revenue Les Hall encounters some glitches with DMV computers on his first day at work … Mathews County YMCA recognizes Jeff Bass as its 2011 Coach of the Year …Westville Baptist Church pastor D.C. "Mike" Kelley retires after nearly a quarter century of service … Mathews County Woman’s Club member Gertrude Hurst receives a 50-year membership pin … Dante Pomposini of Port Haywood and his brother Josh’s quick action saves a Reedville couple from the creek following a single-car accident on Route 14 … Three Blue Devil wrestlers—Willie Moore, Caleb Miller and James Pavik—win titles at the Mathews Invitational tri-meet … Vandals do $700 in damage to structures at Mathews Memorial Library … Janine Burns is elected chair; Edwina Casey vice chair during the organizational meeting of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors … Faced with $700,000 in budget cuts, the school board considers laying off as many as 27 employees … 40-50 people gather at Antioch Baptist Church for a program sponsored by the Mathews branch of the NAACP celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. … Dr. Ben Lennon receives a plaque from the Mathews Ruritan Club in recognition as Citizen of the Year for 2011 … The planning commission votes to move forward with proposals for change to the zoning and subdivision ordinances; amount residents pay for certain procedures will be reduced if changes are approved by the board of supervisors … The county supervisors look at a conceptual plan for replacing the sewage treatment plant located on the one-acre HRSD property at Put-In Creek headwaters … Mathews Circuit Court Judge R. Bruce Long orders a framed photo of longtime public servants John S. "Jack" Gill, F. Paul Blanock and Richard Herndon Harfst be hung in the hallway of the Mathews Courthouse at Liberty Square … Four MHS wrestlers place, including two individual titles, at Ram Rumble held at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg.

FEBRUARY

: Mathews population continues to decline with estimated loss of 41 residents since census taken in 2010 … The county is awarded a $35,000 community planning grant by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to