Year in review

- Posted on Jan 08, 2020 - 07:52 PM

Photo: Rachel Morris, at podium, with fellow teachers Mark Tomcany and Betsy Little behind her, launched the “Red for Ed in Mathews” campaign at January’s school board meeting. The effort culminated in a 13 percent pay raise for teachers and other employees.

Rachel Morris, at podium, with fellow teachers Mark Tomcany and Betsy Little behind her, launched the “Red for Ed in Mathews” campaign at January’s school board meeting. The effort culminated in a 13 percent pay raise for teachers and other employees.

Photo: Mathews joined the growing list of Second Amendment Sanctuary counties in December, unanimously approving the designation. Here, Sheila Crowley, at right, passes out flyers in opposition to the sanctuary proposal before the start of the Mathews Board of Supervisors’ December meeting.

Mathews joined the growing list of Second Amendment Sanctuary counties in December, unanimously approving the designation. Here, Sheila Crowley, at right, passes out flyers in opposition to the sanctuary proposal before the start of the Mathews Board of Supervisors’ December meeting.

Photo: Harry Ward, who wore many hats in his 35 years with Mathews schools, including coach, teacher, principal and superintendent of schools, was one of 33 people honored as Mathews High School inducted its inaugural class into the school’s Hall of Fame during a May program at the school’s Harry M. Ward Auditorium. He is shown here with his children Gary Ward and Sherri Janelle.

Harry Ward, who wore many hats in his 35 years with Mathews schools, including coach, teacher, principal and superintendent of schools, was one of 33 people honored as Mathews High School inducted its inaugural class into the school’s Hall of Fame during a May program at the school’s Harry M. Ward Auditorium. He is shown here with his children Gary Ward and Sherri Janelle.

JANUARY: Federal shutdown wears on as local Coast Guard and government personnel begin to feel financial strain … Mathews schools seek 13 percent raise … Sibley’s General Store, home of the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center, begins fundraising for engineering work … Mathews Ruritan Club installs new officers … Youth football returns to Mathews under first-year Mathews High School coach C.J. Kelly … County board hears rezoning request for East River Boat Yard; the matter is tabled … Fire destroys Cobbs Creek commercial site … Mathews Community Foundation begins accepting grant applications for 2019 … Confederate flags removed from grave sites; Sons of Confederate Veterans calls it a desecration … Animal Care Society donates $15,000 to Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society … Funding sought for Sally Tompkins statue in Richmond … MCVIC director Emily Allen addresses People Aging in Their Homes (PATH) group … Supporters of teachers don red and pack courthouse in support of proposed raises.

FEBRUARY: Mathews County Board of Supervisors begins budget examination … Historical marker commemorating Thomas Hunter unveiled; Masonic lodge helped fund signage … Pepper Love resigns from Mathews Board of Supervisors amid turmoil; says board has made county “a laughing stock” … School board approves 13 percent raise for teachers; measure moves to board of supervisors … Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck CSB faces funding cut … Black History Month programs scheduled; storyteller Dylan Pritchett to present at Mathews Memorial Library … Supervisors vote to terminate employment of County Attorney Daniel Stuck … Mathews Historical Museum holds annual meeting; permanent museum still a goal … Flooding swamps Beaverlett … Bay Quilters create “Hero Quilt” for veteran.

MARCH: Mathews County Board of Supervisors seeks interim member applications in the wake of Love’s departure … Blue Devils’ Sterns takes third in state indoor track meet … Historic Cobbs Creek post office not feeling much love; demolished on Valentine’s Day … Mathews High School varsity boys’ soccer starts season with 5-0 shutout of Lancaster … Mike Rowe of North named to fill Love’s Board of Supervisors vacancy spot … Planners vote 4-2 against East River Boat Yard rezoning proposal … Miranda Dawn Gilbert of North, sentenced to 15 years in prison for combination of neglect and abuse charges in infant son’s death … Surveying begins in Mathews Court House to address drainage issue; $50,000 private donation made … Lady Devils softball notches first win behind Abbie Hudgins’ pitching effort.

APRIL: Mathews County Board of Supervisors considers 7 cent real estate tax hike; supervisor Amy Dubois cites funding of schools … Mathews Farmers’ Market and Tompkins Cottage both return for spring and summer season … 33 coaches, athletes and contributors inducted into Mathews High School Hall of Fame … Mathews County Board of Supervisors schedules public hearing on proposed FY 2020 budget … “Skill” machines, resembling slot machines, begin popping up in area convenience stores and bars … Mobjack/Mathews High School crew win six races at home regatta … VMRC approves oyster seed nursery on Gwynn’s Island; homeowners continue to protest oyster aquaculture in Milford Haven … Six lighthouse keepers honored by U.S. Lighthouse Association with series of graveside services … VMRC considers, then approves spring ban for trophy rockfish; ban would only affect recreational fishermen … Port Haywood woman damages yards, mailboxes and Hunter’s Contracting building during reckless driving spree through Dixie … Mathews blood drive nets 61 pints … Blue Devils’ soccer defeats Middlesex and Carver in strong showings.

MAY: May Faire to offer salute to military … Mathews native Virginia Jarvis returns from medical mission to Peru … Hudgins home feared total loss following Bay Breeze Circle fire … Mathews High School seniors win video game design contest; take first in the Interactive Application and Video Game Design at SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference … Tour de Chesapeake returns on May 18; 539 cyclists enjoy favorable weather after three years of rain … Blue Devils girls’ tennis team blanks Middlesex, 9-0, on Senior Night … Mathews High School enshrines first Hall of Fame class; 34 former Blue Devils inducted … Mathews hires new county attorney, Andrea G. Erard of Richmond … Blue Devils crews win gold and silver at state championship … Boys’ soccer overcomes West Point and Middlesex to win district title … Memorial Day services held across Mathews urging residents to “Remember our fallen comrades” … Mathews Youth Football begins practices under first-year varsity football coach C.J. Kelly.

JUNE: 79 graduate in Mathews High School Class of 2019 … Democratic primary held in Mathews for 6th Senatorial District; Sen. Lynwood Lewis easily defeats challenger Willie C. Randall … Mathews Community Foundation awards more than $150,000 in grants … MHS senior Olivia Wood receives $60,000 ROTC scholarship to CNU … Waynie and Jeannie Hudgins of Bavon purchase Horn Harbor Marina from Norm and Kris Turner … Linda Carol, a buyboat built in Mathews, sustains damage during Poquoson fire … Lillian Hudgins recognized for 50 years of service in school cafeterias … Three generations of West family continue maritime tradition … Planners endorse tire recycling facility in Cobbs Creek … “Mathews Men” author William Geroux discusses new book, “Ghost Ships of Archangel” … Gwynn’s Island Festival recognizes 80th year of bridge connection … A trio of residents announce election bids; Ingram, Priest and Stewart to seek Supervisor, School Board, and Treasurer spots … Market at Moughons begins offering fresh local produce.

JULY: Tom Bowen seeks third term as Mathews prosecutor … Mathews County Board of Supervisors receive plans for next phase of Main Street renovations … School board to return $100,000+ dollars to county … Russell Reed sets course record at Gwynn’s Island 5K … County racking up big bills from Hole in the Wall septic pump-outs … $17,000 in fireworks set off in Mathews 4th of July celebration … The crew of the Milton W, a pusher tug, constructs an oyster reef in the Piankatank River just off Bland Point … Mobjack Rowing Association rowers win three medals at Independence Day Regatta … A tractor-trailer became stuck in the overhead power lines on Bethel Beach Road, disrupting power throughout the area and shutting down the Onemo road for several hours … Mathews School Board focuses on student cell phone use and chronic absenteeism … Morgan Buchanan and Madisyn Jackson winners of the Elizabeth Hudgins Scholarship Award.

AUGUST: Barbara Houston’s Bethel Beach photo was among 10 top winners in the 2019 Virginia Vistas Photo Contest … Bank of America closes in Mathews … Sixteen graduate from Mathews High School summer session … Mathews planners endorse Ware Towing rezoning … Fire breaks out in Cobbs Creek Post Office building … The first Sea Farms Mathews Seafood Festival sells out … Bethel Beach vandalized by vehicle … Virginia Tidewater Trailrunners hold mini-triathlon at Williams Wharf … Mathews Boys and Girls Club selected to receive a BayPort Credit Union Financial Education Center … Will Hutcheson reads his winning essay of the Jim and Betty Kenley Democratic Committee Essay Contest.

SEPTEMBER: Mathews Market Days cut a day short due to impending threat of Hurricane Dorian … Grand reopening of Lee-Jackson Elementary School’s Little Free Library … Mathews varsity and jayvee volleyball teams win against Washington and Lee … Mathews Land Conservancy hosts its 13th annual Wharf to Wharf Swim at Williams Wharf Landing … Carol J. Bova seeks two-year seat on Mathews County Board of Supervisors … Mathews High School classes of 1997-2000 celebrate their 20th class reunion at the Deltaville Maritime Museum … Joy Drummond, George Foss, James Hutcheson and Michael Loveless accept grants for projects involving children during Mathews Market Days opening ceremonies … Al DeWitt to return as head Mathews High School baseball coach … Mathews High School Class of 1964 holds a 55-year reunion … Mathews High School runners defeat Northern Neck foes.

OCTOBER: Mathews High School seniors Patrick Blake and Caroline Bray crowned Homecoming King and Queen … G.C. Morrow files suit against Mathews Board of Supervisors over his removal as chairman … Ronnie Lewis and George Rogers seek two Mathews seats on Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation District board … Dr. Ben Lennon and staff of his dental practice were honored as Mathews High School Homecoming Parade grand marshals … Mathews Memorial Library hands out dictionaries to Mathews third graders … Pig and oyster roast fundraiser, “Fall by the Bay for our Hometown Heroes,” raises $1,200 and donates the money to Mathews Volunteer Fire Department and Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad … Mathews Memorial Library hosts Howl-A-Palooza.

NOVEMBER: Mathews High School Marching Band wins third place in Urbanna Oyster Festival Parade … Mathews High School runners win Tidewater District championships … Mathews High School football team beats Charles City Panthers, 57-20 … New Point Lighthouse renovations move forward … Paul Hudgins, Melissa Mason and Jackie Ingram win four-year seats on Mathews County Board of Supervisors; Mike Rowe wins special two-year election; G.C. Morrow petitions Mathews County Circuit Court for a recount of the vote for the board of supervisors after losing by a few votes to Jackie Ingram ... Mathews Planning Commission endorses aviation zoning change … Mathews County schools meet all state drinking water standards … Christian Williams and Ellie Armistead sign binding Letters of Intent to play for Texas Christian University and the University of Georgia, respectively ... Mathews girls’ jayvee volleyball team beats Tabb, 17-15; Mathews girls’ varsity volleyball team falls to Tabb, 40-31.

DECEMBER: Hearing held on Mathews recount in the Nov. 5 general election between supervisor candidates G.C. Morrow and Jackie Ingram … Mathews High School varsity girls’ basketball team win road opener over North-

umberland, 38-35; jayvee wins, 24-17 … Mathews County native Shawn Cosby receives Anthony Award at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention … Mathews Planning Commission expected to take up home occupation changes … Mathews becomes a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary county … Mathews Christmas Blessing Fund well on its way toward its goal of $20,000 … Board of Supervisors unanimously vote to approve spending an additional $6,000 to pay for construction of private aids to navigation in Davis Creek and Hole in the Wall; unanimously vote to approve a service agreement with the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission for pre-planning activities for dredging the channels at Davis Creek and Hole in the Wall; following Dec. 27 recount, Jackie Ingram declared winner of election, defeating G.C. Morrow by four votes.

--Compiled by Pete Teagle and Melany Slaughter