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Year in review: A look back over the events of 2015 in Mathews

JANUARY: Mathews Land Conservancy spokesman Tom Lakin reports demolition of two docks at Williams Wharf completed, plans underway to build a fishing pier … Mathews native Matt Sease makes his national TV debut auditioning on “American Idol” … An ice storm blankets the region the third week of January; 1,716 are without power in Mathews ... Joszette Forrest-Jones of Detroit returns to her Mathews roots to serve as keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration … Final donations to the 2014 Christmas Blessing Fund bring the total to $27,236.10; goal exceeded by almost 10 percent … 17,717 birds spotted in annual Christmas Bird Count conducted on Jan. 4 … At the board of supervisors’ meeting, YMCA representatives outline plans for a new facility at Hudgins that will also provide an emergency shelter for the county and ask the county to contribute $300,000 over a two-to-five year period … A large barn is destroyed a...

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