Showing posts with label Virginia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Virginia. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Revival Services Beginning Sunday

First Baptist Church Photo
Sun. Oct. 20 - Thurs. Oct. 24
Time:   7 p.m.
Guest Speaker & music each night
Monday - Thursday evenings SOUP & SANDWICHES
@ 6 P.M. -- NO CHARGE

Locate First Baptist Church on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Church Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company To Hold Annual Independence Day Celebration ~ June 30

In keeping with tradition the New Church Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company will hold their annual Independence Day Celebration

Join them in their
Sunday, June 30, 2013
4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
New Church firehouse
Beginning @ 4 PM
Carnival rides
Beginning @ 5:30 p.m.
(in its 11th year)

Pedal Tractor Pull for kids

According to Freddie Holland, President of the NCVFRC and event chairman:
“The tractor pull is for kids up to age ten and is free.”  “The kids work so hard to win and everybody cheers them on.”

BBQ chicken platters
 half a barbecued chicken, baked beans, and a roll
Oyster fritters
 hot dogs
 boardwalk fries
 funnel cakes
 snow cones
 ice cream
 fresh strawberry shortcake
Mike Shannon -  well-known local DJ, will provide entertainment.
 7 p.m.
(one of the favorite events of the evening)


Rain date: Sunday, July 7

Monday, June 17, 2013

BINGO ! To Support Two Great Causes

Thursday, June 20, 2013
18431 Dunne Ave.
bingo, prizes, food, and more
Doors open at 6 pm
Games at 7 pm
Proceeds of this event go to
 Greater Parksley Association
Bring an item for a care package and get one card FREE!

 Games are only a dollar!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ray Ray's Pet Parade !! Get Your Pet Dressed Up !!

Ray Ray, age 7, invites you and your pet to join him on a parade through Onancock to celebrate animals.

If possible, kindly bring a can of pet food, litter, bleach or other pet supply to donate to the local SPCA.

Dress your pet and strut your stuff!

Bones awards will be given for top 3 costumes.

 Silly people hats are encouraged.

Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome.
 Pets must be leashed or carried. Owners are responsible for pet's behavior and bodily functions. Water will be provided.

The parade begins behind the Roseland Theatre and proceeds along the sidewalk to the wharf and back.

Rain date is Sunday, June 9, 1:00.

Good luck, Ray Ray!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Twin Fires For Accomack On Monday Night

**Virginia State Police have ruled the double fires last night as arson.

A third fire occurred earlier Tuesday morning in Northampton County.  No word on whether this fire can be linked to the other fires in Accomack County.**
Fire #47
Monday- February 11, 2013  9:20 pm
Abandoned structure fire- 19241 Quinby Bridge Road

When fire units arrived the back of the abandoned structure was fully involved.

Fire #48
- February 11, 2013  9:36 pm
Fire units were called to a another structure fire on Rose Cottage and Seaside Road.  Fireman arrived on the second scene to find the structure fully involved and almost burned to the ground.

According to WESR,  Melfa, Wachapreague Tasley, Onley, Onancock and Parksley responded.  Multiple units responded but three engines and two tankers were retained at the scene. The other units  returned to their stations.

Virginia State Police are investigating twin fires and ask the public if you have information to please call.

Information that leads to an arrest and conviction could result in an award of up to $5,000 from the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (

Additional numbers to reach the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Headquarters are toll-free at 1-800-582-8350 or at (757) 424-6820; the Accomack County Sheriffs Office can also be contacted at (757) 787-1131.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Accomack County Denied FEMA Assistance

CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner
 (804) 674-2400

FEMA denies disaster assistance for Accomack County

RICHMOND, Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Virginia’s request for Individual Assistance to help property owners in Accomack County affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“I am disappointed that residents of Accomack County will not receive the federal disaster relief they desperately need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “I personally visited the county in the days after the storm and met individually with a number of citizens who suffered severe flooding and damage from the storm. They need federal help.

Unfortunately, that help has not been approved. We will continue to look for all ways by which to help our fellow Virginians in need.  One means is through donations to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund, and I encourage Virginians who want to help the residents of Accomack to use the fund to get involved and help out.”

The federal Individual Assistance Program would have made funding available to homeowners, renters and businesses in the form of low-interest loans and grants, unemployment assistance, disaster housing assistance and crisis counseling. 

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will make a recommendation to Governor McDonnell on whether to appeal FEMA’s denial or to apply for disaster assistance from the Small Business Administration.

If a request for SBA assistance is approved, loans up to $200,000 would be available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters would be eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.  Businesses and nonprofit organizations of any size could apply for loans up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

Tax deductible donations to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund may be made at


Thursday, April 12, 2012




Pulled Pork Sandwich (any way) w/ Side
Drink ~ $7.50

For those new to the area or traveling through,  Shore Beef & BBQ is located on Rt. 13 South in Virginia just before the intersection at T's Corner

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Parksley Man Murdered Over Weekend

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, on February 26, 2012 at approximately 1:54 a.m., the Accomack County Sheriff's Office received a report of shots being fired and one subject shot at a location north of Fishers Corner on Lankford Highway near Parksley. Deputies responded to the scene and located a gunshot victim who was subsequently transported to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital by Parksley Rescue where he died a short time later. The victim's name is being withheld until notification of the next of kin.

An investigation into this incident has revealed that a party was being held at this same location and following an altercation between individuals, several shots were fired and the victim was injured in the gunfire.

As a result of the investigation, two suspects were identified and felony warrants were obtained which led to the arrest of one as one suspect remains at large.

18 yr old Jakori Krishawn Evans of Atlantic was arrested on February 26, 2012 and charged with Second Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Discharge a Firearm at an Occupied Building. Evans is incarcerated in the Accomack County Jail with bond denied.

35 yr old Mark Smith of Parksley is wanted on charges of Second Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Discharge a Firearm at an Occupied Building and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Smith is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriffs Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666.

Assisting in this investigation was the Onley and Onancock Police Departments and the Northampton County Sheriffs Office.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Eastern Shore Virginia Get First Turbine Testing Facility

Representative Scott Rigell
Rigell Applauds Governor McDonnell's Efforts to Bring First U.S. Wind Turbine Test Facility to Virginia's Eastern Shore

Washington, Oct 13 - Collaborative project first of its kind

Washington, DC, October 13 – Representative Scott Rigell (VA-2) commended Governor Bob McDonnell on the announcement of a project to establish a facility for the testing and certification of large offshore and land-based electricity-producing wind turbines on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The collaborative project, called Poseidon Atlantic, would be the first such test facility in existence, and the initial phase of the project is to be developed in Northampton County.

“I’m thrilled that this project is going forward for the Commonwealth, the country, and particularly for the Eastern Shore of Virginia,” said Rigell, who represents the Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach, and parts of Hampton and Norfolk. “As a nation, we must achieve energy independence, and wind energy technology carries with it extreme potential to address the energy challenges our great country faces today.

“Here in Virginia’s Second Congressional District, we’ve known for some time about the incredible opportunities – and jobs! – that wind energy can create. We are so excited to have this forward-looking project find a home in our district.”

Beyond creating jobs directly on the Eastern Shore, the development of the commercial wind turbine test center in coastal Virginia would capitalize on the unique maritime advantages provided by the Port of Virginia. Hampton Roads is well-positioned to provide marine construction, fabrication and supply-chain support to the offshore wind industry.

The Poseidon Atlantic project is a private-sector initiative developed by the companies Real NewEnergy, Fugro and Ecofys, with the support of the Commonwealth, the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and the Netherlands government. The proposed facility is intended for full-service testing and certification of existing-and-next generation land-based and offshore wind turbine generators.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Southbound Lanes CLOSED

CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL  - Southbound lanes at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel are closed.

Police are inspecting the span after a barge hit the bridge around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Traffic is alternating (northbound and southbound) in the northbound lanes.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police did not have a time for when the 3-mile chunk of southbound 13 would reopen.

No injuries were reported


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sanford, Virginia Area/ Tall Pines Harbour Campground

Sanford, Virginia Area
 After Hurricane Irene
August 27, 2011

Flooded side streets and roads
A few trees toppled and lots of limbs.

The road running through Sanford leading to Saxis, Va. was blocked for a period of time.

The fact that there was water in the road didn't stop alot of drivers.

Quite frankly, we have experienced nor'easters (that have gotten no attention at all) much worse than Hurrican Irene.

Campers were evacuated from the campground last week a day before Irene hit the Eastern Shore.

Saturday night the main road leading to the entrance was covered in water.  By Sunday afternoon the roads were nearly clear.
The owners of Tall Pines Harbour Campground, along with volunteers have worked with great speed this week to clear the campground of debris and to ready it for the long weekend.

The campground  is open and WILL be open for the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

National Guard Arrives At Onancock Armory

Several units of the Virginia National Guard arrived Friday night at the Onancock Armory.

The guard units, escorted by the Virginia State Police came to prepare to assist local residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Use Patience Today..........

This was the scene Friday morning at the Food Lion and SK Nails  at T's Corner in Oak Hall, Va.

Shoppers doing their normal Friday shopping chore and shoppers stocking up for the storm led to what looked to be a food shopping frenzy!

Within a few short hours Hurrican Irene will be on our doorsteps. So PLEASE people as you go out today to do any shopping remember this:

Be kind to those waiting on you whether it be behind the deli counter or the check out. Many of these people have been working etra hours to accomadate all of us.

Take into consideration also that these people have families of their own that may need to be taken care of along with making last minute preparations in their own homes before this horrible storm lands in our laps.

Take it easy on the roads. Every driver out there today plans to return home to a family just as you do.

And don't get too upset if the selections you want or if what you need isn't there. Batteries, flashlights and storm necessities are scarce.

Use patience and be safe.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Use Caution When Swimming.

A rare infection associated with a type of amoeba that lives in stagnant water and travels up the sinuses and infects the brain, almost always causing meningitis, has been reported in a Virginia person.

The free-living amoeba Naegleria fowleri proliferates in stagnant freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and rivers when temperatures climb into the 80s, health officials said in an advisory issued Saturday about safe swimming practices.

"Sadly, we have had a Naegleria infection in Virginia this summer," said Dr. Keri Hall, state epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health, in a statement.

"It's important that people be aware of … safe swimming messages," Hall said.

Naegleria fowleri, sometimes called a "brain-eating amoeba," travels up the nose to the brain where it destroys the brain tissue.

For privacy reasons, the health department does not disclose details on individual cases but, this month, officials confirmed a case of meningitis in a person in the Central Health Region of Virginia, which includes the Richmond area.

The aunt of a 9-year-old Henrico County boy who died Aug. 5 from meningitis said waterborne-illness was mentioned as a possible cause of the illness.

"The doctor described it to us as such a slight chance that they didn't even think it would be possible," said Bonnie Strickland, aunt of Christian Alexander Strickland.

The week before Christian died from meningitis, he was his usual active self and had attended a fishing camp, his aunt said.

In general, meningitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites, Hall said last week.

Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

Only 32 Naegleria fowleri infections were reported in the U.S. from 2001 to 2010 and, before this summer, the most recent case in Virginia was in 1969, state health officials said.

Symptoms of infection may not begin until a week or more after swimming.

To avoid waterborne illness or contaminating swimming waters, health officials advise:
  • Don't swim when you have diarrhea.
  • Don't swallow pool, lake, pond or river water.
  • Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before and after swimming.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom or changing diapers.
  • Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often.
  • Change diapers in a bathroom, not at poolside or beachside.
  • Avoid swimming, diving or other activities in obviously stagnant freshwater bodies when temperatures are high and water levels are low.
  • Hold your nose or wear nose plugs when underwater or when diving or swimming in hot, shallow freshwater bodies.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sad Ending For Whale Found At Folly Creek

Written by
Clara H. Vaughn
ONLEY -- It was calm and breezeless on Folly Creek on Wednesday night as four Virginia Marine Police officers watched a team of Virginia Aquarium biologists work by spotlight in the marsh.

They were taking the vital signs of a beached whale in an uncommon place -- not far from the Folly Creek boat ramp in a waterway popular with fishermen, pleasure boaters and those heading for a day of sun on Cedar Island.

After assessing the whale, the aquarium stranding team determined the 10-foot-long pygmy sperm whale would not survive, and euthanized her in the marsh.

"You can't put these guys in a tank. They don't rehab well. And sending her back out would be a death sentence -- a much worse one," said biologist Christina Trapani.
Marine Police Officers Gerald Pitt, left, and Grady Ellis attend to a sperm whale found in Folly Creek on Wednesday. It was euthanized later that night by biologists from the Virginia Aquarium. / CLARA H. VAUGHN/THE DAILY TIMES
Trapani arrived with stranding team members Linda D'eri, Colleen Larkin and Jackie Bort around 9 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from the Marine Police.

They found the whale in a distressed state -- quivering, arching, thrashing and foaming from the blowhole.
The tide was going out, leaving her stranded farther on land as time passed.

The whale had been stuck since at least 5 p.m., when Marine Police Officers Grady Ellis and Gerald Pitt received a call. They arrived on the site, a mile from the landing at Folly Creek, soon afterward.

"She was in the marsh. A guy and his wife were trying to get her out," Ellis said.

After removing the rope the couple had used, he said the whale rounded the creek.

"She swam up and down the channel, looking disoriented," he said. "She swam up the other side of the creek. That's where she stayed."

Marine Police Officer Richard Haynie said in his nine years at his job, he had never received a call about a beached whale.

D'eri said sperm whales typically live in the open ocean.

"She is way out of her habitat. Usually, when they come this far in, there's a reason," she said.

Other calls received by the Marine Police earlier that day confirmed D'eri's theory -- a similar, smaller whale was also found stranded in the creek. Marine Police officers said the second whale was injured.

The stranding team noticed that the whale they were treated was lactating, indicating that the two were mother and calf.

The calf had freed itself and the Marine Police were unable to find it by press time. They planned to search again Thursday morning.

Its mother died at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in the steadying arms of the stranding team biologists. It was towed back to shore and taken to the aquarium in Virginia Beach, where staff planned to do a necropsy on Friday morning to better understand what happened.

"There's been a lot of pressure on stranding teams to save them all," Trapani said. "It would've been absolutely unfair to the animal."

If you find a beached whale, dolphin or turtle, contact the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Team immediately at 757-385-7575.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Virginia Drug Bust

To the Virginia State Police, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the DEA and the fantastic sheriff's departments of this great Eastern Shore THANK YOU! for what you have accomplised in the attempt to keep our neighborhoods free of drugs.

The interesting person in all of this is another ringleader arrested on federal drug charges is Bryant E. Planter, address listed as Hebron, MD., currently serving a prison sentence of 19 1/2 years.
We at the PPE have done a little investigating ourselves and it seems that Planter did purchase properties (with drug money) in Pocomoke City, Maryland. Some purchases were made also with his wifes name included.

Properties purchased by Planter:

2000 Second Street

2002 Oak Street

2003 Laurel Street (A second home was nearly destroyed by fire in June 2010)

Planter, at the age of 30, purchased these dwellings (above) with $300,000 CASH.

If you keep looking one can figure what he did to hide the fact he was a big time ringleader in drugs.

Using and reporting the rent as income, more than likely, Planter was able to secure loans to purchase other properties. It would be no surprise if Planter wasn't funneling drug money through these rented properties somehow and claiming it as income from rent.

Other properties purchased through a realtor:

2004 Fourth Street

2007 Second Street

2007 Second Street

2007 Clarke Avenue

Some of these properties were listed in a tax sale in May of this year.

The exact house numbers are not listed because it is not known if the homes are occupied. Going through the list of those arrested in Pocomoke recently we could find only one that lived at one of these addresses.

We found NO evidence that Planter purchased any real estate business in Pocomoke. NONE

He did start his OWN real estate holding company using a Snow Hill address  to cover his drug actions.

Planter also owes Accomack County $9,354.00 in personal property taxes as of October 10, 2010.
These types of people are NO JOKE and NO laughing matter. They mingle among us and without a trained eye we never see what might be going on in our own home town. The chore to track them down and unwind their actions is long and tedious.

This is why investigations sometimes take years. And this is why we sometimes think the authorities are not looking and not listening. Unless one knows what to look for there is no way to tell. Planter purchased properties in Pocomoke City without raising an eyebrow. Not because anyone was stupid or allowed him to do so........These people know what they are up to.

There is more information on all of this but we are not prepared to post it at this time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pony Penning Day

The 86th Chincoteaque Pony Swim or Pony Penning happens on Chincoteague Island today!

An estimated 150 ponies will swim during slack tide today which has been stated as being anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

The ponies will swim ashore to Chincoteague and after a 45 minute rest the Salt Water Cowboys will parade them down Main Street to the carnival grounds.

Don't forget to prepare for the weather and long wait.  These things are important: bug repellant, snacks, water or some type of drink, sunscreen, appropriate clothing and old shoes or boots- in case you have to stand in the marsh and pack your patience!   Also, a lawn chair might be nice.

It's already a hot humid morning so take  precautions to protect yourselves.  And have fun!

Don't forget the Fireman's Carnival.  You can veiw  all the ponies from the days swim there.

The Pony Auction is tomorrow - Thursday- beginning at 8 a.m.

Here's my favorite!

Homicide Near Gargatha

Accomack County Sheriff’s Department officers responded at about 4 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011, to the scene of a shooting on Lankford Highway near Gargatha.

Pictured are (from left) Godwin, Investigator
Chuck McPherson, Lt. Gerald Goga and Capt. Shane Childress
Photo By Linda Cicoira
The incident reportedly occurred in a large grassy area outside of the old Godwin’s Nursery,which was more recently being used as a church community center.

 Maj. Todd Godwin said the victim died while being transported by Parksley ambulance to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital a short time later.

The victim was identified only as a Hispanic man, pending notification of next of kin.  Officers investigated what they believe was the victim's pick-up truck, found at the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Accomack County Sheriff's Department  at
 787-1131 or 824-5666.


UPDATE:  7.27.11The man shot  in a church community center  parking lot  has been identified as Belarmino Escalante, age 25. 

Escalante,  a native of Guatemala,  and had four young children.  had worked at McDonald's  in Onley and was also a chicken- catcher. 

Escalante was also a member of the Candelero de Oro Church (once Godwin's Nursery) where the shooting occurred.

Witnesses at the scene said the fatal shooting happened after about a half-dozen men who were meeting in the church parking lot to share a ride to their job as chicken- catchers were confronted by a group of young black males who asked them if they wanted to buy marijuana.

When they declined, "they just shot the guy and drove away," a witness said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Accomack County General Election

The U.S. Attorney has given the go ahead to give Accomack County a general election, meaning Accomack County voters will be voting for all nine Supervisors this November.

The routine measure goes along with the Census every ten years and establishes the districts to be represented by Supervisors.

However, this year Tangier Island will be in District 6 due to an increase in the population. No other changes were made to last cycle's election districts.

Accomack County citizens can expect information by mail as to where their polling place will be.