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The Accomack County Board of Supervisors is turning its attention to substandard housing.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a preliminary report found a number of areas with housing in stages of disrepair.

They range from Gospel Temple Road near Keller and East Horntown to Graysville and Whitesville.

Bobbie Wert with the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission noted that there were even homes without indoor plumbing.

Supervisor Reneta Major told the paper that it was appalling that such housing could exist in the 21st century.

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Plans for a natural gas pipeline are underway for Somerset and Accomack Counties.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Baltimore-based equity firm H4 Capital Partners have been carrying out engineering work and seeking private interest.

The proposed 180-mile pipeline would connect to a natural gas pipeline in Cecil County.

It would run through Kent, Queen Anne’s and Somerset counties including alongside Route 13 south of Salisbury.

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Accomack County Sheriff’s office says two people were shot late Halloween night.

When deputies arrived at the scene near the town of Painter a 31-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were found with gunshot wounds.

They were taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onley.

They are reported to be in stable condition.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force is assisting the sheriff’s office in the investigation.


Accomack County has been urged to back a sea wall and other efforts to fend off erosion on Tangier Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County Supervisor Paul Muhly told his colleagues they should not leave the island’s residents to fend for themselves.

Board Chair Robert Crockett who represents Tangier Island in Accomack County said that a letter has been sent and signed by him to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe congressional representatives and others about the issue.

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ACCOMACK, Va. (AP) - Authorities say 50 people have been indicted after a 16-month undercover drug investigation in Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The indictments are the result of "Operation Firecracker" conducted by the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force. The task force consists of members of the Accomack and Northampton County Sheriff's Offices and Virginia State Police.

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The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has pledged a $100-thousand to building a new library in Parksley, Virginia.

The donation was made to the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation and is part of Perdue’s commitment to education in the region.

Kitty Hall, chair of the library board, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the donation will provide a new regional library to the children of Accomack and Northampton counties.

In addition, there will be summer reading rooms and areas for activities involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Commercial poultry operations will no longer be allowed in residential or general business zoning districts in Accomack County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to bar the practice.

Such operations had been allow in those areas after getting a special use permit.

The planning department asked the board to act after an application to build four poultry houses on over 200-acres in Horntown located near a residential area.

Concern over the rise in the number of chicken houses has grown over the years.


ONLEY, Va. (AP) - A new hospital in Accomack County is getting ready to open next month.

Local news outlets report that the new Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital is nearing completion after nearly three years. It's scheduled to open for business Feb. 25.

The $90 million campus in Onley will replace the present one in Nasswadox and consists of three buildings, including the hospital, cancer center and office building.

There’s a coastal flood warning in effect for Kent and Sussex Counties until 11 a.m.

In Accomack County it will be in effect until 10 a.m.

While the ocean looked a little bit angry the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City officials say there was little flooding being reported.

Winds were expected to move north and northwest with speeds of up to 30 mph with some gusts as high as 35 mph.

Most of the damage from the high winds hit trees.

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With large poultry operations beginning to spring up around Delmarva, Accomack County planners say that poultry litter issues should be manageable even for the big facilities.

The 22-page report says that if litter does become a problem there are a number of solutions.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that these include moving the litter out of the county and alternative energy uses.

After receiving the report the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support studying nutrients that enter and leave the county.