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Posted on: May 24, 2023

Memorial Day holiday affects city services


Here’s a look at how these city offices, departments, or services will be affected by the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29, 2023.

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: May 11, 2023

City Council approves budget with reduced property tax rate


May 11, 2023 — The City Council on Wednesday night unanimously approved City Manager Mary Bunting’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024, which includes a property tax rate cut of 2 cents per hundred dollars of value. That follows a 6-cent reduction last ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: April 13, 2023

Proposed budget would cut property tax rate by 2 cents


April 13, 2023 — City Manager Mary Bunting offered highlights of her budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2024 on Wednesday, recommending a property tax rate cut of 2 cents per hundred dollars of value. That follows a 6-cent reduction last year.

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: April 10, 2023

Hampton gets $4.6 million for violence prevention, neighborhood safety


April 10, 2023 -  Hampton will receive a $4.6 million federal Byrne Discretionary Grant to be used in the city’s violence-prevention efforts. U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, who secured the funds, presented Mayor Donnie Tuck and the city with a ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: April 6, 2023

Hampton Public Library drops overdue fines, adds text communication

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Aril 6, 2023 — Hampton’s libraries will no longer charge late fees for overdue books. They are also adding the ability to communicate with customers by text and email.

 “This will eliminate a big barrier for families ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: April 3, 2023

Events for all ages will showcase Youth Violence Prevention Week


April 3, 2023 - Hampton will come together to mark Youth Violence Prevention Week with events that educate, remember victims, share resources, offer recreation, and, ultimately pull the community together in expressions of unity and hope.

Hopeful Hampton’s...

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Additional Information and registration * Hampton City News
Posted on: March 28, 2023

Hampton named a finalist for All-America City Award


March 28, 2023 - Hampton has been named as a finalist for the All-America City competition. The All-America City Award, presented by the National Civic League, recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusion and innovation ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 23, 2023

Mosaic festival celebrates cultures, history, and the Earth on April 22

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March 23, 2023 - The Hampton Mosaic Festival combines elements from the International Children's Festival, Heritage Day, Earth Day celebrations, and adds more art and interactivity. The new, combined festival will be held April 22 from 10 p.m. to...

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For more information * Hampton City News
Posted on: March 15, 2023

Dates set for input on future of Hampton's carousel

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March 15, 2023 — Community discussions about the future of the historic carousel will be held March 23 and 28. The Downtown Hampton Development Partnership has asked the City Council to move it to make room for a larger waterfront park.

Tom Tingle, archite...

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More on the carousel risk report ... * Hampton City News
Posted on: March 7, 2023

You can feed the animals again at Bluebird Gap Farm

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March 7, 2023 — Bluebird Gap Farm, Hampton’s unique petting zoo, has resumed its popular animal feeding experience, which allows guests to purchase bags of feed and interact with some of the park’s animals.

The program was suspended in 2020 due to Covid-19...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 3, 2023

Polling on the city's upcoming budget available through March 20

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March 15, 2023 - Work to develop next year's budget is under way, and residents can offer their views in an online informal survey. City Manager Mary Bunting seeks input before her recommended budget is developed to ensure it includes residents&a...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: March 3, 2023

HU Proton Therapy Institute announces plan for revolutionary cancer treatment


March 3, 2023 – Hampton University this morning announced a partnership that will bring a revolutionary new technology to improve cancer treatment.

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute’s partnership with Leo Cancer Care and the Jefferson Lab wil...

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More information. * Hampton City News
Posted on: February 10, 2023

Violent crimes were down in 2022, but 2023 starts with a spike

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Feb. 8, 2023 – Police Chief Mark Talbot gave an update to City Council about crime in 2022 that started with some good news.

Statistics show that murders were down 25% over 2021. Robberies decreased by 12%. Property crimes were up at total of 16%...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: February 8, 2023

City's home values increased again in 2022; tax rate decrease will be recommended


Feb. 8, 2023 – The value of homes in Hampton increased again during 2022, according to a report by Assessor Libby Griebel. The median sale price rose to $253,000.

In fact, 96.6% of residential properties saw increases, with the mean or average va...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: February 7, 2023

Council approves $100 million development for former Lincoln Park site

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Feb. 9, 2023 — The City Council has approved a $100 million proposal by developer Axis Global Enterprises to redevelop the former site of the Lincoln Park housing development on LaSalle Avenue. The new development, called Olde Hampton Village, w...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: January 13, 2023

City creates escalating penalty for violations of trash regulations


Jan. 13, 2023 - In an effort to control increasing costs of trash collection, Hampton will begin issuing violations and fines for customers who fail to follow the regulations.

These measures will go into effect July 1 to give residents time to get better a...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: December 16, 2022

New rules allow Airbnbs, VRBOs easier path to be licensed to operate in Hampton


Dec. 16, 2022 - City Council created a pathway for people who own houses that they rent through such sites as Airbnb or VRBO to operate legally. Previously, short-term rentals were only allowed as an “accessory use” to a home that is a...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: November 10, 2022

Hampton named Top 10 Digital City for 20th time

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Nov. 10, 2022 - Hampton was once again named a Top 10 Digital City. This is the 20th time the city has been recognized for its innovative use of technology and citizen engagement. 

The rankings are done by the Center for Digital Government, a nati...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: October 17, 2022

Sewer replacement work will create detours on Old Buckroe Road


Oct. 17, 2022 - HRSD crews will be installing sanitary sewer pipelines on Old Buckroe Road, forcing a road closure for through traffic that is expected to last for a year. Work is expected to begin this week near Colonial Acres Drive.

During this work, mot...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: October 12, 2022

Free grand opening events for Aquaplex swim center on Oct. 29


Oct. 12, 2022 — The city's new two-pool swimming center will hold a free celebration Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with demonstrations, refreshments, games, and entertainment. 

The program will feature Olympic gold ...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: August 19, 2022

North King Street closed for repairs that could take 3-4 months


Aug. 19, 2022 - North King Street just south of the Interstate 64 overpass is closed due to emergency road repairs expected to take three to four months. The closure is where the road crosses Bright's Creek, between the Vanguard Brewpub and Sprin...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: October 3, 2022

UPDATE: Winds shift, sparing Hampton from severe flooding; shelter closing

Harbor Drive flooding

Oct. 3 — A change the wind direction meant Hampton was spared the severe flooding that was predicted a day ago. Instead of seeing a high tide of 6.9 feet, Monday's high crested just above 5 feet. There was street flooding and minor damage, plus heavy wind...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: September 2, 2022

Reminders about Buckroe Beach for Labor Day weekend

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As we hit the Labor Day weekend and move into the “off season” at local beaches, here are a few reminders for visitors to Buckroe Beach:

  • After this holiday weekend, there will be no lifeguards on duty until next spring, when the season re-opens on Memorial...
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* Hampton City News
Posted on: August 30, 2022

Poll workers needed to staff precincts on Election Day


Aug. 31, 2022 - The Hampton Voter Registrar’s Office is looking for dedicated people to serve the democratic process by serving as election officials on Election Day.  

The polls open on Election Day at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.; however, electio...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: August 24, 2022

UPDATE: Swimming advisory lifted for Buckroe Beach

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Aug. 24, 2022 – The Health Department has issued a swimming advisory for the central part of beach due to levels of bacteria levels that exceed the state water quality standards for swimming.

Buckroe is segmented, so bacteria levels could affect the entire...

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* Hampton City News
Posted on: August 23, 2022

REPAIRED: Gas leak closes Hardy Cash-Executive intersection


Aug. 23 - UPDATE: Repairs have been made. The intersection of Hardy Cash and Executive drives is now open after a gas line was repaired.

* Hampton City News
Posted on: July 18, 2022

Hampton named top community in Virginia for resilience efforts

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July 18, 2022 - Hampton has been named the Resilient Virginia Community of the Year by the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association for its "outstanding example for how to undertake resiliency planning," according to the announcemen...

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Learn more about Resilient Hampton * Hampton City News