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MELFA, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to Accomack County businesses and individuals who didn't seek help following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Officials estimate that more than 240 homes were damaged in that Eastern Shore county during Sandy, which lashed the region with high winds and more than 8 inches of rain. Most of those damages were not covered by insurance.

Monday, the SBA will open an outreach center in Melfa. Representatives will staff the center through Friday to answer any questions.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a missing Bloxom man has been recovered from a car in the Rappahannock River.

Media outlets report that 80-year-old Howard Shrieves Jr.'s body was recovered Tuesday near the Fredericksburg City Dock. The Accomack County Sheriff's Office had reported Shrieves missing Thursday after he failed to arrive as expected in Pocomoke City, Maryland.

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A fire at an abandoned store building in Accomack County drew the local fire companies who put out the blaze in over two hours.

The first reportedly started around 11 p.m. last night.

Authorities say no one was injured but the old Pricilla Mears store building was deemed a total loss.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were fire fighters from Accomack and Northampton Counties who responded to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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On the Virginia Eastern Shore incumbent Democrat Lynwood Lewis beat back a challenge by Richard Ottinger in the state’s 6th Senate District.

Lewis took the seat in a special election in 2014.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in Accomack County Lewis picked up over 46-hundred votes while Ottinger only received 29-hundred.

In the House of Delegates incumbent Republican Robert Bloxom beat his Democratic challenger Willie Randall in 100th District by 84-hundred votes to 62-hundred.

Bloxom won the seat in a special election after Lewis vacated it.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says an energy developer has won a state permit to build an 80-megawatt solar array on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

McAuliffe's office says the project will quadruple the amount of solar energy currently in place in the state, and will be the largest in the Mid-Atlantic.

Community Energy is partnering with Amazon Web Services with a power purchase agreement for the energy. The power from the solar array in Accomack County will supply Amazon Web Services' facilities, including those in northern Virginia.

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Get ready, Accomack County for a chicken house invasion.

A new report says that there are 84 applications now pending for new poultry houses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that’s in addition to up to 72 that an out-of-state producer has asked about building.

The new report from the County Planning Department found there has been a dramatic rise in the number of new poultry houses since 2014.

The paper says that the report found only 16 houses had been built between 2010 and 2014.

But, in November of 2014 it said 12 applications were approved.


Accomack County officials want Virginia transportation officials to put up a sign with a minimum speed for the Chincoteague causeway.

Supervisor Wanda Thornton whose district covers the highway wants the minimum speed of 45 mph for the road that goes to Chincoteague Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Thornton said the problem was that there are people using mopeds who are traveling much slower than that.

The Accomack County Board approved a resolution making the request to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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The famed Amazon Company best known for ordering books and other things off online will be putting its name on a solar project in Accomack County.

It’s called the Amazon Solar Farm US East.

The web services company has joined the developer Community Energy Incorporated based in Pennsylvania under a long term power purchase agreement.

The $150 million project will provide 80-megawatts of power.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will feed the electrical grids that power the current and future Amazon data centers.

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Those on the Virginia Eastern Shore could find themselves stranded by water according to a new study on sea level rise of one foot or more.

The survey done with the assistance of the Virginia Department of Transportation found that some areas where there are now roads could be flooded out between 2025 and 2050.

The study found that around 25 percent of the roads along with communities and their facilities could be hit by sea level rise.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 80 percent of the roads affected by the flooding are located in Accomack County.

The Wallops Flight facility is looking at the possibility of landing reusable booster rockets and manned spacecraft.

An environmental study is now underway that could lead to manned space flights coming to Accomack County.

Bruce Underwood, Wallops’ deputy director, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are no plans at present to land spacecraft at the facility.

But he adds there have been several government agencies and private space companies that have expressed interest.