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8:31 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Search Suspended for Pilot Off Chincoteague

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a pilot who lost consciousness and crashed a small airplane into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia shore.

Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says the search was halted Sunday morning after a civilian boater recovered a wheel and engine cowling from the single-engine Cirrus. Littlejohn says the chances of finding anything else were slim.

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12:44 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Record Bid for Pony at 89th Annual Swim in Chincoteague

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More than 50 ponies were auctioned off at the 89th annual Pony Penning in Chincoteague yesterday with a record bid.

Catherine Miller of Illinois set the record with her bid of $21-thousand for a black and white filly.

WMDT reports that Deborah Davis bought one for $26-hundred.

Some of the highest bids went for ponies who will return to Assateague.

Another pony auction was the Feather Fund.

The non-profit helped give around 30 ponies to deserving children around the county.

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10:26 am
Wed July 30, 2014

89th Annual Pony Swim Gets Underway in Chincoteague

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The 89th annual Pony Swim at Chincoteague gets underway today with the Saltwater Cowboys saddling up to take the herd of around 100 across the channel from Assateague Island.

The event is expected to attract some 40-thousand visitors and the swim is set to occur sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The town has been preparing for weeks for an event that a number of businesses see as better than Memorial Day Weekend.

The ponies will be auctioned off tomorrow with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company which owns and takes care of the ponies.

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10:08 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Chincoteague Prepares for Annual Pony Swim

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In Chincoteague they’re gearing up for the annual pony swim.

Yesterday, the Saltwater Cowboys paraded the northern herd of the ponies down the beach on Assateague Island.

Visitors from across the nation and abroad will be attending the annual pony swim to witness the herd crossing the Assateague Channel tomorrow.

On Thursday, the foals will be sold at auction with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company which owns and maintains the herd.

The swim was made famous by the 1947 novel Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry.

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10:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Could Disrupte July 4th Celebrations

Hurricane Arthur's Expected Path
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Tropical Storm Arthur has become a hurricane and is threatening to take a glancing blow at the Carolina coast on Independence Day.

And here on Delmarva officials are bracing for wet weather but are optimistic.

In Ocean City officials are delaying the July 4th fireworks and festivities for Saturday.

Mayor Rick Meehan says the wet weather into Friday morning will not allow enough time to set up the fireworks display for tomorrow night.
Officials still expect near capacity crowds over the weekend with $50 being charged for all day Saturday at the Inlet Parking.

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8:22 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Saltwater Cowboys Prepare for Annual Pony Swim

Pony Swim
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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Chincoteague firefighters known as saltwater cowboys will oversee the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague in Virginia on July 30.

The event is preceded by a carnival, which began Friday and continues on several dates in July and early August.

Each year the wild ponies are auctioned to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd. This year's auction is July 31. 

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10:11 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Ponies Hit the Water in Chincoteague

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The ponies made it across the channel yesterday from the Assateague Island to Chincoteague amidst stormy weather.

The thunderstorm came around 11 am drenching thousands of onlookers…that showed up for the 88th annual Pony Swim and parade.

The Saltwater Cowboys herded around 150 ponies making the crossing in around 5 minutes.

Kendy Allen with the Chincoteague Pony Center says , the ponies do not have to swim much and figures the distance they have to cross less than a quarter of a mile andis not that deep.

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12:32 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

88th Pony Penning in Chincoteague

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Tens of thousands of visitors descended Chincoteague where dozens of ponies made their annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

It’s the 88th edition of the spectacle celebrated by Marguerite Henry's 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague".

The so-called Saltwater Cowboys have rounded up approximately 150 ponies that live on Assateague for the swim. After the swim, the ponies are rested before they're paraded down Main Street.

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9:07 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Wild Ponies Up For Auction Today in Chincoteague

The Ponies made the swim and now they’re up for auction.

At about 9 am yesterday around 140 wild ponies were led across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island by the Saltwater Cowboys as thousands looked on for the annual event.

The crossing lasted a little more than 6 minutes.

Many visitors fell in love with the ponies as a result of Marguerite Henry’s famous book “Misty of Chincoteague “.

And they came from as far away as Cleveland.

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12:34 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Ponies Cross the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague

Tens of thousands of spectators showed up this morning as the Saltwater Cowboys herded their ponies across the Assateague Channel for the 87th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim.

The 10-minute swim across the 200-yeard Assateague channel dates from the early 1920's.

It was made famous by Marguerite Henry's 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague".

Tomorrow, the ponies will be auctioned off to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd.

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9:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

87th Annual Pony Swim Today in Chincoteague

Thousands are out this morning for the 87th Chincoteague Island Pony swim with the Saltwater Cowboys at hand to herd the wild ponies across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

The crossing was set to begin by 10:00 am during slack tide.

Tomorrow the ponies will be auctions off with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.  

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9:11 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Gearing Up for the Annual Pony Swim

It’s Pony Penning time.

This is the eve of the 87th Chincoteague Island Pony Swim that is held on the last Wednesday before the last Thursday every July.

Saltwater Cowboys herd the wild ponies on Assateague Island across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

They will swim across the Assateague Channel south of Memorial Park.

The ponies are scheduled to cross during the slack tide between 7:30 am and 10 am.

Parking is available at Chincoteague Combined School on Chincoteague Island.

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8:35 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Pony Swim Makes Top Ten List for Visitors

The annual Pony Swim to Chincoteague Island has made it on the top 10 list as a favorite event for traveling families in Virginia.

Coming in at 8th the Salisbury Daily Times reports that it beat out visits to the Historic Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg.

Assateague Island’s recreational beach and light house as well as the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge made mention.

On the last Wednesday of July the Saltwater cowboys drive the ponies into the Assateague channel on their way to Chincoteague.

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8:44 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Revolt of Chincoteague Taxpayers

 

             The decision by the Accomack County Board of Supervisors to impose a fire and emergency medical services tax on Chincoteague is getting some fierce blowback.

            By late last week more than 100 people had indicated their disapproval of the measure…through a new Facebook page called Save the Chincoteague Taxpayer.

            And the Salisbury Daily Times reports that there is talk among Chincoteague residents to withhold payment of county real estate and personal property taxes in June…to protest the action.

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