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Samantha Willis

Samantha Willis

A freelance journalist with experience in broadcast, digital and print media, Samantha Willis’ award-winning writing has appeared in Richmond magazine, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly and Glamour Magazine, among other publications. She is a Hanover County native who lives in Ashland with her husband and sons. Contact her at [email protected]

‘God knows what’s right, and hopefully you do, too:’ Opponents urge air board to reject permit for pipeline compressor station

By: - November 9, 2018

Dozens of detractors and supporters had their say Thursday about a natural gas compressor station Dominion Energy plans to build in Buckingham County as part of its controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, as the State Air Pollution Control Board met to review a proposed permit for the facility. If the board approves the permit on […]

State board will decide permit for Buckingham compressor station, focus of Virginia’s biggest environmental justice debate

By: - November 8, 2018

Ella Rose doesn’t expect to see much of a familiar “friend” if and when the compressor station comes to her corner of Buckingham County. “I sit here in my living room, and I watch the deer and the turkeys and the wildlife walk through my backyard almost every day,” said Rose, 74, a native of […]

‘It’s not right:’ Cumberland residents say planned landfill will disturb historic school, possible burial grounds

By: - September 26, 2018

CUMBERLAND — Just inside the front door of the 100-year-old Pine Grove School in Cumberland County’s small Cartersville community, the soft wood underfoot groans and gives under Muriel Branch’s steps.  “I walked three and a half miles to get here, each way, each day,” says Branch, sweeping her gaze around the one-room schoolhouse where she […]

‘Obligated to do what’s right:’ State money helping maintain more historic African-American cemeteries

By: - September 10, 2018

Old oaks loom over the graves inside East End Cemetery, a 16-acre burial ground bordering the city of Richmond and Henrico County. Shafts of sunlight filtering through the foliage illuminate the final resting places of the thousands of black men and women interred there since it opened in 1897. For years, East End — and […]