Author: Jay Atkins

Virginia Department of Corrections College Credit Program Reaping Big Returns

Since January 2014, Virginia Department of Corrections offenders have   amassed more than 1,500 course completions in an award-winning college   credit initiative.  These offenders in Virginia’s prisons have earned 8,983   college credits in little more than two years at a cost of just $3.69 per   credit.   Director Harold Clarke stated that “One of the greatest predictors of   reentry success is employment, and the key to employment is education,”   said Director Harold Clarke.   Students have earned 1,523 completions in five Career and Technical   Education courses eligible for college credit and these courses...

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Route 3 will be reduced to a single lane during daytime hours between Lancaster and Middlesex counties on Saturday, March 25, and Monday, March 27 – Saturday, April 1 FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists can anticipate brief delays on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River on Saturday, March 25, and throughout next week. Preparation work continues for an upcoming $12.8 million painting project of the bridge’s three center spans. The project contractor is installing the platform system required to paint the bridge. Route 3 will be reduced to one lane on Norris Bridge from 7...

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Virginia officials work to combat tax refund fraud

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia taxpayers may have to wait a little longer for expected tax refunds as state officials work to combat tax refund fraud related to identity theft. State officials have mailed about 104,000 letters to taxpayers this year asking for additional information to verify their identities. Officials say the extra paperwork helps ensure refunds go to the right people. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that officials sent 140,000 letters during last year’s filing season, denying or reducing refunds on about 35,000 of 4.2 million returns filed with the state. Taxation Department spokeswoman Paige Tucker says more than...

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Virginia man gored by deer he and his wife had raised

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia wildlife officials say a member of the Giles County Board of Supervisors was hospitalized after being attacked by a deer. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries spokesman Lee Walker say Paul “Chappy” Baker was attacked by a nine-point buck outside his home earlier this week. The buck gored Baker’s lower legs and arms and caused bruises, cuts and lacerations. Walker says the attack, which lasted about 10 minutes, ended when Baker’s wife shot and killed the deer with a pistol. The Roanoke Times reports that officials collected a brain sample from the deer, but...

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Trawler captain evacuated by Coast Guard off Virginia coast

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter crew has conducted a medical evacuation off the coast of Virginia after receiving an emergency alert from a fishing vessel. Authorities say the Fifth District command center in Portsmouth received an electronic beacon alert Sunday from the 75-foot trawler Capt Nathan, about 50 miles east of Chincoteague, with three people aboard. The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba and a Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City in New Jersey were diverted to the scene, where they learned that the captain of the trawler was suffering symptoms of a stroke. The man...

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Youth Enrichment Forum @ Old Beale Courthouse
Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm
Please join us for our Community Forum on Youth Enrichment co-hosted by Essex Churches Together and the Essex Resource Council, being held on the October 24th at 7:00 pm at Old Beale Courthouse to hear ideas, learn about other[...]
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Youth Enrichment Program @ Old Beale Memorial Baptist Church/Courthouse
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The future of our county will come from our children’s experiences, challenges and encouragement. The Essex Resource Council has formed a “Youth Enrichment Program” committee to determine how we can provide the best avenues for our youth[...]
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Northumberland Public Library Te... @ Henderson United Methodist Church
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Henderson United Methodist Church hosts a time of community fellowship and lunch the fourth Thursday of each month, January through October.  On October 26, Northumberland Public Library’s brand new Tech Mobile will make its first[...]
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Haven 2017 Awards Banquet @ Warsaw Banquet Hall
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Join The Haven as they celebrate the dedication and commitment, to the work and mission of The Haven, their volunteers, community allies, and staff at the 2017 Community Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 26th from[...]
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WCPS State of the Schools Program @ Washington & Lee High School
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Westmoreland County Public Schools is hosting the State of the Schools program from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Washington & Lee High School. Come hear the status of Westmoreland County Public Schools. Also, exciting[...]

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