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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1:00 pm Red Cross Blood Drive @ Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Dept.
Red Cross Blood Drive @ Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Dept.
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation[...]
all-day Chesapeake Academy Scholarship
Chesapeake Academy Scholarship
Jan 17 all-day
Does your child consistently demonstrate strong, positive character and academic success? Then we have an opportunity for you! Chesapeake Academy (in Irvington) is looking for the first recipient of the H. Hiter Harris, Jr. Merit[...]
all-day Lancaster Library Lottery @ Lancaster Community Library
Lancaster Library Lottery @ Lancaster Community Library
Jan 17 all-day
The Lancaster Community Library Lottery is going on now until January 20th. Buy your ticket early this year and get in on the Early Bird Drawing of $1,000 plus you only pay $95. December 22nd[...]
2:30 pm Democratic Primary Public Forum @ Mathews Boys and Girls Club
Democratic Primary Public Forum @ Mathews Boys and Girls Club
Jan 17 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
On Sunday, January 21, 2018, CircleUp Middle Peninsula will sponsor a Public Forum for the candidates running for the First Congressional District Democratic Primary at the Mathews Boys and Girls Club. The forum is scheduled[...]
7:15 pm Wednesday Word of Worship in the... @ The Community's Christian Church
Wednesday Word of Worship in the... @ The Community's Christian Church
Jan 17 @ 7:15 pm
The Community’s Christian Church in Warsaw will be continuing their “Wednesday Word of Worship in the Neck” series on January 17th at 7:15 p.m. Special guests will be Pastor Rose Curry and the Willie Chapel[...]

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