Author: Jay Atkins

VA Couple gives $1 million for early childhood education

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia couple is giving $1 million to help improve early childhood education in the Old Dominion. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Tuesday that Ben and Betty Davenport’s gift would establish a new institute that would partner with four state community colleges. Those colleges are Danville, Patrick Henry, Virginia Western and New River. The goal of the $1 million is to help better train childcare workers and provide coaching and professional development...

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VCU, Flying Squirrels hoping to build $55M baseball stadium

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University and the Richmond Flying Squirrels are planning to work together to help fund an approximately $55 million baseball stadium. Mayor Dwight Jones said in a news release Monday that the university and minor league baseball team signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding last month regarding the project. Officials say VCU will be leading the efforts to develop the stadium, which would also host non-athletic events such as concerts and festivals. The Flying Squirrels would pay an annual lease of about $1 million, which is roughly four times the rent the team currently...

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If DC becomes a state, it’ll be called ‘Washington DC’

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia leaders have come up with a new name for the city in the unlikely event that it becomes a state. For decades, statehood advocates have pushed for the state to be called “New Columbia.” But on Tuesday, the D.C. Council voted unanimously for the state to be called the “State of Washington, D.C.” The “D.C.” would stand for “Douglass Commonwealth,” in a nod to abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived in the District. The new name will be added to the proposed state constitution that city residents will vote on in November. If the...

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Virginia voter registration website crashes before deadline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s online voter registration portal faced technical difficulties on the last day to register to vote. Local news organizations report that the Virginia Department of Elections’ online voter registration system slowed down Monday and at times became completely unresponsive. Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes says the department was overwhelmed by the record number of people trying to register by the Monday night deadline. The department said in an online statement that it made changes to the website to allow voters to meet the deadline. People who were having trouble registering were encouraged to...

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all-day New Year’s Eve in Reedville @ Festival Halle
New Year’s Eve in Reedville @ Festival Halle
Dec 17 all-day
Dust off your dancing shoes and join family, friends and neighbors at Festival Halle on Main Street in Reedville, Virginia on Sunday, December 31st as the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum celebrates the end of 2017 and[...]
9:30 am Joint Cantata
Joint Cantata
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
The joint choirs of Farnham Baptist and Milden Presbyterian Churches will present the cantata, Peace Has Come, on Sunday, December 17, 2017. The cantata will be presented at 10:00 a.m. at Milden and at 11:00[...]
4:30 pm Community Christmas Event
Community Christmas Event
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Begin the holiday season in the Tappahannock Historic District on Sunday, December 17th from 5 – 8pm. At 5pm, the Tappahannock Artists Guild will display local artists’ paintings, and conduct Christmas Carols and offer refreshments[...]
6:00 pm Drive-Thru Nativity @ Howertons Baptist Church
Drive-Thru Nativity @ Howertons Baptist Church
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Howertons Baptist Church in Dunnsville will have a Drive Thru Live Nativity on Sunday December 17th from 6 – 7:30pm
Dec
18
Mon
all-day New Year’s Eve in Reedville @ Festival Halle
New Year’s Eve in Reedville @ Festival Halle
Dec 18 all-day
Dust off your dancing shoes and join family, friends and neighbors at Festival Halle on Main Street in Reedville, Virginia on Sunday, December 31st as the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum celebrates the end of 2017 and[...]

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