Author: Jay Atkins

Police response scrutinized after violence at Virginia rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police chief says he had hoped a white nationalist rally in his city over the weekend would remain peaceful and his officers were spread thin when violence erupted. But law enforcement experts say Charlottesville should have been more prepared to deal with the violent fracas. Officers seemed to stand on the sidelines as fists flew, bats swung and objects soared through the air at Emancipation Park on Saturday. Charlottesville police Chief Al Thomas says he “absolutely” has regrets about Saturday’s violence and says officers needed to make quick adjustments when the white nationalists...

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Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Protesters in North Carolina toppled a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier on Monday at a rally against racism. Activists in Durham brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924. A diverse crowd of dozens cheered as the statue of a soldier holding a rifle fell to the ground in front of an old courthouse building that now houses local government offices. Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument. The Durham protest was in...

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Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues

The deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is fueling another re-evaluation of Confederate statues in cities across the nation. It’s happening in much the same way that a mass shooting by a white supremacist inside a South Carolina church accelerated the removal of the Confederate flag. Statues are being removed or slated for removal in Gainesville, Florida; Baltimore, San Antonio and elsewhere. In Gainesville, a statue known as “Old Joe” was returned Monday to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which erected it in 1904. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe says the government shouldn’t glorify a chapter of history...

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Essex County Traffic Fatality

At approximately 11:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, Master Trooper A. Allen was called to the scene of a fatal crash in Essex County.   A 2008 GMC Sierra pick-up truck was traveling northbound on Tidewater Trail near Dangerfield Road when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert and overturned.   The driver – 37 year-old Christopher P. Ball, of Champlain, Va. – was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigation revealed that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.   21 year-old Taylor Shackleford, was the only passenger in the vehicle. He...

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Anthem Annouces Exit from ACA Marketplace

The Richmond-based company of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Virginia, the state’s largest insurer on Friday announced that more than 206,000 Virginians could lose their individual health insurance policies in from the federal exchange and individual market in 2018.   It cited “the shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost-sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage.”   Anthem’s decision follows Aetna’s announcement in May that it would exit the federally operated marketplace in Virginia for the Affordable Care Act in...

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Wine & Design Hosts Needed
Aug 17 all-day
  Interested in giving back to your community, but don’t have the time to commit to volunteering regularly? Host a Wine & Design party! Wine & Design is a mini-fundraiser for The Haven where a[...]
8:00 am Veterans Mobil Service Office
Veterans Mobil Service Office
Aug 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know…and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit D-A-V (Disabled American Veterans) offers help.[...]
12:00 pm Caroline County Blood Drive @ Caroline County YMCA
Caroline County Blood Drive @ Caroline County YMCA
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. A Blood Drive will take place in Caroline County on Thursday, Aug.[...]
1:00 pm Rappatomac Writers Critique Group @ Java Jacks Cafe
Rappatomac Writers Critique Group @ Java Jacks Cafe
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Rappatomac Writers Critique Group will meet Thursday, August 17th, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Tappahannock at Java Jacks Cafe, 504 S Church Lane. Join us for lunch at noon and share your creativity.[...]
1:46 pm Back to School Supply Drive @ The Haven Office
Back to School Supply Drive @ The Haven Office
Aug 17 @ 1:46 pm – 2:46 pm
  This month the Haven is collecting school supplies for local students. Any and all materials for school are welcome. Items can be dropped off until Friday, August 28th at their office located at 5726[...]

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