Author: Jay Atkins

Virginia Senate passes anti-sanctuary cities bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have approved legislation banning localities from restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws. The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday to approve the measure after a contentious debate about what kind of message it would send. Republicans said the bill is needed to show that Virginia respects the rule of law and undocumented immigrants are not entitled to special privileges in sanctuary cities. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has promised to veto the bill, saying it stokes fear among the state’s immigrant communities. Since President Donald Trump signed an...

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Woman sentenced to 22 years for running over friend with SUV

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach woman has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for fatally running over a friend with a SUV. Local news outlets report that a judge on Tuesday sentenced 42-year-old Sarah Flanders on second-degree felony murder and hit-and-run charges in the death of 47-year-old Richard Pentz. Police responded to a dispute between Flanders and the victim on Sept. 18, 2014. Two days later, authorities say Flanders struck Pentz with her Dodge Durango in the parking lot of Plaza Middle School. She then left the scene. Pentz later died at a hospital. DNA...

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TEVFD To Receive Award

The Governor’s Fire Services Awards for 2016 will be presented to recipients in eight categories during the Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference opening ceremonies on Saturday, February 26. The event will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center starting at 8:30 a.m.  The Governor’s Fire Services Awards for Excellence in Virginia Fire Services is presented to The Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department. On February 24, 2016, An EF-3 Tornado affected over 28 miles within Essex County. Dozens of homes were damaged with 26 individuals sustaining injuries from minor to life threatening.  The Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department (TEVFD) proactively using...

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Appeals court upholds law barring party ID for local races

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a Virginia law allowing only federal, statewide and General Assembly candidates to be identified by party affiliation on the ballot. The Powhatan County Republican Committee sued the Virginia State board of Elections over the law in 2015, arguing that it was unfair that candidates for local offices can’t be identified on the ballot as Republicans, Democrats or other parties. But a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously upheld a decision from a lower court, which found the state’s law to be constitutional....

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Supreme Court rejects appeal from Virginia death row inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape in 2006. William Morva argued that he should have been allowed to present evidence that he wouldn’t pose a risk of future violence if he was spared the death penalty. But the justices on Tuesday left in place an appeals court ruling that rejected those claims. Morva was in jail awaiting trial on attempted robbery charges in 2006 when he overpowered a deputy sheriff during a trip to the hospital. He used the deputy’s pistol to...

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all-day Trip to see “Jonah” @ Lyells Chapel Church
Trip to see “Jonah” @ Lyells Chapel Church
Jun 25 all-day
Lyells Chapel Church is sponsoring a trip to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Pennsylvania to see the live show “Jonah” on Fri., July 21st. The cost is $95 for adults and $45 for ages[...]
10:30 am “Up Cycled Cinderella” @ Northumberland Public Library
“Up Cycled Cinderella” @ Northumberland Public Library
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
See “Up Cycled Cinderella” featuring the Star Bright Theatre Group on Monday, June 26th at 10:30am at the Northumberland Family YMCA. Sponsored by the Northumberland Public Library in Heathsville. For more information contact the library[...]
6:00 pm WarsawFest in need of Volunteers @ Bay Aging Office
WarsawFest in need of Volunteers @ Bay Aging Office
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm
The WarsawFest Committee will be holding it’s June meeting on Monday, June 26th.   There is a need for  volunteers who are willing to help make this year’s event successful.  A few people are needed[...]
11:00 am Reptiles Alive/Summer Reading Pr... @ Richmond County Intermediate School Gym
Reptiles Alive/Summer Reading Pr... @ Richmond County Intermediate School Gym
Jun 27 @ 11:00 am
Each Tuesday, June 27th thru July 25th, the Richmond County Public Library will offer a fun-filled event in coordination with the Summer Reading Program.   Note that the first program on June 27 will be held[...]
4:00 pm Teen Summer Movie Matinee @ West Point Branch Library
Teen Summer Movie Matinee @ West Point Branch Library
Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Teen Summer Movie Matinee at the West Point Branch Library Tuesday, June 27, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Ages 10-18. Cool off with a great movie on the big screen! Pizza provided by the Friends of[...]

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