Author: Jay Atkins

House passes ‘Tebow Bill’ on home-school sports

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill opposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that would allow home-schooled students to participate in high school sports. The chamber on Tuesday passed the measure widely known as the “Tebow Bill” after former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. The vote was 60-38. The Virginia High School League currently prohibits home-schoolers from participating after eighth grade. The issue rose to national prominence in 2007 when ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” featured Tebow and several other home-schooled students across the country seeking access to high school athletics. Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, has...

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State Police gets new head of investigative branch

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police is getting a new head of its investigative branch. Maj. Gary T. Settle takes over as director of state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday. Settle has served as deputy director of the bureau since July 2015. He’s replacing Lt. Col. Rick A. Jenkins, who’s retiring on Feb. 1 after 38 years with state police. Settle initially joined state police in 1986, left to serve as Rappahannock County sheriff and rejoined the police force in 2000. Settle will be replaced by Capt. Timothy D. Lyon, who’s currently commander of the...

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Governor Announces Decrease in Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in December to 4.1 percent. Compared to one year ago, the seasonally adjusted employment rate was also down 0.1 percentage point.  Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national rate of 4.7 percent.   The Governor also announced that initial claims filed in 2016 for unemployment insurance benefits were the lowest Virginia has seen in over 40 years – since 1973 when just over 86,940 claims were filed. The more than 178,400 initial claims filed in 2016 were lower than...

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ROUTE 610 TRAFFIC SHIFT

All lanes will remain open, but drivers should stay alert for a new traffic pattern on Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) near Onville Road FREDERICKSBURG – On Wednesday evening, Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) traffic in Stafford County will be shifted slightly onto new pavement just west of the Onville Road intersection. The traffic shift is part of a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project underway at Garrisonville Road and Onville Road to expand the intersection and add turn lanes. Two westbound and two eastbound lanes of Garrisonville Road will remain open during the traffic shift, which will begin at 8...

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Northern Neck Ferries Out of Service

  FREDERICKSBURG – Service on the Merry Point Ferry and Sunny Bank Ferry has been suspended today due to elevated water levels at high tide.   Travelers can check 511Virginia for real-time updates on ferry operating status for tomorrow. The Merry Point Ferry is located on Route 604 in Lancaster County and crosses the western end of the Corrotoman River. The Sunny Bank Ferry is located on Route 644 in Northumberland County and crosses the Little Wicomico River. 511Virginia Motorists can find real-time information on ferry service, lane closures, traffic and incidents on 511Virginia. Download the  free mobile 511Virginia...

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12:00 pm Homeschooling or considering it? @ Richmond Convention Center
Homeschooling or considering it? @ Richmond Convention Center
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Homeschooling, or considering it? Get the information and inspiration you need at HEAV’s Virginia Homeschool Convention, Home Education: Building a Strong Foundation, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center June 8-10. This year’s convention features keynote[...]
6:00 pm Movie Night @ West Point Branch Library
Movie Night @ West Point Branch Library
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The West Point Branch Library persents Movie Night on Thursday, May 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 13 & up. Bring a friend and enjoy a great movie on the big screen. Refreshments[...]
7:00 pm Wine and Art Program @ Tappahannock Art Gallery and Community Art Center
Wine and Art Program @ Tappahannock Art Gallery and Community Art Center
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Tappahannock artists’ Guild and Community Art Center at 200 Prince St. will host its “Wine and Art” on Thursday, May 25th from 7 to 9pm featuring Ms. Joyce Crowne-Wilkins local artist and teacher. Ms.[...]
7:00 pm Writer, Brad Parks at Books Aliv... @ Northumberland Public Library
Writer, Brad Parks at Books Aliv... @ Northumberland Public Library
May 25 @ 7:00 pm
Mystery Writer Brad Parks will be at the Northumberland Library in Heathsville to review his new book, “Say Nothing”, for the Books Alive Program on Thursday, May 25th at 7pm. Parks has produced a stand-alone[...]
May
26
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5:00 pm Grilled Chicken Dinner Fundraiser @ Cople District Volunteer Fire Department
Grilled Chicken Dinner Fundraiser @ Cople District Volunteer Fire Department
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cople District Vol Fire Dept will hold their Annual Memorial Day Weekend Grilled Chicken Dinner on Friday, May 26th from 5 to 7pm at the Fire Dept. Sub Station at the Corner of Coles Point[...]

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