Author: Jay Atkins

2 hospitalized after ‘people mover’ vehicle runs into ditch

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Officials at Dulles International Airport say two people have been taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a vehicle known as a people mover got stuck in a construction ditch. Airport spokesman Rob Yingling says the vehicle had 37 passengers on board when it ran into the ditch around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. It was taking passengers arriving on a flight from Bogota, Colombia, to a customs facility. Yingling says another people mover was sent to pick up the stranded passengers, and the vehicle that got stuck has now been removed from the ditch. The...

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Richmond airport marks busiest-ever September

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond International Airport has recorded its busiest September ever with more than 300,000 passengers. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that total passenger traffic at the airport was up nearly 4 percent last month compared with September of last year. This September’s passenger count was 301,895. Airport spokesman Troy Bells says staff members were worried about a drop-off this year given the increase in traffic in September 2015, driven in part by the UCI cycling races in the city. Bell says the previous September record was set in 2007. (Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,...

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Chemical spill at Hopewell plant causes roadway closure

HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — The “all-clear” has been given after a chemical leak at a Hopewell plant temporarily shut down a roadway. Local news outlets report that emergency crews responded to AdvanSix, formerly known as the Honeywell Plant, Tuesday night after receiving a call about the leak. Officials say the leak was quickly contained inside the plant, although State Route 10 was temporarily closed as a precaution. The road has since reopened. News agencies report the chemical released is called Oleum, which is a strong sulfuric acid. Officials say there is no longer a threat to the surrounding community....

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Henrico County to offer free flu shots at area clinics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — People will be able to get a free flu shot for one day at clinics in Henrico County. WRIC-TV reports county Health Department is offering free flu vaccinations on Wednesday at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center in western Henrico and the Henrico Theatre in eastern Henrico. The clinic at the adult education center will have shots available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They’ll be given at the Henrico Theatre from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Vaccinations will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to anyone over 3 years...

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Workplace shooting suspect described as ‘perfect neighbor’

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Neighbors say the man suspected of killing a former co-worker and wounding three others at a rail car factory in Virginia was a good friend and hard worker who showed no signs of violence. Police say Getachew Fekede opened fire at the FreightCar America facility in Roanoke early Tuesday before killing himself. They say the 53-year-old from Kenya entered the U.S. through a refugee immigration program and was fired by the company in March when he stopped showing up for work. Clarence Jones, a neighbor of Fekede, says he quit his job because he was...

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all-day “30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
“30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
Apr 30 all-day
The Tappahannock branch of department store chain Peebles has chosen the Essex County Homeless Organization to benefit from its bi-annual Community Counts program called “30 Days of Giving.” During the 2017 spring campaign which will run[...]
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Personal Property Forms Due @ Richmond Co. Commissioner of the Revenue's Office
May 1 all-day
Jennifer Delano, Commissioner of the Revenue, Richmond County reminds you that your 2017 Form 762, Return of Tangible Personal Property and your 2016 Form 760, Virginia State Income Taxes, must be filed with the Commissioner’s[...]
all-day Scholarship Opportunity @ Westmoreland Co. Extension Office
Scholarship Opportunity @ Westmoreland Co. Extension Office
May 1 all-day
2017 Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association Scholarship Program This scholarship program is offered by the Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association, Inc., to promote the agricultural educational endeavors of individuals within the service area of the Association.[...]
10:00 am Essex Triad Meeting @ Old Beale Memorial Baptist Church/Courthouse
Essex Triad Meeting @ Old Beale Memorial Baptist Church/Courthouse
May 2 @ 10:00 am
Essex County Triad will meet at 10am on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Old Beale Baptist Church in Tappahannock.  The topic is Self-Defense and Crime Prevention and will be presented by Jay Mitchell, Virginia Marine[...]
5:30 pm Family Movie Night @ King & Queen Branch Library
Family Movie Night @ King & Queen Branch Library
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The King & Queen Branch Library invite you to Family Movie Night on Thursday, May 4th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Popcorn and beverages provided by the Friends of the King & Queen Library. Call[...]

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