Author: Jay Atkins

How hopefuls for Virginia governor would affect your wallet

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The five candidates running to be Virginia’s next governor are each making promises that could affect pocketbooks in different ways, ranging from how much Virginians get paid, to how much they pay in taxes to tolls to college costs. Two Republicans, Ed Gillespie and Corey Stewart, want to cut the state’s income tax rates by varying amounts. The third Republican running, Frank Wagner, has lampooned the proposed cuts as unrealistic and wants to increase the gas tax when oil costs are low. Democrats Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello are both promising to raise Virginia’s minimum...

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Men get decades in prison for synthetic marijuana operation

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to decades in prison for running a synthetic marijuana operation. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 46-year-old Charles Ritchie and 42-year-old Benjamin Galecki, both of Pensacola, Florida, were convicted in January. Ritchie got 32 years in prison and that Galecki got 28 years. A judge in Newport News also ordered them to forfeit $6.5 million. The men were convicted in January of running a $21 million operation out of Pensacola, Florida, known as Zencense. They shipped 1,000 kilograms of the drug, known as “spice,” to Virginia’s Hampton Roads region. It...

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Teen killed when ATV crashes in Virginia

BIG ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A teenager was killed when the ATV he was operating hit a tree in Virginia. State police said in a statement that the crash occurred on Saturday. Authorities say 17-year-old Joseph Jackson was traveling on a gravel road about dawn on Saturday he lost control of the ATV and struck a tree. Jackson died at the scene in Bedford County. Troopers say Jackson was not wearing a helmet and that alcohol might be a factor in the...

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Likely 1st catch of invasive snakehead reported in Lake Anna

(Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/) FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — An invasive snakehead fish has been caught in Lake Anna for what may be the first time. The Free Lance-Star reported Wednesday that 29-year-old Colby Horne caught the fish over the weekend, snapped a picture with it, and released it. John Odenkirk, a biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, says a woman took a picture of a snakehead in Lake Anna last summer, but nobody had reported catching one there until now. He says as far as the department knows, Horne’s is the first verified...

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people killed in crashes over Memorial Day weekend

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police say seven people died in traffic crashes across Virginia over Memorial Day weekend. Virginia State Police say four of the seven people killed over the four-day period were motorcyclists. Police say two of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets. Police say there were a total of six crashes, including a head-on collision in Rockingham County that killed two drivers. Police say neither driver was wearing a seat belt. The number of traffic deaths over the four-day period is down slightly from last year when eight people were killed. Police responded to more than...

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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
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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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