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, 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 King & Queen County Community Pr... @ King & Queen Central High School
King & Queen County Community Pr... @ King & Queen Central High School
Oct 21 all-day
King & Queen County will be holding Community Pride Day on Saturday October 21. A parade will begin at the courthouse at 10am and end at Central High School. Local vendors and children’s activities will[...]
5:30 am Run for Life @ Northumberland High School
Run for Life @ Northumberland High School
Oct 21 @ 5:30 am – 6:00 pm
The Northumberland Cross Country Teams partnering with the Red Cross are sponsoring a “Run for Life” 12 Hour Fun Run event. The fundraising event will take place on Saturday October 21st from 6am to 6pm[...]
7:00 am Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Oct 21 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
The counties of Westmoreland and Richmond, in partnership with the Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District and Virginia Cooperative Extension will host 2 household hazardous waste events on Saturday, October 21. The Westmoreland collection[...]
3:30 pm Smyrna Church Fall Festival @ Smyrna Christian Church
Smyrna Church Fall Festival @ Smyrna Christian Church
Oct 21 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Smyrna Christian Church in Bruington is holding a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 4-8pm. Activities include a Hayride, Pookey the Clown, face painting, pumpkin carving, corn hole, trunk-or-treat and more. Live music will[...]
4:30 pm Disaster Relief Fish Fry @ Afton United Methodist Church
Disaster Relief Fish Fry @ Afton United Methodist Church
Oct 21 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Afton United Methodist Chruch in Ophelia is holding a Disaster Relief Fish Fry on Saturday, October 21 from 5 – 7pm. Cost is by donation and 100% of the proceeds will go to those affected[...]

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