Author: Kyle Scott

Blue Ridge Parkway expects this weekend to be busiest

(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Drivers seeking fall-colored leaves should expect this weekend to be the busiest on a scenic road that runs through the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia. The Asheville Citizen-Times quotes Blue Ridge Parkway spokeswoman Caitlin Worth in a Thursday report as saying “traditionally the third week in October is the busiest.” Staff are also reminding drivers to keep watching the road. Worth says distracted driving is the main cause of crashes especially during fall’s pretty views and weather. There have been 24 accidents on the parkway this month...

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Family of Virginia man killed by police wants answers

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The family of a man who was fatally shot by police in Virginia wants more information about the confrontation. Police in Hampton said officers were following a stolen pickup truck Tuesday night when it stopped at a convenience store. Police said they fired at the car after its occupants displayed a gun and drove toward the officers. DeAndre Bethea, of Newport News, died at a hospital. Two others were wounded. Thomas Bethea told WTKR he doesn’t know why his 24-year-old nephew would be in a stolen car. He said the family wants more information...

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Man accused of sexually abusing 2 girls sentenced to prison

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After two girls said a neighborhood repairman sexually abused them, a Virginia judge has sentenced him to prison. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that on Wednesday Chesterfield Circuit Judge David E. Johnson sentenced 49-year-old William F. Ayers to 50 years with 25 years suspended. Ayers was convicted on multiple counts of aggravated sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Chesterfield prosecutor Erin Barr says the assaults occurred from March to June last year. Ayers had volunteered to babysit the girls so their single mother could work without the...

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Candidates sharply disagree on guns in Virginia gov’s race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The two major party candidates in Virginia’s race for governor sharply disagree when it comes to guns. Republican Ed Gillespie has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and pledged to “oppose any and all attempts to weaken the Second Amendment.” Democrat Ralph Northam said he favors stricter controls on gun ownership. He’s backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group as well as by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting. The positions play against type. Northam grew up hunting on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and...

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The Latest: Obama bemoans rise of racial politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is bemoaning the rise of racial politics. Speaking at political rallies in New Jersey and Virginia, Obama said past prejudices the country thought it had “put to bed” have reemerged. The first black president offered himself as proof that the country has moved forward, telling the crowd in Richmond, Virginia — the former Capitol of the Confederacy — that he is a distant relative to Confederate President Jefferson Davis on his mother’s side. “Think about that,” Obama said. “I’ll bet he’s spinning in his grave.” Thursday was Obama’s return to the...

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Vendors are still needed for the Northumberland High School Farm & Field Day on Saturday April 14th. 10×10 spaces are still available for only $10. for more information, call Lee Meadows at 804-580-5192.
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Join Chesapeake Academy on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. as they host Merman the Magician who amazes and delights with incredible illusions and magic which includes floating an audience member in mid air! This[...]
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Spaghetti Dinner @ Warsaw United Methodist Church
Feb 23 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Rappahannock High School After Prom Committee will host a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, February 23 from 4:30 – 7pm at Warsaw United Methodist Church. The menu will be Spaghetti with homemade sauce, salad, bread, and[...]

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