VA GOP candidate for governor drops out

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A political newcomer running for Virginia governor in a populist style similar to President Donald Trump’s has suspended his campaign. Republican Denver Riggleman announced Thursday that he had no choice but to stop campaigning because of “resource shortages” and other considerations. A distillery owner with no previous political experience, Riggleman had struggled to raise money. Riggleman styled himself a political outsider who would take on entrenched interests in Virginia politics. He was particularly focused on Dominion Resources, an energy company that’s the biggest corporate donor to Virginia politicians. There are now three GOP gubernatorial hopefuls...

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2 students hurt in school bus crash in York County

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) — Authorities say two high school students were injured in a crash involving a school bus in York County. The crash happened Wednesday morning on Victory Boulevard near Big Bethel Road near Tabb High School in Yorktown. Virginia State Police said in a statement that there were 11 passengers on the bus and two high school students suffered minor injuries. Police say troopers were on the scene investigating the...

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Ex-Marines reservist sentenced to 75 years for rape

(Information from: The Free Lance-Star, STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — A former Marine Corps reservist convicted of raping a fellow reservist at his home has been sentenced to 75 years in prison. The Free Lance-Star reported Wednesday that a Stafford County judge upheld the sentence, which had been recommended by a jury last year. The judge also upheld a $100,000 fine recommended for 38-year-old Michael Andrew Maldini, who was found guilty of rape, attempted sodomy and aggravated sexual battery. Maldini’s accuser testified that he all but ordered her to drink alcohol and then forced her to have sex at...

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‘Waltons’ reunion bringing 15 cast members to Virginia

SCHUYLER, Va. (AP) — Fifteen former cast members of the hit TV show “The Waltons” are returning to Virginia for a reunion weekend. The Nelson County Times reports the Waltons Mountain Museum in Schuyler will host the 45th anniversary reunion later this month. The events are also planned to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the death of the show’s creator, Earl Hamner Jr. Hamner, a Schuyler native and prolific writer, died in March 2016 at age 92. “The Waltons,” which aired for nine seasons, drew upon his Depression-era upbringing. It won more than a dozen Emmys. Among the...

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Accounting alum donates $3 million to strengthen program

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Old Dominion University plans to strengthen its accounting school after receiving a $3 million gift. The school in Norfolk says the financial commitment comes from accounting school alum Robert W. Mitchell and his wife. The 1987 grad owns and operates an accounting firm in Vienna, Virginia. The money will create an endowment to fund student scholarships, programming and faculty support at ODU’s School for Accountancy. Jeff Tanner, dean of the Strome College of Business, says fewer students pursue the master’s degree that’s often needed to become a certified public accountant. He said the gift will...

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DNA confirms remains belong to student missing since 1998

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that human remains found below a West Virginia bridge belong to a Virginia Tech graduate student who vanished nearly two decades ago. According to West Virginia news outlets, a state police statement says DNA evidence confirms the remains discovered near the New River Gorge Bridge are those of Robert Leroy Kovack. The 24-year-old native of Rivesville, West Virginia disappeared on Sept. 18, 1998 while driving to a football game in Morgantown. His car was found days later, out of gas near the bridge. A work crew discovered the remains last March. Authorities...

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Campaign to promote safe driving by Virginia students

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police is calling on high schools across the commonwealth to join in a public safety campaign this spring to encourage safe driving. The “Arrive Alive” campaign will begin March 20 and extend through May 5. It’s sponsored by state police and Youth of Virginia Speak Out about Traffic Safety. Middle and high schools will get resources like posters, pledge banners and sunglasses to promote safe driving among teens. The campaign aims to teach middle schoolers how to be a safe passenger, pedestrian and cyclist. High schoolers will be warned against things like underage...

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Strawberry farmers rush to protect crop from cold weather

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Strawberry farmers are rushing to protect their crop from the cold temperatures. The Virginian-Pilot reports that buds have sprouted in Hampton Roads after the second-hottest February on record. The plants are now vulnerable to this week’s sub-freezing temperatures. Strawberry grower Barbara Henley in Virginia Beach said strawberry plants are normally dormant this time of year. Local farmers are using a variety of methods to combat the frost. They include plastic blankets, row covers and spraying the plants with water. The ice that forms provides a protective barrier. Agriculture experts say peaches and blueberries are...

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Ex-boyfriend indicted on murder charge; woman still missing

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — Chesterfield County police have arrested a physician after he was indicted for allegedly killing his girlfriend, who has been missing since 2014. The department said in a news release that officers arrested 39-year-old Dr. John E. Gibbs II of Ashland on Tuesday. Authorities say a grand jury indicted Gibbs Monday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Zulma Pabon. Investigators say Pabon, a nurse, was last seen on June 6, 2014, leaving her job at a hospital in the same complex where Gibbs worked. Police say detectives believe Pabon is dead,...

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Delegate Ransone Completes Filing Requirements for Republican Primary

MONTROSS, VA – On Monday, Delegate Margaret Bevans Ransone (R-99th) submitted more than 1,000 ballot petition signatures and completed the requirements to qualify for the June 13th Republican primary ballot to 99th District Republican Committee Chairman Allen Webb. Monday, March 13th was the earliest opening filing date for candidates to submit petitions authorized by the State Board of Elections. Ransone’s filing of nearly ten times the number of petition signatures required by the Department of Elections demonstrates the considerable strength of her support throughout the 99th district, and her early filing ensures that she will be listed first on...

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Suicide brings fresh scrutiny to jail over inmate deaths

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail under investigation for inmate deaths is facing fresh scrutiny after a prisoner’s suicide. Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth says Jakim Funderburk died early Sunday morning after hanging himself with a bedsheet. Officials and family members say the 20-year-old suffered from depression and previously attempted suicide at a jail in nearby Chesapeake. Funderburk’s family members say the facility should have prevented his hanging. And a local chapter of the NAACP said the jail has now failed three inmates who’ve died under questionable circumstances in two years. Jail officials say Funderburk’s mental health...

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Dad doesn’t call 911, treats girl’s gunshot with 1st aid kit

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man was arrested after police say he treated his daughter’s gunshot wound with a first aid kit instead of calling 911. The Daily Press reports 30-year-old Maurice Jones was jailed Sunday child abuse and gun charges. Online jail records did not list an attorney for him. Police spokesman Brandon Maynard says Jones told police his daughters were running around when his 6-year-old daughter accidentally knocked a handgun off the bed. It hit the floor, causing the gun to fire. Both Jones and the 6-year-old were shot. Police say Jones didn’t initially call...

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Heavy rains with high winds on trees and power lines has resulted in scattered power outages across NNEC’s service territory. Most of the outages are in King George County, Westmoreland County, and in Northumberland County due to a broken pole on Knight’s Run Road. At this time approximately 746 members are without power. Unfortunately scattered outages may continue to occur as the storm is not expected to move out until tomorrow. Linemen are working to get electric service restored to all members as soon as possible today.   NNEC wants to remind its members to be prepared in case...

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Fatal Crash in York County

Virginia State Police report that one person killed in three vehicle hit and run   accident in York County on Monday night. The crash occurred at approximately   8:54 p.m., on Denbigh Boulevard, east of Route 17.   A 1996 Ford Ranger (Vehicle #1) and a 1998 Lincoln Town Car (Vehicle #2) were   traveling westbound on Denbigh Boulevard, when a 2015 Chrysler 300, traveling   eastbound on Denbigh Boulevard, veered into oncoming westbound lanes and   sideswiped both vehicles #1 and #2.   Vehicle #1 was driven by 81 year-old Doris Jean Wright of Pine Trail Road in...

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General Assembly Update – March 10, 2017

The 2017 General Assembly session adjourned nearly two weeks ago, and I am so happy to be home surrounded by my family and friends! I am proud to report that so far the Governor has signed four of my seven bills that passed the House and Senate into law! The status of all of my legislation can be found at Undoubtedly, our most important task of the 2017 session was amending the Commonwealth’s two year state budget, and I’m proud to report that the House and Senate passed a conservative, responsible, and balanced budget that does not include...

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Free Community Lunch @ Henderson United Methodist Church
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Get Fit While You Sit! @ King & Queen Branch Library
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Northumberland Co School Board M... @ Northumberland County School Board Office
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm
The Northumberland County School Board will hold a Joint Budget Meeting, on Thursday, March 23rd, at 5 p.m. at the school board office in Lottsburg. The Superintendent will present the School Board 2017-2018 budget request[...]
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Caring for the Entire Senior: M... @ Carousel Physical Therapy
Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Caring for the Entire Senior: Mind, Body and Soul and educational workshop for Seniors and Family Caregivers will be held on Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Carousel Physical Therapy in Hartfield. Learn[...]

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