Public meetings start on Ashland section of rail project

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) ASHLAND, Va. (AP) — A series of public meetings on the controversial Ashland section of a federal high-speed rail project is kicking off. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Hanover County and Ashland-area committee for the DC2RVA project will meet Monday. It will be the first of six monthly public meetings intended to help come up with a preference on how the Ashland section of the project might look. DC2RVA would connect Richmond and Washington as one segment of a larger southeast rail project. Three options for the Ashland area route are being considered, and...

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Archaeologists in Alexandria find human remains in Old Town

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Archaeologists working in Old Town Alexandria have found burial remains for two individuals that may date back to the 18th century. The archaeologists are working with developers at a construction site where Robinson Terminal South used to be. The city requires developers to contract with archaeologists as redevelopment occurs on the city’s waterfront. In a press release, the city said the remains were discovered Thursday. Human remains are consistent with use of the site in the 18th and 19th centuries, when burials sometimes occurred outside of cemeteries. The city said state law strictly regulates the...

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Union Bankshares Corp. is buying Xenith Bankshares Inc.

Union Bankshares Corp. is buying Xenith Bankshares Inc. in a $701.2 million all-stock transaction. Combining the two financial institutions would expand Union’s branch footprint into North Carolina and Maryland and strengthens the bank’s presence in Hampton Roads.   The combined company would have total assets of $11.9 billion, total deposits of $9.2 billion and gross loans of $8.9 billion, based on financial data as of March 31. Once the deal is completed, Richmond-based Union Bankshares, parent company of Union Bank & Trust, will have the fourth largest branch network in Virginia, the banks said.   “We believe that our...

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Henrico seeking women interested in being police officers

(Information from: WRIC-TV, http://www.wric.com/) HENRICO, Va. (AP) — Henrico County wants to add more women to its police force. WRIC-TV reports that the police division is hosting an information program Thursday for women interested in a career in law enforcement. Organizers say participants will get to talk to current female police and communications officers and learn about the application process, among other things. An officer will also demonstrate the required physical agility test. About 10 percent of Henrico’s police officers are women. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Henrico County Training...

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Virginia quintuplets make their debut

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Goochland County couple with quintuplets said they’re finding joy in the little things. Media outlets report the Baudinet quintuplets made their public debut Tuesday in Richmond. Ava Louise, Clara Catherine, Camille “Millie” Whitney, Luke Thomas, and Isabelle Frances were born Dec. 4 in Arizona. The couple temporarily moved to Phoenix after finding a doctor with a high success rate in delivering multiples. When they first found out they were having quintuplets, Michael Baudinet said he was in shock and couldn’t speak for a month. After several miscarriages and fertility treatment, Margaret Baudinet says she...

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Move planned for ECHO

After two years of winter operation at the First Baptist Church of Loretto,   members of the Essex County Homeless Organization’s Board of Directors voted   to move the homeless shelter’s location to Tappahannock.   The ECHO Board realized in order to provide temporary, emergency shelter   when temperatures drop to deadly lows, the shelter needed to serve the   homeless where they are.   Through a tax-deductible gift, purchase, or a combination of both, ECHO hopes   to acquire a vacant building within walking distance of the Tappahannock Wal-   Mart. The shelter will be named “Gregory House”...

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U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band

For many years the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band has entertained   Northern Neck audiences and this year will be no exception.   The Irvington Village Improvement Association has scheduled the public concert on   Sunday afternoon, May 28th at 2p.m. on the Irvington Commons, 98 King Carter Drive,   Irvington.   Guest are asked to bring your chairs, blankets, a festive patriotic theme and a picnic while   you settle in with family and friends to enjoy this musical celebration of Memorial Day.   The Heritage of America Concert Band, is the largest of the...

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Walter Boyd “Walt” Hurley, Jr. Obit

Walter Boyd “Walt” Hurley, Jr., 58, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at his home in Urbanna. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth Ellen, of twenty-six years, and his father and mother Walter Boyd Hurley, Sr. and his wife Margaret. He is survived by his two daughters, Rachel Virginia and Sarah Grace; and one son, Walter Boyd III “Trip”; parents Rachel Packett and W.D. Edwards Jr. of Saluda; and a very dear sister Donna Hurley (Dennis) Williams of Saluda; and sisters Susan Fowler of Urbanna and Lisa Foster of Locust Hill; and two brothers-in-law William D. (Jennifer) Edwards...

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James Madison 2017 Division 1 Football Championship Bobblehead Unveiled

Milwaukee, WI – May 12, 2017 – This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an exclusive, limited edition James Madison Dukes Bobblehead to commemorate the JMU Football Team’s 2017 National Championship Season. The bobblehead features Duke Dog, James Madison’s Mascot, standing on the Football Championship logo with a replica of the National Championship Trophy. The bobbleheads are available for preorder online exclusively in the Hall of Fame and Museum Online Store. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to only 216 and measures approximately 8” tall. The bobbleheads cost $40 each plus a flat rate shipping charge...

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VA Beach launches domestic violence campaign in wake of murders

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The top prosecutor for Virginia’s largest city is launching a domestic violence awareness campaign. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that about 25 percent of Virginia Beach homicide victims in the last two years have been killed by someone they loved. Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle hopes the new campaign will help change that. The campaign aims to educate victims about resources and encourages them to leave volatile relationships and seek safety. A major part of the campaign will be a 30-second public service announcement airing on television and in local movie...

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Democrats’ debate for Virginia governor a study in nuance

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed over proposed gas pipelines and each other’s past positions on gun rights and abortion in their penultimate debate in Norfolk. The event Tuesday was mostly a study in nuance. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello leaned toward decriminalizing marijuana, and agreed on expanding Medicaid and fighting sea-level rise. They also blasted Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new policy to pursue stronger charges against drug suspects, saying it would disproportionately hurt minorities. The clearest moment of disagreement emerged over proposed natural gas pipelines. Perriello opposes them....

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Virginia to offer new federally compliant IDs

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia residents will need a new driver’s license by October 2020 if they want to use their license to board a plane. The Virginian Pilot reports the change is part of the REAL ID program, which was passed after the Sept. 11 attacks and requires stringent proof of residency. Virginia licenses and state ID cards don’t currently meet all REAL ID standards. But the state Department of Motor Vehicles notified the Department of Homeland Security this month it will roll out compliant licenses and state ID cards by October 2018....

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Man accused of killing 4 family members wants trial moved

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of killing four members of a family in Petersburg are seeking to have his trial moved. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that attorneys for Alexander D. Hill Jr. have asked the court to move his capital murder trial out of Petersburg because of “intense and prejudicial” news coverage they say will make it difficult for him to get a fair trial. Hill’s trial is scheduled to begin in September. Hill is charged with killing four generations of the same family in their Petersburg home in...

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Gillespie blasts opponents over labor laws

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie is blasting Democratic rivals over labor laws with the help of two neighboring GOP governors. Gillespie hosted a conference call for reporters Monday with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to praise Virginia’s longstanding prohibition on mandatory union fees and dues. Gillespie, who is competing in three-way race for the Republican nomination, criticized Democrats Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam for both explicit and implied opposition to Virginia’s so-called right-to-work law. Haslam and Bevin said right-to-work measures have made their states more competitive. Efforts to repeal the law...

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Officer fatally shoots man during traffic stop

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say an officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop after a gun was pulled. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Police Chief Alfred Durham said at a news conference that officers stopped a vehicle Monday evening matching the description of the car of a suspect in an attempted slaying. Durham says the man in the vehicle was shot and died at the hospital. He says a gun was recovered at the scene but didn’t have details on what happened during the traffic stop. The dead man has not been identified. The...

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Homeschooling or considering it? @ Richmond Convention Center
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Homeschooling, or considering it? Get the information and inspiration you need at HEAV’s Virginia Homeschool Convention, Home Education: Building a Strong Foundation, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center June 8-10. This year’s convention features keynote[...]
6:00 pm Movie Night @ West Point Branch Library
Movie Night @ West Point Branch Library
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The West Point Branch Library persents Movie Night on Thursday, May 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 13 & up. Bring a friend and enjoy a great movie on the big screen. Refreshments[...]
7:00 pm Wine and Art Program @ Tappahannock Art Gallery and Community Art Center
Wine and Art Program @ Tappahannock Art Gallery and Community Art Center
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Tappahannock artists’ Guild and Community Art Center at 200 Prince St. will host its “Wine and Art” on Thursday, May 25th from 7 to 9pm featuring Ms. Joyce Crowne-Wilkins local artist and teacher. Ms.[...]
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Writer, Brad Parks at Books Aliv... @ Northumberland Public Library
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Mystery Writer Brad Parks will be at the Northumberland Library in Heathsville to review his new book, “Say Nothing”, for the Books Alive Program on Thursday, May 25th at 7pm. Parks has produced a stand-alone[...]
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5:00 pm Grilled Chicken Dinner Fundraiser @ Cople District Volunteer Fire Department
Grilled Chicken Dinner Fundraiser @ Cople District Volunteer Fire Department
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cople District Vol Fire Dept will hold their Annual Memorial Day Weekend Grilled Chicken Dinner on Friday, May 26th from 5 to 7pm at the Fire Dept. Sub Station at the Corner of Coles Point[...]

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