Annual “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill Set for Oct. 19

RICHMOND—Fresh off of National Preparedness Month in September, individuals and communities throughout all 50 U.S. states and territories will prepare for the potential impacts of earthquakes through the ninth annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill Oct. 19. To date, 19.1 million people in the U.S., and 1.7 million in the southeast, are registered to participate. Citizens in the southeast and mid-Atlantic states are not immune to earthquakes—the August 2011 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Mineral, Virginia, was felt by one-third of the U.S. population making it the most felt earthquake in U.S. history. “As we saw last month in Mexico City...

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Fatal Crash in King & Queen

Virginia State Police report a fatal crash that occurred in King & Queen County on Sunday morning around 10:30. A 1998 Lincoln Town Car was traveling northbound on Route 721 when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The sedan ran off the right side of the road, struck multiple trees and overturned, ejecting the driver. The driver, 22 year-old Khadijah M. L. Robinson of Fredericksburg – was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. There were no other passengers inside the vehicle. Speed is believed to be...

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Virginia has appealed few of FEMA’s denials over storm aid

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Since 1998, the federal government has given Virginia and its cities and counties more than $600 million to help recover from hurricanes, crippling blizzards and summer storms. But a handful of local governments have argued the payout should have been higher. They failed to get a total of nearly $5 million in aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency — even after appealing the agency’s initial denials. The requests included help to cover the costs of tree stump removal and emergency responder pay. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, some local governments across...

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Company to grow lettuce in Virginia using fish waste

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A company that uses fish waste to grow organic baby lettuce and arugula plans to create 21 new jobs in Northern Virginia. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Friday that Kappa Farms will invest $865,000 to open a new “aquaponics” operation in Loudoun County. McAuliffe approved a $40,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which Loudoun will match with local funds. Kappa plans to produce more than $7 million in lettuces in the next three...

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Pence backs Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Gillespie

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence flew into Virginia to throw his weight behind Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. The Washington Post reports Pence stumped at the Washington County Fairgrounds in southwest Virginia on Saturday telling a half-filled exhibition hall, “The president sent me here to ask the people of Virginia to do everything in your power to elect Ed Gillespie as your next governor of Virginia.” The coal-county constituents came out in droves for Trump during the election last year, giving him 75 percent of the vote. Establishment figure Gillespie is in a neck-and-neck race against...

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It’s the last day for Virginians to register to vote

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — There’s not much time left to register to vote in next month’s election. Virginia does not allow same-day voter registration, and Monday is the deadline. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Monday. In-person applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., and online applications must be in before midnight. Any Virginian can check or update their registration information or register for the first time online . Registered voters can also preview their ballot or request an absentee ballot through the website. The election is Nov. 7. Voters will be choosing the next governor, lieutenant governor and...

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Local Counties Receive Grants from Gov. McAuliffe

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the culmination of a stakeholder-driven process to allocate more than $6.1 million through various federal grant programs to enhance emergency preparedness and security throughout the Commonwealth. The funds will be administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to support a wide array of emergency preparedness and security operations, equipment replacement, training, planning and exercise programs by local governments. “Virginia’s local first responders have been called upon time and again to respond to natural and manmade events impacting our Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These brave men and women have stepped up to protect their...

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his Administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s Administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.   Secretariat of the Commonwealth Board Appointments   Board of Conservation and Recreation Kat Maybury of Charlottesville, Program Manager, NatureServe (Retired) The Honorable Harvey B. Morgan* of Cobbs Creek, former Delegate of the 98th House District Esther Nizer, M.S.Ed of Elkton, Information Technology Training & Development Manager, James Madison University   Board of Trustees of the Southwest...

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Drivers traveling Route 3 over the Robert O. Norris Bridge between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will encounter daytime delays next week as the second week of a scheduled bridge inspection continues. Route 3 will be reduced to a single lane on the Norris Bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily on Monday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 20. One-way, alternating traffic will cross the bridge controlled by automated flagging stations. The bridge inspection crew is coordinating lane closures with the bridge painting project and structural steel repairs. When lane closures for the bridge inspection work zone are in...

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County will ask Supreme Court to review prayer ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Carolina county will ask the Supreme Court to review a ruling barring it from opening its meetings with Christian prayers. The First Liberty Institute, representing the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, filed papers Thursday with the high court asking it to consider the case. In July, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled 10-5 against the county. The judges said that while prayer itself is not unconstitutional, the commissioners’ practice of leading the prayers themselves and inviting the audience to join, always in the Christian faith, violated the First Amendment by...

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Charlottesville votes to join lawsuit over deadly rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The city of Charlottesville will join a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the heavily armed bands of white nationalists and militia groups that descended on the Virginia city for a violent summer rally from returning. The City Council held a special meeting Thursday morning, where they voted to join the lawsuit. Mary McCord of Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection told the council the lawsuit doesn’t seek monetary damages. Instead, she says it seeks a court order prohibiting future “paramilitary” activity. The lawsuit was being filed later Thursday. Separately, the Washington Post reports...

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GOP candidate for Virginia AG pledges to defend state laws

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s Republican candidate for attorney general likes to talk about what he calls his Democratic opponent’s failure to defend the laws of Virginia. John Adams believes his message will appeal to Virginia voters, despite the traditionally conservative state’s Democratic trend in recent state elections. A cornerstone of his campaign is his criticism of Democratic incumbent Mark Herring’s decision not to defend Virginia’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Adams says he will defend the state’s existing laws, no matter what his personal beliefs are. Herring says he was right to refuse to defend the ban...

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Signs in Virginia ask drivers not to give panhandlers money

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia county has placed signs at busy intersections asking drivers not to give money to people in the medians. The Richmond Times-Dispatch quotes Henrico County deputy manager Brandon Hinton in a Friday report as saying an increasing number of individuals soliciting in roadways has created some public safety concerns, and the signs have led to at least one panhandler being placed in a homeless shelter. Henrico has installed the signs a 10 intersections, which also offer a phone number that connects “those who need assistance” with social services. In...

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Virginia voter registration deadline quickly approaching

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The deadline to register to vote in next month’s election is quickly approaching. The Virginia Department of Elections says voters must be registered by Monday. Any Virginian can check or update their registration information or register for the first time online . Registered voters can also preview their ballot or request an absentee ballot through the website. You may also register at your local voter registration office. Opportunities are also available at DMV customer service centers and social service offices. The election is Nov. 7. Voters will be choosing the next governor, lieutenant governor and...

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Bay Seafood Festival keeping food local

The 27th Annual Bay Seafood Festival sponsored by the Kilmarnock- Irvington-White Stone Rotary Club will be held on Saturday, October 21st at Camp Kekoka on Boys Camp Road, Kilmarnock. Bay Seafood Chair Mat Terry said that in keeping with the club’s dedication to support local seafood businesses, Reamy Seafood of Hull Neck Road in Heathsville will supply the trout fish for the festival. In addition, the soft crabs will be provided by Chesapeake Bay Soft Crabs of Reedville, he said. Tickets are available at the Lancaster By The Bay Chamber of Commerce Office located in the Lancaster County Public...

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3:00 pm Youth Enrichment Forum @ Old Beale Courthouse
Youth Enrichment Forum @ Old Beale Courthouse
Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm
Please join us for our Community Forum on Youth Enrichment co-hosted by Essex Churches Together and the Essex Resource Council, being held on the October 24th at 7:00 pm at Old Beale Courthouse to hear ideas, learn about other[...]
7:00 pm Youth Enrichment Program @ Old Beale Memorial Baptist Church/Courthouse
Youth Enrichment Program @ Old Beale Memorial Baptist Church/Courthouse
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm
The future of our county will come from our children’s experiences, challenges and encouragement. The Essex Resource Council has formed a “Youth Enrichment Program” committee to determine how we can provide the best avenues for our youth[...]
10:30 am Northumberland Public Library Te... @ Henderson United Methodist Church
Northumberland Public Library Te... @ Henderson United Methodist Church
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Henderson United Methodist Church hosts a time of community fellowship and lunch the fourth Thursday of each month, January through October.  On October 26, Northumberland Public Library’s brand new Tech Mobile will make its first[...]
11:30 am Haven 2017 Awards Banquet @ Warsaw Banquet Hall
Haven 2017 Awards Banquet @ Warsaw Banquet Hall
Oct 26 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Join The Haven as they celebrate the dedication and commitment, to the work and mission of The Haven, their volunteers, community allies, and staff at the 2017 Community Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 26th from[...]
5:30 pm WCPS State of the Schools Program @ Washington & Lee High School
WCPS State of the Schools Program @ Washington & Lee High School
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Westmoreland County Public Schools is hosting the State of the Schools program from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Washington & Lee High School. Come hear the status of Westmoreland County Public Schools. Also, exciting[...]

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