Virginia to lift fishing license requirement for 3 days

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginians will be able to fish without a license for a few days next month. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission says in a press release that it’s encouraging families to enjoy the state’s natural resources. The free fishing days are June 2, 3 and 4. The license holiday applies to recreational rod and reel fishing. But regulations will remain in effect. That includes size and catch restrictions. The Marine Resources Commission’s website has extensive information about the state’s fishing rules. The address is...

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Virginia mayor takes on online trolls after monument protest

A Virginia mayor is trolling the trolls after he lashed out at torch-toting white nationalists who protested in his city. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer has become the target of hate-filled, anti-Semitic messages from anonymous Twitter trolls after condemning a weekend protest over the planned removal of a Confederate monument. The Democratic mayor said in an interview Monday that he doesn’t intend to make a habit out of responding to online trolls. But after white nationalists showed up burning torches in his city, he wants to show that neither he nor his community will be silenced. Hundreds of people gathered...

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Dead whale found on beach in Hampton

Information from: Daily Press, HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A dead whale has washed ashore on a beach in Hampton. Matt Klepeisz with the Virginia Aquarium tells the Daily Press the Minke whale was found at the Grandview Nature Preserve. It wasn’t immediately clear how the whale died. Klepeisz says officials are working out the logistics to determine its cause of death. They were notified of the whale Sunday. Klepeisz says Virginia Aquarium officials have only encountered a handful of Minke whales that have washed ashore in recent years. By comparison, he says they recorded seven dead humpback whales...

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Torch-wielding group protests Confederate statue removal

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A torch-wielding group including a prominent white nationalist has protested against plans to remove a Confederate monument in Virginia. Local media outlets report that the group rallied around the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville on Saturday night. Among those there was Richard Spencer, who popularized the phrase “alt-right.” Spencer spoke at an earlier Charlottesville rally Saturday and tweeted a picture of himself holding a torch at the night protest. Mayor Mike Signer called the protest either “profoundly ignorant” or aimed at instilling fear in “minority populations in a way that hearkens back...

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Virginia State Parks to offer programs for kids on May 20

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is encouraging parents to bring their kids to one of the 37 state parks later this month. The 7th annual “Kids to Parks Day” is being held at Virginia State Parks on May 20. The parks are offering kid-friendly programs , including hay wagon rides, fishing and guided hikes. The event is aimed at encouraging kids to lead active lifestyles and become more involved in science, history and nature. Visitors to the parks on May 20 will also get a free pass for a future visit that they can use any time before Dec....

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McAuliffe announces grants for veterans to become teachers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new grant to help military veterans become teachers. The governor announced Friday that the state had received a $400,000 federal grant to help establish a new center at the College of William and Mary’s school of education to guide and assist veterans and those poised to leave the military who are interested in being teachers. Virginia has one of the largest veteran and military populations in the country, as well as a public school teacher...

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FREDERICKSBURG – During the week of May 15, VDOT will begin work to extend the existing left turn lane and construct an additional left turn lane on Route 360 at Academic Lane in Northumberland County.   During the first few weeks of the project, motorists can expect to see signs, orange barrels and construction crews and equipment in the work zone.   As work progresses, motorists can expect periodic lane closures on Route 360 throughout the day, Monday through Friday.   The Route 360 and Academic Lane intersection is located near the Northumberland County high school, middle school and...

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FREDERICKSBURG – Next week, Route 3 traffic crossing the Robert O. Norris Bridge between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will be reduced to a single lane 24 hours a day to improve the bridge’s travel surface.   Crews will remove areas of concrete deterioration on the bridge’s travel surface and will replace it with fresh concrete for a smoother ride.   Weather permitting, Route 3 traffic at Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River will be reduced to one lane at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 14.   Route 3 will remain reduced to one lane until 8 p.m. Saturday, May...

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Feds investigating shotgun shooting death of bald eagle

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Federal investigators are probing the shooting of a bald eagle in Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that an agent from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is gathering evidence. The agent also recovered the body of the male bird, named Camellia after first being mistaken as a female. Camellia was made famous on a Norfolk Botanical Garden webcam. But he had to be euthanized Saturday after being shot in Chesapeake. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Terri Edwards said it’s too early able to tell what kind of information the agent can obtain. An X-ray showed more...

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Trump to begin seismic surveys in Atlantic in drilling push

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades. The Interior Department says it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected by the Obama administration. Environmental groups and many East Coast lawmakers oppose the surveys, saying loud sounds from seismic air guns could hurt marine life. The oil and gas industry has pushed for the surveys, which map potential drilling sites for oil and natural gas. No surveys have been conducted in the...

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Alexandria schools superinendent announces resignation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The superintendent of Alexandria’s public schools is stepping down. Alvin Crawley announced his resignation on Wednesday and is scheduled to make further comments in a news conference on Thursday. He’ll leave office in late July to take a position as a professor at George Mason University’s graduate school of education. Crawley has been an educator for 37 years and served as Alexandria’s superintendent for nearly four years. He’s also been an administrator in Arlington County and in Prince George’s County, Maryland. School Board chair Ramee Gentry says in a statement that Crawley “has done an...

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Case proceeds against man accused of killing father, brother

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The case against a Virginia man accused of killing his brother and police officer father will proceed to court. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that Zachary Toothman waived his right to a preliminary hearing to review the case. He’s scheduled to appear in Circuit Court in Chesapeake June 6. A trial date will be set at that time. The alleged shootings occurred at the family’s home in August. Officers found Detective Michael Toothman and 17-year-old son Matthew dead. Toothman’s mother Susie was wounded and released from the hospital later that night. The 20-year-old Toothman faces two...

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Suspect arraigned in Jasmine Smith case

Marvin Wendell Davenport, Jr. of Warsaw was arraigned last Friday in   Lancaster County Circuit Court on two felony charges of possession of a   weapon by a violent felon and reckless handling of a firearm.   These charges are for an incident at a July, 2010 yard party in Nuttsville that   ended in the death of Jasmine Smith who was hit by a stray bullet and died   on route to the hospital.   Davenport is serving time in the Northern Neck Regional Jail on unrelated   charges from another county.   Also charged with the firearms...

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The Latest: Democratic hopefuls for Virginia governor debate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic hopefuls for Virginia governor are clashing over party loyalty and leadership qualities. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam blasted former congressman Tom Perriello at a Richmond debate Tuesday over his conservative congressional voting record while Perriello criticized Northam for twice voting for former President George W. Bush. The two got into a testy exchange where Northam said Perriello should not throw stones from a “glass house” while Perriello said Northam was making false and “sad” attacks. Northam cast himself as a realist who knows how to score progressive victories in a state where Republicans control the...

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Overhauled aircraft carrier heads out for sea trials

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln is headed out for sea trials after undergoing a more than four-year overhaul. The Daily Press reports the Lincoln arrived at Newport News Shipbuilding in March 2013 for a massive upgrade and renovation that occurs halfway through the 50-year lifespan of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It left the shipyard Tuesday, headed out to sea out to sea. Many of the ship’s systems and technologies will be tested over the next few days. According to the newspaper, those on board include Newport News shipbuilders and personnel from Naval...

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12:00 pm Homeschooling or considering it? @ Richmond Convention Center
Homeschooling or considering it? @ Richmond Convention Center
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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.[...]
7:00 pm Writer, Brad Parks at Books Aliv... @ Northumberland Public Library
Writer, Brad Parks at Books Aliv... @ Northumberland Public Library
May 25 @ 7:00 pm
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[...]
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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