Liberty expands seating for Trump visit at commencement

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Liberty University spent around $200,000 to temporarily expand seating at its stadium to accommodate more guests for this weekend’s commencement ceremony featuring President Donald Trump. Daniel Deter is the university’s vice president of major construction planning and construction. He tells the News & Advance planning for how to maximize seating in Liberty’s Williams Stadium began the day after the announcement that Trump would deliver the keynote address. The newspaper reports the visitors’ locker room in the south end zone was demolished to provide more space. Deter says added seating has increased the stadium’s capacity of...

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Court to set execution date for Virginia death row inmate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia court is expected to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006. The Montgomery County Circuit Court is scheduled to hold a hearing via teleconference on Tuesday to set an execution date for William Morva. Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is seeking a July 6 execution date. Morva was in jail awaiting trial when he overpowered a deputy sheriff during a trip to the hospital. He used the deputy’s pistol to fatally shoot an unarmed security guard and killed another deputy during a manhunt...

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Democratic hopefuls for governor to meet at third debate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello are set to make the case to progressive activists and labor groups. Northam and Perriello are scheduled to meet at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Richmond for their third debate. Northam is the party establishment favorite and is being supported by outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both former Virginia governors. Perriello is running an insurgent campaign with the backing of U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Virginia’s gubernatorial race is getting national attention...

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TRAFFIC SIGNALS TO BE ACTIVATED ON NORRIS BRIDGE

FREDERICKSBURG – Temporary traffic signal equipment will be activated at the center spans of the Robert O. Norris Bridge on Route 3 next week between Lancaster and Middlesex counties. Temporary traffic signals will be placed in flash mode on Tuesday, May 16. Full color operation will start on Wednesday, May 17. Once activated in full color operation, the two temporary traffic signals will control one-way alternating traffic at the bridge’s center spans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Message boards will be posted at the bridge this week to alert travelers to the upcoming activation of the...

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Rescue squad member charged with raping female colleague

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Chesterfield County Police have charged a member of a local volunteer rescue squad with raping a female colleague. Authorities say police received a report about 9:30 p.m. Saturday that a woman had been raped at the Ettrick-Matoaca Volunteer Rescue Squad. Police say 37-year-old Timothy Wayne Wilson of Matoaca was arrested at the rescue squad on River Road without incident and charged with rape. He was being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond. Police say the victim and suspect know each other and are both volunteers at the rescue...

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Largest container ship to call on East Coast coming Monday

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The largest ship to ever call on the East Coast should be in Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the container ship COSCO Development was scheduled to arrive in Hampton Roads early Monday. It’s the biggest ship to pass through the expanded Panama Canal since it opened nearly a year ago. And this will be the ship’s first stop since leaving Panama. The ship is 1,200 feet (365 meters) long, which is equal in length to the Eiffel Tower or eight Statues of Liberty. It has the capacity to carry 13,000...

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Richmond officials debate name of slave jail site

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond city officials are debating whether a memorial to the city’s slave trade should include a notoriously brutal slave trader’s name in the project. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that city council members are weighing a potential name change for memorializing a jail that housed slaves near the city’s downtown. Historical records say Robert Lumpkin’s slave jail was known for brutal conditions, and city council members are considering dropping his name for the planned memorial at the site where his jail used to sit. City Councilman Parker Agelasto suggested the site...

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Chesapeake Bay report card to be released

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay’s 2016 report card is being released. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is releasing its 11th annual report on the health of the nation’s largest estuary on Monday in Baltimore. Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to attend a news conference at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to discuss the report. Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, and Mark Belton, secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, also are scheduled to attend. Nick DiPasquale, director of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program, also is scheduled to...

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Espionage trial for Taiwan-born Navy officer set to begin

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A military trial is set to begin for a Taiwan-born Navy officer accused of passing military secrets to China or Taiwan. Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Turo, a Navy spokeswoman, confirmed on Wednesday the espionage trial in Norfolk will begin Thursday. Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin is accused of failing to report foreign contacts and passing along secret national defense information. He is being held in a Navy brig in Virginia. Court documents do not reveal whom Lin is accused of spying for. But officials told The Associated Press last year that the country involved is China...

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Attorney general aims to boost re-entry services in jails

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorney General Mark Herring is meeting with law enforcement officials, mental health advocates and others to discuss ways to improve re-entry services for people preparing to leave local and regional jails. The attorney general’s office is hosting five training sessions on re-entry programs this month for local law enforcement agencies, service providers and others stakeholders. The attorney general’s office says the sessions are designed to help localities implement more effective services that help offenders succeed when they go back into the community. The first conference will be held Thursday at the John Tyler Community College...

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Judge halts removal of Lee statue for 6 months

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has agreed to a temporary injunction in a lawsuit over the future of two statues of Confederate generals in Charlottesville. News outlets report Judge Richard Moore ruled Tuesday that the Robert E. Lee statue cannot be moved for six months, in the public’s interest. Moore says he won’t make a ruling on the Stonewall Jackson statue, but the Charlottesville City Council can still rename Lee Park and continue planning for the statue’s removal. Multiple plaintiffs, including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, argued the statues are covered under a Virginia monument law that...

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Virginia strawberry growers expect strong season

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s strawberry growers are optimistic about this season, despite weather that had many worried earlier this year. Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement Thursday that spring has ushered in a bumper crop of strawberries and growers expect this will be a strong season. Department Commissioner Sandy Adams says strawberry season generates about $9 million in sales revenue each year for Virginia growers. Strawberry season is relatively brief and the peak can vary from region to region. An early warm up this winter followed by a refreeze had some growers worried...

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Linda Lumpkin Indictment

69 year-old Linda Lumpkin of Tappahannock a retired former Essex County   employee was indicted by an Essex County Circuit Court grand jury on an   allegation of embezzlement of public funds.   The indictment alleges that from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2013 took   custody of public funds.   The Bureau of Criminal Investigation of the Virginia State police conducted   the probe.   Lumpkin began her career with Essex County in the early 1970’s and served   as an assistant to the county administrator and other positions before she retired in mid...

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Parole for Emerson Stevens of Lancaster

Emerson Stevens of Lancaster who was convicted of the 1985 murder of   Mary Keyser Harding has recently been granted parole.   Stevens was convicted in 1986, and was sentenced to 169 years in prison   and is expected to be released on or after May 18th and has been held at the   Greenville Correctional Center. He is to be released to another locality.   The newly found evidence was reportedly discovered last year in a   box of materials related to the investigation at the Lancaster County   Sheriff’s Office, which was never turned over to Stevens’...

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Arson Indictment

The Essex County grand Jury returned an indictment against 22 year-old   Marvin Alonzo Vessels, Jr. of Essex on charges of arson, breaking and   entering and grand larceny.   This was in connection to the September 12th, 2016 incident at Battery Stop-   and-Go … The former Eleanor Bundy’s Store at Battery that was allegedly   was broken into and later set on fire around 11:45 that evening.   The Essex County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the State Police investigated the...

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Feb 19 all-day
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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10:30 am Out of School Morning Movie @ Upper King William Branch Library
Out of School Morning Movie @ Upper King William Branch Library
Feb 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
The Upper King William Branch Library will hold an Out of School Morning Movie showing on Monday February 19th from 10:30am – noon. Snacks to be provided by Friends of the Upper King William Library[...]
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Lemonade War Party @ Northumberland Public Library
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Northumberland Public Library will host a Lemonade War Party for elementary school students on Monday, February 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. There will be games, stories, snacks and design your own lemonade stand.[...]

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