Members of the Gloucester School Board and school administrators said at Tuesday night’s meeting they are unwilling to sacrifice additional instructional space to build a competitive gym in the proposed $26 million Page Middle School. School Board Member Carla Hook asked Kiser about the loss of 5,000 square feet in instructional space to accommodate 7,000 square feet of additional gym space. Kiser replied that, essentially, the architect cut 25 square feet out of each teaching room. Kiser also said reinforcing walls to make a portion of the school capable of being a shelter in a category 2 hurricane would be bid as an alternate construction item.
Hampton Police Chief Charles Jordan Jr. says Hampton’s city manager and its top attorney had “very little knowledge” about an undercover police cigarette sting business while it was in operation for 19 months, including the millions of dollars flowing through the undercover operation’s checking account while it was under way. The police created a fictitious company called Blue Water Tobacco, as part of the undercover operation to crack down on people involved in illegal cigarette trafficking and related crimes. The investigation yielded no arrests, however, during more than a year and a half in operation.
OCTOBER 9TH OPENS UP THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR “HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE” — FOR THOSE WHO NEED FINANCIAL HELP TO KEEP HEATING THEIR HOMES; THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS NOVEMBER 9TH. YOU CAN GO TO YOUR NEAREST SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE AND FILL OUT THE APPLICATION — OR YOU CAN GO ONLINE TO THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES WEBSITE. IT’S FEDERAL PROGRAM WITH INCOME-BASED QUALIFICATION OF 130% OF THE POVERTY LINE. THAT’S ABOUT $30,000-A-YEAR FOR A FAMILY OF 4… OR A LITTLE OVER $19,600 FOR A FAMILY OF 2.
More than 100 people attended Mathews Memorial Library’s Tech Fair 2012. Library director Bette Dillehay said residents and visitors were able to play with a variety of digital devices including eBooks, iPads, iPods and iPhones. Many of those who attended were older adults who wanted to learn how to use the technology, receiving lessons on how to download items from the 4,000 audiobooks and 1,500 eBooks the library has available to loan. Probably most exciting was the introduction of a new tutorial service available to Mathews residents through the Library of Virginia. Customized for Virginia, the site allows a student to connect with a state-certified teacher who will help him or her work through homework problems step by step until the assignment is finished.
Police have charged a Gildersleeve Middle School student they say made bomb threats against other students on Facebook. The police department was made aware of the posting on the popular social media site by a parent. Police said a 13-year-old male student had posted that he was tired of being disrespected at school and referenced using pipe bombs. Police charged the teen with threats to bomb, and he was released from juvenile intake into the custody of his parents, there was no bomb-making material found at the student’s Denbigh home. Officers believe the student made the threats because he was tired of being picked on.
The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is Monday, Oct. 15. The Constitution of Virginia requires that citizens be registered in the precinct in which they live in order to be qualified to vote. Qualified residents who will be 18 years old on or before Nov. 6 may register to vote in this election.
If a registered voter’s address has changed, the voter should update his/her address to ensure he/she remains qualified to vote. For information visit the State Board of Elections website at www.sbe.virginia.gov