The GMGJ reports the groundbreaking for the new Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic was held Monday, which will be located in the Gloucester Business Park, White Marsh. Clinic staff members and its board of directors hope to be in the new 9,000-plus square foot facility by next June. It was made clear that the progress and work the clinic has done and continues to do could not be possible without its more than 270 volunteers and the generous support of the community.
Middlesex County Supervisor John “Jack” Miller is the new president of the Virginia Association of Counties. Miller, a Middlesex supervisor for 17 years, succeeds Fairfax County Supervisor Catherine Hudgins. He becomes the second president from Middlesex County and the first in nearly 60 years.
Amid outcry that a slow-moving legal bureaucracy is keeping an innocent man in state prison, Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s office on Wednesday said a swift resolution is possible while noting that it hasn’t been contacted to bypass the process via a pardon. 26 year old Johnathon Montgomery has spent four years locked up on felony sexual assault charges. But last month his lone accuser came forward to say she concocted the assualt to avoid scrutiny from her parents after getting caught surfing for sexually explicit websites. On Friday, Hampton Circuit Court Judge Randolph T. West ordered his release but state corrections officials refused to release him claiming the Virginia Court of Appeals, not West, has the authority to dismiss the convictions or vacate the sentence. The governor is confident that the attorney general will engage in an expedited review and that the court will give this case foremost priority on its docket.
The Gloucester County School Board learned from school system officials at Tuesday night’s meeting that the completion date for the new Page Middle School has been pushed back to April 2015, meaning students won’t move into the new school until the 2015-16 school year. Superintendent Ben Kiser said the School Board will have to build into its next two budgets money to pay for lease payments on the modular units being used for Page Middle School, the insurance proceeds to cover those costs are running out at the end of this year.
Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce is planning to build a new Virginia facility to make produce turbine blades for its engines. The company said that it is investing $136 million to develop the advanced airfoil machining facility in Prince George County, creating 140 jobs. Officials say the 90,000 square feet facility will produce turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes for its engines used on some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. Rolls-Royce North America says construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, with the first components being produced in late 2014.
The rate of homelessness in Virginia has declined by eight percent since 2010. McDonnell said the homeless rate for families declined 11 percent, and the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness fell by more than one-third. The governor said the state has shifted some resources from traditional shelter services to rapid re-housing — moving people into permanent housing more quickly while providing appropriate services through community resources.