Nov 16

The Gloucester County School Board unanimously approved Tuesday night changing the name of the T.C. Walker Educational Center to the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center. Plans for the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center remodeling project will be available on Dec. 7 and bids will be opened by school officials on Jan. 2. At a recent Rotary Club it was suggested that the kitchen at the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center be used as a food bank storage area where a truck from the Peninsula Food Bank would be sent once a week to drop off food that could be dispersed by various groups in Gloucester, including students and civic organizations and churches.
Police have charged 31-year-old Crystal Prescott of Williamsburg in connection to a person being hit and dragged by a car. Early Tuesday morning two women had been in an argument when one of them got into her car and began backing out of the parking space. The other woman was caught by the car and pulled to the ground, the car’s tire ran over the victim’s hip and dragged her under the vehicle. The driver left the scene. Prescott was charged with aggravated assault and hit and run.
Fifty-nine state grants totaling more than $2 million have been awarded to help local governments reduce stormwater runoff from developed lands. Gov. Bob McDonnell said they will help meet state and federal stormwater standards while keeping oversight of projects in local hands. Thirty-one projects totaling more than $1.23 million are located in areas that drain to the Chesapeake Bay. Most applications were submitted by individual counties or municipalities.
A new website aims to bring more awareness to local nonprofit organizations by providing detailed information to help interested volunteers and donors better understand the different organizations in the community, what they do and who they serve. The Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia and the Williamsburg Community Foundation recently debuted the website, Peninsula Connects will provide information on the more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations located in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York County, James City County and Williamsburg.
Police are investigating the shooting of 15-year-old boy on East Mercury Boulevard near a 7-Eleven Thursday night. Officers arriving on scene about 8 p.m. found the  male victim suffering a single gunshot wound to the head. The boy was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were believed to be life threatening, but was stabilized at the hospital. The boy was walking in the first block of Theodore Street when he was shot, multiple shots were fired. No suspect information was immediately available.
Two groups representing hundreds of Virginia cities, counties and towns are recommending that the General Assembly keep a 30-year ban on uranium mining in place. The Virginia Municipal League cites concerns about health and environmental issues related uranium mining, milling and disposal of radioactive-laced rock, while the Virginia Association of Counties wants the ban to stick “pending further study.” Virginia has had a moratorium on uranium mining since 1982 but a mining company is lobbying to have the General Assembly lift the ban so it can mine a 119-million-pound deposit in Pittsylvania County along the North Carolina line.

November 16, 2012 |

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