Dec 10

The Gloucester Sheriff’s office said a man was robbed at gunpoint Saturday on George Washington Memorial Highway near the Chesapeake Bank in Gloucester. Authorities said the victim was at the ATM around 7:20 p.m. when he was approached by a black male wearing a hoodie and a mask. The suspect was at the opposite side of the ATM where the victim could not see him. After brandishing a handgun and demanding money, the suspect fled on foot. Anyone with information on the robbery can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
 
 
One of the most highly anticipated transportation projects on the Hampton Roads wish list is widening of Interstate 64 for 75 miles from Hampton to Richmond. A series of public meetings has been scheduled where attendees can learn about the proposed project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) study, discuss the project and provide input to VDOT representatives who will be in attendance. The two Peninsula-area meetings will be held on Dec. 11 at Bruton High School in York, and on Dec. 12 at City Center Fountain Plaza II, in Newport News.
 
 
A U.S. Education Department analysis says Virginia students have bigger vocabularies and better comprehension skills than their peers across the country. Virginia education officials say the state’s fourth-grade students ranked second only to Massachusetts on the national reading tests taken every two years by samples of students. Virginia’s eighth graders were ranked behind Massachusetts, Connecticut and Montana. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says the results are further proof of the quality and rigor of Virginia’s Standards of Learning.
 
 
Gloucester County has gone in-house to hire its director of Information Technology, with long-time employee Scott Varner being selected for the job. Varner has worked for the county since 2001 after moving to Gloucester in 1999 from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is currently the applications integration coordinator in the county’s IT Department, working on large enterprise software deployments and database migrations. He is a former Naval cryptologist and is a graduate of the Defense Information Schools.
 
 
A system to forecast the potential for coastal flooding is making it easier for residents, business owners and even emergency managers to determine when to head for high ground. Developed at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the Tidewatch system can measure and forecast the difference between the predicted astronomical tide and observed water levels at 10 Chesapeake Bay stations. The Tidewatch changes can help predict the magnitude and effects of coastal flooding in a given location over the ensuing 36 hours, a period that generally includes the next three high water events.
 
 
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s will not include $150 million in his proposed budget to help bring an NBA team to Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach is considering building a $300 million, 18,500-seat arena near the oceanfront to persuade an unnamed professional sports team to relocate there. The city asked the state to pay $70 million for construction and $80 million toward the unidentified team’s relocation costs. Without state assistance, city officials say the arena deal is dead. McDonnell will unveil his budget proposal Dec. 17.

December 10, 2012 |

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