At a public hearing Tuesday, York County Board of Supervisors voted to approve proposals to revitalize two vacant hotel properties located in upper York County, including the former 1776 Knights Inn on Bypass Road and George Washington Inn on Merrimac Trail. Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve an application that seeks to rezone the 10.7 acre 1776 Knights Inn property from general business to residential multi-family. The rezoning would allow the owners to build a 102-unit development of town houses.
A group of military veterans is urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to support uranium mining in Virginia.
The veterans argue that mining a 119-million-pound deposit of the ore in Pittsylvania County would strengthen national security and provide an economic boost to Southside Virginia. The letter is signed by more than 50 veterans, primarily of the Navy including retired high-ranking officers. McDonnell says he has not formed an opinion on whether mining should occur. Opponents argue that the environmental risks outweigh the potential economic benefits.
Virginia recycled more than 88,000 pounds of plastic pesticide containers in 2012, a 25 percent increase from the previous year. Officials say the containers were collected at 29 sites across Virginia.
Since its inception, the recycling program has collected more than 1.2 million pounds of plastic that were granulated and then remanufactured into new products. The granulated chips are transported to recycling facilities and made into items such as pallets, fence posts, field drain tiles and parking stops.
Fundraising is underway for the U.S. Coast Guard’s planned trip crossing the country in an electric golf cart in the spring of 2013. The drive’s purpose is to solicit the public’s support and raise awareness to help support the injured service members of the Wounded Warrior Project. The trip will cover more than 3,900 miles across 11 states, starting at the Coast Guard training base in Petaluma, Calif., and ending at the Yorktown training base. The crew plans to drive 200 miles each day, stopping at Coast Guard installations, VFWs and other military areas along the way. To make a contribution or see the entire route for the trip, visit cartingforacause.org.
Police are searching for two men accused of robbing the Arby’s restaurant near Victory Crossing Shopping Center Wednesday night. The manager told police one of the employees exited through the back door about 11 p.m. to take out trash when he was approached by two armed masked men who forced him back inside and forced the manager to open the store safe at gunpoint. After getting cash, both suspects left the restaurant through the back door. The suspects are described as white men in their early 20s wearing black ski masks, gloves and dressed in dark clothing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Virginia is holding a moment of silence to mark the Connecticut school shooting a week ago. Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The proclamation marking a day of mourning also calls for the bell at the Capitol Bell Tower ring 26 times in honor of each of the victims of tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. McDonnell says the move is a small token of support and solidarity for those grieving in Connecticut.