Jan 10

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors agreed to hold off on making a decision to authorize the design and bidding out of work for the county’s Emergency Operations Center build-out. The money for the design and bidding would come from the county administrator’s contingency fund. A majority of board members said they felt there is just too much budget uncertainty based on other capital projects such as the new Page Middle School and the renovations to the T.C. Walker Educational Center looming on the horizon to make the commitment to the EOC at this time.
 
 
Presidents Park may be gone but the busts immortalizing the Presidents of the United States still reside in James City County. The 44 busts are being kept at H.B. Hankins’ owner Howard Hankins’ farm in the Croaker area of James City while Hankins and former owner Haley Newman work to reopen the park. An unidentified lender bought the two parcels of land on Water Country Parkway where Presidents Park was located in a foreclosure auction in September. The busts were not included in the sale. The park operated for six years before closing in 2010 after a decline in attendance and a loss of private funding.
 
 
McDonnell said he supports proposed legislation for a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore civil rights, such as voting rights, to felons convicted of nonviolent offenses who have served their time. Currently applications for rights restoration must be made directly to the governor who then decides whether to restore rights on an individual basis. McDonnell said, It is time for Virginia to join most of the other states and make the restoration of civil rights an automatic process for non-violent offenders.” He noted that he has restored voting rights to more nonviolent offenders than any previous governor.
 
 
A Virginia charter fishing company owner has admitted to charges that he arranged for clients to illegally catch striped bass. Jeffery Adams of Hudgins pleaded guilty Wednesday. Court records show Adams’ company knowingly took clients into an area called the exclusive economic zone in January 2010. Since 1990, the U.S. has imposed a moratorium on fishing for striped bass within that zone. The 41-year-old Adams faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and the forfeiture of the vessel used on the trip. His company, Adams Fishing Adventures, faces fines up to $500,000. Sentencing is set for April 18.

January 10, 2013 |

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