A continuing decline in enrollment and cuts in federal revenue present a tough scenario for the 2013-14 Gloucester County Public School System budget. Throw in rising health insurance costs and a lease on the modular classrooms that comprise Page Middle School and it will make for a complex budget discussion this year. The School Board is holding a work session on Thursday night followed by a public hearing in which county residents can comment on the upcoming budget. The work session begins at 6 p.m. and the public meeting follows at 7 p.m. at Thomas Calhoun Walker Educational Center.
The Board of Supervisors in Pittsylvania County is asking Virginia lawmakers to keep in place a moratorium on uranium mining. The General Assembly is considering legislation in Richmond that would end the 1982 ban on uranium mining, which would clear the way for a mining company to tap a 119-million-pound deposit in the county. Several members of the board had attempted unsuccessfully several times last year to pass a similar resolution. The legislation proposed in the General Assembly would limit uranium mining to the Pittsylvania County deposit and the company proposing to mine it, Virginia Uranium Inc.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has added to his wish list of transportation projects he’d like to see funded, including some new proposals for Northern Virginia. The add-ons would cost an additional three-billion dollars over the next five years. The new proposals are in addition to those already asked for in the Governor’s Six-Year Program, which would be funded by a sales tax increase that still needs to be approved by the General Assembly.
Twin brothers from Newport News pled guilty Wednesday to receipt of child pornography in federal court. Andrew Lee Liesman, and his brother Randall Scott Liesman, 25, had been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. Prosecutors said they were arrested following the execution of a search warrant. Authorities said they distributed the illegal pornography to undercover officers. They face up to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release when they are sentenced on April 23, 2013.