A full-size gym at the New Page Middle School has been a point of contention between the the GBOS and GSB for months, with the supervisors saying the public wants one for middle school competitions and other uses, but the School Board members say there’s not room in the proposed school’s $26 million budget for expanding the gym. Supervisor Louise Theberge floated the idea of building a separate gymnasium on the 138 acres, part of a planned complex on the property that is expected years down the road to include athletic fields, an elementary school and a high school. She said The board might find it more economically feasible to do a stand-alone structure.
A Coast Guard petty officer is scheduled to receive the Meritorious Service Medal on Tuesday for rescuing a downed pilot after a Navy F-18 fighter jet crashed in Virginia Beach on April 6, 2012. Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Beane was off-duty at lunch when the plane crashed into the nearby Mayfair Mews apartment complex, He attempted to evacuate people from the burning buildings when he found the downed pilot. Beane and another person cut the pilot free from his parachute and pulled him more than 300 feet to safety away from the flames. Beane is a canine handler assigned to the Maritime Security Response Team, whose members are trained to be first responders to potential terrorist situations.
A house fire caused by the use of an improper extension cord with a space heater displaced a family of five Sunday afternoon. The family was home when the fire started and they made it out safely before firefighters arrived. Crews brought the fire under control within 10 minutes and no one was injured. Flames caused extensive damage to an upstairs bedroom and the entire home had moderate smoke damage, the family is receiving help from friends. Offcials remind residents to use properly rated electrical cords. In this case, the cord was not able to handle the ampage and shorted out.
Another arson fire occurred on the Eastern Shore Friday night. An abandoned airplane hanger was torched on Friday, becoming the 41st suspicious fire on the Eastern Shore since November. Like the hanger, all structures were abandoned. There were no injuries. Preliminary investigation has determined this to be arson. Anyone with information about these fires is asked to call the Virginia State Police, There is a reward of up to $5,000 for information on the Accomack County fires that leads to an arrest and conviction.
Gov. Bob McDonnell is now the sole focus of the tug-of-war over uranium mining in Virginia. Delegate Jackson Miller of Manassas says he’s asked the chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee to not bring forward his legislation establishing regulations for uranium mining, meaning it will likely sit in committee past crossover day on Tuesday when bills from one chamber must move on to the other. Sen. John Watkins withdrew his version of the legislation on Thursday. Watkins then asked McDonnell to direct state agencies to draw up regulations for uranium mining. Anti-mining activists who had been targeting key legislators with emails and telephone calls are now turning their grassroots lobbying effort to McDonnell.