The Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday night in a meeting that includes a public hearing at 8 p.m. on a “sub-area” plan for the Court House Village and surrounding area. Other items on the agenda include a financial report on the current fiscal year through Dec. 31 from Finance Director Nickie Champion and an introduction of the Salvation Army Service Center programs. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Courthouse.
Police on Monday discovered the body of 28-year-old Candice Banks of Newport News in a wooded area behind homes in the first block of Dogwood Street, She was last seen Jan. 12 on LaSalle Avenue, which is less than a mile from Dogwood Street. As of Monday evening, police were not able to say how long the body had been there. Police were waiting for the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of Banks’ death, Price said. The death remains under investigation by Hampton police.
A last public hearing on possible port privatization in Virginia Monday quickly became a forum for opponents of two proposals that would put five state-run ports under new management. Opponents warned of the danger of putting a single company in charge of all the state’s container terminals for the 48-year period envisioned in the proposals submitted by APM Terminals and a consortium led by JPMorgan. Representatives from APM Terminals and JPMorgan defended their multibillion-dollar lease offers to Virginia Port Authority board members who sponsored the hearing. The company executives said their offers inject private capital into the port to prepare for a potential boom in East Coast shipping.
AN ATTEMPT TO TIGHTEN VIRGINIA’S VOTER RESTRICTIONS HAS BEEN ALL BUT DEFEATED BY THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. REPUBLICANS WERE LOOKING TO REMOVE SOME OF THE ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF I-D’S, SUCH AS UTILITY BILLS, TO MAKE THE RESTRICTIONS TIGHTER. HOWEVER, BOLLING SIDED, AFTER A TIE VOTE, WITH DEMOCRATS, TO DELAY ENACTMENT UNTIL THERE IS MONEY TO PAY TO EDUCATE VOTERS ABOUT ANY NEW RULES. THE BILL GETS A FINAL VOTE TUESDAY. BOLLING IS CONSIDERING AN INDEPENDENT RUN FOR GOVERNOR.
THE HOUSE HAS VOTED TO GRADE VIRGINIA’S SCHOOLS, JUST AS THOSE SCHOOLS, GRADE YOUR KIDS. DELEGATES VOTED TO GIVE VIRGINIA SCHOOLS AN “A” THROUGH “F” GRADE. SUPPORTERS SAY IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND HOW SCHOOLS ARE DOING, RATHER THAN THE CURRENT ACCREDITATION LEVELS. BUT OPPONENTS SAY IT WILL END UP BRANDING SOME SCHOOLS WITH A “SCARLET LETTER.”