A lack of progress on any planned renovations of a former school pressed the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to expedite the process. The main issue between the boards is that supervisors want the school district to vacate two floors of a building in the courthouse complex so they can move county staff in there. To give the school district incentive to move things along, Supervisor Christopher Hutson introduced a motion for the schools to vacate their current location by Dec. 31, which passed 6-1. The School Board has projected costs of more than $3 million to remodel the campus, an expense that has drawn criticism from supervisors.
According to VDOT Only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction at the James River Bridge this weekend. Works crews are closing the left lanes of Route 17 north and south from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Maintenance work will continue depending on weather conditions. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use the Interstate 664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel as an alternate route.
MONDAY GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL WROTE PRESIDENT OBAMA, ASKING HIM TO HELP STAVE OFF THE IMPACTS OF THE SEQUESTER CUTS. NOW SENATOR MARK WARNER IS ASKING BOTH THE WHITE HOUSE AND HIS FELLOW LAWMAKERS TO DO THE SAME. WARNER ALSO DOES NOT WANT A “KICKING OF THE CAN” DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN EITHER, HE WANTS THE ISSUE OF CUTS AND REVENUE DEALT WITH. WARNER SAYS WITHOUT CERTAINITY, AND WITH CUTS LOOMING, PRIVATE SHIP REPAIR IN HAMPTON ROADS, FOR EXAMPLE, WILL COME TO A HALT. WARNER SAYS THE SOLUTION WILL TAKE BOTH ADDITIONAL REVENUE AND SPENDING CUTS TO GET OUR BOOKS IN BETTER ORDER.
The owner of a Suffolk home health care service pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk Tuesday to defrauding the Virginia Medicaid program of $294,000. 57 year-old Angie Gilchrist faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Gilchrist, who owned A-Z Alpha Omega In-Home Personal Care Service LLC, filed about 385 false claims with Virginia Medicaid. The company falsely claimed providing respite care for 38 Medicaid recipients when no care was provided, She is scheduled for sentencing on May 22.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS APPROVED A SPECIFIC, AND STRICT, BAN ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. IT WOULD NOW BECOME A PRIMARY OFFENSE, AND YOU’D FACE A 250 DOLLAR FINE IF CAUGHT. IT’S A 500 DOLLAR FINE IF CAUGHT A SECOND TIME…AND PUNISHMENTS ARE INCREASED IF YOU ARE CONVICTED OF RECKLESS DRIVING AND YOU WERE TEXTING AT THE SAME TIME. THE BILL NOW HEADS TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK, BUT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE HAS EXPRESSED SOME ISSUES WITH THE IDEA, SEEMINGLY PREFERING TO KEEP IT UNDER THE MORE GENERAL RECKLESS DRIVING VIOLATION.