The Mathews County Board of Supervisors pledged to provide matching funds and in-kind services for a pair of grant applications designed to improve the Court House area, if those grants are approved. A Community Development Block Grant that the Main Street Committee, property owners, county staff, and a consultant have been working on for over a year could bring more than $700,000 in funds to the county for revitalization of Mathews Main Street and for a proposed park at the old sewage treatment plant property. Supervisors agreed to provide $137,645, mostly through use of in-kind services, if that grant is awarded.
An outside accounting firm reported to the Hampton City Council Wednesday that an undercover cigarette firm run by the Police Division failed to properly monitor hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenditures. A total of over $135,000 in expenses charged to Blue Water Tobacco’s account at Langley Federal Credit Union was not supported by receipts or other documentation and more than $230,000 in spending from the firm’s checking account was “not properly approved” within the Hampton Police Division. The Hampton cigarette sting was designed to crack down on illegal cigarette trafficking by catching people in the act of buying cigarettes in low-tax Virginia and transporting them to higher-tax states, however during the 19 month sting no arrests were made.
The Gloucester Clean Community Committee firmed up plans for its third annual Clean Gloucester Day which will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 9. Staging areas will be at the parking lot near the Gloucester Library in Main Street Center and at the Waste Management convenience center lot on Guinea Road, The Clean Community office will furnish vests, bags and gloves that volunteers can use to collect litter for the cleanup. For more information about Clean Gloucester Day, contact Clean Community coordinator William Bell at 693-5370.
Forty-two students claimed minor injuries when one school bus hit the back of another bus at Jenkins Elementary School on Menchville Road Wednesday afternoon. The two school buses were “fully loaded” at dismissal with 37 passengers on the rear bus and 57 passengers on the front bus. The school nurse checked every student on the bus and treated injuries, No one was taken to the hospital. The estimated damage to the buses is $10,000, Eley said. The bus driver is not being charged.