The Gloucester Co. Board of Supervisors and School Board will meet tonight. The two sides will convene for the second of three joint meetings scheduled this year. The meeting agenda has two items: A discussion of the School Board’s recommended 2013-14 budget and a discussion of the proposed construction of Page Middle School. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Louise Theberge said in an email that county officials don’t know what the effect will be of any changes that may be made in Richmond to the state budget. The boards meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Gloucester High School auditorium. The meeting will not be televised but will be taped.
A Norfolk church pastor was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of child pornography. 35 year-old David Smith was taken into police custody on 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Police said Smith is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and School on Granby Street. According to the release an investigation by the police department’s computer crimes section led to the arrest.
Gov. Bob McDonnell used this year’s State of the Commonwealth address to throw his support behind legislative efforts to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons who have paid their debt to society. McDonnell has streamlined the current process, where felons must petition the governor directly, and restored the rights of more than 4,400 felons – more than any of his predecessors. Two voting rights groups are now calling on McDonnell to issue an executive order restoring voting rights to all felons who have served their full sentences.
Volunteers collected approximately 11.1 tons of trash on March 9th, Clean Gloucester Day , according to Clean Community Committee figures. In addition, volunteers collected 30 tires, several wheel rims and wheel covers, a bicycle, wood pallets, scrap lumber and metal and smaller auto parts. The number of volunteers and trash collected exceeded last year’s numbers, in which 8.6 tons of trash were collected. The largest amount of trash of collected was by a group from Morning Glory Baptist Church and BridgePoint Church working together on Davenport and Woods Cross Road.
The USS Abraham Lincoln will soon be towed to Newport News Shipbuilding for its midlife overhaul after the carrier was in Norfolk for more than a month as Congress struggled to find money to start the project. The aircraft carrier is “scheduled to move to Huntington Ingalls (Industries)’ Shipyard today but That date is tentative because of expected heavy winds. The overhaul is a multi-billion, four-year project that requires extensive planning and takes more than 20 million man hours. According to an info graphic, the work is “equivalent to building the Golden Gate Bridge, twice!”
Two men on the Eastern Shore have found a way to make a fashion statement while at the same time helping the volunteer firefighters who are dealing with a serial arsonist. The men have formed Eastern Shore Arsonist Hunters LLC, and they are selling T-shirts for $20, with proceeds going to the Accomack County fire department. The shirts are for sale at Robinson’s, located on Market Street in Onancock or through the website arsonisthunters.com. More than 70 abandoned buildings have burned to the ground since mid-November in Accomack County.