Mecklenburg County schools need money for pressing repairs and that could delay a new high school. There was a meeting early this month of the Mecklenburg’s Joint Education Committee, made up of supervisors and school board members. They talked about the cost of a new chiller for South Hill Elementary and boilers and bleachers for Bluestone High and Park View Middle. County Administrator Wayne Carter said the school facilities fund has just under $3 million available for repairs and upgrades.
John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.
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Duke Energy isn’t going to finishing cleaning away a coal ash deposit near the Schoolfield Dam on the schedule it released in May. Duke expects to finish dredging later this month and then there’ll be several weeks of demobilization and restoration at Abreu-Grogan Park.
There are new plans for a distillery in Chase City with a recipe that dates to the prohibition era. Robert Bondurant is going into business, along with his brother Joe, and their daddy, Bobby. They’re going to make moonshine the same way the Bondurant brothers of Franklin County made it during Prohibition. Except now it’s legit. Every step of production will be done the old fashioned way right there on site, it’ll be almost like stepping back in time.
State Auditor says Hopewell’s General District Court has some problems. In a letter to the city last month, a state auditor said dozens of defendants were overcharged by more than a thousand dollars for fines, fees, and court costs, and listed 28 instances where the clerk’s office made billing mistakes that cost the local court or the state money. The letter said these matters require attention and corrective action. General District Court Clerk Deborah Hatcher told the Progress-Index she’s received a copy of the audit and will make corrections and that was all she had to say.
Two Petersburg Schools are getting ready to change the way things are done. Peabody Middle School and A.P. Hill Elementary are moving to a year round curriculum. The goal is accreditation, something neither school achieved last year. Both have state approval to open on the fourth of next month.
The World Pediatric Project, based here in Richmond, sends teams of doctors to developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide critical care for kids who otherwise will go untreated. Susan Rickman is CEO of the World Pediatric Project. Rickman says most of the procedures take place overseas but many countries typically lack the resources to handle more complex surgeries, and the WPP will bring a child and parents to the United States.
The Progress–Index and The Colonial Voice have new ownership. The Petersburg and Colonial Heights newspapers have been acquired by New Media Investment Group. New Media owns GateHouse Media, LLC, among the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the country, and they will manage both of the tri-cities papers.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday that Charlottesville based online grocer is investing $735,000. and creating 25 new jobs. Relay Foods is gearing up to expand its Mid-Atlantic sales of Virginia sourced foods by three million dollars over the next three years. In Charlottesville, the Governor presented a $50,000. grant from the Virginia Agriculture and Development Fund to support that effort and then toured Relay’s 12,000 square foot fulfillment center. Investments in agriculture, the governor said, help diversify Virginia’s economy, which relies heavily on federal defense spending.
The central Virginia peach crop is reported to be in good shape after some early season weather damage. Typically, the Virginia peach season runs from early June into September. Cold weather did impact some early season varieties, but Elaine Lidholm at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said, “it has been a little dry, which is perfect for developing a really sweet tasting peach.”
Jim Saunders, who owns Saunders Brothers Orchard in Piney River, told the Daily Progress his crop looks pretty good and, after a light start, is near normal.
At a tax hearing in Lancaster County, people who make their living in the boating industry said its time to do away with the personal property tax on boats. Bruce Saunders noted that after the seafood industry, boatyards are the most significant segment of the working waterfront as far as creating jobs to expand the industry. Saunders owns Rappahannock Yachts. He said the county has the highest boat tax on the Chesapeake Bay, $1.52 per $100. assessed value.