Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department investigators are asking four men who were seen with Claudine Gifford the night she disappeared to call them. Gifford has been the object of a search by law enforcement and volunteers but there has been no sign of her since the night of July 6th. Investigators want talk to four men who helped Gifford get into a silver, four door SUV on Windjammer Lane, near the Tiki Bar at Windmill Point that night. Lt. E.T. Self, who’s leading the investigation has asked the four to call 462-5111.
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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Colonial Heights has hired its first Director of Economic Development. Karen Epps has been spending her time introducing herself to her colleagues in city government and getting to know business owners in Colonial Heights. Epps said the response continues to energize her. She said another important step in creating the strategic plan is filling vacant positions on the Colonial Heights Economic Authority.
King Richard III of England ruled for only two years. After deposing 12-year-old Edward V, he fought two rebellions and was killed at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. The recent discovery of Richard’s remains inspired Jan Powell, Artistic Director of Henley Street Theatre-Richmond Shakespeare, to stage the tragedy of Richard III at Agecroft Hall.
There was a big turnout for a community meeting Tuesday night to ask questions about the Essex County school system. More than 70 people were at the First Baptist Church in Tappahannock. They expressed concerns about, among other things, transportation policy, high employee turnover, teachers moving from school to school, and communication between teachers and the school administration. According to the Northern Neck News, others commented on classroom behavior and allegations of the bullying of both students and teachers.
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.
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.