Microsoft is again expanding its data operations in southwest Virginia. Mecklenburg County Manager Wayne Carter says Microsoft is investing $346 million dollars in this third expansion, creating 90 additional jobs. Microsoft chose Mecklenburg County in 2010, investing $499 million dollars and creating 50 new jobs. A year later $1.3 million was invested and last year there was a $348 million expansion. Carter pointed out that job creation has not been limited to the Microsoft campus, the impact has also been felt by the motel owners around the lakes.
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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For the third year in a row, U.S. Route 15 will be part of a safety effort involving six state law enforcement agencies this weekend. Tomorrow through Sunday Operation Border to Border will focus on the entire 791 miles of Route 15 from where its starts in Waterboro, South Carolina to where it ends in Corning, New York. Troopers and highway patrol officers will be out in force. They’ll be conducting sobriety check points and other enforcement measures aimed at preventing accidents, injuries, or deaths.
There’ll be a public budget hearing next Thursday night. Lancaster County Supervisors are talking about an increase the real estate. The money would help fund capital improvement projects, schools, public safety, salaries and a 59% increase in employee insurance costs when the fiscal year begins on the first of next month.
The Literacy Institute at VCU is expanding a reading program for pre-school and kindergarten kids. Christopher Chin directs the Institute’s Excellence in Children’s Early Language and Literacy programs as well as the Literacy (ExCELL) program. VCU is partnered with Richmond Public Schools to help the address that problem with a program called Ocean Adventures: It uses storybooks about ocean related topics to teach vocabulary and comprehension skills and a whole lot more. Dr. Chin said there are still openings for the Ocean Adventures programs.
Albert Randolph has been reinstated, for now, as Principal of Halifax County High School after writing a letter of apology to Dr. Merle Herndon, the Supt. of Schools. In his letter Randolph said he was sorry for actions that Dr. Herndon found disrespectful and that what he did led to a recommendation of transfer and divisive to the community. According to the Mecklenburg Sun, Dr. Herndon refused to comment on the nature of the dispute but was pleased Randolph understood that his actions led to her recommendations.
U.S. Marshals have released a video of a man who is a person of interest in four murders in Petersburg in early April. The video shows Alexander Hill, Jr., aka “Real Deal”, at a train station in North Carolina.
Marshals and Petersburg police detectives confirm that Hill took a cab to Roanoke Rapids early on the morning after three adults and a child were found dead following a house fire. That was the day before Easter. They’ve posted a picture of him at a Waffle House in Roanoke Rapids.
The new lot is in Onancock at the corner of Parker and King streets. It used to be just like every other parking lot but now its the first of its kind on the Eastern Shore.
Joe Battiata is a Senior Water Resources Engineer at the non profit Center for Watershed Protection. The center partnered with the town and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation create a unique design. The project has implications for the heavily polluted Onancock Creek Watershed.
The Secretary of the Navy is mulling over a plan to ban the sale of tobacco on Navy ships. The ban would extend to stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases and will be the first of its kind in the U.S. military. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says he wants sailors who are fit and resilient.
Four students - winners from the Metro Richmond STEM Fair - traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair. All four agreed competing with 1,700 other students from all over the world was an education in itself and they had a great time doing it.
Michelle Marquez, a rising sophomore at the Math Science High School at Clover Hill brought home first place and best in category in the Behavioral & Social Sciences category. She was also awarded the Intel Foundation Cultural and Scientific Award. Marquez will be in China for 11 days.
Vincent opens a four performance run tomorrow night (June 5) at the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage. Nearly everyone has seen at least one Van Gogh painting; he’s among the best known people in the world.
James Briggs is the only actor in the show. Briggs plays both Van Gogh brothers, basing his performance on hundreds of letters they wrote to each other. Theo gathered his friends together about a week after Vincent’s suicide to say what was on his heart about the way his brother was treated.