The Halifax County Service Authority has been asked to roll back the fees charged for water –sewer hookup that were in place when the authority was formed. Property developers John Cannon and Christian Roberts were among the speakers at the authority’s monthly board meeting last week. They told the HCSA directors that the high cost of the connections is slowing the pace of new housing construction in Halifax County. They said they’d like to see the rates scaled back to where they were in 2007. The authority’s website shows that present water-sewer connection fees start at $2,750.
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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After city council reduced funding for private EMT service Petersburg Fire Department made some changes in its emergency ambulance response system. The fire department added an ambulance to Fire Station 4 on Sycamore Street. There was already a rig at Fire Station 3 on Farmer Street. Deputy Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant said response times remain under five minutes. Petersburg Firefighters are trained as EMTs but this expansion increases the need for paramedics.
A four year old pulled from the water Sunday was the second drowning this summer in Buggs Island Lake. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said family members were already giving the child CPR when police arrived and rangers had used an automated external defibrillator.
The boy was alive when Boydton Life Station arrived at the VCU Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill. From there, he was taken to VCU Medical Center in Richmond where he died late Tuesday afternoon.
The Army identified the soldier who took her life at Fort Lee last Monday (8/25) as Sgt. 1st Class Paula Walker. Sgt. Walker has served as a human resources specialist at the post since 2011.
Stephen Baker is Director of Communications at Fort Lee. He noted that during her career she received numerous medals and awards, including three for good conduct. Sgt. Walker served 15 months in Iraq, returning in 2008.
Fort Lee Police were negotiating with her on Monday when she turned the gun on herself. She died just after 10:15 at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond:
When Fort Lee personnel needed to be warned of an active shooter on the post Monday (8/25), a siren and loudspeaker were used. In a few weeks a new system will be up and running.
Fort Lee Alerts will greatly enhance early warning capabilities on the post. Military and civilian personnel will need to register to get alerts and respond when they do.
A Sergeant at Fort Lee showed up with a gun at the Army's Combined Arms Support Command yesterday. She took her own life.
The post was locked down and negotiators began to try talk to the Sergeant, who was described as “enraged.” In fact, they thought they had talked her down, and then there was a shot.
She had barricaded herself into a third floor office and turned the gun on herself and died later at the VCU Medical Center.
Dr. Peter Boling set up VCU’s “House Calls” program in 1984. It has served more than 5,000 homebound elderly patients
The Petersburg School Board last night unanimously approved changing the school division’s grading scale. When schools open for the year, Petersburg will replace its current six point grading scale with a new ten point scale. Students will receive an A, for example, for scores of 90 to 100.
Nine parents in Mecklenburg County want the court to set aside the recently renegotiated contract of Supt. of Schools James Thornton. The parents, representing each of the county’s nine elections districts, is also accusing School Board Chair Robert Puryear of malfeasance because he allowed the board to approve a contract that he had not read.
The personal information of more than four and a half million patients has been compromised after a data breach at Community Health Systems. In Virginia, CHS is the parent company of Southside Regional Medical Center, Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, and the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia. They are among 206 affiliated hospitals in 29 states.
Letters have been sent to the people affected. Hackers were able to get patient names, addresses, birthdates, phone and social security numbers according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.