In 2013 visitors to the Tri-Cities spent $328 million and in the final two years of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary the Virginia Tourism Corporation is expecting even more tourist spending. The U.S. Travel Association’s data combines the total of family spending on meals, lodging, public and vehicle transportation, shopping, admissions, and entertainment.
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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The Centra Health Rivermont School in Chase City welcomed the community to an open house at its new facility on Main Street yesterday (Septeber 11). It moved there from the old armory building it occupied since 1997.
They investigate the most complicated and deadly vehicle crashes. The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Teams assist any police officers across the state, providing the technical expertise to understand and forensically document high speed collisions, especially the most legally complicated: fatal accidents.
Trooper Sgt. James Elmore explained that there are seven accident reconstruction teams, one for each State Police Division.
On Sunday, September 14th, the performance arts companies of Richmond CenterStage will present a season preview. They’re calling the show Curtains Up! Ryan Ripperton, Executive Director of SPARC chairs the CenterStage Resident Company Association. Tickets, he said, are available now, and they are not expensive.
Mecklenburg County School Supt. James Thornton and County Administrator Wayne Carter have differing estimates on the property tax impact of building new schools. Dr. Thornton predicts a 7¢ tax hike. Carter believes the tax increase would be 16¢ to 18¢ for a $75 million dollar consolidated high school.
Considering a combined middle and high school complex, Thornton estimates a cost of 105 million, and a 15¢ tax hike. Carter estimates a cost of $125 million and a 24¢ to 28¢ increase in property taxes.
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.
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.