A new exhibit, How to Make A Monster, kicked off on Saturday. It’s a first hand look at iconic monsters like the abominable snowman, werewolves, dinosaurs, and all kinds of aliens featuring the art, engineering, and technology of the animatronics that bring creatures to life on film. Academy Award winner John Cox created the How to Make A Monster exhibit and was in town for the opening. It’s the Science Museum so its hands on.
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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Mecklenburg County Supervisors are considering a “revenue neutral” real estate tax rate of forty center per $100. assessed value. The Supervisors are looking at a two cent hike in the real estate tax rate that, in overall revenue terms, is a wash because of the impact of the drop in property values in the county. The new rate would be in place for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins on the first of July.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has planned its first Public Awareness Day for June 7th. Sheriff Bobby Hawkins explained that traditionally the department had a day for kids with rides and games but attendance had been declining. Those things are also part of Public Awareness Day.
All of the area police and fire departments will be represented. Hawkins said he was pleased with the number of organizations and services that stepped up to be part of the day. There’ll also be an opportunity to turn in outdated drugs, child fingerprinting, and McGruff the Crime Dog.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has planned its first Public Awareness Day for June 7th. Sheriff Bobby Hawkins explained that traditionally the department had day for kids with rides and games, but attendance had been declining. Those things are also part of Public Awareness Day. All of the area police and fire departments will be represented. Watkins said he was pleased with the number of organizations and services that stepped up to be part of the day. There’ll also be an opportunity to turn in outdated drugs, child fingerprinting, and McGruff the Crime Dog.
The Hopewell City Council was supposed to adopt a new budget on Tuesday. That didn’t happen. The vote was put off until the 27th to give Council time to consider budget options and have further discussion on whether or not to buy a new communications system.
Petersburg will promote Pocahontas Island’s unique heritage as an early free black community with promotional events and signs on interstates 85 an 95. City Manager William Johnson announced an initiative on Monday to promote the Island and Jarratt House, identified by Preservation Virginia as one of the Commonwealth’s most endangered historic sites saying, “We have an excellent opportunity to get down and make a plan for how to move the city forward.”
Dominion Resources is donating a quarter of a million dollars to a community program at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children in Richmond. Dominion’s Jannell Hancock said the funding will help address the disparity in treatment of outpatient mental health services for children and adolescents in south side and southwest Virginia. A General Assembly appropriation will allow VTCC to construct a new facility on Brook Road at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Executive Director Sandy Lewis said that will vastly improve family focused mental health services to children ages 3 to17.
As we reported last week, the VCU police department is the first public institution of higher learning in Virginia to be certified as a crime prevention campus. I asked Chief John Venuti for details about what that means. He explained that 11 corps safety goals were established, including having a crime prevention specialist on staff, maintaining mutual aid agreements with other agencies; continuing compliance of a federally required crisis management plan; and distributing campus safety information.
The Virginia Association of Counties recently held a workshop for local officials to talk about fracking, a hot button issue in northern neck counties. Fracking is hydraulic fracturing, a horizontal drilling process to get to oil, natural gas, and other resources trapped underground in shale formations.
Jobs have been scarce in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties over the past few years, but data released by the Virginia Employment Commission show a slow turnaround. That drop represents the second month in a row showing some improvement for the labor force. 125 more people found jobs.
At the same time, the overall number of jobs is fewer than were created in March 2013. Last year 11, 530 were working in Mecklenburg this year there are 305 fewer employed. Last year the jobless rate was at 9.1%. The difference is largely the result of a decline in available workers.