By the first of the year the little town of Columbia, Virginia may no longer be a town. Columbia is at the spot where the James and Rivanna Rivers converge. Route 6 runs right through it and its been there since 1788. The all-volunteer town council is moving to dissolve Columbia and let it be an unincorporated part of Fluvanna County with no independent government. Members of the council say it will cost a lot more to fix the things that are wrong than the town could raise through taxes.
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 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $4.4 million to the VCU School of Engineering to collaborate with other research universities on an opportunity to supply developing countries with affordable access to AIDS drugs. . Frank Gupton is an engineering research professor and chairs the Dept. of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. With his extensive experience in pharmaceutical process development, Gupton is the principal investigator for the team. He said the World Health Organization considers nevirapine a first line therapy for the treatment of AIDS.
A Richmond man, who worked for Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control, has entered a guilty plea to stealing money intended for educational programs. 29 year old Steve Hammond, Jr. admitted yesterday that he took more than $239,000, pleading guilty to criminal information charging him with theft from a program receiving federal funds. When he is sentenced in mid-January he faced up to 10 years in prison.
Good weather brought thousands of football fanatics to Richmond over the weekend. A lot of fans were up before dawn and traveled a lot of miles to be there when the gates opened at the Washington Redskins' training camp.
The new head coach, Jay Gruden, says the focus is forward. The team is on the field twice a day and there’s no charge. Saturday is Fan Appreciation and fans had to register to get a ticket for that and for the arrival of the New England Patriots next Monday.
A Midlothian man has been jailed in connection with an altercation at the same Lancaster County bar where he was seen with a woman who’s been missing since July 6th. 53 year old James Kessler, who also has a White Stone address, is charged with felony aggravated malicious wounding. Kessler was the last person seen with 44 year old Claudine Gifford who is still the object of a missing person investigation.
A collision just after six yesterday morning closed all of the southbound lanes and two northbound lanes of I-95 south of Woods Edge Road in Chesterfield County well into yesterday afternoon. State Police say a Jeep was heading south on the wet interstate when the accident occurred. 52 year old Elijah Dixon, the driver of the Jeep, has been charged with reckless driving. He is from New Jersey.
Thousands of football fans are descending on Richmond. This morning just after 8:30 a.m., the fans will be ready for the Redskins and their new head coach to take the field for the team’s first practice session. Coach Jay Gruden is well known for his offenses.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be in town for three days of scrimmage starting August 5th.
Coach Gruden was asked about his own quarterback, Robert Griffin III, and what he needs between now and the first game of the season. The Skins will be in Richmond through the 12th of next month.
In line with the timetable set when it was given a federal grant for internet connectivity, Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative has introduced its new wireless broadband services. Customers in Amelia, Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway counties will be able to get 4G LTE services Buggs Island Telephone calls “Bonfire.” The service is available now for some people, new towers are going up and by the middle of next month more rural homes will be able to sign on too.
Lancaster supervisors have set up a committee to study the county’s boat tax and make recommendations to the board. The committee includes two men in the boat business, Bruce Saunders from Rappahannock Yachts and Clay Holcomb from Chesapeake Boat Basin. They’re joined by former county administrator Bill Pennell and Jack Larson, former county finance director. Lancaster’s Commissioner of the Revenue did a comparison of boat tax rates in surrounding counties. Sonny Thomas told the board its hard to compare one county to the other because of the variety of assessment rules.
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.