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.
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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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.
The idea of a network of training centers to increase the number of manufacturing jobs in the southern and southwestern parts of Virginia began to take shape in August of 2012. Representatives from CCAM, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the Tobacco Commission, met and came up with a plan.
Two years ago, Mecklenburg County teachers took to the streets to get a pay raise. Keeping teachers in the system remains a problem. Salaries are a big part of the problem. School Supt. James Thornton believes the solution is a strategic approach, not a one-time funding infusion.
Think of geocaching as a high tech scavenger hunt that can be played virtually anywhere, anytime, with any number of people. It's a world wide phenomenon that involves satellite science to hide and search for containers that contain a log and other trinkets called hitch hikers. Jared Ress, an interpreter at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County, says geocaching is being done all over the world.
Geocaching is a world wide phenomenon that involves satellite science to hide and search for containers that contain a log and other trinkets called hitchhikers. All 36 Virginia State Parks offer Geocaching. Jared Ress, an interpreter at Pochahontas State Park, says there are a thousand geocaches within Richmond City limits.
Many people have their own GPS units, some download a geocaching app to their smart phones, and the state parks rent GPS units and there are instructors to help out.
The theme for state park caches this year is bird watching.
The town of White Stone is ready now to go ahead with a proposed residential and commercialization project. The town has now met the last of five requirements to get a $3,000 Community Development Block Grant for planning.
White Stone is looking at two grants that include up to $30,000 for planning and development from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and another $10,000 from the Virginia Housing Development Authority.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has spent the past year letting the public know that patients being transported after an accident with severe bleeding, may be given frozen plasma on the way rather than after they get to the hospital. Dr. Bruce Spiess, professor in the VCU Department of Anesthesiology, is the principal investigator in research that will evaluate what was learned from the US military in the field. VCU is one of three medical centers nationwide chosen by the Army to be part of this combat casualty care research program. Dr.
There is an international ballet competition going at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond. Thirty-nine dancers are competing in the 4th Annual Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition. Betty Seibert chairs the Cecchetti International Ballet.
In addition to classes, yesterday (8/7) the dancers were adjudicated in contemporary and today (8/8) they are giving their classical ballet performances. Tonight the finalists will be announced.