Loudoun County supervisors are set to make a decision on recognizing unionized public employees on Tuesday, April 20.
A state law going into effect on May 1 allows local governments to recognize public employee unions, and the county board plans to be ready for that law when it goes into effect.
The competition for the city’s single casino license is heating up. With time running out for the three companies pursuing a casino resort in Richmond, project backers and residents across the city are continuing to pitch their support or opposition to the projects.
As a city evaluation panel is expected to select a preferred project next month, followed by a City Council vote in June on whether to hold a referendum on the project in November, public favor is beginning to coalesce behind one of the projects and against the other two.
The second in command of the Norfolk Police Department’s internal affairs unit donated to the white man accused of shooting and killing protestors last year and whose case has become a rallying cry for right-wing activists.
An anonymous donor in September gave $25 to the legal defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, but the donation came from the official email address of Lt. William K. Kelly III, according to The Guardian newspaper.
Older Virginia Beach students who have opted to return for face-to-face instruction will switch from two days of in-person instruction a week to four days on April 27.
Pre-K through sixth-grade students have already been in classes four days a week, with Monday remaining an asynchronous day, in which they do schoolwork from home without formal classroom instruction.
Justin Burns, a former candidate for the Virginia Beach School Board, carried nominating petitions that included the names and purported signatures of people who told The Independent News they did not sign them.
Burns faces two felony charges related to nominating petitions he filed with local election officials last year when he sought an at-large seat on the School Board.
While 2020 was a tumultuous and challenging year for Portsmouth, the city saw plans for significant business investment.
In his first State of the City address, Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover said businesses pledged $435 million in various projects expected to come with 1,900 jobs — the biggest contributor being the upcoming Rivers Casino. Reflecting on 2020, Glover also commended many of the city’s residents and employees for their resilience and adaptability during the pandemic.
In a rural county like Caroline, keeping families connected with the school system in a virtual environment has been especially challenging. Thirty percent of the school population of about 4,100 students is without high-speed internet, and some students were already living significant distances from one of the county’s five schools. ...The Caroline Cruiser is the school division’s newest public outreach tool and Ross calls it “a labor of love.” It’s a retrofitted bus that was once a library bookmobile but had been sitting unused.
A Pennsylvania-based company Thursday night lost Round One in its quest to build a five-megawatt solar farm near Bealeton.
After about a 17-minute public hearing April 15, a divided Fauquier County Planning Commission determined that Dynamic Energy LLC’s proposal to construct the facility on 40 acres of active farmland doesn’t comply with the comprehensive plan.
With its prisoner population soaring, Bristol Virginia leaders received some staggering information Tuesday on the cost to replace its aging, overcrowded jail versus joining the Southwest Regional Jail Authority.
The city is currently responsible for between 270 and 280 inmates with a 51-year-old jail certified for 67 prisoners and with a relative capacity of about 150, according to the study presented by Davenport and Co., the city’s long-time financial advisers. The three-month study projected the costs of a new jail versus closing the jail and joining the regional authority, with both forecast to add more than $2 million annually to the city’s operating budget.