The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a zoning change for George Washington’s historic River Farm that would require additional oversight before the property could be developed.
The move on Tuesday — which builds on earlier measures passed by the county and the Virginia General Assembly to preserve River Farm — comes as a former Trump administration member has put forward an ambitious plan to buy the site, along with two adjoining parcels on the Potomac River, and build a $300 million luxury resort.
After calling a temporary recess due to a sometimes unruly crowd of activists gathered to protest critical race theory – which officials insist is not taught in local schools – the Prince William County School Board made quick work of its agenda Wednesday night, adjourning about 30 minutes after the meeting began.
In a unanimous vote, the board voted to suspend citizen’s comment time, “in light of the night’s events,” said Woodbridge School Board member Loree Williams.
More grants and aid to local businesses and funds to help county residents struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are among the top recommended uses for Prince William County’s latest round of federal stimulus money. More grants and aid to local businesses and funds to help county residents struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are among the top recommended uses for Prince William County’s latest round of federal stimulus money.
A temporary homeless shelter in Norfolk’s NEON District will be moved to a nearby motel next month where the city plans to create a new transitional housing center.
The City Council unanimously approved spending up to $140,000 to lease the Budget Lodge Motel at 1050 Tidewater Drive from the owner. According to city documents, the city and property owner negotiated a lease agreement but the city “desires to purchase” the property from the owner, listed as Vijay, LLC.
At least 82% of Albemarle County local government employees and nearly 90% of school division employees have submitted proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, according to the county.
Albemarle County announced a vaccination requirement in mid-August, and the School Board quickly signed off on that plan as well. Previously, the county was not tracking employee vaccinations.
Legislation passed by the 2021 General Assembly earlier this year requires Lynchburg to change its longstanding practice of holding local elections in May, moving them to November instead. With the next city council elections slated for 2022, council discussed at its Tuesday work session how to best implement the change — by syncing its local elections with federal and presidential elections on even years, or with state elections on odd years.
A TikTok video by a Blacksburg High School teacher went viral Tuesday and generated debate and a school system statement prompted by his description of Virginia public schools’ chief model for student discipline as “white supremacy with a hug.”
The teacher has been identified on social media as Blacksburg High School English teacher Josh Thompson. Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Brenda Drake confirmed that Thompson is employed at Blacksburg High.
The Winchester School Board is beginning to consider COVID-19 vaccine requirements among the division’s staff.
The board has not taken any action on the matter.
During a Monday night Winchester School Board meeting, WPS Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum emphasized he was not ready to make a recommendation about a vaccine policy for staff, but he wanted to give the board an opportunity to discuss it.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Antonia Fox, superintendent of Page County Public Schools, announced that Shenandoah Elementary School will be closed until Tuesday, Sept. 21 due to a high number of COVID-19 cases in the building.
“Shenandoah Elementary School has experienced a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases amongst both
students and staff over the past week, but especially in the last two days,” reads a Sept. 14 letter from Dr. Fox.
A lot has been learned about the coronavirus since last March when the country shut down.
When the pandemic started, taking temperatures was seen as a good form of surveillance testing to stop the spread, especially for schools when the 2020-21 school year began last fall, said Michael Richards, superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools.
Most HCPS students spent much of the 2020-21 school year learning virtually, but those who did enter the buildings had their temperature checked.
Augusta County Board of Supervisors received a court order demanding that the county resolve its courthouse safety and security issues. Now, it has no choice but to resolve the longstanding complications in the courthouse, or prove to a judge why amendments aren't necessary.
The court order, passed down by Chief Circuit Court Judge William Chapman Goodwin on Sept. 13, commands the county to "Cause the court facilities to be made secure, or put in good repair, or rendered otherwise safe as the case may be, and to cause the necessary work to be done."
With COVID-19 surging again across the region, the city of Martinsville has announced a new process for firmer decisions about which patients ambulances will transport to emergency rooms.
The city revealed this plan in a release on Wednesday, but it matches a practice officials at Sovah Health had announced earlier this summer for its emergency rooms in Martinsville and Danville, in which ambulances carrying some patients were diverted to other facilities because of crowding caused by COVID-19.