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CAROLINE COUNTY SUPERVISORS DECLARE COUNTY SECOND AMENDMENT 'SANCTUARY'

By DAWN HAUN, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Caroline County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary. Supervisors decided in a 5–1 vote to pass an amended resolution standing with numerous other localities in Virginia.

VaNews December 12, 2019



HUDSON, SUPERVISORS DISCUSS PRIORITIES FOR UPCOMING SESSION

By ALLISON WRABEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Democratic delegate-elect Sally Hudson met with the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday to discuss county legislative priorities for the 2020 session. Both Hudson and the board want local governments to have more authority and control on specific issues, such as monuments.

VaNews December 12, 2019



COUNCIL INCREASES WAGES FOR ITS MEMBERS AND MAYOR

By OLIVIA JOHNSON, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Lynchburg City Council voted to raise salaries for the mayor and city council members during Tuesday’s work session meeting. Council voted to change the Lynchburg City Code to include a $4,000 increase in compensation for both city council members and the mayor — a change that wouldn’t go live until July 1, 2020.

VaNews December 12, 2019



ORANGE COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY DIANA O'CONNELL PREVAILS IN RECOUNT

By HILARY HOLLADAY, Orange County Review

The results of the recount in the Orange County Commonwealth's Attorney race are in, and 16-year incumbent Diana Wheeler O'Connell has hung on to her victory. She bested Orange defense attorney S. Page Higginbotham III by 28 votes, the same margin announced on election night.

VaNews December 12, 2019



STATE TO SCHOOLS: EXPECT $4 MILLION LESS IN FY2021

By JIM MCCONNELL, Chesterfield Observer

Chesterfield County Public Schools’ student population has never been larger or more diverse. Now its slice of the state funding pie is getting smaller. The Virginia Department of Education recently informed the local school system that its allocation from the state will be reduced by $4 million in fiscal year 2021 as a result of changes to a funding formula known as the local composite index.

VaNews December 12, 2019



CHESTERFIELD'S STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS HIGHLIGHTS JOB GROWTH, LOCAL GOVERNMENT'S ROLE

By IAN M. STEWART, WCVE

Chesterfield County’s Administrator focused on things to look forward to in the coming year for his State of the County address on Wednesday. He also gave a room of business leaders a short lesson in local government as well. County Administrator Joe Casey ticked off a list of wins for the area that includes almost $250 Million in economic growth and 2000 new jobs. Some of those employers are the paper company Cartograf, two solar farms in the county and the used car company Carvana, which could add 400 jobs to the area.

VaNews December 12, 2019



HENRICO COUNTY SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FILLED WITH HISTORY, ROMANCE

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

For the first time, the Henrico County School Board includes a black woman. Alicia Atkins was sworn in Wednesday as the Varina District representative to the county School Board, making history in a county where 17% of public school students are black girls, according to state data. Her swearing-in was part of a larger ceremony held at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen where 15 newly elected county officials took the oath of office.

VaNews December 12, 2019



MARTINSVILLE'S REVERSION-FOCUSED LAW FIRM OFFERS PICTURE OF ISSUES CITY, HENRY COUNTY FACE

By BILL WYATT, Martinsville Bulletin

The city of Martinsville has retained the services of Troutman Sanders law firm for potential litigation involved in the process of reverting from a city to a town and in its dispute with Henry County about reimbursement of capital expenditures the city made in a multimillion-dollar repair of a sewer line the county uses.

VaNews December 12, 2019



2 MORE STICK BY THEIR GUNS

By CHAI GALLAHUN AND LOGAN BARRY, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 5 free articles a month)

CH, PG join growing list of passing firearms-rights resolutions, but Heights stops short of declaring a ‘sanctuary’ Add two more Tri-City localities to the list of Virginia localities lining up behind a statewide effort to shield Virginia citizens’ rights to bear arms. Packed houses in Prince George County and Colonial Heights Tuesday night saw their Board of Supervisors and City Council adopt resolutions supporting their citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

VaNews December 12, 2019



HENRICO BOARD PUNTS ON ‘SANCTUARY’ STATUS, ADOPTS RESOLUTION SUPPORTING CONSTITUTIONS

By TOM LAPPAS, Henrico Citizen

Dozens of Second Amendment supporters urged Henrico’s Board of Supervisors last night to make Henrico a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary locality, but supervisors instead passed a resolution indicating simply that they would uphold the state and United States constitutions. The 3-2 vote was split along party lines, with all three Republicans – including Tuckahoe Supervisor Pat O’Bannon, who introduced it – voting in favor of it and the board’s two Democrats voting against it.

VaNews December 12, 2019