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FEMA denies federal aid to Virginians affected by tornadoes

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The federal government has denied a request for financial aid to Virginians who lost their homes and businesses to tornadoes that swept through a dozen localities on Feb. 24. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said Monday that it had received a letter on Friday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency denying the request for individual aid made by Gov. Terry McAuliffe late last month.

VaNews April 5, 2016

Bridging the ‘Meal Gap’

Northern Neck News

In the Northern Neck and Essex County, a region plentiful with agriculture, it is unnerving to know that over 8,000 people- among them 1,600 children- struggle with hunger. Statistics from Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap 2013” study shockingly revealed that over 12 percent of individuals and 13 percent of children in each of the following counties- Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland- don’t always know when they will see their next meal.

VaNews July 30, 2013

Deputy County Administrator under investigation in Essex

Northern Neck News

Last week’s shocking announcement of Essex Deputy County Administrator Linda Lumpkin’s departure from politics sent many local tongues wagging and after a press release from the Virginia State Police (VSP), there may be some truth behind the swirling rumors. On June 30, the following statement was released by VSP Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar: “The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Richmond Field Office is conducting an investigation of Linda Lumpkin,” Molnar said.

VaNews July 3, 2013

Local tea party groups spreading yellow ‘Gadsden signs’

By BRANDON SHULLEETA , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

“The crazy sign guy.” That’s what Bob Shannon said supporters affectionately called him during the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. Then a rookie in the tea party movement, Shannon had erected a sign on his King William County property that fronted a major road, he said. He linked Sen. John McCain to war heroics and then-Sen. Barack Obama to socialism.

VaNews June 24, 2013

Land Use cuts posed:Open space and forests on possible chopping block

By STAFF REPORTS, Northern Neck News

A tax official’s report revealed that Essex County would recover over half a million in revenue if forestland and open space were removed from Land Use. While the county would see an immediate reduction in money deferred to the program, the official shared that the elimination could cost more money to county taxpayers in the long run

VaNews May 18, 2013

Oil, gas drilling sparks hope, concern in Virginia's coastal plain

By MATT SABO, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Among the scattered communities of the lightly populated upper reaches of the Middle Peninsula and the coastal plain, there's been plenty of talk about oil and gas. It's not necessarily talk about the price of gas at the pump, or what oil prices might do in the future, or OPEC, or anything like that. The chatter has been who might strike it rich. And how rich.

VaNews January 21, 2013

Proposed legislation evens field for animal farmers

Northern Neck News

Citizens of Essex County have been flocking to Wesley and Abbey Gauvin’s sides to show their support for Upright Alpaca Farm, which continues to reel from the loss of 13 alpacas four months ago. Now, the central organizer of the watchdog website Essex Sunshine.Org (ESO) has lent his support to the farmers through a proposition that would revise a section of state code that concerns the loss of livestock.

VaNews January 3, 2013

Jail break at Essex animal shelter

Northern Neck News

In perhaps one of the most daring jail breaks in recent history, the two canines responsible for the slaughter of multiple alpacas this past August were stolen last week from a local animal shelter. On Friday, Dec. 21, Essex officials reported that an unidentified suspect broke into the County Animal Shelter in the nighttime hours, stealing two pit bulls that were sentenced for execution that day

VaNews December 31, 2012

Watchdog website holds Essex County officials accountable

Northern Neck News

For years, watchdog agencies have rated Essex County poorly for their lack of sharing policy, procedural and public documents. But in the past few months, a small band of concerned residents have joined together to break down political walls and shed light on their local government. And together they are doing it in the most public way possible, through their new website

VaNews August 17, 2012

Synagro agrees to pay $65,000 state fine for sludge problems

By RUSTY DENNEN, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Improper storage and handling of treated sewage sludge on farms in Fauquier, Essex and Goochland counties have drawn a proposed fine from state regulators. In a consent order with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Synagro LLC has agreed to pay $65,000 for violations in the three jurisdictions.

VaNews February 28, 2012