VaNews for Colonial Heights City
State Sen. Amanda F. Chase of Chesterfield said her reference to the removal of Confederate monuments as erasing white history was intentional “because it gets people’s attention.”
In a Zoom interview with The Progress-Index Thursday, the GOP Republican hopeful for governor said she used that phrase because she knows that people would not have been as “shocked” if she had referred to it as black history.
The Colonial Heights City Council will be receiving a salary increase starting in July of 2017.
The mayor’s salary, which is currently $7,000, will bump up to $11,000 annually. The other members of the city council will see a slightly less increase, from a yearly salary of $6,500 to $10,000.
Ten elected officials from the Tri-Cities spent more $20,000 to attend the National League of Cities convention in Nashville, Tennessee, late last year.
The largest contingent for the 2015 convention came from Hopewell, where five Hopewell City Council members attended, followed by Petersburg where four Petersburg City Council members attended the convention from Nov. 4 -7. Only one Colonial Heights City Council member attended the Nashville event.
City Council voted on second reading to raise the School Board’s salaries $3,400 more by 2017 at the Dec. 8 meeting. The council also agreed to raise their own salaries.
After 10 years of auditing issues within the treasurer’s office, the Colonial Heights City Council held a vote during a special meeting Nov. 17 to approve a resolution which will allow for changes to the city charter, which council hopes will fix years of financial inconsistencies.
An 18-year-old has won a District 2 School Board seat in Prince George.
According to the live election results on the Prince George County website, recent Prince George High School graduate Reeve Ashcraft was elected with the most votes at 2,254 votes, pushing vice chairman Jerry Warren, who came in last with 1,495 votes, out of his seat.
The Colonial Heights School Board has joined 27 other school boards that recently passed resolutions calling for state lawmakers to revamp Virginia's Standard of Learning tests and accreditation.
The city and Virginia State University will exchange land parcels along their boundaries to be used for major capital projects. The exchanges along Dupuy Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will be used to create a 184-space student parking lot and for the widening of Dupuy Road.
City Council approved the agreement Tuesday night at a public hearing attended by VSU officials. City officials cited the spirit of cooperation between both entities and cost savings as motivating factors in the first-time collaboration.
City Council unanimously adopted a budget at Tuesday night's regular meeting for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that begins July 1.
The $74.5 million budget, which grew 3.5 percent over last year, has no planned layoffs, furloughs or tax increases. It includes about $36.2 million for schools.
A divided three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned Virginia’s anti-sodomy law in a Colonial Heights case.
The majority ruled that Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” anti-sodomy provision is unconstitutional in light of a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating state laws that make sexual activity between consenting adults crimes.