VaNews for Fredericksburg City
A North Carolina man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, according to prosecutors.
Pawnshops might not make the top 10 list when you consider “essential businesses” during the coronavirus pandemic, but the shops are booming while much of the state remains locked down. “Parents are at home with their kids and they don’t know what to do with them, so they’re buying televisions and PlayStation 4s to keep them out of their hair,” said Robert “Todd” Myers, a sales representative at Fredericksburg Gold & Pawn, at 447 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg.
Voting in this year’s May 19 elections will be vastly different because of COVID-19.
Instead of standing in line to mark their ballot and send it through a tabulator, people are being urged to vote absentee. The only polling place open Election Day in Fredericksburg to vote for mayor and two at-large seats will be the parking lot of the Dorothy Hart Center, 408 Canal St.
The weekend’s wonderfully warm weather and sunshine brought out the hordes: shoppers at local groceries and garden centers, walkers and joggers at area parks and people of all ages, strolling along sidewalks in downtown Fredericksburg. The long-awaited glimpse of spring did not necessarily bring out all the masks, though.
The hallways at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg were eerily quiet in April. Its emergency department saw half as many patients as an average month. The hospital has treated 40% fewer people for heart attack and stroke this April compared to last, a figure that makes Dr. Christopher Newman, chief medical and operating officer for Mary Washington Healthcare, fear that many people are not seeking urgent medical care to avoid the risk of catching the novel coronavirus at the hospital.
The dreadfully slow process for the proposed Washington-to-Richmond segment of the Southeast High Speed Rail has taken another step: The draft of the Environmental Impact Statement was released last week.
The draft is basically a detailed look at the plans along with the impacts and alternatives for the proposed addition of a track that would help increase capacity along a clogged rail system.
Some people probably don’t give a hoot about it, but a bypass alternative for the Fredericksburg area sure kicked up a lot of dust a year ago.
Ronnette Cooper can’t walk past the slave auction block in downtown Fredericksburg without wondering if her ancestors had been sold there.
It’s a reminder of part of Fredericksburg’s, and the country’s, past that is painful and racist, she told City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Bill Johnson–Miles of Stafford County was in Charlotttesville Saturday, where he literally found himself caught between groups of white supremacists and religious leaders from various faiths.
The intensity between the two was overwhelming, he said. So was the fear he harbored as he witnessed the “hatred, violence and name-calling” by organizers of the white nationalist rally.
Going green has gotten a little more affordable in Fredericksburg.
City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to give people who have certified solar energy equipment installed on their residential or commercial property in the city a property tax exemption and credit for five years. A second and final vote will be taken at City Council’s May 9 meeting.
Regional transportation officials are working on the next round of the state’s Smart Scale program, the relatively new and evolving system that aims to fund the best new transportation projects in Virginia.
One of the keys, according to a Fredericksburg Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization report for Monday’s Police Committee meeting, notes that a lot more money will be needed to leverage the northbound Interstate 95 crossing project next time around.