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New Kent first grader Paisley Heath, who suffers from a rare genetic anemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant last year, finally returned to school after being home-schooled for more than a year. Paisley, 6, was able to return to George Watkins Elementary School after winter break on Jan. 3.
In a time of increased freedom of expression, school divisions have the authority to develop policies to meet the needs of all students, including those in the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer) community. Recently, school divisions and boards in Virginia have been met with challenges regarding LGBTQ students' rights, such as Stafford County and West Point Public Schools.
Animal shelters and organizations stand firm that pets should not be surprise gifts for the holidays - or anytime. While some may think getting a puppy or kitten wrapped in a bow is the perfect present, animal welfare officials urge gift givers to find another offering.
Live thoroughbred horse racing is coming back to Virginia in August. Colonial Downs was granted its operating license from the Virginia Racing Commission on Thursday. The facility will bring live racing and 600 historical horse racing machines to New Kent County, according to a news release by Colonial Downs.
West Point high and middle school students held a walk out on Friday afternoon in support of Peter Vlaming, a French teacher who was fired after a Thursday night school board hearing on grounds of insubordination for refusing to use a student's preferred pronoun
Families in need will be able to have a happy Thanksgiving thanks to two local food pantries. Proclaiming Grace Outreach in Barhamsville and the West Point Mobile Food Pantry hold food pantry events year round, but they report an increased need for their services during the holidays.
Colonial Downs, along with horse industry officials, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond councilman Michael Jones, other local officials and community members broke ground on the site of the Rosie's gaming emporium off of Midlothian Tunrpike in Richmond at a ceremony on Wednesday
Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced the expansion of the Premier Tech horticulture plant in King and Queen, creating 20 new jobs. Northam, along with Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna, and other state and local officials attended an economic announcement ceremony at the Mattaponi plant Thursday.
In a reliably conservative district, a longtime incumbent has squared off against a political newcomer, and both candidates have differing visions for affordable health care for all Americans. Eleven-year incumbent Rob Wittman, R-Montross, faces Democrat Vangie Williams in the campaign for the 1st Congressional District.
Juan Mikel-Jones is back in school, playing football and getting stronger every day. This past November, Juan suffered persistent cold-like symptoms and a cough that would not go away. He was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition and doctors said he needed a transplant.
Hundreds of carnival goers flooded Main Street for the 36th annual West Point Crab Carnival this past weekend. Crab lovers from all over Virginia enjoyed food, retail vendors, children's activities and music from local artists Friday and Saturday. The smell of crab cakes and kettle corn filled the air down Main Street.
Colonial Downs will move forward with its plans to open an off-track betting facility in Richmond under regulations approved Tuesday by the Virginia Racing Commission. The regulations are set for an 18-month period with the option of extending them for another six months, according to commission chairman D.G. Van Clief Jr.
Some high school students across the Tidewater region are going the extra mile by taking college-credit, dual-enrollment courses to earn a associates degree before graduation. Local school divisions partner with Rappahannock Community College to offer dual-enrollment courses on and off campus for students who want to get ahead in their college career and save money.
When Colonial Downs opens in March 2019, it will have a new look, aimed atappealing to a wide range of audiences. The track's new owners hope to create a new sort of entertainment venue, one featuring historical horse racing in addition to live racing in fall 2019.
Local officials and members of the community gathered as West Point Volunteer Fire Department introduced their new water rescue boat, the "Chesty Puller." The department held a small ceremony to introduce the boat and take a maiden voyage with town officials Friday.
Pine Fork Park may soon have complete financial backing and support in New Kent. Supervisors discussed the financial options for lease revenue bonds for the project at their Tuesday night meeting. Ted Cole, senior vice president and co-head of public finance for financial advising group Davenport & Company, brought the supervisors four bank and one resource association financial proposals.
Residents of Barhamsville and New Kent are still talking about the failed proposal for a tactical training facility put forth this summer by Curtis Security Consulting Inc. A large group of residents dressed in orange shirts from the citizen-led "No Combat Range New Kent" group attended the board of supervisors meeting last Tuesday night.
Tidewater-area school divisions are reflecting on their SOL scores after statewide results were released in August. West Point remained at the top of its game with the highest scores in the region. New Kent, King William and King and Queen's scores varied, some scoring higher than state averages.
Tidewater area school divisions are finishing up renovations and security updates to be sure schools are in tip-top shape for the new school year. The divisions spent time updating security measures and worked with local law enforcement agencies to amp up preventive measures.
The King William Board of Supervisors approved resolutions to transfer the county's sewer system to the Hampton Roads Sanitation District and renew an appropriations agreement with the town of West Point. The board unanimously approved both resolutions at its Aug. 27 meeting.
New Kent County Board of Supervisors denied a conditional-use permit to expand the size of a Food Lion retail center in Quinton. Supervisors and the planning commission held a joint public hearing on the shopping center Monday night.
King William County Supervisor David E. Hansen was ordered to hand over video recordings of public meetings that he refused to provide King William Economic Development Authority chairman Brian Hodges via a Freedom of Information Act request. Richmond General District Court and recently designated Virginia Supreme Court Judge Barbara Gaden ordered Hansen to send Hodges the recordings by Aug.
Virginia horse racing industry and government officials want the Virginia Racing Commission to increase the allowed number of historical horse racing machines. Officials from the Virginia Equine Alliance, Revolutionary Racing and Colonial Downs, Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, and Del.
With the summer season comes a resurgence of everyone's least favorite outdoor pests - mosquitoes and ticks. The Tidewater area has seen torrential amounts of rain this summer, causing creeks to spill over and creating chaos for rural localities. Heavy rainfall creates the perfect environment for mosquitoes, particularly flood water breeding mosquitoes.
With the New Kent County Planning Commission scheduled to act on Curtis Security's proposed tactical facility Monday, Barhamsville residents and Curtis Security are amping up the discussion. As proposed, the facility would be built on 266 acres the company owns at 4401 Barhamsville Road, located behind the post office.
New Kent residents, government officials and horse industry leaders watched as Gov. Ralph Northam signed a historic bill that led to the purchase of Colonial Downs. A crowd of approximately 250 people gathered as Northam signed HB 1609 at a ceremony at Colonial Downs on Friday, which allows slot-like machines to be used to bet on historical horse races - previously contested races that generate winning numbers.
The owner of the West Point Valero station that sold contaminated, watered down gas that damaged customer's vehicles is reaching out to help those affected. About a dozen customers reported vehicle trouble and damage after they purchased premium or mid-grade gas from the station May 19-20.
County residents packed the New Kent Middle School auditorium Thursday to hear about the progress on reopening Colonial Downs and the possibility of a Pamunkey Indian Tribe casino. Concerned residents filled the room as they waited patiently for the Board of Supervisors and county officials to share information and answer questions on how these developments would affect the county.
New York native Barbara Lieba recently opened a health and wellness store to serve the West Point community. Lieba's store, Speak Life Health Food, will celebrate its grand opening through Friday. The store sells natural health and wellness products such as body supplements, skin products, herbs and spices, essential oils, healthy snacks, health books and more.
New Kent County may stop requiring residents to purchase county car decals for their windshields. New Kent County administrator Rodney Hathaway said a state law that took effect Jan. 1 requires state inspection stickers move to the bottom left corner of the windshield. This will cause New Kent residents to request new decals more often.
When Lynn Steigleder was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November 2006 and lost his job the following January, he was not sure what his next step in life would be. Steigleder, who lives in King William County, worked as a supervisor of tradeshow fabrication and warehouse operations at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Richmond for 16 years.
Some students in the Tidewater area participated in national walkout day by walking out of schools, while others stayed in and focused on kindness. Students in King William and King and Queen had in-school discussions about compassion and acts of kindness. Students in West Point took part in the 17 minute walk out outside of school buildings.
Some King William residents believe litter is a growing problem in the county. Two residents discussed the issue with supervisors during the public comment period of their Feb. 26 meeting. Yvonne Broaddus, who lives in the Fourth District, said that the board needs to commit to a formal environmental objective for the county.
Legislation that would make a new form of betting legal in Virginia and could help pave a path to allow a new owner to reopen Colonial Downs heads to Gov. Ralph Northam's desk. The bill proposed by Del.
The debate about trucks in downtown has been ongoing for decades, but a Town Council effort to curb the travel of large commercial trucks from some streets has hit a roadblock. Several residents spoke both in favor and against a proposed ordinance that would prohibit trucks, trailers or semitrailers on any streets below 14th Street during a Jan.
Twenty-one lane miles of Route 60 in New Kent will be repaved and resurfaced beginning in April. Del. Chris Peace, R-Mechanicsville, filed a budget amendment in the General Assembly after hearing complaints from constituents about the state of the roadway, which is also known as Pocahontas Trail.
New Kent is coming together to support a local 5-year-old with a rare genetic anemia. Kindergartner Paisley Heath was diagnosed with diamond blackfan anemia (DBA) when she was only 13 months old. Paisley will undergo chemotherapy starting on Feb. 2 and will receive a bone marrow transplant on Feb. 9.
Downtown West Point attracts shoppers and local business supporters with antique shops, thrift stores and products made locally by small business owners. Despite the charming and quaint facade, the economy of downtown faces challenges. Some storefronts remain unused and vacant, while other small businesses have opened only to close a few months later.
After weeks of being on the waiting list for a transplant, New Kent High School sophomore Juan Mikel-Jones underwent successful heart transplant surgery Wednesday at University Hospital in Charlottesville. New Kent High School Principal Christopher Valdrighi received a long-awaited phone call from Juan's father Tuesday evening letting him know the student was suddenly moved to the top of the list for a heart transplant.
VCU iPad Journos
RICHMOND, Va. -- Republican supporters were hopeful at the beginning of their party's election night gathering at the Hilton Hotel in Short Pump Tuesday evening. But the good times did not last long as their gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie was handily defeated by Democrat Ralph Northam early in the evening as Democrats swept elections across the Commonwealth.
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia voters headed to the polls in chilly weather Tuesday morning to elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and General Assembly representatives. In interviews with VCU's iPadJournos reporting project, Democratic voters in Central Virginia criticized President Donald Trump and expressed the need to keep the governor's mansion occupied with a Democrat, while Republican voters cast their ballot for change in Virginia.
RICHMOND, Va. - While a supporter of Donald Trump during last year's presidential campaign and since the president has taken office in January, John Adams said there's a limit to how far his loyalty goes - to any president.
RICHMOND, Va. - With Election Day less than two weeks away, students Nancy Orozco and Kelin Carpenter are spending their time campaigning for gubernatorial hopefuls. Orozco canvasses for Democrat Ralph Northam and Carpenter for Republican Ed Gillespie. Orozco, 21, specifically targets neighborhoods in Chesterfield County for Northam's campaign.
RICHMOND, Va. - VCU students rallied against President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At Wednesday's demonstration in front of James Branch Cabell Library, several DACA students demanded that VCU remain a safe and supportive place for them.
Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham says that a new gunshot-locating system will help his officers respond to violent crime. Called ShotSpotter , it uses microphones and sensors to pinpoint shots and alert police. When police receive a call about gunshots without an exact location, the response time can be three to six minutes, Durham says.
As plans for high-speed rail between Washington, D.C., and Richmond move forward, some residents in Hanover County and the town of Ashland remain wary about the impact on their community . Recognizing their concerns, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is holding a series of six public meetings through October.
When Powhatan County resident Sally Holladay's bullmastiff, Hannah, needed to have a leg amputated because of cancer, Holladay found a supportive community online through the Texas-based Tripawds organization. Now, she's hoping to raise awareness - and hope - for others in similar circumstances through a two-day Tripawds event this weekend in Chesterfield County.
A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.
Dr. Stephanie Poxon wears a lot of hats as director for the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School. First and foremost, she's a director and administrator, but she's also a teacher, cheerleader, coach, the staff pianist, the stage production manager and even sometimes the nurse and janitor.
VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND - Virginia soon will have three new laws that will affect its furry residents and their owners. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed bills that will bar pet stores from buying dogs from unscrupulous sellers, allow local governments to offer lifetime pet licenses and change the legal description of a "dangerous dog."
RICHMOND - A constitutional amendment to expand a tax exemption for surviving spouses of disabled veterans has passed unanimously in the House and Senate. The amendment cleared the Senate on Friday after winning approval from the House on Feb. 6. It now goes to Gov.
RICHMOND - The House has unanimously approved a bill that would change the description of a "dangerous dog" in a way that could put fewer animals on a state registry. Del. Matthew Farris, R-Rustburg, wants to give a dog the benefit of the doubt if it bites a person or another animal.
A sample press release for Her Campus at VCU (for class purposes only) prom dress donation drive
A sample news release (never represented the organization) written during coursework in mass communications writing class
Letter of recommendation from Executive Editor of Richmond Magazine
Letter of recommendation from Editor of the Henrico Citizen.