Archives for April 2015

Scholarships Offered By Red Cross

The American Red Cross has announced that this summer, high school and college students between the ages of 16 and 24 can win a scholarship by hosting a Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31st. The Leaders Save Lives program encourages the students to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and to earn a gift card. A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit

Warsaw To Meet On Grant Usage

The Town of Warsaw has received a $30,000 downtown revitalization planning grant. Of that total, $5000 is available immediately. The balance will become available, provided the town can demonstrate program viability and feasibility. Now, the town is actively working with Richmond County, the Main Street program and the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce. There will be a meeting on Thursday to bring together all interested parties and stakeholders in the community. The meeting is not limited to town residents. Anyone who has an interest of any kind in the Town of Warsaw is invited to attend. The meeting is tomorrow evening at 7 at the Warsaw Town Office, 78 Belle Ville Lane, Warsaw.

Gun Toting Student Waives Preliminary Hearing In Middlesex

A student who had been charged with bringing four loaded guns onto Middlesex High School property, has waived his preliminary hearing in Middlesex Court. 19 year old Austin Martin, of Deltaville, was arrested at Middlesex High School on December 12th after police allegedly found weapons in his vehicle. Martin is charged with a felony under a law here in Virginia that prohibits possession of firearms on school property. Four loaded firearms, including a shotgun, rifle, and two handguns; several knives; and over 600 rounds of ammunition were found in his vehicle on school property. Meanwhile, Martin remains free on bond.

Lancaster Considers $4.5 Million Capital Improvement Budget

By a unanimous vote, the Lancaster County Planning Commission last week sent a $4.5 million capital improvement budget to supervisors for consideration for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Included in the plan are requests for $2.05 million for a new EMS operations center and $2 million, spread over three years, for upgrades to radio communication towers for first responders, and $60,000 to the sheriff’s department for computer upgrades. As currently set up, the radio transmitter sites reportedly don’t cover the entire area properly, causing lots of dead spots that make communications all but impossible for emergency responders. The new system is said to be designed to provide reliable service for at least the next decade.

Alford Plea Entered In Shooting And Wounding

In Middlesex Circuit Court, 22 year old Anthony Frazier entered “Alford Pleas of Guilty,” in connection with the second-degree murder of 20 year old Raheem Williams of Gloucester, and the “unlawful wounding” of Markus Hammond of Middlesex. It all stems from an incident last July that happened at a party near Water View. Frazier also had been charged with participation in a criminal street gang; using a firearm in the commission of murder; and using a firearm in the commission of malicious wounding. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement. Now, Frazier will spend up to 40 years in prison, the maximum time according to law, with 25 years suspended on the second-degree murder conviction. What all that means is that he will still have 15 years behind bars, and he must be on good behavior for 40 years and on indefinite supervised probation when released. For the unlawful wounding conviction, Frazier was sentenced to 5 years, with 4 years suspended. That time will be served concurrently with the other sentence.

Houtz Named Gloucester Co. Teacher of the Year

Megan Houtz has been named the Gloucester County Public Schools Teacher of the year after she was selected to represent all elementary school teachers in the award selection. She teaches at Botetourt Elementary School and will represent the system for the statewide Teacher of the Year award this fall. Also recognized were Kathy Tucker for elementary schools and Jennifpher Mancil for high schools.

Urbanna Approves 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan

The Urbanna Town Council has approved a capital improvement plan for the next five years. The highest priority on the list of proposed projects is the renovation of the town hall, which is expected to cost just over $121,000. The Urbanna Museum and Visitor’s Center made the list, with its front porch and steps getting an $18,000 mention. Officials also plan to look at building a $60,000 pier on public property at the end of Virginia Street. The expenses are meant to be spread out over the life of the plan, and a project being listed doesn’t guarantee that it will be completed.

Richmond Co. Sends 2015-16 Budget to Public Hearing

The Richmond County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to take the 2015-2016 county budget to a public hearing next month. The latest budget proposal has good and bad news for everyone. On one hand, the real estate tax rate remains at 67 cents per $100 of assessed value, the same it’s been since July 2011 while other counties have raised rates. On the other hand, personal property taxes are set to go up by 25 cents per $100 of value, the first time in 25 years that this tax has been increased. Schools would also lose out on about $200,000 compared to the current year.

Northumberland HS to Host Farm & Field Day Tomorrow

Northumberland High School be will hosting Farm & Field Day tomorrow 8:30am-3pm. The event is open to the public and will feature a petting zoo, a plant sale, farm equipment on display, and nearly 50 vendors. It’s free for the public to attend, and if you do so, might want to take an umbrella–the National Weather Service is calling for a chance of rain tomorrow.

Gap in Gloucester Co. Administrator Role Filled

There’s about to be some turnover in the Gloucester County administrator role. Brenda Garton will be leaving at the end of the month to become head administrator in Frederick County. An interim administrator is expected to be appointed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 5, with a May 6 start date. That one-week gap will be filled by current assistant county administrator Garrey Curry, who will hold down the fort until the interim position is named. The county is working on finding a recruitment firm to help find candidates for the permanent position.