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McAulliff: Best oyster harvest best since 1987

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that Virginia’s oyster harvest jumped another 25 percent last year, surging past 500,000 bushels, the most in nearly a generation. “Over the past few years, Virginia has become the oyster capital of the East Coast, and that is great news for our Commonwealth’s economy,’’ said Governor McAuliffe. “The growth we’ve […]

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No changes to Lancaster boat tax this year

There will be no changes in the tax levy for Lancaster County recreational boaters until at least next year. County Supervisors in July formed a citizen committee to review the tax rate after complaints from boat owners who said that the much higher than that of surrounding counties. Officials now say there is not enough […]

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State to keep using drug used in botched executions

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – One of the drugs used in three recent botched executions will remain part of Virginia’s lethal injection protocol. Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said Friday that officials aren’t considering eliminating midazolam as one of three drugs that can be used as the first dose in Virginia’s three-drug cocktail. Midazolam […]

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Va. Gov. McAuliffe to tour tornado damage

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will tour a campground on the Eastern Shore where two people were killed and dozens were injured after a tornado hit. McAuliffe is scheduled to visit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort on Friday. A married couple from Jersey City, New Jersey was killed when […]

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Search Warrant Sealed in Case of Missing Burgess Woman

Authorities are continuing to seek information regarding Claudine Jacquier Gifford, missing since July 6th. The Rappahannock Record reports that the Lancaster County Commonwealth Attorney’s office sealed a search warrant that was executed on the residence of Todd Kessler as well as other family property. Commonwealth’s Attorney Kenny Kunkle reported that the warrant was sealed at […]

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Injuries reported as possible tornado hits Va.

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) – Virginia emergency management officials say numerous injuries are being reported following a possible tornado at a campground at Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Spokeswoman Laura Southard says multiple agencies including Virginia State Police are responding to the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in rural Northampton County. Southard says more than a […]

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Va. to join higher ed distance learning agreement

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia higher education officials are working to make it easier for students to take online classes and for universities to offer them. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia voted this week to join a multi-state reciprocity agreement that deals with authorization and payment for distance learning courses. Colleges and […]

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US announces Va. refunds under Affordable Care Act

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Nearly $9 million in refunds from insurance companies are headed to 104,000 consumers in Virginia. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the refunds Thursday, crediting the Affordable Care act. Burwell said the refunds in Virginia will average $148 per family. The payments are being made under a provision […]

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Lancaster man charged with malicious wounding

Special release from Lancaster Sheriff’s Department Sheriff Ronald D. Crockett reports that at about 9:40 a.m.  July 23, James Todd Kessler, 53 of Midlothian and White Stone, was arrested on one charge of felony aggravated malicious wounding. The charge stems from an altercation at the tiki bar at Pelican Point Restaurant at Windmill Point Marina […]

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