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  • Monday July 21st, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s unemployment rate inched up in June to 5.3 percent, the second consecutive monthly increase. The Virginia Employment Commission reported Friday that the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased by less than a full percentage point last month. Virginia’s unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was 6.1 percent in June. The state’s 10 metropolitan areas were divided – with ...
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  • Monday July 21st, 2014
    The Mathews County Planning Commission last week showed it’s support for zoning amendments to define and set guidelines for aquaculture operations in the county. After a joint public hearing with the Mathews County Board of Supervisors, commission members voted unanimously to recommend approval of the proposed changes to the zoning ordinance. The proposed regulatory changes came about due to efforts to promote aquaculture while at the same ...
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  • Monday July 21st, 2014
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Scientists are studying what would happen if a series of floodgates are built across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The  Virginian-Pilot reports a team led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are trying to find out the consequences of a potential 24-mile-long network of barriers between Virginia Beach and the southern tip of the Eastern Shore. Institute scientist Molly Mitchell says ...
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  • Friday July 18th, 2014
    The Essex County School Board this week, appointed Andrew Hipple as the new high school principal. Hipple was principal for one year for the middle and high schools in Colonial Beach before resigning in June. Prior to that, Hipple was principal and assistant principal for Rappahannock County Public Elementary and Middle Schools. As a teacher he worked in Virginia and in Pennsylvania for ten years and ...
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  • Friday July 18th, 2014
    The town of Kilmarnock is looking for ideas on how to best use a parcel of land it owns. The Town owns nine acres on N. Main Street and near the center of town. Currently, this property is relatively undeveloped, only containing a community dog park and serving as a location for various events. Town officials have launched a process to create a master plan and ...
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  • Friday July 18th, 2014
    The Urbanna Town Council will meet Monday night, and the replacement of water meters in the town is most likely going to be a major topic of conversation. Council is faced with tightening state drinking water regulations by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, some of which will require the town to account for every single gallon of water flowing through it’s system. The new regulations went ...
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  • Thursday July 17th, 2014
    A citizen committee has been formed in Lancaster to examine the county’s boat tax rate, and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The tax rate came under fire at a June 19th public hearing when dozens of residents complained that the Lancaster rate was the highest of any of the surrounding counties, which they say hurts the economy, as boat owners move their boats to ...
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