A new poll of “Millennials”–those in the 18 to 35 age group shows a preference for Democrat Mark Warner in next month’s Senate election. Quentin Kidd does the polling for Christopher Newport University. He says 47 percent of Virginians in the Millennial age group prefer Mark Warner. The Libertarian Robert Sarvis is second with 24 percent. Republican Ed Gillespie comes in third at 11 percent. Kidd says the challenge for Warner is getting those “Millennials” out to vote, when 59 percent of them say they’re not paying much attention to the campaign.
Busch Gardens is being sued by a woman who says she was trampled during the amusement park’s annual Howl-O-Scream event. Brittany Lipscomb says that other patrons struck her from behind and knocked her down as they were being chased by costumed Busch Gardens employees carrying fake chain saw. She was pregnant at the time. Busch Gardens says it does comment on pending lawsuits.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s sentencing on nine public corruption convictions has been set for Feb. 20. McDonnell had originally been scheduled for sentencing Jan. 6, but she asked for a postponement because one of her attorneys has a scheduling conflict that day. U.S. District Judge James Spencer approved her motion last week and set the new sentencing date Thursday. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted in September of performing “official acts” to promote former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams’ dietary supplement products in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts, trips and loans. Bob McDonnell was convicted on 11 public corruption counts. His sentencing remains set for Jan. 6
Lockn’ Festival organizers are considering adding a two-day Country music event to the lineup. State and local agencies held a post-Lockn’ Festival briefing earlier this month all gave positive reviews from September’s event. With the success, Lockn’ staff plan to stay in Nelson County long-term. Organizers purchased a 385-acre farm adjacent to the Oak Ridge Estate where extra camping was held in its second year, in which an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people attended. Now planners are considering the financial feasibility of an additional two-day concert that would take place in mid-August of 2015 or possibly in 2016.
It was a productive retreat gathering last week for Amherst County School Board members. The board addressed; made progress on; and implemented processes on a number of issues, including the possibility of having new school board members seated in the future, through elections rather than appointments. The board took action on two recommendations affecting child nutrition and made headway on several other agenda items, including an online employee handbook being made as well as ensuring that administrative salary schedules correspond to current positions.