RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Board of Education’s leader is continuing a listening tour to hear about important issues facing the state’s public schools. Board President Christian Braunlich will travel to Bedford on Monday and Tuesday for the second stop of the tour. Braunlich kicked off the first of eight stops on the tour in Bristol last month. Officials say the tour is designed to give parents, teachers, local school board members and others an opportunity to express their views on public education. There will be a special focus on changes in the Standards of Learning assessment system.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Prosecutors and defense attorneys aren’t through fighting over the fate of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Now that the guilty verdicts on public corruption are in, attention turns to their Jan. 6 sentencing and subsequent appeal. Legal experts say a multitude of issues will determine how much prison time the McDonnells receive and whether the convictions will stand. The McDonnells were convicted Thursday 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 and loans. Experts say the definition of “official act” will likely be the major issue on appeal. And the value of the benefits received by the McDonnells and by Williams will have a big impact on the sentence.
From Kroger: Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Region is hiring to fill an estimated 1,600 permanent jobs. The region consists of 118 stores, 113 pharmacies and 75 fuel centers in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. “Right now in our stores in the Mid-Atlantic region, we have openings for bright, hard-working associates who are passionate about making a difference for customers every day,” said Carl York, spokesperson for the Mid-Atlantic region. Throughout the Kroger family of stores, the company is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent jobs in its supermarket regions.
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Outdoorsman have a say. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has announced an opportunity to suggest changes to hunting, trapping and non-game regulations for the 2015-2016 season. Virginia’s wildlife professionals are seeking input regarding the amendments to wildlife regulations; so that VDGIF staff can better determine a course of action on a variety of issues such as the biological, sociological, economic, political and enforcement impacts. Comments will be accepted until October 1, 2014, at: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov.
A former Virginia University of Lynchburg employee has filed suit against the college and its president, for back pay and attorney’s fees. The News & Advance reports, the school failed to pay the salaries of a number of employees including Darnell Wall, who was a co-offensive coordinator for the Dragons football team from August 2013 through May of this year. According to the article, Wall’s nearly 10-thousand dollar civil suit, will be heard in U.S. District Court but a hearing date has not been set. The suit alleges that VUL broke federal laws by violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Sending students to class year-round has been so successful at one school in Lynchburg, leaders may expand the concept. The Lynchburg school board is exploring the concept of expanding the 12-month schedule. Bass Elementary School has been using the program for about 10 years. Jay McClain, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, say there have been significant gains on SOLs. The school board isn’t expected to make a decision until next year.
The Lockn’ Music Festival kicked off without the traffic hassles that were seen last year. The event is attracting thousands for its second year. The four-day event kicked off Thursday morning; with the average wait for festival goers under 90 minutes, as opposed to 2013’s hours-long stretches. Officials say about 45 officers took shifts monitoring U.S. 29 through Nelson County, but there were no major changes in their traffic patterns from last year. Organizers say better planning and parking logistics were key to shortening the wait time. VDOT reminds motorist to expect some delays in the area of the festival for the remainder of the weekend.
Power was restored at Randolph College on Thursday after an outage led to a massive sleepover at the school Wednesday night. The News & Advance reports, the college has been experiencing varying levels of power outages since Monday, when a high-voltage fuse failed causing outages in many academic buildings and part of one residence hall. According to the article, the most widespread outage occurred Wednesday when, in the midst another fuse failed, causing outages that affected most of campus– about 100 of the 600 residential students spent the night in the student center. College officials say the repairs were completed and all power restore by Thursday evening.
The Appomattox County School Board will contribute funding for 24 high school students to take a special trip next month. The Appomattox County High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America is expected to receive a national award at the National FFA Convention. ACHS,a three star national chapter; is being recognizes for accomplishmenst that have put the division’s program number one in the state and sixth in the country. The school board, last week, approved the monetary contribution for the October 29 through November 1 trip to Louisville, Ky.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says two women are charged with assaulting a school bus driver in Brookneal. Authorities say it happened Wednesday morning, when about 30 students were aboard the bus. The driver had scrapes and bruises. Crystal Pannell and Alaya Machasio face trespassing and disorderly conduct. Pannell is also charged with assault and battery. The women were trying to confront a student … and the bus driver used his body to block the women and protect the student. The driver sustained minor injuries.