VA News Reader

March 22, 2024

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Wythe County official carries an orphaned bear cub ‘like a baby’ out of fire danger

By Susan Cameron for Cardinal News

Matt Hankins was monitoring a brush fire in the Piney community of Wythe County on Thursday night when he got some alarming news: A bear cub or cubs might be in harm’s way.

Read the full article at Cardinal News.

Photo by Hanna Pampaloni for Loudoun Now

Museum of Hounds and Hunting Expands to Middleburg, Showcases More Artifacts

By Hanna Pampaloni for Loudoun Now

The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America last week celebrated a big step in the organization’s growth with a ribbon cutting at its newest location in downtown Middleburg.

Read the full article at Loudoun Now.

Photo by Dave Harp for Chesapeake Bay Journal

Six billion oysters added to Bay watershed since 2017

By Laura Hines-Acosta for Chesapeake Bay Journal

The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance announced in early March that 6 billion oysters have been added to the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers since 2017.

To put that into perspective, if a person planted one oyster a second, it would take them 32 years to reach 1 billion. Partners in the alliance — a coalition of nonprofits, oyster growers, academic institutions and business owners — along with federal and state agencies have planted six times more than that in just seven years.

Read the full article at Chesapeake Bay Journal.

Photo by Eze Amos for C-Ville Weekly

Wading in: Juandiego Wade’s path to becoming mayor

By Catie Ratliff for C-Ville Weekly

Juandiego Wade never expected to settle down in Charlottesville, let alone be elected mayor.

When Wade met with C-VILLE—in a tiny meeting room in an under-construction City Hall building—on a snowy late January morning, the mayor arrived in a heavy winter coat and hat. He had just finished shoveling snow with a neighbor.

Despite the chilly weather and early hour, the recently elected mayor spoke warmly about his new role. In Charlottesville, the mayor is a member of City Council, and is chosen via a vote by the other councilors. When the votes rolled in on January 2, Wade was unanimously elected.

Read the full article at C-Ville Weekly. 

Photo by Billy Scheuerman for The Virginian-Pilot

Aging water tower that loomed over Fort Monroe is torn down

By Peter Dujardin for The Virginian-Pilot

The water tower at Fort Monroe is no more.

The Fort Monroe Authority — the state entity that runs the former U.S. Army post — hired a contractor to tear down the 80-foot structure, with workers getting up with torches and slicing it into pieces Wednesday.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot. 

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