The Week in Review

June 28th, 2008 by WY Daily Staff

The Week in Review

Miss it earlier this week? Here are the high points of the week just past, from the pages of WY Daily.

Dr. Decipher: The WYD Doctor Is InWYDaily introduced Dr. John Janousek and his new weekly column, Dr. Decipher.

He tells us – “As a practicing Emergency Medicine physician working on the “front lines” for the past 14 years, I have had a wide range of (and around 50,000) patient interactions to draw upon.

On a daily basis I translate “medicalese” language into concepts and terms that are easily understandable. I educate patients about their conditions, testing and treatments and I plan to do the same here.”

The doc welcomes your questions and comments, and provides his first “case” this coming week.

James City County Launches Facebook PageIn an effort to encourage interaction between county residents and the government, James City County announced the launch of a county Facebook page as well as accounts with del.icio.us, a site for sharing favorite websites, and YouTube.

The link can be found at –

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Williamsburg-VA/James-City-County/25345930489

Ecomodders Teach us How to Drive More EfficientlyAndrew Pike’s story on Tuesday, June 24th (“When Your Hobby is Saving Gas, You Save Money) introduced us to Paul Keim, a man with a hobby of saving gas. Paul took Andrew for a ride and Andrew brought back his best tips.

Local Serviceman Killed During Training at Cheatham AnnexTuesday, June 24, 2008 – The U.S. Navy announced the death of 53-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class Ronald D. Spivey of Franklin. According to a Navy statement, Spivey died after being shot in the chest Saturday afternoon during a weapons qualification exercise at Cheatham Annex near Yorktown. The exercise involved about 40 service members who were qualifying with 9mm pistols.

New Town Orchid Bill: $21,000Tuesday, June 24, 2008 – The state Department of Environmental Quality fined New Town developers $21,000 for clearing a small portion of protected land that was home to rare and endangered orchids. New Town officials reported the errant clearing to the DEQ last October, a mistake it blames on flags that were placed incorrectly.

Brett Favre Talks to W&M Football CampersTuesday, June 24, 2008 – Brett Favre provided words of wisdom and short passes with some of the nearly 500 campers at Tribe Coach Jimmye Laycock’s Colonial All-Pro Football Camp. Favre also spoke to reporters and toured the new Laycock Football Center with the coach as his guide.

Arrest in June 18 Tabb BurglaryWednesday, June 25th, 2008 – York County sheriff’s investigators made an arrest in a June 18 Tabb burglary – 21-year-old Reginald M. Pope of the 800 block of Pan Court in Newport News. Pope was arrested for a daytime burglary that occurred between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Jesse Street in a Kiln Creek neighborhood. He was charged with burglary and grand larceny.

JCC Signs Deal to Sell Some Riverfront LandWednesday, June 25th, 2008 – The James City County Board of Supervisors agreed last night to sell 13 acres of its 202-acre holding at the Jamestown Beach Campground and Jamestown Yacht Basin.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the Virginia Department of Transportation will pay $4.5 million for the acreage. The foundation will purchase 9.5 acres and VDOT 3.44.

House Panel Kills Kaine’s Transportation PlanIt was a quick and painful process. WYDaily first reported Kaine’s proposed $1.1 billion transportation funding bill on Friday, June 20th. On Monday, the 23rd a coalition of businesses stepped up to announced their support of the Kaine proposal. From there it was all downhill for the Governor.

By Tuesday, June 24th, WYDaily was reporting on a divided General Assembly (“Assembly At Loggerheads Over Transportation Issue”). Wednesday the Senate Finance Committee Endorsed a Gas Tax that was not tied to Kaine’s proposed legislation (“Senate Committee Endorses Gas Tax”), followed by two House committees approving an audit of VDOT.

By Thursday, the 26th, Kaine’s proposal was dead after an 11-4 vote (“House Panel Kills Kaine’s Transportation Plan”).

Local Man Charged in Homeless DeathThursday, June 26, 2008 – York County Sheriff’s investigators charged a 22-year-old local man with first degree murder in the June 17 death of a homeless man.

Ryan David Caudle, of Sheppard Drive in York County, was arrested Wednesday in the stabbing death of 49-year-old Robert L. Martin, who was found dead behind the Dollar Tree store in the James-York Shopping Plaza on Merrimac Trail.

Friday, June 27, 2008 – Price Tag Too High for Reclaimed WaterReclaimed water at over $8 per 1,000 gallons?

That’s what a joint James City Service Authority and Hampton Roads Sanitation District study concluded after investigating the feasibility of a reclaimed water project to serve the planned Stonehouse development.

James City Service Authority General Manager Larry Foster said the county will continue to work with Stonehouse Development Company, LLC toward a greatly reduced reuse project.

Colonial Williamsburg Announces Specialty PlatesFriday, June 27, 2008 – Virginia drivers may purchase special Colonial Williamsburg license plates for their vehicles under a program with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Department of Motor Vehicles requires the Foundation to collect and submit a minimum of 350 prepaid applications. There is a $25 annual fee for the special license plate, and if motorists choose to have the plate personalized, the annual fee is $35. After the sale of 1,000 sets of plates, the Department of Motor Vehicles will share $15 of every plate fee with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Anheuser-Busch to Cut $1 Billion in Costs, Buy StockFriday, June 27, 2008 – It’s a continuously updated story – Inbev’s attempted takeover of Anheuser-Busch’s resistance of the same.

After rejecting Inbev’s $65 per share offer this week, A-B’s Board moved swiftly to announce stock buy-backs and major cost cutting to reflect a company run as efficiently as Inbev reported was possible.

Fatal Accident on Interstate 64Friday, June 27, 2008 – Virginia State Police Sergeant Michelle Cotten confirmed a fatality in a single vehicle crash near mile marker 231 on Interstate 64 eastbound in James City County at 8:16 a.m.

The truck was pulling a camper at the time of the accident. Sergeant Cotten said the camper was seen fishtailing before hitting the ditch alongside the highway. According to Cotten, the camper flipped once, ejecting the driver and passenger from the truck. The truck then landed on the driver, a man from Maryland. The passenger received non life-threatening injuries.

State Approves Dominion Rate IncreaseFriday, June 27, 2008 – The Virginia State Corporation Commission, which regulates state utilities, approved Dominion Virginia Power’s request for an 18 percent electrical rate increase. It is the largest one-time increase in 30 years.

Virginians can expect average monthly bills to rise from $91 to $107.

  • Begin the Beguine – Victoria Racimo, WYDaily’s Culture Blogger, gives us the positive low down on “Quilters, A Musical Celebration,” staged by the Tidewater Repertory Theatre at CNU’s Yoder Barn.

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