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Local Government Archive

Virginia Beach councilmen propose funding cut for light rail, referendum

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story contained errors regarding a presentation Tuesday from Virginia Beach Finance Director Patricia Phillips to the City Council, which did not reflect what Deputy City Manager Dave Hansen said last week about the fiscal year 2016-17 budget. It also contained the incorrect fiscal year for the projected $33 million shortfall. VIRGINIA BEACH

Suffolk to debut Coastline Trail at dedication ceremony

SUFFOLK Parks and recreation officials will celebrate the opening of the Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail at a ceremony next week. The trail, which begins in the historic Driver Village and ends at Shoulder's Hill Road, is part of a multi-million dollar plan to eventually link downtown Suffolk to Chesapeake for walkers, runners and cyclists, the Pilot reported earlier this year.

Portsmouth Planning Commission rejects church's request for street name change

PORTSMOUTH
A group of about 35 church members failed Tuesday to get the city's Planning Commission to recommend a name change for the street outside of their Churchland church.

Norfolk unveils plan for bike path network

NORFOLK Norfolk is a city of drivers. But Tuesday will be recorded as the day bicyclists began to get their due. The city unveiled a draft of its plan Tuesday night to create a cohesive network of bicycle and pedestrian paths, lanes and walkways throughout Norfolk.

Norfolk unveils plans for bike, pedestrian trails

NORFOLK If you wear spandex, are used to dirty looks from motorists and know where your employer's bike rack is, this story has your name all over it. The city will unveil this evening its plan to create a cohesive network of bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout Norfolk.

A legacy: Mayor Fraim, the persuader

NORFOLK Mayor Paul Fraim wanted a grocery store downtown. Barclay Winn, the mayor's longtime council ally, didn't. Days before the vote, Winn was feeling good. He had plenty of votes to block the project. He didn't think downtown was ready for its own grocery store. "By Monday morning, it was 6-1 - the other way," Winn said recently. "I was like, 'What happened?'"

Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim will not seek re-election

NORFOLK
Only a select few in Hampton Roads could steal the spotlight from a Category 4 hurricane. Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim is one of them.
With Hurricane Joaquin building strength and blazing a path north, Fraim abruptly announced Thursday morning he would not seek re-election.

Andria McClellan to run for Norfolk Council

Norfolk Planning Commission member Andria McClellan announced Thursday she will run for the Super Ward 6 seat on City Council. That post has been held by Barclay Winn since 2000. The next election is in May.

5 Things: Getting ready for Hurricane Joaquin; new credit card chips; changing football schedule

Five things today include a long weekend of rain and wind, changing high school football games to beat the hurricane and a murderer’s possible execution Thursday night. Hurricane Joaquin lumbering along: The storm has become a category 3 hurricane as Hampton Roads and much of the east coast brace for bad weather.

Two more wallabies die at Virginia Zoo

NORFOLK Two more wallabies have died since the Virginia Zoo returned the animals to its Australia Walkabout exhibit in May. One of those animals came from the zoo's purchase of 10 wallabies from New Zealand. That means all but two of the New Zealand wallabies have died, mostly victims of toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection.

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