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40th Annual Foxfield Races

Apr 27, 2017 -- 11:06am

The 40th annual running of the Foxfield races are this Saturday.

The bi-annual horse race is a Charlottesville tradition marked by huge crowds and race-goers dressed in their best.

Drivers in Charlottesville can expect major delays if they are headed to the races, and heavy traffic in town if they are not.

Drivers are being asked to drop off passengers inside the Foxfield grounds instead of on Garth Road

Garth Road will be closed to all through traffic Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00pm, and again from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.

Only one 22-quart cooler with alcohol per person is allowed, but food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought in larger coolers.

Be advised police may confiscate coolers with alcohol if they exceed the personal amount allowed.

Honey Yield Down

Apr 27, 2017 -- 11:00am

 

 

 

The Virginia Department of Agriculture reports 2016 honey production is down again last year.

2016 honey production totaled 190,000 pounds, down 17 percent, or 38,000 pounds, from 2015.

State Apiarist Keith Tignor says high winter colony losses and a late spring freeze led to the reduction.

The department notes that crops such as apples, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash and blueberries are dependent on pollinators like the bees to fully develop their fruits.

The data is concerning as honey bee populations are falling around the world.

James River Up, Dangerous

Apr 27, 2017 -- 10:48am

 

 

 

 

 

Water levels on the James River are running high and fast due to all the recent rain.

Water levels at Hatton Ferry have reportedly risen to over 12 feet.

James River Runners manager James Wilkes says they won't allow anybody on the water if it's over six feet deep.

Wilkes says three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half feet is the perfect water depth.

Toscano, Mittiga Debate

Apr 27, 2017 -- 10:43am

Delegate David Toscano and UVA professor Ross Mittiga faced off last night at a debate on grounds at the University of Virginia.

The two Democrats are running for the 57th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, and also answered questions from the community on the University of Virginia Grounds.

Toscano says his main goal is to inform voters who aren't to aware of who he is what he's been up to while in office.

"I hope that they'll understand a little bit more about what I've been trying to do over the past 10 years in the House of Delegates," he said.

Mittiga meanwhile says what Toscano has done in office isn't enough.

"Over the past 12 years that Toscano has been in the house, [democratic] seats have dwindled. Now, none of that is to reflect on Mr. Toscano per say, but we need democratic politics that are going to excite voters, and resonate with our base," he said.

The primary elections will take place on June 13.

Hydraulic Intersection Debated

Apr 27, 2017 -- 10:41am

A meeting was held Wednesday at Jack Jouett Middle School to discuss the Hydraulic Small Area Plan, which is meant to study what changes may be needed at the busy intersection.

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Executive Director Chip Boyles says they are going to take a look at the area, and ask the public for what changes they would like to see

Boyles say that right now the “sheet is blank" for the small area plan.

He says right now the goal is to find out what is needed, and potential designs and funding will come after.

Absentee Voting Starts Friday

Apr 26, 2017 -- 8:08pm

Voters in the area can start casting absentee ballots Friday for June’s primary elections.

Election officials in Albemarle County say republicans and democrats will need to decide nominations for governor and lieutenant governor; and democrats will also decide their nominee for the 57th House of Delegates seat.

Officials say voters can pick up a Democratic or Republican ballot, but not both.

The deadline to register to vote in the primary is May 22nd.

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