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Retiree creates 50 new jobs in Suffolk

The sleepy town of Suffolk is waking up to some good economic news. The office suite of a new ship repair company is open for business.

Donald Mills is the president.

He worked for Newport News Shipbuilding for 22 years. Instead of retiring, he put his experience to work and opened his own ship repair company. Over the next year, he plans to bring in 50 new jobs.

“When I say 50 employees, it’s 50 employees through our teaming agreement as well as our staff employees,” says Mills.

He has a team agreement with Naval Station Norfolk. His company will sub-contract work orders to maintain vessels in theU.S. Navy Fleet. 

Mills also launched an apprentice program with Tidewater Community College to train sheet metal workers, electricians, welders and other shipping trades.

By launching the company, Mills says he will be the only African-American owned ship repair business in the region.  

Isle of Wight County and the City of Suffolk receive primary disaster declarations

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that Isle of Wight County and the City of Suffolk have received U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designation as primary disaster areas due to excessive heat, high humidity, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and continuing excessive rainfall that occurred between April 1 and October 31, 2011.

James City, Southampton and Surry Counties and the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Newport New and Portsmouth received contiguous disaster declarations, meaning they border a locality named as a primary disaster area.

Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS Commissioner, said, “I am grateful that the USDA has declared these areas eligible for federal assistance. This part of the state was hit hard by an array of natural disasters lasting for more than seven months.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue Department enforce new Burn Law

 

 

SUFFOLK, Va.-- The Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue’s Fire Prevention Bureau enforced the Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burn Law that began on Feb. 15th, 2012, which is the start of spring fire season in Virginia.

This law prohibits burning before 4:00 p.m. each day (February 15th – April 30th) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brush land or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. After 4:00 p.m., winds usually calm down and the relative humidity levels are on the increase, both of which reduce the potential for a debris fire or any outdoor, or open-air fire to escape your control.

A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine.

The City of Suffolk Fire Prevention Bureau requires a burning permit for all open air burning within the city.

Human Resources Manager Awarded

SUFFOLK, Va.--Denise Legette is awarded prestigious certification for her role as a professional in human resources.

To attain certification, a person working in the human resources field must pass a comprehensive exam and display a strong professional background in this specific field.

 The human resources certification institute is the heart of human resource professionals and is associated with SHRM (society for human resource management). SHRM is the world’s largest organization devoted to the human resource profession, alone.

The institute’s goal is to encourage the foundation of professional standards and to recognize professionals who meet the criteria.

'Black Friday' Protest for VEA Educators

 

Virginia Education Association Members Participate in a statewide ‘Black Friday’ on February 17.

This Friday, February 17, educators across the state of Virginia will be wearing black to protest against funding cuts and other state actions undermining public educators and their students.

‘Black Friday,’ initiated by the Virginia Education Association, is a statewide day of mourning to lament the lack of commitment to public education and the loss of respect accorded teachers by our elected officials, said Dr. Kitty Boitnott, VEA president. Boitnott said, “We are in mourning because of the open disrespect and disdain being shown Virginia’s public school teachers by members of this General Assembly and the Governor.”

Boitnott draws attention to the current legislators in session and how they are attacking educators by continuing contract rights and attempting to cut retirement benefits.

Update: Father of 4-month-old charged with murder

Piper Molinski died from blunt force trauma to the head. Her father, Robert Molinski has been charged with first-degree murder. Her mother, Mary Leann Webb has been charged with felony child abuse and neglect.

It doesn't seem possible to Molinski's friends.

"You probably hear that he's not really a good guy and that he's not all there but that's not true. Robert's a really good person. He'd give you the shirt off of his back," said Matt Hewdunmire.

Piper had to be airlifted to the hospital. She was unresponsive with bruises to her jaw, face and eyes.

"He really wanted to be a dad and he was really looking forward to it. He was really anxious for those children to be born and I really thought he really loved them and he was ready for that and it seemed like it. He seemed happy," says Hewdunmire.

Sunday night, there was a 911 call to the couple's home on Stallings Creek Drive in Smithfield.

Suffolk man accused of indecent liberties with 14-year-old

Luther Pierre, a Suffolk man, has been charged with carnal knowledge of a child, crimes against nature, indecent liberties and contributing for having sexual relations with a 14-year-old female according to police.