A former local teacher and basketball coach pled guilty yesterday to having sexual contact with an underage student.
Former Danville boys basketball coach Ronald Hollingsworth admitted in court he had indecent liberties with a female student under the age of 18.
The judge gave Hollingsworth a three year suspended prison sentence.
He must complete one year of probation and two years of good behavior.
Hollingsworth became head coach at George Washington High School last July.
The incident happened at Hollingworth's residence back in January.
Teens may not be permitted to drive as soon as they might hope.
Governor Gilmore says he will probably sign off on the General Assembly's legislation that would raise the age for both learners permits and lisences by six months.
The bill also limits the number if teenage passengers and imposes a midnight curfew on most young drivers.
The legislation passed after a rash of fatal accidents involving teen drivers.[7-SOLs]
Virginia' SOL tests are only one vote away from their first rewrite in history and social science.
And after months of public and teacher comment, the State Board of Education kicked off hours of debate this afternoon with a series of disagreements over what children should be required to know.
For instance, how do you test if second graders have tolerance and respect for various religions?
[IN Q=It could be as simple as]
((JENNIFER BYLER/STATE BD. OF EDUCATION: IT COULD BE AS SIMPLE AS ALLOWING AN EXPLANATION OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS, ALLOWING AN EXPLANATION OF RAMADAN DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.))
((JOLYNNE DEMARY/STATE SUPERINTENDENT: YOU CAN PROBABLY ADD ANYTHING IN HERE THAT'S AT LEAST APPROPRIATE FOR THE CHILDREN THAT YOU'RE DOING. BUT DON'T ADD IT THINKING THAT WE'RE THEN GOING TO TURN AROUND AND DEVELOP QUESTIONS AND PUT 'EM ON A TEST AND MEASURE IT.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Byler/State Bd. of Education; :00]
[SUPER=01-JoLynne DeMary/State Superintendent; :14]
[OUT Q=on a test and measure it.]
The Board will vote on the history and social science S-O-Ls later this morning.
More than 150-THOUSAND current and former employees of First Union could get part of a 26-MILLION-dollar settlement offered by the company.
That's the amount First Union will pay to settle two lawsuits over employees' retirement funds.
The employees claimed that First Union illegally managed their 401-K plans for the benefit of the company, NOT the employees.
The original lawsuits asked for a total of 450 million dollars.
The State Budget may pass afterall - but it may not be what Governor Gilmore was hoping for.
House negotiators signaled a willingness to compromise on the car tax cut - which the House -HAD previously stuck by Gilmore on - demanding a 70-PERCENT rollback in the car tax this year.
After the House showed signs of comromise - SENATE negotiators agreed to resume budget talks.
The Senate is supporting only a 55-percent cut in the car tax this year because of the slowing economy.
HOUSE budget negotiators now say they're willing to consider a 60-percent car tax cut this year.
The state budget woes apparently haven't left dreams of a passenger rail service in the dust.
That was the message to dozens of tourism directors from around the state who gathered in Lynchburg yesterday for an update on the project.
Organizers say even though they didn't get the 11 million dollars they were seeking this year, lawmakers still want plans to keep moving forward.
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[IN Q=Senator William]
((REX HAMMOND/TRANS-DOMINION EXPRESS CMTE: SENATOR WILLIAM WAMPLER WAS ABLE TO INSERT BUDGET LANGUAGE INTO THE SENATE BUDGET WHICH DIRECTS THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD TO GIVE PERIODIC REPORTS TO THE MONEY COMMITTEES ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THE TRANS-DOMINION EXPRESS WITH THE GOAL OF HAVING SERVICE IN PLACE BY JUNE OF 2002.))
[SUPER=01-Rex Hammond/Trans-Dominion Express Cmte.]
[OUT Q=June of 2002.]
Negotiations continue with Norfolk Southern for the use of its track.
Rail service would run from Bristol through Roanoke to Washington D.C. and from Lynchburg to Richmond.
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Virginia's only psychiatric hospital for children has new name.
The state's mental health board voted yesterday to rename DeJarnette Center to the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents.
Doctor Joseph Spencer DeJarnette was director of the hospital for 38 years -- AND a leader in Virginia's eugenics movement.
He proposed forced sterilization of blacks, American Indians and whites he considered physically or mentally "defective."
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Months after a Lynchburg college student dies in a train accident, a memorial is held in her honor.
It was three months ago that Randolph Macon Woman's College freshman Sarah Corvington was killed by a train in Lynchburg.
Friends, classmates and teachers gathered for a memorial service at the school yesterday.
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[IN Q=When we hear]
((MADELINE CORVINGTON/SARAH'S MOTHER: WHEN WE HEAR THE STORIES IT BRINGS A SMILE TO MY FACE AT THE SAME TIME A TEAR SWELLS UP IN MY EYE. WHAT WILL BE SARAH'S LEGACY? I CAN ONLY HOPE EACH OF YOU CAN DO SOMETHING SIMPLE AND PURE IN SARAH'S NAME. IF YOU CAN HELP A STRAY CAT OR DOG, DO SO. IF YOU SEE A PERSON LOOKING AS IF THEY ARE STRESSED AND HASSLED, STOP BRIEFLY JUST TO GIVE A SMILE. AND WHEN YOU ARE PRESENTED WITH THOSE GLORIOUS SUNRISES AND SUNSETS, GIVE THANKS FOR YOUR LIFE.))
[SUPER=01-Madeline Corvington/Sarah's Mother;]
[OUT Q=for your life.]
The college planted a "remembering tree" on campus in Sarah's honor.
A Hampden- Sydney College freshman was killed and another Randolph Macon student was injured in that accident last December.
The United Way of Roanoke Valley is hoping grant money will give children an early head- start on their education.
The grant from the Bank of America will go to the "Success by 6" program, which prepares students for school, and keeps teachers from leaving the profession.
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[IN Q=The profession does lose]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Carroll/Greenvale School;]
[OUT Q=for the individual.]
The program also encourages continuing education for teachers, and helps schools become nationally accredited.
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While St. Patrick's Day was nearly a week ago, the principal at Grandin Court Elementary took the "wearin' of the Green" to a new level.
It's not easy being green.
Phyllis Cundiff discovered that yesterday as her students applied bright green fingernail polish and make-up.
Cundiff was delivering on a promise, after challenging the students to read at least 750 books.
[IN Q=So they met their goal]
((PHYLLIS CUNDIFF/GRANDIN COURT PRINCIPAL: SO THEY MET THEIR GOAL, EVEN SURPASSED THEIR GOAL BY READING 860 BOOKS... SO TODAY I TURNED GREEN FOR THEM.))
[OUT Q=so today I turned green for them.]
Cundiff says she's extremely proud of her students, and was happy to complete her colorful challenge.