EPA increases fuel supplies

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a fuel transportation waiver to increase the supply of fuel in Virginia.

Gov. Northam’s state of emergency declaration allows the waivers to ensure that adequate fuel is supplied during the cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) assures the state that there is an ample supply of fuel.

Panic buying would be the cause of any shortage.

Conserving fuel is a better alternative to panic buying.

One of the lines that runs from North Carolina to Maryland has already been restarted to add to the current supply.

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens at Apple Blossom Mall

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In an effort to make vaccinations as convenient as possible Valley Health opens a new COVID-19 vaccination site today May 12.

The new clinic at Apple Blossom mall is beside Victoria’s Secret use the H&R Block entrance for easiest entry.

This clinic will provide first and second doses of the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will also be available all vaccines are based on availability.

Both walk in and appointments will be honored at this clinic.

Availability of vaccines and instructions can be found at vavax.org and valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations also provides helpful information.

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VA ABC stores return to pre pandemic hours

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After more than a year of reduced operating hours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) stores will return to pre-pandemic operating hours on May 14, 2021. 

All stores will open by 10 a.m. every day, apart from some stores which regularly open later on Sundays. Store closing times, which returned to pre-pandemic hours in June 2020, will remain the same. Closing times vary by store.

“With COVID-19 case numbers falling in Virginia and vaccinations increasing, we feel it is now safe to return to our normal operating hours,” said Travis Hill, chief executive officer of Virginia ABC. “We truly appreciate our retail team’s dedication and flexibility throughout this pandemic, and we look forward to serving our customers with expanded hours soon.”

Safety measures recommended for retailers by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remain in place in all 393 stores. These include: A face mask requirement for customers and store employees. ABC will continue to make every attempt to provide a face mask to customers who arrive without one. Plexiglas shields at registers Floor markers to ensure customers stand at least six feet apart from one another Daily cleaning and sanitizing with particular attention to most frequented areas including checkout counters and high-touch surfaces such as door handles and knobs, and Hand sanitizer at registers for customer and employee use.
As an alternative to in-store shopping, customers can place orders online at www.abc.virginia.gov for curbside pickup or home delivery in nearly all areas of the commonwealth. A list of ABC stores and their operating hours is available at www.abc.virginia.gov/stores.

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Virginia taxpayers reminded of May 17 filing deadline

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By Associated Press | Published May 12, 2021 9:15 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia taxpayers have just days left to file their individual income taxes with the state.

The filing and payment deadline for submitting tax returns is May 17.

The typical May 1 deadline was extended this year to match the new Internal Revenue Service deadline.

Tax Commissioner Craig Burns said in a news release that the state is encouraging taxpayers to file electronically and request refunds via direct deposit.

It typically takes up to four weeks to process an electronically-filed return, and up to eight weeks to process a paper return. State officials said that this year, due to COVID-19 protocols, it will likely take even longer for a paper return to move through the system.

For those who miss the filing deadline, Virginia has an automatic, 6-month filing extension. No application is required. Taxpayers still need to pay any taxes owed on time to avoid additional penalties and interest.

(All contents © copyright 2021 Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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The End Of Innocence

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Greetings from The Booth!

I actually had to walk to the Booth for this edition, because of this week’s gas shortage…so I’m a little winded.

First, an update on Shenandoah University Baseball. The number-16 Hornets eliminated Hampden-Sydney to advance to this weekend’s ODAC semifinal series with Eastern Mennonite. On paper, things seem to set up nicely for 28-9 SU. The Royals, the 8-seed in the tournament, took out the top seed, Randolph-Macon. Good luck to Kevin Anderson’s juggernaut, as they hopefully can roll through the ODAC and secure an NCAA berth later this month.

So…for whatever reason, I went down a rabbit hole yesterday and ended up revisiting 2 books from my childhood that pulled the curtain back on a professional sports world that had previously been presented in All-American wholesomeness. Until these sports exposes were published, we as kids were told that our heroes drank their milk, got plenty of sleep, and took their vitamins everyday, and if we did the same, we could become pros just like them.

The first of these eye-opening books was “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton. “Ball Four” was really the first of the so-called “tell all” books and revealed the previously closed world of Major League Baseball. Bouton, a pitcher for the New York Yankees and later the short-lived Seattle Pilots, chronicled the late-night escapades of players like Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, and took us into a clubhouse of ribald gags, hangovers, and tales of sexual exploits. Many kids my age read”Ball Four” under the covers at night with a flashlight , lest our moms catch us with such a book.

Then there was “North Dallas Forty,” a “fictional” account of a Texas pro football team, written by former NFL receiver Pete Gent. The central characters were wide-receiver Phil Elliott, and quarterback Seth Maxwell. You didn’t have to be a super sleuth to deduce that Elliott was Gent, who played for the Cowboys, and Maxwell was Don Meredith, who would go on to fame on Monday Night Football. Gent also revealed a world of drug use, late-night adventures, and a pro football world that valued computer data and devalued it’s athletes. The book was later made into a movie (although the book is much better) starring Mac Davis and Nick Nolte.

It was the end of the innocence for me. But it was not the end of the tell-all books, which keep coming today. There is the occasional blockbuster, but none had the impact of “Ball Four” and “North Dallas Forty,” which, if nothing else, took our heroes out of their ivory towers and brought them down to earth.

Until the next visit from The Booth…GO HORNETS!


Sports: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Nats’ Slide Continues, Caps Win Finale, Former WFT Draft Pick Dies

The Washigton Nationals have now lost 6 of their last 7 games, folowing a 6-2 loss to the Phillies last night. Former Nat Bryce Harper cracked a homer against his old team, as the Nationals dropped to 13-18 on the season. Trea Turner continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 night for Washington, who take on the Phils again tonight starting at 6:35 on Sports Radio 1450.

The Baltimore bullpen gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th and lost to the New York Mets 3-2. The loss spoiled another strong performance from Oriole pitcher John Means, who gave up no runs in 6 innings of work. The 2 teams play again today just after noon.

The Caps beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 last night in the regular season finale. Michael Raffl scored the game-winning goal with just 3 seconds left for the Capitals, who will face Boston in the first round of the NHL Playoffs starting Saturday. The puck drops at 7 on The River 95-3.

And, quarterback Colt Brennan has died. Brennan set records at the University of Hawaii and was a former draft pick of the then-Washington Redskins. After a promising pre-season in 2008, Brennan never took a regular-season snap in the NFL. He was just 37.