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Live blogging immigrant children issue at Augusta County supervisors meeting

By Lynn R. Mitchell

[I live Facebooked Wednesday night’s Augusta County supervisor meeting and have cross-posted the immigrant children public hearing here.]

5:50 I arrived at the Augusta County Government Center at 5:50 for tonight’s 7:00 supervisors meeting and people were already in the parking lot. I’m hunkering down for the long haul with two controversial issues on the agenda: immigrant children and gas pipeline.

6:30 Room is full and partition has now been opened. Lots of familiar faces on all sides of the issues.

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Wednesday: Augusta County supervisors to address issue of immigrant children in Verona

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Wednesday’s Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting at 7:00 p.m. has a full agenda, and among the items is addressing the issue of immigrant children who are being legally housed in Augusta County. The local tea party is urging its supporters to show up “in large numbers.”

The Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots newsletter warned, “If we do not speak out now on this highly important issue, we lose the right to do so in the future!” It went on to say that information was being furnished to them from Prince William County supervisor Corey Stewart who “has taken on the battle of illegal aliens now for several yrs. and is now taking on the Federal Government’s placement of illegals aliens in a facility located in his county.”

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Unaccompanied Child Immigrants in Verona, Virginia

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

I was informed last Friday that there were Unaccompanied Child Immigrants (UCI) at the Shenandoah Juvenile Detention Center in Verona. Like most others, I had read the newspapers and heard the news reports about these children, but now they were here in my district. I called the detention center and set up an appointment to meet some of these children.

I arrived at the Juvenile Detention Center Monday morning at 8 am. I had the opportunity to meet five illegal immigrant children, look into their welfare, and hear their stories. It was a heart-breaking experience.

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Update: Marshall Pattie to challenge Emmett Hanger in 24th Senate District

Marshall Pattie 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

From the Marshall Pattie for State Senate campaign after Monday’s press conference:

At Reo Distribution, Marshall Pattie announced that he will be challenging incumbent State Senator Emmett Hanger for the Republican nomination in 2015 in Virginia’s 24th Senate district.
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Driving Dr. Michael and Dr. Pattie

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As I thanked my hostess last Thursday evening before hurrying out the door to catch up with my colleagues, she realized three of us were riding together. “Yes,” I laughed, thinking of the 1989 movie “Driving Miss Daisy” starring Jessica Tandy as the aging southern lady and Morgan Freeman as her butler and driver. “I’m driving Doctors Michael and Pattie.”

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The Augusta County Courthouse decision

David KaraffaBy David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

The Augusta County courthouse is one of the oldest in the Commonwealth of Virginia with its fifth complete tear-down and reconstruction finished in 1901.  Since that time the historic building has been renovated and maintained by the County of Augusta and still serves to this day as its court building. However, the old building is at capacity and in need of more space, additional maintenance, and a new roof.

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VDOT and Augusta County

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Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

Tonight’s agenda is very light for the Board of Supervisors. The line item that seemed to me as the most important is the review of VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) 6-year plan. This document that will be reviewed and approved tonight is Augusta County’s plan for road construction over the next 6 years.

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Balance in Augusta County

??????????By David Karaffa
Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

Well the budget is done, the tax rate set, and we carry on with the business of our wonderful county. I have gotten a few calls, but not many, having to do with the budget and tax rate decision of the Board of Supervisors. Some wanted more of the tax increase to go to schools or some other facet of local government, while others didn’t want an increase at all. I understand all of these sentiments. The sentiment I would like to put across to folks is balance.

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Augusta County supervisors will begin staggered terms

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Supervisor, Beverley Manor District, Augusta County

Voters always wonder if someone who has been elected has lived up to their campaign promises. When I ran for the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, one of my campaign promises was to push for and support changing the way we elect our local board.

Traditionally, the board was elected all at once every four years. That is seven districts all going to the polls every four years to elect seven representatives to the board.

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