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October 15, 2019


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Salem’s search for its next city manager has netted 43 applicants, according to an update shared Monday night by city council. Council members plan to cull that group down to a short list of prospects who will be invited to interview next month. No other details about the candidate pool were released Monday. But Mayor Randy Foley said he was encouraged by the number of applicants and optimistic that a good fit will be found. Monday night’s review of the candidates took place in closed session after a regular meeting but city leaders offered a short update on the process beforehand.
The Roanoke Times

What began as a lawsuit by a former Martinsville High School student has turned into battle of words between her lawyer and the attorney for the Martinsville City School Board. Myajah Dillard, a sophomore last year at the school, in July sued Martinsville Public Schools Superintendent Zebedee Talley Jr., MHS Principal Ajamu “Aji” Dixon and Shane McPeek, a member of the Martinsville Police Department who served as the resource officer for the high school. She alleges they failed to protect her from an attack that had been threatened. On Oct. 2, Eric Monday, the school board’s attorney, fired back against what he termed an effort to “intimidate, harass and publicly embarrass” the school board and its chairman by the lawyer representing Myajah Dillard, the Berryville-based Glen Franklin Koontz.
Martinsville Bulletin

Nearly $60,000 has been contributed to the campaign to convince voters to allow pari-mutuel betting in Danville on Nov. 5. Peninsula Pacific Entertainment LLC and Colonial Downs have given a total of $58,000 to the political action committee Danville Wins with Pari-Mutuel. Of that money, $50,000 came from PPE and the remaining $8,000 came from Colonial Downs Group. The $50,000 contribution can be read on the Virginia Public Access Project’s website. Hubbard provided the $8,000 figure to the Danville Register & Bee on Monday.
Register & Bee