No decision last night by the Stafford Planning Commission on a request by Crucible to expand its anti terrorism training facility in Hartwood. Catherine Shalaby told the commission that it's already loud. "During many, many spring SOL seasons, when principals beg you to put your children in bed, I have to put my kids to bed with sounds of semiautomatic weapons," Shalaby said. Cindy Patton said she hears shots until 10pm. The Planning Commission will consider the request again in a month. Crucible wants to build a two story administration building, more classroom space, an indoor shooting range and a scenario training area at its Hartwood location. The Planning commission chairman said he hopes the two sides can work out a compromise. Crucible attorney Charlie Payne said, "We're here to work with people but only in a reasonable manner."
Ground was broken on Wednesday in Stafford for the Mountain View Road improvements. The county's Youth Driver Task Force labeled the road as a "Hot Spot" with 195 accidents between 1999 and 2004. Stafford Delegate Mark Dudenhefer's teenag...er daughter was killed on the road. Improvements include wider lanes and shoulders, straightening curves and improving the sight distance. Construction is expected to be completed in a year.
The cicadas are out! Have you heard them? Have you had to sweep them up? Some in the area are sweeping them up several times a day. Others have seen only a few or none. How about you? Go to the News Talk 1230 Facebook page and tell us where you live and the cicada situation in your neighborhood.