Saturday, June 10, 2023

ICYMI: A hurricane plan, new wave, getting info out, see where your money’s going, the PD’s new top cop, and more

Do you have a plan?

With hurricane season approaching, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management wants the public to “know your zone.” The state has created an interactive tool that allows residents to look up their addresses and find out their respective zones. READ MORE.

Encouraging more female riders

This spring, Katlyn Tuttle became a sponsored team rider for both Custom X Bodyboards, a California-based company, and Duck Village Outfitters in the Outer Banks. Team members get rewards such as free boards, clothing and accessories, travel opportunities and money for competitions, while providing pictures and videos for promotional advertisements and social media sites. READ MORE.

Getting info out

SentarAlert will use 120-character text messages to send out emergency alerts. They can go to anyone who signs up for them: hospital visitors; contractors who are working in hospital facilities or on hospital grounds; and even patients. READ MORE.

Here’s where the money’s going

The total fiscal year 2019 Hampton city budget is $471,165,931, a 0.71 percent increase over fiscal year 2018. READ MORE.

From Richmond to Newport News

The new police chief of Newport News will oversee a staff of 600 sworn and non-sworn personnel and an annual operating budget of $49 million. READ MORE.

Here’s a couple more stories people were talking about:

This ‘joke’ can cost you time in a federal prison

Officials said the FBI and local law enforcement follow up on every tip they receive. Agents and officers “analyze and investigate all threats to determine their credibility.” READ MORE.

Here’s an app that will tell you more about the history of Virginia

The app features more than 400 of the state’s “most impactful” places, people, and events, including 200-plus actual locations. READ MORE.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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