Mia Love to Speak at UVa.

Mia Love, the first Black Republican woman elected to Congress, will deliver a speech at the University of Virginia tomorrow, addressing the topic, “Preserving the American Tradition.” Love’s address is the second in a series of events bringing outside conservative voices to UVa sponsored by The Jefferson Council. For details, click here.

Police shortages not just for big cities. The City of Lynchburg Police Department has 28 open positions, and recruiting new officers is difficult. In 2010, the department saw between 1,500 and 2,000 applicants. Last year, it had only 342 applicants. “Officers are just getting into a profession that they don’t feel like they’re valued in a lot of times, unfortunately,” Police Chief Ryan Zuidema told WSET News. As a consequence, response times to 911 calls are slower, he said. Part of the problem is that Lynchburg police tend to be younger and have less experience. Another is that mental health calls are taking officers off the streets. “On any given night or any given day, we have multiple police officers sitting at the hospital with mental health patients, and those officers are not available to respond to calls for service.”

Another one bites the dust. The Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals has turned down requests from two solar energy companies to convert hundreds of acres near the community of Axton into solar farms, according to The Martinsville Bulletin. Henry County’s solar ordinance calls for no more than 2.5% of the land area within a five-mile radius to be devoted to solar, and one solar farm already operates in the Axton area. “Solar energy is here, and it’s the future, but Axton doesn’t need to be the epicenter of it,” said zoning director Lee Clark. Solar projects are being approved in Virginia, but arguably not enough to meet the requirements of the Virginia Clean Economy Act to decarbonize Virginia’s electric grid by 2050.

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4 responses to “More Bacon Bits”

  1. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    Regarding the snippet about police shortages in Lynchburg: It is misleading to compare the number of applicants in 2010 to the number now. In 2010, the nation and state were in the midst of a recession. In such times, applications for vacancies in public safety agencies, such as police departments and prisons, pick up. Now, the situation is just the opposite. Demand for labor is high, employers are having trouble finding workers and have raised starting pay to recruit them. Conversely, applications for vacant public safety jobs fall.

  2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    Drive up those SREC prices… 👍👍

  3. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Here’s a little tid, er, bacon bit that is at moments frighteningly cool, awe and dread…

  4. Fluvanna County just approved another solar farm. I think it is their second.

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