• Virginia military family gets holiday home makeover

    A military family in Alexandria is getting a big surprise ahead of
    Christmas. Before their father deploys, Operation Homefront is giving them
    home makeover.

  • Va. man sentenced to 30 years in prison for drugs

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 31-year-old Portsmouth man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for distributing heroin and crack cocaine. Antwan Black was sentenced in federal court Tuesday. He was given an additional five years in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to court documents, Black was the…

  • APM Terminals in Portsmouth being sold

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A port terminal in Portsmouth says it is being sold to a partnership. APM Terminals says terms of the sale to U.S. infrastructure investment firm Alinda Capital Partners LLC and England-based private-sector pension fund Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd. weren’t disclosed. Media outlets report the terminal’s name will change to Virginia International…

  • Portsmouth creates local black history museum

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Portsmouth has created a museum of local black history in a building that once was a Jim Crow era-library. Under a memorandum of agreement, the city will fund the Portsmouth Community Colored Library Museum’s operation, maintenance and management. The city also will insure the 900-square-foot building and exhibits while they are…

  • Va. Sports Hall of Fame gets Parker’s jacket

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The gold sports jacket worn by Clarence “Ace” Parker during his induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been donated to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in Portsmouth. The jacket is part of the “Grid Iron Greats” display that showcases football hall of famers from…

  • Va.-based Coast Guard cutter getting new command

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A change of command is scheduled for the Portsmouth-based Coast Guard cutter Legare. Vice Adm. William “Dean” Lee will preside over the ceremony Thursday. Cmdr. Todd Vance will assume the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer from Cmdr. Kevin King. King was at command of the 201-foot cutter for two years.…

  • Portsmouth police car hits and kills pedestrian

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Portsmouth police officer is on administrative leave after the patrol car he was driving hit and killed a pedestrian. Portsmouth police spokeswoman Misty Holley tells media outlets that the accident occurred around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday. Holley identified the victim as 60-year-old Sanasga J. Weera of Portsmouth. Holley says the marked…

  • Portsmouth to spruce up historic cemeteries

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Portsmouth officials plan to spruce up the city’s historic cemeteries and create park-like settings to attract visitors. Crews are working to repair damaged gravesites, replace fencing and remove brush and debris. Media outlets report that the city also plans to add benches, historic signage and water fountains. A new position, cemetery…

  • Coast Guard Atlantic Area gets new chief

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area has a new command master chief. Master Chief Petty Officer Charles “Rob” Bushey has taken over the position as the senior enlisted adviser to Coast Guard leadership. He succeeds Master Chief Petty Officer Steven W. Cantrell, who is moving to the nation’s capital to become master…

  • Veterans networking site focuses on jobs

    After spending time serving their country, many
    veterans face difficulty finding a job and
    adjusting to normal life back at home. A new
    social networking site aims to help connect
    veterans with peers and employers.