Mechanical issues will keep two ferry runs from happening this morning. The 7 a.m. ferry from Hatteras and the 8:30 run from Ocracoke both are canceled, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Twitter account. No other information has been released.
PORTSMOUTH Court Street between Bart Street and Pavilion Drive will be closed for work today, Monday and Tuesday. The road will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, according to a news release from Elizabeth River Crossings. Crews will be making repairs to the asphalt at the intersection of Court and Bart streets, as part of the Downtown Tunnel rehabilitation.
Expect sunny skies with highs in the upper 40s today. Winds out of the north should be 6 to 8 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight it should be partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 30s.
PORTSMOUTH The School Board named Elie Bracy III of North Carolina as the new division superintendent at its meeting Thursday. Bracy, who has led Weldon City Schools since 2005, will start Feb. 16.
NORFOLK Sen. Tim Kaine stood in the Larchmont neighborhood street and took in the strange view. "There are two over there," he said Thursday morning, pointing to homes across a sparkling inlet of the Lafayette River. "And two right there. There's one over there. And another one down there."
VIRGINIA BEACH Joan Schoppaul was last seen by her family on a Tuesday morning in December 1990. The next morning, scavengers found her body in a dumpster behind a Food Lion on Baxter Road, wrapped in a sleeping bag and a plastic trash bag. She was just 17 years old.
Ozzie Torres still has vivid memories of his childhood in Cuba in the 1980s. Some afternoons after work, his father would walk with him along Havana's seawall, listening to the waves crash and tossing spiny black fish back into the water. He can still smell the briny ocean and feel its spray.
NORFOLK A driver led police on a two-mile chase Thursday afternoon before crashing into a power pole. The wreck knocked out power to about 300 customers and blocked the northbound lanes of Granby Street near the 6700 block, between Talbot Hall Drive and Blake Road, while crews made repairs Southbound traffic was reduced to one lane.
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