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INSIDE Teachers of the Year honored > page 2 Volume 57, Number 19 • May 19, 2011 Going for the record! Photo by Ken Odor Goochlander James Conner lets fly with his champagne cork in an attempt last week to break the Guinness World Record for champagne cork spitting. The previous record was 22 feet. Connor’s best effort was more than 27 feet as he performed his feat before a crowd at the Goochland High School track. Now off on a summer study trip to China, Connor is waiting to see if his record will become offical. See story page 4. Some teachers will lose jobs in latest school budget proposal By Ken Odor Some teachers will lose their jobs if the school board approves the latest budget proposed by Goochland Superintendent Linda Underwood at last week’s regular monthly meeting. Faced with a $629,000 gap, INDEX Calendar 15 Classifieds 18-19 Letters 6 Local Exchange X Underwood outlined cuts in several categories, including transportation, where consolidating bus routes would save $87,481 and eliminating transportation to Maggie Walker an additional $31,000. Job losses would occur in curricular programs. One music teacher and one part-time art teacher position would be eliminated, saving Obituaries Opinion Sports TV Listings 9 6 11-12 13-15 $57,141 and $19,199 respectively. A drama teacher position would be cut, for another $57,141 in savings. Fourth and fifth year language instruction would be eliminated, for $42,000 saved. Cuts in band, drama, chorus competitions and field trips would see Budget > page 5 Photo by Ken Odor Former Goochland Treasurer Brenda Grubbs arrives at Goochland District court Monday for her preliminary hearing. Grubbs waives hearing By Ken Odor Former county treasurer Brenda Grubbs appeared in Goochland General District Court Monday and waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Her case will now go to the grand jury, said Special Prosecutor Jeffrey W. Haislip, Fluvanna County Commonwealth’s Attorney. Grubbs is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Goochland Circuit Court June 14, when a trial date could be set on indictments brought by the grand jury. Grubbs was arrested Feb. 2 and charged with embezzlement when she attempted to cash a $14,000 check in her name at the Goochland Wachovia. Grubbs admitted cashing checks in the amount of $135,000 and wiring money overseas when arrested by Goochland Sheriff James Agnew. She resigned her office Feb. 11 after the board of supervisors asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to initiate ouster proceedings. She is free on $20,000 bond. Interim Treasurer Pam Johnson has been appointed to fill Grubbs’ term until the November elections. SPORTS MORE NEWS Cougars hand Saints first loss in LIS overtime thriller > page 11 Capital Region Exchange tours Goochland > page 16


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